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Mailing Address: PO Box 43, Clarkston, MI 48347

Clarkston

We Do Things People Think Just Happen

We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Buck Shots Bar and Grill
7048 Gateway Park Drive
Clarkston, MI  48346
United States
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Nice crowd at tonight's meeting!  10 members and 6 guests.  Our speaker was Chelsea O'Brien of the Clarkston Family Farm.  Chelsea enthusiastically engaged us in what sounds like an energetic undertaking and a real positive experience for the students of Clarkston Community Schools.The community has been very supportive of the farm on the corner of Hubbard Road and M15.   Many of us didn't even know it was there!  Some of us knew it was there but only knew bits and pieces of what goes on there.  Chelsea explained that the property adjacent to the Independence Elementary School was originally being used by the District for storage.  She learned about it and three years later she and Doctor Rock worked together to make it a wonderful opportunity for the children here in Independence Township.  "It's a win-win for all of us.  A perfect fit for a non-profit educational farm to be on an educationally-zoned property that used to be a horse farm " Chelsea said.  She also mentioned that the soil is rich for gardening, thanks to the horses.
 
For more information about it and to learn some of the opportunities for children, go to http://www.clarkstonfamilyfarm.com  or to the Clarkston Family Farm Facebook page.
 
Clarkston Rotary’s Upcoming Community Service Projects
 
Volunteers needed for Clarkston Rotary/Goodfellow newspaper sales on Fri. Dec 1st & Sat. Dec 2nd:
Clarkston Rotarians and other community volunteers will be on Clarkston area streets on Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd from 7:30 AM until 5:00 PM selling the Clarkston Rotary/Clarkston News published newspaper for donations. Volunteers can sign up for two hour shifts at Signup Genius - Clarkston Rotary's Goodfellow Newspaper. 100% of the monies collected this weekend will be spent the following weekend on the Clarkston Rotary's "Shoes for Kids" program providing over 300 Clarkston School children with new winter boots, shoes, hats and gloves.
 
CLICK BELOW TO SIGNUP FOR NEWSPAPER SALES:
 
 
 
Volunteering for “Shoes for Kids” distribution for Clarkston children:
Clarkston Rotary's "Shoes for Kids"  program will provide over 350 Clarkston school children with new shoes, winter boots, hats and gloves. The Clarkston Area Lions will offer free eye exams and the Clarkston Optimists will provide new socks. Local dentists are donating toothbrushes and toothpaste to promote better dental hygiene. In addition MPK Studios will be taking a family portrait or a sitting with Santa.  
 
"Shoes for Kids" begins with a setup at Oakland Woods Baptist Church on Maybee Road on Friday night, December 8th with up to 30 to 40 volunteers needed from 4:30 PM until about 8:30 PM. We will be setting up tables, unloading inventory and preparing for the Saturday event. 
On Saturday, December 9th, 140 volunteers are needed in two hour shifts beginning at 9:00 AM until the last child leaves about 3:30 PM.
Afterwards the inventory is packed up, the church cleaned and set up for Sunday services. We will be finished before 6:00 PM. Food and drinks will be made available for volunteers during the day. Join us in one of the largest Clarkston community service projects of the year. Clarkston Community School students and others can earn community service hours. 
 
Volunteers are able to sign up on-line for a variety of jobs at Signup Genius -- Clarkston Rotary’s “Shoes for Kids” 
 
 
CLIK BELOW TO SIGNUP FOR "SHOES FOR KIDS":
 
 
 
We would like to ask for donations of hotel soaps, shampoos, creme rinses, body lotions and mouthwashes for "Shoes for Kids". If you or anyone you know have extras please consider donating and bringing them on Saturday, December 9th or by calling Joel or Mindy DeLong to make arrangements before the day of the event
 
For more information regarding the programs or the volunteer positions please call Joel or Mindy DeLong at 248-625-9741 or e-mail mindyjoel@aol.com.
HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD'S LIFE
What a great evening!  Our public meeting on opiod abuse held at the Clarkston Independence Library was well attended and proved to be worth the time spent.  We had 39 people in attendance, 13 of whom were Clarkston Rotarians.  We also had some Ortonville Rotarians attend.  Our speaker, Rony Foumia, did an excellent job of explaining how the problem has become so serious over the years and what needs to happen to start to turn the awful statistics around.  The consensus of Rotarians seemed to be that we should consider doing more public interest meetings, maybe quarterly if we have interesting and timely topics.  Something for discussion, certainly.
 
