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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.
Yet another great speaker at Monday's meeting! 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2017
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.
 
Opioid Crisis Explored - Thursday, Nov15th 6:30 PM @ CIDL Cate Hallisy 2017-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by J.DeLong on Nov 02, 2017
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.
A Taste for the Holidays: A THANK YOU FROM THE CLARKSTON ROTARY J.DeLong 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Our guests for the evening were Alese Hardy and our speaker, Michael Gall.
 
Since the wine party, our major fundraiser, is coming up in just 10 days,  we heard a lot about the plans and how things are shaping up.  We are in pretty good shape for workers.  Chad reported on the auction items, and it sounds like we will have some great and varied prizes.  The auction committee will meet again later this week to begin wrapping and organizing the prizes.  Al repeated the need for ads to be sold and sent to him ASAP.  And of course, all are encouraged to SELL, SELL, SELL tickets.  Next week we will take a count of how many are sold and predicted to be sold additionally. The wine and beer are ordered.  Next week's meeting will be devoted to finalizing plans, so hopefully will be in attendance for the final push.  
 
Our speaker for the evening was Michael Gall, Peace Corps volunteer who told us of his experience in Micronesia.  He was on the island of Ta, which means "small island," one of hundreds of islands making up Micronesia.  It really is a small island measuring about 200 yards by 4 miles.  He explained his role there as a teacher of English, but what the islanders really wanted was a basketball court, so he arranged to build that along with other school improvements.  When his two -year stint was up, he hadn't quite finished the project, but the islanders were so motivated and equipped by this time that they were able to finish the project after he left.  
 
Michael is currently a Peace Corp recruiter whose job it is to raise awareness of the Peace Corp.  He certainly did that well tonight!
 
AND he won the 50-50 raffle for the evening.  Great job, Michael.  
 
The Foundation Drawing yielded two winners, Jeff Reddy and Al Avery , who finally isn't drawn last!
 
 
October 16 meeting highlights Mary Sloan 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Serving dinner at Ronald McDonald House in Detroit on Sept. 25th Joel D 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joel DeLong
 
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
Volunteers for Clarkston Rotary's "Goodfellow" newspaper sales & "Shoes for Kids" Joel DeLong 2017-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
 
The Clarkston Rotary Club has elected to discontinue its sponsorship and running of the Clarkston Labor Day Parade. I
 
The club has enjoyed its 76 years of sponsorship and operating the parade. The club has decided to focus our efforts on the multiple projects and services we provide in and around Clarkston.
If another group or organization is interested in taking over the Labor Day Parade sponsorship and running it in the future please contact the Clarkston Rotary. We would be more than happy to assist them with the transition and organizing.
 
We look forward to our continued support for Clarkson and its citizens and want to thank each and everyone who have contributed their time and efforts throughout the years with the Labor Day Parade.

Sincerely,
The Clarkston Rotary Club
 
 
 
 
No Clarkston Labor Day Parade Planned for 2017 J. DeLong 2017-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
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
Welcome, Karrie. Mary Sloan 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joel DeLong on Jan 03, 2017
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
"Shoes for Kids" - Another Successful Year Joel DeLong 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Boersma
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
Merry Christmas David Boersma 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Boersma
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...
 
 
Clarkston Rotary welcomes new board! David Boersma 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Boersma
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......
Calling All Parade entries...... David Boersma 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Boersma

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. 

A Fond Farwell....... David Boersma 2016-06-24 00:00:00Z 0

Visit us tonight, June 24th at Depot Park for "concerts in the Park" make a donation and get dinner!!! All proceeds go towards our club service projects.

Tonight's Blues Rock Performances by Randy Brock......

Concerts in the Park Davdi Boersma 2016-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Clarkston Rotary Club welcomes Cassie Driscoll as its newest member! D Boersma 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ransom on May 22, 2016
 
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.
 
 
 
The Spring Wine Tasting was a success! John Ransom 2016-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Boersma, AIA
 

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”...

