Rochester Rotary Presents $15,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

The Rochester Rotary is pleased to present seven local students with a collective $15,000 in aid for college in the fall. Each year, the Rochester Rotary Club teams up with the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester and the Rochester Kiwanis Club to award deserving high school seniors with financial aid to attend college.
Rochester Rotary Presents $15,000 in Scholarships to Local Students John Somerville 2020-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Statement from Rochester Rotary & Rotary International in Support of Racial Equality


At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.

We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.

We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. 

Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.

Rochester Rotary Charities is a nonprofit organization established to expand the humanitarian efforts in the Rochester community. Through Rochester Rotary Charities, dozens of nonprofit organizations receive grants each year empowering their efforts. All monies raised through annual Rochester Rotary fundraisers benefit Rochester Rotary Charities and are donated back to the community. For more information, visit
Statement from Rochester Rotary & Rotary International in Support of Racial Equality John Somerville 2020-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

New Honorary Member Spotlight: Tim Mullins

Tim Mullins has taught Social Studies, Economics and AP Economics during the past 12 years at Rochester Adams High School. Before that he owned and operated two Pet Supplies stores - One in Pontiac and one in Sterling Heights. He has also coached football for 30 years for Rochester Community Schools and was a part of the coaching staff from Adams State championship team in 2003. He has never been married, has no children and no pets. He does have two older sisters living in Michigan.
New Honorary Member Spotlight: Tim Mullins John Somerville 2020-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Spotlight: Jason Brainer

Jason Brainer runs his own law practice and has worked in the industry for 14 years. He practices employment, civil and international law. He also work part-time as a legal aid attorney through a legal aid nonprofit in Southfield, MI where he assists seniors and low income individuals with a variety of legal matters. What Jason enjoys most is helping others and having the freedom to control his own schedule.
New Member Spotlight: Jason Brainer John Somerville 2020-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

New Honorary Member Spotlight: Dr. David Dulio

David A. Dulio is Professor of Political Science Department and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University. He teaches courses on campaigns and elections, Congress, political parties, interest groups, and other areas of American politics. Dulio has published twelve books, with two of his most recent being Michigan Government, Politics and Policy and Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Split Decision. He has written dozens articles and book chapters on subjects ranging from the role of professional consultants in U.S. elections to campaign finance. Dulio is also a former American Political Science Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill where he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Conference for former US Rep. J.C. Watts, Jr. (R-OK).
New Honorary Member Spotlight: Dr. David Dulio John Somerville 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

New Honorary Member Spotlight: Laurene Kaschalk

Laurene Kaschalk has been teaching high school math since 2002. She is currently teaching at Stoney Creek High School where she has been the Faculty Advisor Advisor of the Rotary Interact Club for 10 Years.  The SCHS Interact Club has earned the Rotary Presidential Citation for the past 5 consecutive years. In 2019 the SCHS Interact Club planned and hosted the INTERACT DAY for more than100+ Interactors from District 6380. Laurene is also a past recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow award from the Rochester Rotary.
New Honorary Member Spotlight: Laurene Kaschalk John Somerville 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

New Honorary Member Spotlight: Jeff Fosnuagh

Jeff Fosnaugh’s career entails 24 years of teaching Science, 18 of them in Alternative Ed. His passion is for those that are typically looked over.  Every child is valuable and deserves love and attention, no matter what that child’s background or accomplishments.  Jeff’s purpose is to help his students realize their intrinsic value.
New Honorary Member Spotlight: Jeff Fosnuagh John Somerville 2020-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
New Honorary Member Spotlight: Kelly Messing-Mirabito John Somerville 2020-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Spotlight: Bill Waggoner

Bill has 27 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry as a branch manager, compliance officer, and financial adviser. He specializes in retirement planning, estate preservation, and long-term care planning. Bill and his partner have owned a financial services firm in Rochester for eight years. In 2016, they formed Stoney Creek Advisors, LLC an independent, fiduciary, fee-based Registered Investment Advisory firm (RIA).
New Member Spotlight: Bill Waggoner John Somerville 2020-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Spotlight: Preston Pelham

Preston has worked at Morgan Stanley in downtown Rochester since early 2019.  He serves as a Financial Advisor helping both individuals and business manage and grow their wealth through thoughtful and detailed planning.  He enjoys building strong relationships with his clients and helping them achieve all their financial goals.
New Member Spotlight: Preston Pelham John Somerville 2020-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Spotlight: Ryan Deel

Ryan Deel has been a practicing attorney for almost 20 years. He is the Judicial Staff Attorney for Oakland County Probate Judge Linda S. Hallmark. The Oakland County Probate Court handles guardianships and conservatorships for adults, minors and the developmentally disabled; estates, wills and trusts; and involuntary mental health hospitalizations. Ryan's role is to provide legal advice to the Court and assist parties in reaching a resolution without judicial intervention. The most rewarding part of his job is finding creative ways to assist people in resolving very financially and emotionally charged issues. He also serves as the President of the Rochester Hills City Council. He was elected in 2017 as the city council representative for District 4. Prior to that, served as an elected member of the Rochester Hills Public Library Board of Directors.
New Member Spotlight: Ryan Deel John Somerville 2020-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Spotlight: Juliane Morian

Juliane Morian is the Director of the Rochester Hills Public Library. After graduating from the University of Michigan’s School of Information she began her library career in a non-traditional way as a usability specialist for a web design firm. Soon after, she transformed her passion for the user experience into public librarianship. She has also worked at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library (in Macomb County, MI) as the Associate Director and Head of User Experience.
New Member Spotlight: Juliane Morian John Somerville 2020-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Returning Member Spotlight: Peter Stuhlreyer

Peter is re-joining Rotary to remain engaged with active members and leaders in the community. The values and actions of Greater Rochester Rotarians are fundamental building blocks of the strength, generosity and ethics found throughout our neighborhoods, schools and other organizations.
Returning Member Spotlight: Peter Stuhlreyer John Somerville 2020-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Rochester Rotary Announces Don G. Pixley Memorial Scholarship John Somerville 2020-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
New Member Spotlight: Tom Inger John Somerville 2019-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Rochester Rotary Affiliate Club Accomplishments 2018/2019  John Somerville 2019-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Spotlight: Sharon Reinke

Sharon has been active in the Rochester community through her involvement with many location organizations such as the Rochester Chamber of Commerce where she is a member of the Rochester Chamber PCN Group and an Ambassador.
New Member Spotlight: Sharon Reinke John Somerville 2019-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Charity Golf Outing

Our 2019 Charity Golf Outing was a record-setting event. We had 63 golfers and raised $15,562.01 thanks in large part to our incredible list of 45 Hole Sponsors.
2019 Charity Golf Outing John Somerville 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Spotlight: Samantha Wingerter

Samantha counts Seniors, spending time up north, traveling, and volunteering among her myriad interests. She joined Rotary in hopes to expand her network, have a presence in her community, and to give back to her neighbors both near and far.
New Member Spotlight: Samantha Wingerter John Somerville 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

2019/2020 President's Message

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Rochester, Michigan. Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional persons with common goals and interests to provide community and humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. I am honored to serve as the 2019-2020 Rochester Rotary Club President.
2019/2020 President's Message John Somerville 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
2019 Habitat for Humanity Dinner John Somerville 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
2018 Wine & Beer Tasting John Somerville 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
2019 Wine & Beer Tasting John Somerville 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Masters Golf Ticket Raffle

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

2018 Charity Golf Outing

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

2018/2019 President's Message

Welcome to Rochester Rotary Club website! If you’re looking join an international organization with a focus on improving the quality of life here and abroad, you’re in the right place! We are a group of young professionals, seasoned experts, community leaders, and retirees! This unique blend of talents and treasures, allow us to have a profound impact throughout the world and within our community! 
Our club is involved in the global effort to eradicate polio, led by Rotary International in partnership with the CDC, the Bill Gates’ Foundation, and many Governments. Our club also supports an annual medical mission in Guatemala and Play for peace in Nigeria.
On a local level, the Rochester Rotary Clubs sponsors many scholarships and Interact Clubs at four High Schools and a Rotaract Club at Oakland University. The club also supports local outreach activities like the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, the Rochester Community House, and OPC with monetary contributions and volunteer hours.
Our club meets every Tuesday at 12:10 pm for lunch. Each week we host a wide range of interesting speakers to discuss the work and goals of their organization or business, share their personal stories, or update us on events happening in the area.  We meet at River Crest Banquet Center at 900 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Please explore our website and join us for lunch to learn more about the Rochester Rotary Club.
2018/2019 President's Message John Somerville 2018-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

2017 Poinsettia Sale


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

Rochester Rotarian Walking Across America
to Help Prevent Heart Disease

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

2017 Charity Golf Outing

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

Club Accomplishments 2016/2017

The Rochester Rotary worked hard during the 2016/2017 year and accomplished a lot. Keep reading to see some of the organizations we've helped and the money we raised.
Club Accomplishments 2016/2017 John Somerville 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Interact Students from Rochester Adams Create Scholarship for Classmate John Somerville 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

Rochester Rotary Hosts Dinner 
Celebrating Area Service Clubs

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
Club Photo 2016 2016-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rochester Rotary Boasts Robust Exchange Student Program

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

2016- 2017 Rotary Theme


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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The Story of Rotary

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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Second Edition of Our Business Directory is Now Available

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 Club seeks local organizations to benefit from the club’s Good Deeds Committee

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

Rochester Rotarians lead effort to perform 70 cataract surgeries in Guatemala

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.

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Rochester Rotary Club changing lives globally through vision mission to Guatemala

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.


Rochester Rotary Club changing lives globally through vision mission to Guatemala 2013-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Interact ... the Perfect Place for High School Students

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

Rochester Rotary Charities Bylaws

Posted by Christine Hage on Sep 22, 2011










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

Rochester Rotary Charities

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

Rochester Rotary celebrates 60th anniversary

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 Facts Courtesy of our Sheriff Lynn Orfgen


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.

Literacy Project

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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Rochester Rotary held holiday party for local need

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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Sad News

Posted by Christine Hage
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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Scholarship News

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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