Opioid Crisis Explored
 
The Opioid Epidemic has become a national emergency and impacts every community in Michigan.
 
On November 15th the Clarkston Rotary and Clarkston Inependence District Library present a program to explore this critical topic. Rony Fournia, an expert on opioid addiction will lead the discussion on the causes, risk factors, protective strategies, warning signs of addiction and how to find help.
 
Mr. Foumia, Pharmacist and Regional Manager for Rite Aid, is a nationally recognized speaker on opioid addiction and was recently appointed to the Michigan Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee by Governor Snyder. Rony feels passionately about the importance of educating the public and has presented numerous lectures on public health issues.
 
The opioid program will be held at the Clarkston Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Road on November 15th beginning at 6:30 PM. To reserve your seat see the CIDL's event clendar at www.cidlibrary.org or call the library at 248-625-2212.
 
The Clarkston Rotary, providing service to the community for 77 years.
 
What a great evening!  We had 10 guests, pretty much a full house.  Many of them came to hear our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Irene Caracciolo, talk about her exchange year so far.  She told us about the activities in which she has participated as well as a bit about her family and home in Sicily.
 
Scott Loney was a visitor from the West Bloomfield Rotary Club.  He came to tell us about a program to be put on by his club and the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor West.  On December 3, the clubs will be presenting and honoring Martin Lowenberg, Holocaust survivor, with the Rotary Distinguished Service Award.  Mr. Lowenberg has made it his personal mission to share his story with younger generations in order that this dark period in history is never forgotten.  Five Clarkston Rotarians and their 3 guests have signed up to attend.  Please let me know if you'd like to be added to the list. Or you may register at the link below:
 
More volunteers are needed for the Ronald McDonald trip on November 11.  Please contact President Al if you can participate.
 
Al picked up $22 as winner of the 50-50.
 
Club anniversaries were celebrated by Jim Tedder (4 years), Brad (11 years) and Joel (24 years).  Great to have you all aboard!!
 
We sang "Happy birthday" to Karrie.  We would have sung to Jeff Reddy, too, but he is still in Germany and wouldn't have heard us.
 
Jeff Lichty won the Foundation Drawing.
 
Remember there is no meeting next Monday evening as we are meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15, instead.  Please plan to attend the Wednesday meeting at the Clarkston-Independence Library to hear our speaker on the opiod crisis, a very timely topic.  The meeting is open to the public and has been advertised in a number of places.  A flier is attached.  It will be helpful to have everyone register so we know how many will be in attendance and can plan accordingly. 6:30 refreshments.
To all those who attended last Thursday's 'A Taste of the Holidays' wine, beer & food extravaganza at Bordine Nursery - THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING AND SUPPORTING THE CLARKSTON ROTARY CLUB.
This event allows our club to fulfill its commitment of community service, both locally in Clarkston as well as internationally.
 
We especially want to thank the great local restaurants and eateries that take time out of the busy, hectic schedules to prepare a virtual palate of taste, textures and colors to the almost 500 patrons that night. Please be sure and tell them what a great job they did the next time you visit them or even better like them on Facebook.
 
The variety of wines of the world and beers sourced from local breweries only added to the intrigue of the night.
 
We hope to see you again next year and ask that you tell your family, friends, neighbors and business associates about the Clarkston event.
 
The Clarkston Rotary Club.
On July 10 we welcomed our newest member Karrie Marsh! Welcome, Karrie!!  We're glad to have you aboard.
 
If you are interested in joining our club along with all the wonderful things we do for our community, please contact one of our board members listed at our website: www.clarkstonrotary.com

Clarkston Rotarians spent their January 30th meeting gathered at the offices of The Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.  16 in all, we filled gift bags for the Foundation’s Valentine’s Day Dance. More than 140 patients and family members are expected to attend the event so there was plenty of work for Rotarians as well as some of our friends and family members. Although it wasn’t planned, we had enough helping hands to collate and fill dozens of loose leaf binders with information for patients.

Organized by Rotarian Brad Evans, a member of The Leukemia Foundation’s Board, this event gave us an opportunity for wider community service, lively conversation and laughter. We capped the evening off with dinner at the Uptown Grill.