My Rotary Story...... David Boersma, AIA 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
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...
A Clarkston Rotary Thank You Joel DeLong 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
October 24th is World Polio Day 2015-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
For many years the Clarkston Rotary has ushered in the fall with its annual Labor Day Parade downtown.  This year was no exception.  Bands!  Classic cars!  Even a juggling unicyclist!  And beautiful weather as a bonus. What a day.
Another Successful Labor Day Parade 2015-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary cooks for SCAMPers Mary Sloan 2015-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Clarkston Rotary 75 Year Anniversary Celebration Nancy Galik 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by J. DeLong on Apr 27, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
 
Depot Park in Clarkston was a beehive of activity on Saturday as Cub Scout Pack #499 buzzed around the park raking and filling bags of leaves and twigs.
 
Supported by their parents and Clarkston Rotarians the park was officially declared ready for spring and summer park activities. A record 84 bags were filled eclipsing last year's count of 76 bags. This is the 6th year for the activity and is greatly welcomed and appreciated by the City of the Village of Clarkston.
 
For their efforts the Cub Scouts were treated to pizza, pop and candy after the cleanup.
 
A JOB WELL DONE !!!
 
 
Depot Park Spring Cleanup with Cub Scout Pack #499 J. DeLong 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Jeff Reddy!  On April 13, Clarkston Rotary welcomed a new member to the club. We're happy to have him aboard.  Pictured from left are Al Avery, John Halleran, Jeff Reddy and Bart Clark
 
Welcoming a new member Nancy Galik 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Galik on Apr 19, 2015
Tonight’s speakers were Travis, Meagan, Nykeyriah, Kylie, and Skyla. These young adults are participating in AmeriCorp NCCC (North Central Region Cedar Six). AmeriCorp was founded out of the Civilian Conservation Corp and is made up of 18-24 year olds. The program runs 6-8 weeks with teams consisting of 8-12 young adults focusing on community based projects. Each participant is trained in CPR, first aid, leadership skills, etc. Projects range from home repairs to clean up of public lands and re-establishment of infrastructures (boardwalks, parks, and shelters). If you would like more information on AmeriCorp, please contact J.J. Trotta (319) 472-9664 ext 20, jtrotta@CNS.gov
 
Monday NIght Speakers - AmeriCorp Nancy Galik 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Galik on Apr 12, 2015
Tonight’s speaker was Joe Gorz, a Clarkston High School Graduate and a graduate from Michigan State University College of Ostheopathic Medicine in 2013. He spoke to us about the Peru Osteopathic Health Initiative. Joe is one of 32 MSU students working on this program. Joe is working with the Traverse City Rotary as they are seeking matching funds to be used for medicines and supplies for the underserved patients in Peru. Pictured Jeff Lichty and Joe Gorz.
 
Monday NIght Speaker - Joe Gorz Nancy Galik 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome John Ransom!  On March 31, Clarkston Rotary welcomed a new member to the club.  John Ransom was previously a member of the Fenton and Birmingham Rotary clubs.  He works for Fifth Third Bank.  We're happy to have him aboard.  Pictured from left are Al Avery, John Ransom, John Halleran and President Janet Thomas.  
 
Welcoming a new member Mary Sloan 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 02, 2015
Tonight’s speaker was Jim Tedder, recently elected Michigan House Representative.  He spoke to us about what it’s like to be a freshman legislator.  He showed us a sample schedule of his week, both for his days in his District and his Lansing days.   He serves on the Education Committee, the committee for Workforce and Talent Development, as well as committees for Communication and Technology and Health policy.  He gave us a lot of background, non-political information like the swearing in ceremony, how his seat location was determined and how he was assigned his parking spot. He described his special appointment to the Committee on Committees, one of 5 commissioners on the Midwest Higher Education Compact.   We learned a lot about things we don’t think much about, and we are very anxious to have him talk to us again in a few months as he becomes more familiar with his new position. 
 
