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     President Elect
     1st Vice President

    2nd Vice President

     Past President

                          ROTARY CLUB OF DEARBORN
    Treasurer             2003 - 2004

     George Darany
     Rich Duzzie
     Bob Gleichauf
     Bill Hultgren
     Penny Oglesby
     Jacqui Rivait
     Denise Sharp
     Debra Walling

    Chris Topel
                ROTARY CLUB OF DEARBORN, 2002-2003
                       TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS……...……………………………………………………….                       2
TABLE OF ORGANIZATION…………………………………………………………                        3
SECRETARY’S STATEMENT……………………………………………………..…                       4
TREASURER’S STATEMENT…………………………………………….……..…..                     4

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS CHART……………………………………………….… 5
      Past President Liaison, Bylaws, Club Historian, Dearborn Rotary
      Foundation, Elections, Past President’s Advisory, President’s

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEES - Director, Debra Walling ………………. 10
     Governor’s Report, Publicity, Roster,
     Telephone, X-Ray, Cable TV, Speakers Bureau

      International Relations, R.I. Foundation, Youth Exchange

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEES – Director, Bob Gleichauf……………………… 14
     Classification, Fellowship, Membership Development, Rotary
     Information and Assimilation, Benefactors

COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEES – Director, George Darany…………… 15
     Community Service, Senior Citizens, Youth, Adopt-a-Highway,
     Blood Donor Program, Goodfellows’ Paper Sale, HFCC Computers

MEETINGS COMMITTEES – Director, Rich Duzzie………………….………….. 18
      Programs, Music, Chaplain, Attendance, Greeters, 50/50 Raffle,

VOCATIONAL SERVICE COMMITTEES – Director, Bill Hultgren..…………... 20
      Four-Way Test, Vocational Awards Program

MAJOR PROJECTS – Directors, Denise Sharp, Jacqui Rivait…….………….. 21

DEARBORN ROTARY FOUNDATION – Chairman, Jane Mueller …….………. 24
     Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees
     Statement of Program Activities………………………………………... 26


                             Jack Mueller, Secretary

The primary responsibility of the Secretary is to maintain the minutes of club
business and to be the liaison between the Board of Directors, the club
membership, and our executive secretary, Chris Topel.

Secretarial duties of this office include the taking of minutes at Rotary Board of
Director meetings, assisting the club president in attempting to reach the goals
and objectives he/she has established for the year, and assisting the executive
secretary in her duties when on vacation or in case of illness.


                            Roger Miller, – Treasurer

The budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, as approved by the Board of
Directors, is attached to this report.

Roger Miller serves as the Club Treasurer. President Lee Hollmann, Treasurer
Roger Miller, and the First Vice President Dale Bender all have authority to sign
on the general disbursement and money market accounts. As in the past, all bills
are to be closely scrutinized and are to be approved by the appropriate committee
chairpersons or the Board as necessary, prior to disbursement of funds.

The projected pass-through amount for 2004 to go to the Dearborn Rotary
Foundation is estimated to be $10,000.

                           SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS

                    Past President Liaison -- John McDonald

The immediate Past President of the Club serves as a Director on the Club Board
of Directors, as well as Secretary and Trustee of the Dearborn Rotary Foundation.
Attendance at both boards’ meetings helps to ensure a flow of information
between the two groups.

                            Bylaws – John J. Fish, Jr.

      The Bylaws Committee makes recommendations for changes in the
Bylaws when requested.

                Club Historian – Winfield H. Arneson, Chairperson

John McDonald became President of the Dearborn Rotary for the year 2002-
2003. This report covers most of the significant records and achievements during
the 12-month period.

1. President McDonald began his year by proposing 4 important areas of
   operation. 1) Reduce deficit costs – via X-Ray distribution, meal costs,
   makeup rules; 2) Fund Raising - discontinue raffle tickets, embrace
   continuation of “Santa Snaps”, continue St. Patrick’s Day event, continue big
   Spring Gala, promote projects such as the current CD sales and consider
   providing ‘afterglows’ for two or three major events at the Ford Community and
   Performing Arts Center; 3) Promote considerable increase in membership after
   a decline of about 25 members – keep in mind that 70% of our members are
   over 50 years of age; and 4) Change – we must be open to Club changes as
   times change (all proposed changes will be brought to the membership for
   deliberation and decisions).

2. Several “fellowship” meetings were held for members to speak out on a
   variety of Rotary-related topics.

3.   Speakers Bureau and Blood Programs were continued after 27 years of
     success. There were 16 speakers and 42 subjects available for District and
     community programs.

4. Annual Adopt-a-Highway programs were held along Telegraph Road for 3
   summer Saturdays. Generally, 8-12 people partake including other family
   members. A gratis breakfast in available.

5. A new Club brochure was made available for prospective members and
   current members who wish to know more about Rotary.

6. Members were reminded that our Club now has a website:

7. Plants for the “Hugh Archer” grove will be replanted after Greenfield Village’s
   renovation is completed. Trees were carefully balled and stored.

