Our 2019 Masters Golf Ticket Raffle was an incredible success, exceeding the results of 2018! 255 tickets were sold out of a maximum of 300 and the effort raised $10,200 for our club's charity efforts.
2019 Masters Golf Ticket Raffle John Somerville 2019-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rochester Community Cookie Walk 2018 John Somerville 2018-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 21, 2018
The 2018 Rochester Rotary Charity Golf Outing was a smashing success. We had over 60 golfers play the Old Course at Indianwood Country Club on a gorgeous September morning.
2018 Charity Golf Outing John Somerville 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

It's time to get your Poinsettias! All proceeds from your order go to support charitable projects in your local community and throughout the world. Order through any Rotarian!

The deadline is Tuesday, November 7th so get your orders in soon! Deliveries are on 11/29 and Pickup is on 11/20.

6.5" Pots are $15 (Red, Pink, White)
7.5" Pots are $25 (Red Only)
8.5" Pots are $35 (Red Only)

Mail you check to The Rochester Rotary Club, PO Box 81523, Rochester, MI 48308-1523 and your ticket stub will be returned to you by mail.

2017 Poinsettia Sale John Somerville 2017-10-26 04:00:00Z 0

The 1.2 million global members of Rotary are People of Action. From taking on the mission to eradicate Polio to providing clean drinking water, they see possibilities everywhere. That’s why no one should be surprised when, on October 1st, local Rochester Rotarian Chuck Woolaver takes the first of over 5 million steps in a walk across America.
Rochester Rotarian Walking Across Americato Help Prevent Heart Disease John Somerville 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2017
The 2017 Rochester Rotary Charity Golf Outing was an awesome day filled day with golf, prizes, and a lot of fun. We had over 60 golfers play the New Course at Indianwood Country Club on a fine September afternoon.
2017 Charity Golf Outing John Somerville 2017-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Interact Students from Rochester Adams Create Scholarship for Classmate John Somerville 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

In early May, the Rochester Rotary Club hosted members of more than 20 Service Clubs and non-profit institutions located in the Rochester area for their annual dinner at the Royal Park Hotel.  Each year, these diverse organizations and their dedicated volunteers are acknowledged and celebrated for their significant work that enhances the lives of so many individuals and families in Rochester and surrounding communities. This gathering also provides a unique opportunity to personally engage with members of these diverse associations.
Rochester Rotary Hosts Dinner Celebrating Area Service Clubs John Somerville 2017-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rochester Rotary Awards 5 Scholarships  to Outstanding Rochester Students John Somerville 2017-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rochester Rotary Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser Reaches New Heights 2017-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
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For the 2017-2018 school year, Rochester Rotary is assisting two local students to study abroad for a full school year, as well as coordinating a short term exchange during the summer.

This year, Rochester Rotary helped locate a host family for Eva Meisl of Austria and encourages students and families to consider if they are interested in either a short term or long term exchange in 2018.

Rochester Rotary Boasts Robust Exchange Student Program John Somerville 2016-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

Today, we look ahead toward a Rotary year that may one day be known as the greatest in our history: the year that sees the world's last case of polio. Wild poliovirus caused only 74 cases of polio in 2015, all of them in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As we continue to work tirelessly toward our goal of eradication, we must also look beyond it: preparing to leverage our success into even greater successes to come.

It is tremendously important to Rotary's future that our role in the eradication of polio be recognized. The more we are known for what we've achieved, the more we'll be able to attract the partners, the funding, and, most important, the members to achieve even more. We're working hard at RI headquarters to be sure that Rotary gets that recognition. But it can't all happen in Evanston. We need you to get the word out through your clubs and in your communities about what Rotary is and what we do. We need to be sure that our clubs are ready for the moment when polio is finally eradicated – so that when people who want to do good see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world, every Rotary club is ready to give them that opportunity.

We know that if we want to see Rotary Serving Humanity even better in the years ahead, we'll need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward. We'll need clubs that are flexible, so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people. We'll need to seek out new partnerships, opening ourselves more to collaborative relationships with other organizations.

Looking ahead, we also see a clear need to prioritize continuity in our leadership. We in Rotary are all playing on the same team, working toward the same goals. If we want to reach those goals together, we all have to move in the same direction – together.