Rotary's Own Jim Tedder 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Sloan on Aug 24, 2012
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Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student Miranda Moore left on Sunday, August 26,  for her year abroad.  She will be studying in St Maixent L'Ecole, France, where she will be hosted by the St Maixent l'Ecole Rotary club and live with three different host families. The Clarkston Club has gotten to know her very well as she has attended the meetings ever since she applied to go. She's excited about the adventure and promises to keep in touch frequently.  The day before she left she wrote," I have been excited since the day I was accepted into the program, and I am so thankful to have an opportunity like this. It is finally starting to sink in that I really am doing this, and it seems a little crazy. But I really am just too excited to be feeling anything else and I can not wait to arrive in France!"  We're anxious to follow her on her year abroad!
President Bart says "Au Revoir" to RYE Student Miranda Mary Sloan 2012-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Sloan on Aug 19, 2012

Celebrating 20 years of Rotary in Ukraine from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Twenty years ago, six clubs (three in the U.S., two in Canada and one in Scotland) helped charter the Rotary Club of Kiev, the first in Ukraine.  The Clarkston Rotary club, under the leadership of Lu Hewko, was instrumental in its founding.  Now the country has more than 40 clubs and many Rotaractors.  At a recent event, Rotarians instrumental in bringing Rotary to Ukraine celebrated.  Clarkston Rotarian Lu was among the revelers.  
Our Own Lu Hewko Takes Part Mary Sloan 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Sloan on Oct 12, 2011

ImageOpportunity for high school students to study overseas for a year.

 If you would like the opportunity to spend an academic year learning another language and culture under the auspices of Rotary, contact Jeff lichty at jlichty11@earthlink.net or 248-625-4244.  Read what one student had to say. 

Rotary Youth Exchange Mary Sloan 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
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It may have been 40 degrees, windy and snowing, but it didn't stop Clarkston Rotary members and Cub Scout pack 499 scouts and parents from cleaning up Depot Park.  Dave Boersma, Cub Scout den leader and Clarkston Rotarian, arranged for the collaboration, and due to the combined efforts, the park looks great and can be enjoyed now that spring finally arrived!
Neither Rain, Nor Snow.... Mary Sloan 2011-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Webster on May 16, 2011

WHAT’S ROTARY?


Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary club members belonging to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
Founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary celebrated 100 years of service in 2005. The Rotary Foundation has awarded more than US$2.1 billion in grants, which are administered at the local level by Rotary clubs.

What is the purpose of Rotary?
Rotary clubs exist to improve communities through a range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational activities. Clubs advance international understanding by partnering with clubs in other countries. Rotary also encourages high ethical standards in all vocations.



What's Rotary Jason Webster 2011-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Webster on Apr 05, 2011


RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards



RYLA Jason Webster 2011-04-05 17:56:01Z 0
More Shelterbox Jason Webster 2011-04-05 17:51:51Z 0
Posted by Gary Hanna on Apr 05, 2011

The Clarkston Rotary has recently funded two Shelter Boxes and they arrived in Haiti this earlier month. Each Shelter Box contains a tent, sleeping bags and cooking equipment to provide shelter and feed a family of ten.

Clarkston Funded Shelter Boxes Deployed to Haiti Gary Hanna 2011-04-05 17:51:34Z 0
Shelter Box Response to Haiti Jason Webster 2011-04-05 17:48:30Z 0
Posted by Mary Sloan on Apr 05, 2011
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Clarkston Rotary welcomed its new president, Brad Evans, at a festive affair at beautiful Shepherd's Hollow Golf Course. Outgoing president, Jason Webster, pinned the president's pin onto Brad's lapel.
New Officers Take Office Mary Sloan 2011-04-05 17:47:33Z 0
Shelterbox in Japan Jason Webster 2011-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
An Opportunity for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders Mary Sloan 2011-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
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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.....

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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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ImageOur inbound youth exchange student from the Philippines had her first pumpkin carving experience.  She and her host mother shared this" mother-daughter first."  Joy reported that it was great fun and she was about to start on her second pumpkin.  

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A Community Thank You for supporting the recent Clarkston Labor Day Parade !!

The Clarkston Rotary Club sponsors of the Clarkston Labor Day Parade for the past 72 years was very thankful for the weather cooperating during the  parade and for those participants that join us in an annual fun-filled community event. The traditional end of summer parade consisting of floats, classic cars, community service organizations, musical groups, local businesses, political candidates, and families seemed to be enjoyed by all.

A special thank you to the American Legion Campbell Richmond Post #63 and the military veterans for again leading the parade as they have every year since the the very first Labor Day parade. Karen Newman, voice of the Detroit Red Wings and spokesperson for Bowman Chevrolet is well appreciated for her singing of the National Anthem to begin the parade

If you are interested joining in the fun of being in next year's Clarkston Rotary Labor Day Parade on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 please be sure to look for the entry application on the clarkstonrotary.org web site (under downloads) or by contacting Clarkston Rotarian, Joel DeLong at joeldelong@aol.com or 248-625-9741. 

 

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Hello All,

I want to thank you again for all your support of ShelterBox.  I am attaching a link to an 8 minute update of the good work your donations did in 2013.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or requests.

Please continue to keep ShelterBox in mind as you watch the news and see how people are suffering from conflict and natural disasters in the world.

Yours in Rotary,
Mary Sloan

ShelterBox Update 2013 Jason Webster 0
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If you weren't at the Clarkston Rotary Fall Wine Tasting Fundraiser, you missed a great evening.  Ten wine tables, two beer tables and 15 restaurants provided plenty of tasting and feasting.  Planning has already started for next year's party.  If you came this year, we're hoping you'll come again.  If you didn't, plan on it for next fall.  Image
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The Clarkston Rotary Club often takes advantage of the warm summer evenings to hold the meeting at the home of one of our members.  A meeting in July was no exception.  The district Governor was the speaker, and the club met at the home of immediate past president Bart Clark.  Read on to hear the governor's impression of the Clarkston club.

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Posted by Mary Sloan

Last Monday’s downpour couldn’t dampen the spirit of SCAMP goers and their families as they enjoyed the annual picnic put on by the Clarkston Rotary Club.  For years, the first event of the new Rotary year, which begins July 1, has been providing an evening picnic at Independence Oaks Twin Chimneys.  Along with the hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon, and cookies, the students and their families were treated to  the antics of Bingo the Clown, a face painter, and music by The Men Of Grace.  “It’s a chance for the families to get to know the other SCAMP goers and their families.  We really look forward to it,” one mother said of the picnic.  It’s a favorite of the Clarkston Rotary members, too.

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Clarkston Rotary entertains SCAMPers Mary Sloan 0
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ImageClarkston Rotarians and partners participated in Clarkston's Relay for Life May 18-19 at Clarkston Junior High School.  Two day event raised $74.463.94 in the fight to end that dreaded disease, cancer.


 

Clarkston Rotary Helps Sponsor Relay for Life Mary Sloan 0
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Saturday, April  20, didn't feel like spring, but that didn't stop Cub Scouts from Pine Knob Elementary Pack 499, their parents and Clarkston Rotary members from getting Depot Park ready for the warm weather .   Rotarian and Pack 499 parent Dave Boersma organized the "4th Annual Depot Park Cleanup" as an effort for the scouts to work together with their Charting Organization on one of their mutual interests of "Community Service".  The Cub Scouts brought their families to rake and then bag the twigs, leaves and debris that had gathered over the winter. It wasn't all work though - all shared in a morning hot choloate break followed by pizza and soda for lunch. The park looks great and is ready for us all to enjoy. We knew the warm weather couldn't be too far away!Image

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Clarkston Rotarian Jeff Lichty was honored with Rotary International's highest recognition, the Service Above Self award. 

As Rotary’s highest honor for individual Rotarians, this award recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually, worldwide, who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.

 Jeff has held multiple Rotary offices at the club, District and Zone levels.  He has practiced humanitarian service by participating in National Polio Immunization Days in India, on eyeglass medical missions to Grenada and Peru and by visiting a Rotary-USAID water and sanitation project in Ghana, West Africa, in order to help raises funds to complete the collaboration project.

 ImageCongratulations Jeff! We already knew you live Rotary, and now Rotary International has said it knows it too.

 

Clarkston Rotarian Honored with Award Mary Sloan 0
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Clarkston Rotary held it's annual spring wine party on May 23.  The crowd enjoyed tasting Michigan wines, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, and bidding on raffle items.  The proceeds will go to our local and international projects.  A good time was had by all!Image

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After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

Reaching the ultimate goal of a polio-free world presents ongoing challenges, not the least of which is a hundreds of million dollar funding gap. Of course, Rotary alone can't fill this gap, but continued Rotarian advocacy for government support can help enormously.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

"If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio." - Bill Gates

 

We are This Close to ending POLIO Jason Webster 0
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Clarkston High School’s robotics team, Team RUSH (Respect Unity Spirit Heart),  unveiled its latest robot at the 2013 Team RUSH Open House, held on Monday, February 18 at 6:00 PM at the Clarkston High School, in the CSMTech (Clarkston Science, Math and Technology) Academy.  Joe Liu, our Youth Exchange student from Taiwan, is a part of the team.  In the photo he is shown on the right  working on the robot with fellow team members (from left)  Jason Markesino, Andrew McLatcher, Kristijian Dodik.

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Part of Team RUSH Mary Sloan 0
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Since its initial charter in 1940, the Clarkston Rotary Club has been actively involved in downtown Clarkston’s Christmas decorations.  Initially, it was the lighting of a single pine tree in front of what was then its township hall. Over time it progressed to the business area on Main Street with the lighting and decorating of an even larger tree on the corner. Over the years, the decorations on the lampposts have been updated several times. Beginning in 2011, the Clarkston Rotary undertook a three year visionary program, “Illuminate Clarkston’s Downtown for the Holiday’s”. Working with Bronner’s of Frankenmuth, it was envisioned that LED Snowflake decorations with lighted garlands would be used to decorate each of the 34 lampposts along Main St.  In November 2013, Clarkston’s downtown will be entirely decorated with snowflakes and in 2014 the Clarkston Rotary will be able to celebrate 75 years of community service.

 

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On Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1, members and friends of the Clarkston Rotary club were on Clarkston street corners selling the Goodfellow edition of the Rotary newspaper to raise funds for the children of Clarkston. 100% of the donations raised were then spent to provide Clarkston area school children with new winter boots and shoes, hats, mittens or gloves the following weekend.  More than 100 volunteers devoted time and energy to the Clarkston Rotary Club’s Goodfellow newspaper sales and “Shoes for Kids.”

The donations collected from the two days on the streets, as well as donations from the Clarkston Women’s Club, has helped 425 Clarkston schoolchildren this year. We at Rotary are thankful for the groups involved.  Oakland Woods Baptist Church provides support and use of their church on the day of the distribution. The Clarkston Lions provide Project Kidsight, a free pre-school eye examination. The Clarkston Area Optimist Club have joined with their Opti-Socks program.
—  Boy Scout troop No. 199 helped with the sale of papers.  Clarkston schools and local churches support the program by collecting new hat and glove donations.

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As we've heard many times, Rotary's main focus is to eliminate polio worldwide. Since 1979 Rotary has been trying to accomplish this feat.  In Vancouver, British Columbia iOctober, Mary Sloan and Jeff Lichty joined other Rotarians from Canada and the Eastern US on a walk to call attention to our efforts.

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A Walk for Peace

 

On the evening of September 21,  some Clarkston Rotarians took part in a 5K twilight river front Walk for Peace along the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  The event, held to coincide with the United Nations World Peace Day, was designed to spread the word about world peace.  “The walk was designed to attract attention from regional and international media and to assist Rotary in enhancing its reputation as a world leader in the furtherance of world peace and conflict resolution.,” explained Joyce Jones, Windsor Rotary president and event organizer .  Rotary International Past President Ray Klinginsmith and Rotary Foundation Chairman Wilf Wilkenson were among the honored guests.  After the walk, the walkers attended a barbecue and a Peace concert featuring local artists including Jody Raffoul, Maria Connel and The Music Express. As many in the community may recall, Windsor was also the site of the successful 2008 Rotary World Peace Summit. This event is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in conjunction with District 6400 and District 6380.

 To quote annarbor.com, “One Rotarian can change a community. Connect more than a million, and we can change the world.”