8. The second Spring Gala was held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts
   Center as a major fundraiser. Also, the Santa Snaps event was a second
   major event. Also a 3rd St. Paddy’s Day party was held.

9. The Paul Harris Club continued to operate each month with proceeds
   benefiting Paul Harris International Projects such as Polio Plus. The project
   raised between $30,000 and $35,000 for R.I.

10. Various Club fellowship outings were held such as Tiger games, a picnic and
   rathskeller fun night dinner.

11. James Ives was officially proclaimed District 6400 Governor effective 2004-
   2005. (this will include part of the 100th anniversary of RI in early 2005) Jim
   will also become the 5th Governor since our Club was founded in 1923.

12. Seven Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded.

13. “Good Company” cable TV series presented timely programs for the 16th
   year on a weekly basis. Club Rotarians or many community or area-wide
   guests are tape-recorded for 4-5 programs each month. Guests receive
   copies of the tapes.

14. The “Good News Gang” program continued both on a Club basis as well as
   individuals sponsoring a needy child in the Metro area.

15. Two “fireside chats” were held for the newer Rotarians as they became more
   familiar with the details of Rotary.

16. Two Rotarians attended the annual Rotary International Convention.

17. District Governor Bob Gallagher of the Windsor/Roseland Club came to
    discuss yearly plans.

18. The Club again participated in a Law Day program.

19. Over 25 members helped with the annual “Goodfellows Drive” to help benefit
   children of disadvantaged families who would not otherwise have a Christmas.

20. “Youth Month” was held in February as 2 students from each of the 5 high
   schools plus the current exchange student learn about Rotary and then they
   present the last program of the month.

21. A most important part of the club year was the continued long tradition of
   good and varied programs (some by our own members). Subject matter
   included: medicine, history, law classification talks, sociological matters,
   education, government, youth and business.

22. The Club roster/directory had much useful information for members. Each
   year more data of value is added for yearlong assistance.

23. The X-Ray, our weekly newsletter, is faithfully e-mailed or regular mailed to
   members, some former members and some people in the District 6400.

24. Mayor Michael A. Guido, an honorary member, delivered his 17 th “State of
   the City” speech – a tradition at Dearborn Rotary.

25. The Club continued its 50/50 Draw and Scam. It has two-fold benefit: a fun
   activity and a means of offsetting some weekly costs.

26. About 12 members attended the “Meet the Governor” night in Harrow,
   Ontario. This has been as tradition there for 50 years.

27. The 14th annual Otto J. Rowen “Vocational Awards Dinner” recognized about
   11 more high school senior students who receive $1,000 scholarships. These
   students are planning to enter an industrial/vocational/educational/program.
   The event honors late club member Otto J. Rowen who willed a third of a
   million dollars to Dearborn Rotary for at least four avenues of assistance.

28. A Dearborn Rotary Foundation report revealed that this financial arm of
   Dearborn Rotary is quite healthy. The bulk of the funds are part of the Otto
   Rowen and Harry Sisson charitable assets. Monies were used for
   scholarships, International projects and many local and Metro area events
   deemed worthy of support by the Foundation Board or the membership at

29. Membership: 26 new members were inducted; 20 members resigned for
   various reasons or were terminated. Unfortunately, four members of long
   standing died during the year. They were: Dominic Maltese, Bates Feuell,
   Richard Knaus and James Robbins.

30. The “Weekly Bulletin Board” continues to be available to reflect Rotary news
    information for all members. If you care to help with this project, contact Jack
    Mueller for details.

31. Members again voluntarily contributed to the cost of the annual “Float” which
   RI presents in the Rose Bowl Parade.

32. Penny Ogelsby again traveled to various countries regarding the children’s
   humanitarian program. Also, Penny received the “Dick Hedke Award” for
   “International Service”. She also received a citation for outstanding work in all
   4 avenues of Rotary service (International, Club, and District, Community and

33. About 30 Rotarians and their spouses attended the District Conference at
   Traverse City.

34. Had an excellent program about the major elements of RI work by Larry
   Wright (past District Governor and Upper Midwest Regional Coordinator for

35. About 10 Rotarians attended the annual “Meet the Governor night” (Roberto
   Sanchez) in Harrow, Ontario. This was the 50th such meeting there.

36. A new project for the Club is to collect and send used cards of many types to
   the Veterans’ Hospital. (The veterans use them for various projects.)

37. The 80th annual “President’s Party” was held at the Fairlane Club. President
   McDonald was quite pleased with the progress of the Board, the Committees
   and the membership at large.

38. The E-Bay auction for Rotary, established last year, continues as another way
   for the Club to raise funds.

39. Club again had its traditional “Executive Assistants and Office Managers”
   luncheon so as to show appreciation for the work they do to make Rotarians
   look good.

40. Club is starting to prepare for RI’s 100 anniversary year in 2005 by appointing
   a committee.

41. Club members have been encouraged again to volunteer where needed in the
   community or area whenever it will lend to “Service Above Self”.

42. Again, one of the most significant statements this report may encompass is to
   conclude that – last but by no means least, recognize the many untold talents
   our members frequently used for untold good projects whether through Rotary
   or by personal endeavors. We never can account for the many wonderful
   deeds which happened, but in reality, that is what Rotary is all about.

