Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Women in Rotary Luncheon - Oct 15, 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 $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 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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Featured Speaker for October 8th

Larry Leib,Shriners  Hospital

Topic:  Why Volunteering is Important 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Speaker of the week

President, Macomb Community College

James Jacobs assumed the presidency of Macomb Community College on July 1, 2008.  Prior to his appointment, he concurrently served as director for the Center for Workforce Development and Policy at the college, and as associate director, Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jacobs earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has more than40 years experience at Macomb.  He has taught social science, political science and economics.  He specializes in the areas of workforce skills and technology, economic development, worker retraining and community college workforce development, and is widely published in these areas of expertise.  In addition, Jacobs has conducted research, developed programs and consulted on workforce development and community college issues at the national, state and local levels.  

He is a past president of the National Council for Workforce Education, a national post-secondary organization of occupational education and workforce development specialists, and a member of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education. He is also a member of the Community College Advisory Panel to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton New Jersey.  

Jacobs is currently serving on the Governor’s Talent Investment Board, which advises Michigan’s governor on job creation, and talent development and retention.  He is widely known for the Macomb County Economic Forecast, presented annually for 30 years for the coalition of county’s chambers of commerce.  Jacobs serves on a number of local boards, including the Center for Automotive Research, Metropolitan Affairs Council and the Detroit Institute of Arts.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rotary Native Garden News

GOOD NEWS - the first section of our Rotary Native Garden (RNG) is completely planted and even flowering!!    
(bad news… We have some work to do - there are a few unwanted plants that are showing up uninvited :-(

Let’s get together to keep it looking beautiful!!
We have set up regular fun (work) days both for those who have open schedules during the week and for those who are only available on weekends.  They are as follows for the rest of the season:
Tuesdays:  9 am to noon - every week….  September 9, 16, 23, and 30 October 7, 14, 21, 28.  November 4 and 11.    
Saturdays:  September 13, and 20.   October 4 and 18.   November 1 and 15.

If you can’t make it for 3 hours, come for the time you have :-)
Please, do not forget   -   RSVP to Mebby Pearson at  for the dates you can help so she can have the right number of tools and gloves available!!!
Why is this important??  
1  Our darling signs are up identifying ROTARY as the group responsible for this garden… let’s show Detroiters  WE CARE!
2  Many hands make quick work (easier)!
3  This exercise is more fun than running and sunshine is good for you!
4  You can learn a lot about gardening from Bronson Gentry, our garden manager.  He is behind the scenes, planning and consulting  and has a wealth of experience - He is a treasure!

This Week's Speaker

Edward Koster


Edward Koster is a Presbyterian minister, the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Detroit, and a retired attorney.
He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, The University of Michigan, and the University of Toledo College of Law.
He earned an MA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan.  He continues in his studies of history--ancient, medieval, modern, and military.
One of his areas of interest is how the decisions made at the end of World War I by the victorious nations have resulted in much of the geopolitical unrest we see today in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Virginia.