Tuesday, September 2, 2014


The Rotary Club of Detroit will celebrate Women in Rotary, a luncheon event for everyone, including men, women, Rotarians and nonRotarians, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at the Detroit Athletic Club.

This year’s event honors Amanda Good, chief executive officer of Alternatives For Girls, a Detroit-based nonprofit serving homeless and high-risk girls and young women. Since 1988, Good has headed this organization and built it from a volunteer-based group to a full-fledged human services agency.

Keynote speaker at the luncheon is longtime Rotarian and well-traveled member of the Traverse City Rotary Club, Marilyn Fitzgerald. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.” Both these women embody this motto in their daily lives.

Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door and $15 for guests under the age of 30 years old who accompany a Rotarian. The Detroit Athletic Club is located at 241 Madison Avenue, in Detroit. Parking is available. Business attire is required.

For more information email detroitrotary@gmail.com or call 313-438-2355.


About Alternatives For Girls

Alternatives For Girls (AFG) is a Detroit-based 501(c)3 nonprofit serving homeless and high-risk girls and young women. Since 1987, AFG has provided critical services, including safe shelter, street outreach and educational support, vocational guidance, mentoring, prevention activities and counseling. The goal is to empower the girls and young women it serves to make positive choices.

The mission of AFG is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.



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Monday, August 11, 2014

This Week's Speaker

Dan Carmody, President of the Eastern Market



Dan Carmody, is President of Eastern Market which under his leadership has developed new and exciting services for the community.
 
Benefiting from a schizophrenic youth split between the west side of Chicago and the Loess Hills of western Iowa, Carmody developed a keen appreciation for the distinctiveness of both central cities and Main Streets.
 
Schooled as a city planner in the Midwest and the North of England, Carmody is a devoted
urbanist with special interest in the regenerating depressed local economies.
 
Educated as a tavern keeper, Carmody’s understands the needs of independent business owners and the importance of conviviality in successful downtown revitalization.
 
From 1988 until November of 2005, Carmody led Renaissance Rock Island (IL), a consortium of not for profits, helping to revive that community which had lost 40% of its tax base. Starting
with a budget of $70,000 and a staff of 1.5 people, Renaissance Rock Island grew to a staff of 14 with an annual budget exceeding $3,000,000.
 
From 2005 until 2007 Carmody served as the President of the Downtown Improvement District in Fort Wayne, (IN). In both organizations Dan sought to build success upon thorough knowledge of local market conditions, profound partnerships with public and private partners, and an incremental approach to improving the climate for business and real estate development.
 
Carmody was hired in November, 2007 as the President of the Eastern Market Corporation where he has been charge with operating the region’s premier public market, renovating and enhancing the market campus, revitalizing the business district around the market, rebuilding
a robust local food system, and leveraging a revitalized Eastern Market District to regenerate adjacent neighborhoods.
 
Since the mid1990’s Carmody has also served as a consultant to more than thirty community
development programs, served on the board of directors of the International Downtown
Association, and is a frequent presenter at State and National economic development
conferences.
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

President John Talks About Upcoming Speakers for August

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This Week's Speaker

Tony Michaels, President & CEO of the Parade Company



 
Tony Michaels is the President and CEO of The Parade Company, which owns and operates America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van and The Ford Fireworks.  Tony also sits on the Executive Committee of The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation.  The Parade Company is a non-profit organization that creates and produces floats, costumes, props and other event merchandise, along with producing major events and shows.  Tony also serves as the Executive Director for The Woodward Dream Cruise and Brand Consultant for the Detroit Jazz Festival.
 
Prior to his appointment at The Parade Company, Tony served as CEO of Big Boy Restaurants from 1998 to 2008.  In that capacity, he engineered the sale of Big Boy in 2000 and also led a total rebranding and revitalization of the company.  He has also been involved in many organizations and community programs including Crittenton Hospital, Boy Scouts, Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the DAC Executives Club.  Tony is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. Tony and his wife Clarice reside in Rochester Hills, MI and have three grown children – Joey, Emily and Madeline.