43. RI theme for the year was “sow the seeds of love”.

                       Elections – Ed Stevens, Chairperson

The Election Committee functions in informing the President of the dates for the
appointment of the Nominating Committee, the publication of the candidates’
names, and the printing of the ballot. On Election Day, at a regular luncheon
meeting in December, the Elections Committee will conduct the annual Election of
Directors. Past presidents will serve on the Committee to assist the President in
carrying out the election procedure required by the Bylaws. Printed ballots will be
distributed to the members in good standing, later collected, tallied, and the
results announced before the close of the meeting.

              Past President’s Advisory – Roger Miller, Chairperson

The Past Presidents’ Advisory group is made up of the active Past Presidents of
the Club. The purpose of the group is to provide support for the current officers of
the Club, as well as act as an emergency team should the need arise.
Traditionally, this group meets with the current President and Vice Presidents in
the fall and the newly elected Board of Directors, Vice Presidents and President in
the spring. This allows the group to discuss issues regarding the Club, and to
provide some historical perspective during the planning stages for the new year.
Dearborn Rotary’s past presidents are active in all aspects of the Club.

                   President’s Party – Ed Stevens, Chairperson

The President’s Party, which has been an established tradition with the Club, will
honor the Club President in a distinguished fashion at the end of his term in 2004.


                   Governor’s Report – Debra Walling, Editor

Each Director submits copy for this report for his/her area of responsibility that
highlights committee function, past-year accomplishments, and current-year
plans. The report is intended to keep the incoming District Governor and our own
members informed of Club activities and direction.

                             Publicity – Scott Bewick

Purpose: To get as much publicity as possible for Dearborn Rotary’s activities
and programs. Objectives are to build a positive image for the club in order to
build membership and also to let the Dearborn residents know what the club does
for the community.        The club will continue to use the Internet
( to host its own website to reach both members and

Implementation: Communications Directors and Committee Chairpersons
determine the program/activity that should receive publicity. This should include
all events (President’s party, Vocational Awards dinner, Fundraisers, etc.) and
service programs (Good News Gang, Homecoming, Meals on Wheels, Adopt a
Highway, etc.)

                       Roster – Ed Stevens, Chairperson

The Roster is the most complete information source for Dearborn Rotarians.
Efforts continue to ensure accuracy and complete information with member input.
E-mail addresses have been requested as an additional means of communication
this year. The entire document, including members’ pictures, has been transferred
to digital files.

  Telephone Committee – Shirley Foss Thompson/Neil Allen/Dave Sample, Co-

This committee is organized to quickly relay messages to the entire Club
membership as important or urgent information arises. Club members can now
choose to be notified by phone, by email, or both. In some situations, the
committee leadership may decide to call everyone and use the email as a back
up. Fifteen Club members have volunteered to serve as callers for a section of
the club roster. Five members serve as back-up callers when a regular caller is
unavailable. E-mail notices are sent from the club office. Additions and deletions
to the club membership are reported to the committee by the Club’s secretary for
timely call-list changes and distribution.

                       X-Ray – Wallace Smith, Chairperson

The X-Ray, Dearborn Rotary’s weekly newsletter, is published every Friday and
e-mailed to all members as well as interested persons around the country. The
primary means of written communication regarding Club and district activities, the
X-Ray contains a brief review of the Thursday luncheon program, notices, and
information about upcoming events, messages from Rotary Presidents, a list of
meeting make-ups, and quotes from or summaries of articles from The Rotarian
magazine. Reporters will provide copy to the Club’s secretary by e-mail this year
(where possible) in order to reduce the time required for retyping.

        Cable TV – Ginger Nickloy and Mary Kay Douglas, Chairpersons

Good Company is a 30-minute program of conversation, information, and
entertainment on local access cable television. It is cablecast by Comcast in 10
Detroit area communities on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. The
show is produced entirely by volunteers from the Dearborn and Fairlane Sunrise
Rotary Clubs. Volunteer positions include: hosts, producer, director, camera
operators, floor manager, technical director, graphics operator, audio technician,
editor, and production manager. Studio facilities are provided by Comcast, and
videotapes and stationery supplies are provided by Dearborn Rotarians.

The show was launched in 1986 by a group of Dearborn Rotarians with some
professional assistance with set design and show opening and closing audio and
graphics. It has aired every year since its inception and the volunteer crew tapes
and schedules 52 shows each season. To date, more than 15,000 volunteer
hours have been accumulated to produce more than 800 shows.

Good Company provides a community service by bringing information to western
Wayne County viewers about current newsworthy topics and interesting people.
The show has helped promote many local events and people. It also generates
interest and awareness of Rotary by interviewing selected guests to highlight
Rotary programs and through Rotary public service announcements (both Rotary
International and local Dearborn Club activities). An additional benefit of this
Rotary project is the fellowship opportunities provided by the teamwork of the
crew and gathering at a local restaurant after each taping.

                  Speakers Bureau – Robert Simon, Chairperson

For 27 consecutive years, a copy of the Speakers Bureau was mailed to the
Presidents of each Rotary Club in Districts 6400 and 6380. This list includes over
47 topics from 16 members who are willing to give speeches. Copies were mailed
or made available to all other service clubs and civic organizations in Dearborn.
Copies also were available to Dearborn Rotarians to take to their churches and
other community organizations to which they belong. The Speakers Bureau
contributes to all four Rotary Avenues of Service. Some of the club’s best
programs are taken from this list, thus providing a club service. Our speakers are
out in the community speaking on vocational and international topics, thus fulfilling
the other three avenues of service.

              Youth Exchange Program: Nancy Siwik, Chairperson

In-Bound Student: Planning for August 2004 arrival
Outbound Student: in progress
Group Study Exchange team: Lynn and Penny Oglesby (in-home hosting).

               International Relations: Penny Oglesby, Chairperson

Following are the International activities of the Dearborn Rotary Club, listed by

Enugu, Nigeria, matching grant to create a vocational center for Polio victims
Rehabilitation Center.
Assistance given by Rotoact of Enugu Partnership with Dist. #3110
Rotoract helping to gather computers and teachers for center.
Partial funding for project supported by NIDs Calendar sales.

Enugu Hospitals
Donating medical equipment and medications for two dilapidated government
hospitals, assisted by
World Medical Relief.
Pursuing Sister Club relationship to support project.

Itopolis :Matching grant supporting a creation of a kitchen and equipment.
Helping to feed several hundred elderly. Partnership with Dist. # 7190-Dist. #4480
Pursuing Sister Club relationship to support project.

Fernandopolis -Matching Grant supporting a kitchen renovation and equipment
for the Little Guard.
Project will serve 800 meals daily. For young boys 14-17 yrs.
Pursuing Sister Club relationship with Rotary Club of Fernandolopis Dist. #4480.

Santos-working with the GSE Team Leader (Marcelo Masaroli) with a project in
the Sao Vincente
Favalahs, building and supplying a Cheche with equipment for toddlers living on
the river.
Pursuing Sister Club relationship to support project.

As result of NIDs trip to Uttar Pradesh, India 11/02- Matching Grant was created
to enclose surgical, casting and removals, X-Ray, rehab rooms at Clinic in J.P.

North American Indian: Lakota Nation Rosebud Reservation, located in
Badlands, So. Dakota.
Supplying sewing machines, sewing instructors, and related materials to the
Community Center at the Rosebud Reservation.
Supplying book shelving and books for the creation of Library at Community
Center, RoseBud.
Contact: Darlene Red Elk.

World Community Service-Website Info
Compiling information from Clubs in Dist..#6400 to be added to the Dist. Website
to encourage less Internationally involved Clubs an opportunity to participate in
World Community Service projects created by Clubs in Dist. #6400

Club Presentations
GSE Presentations
NIDs Presentatioins- Ivory Coast, Nigeria, India

National Immunization Days
Penny Oglesby returning to Uttar Pradesh, India to participate in NIDs 2/04

           Rotary International Foundation – Jack Mueller, Chairperson

Several years ago, our local club established a local “Paul Harris Club” to assist
the club president in reaching his Rotary International Foundation annual giving
goal. Each year the club president commits to a goal to the District Governor,
who in turn makes a commitment to the Rotary International Foundation. In past
years, we have assisted our club president to achieve a goal as high as $15,000.
This past year, we assisted in achieving the club commitment of $10,000. In
addition, Past President Bob Simon started a blood donor program during his year
as president and that continuing program has raised as much as $1500 annually
for the Rotary Foundation. (This figure is part of the annual giving goal.) We shall
continue efforts to be productive in this area in order to equal or better our

This past year, the following people became recipients of Paul Harris recognition:
Robert A. Gleichauf, Dave Fish, Debra Bednar, Mary Robertson, and Margaret
(Peg) Watson.


                                   Roger Miller

                                Val Murphy Goodrich

                        Rotary Information and Assimilation
                                    John Snyder

                            Membership Development
                        Bob Gleichauf and Kathy Randinitis

The goals of these committees include 1) attracting new members in as many
classifications as possible and 2) retaining members through their assimilation
and active participation in the many ways Rotary serves the local, regional, and
international communities.

The committee will look for new ways to reach out to potential members and
continue Ice Cream Socials with new members to explain Rotary and its vision.
We will continue to designate November as membership month and conduct a
formal installation ceremony for new members during a regularly scheduled
meeting. We will also seek to involve new members in Rotary programs,
committees, and various activities.

                    Jim Ives and Joyce Olkowski, Chairpersons

This Committee has three goals:

       1. To identify and recommend priorities for service and match them with
          local endowment opportunities.
       2. To increase bequests, locally and internationally.
       3. To continue to educate membership on positive aspects of participating
          in the Rotary International Foundation.

                  Family Committee – Chairperson undesignated

This Committee is being developed at this time in response to Governor Roberto
Sanchez’ request. While we don’t know at this time what this Committee’s
specific responsibilities will be, clearly it will be involved in creating a welcoming
atmosphere for Rotarians’ families.


