Monday, August 24, 2015

Featured Speaker August 26th

Rear Admiral John E. Jolliffe 
Deputy Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet

Rear Admiral John Jolliffe, a Detroit native, graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering.

Following selection to flag rank in 2009, Jolliffe was assigned as vice commander and reserve deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain. In 2012, Jolliffe assumed his present duties as deputy commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet in San Diego.

A career nuclear submarine officer whose sea assignments included USS Henry Clay (SSBN 625), USS Drum (SSN 677), USS Guitarro (SSN 665), and USS Pintado (SSN 672) was a U.S. Pacific Fleet ship handler of the year, who qualified for command at sea of nuclear submarines.

Shore assignments included duty as a Chief of Naval Operations intelligence watch officer at the Pentagon; aide and flag lieutenant to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe in London/Allied Joint Forces Command in Naples; aide and flag lieutenant to the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic/U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia; and U.S. Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examination Board (NPEB) member in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Jolliffe commanded four Navy Reserve units: USS McKee (AS 41); Navy Base San Diego; Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He also served as deputy commander, Readiness Command Navy Region Southwest and as the Navy’s defense support of civil authorities emergency preparedness officer to the U.S. Army.

Jolliffe was one of the first officers designated a joint specialty officer in the Navy and is currently designated a joint qualified officer (JQS level III). He has completed various executive business courses at Babson, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flager, and is a CAPSTONE graduate.

Military awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Defense Meritorious Service medal, Meritorious Service medal (2 awards), Joint Service Commendation medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (3 awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards).

In his civilian career, Jolliffe resides in La Jolla, California, and is the owner and chief executive officer of an international trade corporation and is licensed by the Department of Homeland Security as a U.S. Customs broker.

Monday, August 17, 2015

August 19th Event

Summer Picnic 
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
on Belle Isle 

Monday, August 10, 2015

August 12th Featured Speaker

Benjamin Ogden, Director 
Open Door Program 

Ben has always has worked to promote the betterment of this city and its residents, be it as a paramedic – over twenty years ago – or, now, as the Director of the Open Door Program. Benjamin holds in high regard those persons in need and has deep compassion for individuals struggling to better themselves and the world around them.

Benjamin, with a background in psychology and counseling as well as a specialization in addictions-recovery, served as the Open Door’s Program Facilitator, as well as the ‘Social Worker’/Case Manager, from 2003 to 2008.  He has been at the forefront of the Church’s efforts to provide a greater scope of care to those in need and he believes that, if provided the correct tools and resources, the people who Fort Street Church helps can and will succeed.

Since his involvement with the Open Door, service has grown from a once-per-week program to one that now provides assistance, daily, and is accessible at two separate locations.  He has helped to continue to blur the lines between participants, volunteers and professional staff, so that the Fort Street Church family may better embody true hospitality to strangers.

Ben is assisted with Open Door by staff members Stacey Kershaw, Johnnie Hester, and Cheryl Glidden and a dedicated group of regular volunteers.

For the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.” — Psalm 9:18

Monday, August 3, 2015

August 5th Featured Speaker

Wayne Titus, III
District Governor 6400

On Wednesday we will have the honor being visited by District Governor Wayne Titus.  He will be presenting his program plan and goals for our district and club for 2015-2016.
Wayne joined Rotary in 2002 as a member of the Rotary Club of Northville, and was their president in 2006-2007. Serving Area 5 clubs as Assistant Governor from 2008 through 2009, he has helped the District as: Water Resource Chair (2008-2012); District Conference Committee (2008-2012); Membership Committee (2007-2008); Club Vision Facilitator (2009-2013); and is currently serving as Future Vision Committee Fundraising Chair (2009-present). 

Clean water and sanitation projects have been Wayne's Rotary passion, since 2005. TAP (The Agua Project) is currently implementing its 4th sustainable project in El Salvador. Each project provides community-wide potable water solutions in rural villages. The last two are solar-powered projects that bring water to each home in the community. Wayne has been leading teams to visit these sustainable water projects twice a year since 2006. Wayne and his wife, Lisa, are Major Donors and Benefactors of the Rotary Foundation. He has been a member of the Paul Harris Society since 2007, and is a COG award recipient. Leaving public accounting and PricewaterhouseCoopers to pursue better balance and stewardship in his life, Wayne founded AMDG Financial, a Fee-Only financial advisory firm, along with AMDG Business Advisory Services, PLC in January, 2002. These two companies serve families and small businesses, helping people integrate tax, financial, and investment strategies which allows for more productive financial transitions as they live their values. 

Outside of Rotary and travelling with the family, Wayne's passions include reading, Civil War history, and genealogy. He also cheers for the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 29th Featured Speaker

Ray McCallum
University of Detroit Mercy
Head Coach Men's Basketball

 Ray Michael McCallum, Sr. is the head coach for the men's basketball team at the University of Detroit Mercy.  In his 32-year coaching career, which began at Ball State in 1983-84 as a volunteer assistant coach. 
He is also a former player and head coach of Ball State University.  At Ball State he scored 2,109 points during his career and was Player of the Year in the Mid-American Conference his senior year.  In 1983 he was awarded the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is an annual college basketball award in the United States intended to honor shorter–than–average players who excel on the court despite their size.  He was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 8th round of the 1983 draft with the 164th pick overall.  His jersey (10) is one of two numbers retired at Ball State, along with Bonzi Wells's 42.  
Entering his eighth season at the University of Detroit Mercy, head coach Ray McCallum has rebuilt the Titans from the bottom of the Horizon League when he took over to Horizon League champions and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012.

During his first five years at the helm at Detroit, the Titans increased their conference win total in every season (2, 9, 10, 11, 12).  Detroit also increased its place in the regular season standings during that stretch under McCallum (10th, 7th, T5th, T3rd, 2nd).

In 2013, the Titans made the NIT for the seventh time in school history after finishing second in the Horizon League.  Detroit finished the year 20-13 overall, its third 20-win season in the past four years.

The 20-win campaign was also the fifth 20-win slate in head coach Ray McCallum’s career (2 Ball State, 3 Detroit).  Coach McCallum was honored in June of 2010 with the Men of Excellence award by the Michigan Chronicle for the team’s outstanding season and his many service projects within the Detroit community. The award is presented by the acclaimed Detroit-based newspaper to local African-American men who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements and participation in community service. The honorees chosen represent a diverse group of men who have demonstrated success within their profession or industry and are positive role models whose contributions encourage others. Additionally, the Men of Excellence are committed to a personal code of ethics that demands ownership, responsibility and integrity. They are men who exercise discipline, demonstrate personal conviction and courage. These men are public and private figures who are leaders, motivators, educators, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, civil servants and private citizens.

McCallum and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of a daughter, Brittany Rae (24) and son Ray Michael (22), who was selected 36th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings.