Rochester Rotary Club RotoScoop
January 18, 2022
President David Eardley opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test. Vince Mattina gave the invocation.  There were 32 members and 1 guests present.  
Rachel Aviles introduced the following guests:
Yolanda Udell
Vince Mattina was happy about his first Chamber of Commerce meeting as Executive President. He is so thankful to Maggie and all the help she provides and is excited for the year to come.
Ron Lichtle is excited for his 3 weeks in Florida
Linda Eastman is thankful for the amazing support she has experienced with MKG.
Jerry Carvey received the honors... congrats Jerry!
Jerry Gross bestowed the bejeweled trophy upon David Eardley... congrats David!
Ernie Schaefer gave us the basics on the Rotary Foundation. We can either donate through the club or directly online where automatic donations can be set up. The foundation is supported by Every Rotarian Every Year, the Polio Fundraiser, and Paul Harris awards. Our club donates will match $500 in order to achieve this award. Small donations that accumulate over time also yield a Paul Harris award once $1,000 is achieved. For every dollar you donate, you receive a recognition point. You can use your recognition points to recognize someone else. Once you have reached $10,000 of donations you become a major donor. Stay tuned for a program to test your knowledge on these foundation facts. 
Check your emails for a Masters Golf Raffle email that you can share with all you know. The PDF has been sent out to all of our Rotary contacts and we ask you to please do the same. Don't deprive someone you know of this once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the Masters!!!
Ron Lichtle conducted an informal poll on whether or not to hold the Wine Tasting Event this Year. There was full support for this event from all present. 


Happy Birthday to the following Rotarians:
Tom Asmus, January 22
Ernie Schaefer, January 22
Paul Haig, January 23
Happy Club Anniversary to the following Rotarians:
Jerry Wanket, 34 year
Jeff Whitbey, 37 year
Ernie Schaefer, 24 years
Today's sheriff's report was Whinnie the Pooh inspired correlations with our members. Peter Stuhlreyer used his wit to fine us in support of Rotary Scholarships.  Thank you!
The last two years have offered challenges to every aspect of life in America. Many of us have lost family members, friends, or businesses. We learn, work, and play differently. Other Rotary clubs, community service, and social clubs have struggled, but our club is thriving.
We went from in-person meetings to virtual meetings and continued in a blended virtual and in-person mode. However, the club lost Bill Mitzefeld, Dick Gorges, and former member Peggy Kralik. We have continued to attract new members adding five new members in the first six months of our Rotary year, and another person is ready to join. Individuals interested in joining our vibrant club are welcome to visit at an upcoming meeting.
As a service club, one of the primary purposes is to raise money for local, regional and international organizations. Covid has curtailed many fundraising events, but even so, we held a successful golf outing and poinsettia sale and met and exceeded fundraising goals in the last half of 2021. We gave $11,215 to Rotary Foundation. Our Charities gave $15,000 to install solar power in a small village in Africa, which has proved to be a blessing to them. Our Shred Polio event raised $10,573 to help eradicate polio globally, exceeding our goal of $2,000. Several thousand dollars were sent to support Casa Colibri, a medical clinic in Guatemala.
Rochester Rotary Charities helped local organizations such as Neighborhood House, supporting their back-to-school initiative and Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. We gave OPC $2,500 to support their senior home repair program. Charities also made the second $10,000 payment for the Rotary pavilion at Innovation Hills.
The Club’s efforts to support the youth in the community are exemplary and are the most aggressive in Rotary District 6380. All three Rochester Community Schools high schools have active Interact clubs. We made $250 grants to each Interact Club to boost their charitable efforts. We provide over $12,000 a year in scholarships to local students through the Rochester Community Foundation. One local student from our service area will be studying abroad next year due to Rotary support.
While working on our successful charitable endeavors, we also focused on housekeeping tasks. We approved new club bylaws under the able direction of Ray Doerr. With the closing of the Rivercrest Banquet, we successfully relocated our meetings to the Rochester Community House. We updated our website, social media presence, promotional materials, and strategic plan.
Even with the ongoing pandemic, we managed to host two social events when we held a gazebo dedication in Rotary Gateway Park and a festive Christmas dinner at the Royal Park.
So even with all the havoc the pandemic has brought, our Rotary Club continues to thrive and support those in need. The Club continues to live up to its motto of Service Above Self. The Rochester Rotary Club consists of about 100 individuals living or working in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township.
Upcoming meeting schedule:
Tuesday, January 26, 12 p.m. at Rochester Community House
President David Eardley adjourned the meeting at 1:14 p.m.
Anyone displeased about this summary, does them thereafter,
Rachel Aviles
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