The function of this committee is to provide financial support and volunteer help
for worthwhile civic projects and to initiate new programs that benefit deserving
segments of the community. This service is often described as the “heartbeat of
Rotary” – improving the quality of life in our community!
The Community Service Committee is the umbrella for a number of sub-
committees which all work together to accomplish community service projects for
the year:

                    Meals on Wheels – Wally Smith, Chairperson

          This was Dearborn Rotary’s 15th consecutive year for delivering Meals
   on Wheels to senior citizens in our city. Seven Rotarians participated to make
   this program successful.

                       Senior Citizens – Peg Watson, Chairperson

The Senior Citizens Committee tries to help seniors in the community by
developing and supporting programs, projects and activities that fall within the By-
laws of our Rotary Club. The committee endeavors to implement programs
referred to it by our Club President or Board of Directors. We plan to service
community seniors through a variety of areas including better health, nutrition, and
home security projects.

                     Youth Committee – Dale Bender, Chairperson

The purpose of this Committee is to prepare projects and programs designed to
aid young people directly, to enhance appreciation of their value and potential
within the community, and to aid our member Rotarians in staying abreast of
youth interest and needs.

Dearborn Rotary is planning to put a major emphasis on youth this coming year.
This past year plans were begun for Interact Clubs for the three high schools.
The superintendent of the Dearborn Public Schools has approved it for all three
schools. A Rotary committee is working hard to get this major program underway,
hopefully, this fall.

We are looking forward to getting more heavily involved in other youth projects
such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and New Generation.

Our youth month is February. As in the past, one Junior and one Senior are
selected by their high school principals from each of our six local schools to
participate in our youth month activities. Beginning at our Orientation meeting in
January, students become familiar with Rotary purposes, actions, and with some
key Rotary members. They then attend our regular weekly luncheon meetings
presenting their own program to us the last week of the month.
We attempt to introduce our youth guests to members of the professions which
they themselves express an interest in exploring. Exchanges beyond the
meetings sometimes take place. Programs for the month are planned to be
helpful to and of interest to these young people. Transportation needs are
handled by members, with one member responsible for each individual student.
We ask each student to complete and information sheet that shows their
individual interests and ambitions.

                   Civic Affairs –Doyne Jackson, Chairperson

Dearborn Rotary sponsored an essay contest. Appoximately 250 Dearborn
students wrote on a subject related to the field of law. The essays were judged,
and winners were awarded scholarships.

               Adopt-a-Highway – Sharlan Douglas , Chairperson

The Rotary Club will participate in the Michigan Department of Transportation’s
Adopt-a-Highway Program for the 15th consecutive year in 2004. We are a
charter participant in the program. Our members remove litter from the Telegraph
Road median for about two miles, from Ford Road to Michigan Avenue.

MDOT provides safety vests, bags and safety training. Over the years, 511
volunteers have logged 3,133 hours collecting 1,287 bags of trash.

We meet for breakfast and fellowship at a local restaurant before out work starts.
Sponsors underwrite the cost of the breakfast. Likely 2004 dates are April 24-
May1, July 17-24, and September 11-18.

                Blood Donor Program – Bob Simon, Chairperson

This is the 27th consecutive year of the Dearborn Rotary Club’s Blood Donor
Program. Donation of blood can be made directly to the American Red Cross
donor drives at places of employment, churches, city of Dearborn, or other donor
locations. Donors can be a Rotarian, a member of their family, or a friend in lieu
of the Rotarian. Dearborn Rotary is also sponsoring a blood mobile to help collect

Rotarians can donate $25 to the Rotary Foundation in lieu of a unit of blood. The
Dearborn Rotary Foundation will match each unit of blood or $25 contribution with
another $25 (up to $1,000). The $1,000 and other monies collected will be
contributed to the Rotary Foundation when nominating a Paul Harris Fellow.

                 Goodfellows’ Paper Sale—George Darany, Chairperson

Each year, on the last Friday of November or the first Friday in December,
Rotarians participate in the Dearborn Goodfellow’s Paper Sale. Approximately 25
Rotarians took part in this event last November. It was our 14th year of selling the
papers on the streets of Dearborn. We collected $4,000, thanks to the sales and
to the contributions from some generous Rotarians. In our thirteen years, we
have collected more than $38,000 to insure that “No Dearborn child will be without
a Christmas.”

          Community Computer Project – John McDonald, Chairperson

In 2002-2003, Dearborn Rotary allocated $2,000 to partner with the Ford Motor
Company and Henry Ford Community College in a project to provide refurbished
computers to non-profit community service organizations throughout Michigan. In
this partnership, Ford Motor provides surplus computers, which are then
refurbished by the students and staff at Henry Ford Community College’s
Computer Science Program. Funds contributed by Dearborn Rotary are used to
purchase updated software for installation on the computers.

   Kingfisher Bluff Project – Marge Powell and Margaret Blohm, Chairpersons

Over the last year, Dearborn Rotary has been involved in an intensive review of
the Kingfisher Bluff Project. The Club has undertaken to support this project and
submitted it for consideration as an RI Centennial Project.

The Kingfisher Bluff Project is a component a of the River Rouge Gateway
Project, a regional effort to develop the recreational and educational potential of
the River Rouge basin, which runs through several counties of southeastern

In the City of Dearborn, the River Rouge Gateway Project seeks to create a
walkway/bicycle path of approximately three miles, with stops featuring
educational information on the history of the river as well as the local flora and

Dearborn Rotary has committed to providing access to and educational
information regarding the major scenic feature along the Dearborn portion of the
pathway – Kingfisher Bluff. This will involve the construction of a 400 square foot
observation deck costing $50,000 at Kingfisher Bluff, the highest vantage point
along the river. The deck will provide a major point of public access to the
pathway and a beautiful setting in which to enjoy and learn about nature.

In addition to funding the observation deck, Dearborn Rotarians will have the
responsibility of developing and annually maintaining beautification of the
pathway, particularly where it leaves the riverbank and enters the property of
Henry Ford Community College and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This
will involve developing flower beds, maintaining plantings, and providing benches.
Secondly, Dearborn Rotary had offered to assume the responsibility of annually
maintaining the observation deck surface and the area in the immediate vicinity of
the deck.

The Kingfisher Bluff Project is a partnership opportunity for Dearborn Rotary with
the County of Wayne, which will construct the pathway; Henry Ford Community
College, upon whose property the deck will be constructed; and the River Rouge
Gateway Authority.

The fundraising portion of the Kingfisher Bluff Project, construction of the
observation deck, and beautification activities associated with it all will be
promoted and featured in local media. Coupled with the UMD Environmental
Center, the Kingfisher Bluff Observation Deck and Rotarians’ beautification efforts
along the pathway result in a mile-long Rotary supported and Rotary designated
project, providing recreational and educational resources – as well as a better
understanding of Rotary – to thousands of area residents.

                     MEETINGS – Rich Duzzie, DIRECTOR

Rotary attendance remained stable. The newly adopted time schedule (11:30 Am
till 1:00 Pm) as well as the “events-replacing weekly meeting policy” were well
accepted and encouraged participation of the members. It is recommended that it
be continued.
         1)     The format for the meetings was changed, following the
recommendation of the new President John McDonald.
It was decided and implemented that one Director of Meeting is personally
responsible for the organization and selection of speakers and events for the year.
It was also decided to divide the programs into the following categories:
         a) Fellowship. No speakers. Time is used for formal induction of new
members, election of officers, Club Assembly and Board report, St. Patty’s day,
Picnic Day, Guitar playing (Mark Hanks), Dearborn Rotary 80th Birthday Party,
Christmas Music Program (Jesse Young), U of M versus MSU party (Val Murphy,
Denise Sharp et al.)
         b) Rotary Subjects. Once a month a talk on Rotary subjects was
scheduled. They were among others the District Governor talk, (Bob Gallagher),
Membership Development (Sam Marshall), Echo Program (Jack Mueller), 4 Way
Test (Don Juchartz), New Generations (Jeanne de Roche), Polio Plus (Larry
Wright), Being the Club of the District President (Mike Mc McCullough and Larry
         c) Categories: Members talking about their lives and jobs and introducing
themselves to the Club. Unfortunately only a couple of members were able to
speak due to the rather heavy schedule on other categories.
         d) Speakers. Were selected from a wide category of interesting and
knowledgeable group. Among them were: Kenneth Gross on the “Art Project of
the U o M”, Judges Sommers and Hultgren on “Law’s Day”. Nancy Siwik on
“Memorial Day”, Mayor Michael Guido on “State of the City”, Mary Mc Donald on
“The Bark Covered House”, Toc Dunlap on the “Afghan Women”, Father Richard
on “New years Message”, Timothy Brady on “Dbn Community Art Council”,
Gregory Viscomi on “Theater in Dearborn”, Walter Guevara MD on “Hospice
Care” and Dr Donald Brown on “Total Body Scanning”

To summarize: It was a very effective and interesting protocol. It is recommended
that it be continued. Only suggestion is to give more time (at least once a month)
to new members to talk about themselves for 10-15 minutes and introduce

                           Music – Rick Goward, Chair

The Music Committee continues to provide music, accompaniment and direction
for singing at weekly meetings and arranges special music programs during the

                      Chaplain – Fr. Richard Leliaert, Chair

The Chaplain continues to schedule invocations by members for our weekly
meetings. These are given by clergy and lay members. The Chaplain also
consults in the planning for the annual spiritual message to the Club by a clergy
member. The Club is committed to developing greater sensitivity to the diversity
of faiths represented in the membership and community.

                         Attendance – Bob Huston, Chair

The Attendance Chair is committed to improve regular attendance and
participation at Club meetings. In cooperation with the Membership and
Membership Development Chair, members will be encouraged to make up missed
meetings and will be contacted when attendance is marginal. The Committee will
record weekly attendance, distribute and collect badges, award recognition to
Rotarians for perfect attendance of one or more years, provide make-up cards
and welcome visiting Rotarians and guests from the podium. These activities
provide many opportunities to engage members in serving the Club and
interacting with fellow members. The Committee, therefore, involves many
members – particularly new members – in these avenues of service.


