Club Engages Lori Walters as New Executive Director

The Executive Director Search Committee is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with Lori Walters, who will over the next few months be transitioning into the roles fulfilled by  John White, Administrator, and David Keosaian, Controller.

Lori has served the nonprofit community since 1988, most recently as Executive Director of the Ballet Chelsea (300 members, $500,000 year budget), where she installed processes and financial controls that improved the health of the organization and were the subject of a successful review by a CPA firm, a control that she recommended (as we do annually for our club). She is also active in the Rotary Club of Chelsea, serving on its Membership Committee, and has also been a member of Brighton Sunrise Rotary.

Lori is highly energetic and committed to service in the non profit community. She will be introduced at our October 10 Rotary meeting and then begin her work with us by preparing our annual “1 – 2 – 3 billing,” which will come out this month. The “1 – 2 – 3 bill” provides our Community Service Assessment and our opportunity to give to both the Rotary International Foundation and our own Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Foundation. She will also begin to become facile with our membership database and our general ledger accounting, under the instruction of John White and David Keosaian. She will fully take on their roles on January 1, 2019.

Prior to engaging Lori, the search committee and board were considering a management firm, as reported in the August 19, 2018 notes in The Harpoon. However, while that firm provided new capabilities that we don’t now have such as backup of personnel for absences, an office, attended telephone number, and storage, it also cost more than we are now paying. The search committee, in response to input from the Board of Directors and some club members, reconsidered and proposed Lori as Executive Director, which fits within what we currently pay for administrative and financial support. The board approved this approach and we and Lori are eager to begin work together.

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Get To Know Lori Walters, new Executive Director

Hello, my name is Lori Walters, and I would like to begin by extending a heartfelt thank you to the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor for giving me the opportunity to serve your club and Rotary in general. I am a proud Rotarian and am excited to begin work with your vibrant and active club. I have been a member of the Chelsea Rotary for two years and a member of the Sunrise Rotary of Brighton before that.

I live in Brighton with my husband David where we enjoy our “country” life on a hobby farm with a small orchard, vineyard, and flock of Shetland sheep. Admittedly these hobbies are my husband’s, but they do provide me with nice views and tasty lamb. We are also lucky to have an apartment in Detroit which we refer to as our “city cottage.” Our place in Detroit is quite fun and allows us to enjoy many exciting activities including boating on the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair. We enjoy spending time with our two adult children, Louis and Claire, and our extended families and dear friends.

I am a native New Yorker but have spent most of my life in Michigan. I grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Slauson Middle School and Pioneer High School. I am a graduate of MSU and have had varied roles throughout my career leading to my position with RCAA. I am thrilled to find myself on a path upon which I can to combine work with my passion for community service.

I am excited to begin getting to know the RCAA’s members and the club’s many activities. The support the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor has shown me has made me feel most welcome, and I am so happy to be on board!

— Lori Walters