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Twelve of this year's newly-arrived Rotary Youth Exchange students got together for the first time for their inbound orientation on Saturday, Sept 8 and 9.  It's so energizing to be around these young people.  Some have English that is better than others', some are nervous, but all are excited to be here and are looking forward to an exciting year learning our culture and sharing theirs. Hopefully, you'll all get a chance to spend some time with them.  We all will meet them at the District Conference in April.  Welcome to the USA!
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Again, Clarkston Rotary entertained the community with it's Labor Day parade.  The effects of Hurricane Isaac held off, and the weather was perfect for an "end of summer" celebration in downtown Clarkston.  Thanks Rotary for another wonderful parade!
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No sooner had we said "Au Revoir" to Miranda than we said "Welcome" to our inbound student from Taiwan, Yu-Heng LIU, or Joe as he wants to be called.  He met with his host mom, Sara Hennig, at the home of Rotary counsellor Jeff Lichty.  We're all looking forward to sharing our culture with Joe and learning about his.  Welcome, Joe
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On July 16, the Clarkston Rotary Club again entertained students and their families from Clarkston SCAMP at a cookout and picnic at Independence Oaks.  The Rotarians cooked the hot dogs and set out the potato salad, coleslaw and watermelon, while the students and their families enjoyed the bouncing house, face painter and Bingo the clown.  This year The Men of Grace from Pontiac’s Grace Centers of Hope entertained the crowd during dinner.  The SCAMP picnic is always the first Rotary activity of the Rotary year, which begins on July 1.  It’s a favorite for all involved.  

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On July first, 2012, Bart Clark will take over the reins of Clarkston Rotary president for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.   Rotary changes all of its officers, including the Rotary International president, on July first, and they each serve for one year.  Here Bart is given the President’s pin by outgoing president, Al Avery.  Bart, in turn, gives Al, a past president’s pin during the formal induction dinner held this year at Mesquite Creek. 

 

The new board of Directors is made up of  Frank Rivers, Janet Thomas, Rick Miller, Mary Sloan, Al Avery, Harold Sutherland, Lisa Troschinetz, Joel DeLong and Bart Clark.

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On November first, the club held its annual fall wine tasting fund raiser.   The event is a favorite in the community and helps us do all we do for our neighbors around the corner and around the world.  Thank You Clarkston for your support!

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On June 29, the Clarkston Rotary was a host at the Concerts in the Park.  While Clarkston Rotarians served food and water, donated by Qdoba and Culligan,  concert goers enjoyed music by the local group Solid Rockers and the main band, Bugs Beddow. 
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Rotarians Celebrate at Monday’s Meeting

 Led by President Al Avery, Clarkston Rotarians joined Rotarians around the world in celebrating their successful efforts to raise $200 million dollars in order to meet the Bill and Melinda Gates challenge of eliminating polio worldwide.   Rotary International began planning in the early 1980’s for one of the most ambitious humanitarian programs ever undertaken by a private entity.  In 1985, it launched PolioPlus, a multimillion dollar initiative to immunize all the world’s children against polio.  Rotary’s commitment was so great that the World Health Assembly resolved in 1988 to wipe out the disease that had killed and paralyzed for 5000 years.  Clarkston Rotary enthusiastically joined in the battle.

 Since 1985, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.  Reported polio cases have dropped 99.8 %, from 350,000 a year in 1988 to fewer than 2000 a year today.  Clarkston Rotarians Mary Sloan and Jeff Lichty participated in the effort by personally delivering the polio drops to children in northern India in 2005.

 Since 2009, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $355 million to Rotary International in the global effort to eradicate polio, issuing the challenge that Rotarians worldwide would raise $200 million by June 2012.  That goal has been reached, and Clarkston Rotarians celebrated on Monday with a cake and a talk from District polio co-chair Virginia Barrons.  The fight is not over.  Polio is still endemic in four countries; India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan, although India just completed its first year without a new case reported.  We can’t quit until the job is done and no new cases have been reported in the world for three years.

 We have completed this round of funding, but the fight goes on and fundraising must continue.

 As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere, including the United States, remain at risk. The stakes are that high. 

 

 

 

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Ex Cox joined Clarkston Rotarians and other community volunteers to make it a very special day.
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that the original idea for a Clarkston Historical Museum came from the Clarkston Rotary Club? And that the museum was a joint venture between Clarkston Rotary and the Clarkston Historical Society?
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On Monday, April 6, our newest Rotarian was welcomed into the club by President Bart and Rotarian John Halleran. Welcome,local businessman, Buck Kopietz!!
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Rotarian Larry and Rudolph attest to the fact that this year's wine party was a success! If you missed this one, don't let the next one get past you.
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