A welcome is extended to members, guests, and visiting Rotarians by the
greeters at each meeting. Energy and creativity are required of the greeters. The
Committee attempts to involve many members, particularly new members.

                          50/50 Raffle – Dave Sample, Chair

The 50/50 Raffle generates fellowship and limited funds, usually for meals of
invited guests. Half the proceeds from the raffle tickets are distributed to the
Rotary Foundation. The holder of the first ticket drawn receives 2/3 of the balance
of the other half. The other 1/3 makes up all or part of the pot for the “Scam.” In
the Scam, three additional tickets are drawn. Each entitles the holder to draw a
card from a deck of cards. The ace of hearts is the winner of the accumulated
pot. If the ace of hearts is not chosen, the drawn cards are set aside, reducing
the remaining number in the deck and increasing the chances for a winner. The
Raffle Committee also provides fellowship and fun for a large number of

                       Sergeant-at-Arms – Dave Sample, Chair

This function provides logistical support for the Club’s weekly meetings, including
setting up flags, banners, the badge box, equipment for the speaker, 50/50 raffle
materials, and distributing song books and special announcements and handouts
to the tables. The Sergeant-at-Arms also monitors “early departures” for
consideration by Club President and Directors.


                   Four-Way Test – William Hultgren, Chairperson

This Committee’s goal is to bring attention to Rotary’s Four-Way Test. The test is
displayed prominently in each of the courtrooms for the 19th District Court
servicing the City of Dearborn. It is also permanently displayed in the new atrium
area of the new courthouse. The committee will work again this year to bring the
importance of the Four-Way Test to each member and to emphasize its use in all
of our daily activities.

             Vocational Awards Program – Mary Jo Searles, Chairperson

The Rotary Club of Dearborn held its Fifteenth Annual Otto Rowen Vocational
Scholarship Awards banquet on Thursday May 8, 2003. The program continues in
partnership with the Dearborn Public Schools to recognize the achievements of
students in various vocational fields. The scholarships are paid from the Otto
Rowen Trust Fund, which is administered by the Dearborn Rotary Foundation. In
order to be considered for the awards, students must:

    1.   Be the best representative of a particular vocational field;
    2.   Be interested in pursuing a career in a chosen vocational field;
    3.   Have potential for future success in a vocational field; and
    4.   Be recommended by his/her vocational instructor.

         A selection committee, composed of Dearborn Public School vocational
         education teachers and Rotary Club of Dearborn members, reviewed each
         nomination before selecting the scholarship winners. This year,
         scholarships of $1,000 each were given to 11 students representing 11
         vocational fields. At the awards dinner, each student scholarship winner
         received an individual plaque as well as the scholarship; each school also
         received a large plaque with the scholarship recipient’s name inscribed on
         it. The plaque for each vocational field goes to the school of the recipient.

One Rotary member, a local photographer, captured the evening with photos of
all the winners, their teacher and Rotary committee members. A group picture of
the awardees taken at the beginning of the meeting, along with an article, ran in
the local Dearborn newspaper two weeks later.


                                 Detroit Jazz CD

In 2002-03, Dearborn Rotary instituted a new, innovative, and highly successful
fundraiser – a CD entitled “Detroit Jazz.” Developed and produced by John
McDonald and George Bednar of Adray Photo and Sound, “Detroit Jazz” features
“smooth jazz” performances by prominent metropolitan Detroit jazz artists, who
donated their talents to the project. These artists include: Eastside Brigade,
Jack Brokensha, Sounds Incorporated, Matt Michaels, Larry Nozero, the Grissa-
Hall-Trajano Trio, Johnny Trudell, and Barbara Ware.

The Club has distributed the CD across the nation through Mr. Bednar’s contacts
in the recording industry, promoted sales through District 6400 Rotary clubs, and
offered a revenue sharing opportunity to Rotary Clubs agreeing to sell the CD.
Net proceeds from the CD for 2002-03, amounting to $17,000, were forwarded to
Rotary International to fulfill Club goals for annual giving and polio eradication.

Detroit Jazz received prominent media attention and airplay throughout
metropolitan Detroit, was featured in Rotarian Magazine article, and received
District 6400's award for Club Fundraising.

                             Ford Center Afterglows

A new major fundraising project under consideration is a series of afterglow
gatherings for audiences attending major theatrical and concert events at the new
Ford Center for the Performing Arts in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Club intends to renew discussions with the Ford Center’s administration to
determine whether Dearborn Rotary could provide at least three afterglow
activities following performances of big band, blues, and Irish Music concerts.

The Ford Center would advertise such afterglows and offer their patrons the
opportunity to purchase afterglow tickets with the purchase of event tickets.
Afterglow tickets would also be available at the door.            As envisioned,
entertainment at the afterglows would continue the theme of the evening’s event
(e.g., dancing to big band music following a big band concert). Refreshments,
libations, prizes, and a 50-50 raffle would also be featured. Dearborn Rotary and
the Ford Center would share the proceeds from each afterglow.

