from the desk of john white, november 14, 2018

Weekly Meeting Statistics:

A total of 109 members were “in tune” with Al Hero’s presentation on data and music. We had two Visiting Rotarians (former Ann Arbor Rotarians Jerry Gray and Past President Maurita Holland). We were also joined by five guests. In conjunction with lunch, a total of 51 (double wow! after last week’s single wow 40) Rotarians met in five meetings: Board of Directors, Golf & Tennis, Interact, Membership and STRIVE. Also reported was nine members at the STRIVE lunch on November 9. John White noted 16 Rotarians in the photo from the Hire MI Vet event on November 13.

Makeup Cards for Roving Rotarians:

None this week but we are hoping to hear soon and often from our snowbirds.

Where is our club in the bigger picture?:

John White has just learned that, at 293 members, we are the 26th largest club in the US and Canada. The largest club in the world is Birmingham AL at 632. Others over 500 are Oklahoma City (597), Nashville (556) and Baton Rouge (505).  Madison (478) and Iowa City (302) are the only cities with Big 10 schools that are larger while Lincoln NE, President Greg’s alma mater town, has a respectable 237. Toledo (427) is the biggest club close to us. Canada does not currently have any clubs over 200. Michigan is well represented among the 83 on the list of 200 members or more; Muskegon (240), Traverse City (237), Grand Rapids (202) and Lansing (200). Muskegon is the only one above that is run entirely with volunteers. Elsewhere in the world, there is a growing number of clubs getting into the 200+ range. Most of these are India. Contact John if you want to see the entire list.

Historical Notes on the Ann Arbor Rotary (from our History Booklet):

America entered World War I in April 1917. Consequently, during the second year of our Club’s history many of its activities centered about this conflict. Indeed, almost immediately upon the declaration of hostilities by the Congress, a number of our local Rotarians took up service with the government, either in Ann Arbor or outside the city. Among the latter were A. C. Pack, T. S. Langford, William Hoad, James Breakey, Cyril Harris, Joseph Bursley, Dan Zimmerman, H. C. Sadler and D. W. Springer. Many others attached themselves to home agencies designed to promote America’s interests. Among these agencies were the local branch of the Red Cross, committees for conducting Libery Loan drives, and committees for raising moneys to bring comfort to the soldiers in cantonments (a camp or garrison) or at the front. The Club itself straightway voted $125.00 with which to purchase a riding horse for Col. Pack; $50.00 for books and other equipment for the soldiers in camps, $182.50 for the support of five French war orphans; a wrist watch for Dan Zimmerman; and gifts of like sorts for other members of the Club who had enlisted in the army. The Club also, by formal vote, urged its members as individuals to send post cards, magazines, newspapers and other presents to cantonments in order to help make life therein more pleasant for the recruits.
Want to learn more about our club’s history? Click here to read the booklet entitled, “The Ann Arbor Rotary Club – 1916-1947.” It was compiled by Calvin O. Davis, Professor Emeritus in the U-M School of Education. He was Club President in 1922-1923. Another resource for club history is a collection of “History Minutes” assembled and presented to the club during our 2016-2017 Centennial Year. They are in a booklet with the red cover in the bottom of the badge board.