Meeting notes for April 21, 2021

Bev Seiford

A lively discussion was ended by executive director Lori Walters at 12:25 pm. President Joanne rang the opening bell and looked to Tom Strode for the patriotic song, My Country ‘Tis of Thee. Bev Seiford read a piece that was shared by Susan Gray about how precious each of the 86,400 seconds we are granted each day to spend as we choose. Spending the time wisely and working to make the world a better place is a good use of those precious seconds.

We watched a very lively video of Tanzanian Rotaractors singing about the questions on the Four Way Test.

President Joanne regained the podium and welcomed Rotarians and guests. She thanked the people who make the meetings run smoothly and announced birthdays.

Peg Talburtt

Director Peg Talburtt gave an overview of the Community Service committees.  They include Community Allocations, Rotary Fights Summer Hunger, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Hire MiVet, and the Golf and Tennis Outing.

Tom Millard reported that the Adopt-A-Highway trash pick up project on April 17 netted 61 bags of trash. In addition to this worthwhile community project, a good time was had by all.  Our commitment to this program runs two more years.

Marsha Chamberlin talked about the Anti-Racism Committee’s Inside Look Discussion coming up on April 27.  This is one of a series of wide ranging discussions that focus on racism.  This month’s topic is the intersection of racism and the environment. Contact Marsha to join this thought-provoking discussion: marsha.chamberlin@gmail.com.

President Joanne delivered her announcements in typical staccato style:

  • April 19, 1868 was Paul Harris’ birthday.  On April 19, 1955 the polio vaccine was delivered to Washtenaw County.
  • The May 5 business meeting will honor the new and continuing Paul Harris Fellows and other contributors to our foundation.
  • Harpoon needs another reporter.

Notes from the Program

Kelly Sexton

Dallas Dort introduced our speaker, Kelly Sexton.  Kelly is the Associate Vice President for Research – Technology Transfer and Innovation. In this role she is responsible for all the technology transfer from University of Michigan research and development projects out into the wider world where that can improve the lives of all people. She gave brief descriptions of several innovations, technologies and pharmaceuticals that have come from Michigan labs. She talked about how these projects are commercialized.  It was an impressive list, indeed, and she didn’t have time discuss very many.