Our club will continue to take on small services projects every month... and all are welcome to join in.  

For information on how to volunteer, please contact one of the Clarkston Rotarians by clicking on any name on our home page.

 

 

 

Eileen has worked for 30 years with teachers and children, the Michigan Virtual High School, and Central Michigan University. She is certified in the construction and maintenance of the Biosand water filter. Eileen is a past president of the Rotary in Troy, Michigan. She has been promoting water filtration for developing countries around the world since 2001 and travels to Nepal each year to check on water and health issues in adopted villages and to begin new projects there. She has facilitated the CAWST (the Center for Affordable Water) Biosand Filter Workshop since 2004.

 

On January 30th, our club will be visiting the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan in Farmington Hills to help with the preparations for their Valentine's Day dance. Anyone interested in joining us for the evening, please contact a Rotarian personally or through our website 
 
Tonight Denyse Loveless Couture spoke to our club about Clarkston Cultural Arts. Clarkston Cultural Arts is bringing the Detroit Institute of Arts' Inside Out program back to Clarkston. This year's program will combine replication of some of the world's greatest artists, along with art from local artists. Come and hear about this program and other creative art events that will be taking place in the Clarkston area this year.
 
  
The Clarkston Rotary would like to again thank the Clarkston Community for helping to make the 38th annual "Shoes for Kids" program an absolute success.
 
Those who truly benefited were the Clarkston children who left Oakland Woods Baptist Church on December 10th with large smiles and warm boots and gloves.
 
The donations received during our club's Goodfellow newspaper sales the first weekend in December provide the financial means to hold the annual event. The efforts of the volunteers hitting the Clarkston streets is greatly appreciated and they make it all possible.
 
Forty volunteers gave up a Friday night to help set up and prepare for the distribution on Saturday. Their efforts allowed for the fastest setup ever.
 
On Saturday, December 10th one hundred and forty volunteers participated throughout the day in various activities assisting the three hundred and sixty five children attending the event.
 
Thank you as collectively we have helped make a difference in a child's life.
 
 
A Special Thank You to following groups for helping to make it all possible:
- The Clarkston News and Don Rush
- The City of the Village of Clarkston
- Oakland Woods Baptist Church
- Clarkston Area Lions Club
- Clarkston Optimist Club
- Boy Scout Troop #199
- Cub Scout Pack #499
- Friends of the Clarkston Independence Township Library  
- Clarkston Community School & their Social Workers
- Lighthouse of Oakland County - Clarkston Office
- MPK Photography
- Jim Jacques (Santa)
- Neiman's Family Market
- Broner Hat & Glove
- Union Joints, Woodshop & Clarkston Union
- Hamlin Pub
- Hungry Howie's - Sashabaw Road
- Tim Hortons - Maybee Road
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
 
Norman Wesley Brooks
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
 

Thank you to all the Goodfellow volunteers for braving the streets of Clarkston. Without your help "Shoes for Kids" wouldn't be possible. Collectively we raised over $13,000 through the generosity of others.

The collections will be put to use this coming Saturday when we distribute Shoes, Boots, Hats and Gloves to 300+ children in need. If you or someone you know would like to get a heart filled with joy helping fit children... there is still time to volunteer. Please visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4da8af2aa5fe3-shoes2

Thank you and have a Very Merry Christmas!

Clarkston Rotary Club

Our club will not be having our regular Monday evening meeting on November 14th. Instead our club will be volunteering at the kitchen of Grace Centers of Hope (http://www.gracecentersofhope.org/welcome) in Pontiac. In addition to all the great things we do such as:

• Shoes for Kids
• Renaissance High School Scholarships
• Youth Exchange Students
• Team RUSH Robotics Team Sponsorship
• Cub Scout Pack 499 Chartering
• Clarkston Labor Day Parade
• Independence Township Summer Youth Day Camp
• Clarkston Community Schools HELP Program
• Polio Plus
• Shelter Box
• SCAMP Picnic
• Rotary Foundation
• Monthly Service Projects - Operation Gratitude, Children's Hospital Pillows, Grace Centers of Hope
• Yearly Presidential Project - This year's project is support to "The Friends of the North Oakland County Veterans Treatment Court"

We work together on a smaller scale service project once a month. If you would like to join us for any of our future projects, please visit our club on a Monday evening to see all the great things we are doing to help in our community.... and hear some of our fantastic speakers!