Dearborn Rotary is very enthused about such project, since it provides exposure
for the Club to a very large public, affords opportunities to recruit new members,
and will contribute to Club revenues.

                              Dearborn Homecoming

Dearborn Homecoming is an annual summer event that attracts thousands of
participants to a three-day offering of musical entertainment, a variety of food
concessions, carnival rides, and fireworks.

In recent years due to declining revenues, Dearborn Rotary’s participation in
Homecoming has relied less and less on the preparation and sale of food and
beverages. During this time, the sale of Dearborn Homecoming Raffle tickets and
the raffle of such items as autographed sports items and collectable stuffed toys
have become the primary sources of Club revenue at Homecoming. Thus, the
Club is no longer involved with the sale of food and beverages. This change in
emphasis has made the event far less labor intensive, produces comparable
revenues, and affords greater opportunities for fellowship among participating
Rotarians and with members of the community in attendance.

This year at Homecoming Dearborn Rotary also sold copies of our “Detroit Jazz”
CD, featuring prominent metro Detroit jazz artists.

                                   Spring Gala

Dearborn Rotary’s major fundraiser of longstanding duration is its Spring Gala. In
2002-03, this annual function returned to its traditional format of a formal dinner,
musical entertainment, dancing, and drawings for prizes solicited from the
community businesses, and a drawing for major cash prizes to conclude the
evening’s festivities.

                                  “Santa Snaps”

One of Dearborn Rotary’s most successful fundraisers was instituted eight years
ago under the leadership of Ms. Penny Oglesby. In the “Santa Snaps” project,
Dearborn Rotary takes pictures of children, some adults, and occasionally
pampered pets (!) seated on Santa’s lap, at the conclusion of the Wayne County
Festival of Lights on Hines Parkway. This has been a very successful fundraising
effort for Dearborn Rotary since its inception. Ms. Oglesby has assumed the
leadership in significantly upgrading the ”Santa Snaps” setting and has offered to
continue to do so in the future. “Santa Snaps” has generated considerable
revenue and exposure to a very large public for the Club. Given the delight of the
children and their parents, “Santa Snaps” is a heartwarming project for all

                                 “St. Paddy’s Eve”

A fundraising and social event instituted three years ago, under the leadership of
George Bednar and John McDonald, is Dearborn Rotary’s “St. Paddy’s Party,”
typically scheduled for the Friday preceding St. Patrick’s Day.

In keeping with the Committee’s efforts to expand fundraising beyond Club
membership to other segments of the community, Rotarians are encouraged to
invite family, friends, and colleagues from work and their families to this event.
Other Rotarian and community service clubs are also invited.

The St. Paddy festivities included Irish “cuisine” and libations, live Irish
entertainment (singing, dancing, and storytelling), chances at the “Leprechaun
pot-o-gold,” and other shenanigans.

                              UM-MSU Clash Bash

A new social and fundraising event instituted in 2002-03 was the Club’s UM-MSU
Clash Bash. The Club meeting immediately preceding the UM-MSU football
game was transformed in anticipation of the UM-MSU football game.

Each table at Park Place was decorated in either “maize and blue” or “green and
white.” Members were encouraged to dress in Michigan or State colors. Most
needed little encouragement – and some were absolutely (garishly?) resplendent
in their alma mater’s hats, scarves, and sweatshirts.

Music was piped in, and fight songs were sung. MSU grads needed printed lyrics!
UM and MSU door prizes were awarded, and a competitive auction was held. A
MSU monopoly and a UM monopoly board game, with a total purchase value of
$30, were offered for auction simultaneously. Each school’s honor was at stake –
as to whether UM or MSU board game would bring the greater funds to the
Dearborn Rotary Foundation. The results UM $370 and MSU $375 (though $150
for MSU came in after the auction closed) Given the fun and funds generated, the
Club intends to make this an annual event.

In summary, the Major Projects Committee intends to focus its energies on
improving the quality and expanding the potential pool of participants, and in turn
the revenues, of the Club’s major fundraising projects. The Committee also
hopes to involve additional Rotarians in support of these projects and to make
each of these projects an opportunity for service in an atmosphere of fellowship
and fun.


The Dearborn Rotary Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Dearborn Rotary
Club, and takes great pride in the diversity of projects it supports. Last year the
foundation trustees approved contributions in excess of $30,000. The distribution
of the funds was 91% for support of local programs and causes and 9% for
international causes.

The goal of the Foundation this year is to promote our Endowment Fund, which
will enable us to grow our assets to handle future local, national, and international
requests with greater ease. At the same time, we also see the importance of the
Rotary International programs and will continue to support the Rotary International
Foundation to the best of our ability.

Another area of focus will be on communicating more effectively with the Club on
the actions taken by the Dearborn Rotary Foundation. The intent is to minimize
the confusion of some Club members that currently exists with regard to the
Foundation. Hopefully, by doing this, members will feel more a part of the
philanthropic endeavors of the Club. This in turn should help to re-focus efforts by
all Club members to be more active volunteers to the Club and contributors to the


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