Every day that you serve in Rotary, you have the opportunity to change lives. Everything you do matters; every good work makes the world better for us all. In this new Rotary year, we all have a new chance to change the world for the better, through Rotary Serving Humanity.

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Rochester Michigan. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional persons with common goals and interests to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Because of Rotary International leadership and initiative, Polio has virtually been eradicated around the globe. This year, in addition to continuing its battle against Polio, Rotary International has adopted six areas of focus:
1. Promoting Peace   2. Fighting Disease   3. Providing Clean Water   4. Saving Mothers and Children   5. Supporting Education   6. Growing Local Economies
This is admittedly a full plate of expectations, but true diligence and determination will succeed and once again Rotary will be there. Each year, through our local programs, Rochester Rotary members help hundreds of young people develop the scholarship and leadership skills they need to be successful in the world. From programs like Interact, RYLA, and Retract, our members engage on a personal level, passing along their commitment to the community and the next generation.  While service is the heart of our club, we also offer great weekly programs for our members. We meet each Tuesday at noon at the River Crest Banquet Center (900 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307) for lunches, great speakers and a chance to visit and enjoy our fellow Rotarian friends. If you are a visiting Rotarian, please come see us and enjoy the food and fellowship. I am excited and honored to be serving as President of the Rochester Rotary Club 2016-2017.  Tom Neveau
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1910 Rotary Clubs of America Convention (Image courtesy of Rotary International)
Did you know that the July 1st New Year has been a Rotary tradition for over a century? When Rotarians had their first convention, way back in 1910, the New Year was set as the day after the convention ended in August. They made the same decision in the lead up to the 1911 and 1912 conventions, which also took place in August. At the 1912 meeting, the Rotary board of directors ordered a financial audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs. The auditors went on to recommend that the Rotary fiscal year end on June 30, in order to give clubs time to prepare their financial statements in advance of the convention. They’d also be able to determine an accurate number of delegates to send, so convention organizers would be able to prepare.
These were all good reasons, but in an age of wool suits and no air conditioning it didn’t take long for practical considerations to change the date of the conventions again. In 1916 the Rotary decided to hold their future annual conventions in June to avoid the hottest days of the year. However, the July 1 date for the Rotary New Year had already become a tradition, one that continues 102 years later.
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The 2015-2016 Business Directory is now available.  Ernie Schaefer and his hard working committee composed of Chris Fabian, Jim Kennedy and Ray Doerr have put together this new promotional piece.  

1,000 copies have been printed for club members to use in promoting the club and to enhance our networking opportunities.

There is no charge for being listed in the directory, so if you don’t see your listing contact Ernie Schaefer to make sure you appear in the next edition.
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Rochester Rotary provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, announces the club’s Good Deeds Committee is seeking local opportunities to help community members and organizations with short-term projects.


Rotarians are charged to live by the motto of Service Above Self and the Good Deeds Committee  is just one way the Rochester Rotary Club fulfills this requirement. “The Good Deed Doers find it fulfilling to help neighbors and community organizations complete tasks and projects that they might otherwise not be able to complete.”


Part of a long-term commitment to Rotary’s mission, the Good Deeds Committee looks for small projects that  a group of five to 10 volunteers can complete in around four hours for local community members or organizations. Past projects have included the construction of a handicap ramp to a private residence, spring yard cleanup and window washing for a senior citizen, painting an apartment for an individual with disabilities and serving meals at Grace Centers of Hope.


Local community members and organizations interested in help from the Good Deeds Committee can learn more or to enlist the help of the committee by contacting the club secretary at

Rochester Rotary Club seeks local organizations to benefit from the club’s Good Deeds Committee 2014-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 02, 2014

Rochester Rotary is helping change lives globally through repeat mission trips to Nuevo Edén, Guatemala. Rochester Rotary President and local pediatrician, Jay Eastman, M.D., his wife, Rochester Rotarian Linda Eastman, and Rochester Rotarian Dr. Bill Ebinger, led the efforts for the vision mission trips, with the most recent trip taking place Jan. 18 – 24, 2014.