Please view our calendar.

Hope to see you soon!

Our fall wine tasting was a great success last night. Thank you to all the restaurants and vendors for sure!

Via Bologna
MacPhee's Restaurant
Parties & Shindigs, LLC
Pita Way
Kruse --Deer Lake Inn
Hamlin Pub
O'Malley's Galley Restaurant
LA Café
OverTime
Joe's Crab Shack
Buffalo Wild Wings--Tom
Hill Top

Great food, great wine, micro brews.... and people!

Thanks to all that attend. Hope everyone can make it to the Spring Tasting!!!

 

It is with a heavy heart that the Clarkston Rotary says, “Good-Bye” to past president Bart Clark who died suddenly over the Labor Day weekend.  
 
       
 
Bart lived a full and exciting life.  He served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years in the nuclear submarine force.  After serving as commander of the nuclear submarine USS Omaha, he went on to serve as the commander of two naval shores activities.  His final tour was as Professor of Naval Science at the University of Michigan, during which time he belonged to the Ann Arbor Rotary club.  Following his navy career, Bart worked for the Ford Motor company for 11 years.  Bart was the great, great, great grandson of Jeremiah Clark, one of the two Clark brothers from whom Clarkston takes its name.  In addition to his long-time membership in the Clarkston Rotary Club, he was involved in numerous community committees and projects.  The members of the Clarkston Rotary knew they could always call on Bart to chair or serve on any committee, from chairing the  Clarkston Rotary 75th birthday celebration to helping organizing the staging for this year’s Labor Day parade.
 
Rest in peace, Bart.  
 
We miss you.
During our club meeting August 8th, we all wrote personal letters of appreciation to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers.....
 
Last evening our Rotarian's treated the Clarkston SCAMP parents, families, children and counselors to a picnic at Bay Court Park. Clarkston Rotary does this every year to provide the SCAMP families a chance to spend time together. 
 
President Joel Delong did a great job with the club and had a great 2015-16.  Joel welcomed the clubs  new president, David Boersma, at a festive affair at beautiful Fountains Golf Course. Outgoing president, Joel Delong, and the past presidents lined up for the traditional passing of the gavel...
 
 
The Labor Day parade in Clarkston, has been going 74 years and counting.....
Labor Day celebrates the creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country......

Our club welcomed this past years host families and outbound youth exchange students Sara Banks and Claire Schleusner to bid a fond farewell to Garfare as she returns back to Thailand. 

 
We had another great Rotary event last night at The Fountains to raise money for our local and international projects. If you missed the fun - come to our Taste of the Holiday's the end of October featuring wines from around the world and food from area chefs.
 
 
 
 

For my mother....

One of my earliest recollection of my mother is at the age of 4.  I don’t remember when I realized that scars were the result of a healed wound rather than an injury, but the summer of 1974 I noticed pronounced scars on my mother’s leg.  Oblivious to the fact that they were already healed, I said to her “mommy, your leg is hurt and I’m going to take care of you”...

The Clarkston Rotary greatly appreciates the community support and efforts of almost three hundred and fifty volunteers recently in two of our largest community service projects...

 

 

The Hills Were Alive….

On Saturday, April 19 Depot Park was buzzing with the sound of rakes as members of  Cub Scout Pack 499 were joined by their parents and members of their sponsoring Clarkston Rotary Club to ready the park for spring. 

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In NImageovember, two Clarkston Rotarians went to Africa to help Rotary keep it’s promise to the children of the world to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.   Mary Sloan and Jeff Lichty of the Clarkston Rotary Club traveled with a team to Ethiopia to deliver polio drops in response to the recent outbreak of the virus in the Horn of Africa.  Global efforts to eradicate polio have made impressive progress over the past decade. When Rotary began the fight in 1985, polio affected 350,000 people, mostly children, in 125 countries every year. Since then, polio has been reduced by more than 99 percent. In 2012 there were only 223 cases anywhere in the world.....

 
 
Speakers
Don Herbert
Dec 18, 2017
Up date on Independence Fire
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2017
No Meeting
Jan 01, 2018
Louis Richard
Jan 08, 2018
Rotary Youth Exchange
Brad Evans
Jan 29, 2018
Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan
Sara Banks
Feb 05, 2018
Rotary Youth Exchange