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Welcome to the Rotary Passport to Service Club!

Our club meets Saturday mornings at 9:00 Eastern Time.

We are actively signing up club members. Annual dues are $140.00, or $35.00 per quarter. Please click here to complete our New Member form.

Club members, visiting Rotarians and any other guests are warmly welcomed to join us Saturday morning, September 19th, as our club hosts its first official visit from a Governor! District 6400 2020-21 Governor Noel W Jackson (right) will be our special guest. The link to join us is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/932780176.

Our September 12th meeting featured Dr. Nick Krayacich discussed the pooled water and sanitation fund that he and his wife, Rotary Foundation Trustee Jennifer Jones, created several years ago.

You can see a video of the meeting at THIS LINK.


On August 8th, our newest member, Ron Wiens, provided details about his vocation, working with charter schools in Michigan. He also discussed how COVID-19 is impacting education in general.

Ron, a Paul Harris Fellow, has been a Rotarian since 2000, as a member of Southgate Rotary (D6400) and South Kent Rotary (D6290). He served in various club leadership roles, and as President in 2002-03. His club named him Rotarian of the Year in 2002 and 2009.

Thanks to our July 25th guest speaker, Past District Governor Dr. Mary Berge, a licensed psychologist from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Mary’s presentation topic was “Do you really want to change? How to break your own barriers.” You can watch the meeting here:

Our June 6, 2020 meeting featured special guest speaker Bryn Styles, chair of Rotary’s Peace Centers Committee. Bryn is a past Rotary International Director and past Rotary Foundation Trustee. You can watch the meeting below.

You can login to our meetings via Zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/932780176. Please join us – remember, our meetings are open to everyone, current AND future Rotarians. Invite a friend to join us by sharing this post!

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Our May 30th meeting included a presentation on a water project in Malawi at the Wasambo High School from LaSalle-Centennial Rotarians Elvira DiGesu & Brittany Lawrence, and other members of their team. Watch the meeting here:

Our Saturday, May 16th featured three Rotary club presidents from District 6400 – Ray Lennard from Adrian Morning, Don Lieto from Monroe and Rajen Chetty from LaSalle-Centennial – discussing how their clubs have been helping their communities during the COVID-19 crisis and what they’ve doing to keep members engaged when they can’t physically meet. Watch a recording of the meeting:

A big thank you to Rotary International President-Elect Holger Knaack who was our special guest speaker May 9th! Holger discussed what Rotary will look like in 2020-21, the impact of Covid-19 on our organization, the future of Rotary Youth Exchange and took questions in an interactive discussion. You can watch an archive of the meeting here.

Our May 2nd meeting featured Past District Governors Jeremy Hurst and Kathryn Heldorfer Fahy who shared the great work HANWASH is doing to bring clean water and sanitation to the people of Haiti. You can watch an archive of that meeting here:

Thanks to Jeanne Knopf DeRoche for a terrific presentation to our Rotary Passport to Service Club on Saturday, April 25th! If you missed it, you can watch it now, on our YouTube channel.

Many thanks to our special guest Saturday, April 18th, Ann Arbor Rotarian [and past club director] Steve Schram, Executive Director and General Manager of Michigan Public Media, overseeing Michigan Radio-WUOM, the NPR news and information public radio station at the University of Michigan. Steve provided a brief overview of the station’s mission, and in particular how important local broadcasters like Michigan Radio are during a time of crisis, like the one we’re currently working through. Click here for a video recording of the meeting.

Our April 11th guest speaker was Yvette Murray, a Certified instructor of the Mental Health First Aid Basic Certification provided by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Yvette discussed the importance of keeping a positive attitude during the COVID-19 global pandemic. You can watch a recording of that meeting by clicking here.

In recent weeks, we’ve had special guest speakers join us on a variety of topics. March 28th, Past Rotary International President John Germ who talked about the importance of The Rotary Foundation during these difficult times, and similarities between the polio scare of the 1950’s and the current global pandemic. Click here to watch an archived recording of the meeting.

March 21st, Past R.I. Vice-President and current Rotary Foundation Trustee Jennifer Jones talked about membership engagement during the Coronavirus crisis, her husband Dr. Nick Krayacich and fellow Rotarian Dr. Rajen Chetty from the LaSalle-Centennial (Ontario) club shared the implications of COVID-19 from a physician’s perspective. Click here for an archived video of the meeting.

And on April 4th, our special guest was Rotary International Zones 28 & 32 Director-Elect Valarie Wafer discussing new models for Rotary clubs, innovative training ideas and more. Click here for a recording of the meeting.

The Rotary Passport to Service Club gives its members a more flexible club experience by:

· Encouraging its members to visit other clubs and participate in their club activities regularly

· Relaxing the attendance policy

· Offering a variety of meeting formats

WHY JOIN OUR PASSPORT CLUB?

The benefits of joining our Rotary Passport to Service Club:

· We meet less frequently—attendance is flexible and online via videoconference

· Meetings are engaging and purposeful, focused on service or social activities

· Affordable dues

· Our club values participation over attendance

· We attract members who may not be interested in the traditional Rotary club model

· Our members quickly build strong relationships throughout the district and beyond

· Members can volunteer for any club’s service projects, giving great flexibility and more opportunities for community and international service.

Interested? Sign up with the form on the right and we’ll keep you updated on our future meetings as we prepare to charter this new club!

If you’re on Facebook, please click here to join our Facebook group!

Please share information about our Passport Club with your friends – remember, we’re looking for folks with Rotary service in their hearts, whether or not they’re current Rotarians.

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