Through the support of other Rotary Clubs in District 6380 and private donations, Rochester Rotary has sent the Eastmans, Ebinger and other Rochester Rotarians on annual medical mission trips to Guatemala to treat the general population of Nuevo Edén since 2007. During the annual trips, patients that need follow-up care are identified and, through collaborative efforts with other physicians and medical practitioners, the majority of whom are Rotarians, follow-up trips are made to provide the additional care needed. It was on the annual trip in Nov. 2012 that the medical team noted the dire need for a variety of vision treatments.

Rochester Rotarians lead effort to perform 70 cataract surgeries in Guatemala 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 10, 2013

Rochester Rotary is helping change lives globally through repeat mission trips to Nuevo Edén, Guatemala. Rochester Rotary President and local pediatrician, Jay Eastman, M.D., and his wife, Linda Eastman, are leading efforts for the trips.

Through the support of other Rotary Clubs in District 6380 and private donations, Rochester Rotary has sent the Eastmans and other Rochester Rotarians on annual medical mission trips to Guatemala to treat the general population of Nuevo Edén since 2007. During the annual trips, patients that need follow-up care are identified and, through collaborative efforts with other physicians and medical practitioners, the majority of whom are Rotarians, follow-up trips are made to provide the additional care needed.


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Posted by Wayne Hodges on Aug 12, 2013

Rochester Rotary, a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, invites students ages 14-18 to join Interact, Rotary International’s service club for youth. Sponsored by the Rochester Rotary club, which provides support and guidance, Interact is currently offered at Rochester High School and Stoney Creek High School under the guidance of faculty advisors Kelly Messing-Mirabito and Laurene Kaschalk respectively, with plans to start a club at Adams High School.

With more than 200,000 Interactors in approximately 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact allows participants to meet youth from around the world, develop leadership skills and help make the world a better place. Interact clubs carry out two community service projects each year, including one that furthers international understanding and goodwill. Currently, Interactors nationwide are donating relief supplies to victims of natural disasters, organizing fundraisers to purchase books for needy schools and volunteering their time and energy in the community through a variety of projects.

“Today’s youth are the leaders of tomorrow. Interact provides teen leaders and those who aspire to leadership the opportunity to learn and understand the value of individual responsibility, hard work and personal integrity while enhancing and demonstrating leadership skills and promoting goodwill,” said Wayne Hodges, a Rochester Rotary Club member and liaison for Rochester Interact students. “As a club, we look forward to working with our community’s young people to learn and grow together while helping make the world a better place.” 


Rotary Interact ... the Perfect Place for High School Students Wayne Hodges 2013-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
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1.1 Name and Organization. This organization, named in its articles of incorporation as "Rochester Rotary Charities, Inc." (hereafter designated in these bylaws as "the Foundation"), is a Michigan nonprofit corporation with a perpetual corporate term.



2.1 Purposes. The purpose for which the Foundation is formed are those set forth in its articles of incorporation, as from time to time amended, to receive, administer, and disburse funds for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, all for the public welfare. No part of the net earnings of the Foundation shall inure to the benefit of any member, director, officer or the Foundation, or any private individual (except reasonable compensation may be paid for service rendered to or for the Foundation affecting one or more of its purposes), and no member, director, officer of the Foundation or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets on the dissolution of the Foundation. No substantial part of the activities of the foundation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Foundation shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) in a political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

2.2 Basic Policies. The following are the basic policies of the Foundation

a) The Foundation shall be non-commercial, non-sectarian and non-partisan.

b) The name of the Foundation or the names of any members in their official capacity shall not be used in any connection with a commercial concern or with any partisan interest or for any purpose not appropriately related to promotion of objects of the Foundation.



3.1 Power and composition. The control and management of the affairs of the Foundation shall be vested in a board of directors, which shall consist of seven members. The directors shall consist of the Assistant Treasurer of the Rochester Rotary Club plus six directors at large, elected from the membership of the Rochester Rotary Club.

3.2 Election and Term of Office of Directors at Large. The six directors at large shall be elected by a vote of the board of directors of the Rochester Rotary Club. Two directors at large shall be initially elected for one year term; two directors at large shall be initially elected for a two year term and two directors at large shall be initially elected for a three year term. Subsequent elections shall be for three year terms and these directors shall hold office until their successors are elected. No director at large may serve more than three consecutive fiscal years and, after serving three consecutive fiscal years, at least two fiscal years shall elapse before one may again be elected a director at large. Notwithstanding anything contained herein or otherwise to the contrary, after appointment of the initial board of directors, thereafter, the directors shall be elected and vacancies filled by a vote of the membership at the annual meeting or a special meeting.

3.3 Vacancies. Any vacancy occurring on the board of directors other than that filled by the Assistant Treasurer of the Rochester Rotary Club may be filled by the affirmative vote of the remaining directors, whether or not such remaining directors would constitute a quorum of the board. The term of office of each person so elected shall continue until the expiration of the term of the director who caused the vacancy. Should such vacancy be created by the death, incapacity, or resignation of the Assistant Treasurer of the Rochester Rotary Club then such vacancy shall be filled by the board of directors of the Rochester Rotary Club.

3.4 Meetings.

a) Annual and Regular Meetings. The annual meeting of the board of directors shall be held in the month of July on such date as may be determined by the President. Other regular meetings of the board of directors may be held at such times and places as a majority of the directors shall agree upon in writing. Any business may be transacted at the annual meeting and at any regular meeting of the board of directors and no notice of such meetings shall be required.

b) Special Meetings. Special meetings of the board of directors shall be held at such time as called by the president, or by the secretary, or by any three members of the board. The person(s) calling such a meeting shall give written notice of the time, place and purposes of such meeting to each director at his or her residence or usual place of business, at least three days, if mailed, or at least one day, if personally delivered or faxed, before the day on which such meeting is to be held. Business transacted at a special meeting need not be confined to the purposes set forth in the notice of such meeting unless such notice specifically states that it will be thus confined.

c) Place of Meetings. Any and all meetings of the board of directors shall be held in the Ste of Michigan.

d) Quorum and Manner of Acting. At all meetings of the board of directors, the presence of a majority of the directors shall be necessary and sufficient to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A majority of the directors present at any meeting may, without notice, adjourn the meeting from time to time until a quorum is present. Except as may be otherwise specifically provided by statues, the articles of incorporation, or these bylaws, the acts of a majority of the directors present at a meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the acts of the board.

e) Action by Consent. Unless otherwise provided by the articles of incorporation, action required or permitted to be taken pursuant to authorization voted at a meeting of the board or a committee thereof may be taken without a meeting if, before or after the action, all members of the board or of the committee consent thereto in writing. The written consents shall be filled with the minutes of the proceedings of the board or committee. The consent has the same effect as a vote of the board or committee for all purposes.

f) Meetings by Conference Telephone. Any director who participates in a board of directors by conference telephone (or similar communications equipment), so that all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other, shall be deemed present in person at such meeting.

3.5 Compensation. There shall be no compensation for services of the directors to the Foundation as directors.


Rochester Rotary Charities Bylaws Christine Hage 2011-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine Hage on Jul 19, 2011

The charitable arm of the Rochester Rotary Club is the Rochester Rotary Charities, Inc., a separately organized 501(c) organization.

Charities Board : 2017 -2018

President: Rhonda Panczyk

President Elect : Alan McLellan

Past President: Jay Eastman

Treasurer: Rev. David Eardey

Alan McLellan 

Eric Whipple

Al Jones

Kelly Dean


So what organizations receive money from the Rochester Rotary Charities? 

Casa Colibri - a medical facility in Guatemala

Rainbow Connection

Rochester Symphony

1775 th  Military Police company

Area high schools senior class activities

Habitat for Humanity

Dutton Farm for the mentally and physically handicapped

Grace Center of Hope

Clinton River Watershed

Several collage scholarships for high school students


Rochester Rotary Charities Christine Hage 2011-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
June 28 marked 60 years of Rochester community members putting Service Above Self Rochester Rotary Club, a member club of Rotary International,a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, marked its 60th anniversary as a club on June 28, 2014. The club celebrated the milestone with an event for Rochester Rotarians on July 1st at Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills.
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Michigan's State Facts

Did you know that:

  • The name Michigan is derived from the Indian words "Michi-gama" meaning large lake.
  • The State Nickname is the "Great Lake State." Others include "Wolverine State" or "Water Winter Wonderland."
  • The State motto is "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice."
    (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.)
  • Michigan was admitted to the Union in 1837, the 26th state.
  • The state bird is the robin
  • The state mammal is the white tailed deer.
  • The state reptile is the painted turtle.
  • The state flower is the apple blossomThe state tree is the white pine
  • Michigan includes:
    • 57,022 sq. mi. of land area (16,439 sq. mi. in the U.P.) making it the 11th largest state in the union
    • 1,194 sq. mi. of inland waters
    • 38,575 sq. mi. of Great Lake water area
    • 3,126 miles of Great Lakes shoreline (more fresh water coastline than any other state)
  • The population is 9,883,640 (2010 Census) making it the 8th largest state based on population.
  • The largest city is Detroit followed by Grand Rapids then Warren.
  • Michigan has about 150 lighthouses, more than any other state in the union.
  • The highest point in the state is Mount Arvon, elevation 1979 feet located NW of Marquette in the Huron Mountains range
  • Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes.
  • 40 of Michigan's 83 counties touch at least one of the Great Lakes.
  • Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.
  • You are never more than six miles from one of them.
  • Anywhere in Michigan, you are within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.
  • Detroit Metro Airport is the 10th busiest in the nation and the 24 busiest in the world
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Join your fellow Rotarians and friends for a run in downtown Rochester on September 17th when the Rochester Rotary Club will host a 5K Race/Walk and a 10K Run.  The professionally time 5K race/walk and 10K run will begin at 8:30 a.m. You can register at .  $30 per person.
The Rochester Rotary Club has made sure that more than 750 elementary school children in Detroit have access to library books to take home each night, many for the first time. By raising $9,000 for its first Literacy Project, the Rotary club was able to donate more than 2,000 books to Pulaski Elementary School. In addition to the 2,000 books, nine "Buzz About IT" (CQ) reading comprehension kits with 50 books each were donated for grades K-2 at the school. Through the donations of the books, kits and other library supplies, each teacher at the school has been able to create a lending library with the books received for his or her classroom.
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Keep up to date with what's going on by becoming a fan of "Rochester Rotary" on Facebook. If you are a member of Facebook go to and login and search for "Rochester Rotary" to become a fan.
Rochester Rotary hosted holiday party for children and families in need at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rochester on Dec. 19. Working with the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, Rotary members arranged games, crafts and refreshments for 54 children during the holiday season.
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Posted by Christine Hage
Membership development and retention is a constant challenge, but requires attention and effort in order to be successful. Finding potential new members for yor club is much easier than you think. In your day-to-day activities, simply promote the features and benefits of your club as the opportunity is presented to you. A 30-second commerical is all that you need to capture the attention of your target audience.

Wondering who you should target? Here are 21 kinds of people that can be potential
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We are sorry to report that on Memorial Day David Bratton (1930 - 2009) passed on.  David was President of Rochester Rotary in the 1977-78 Rotary Year.  A private memorial service is being held and the family has suggested that memorials be sent to Rochester Rotary Charities.
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Maintaining a vital membership is essential to our club.  Our Membership Committee, Chaired by Jim Koester, is trying to recruit new members.  We also want to make sure we retain our current members.  Please contact Jim if you you have suggestions for the committee or would like to proposed someone for membership.
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Each year the Rochester Rotary gives away about $12,500 in college scholarships.  The money is collected by the Club's Sheriffs each week through trumped up fines to members.  No member pays more than $3 a week in fines, but the fun is worth a lot more than $3 and supports our worthy scholarship efforts.
Each year we award 2 Paul Harris Scholarships. These scholarships are self renewing each year for four years assuming the student is still in school. The face amount of each scholarship is $1,250.00. We also have the renewing Paul Harris Scholarships, six each year in the amount of $1,250.00, for a total of $7,500.00. For the new Paul Harris and the pledged Paul Harris, we pay out $10,000.00 per year. In addition, we award another $2,500.00 to students in the form of the Sally Case Courage Scholarship, the Rotary Community Service Scholarship and the Rochester Rotary Scholarship.
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