Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Featured Speakers November 25th

Please join us for a very special Thanksgiving program this Wednesday at noon at the DAC, when we will have two outstanding guests as our speakers.
Chuck Gaidica, long-time chief weathercaster for WDIV-TV, left the station to focus on being a minister of outreach at Oak Pointe Church in Novi.  In addition to serving as a minister he provides content for Local 4 with his “Force 4 Good” reports; covers special events like the Thanksgiving parade and Freedom Festival fireworks; and, now since September, co-hosts the morning show “Live in the D.”
Rev. Dr. William K. Quick is Pastor Emeritus of the Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit.  In August of 2000 he was appointed to direct a new endowment program for the World Methodist Council.   He serves as a visiting professor at Duke Divinity School.  Bill has honored our club for the past 40 years with a Thanksgiving message that is always inspiring and insightful.

Chuck and Bill have a close personal friendship based on their deep respect for each other and their faith in God which is reflected in their commitment to serve others.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Featured Speaker November 18th

Lina Hourani-Harajli,Chief Operating Officer

Known for her compassion, dedication to making a difference and commitment to operational excellence, Lina Hourani-Harajli has served the community through ACCESS, the largest Arab American nonprofit organization in the nation, since 2000.
She has represented the agency in progressively increasing capacities since joining the administrative team, and was named the organization’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2014. As COO, Lina oversees all of ACCESS’ program areas, encompassing more than 100 programs that are dedicated to empowering the diverse communities the agency serves.  Her oversight also comprises all operational departments, including Communications and Marketing, Human Resources, Facilities and Information Technology.
Prior to joining ACCESS, Lina worked in the private sector for more than 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and is active in various community and cultural/educational organizations.
In 2015, Lina was appointed to a four-year term by Governor Rick Snyder to the State of Michigan’s Commission for Middle Eastern American Affairs.  The Commission, housed within the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), operates in an advisory capacity to the Governor’s Office and the MDCR on issues of economic development, coordination of state services, public awareness and combatting discrimination in Michigan’s Middle Eastern communities.
Lina is a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXXV, serves as Treasurer on  the Executive Board of the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs (CMEEA), and as Treasurer of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.
Her accomplishments with ACCESS include the negotiation of a number of sizable contracts that provided for an aggregate savings of more than one million dollars for the organization, leading the migration of the entire organization to a cloud-based IT infrastructure; spearheading the implementation of an integrated Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), and leading several facility renovations, including the expansion space for the Arab American National Museum, known as The Annex.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Featured Speaker November 11th

John Gallagher, Author
Detroit Free Press Writer
Detroit Free Press staff writer John Gallagher will be our speaker on Wednesday to discuss his new book which explores the greatness of Minoru Yamasaki, whose designs include important metro Detroit buildings and the Twin Towers in New York.
The book is a biography and appreciation of the work of famed Detroit-based architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed multiple important buildings in metro Detroit. Those buildings include the One Woodward skyscraper in downtown Detroit, Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Township, and several buildings on the campus of Wayne State University including the McGregor Memorial Conference Center, which appears on the cover of the book in a photograph by the late Balthazar Korab. Yamasaki went on to earn worldwide fame for his World Trade Center twin towers in New York as well as notable buildings from Saudi Arabia to Japan. He was among the most important of the designers who made Michigan a center of Mid-Century Modernism from the late 1940s through the 1970s.
The meeting on Wednesday will not be at the DAC!  We will meet at the FOXtown Grille which is located at 2211 Woodward Avenue in the southwest corner of the FOX
Theater (corner of West Columbia).  Parking is free in the lot on West Columbia directly across from the restaurant (you must tell the attendant you are there for the Rotary meeting in the FOXtown Grille).  The cost for the meal and parking will be the regular price of $26.00 (cash only).
        HOT: Chicken Marsala, side of pasta, house salad, bread basket  
        VEGETARIAN :  grilled vegetables, side of pasta, house salad, bread basket                             
        DESSERT: Tiramisu               BEVERAGES: Coffee, Tea, Water, Soda

Monday, November 2, 2015

Featured Speaker: November 1st


John W. Barfield, Entrepreneur 

Please join us on Wednesday to hear John Barfield tell the story of how he built one of the nation's largest African-American-owned business organizations from almost nothing.  In his memoir, co-written by Anthony Neely, titled "Starting from Scratch: The Humble Beginnings of a Two-Billion-Dollar Enterprise" you will hear this fascinating and inspiring story.

Barfield began his career as a janitor making $1.75 an hour, but he built a building maintenance business so profitable that International Telephone & Telegraph (now ITT Corporation) outbid three other corporate giants to buy it in 1969. Barfield then developed the Barfield Companies into a much-admired organization comprising manufacturing and service companies. Today Barfield's most successful company, the Bartech Group Inc., is a well-established multimillion-dollar corporation. Bartech bills clients more than $2 billion annually for its global workforce management services.

Barfield's success, driven by his integrity and high ethical standards, built confidence in minority supplier programs that are now standard throughout American industry. "Starting from Scratch" highlights practical and spiritual principles that were integral to Barfield's six decades as a successful entrepreneur - and which anyone can apply for similar success in business and life. Barfield and Neely hope their new book will inspire current and aspiring entrepreneurs with its detailed guidelines on discovering a niche market, managing crises and delivering more than customers and employees expect.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 28th Featured Speaker

Chera Kee, Ph.D.
Wayne State University

On Wednesday Dr. Chera Kee will present  "Horror History: from the Gothic to the Walking Dead".  With Halloween the following Saturday this should be an informative and fun discussion.
Chera Kee is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies in the English Department at Wayne State University.  She received her Ph.D. from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in May 2011 and started teaching at Wayne later that year.  She also holds degrees from Harvard University and Oklahoma City University.
Dr. Kee’s research focuses on American horror media, and she has recently finished her first book manuscript entitled Not Your Average Zombie: Performance, Identity, Rebellion, and the Undead, which explores the many unexpectedly sympathetic and loveable zombies that pop up in American media, including zombies who talk, zombies who fall in love, and even zombies who lead political revolutions.
At Wayne, Dr. Kee teaches courses on horror, censorship, adaptation, and film history, among other things.  Last year, she was awarded a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award.  She has also been the recipient of a Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship and a University Research Grant while at Wayne.