Meeting Notes for April 28, 2021

The April 28, 2021 meeting opened on Zoom with social time.  There were questions about when in-person Rotary meetings may resume.  September 1 is the possible resumption date but is dependent upon U-M.  There is research and ongoing discussions of incorporating a meeting hybrid option (zoom/filming of meetings) and how this would work.

Lori Walters opened the meeting and reminded members to make sure that their name is shown accurately in Zoom so attendance can be recorded correctly and to sign in using the Chat function responding to “Everyone”.

Kinnari Shah

At 12:28, President Joanne Pierson started the meeting by ringing the bell. Tom Strode led us in “The Star-Spangled Banner”.  Kinnari Shah provided the inspiration focused on the importance of education to honor the STRIVE scholars. The musical interlude was provided by Dave Keosaian and featured Audra McDonald singing “Climb Everyone Mountain”.

President Pierson welcomed the attendees (99) & new members & guests; thanked the set-up team, the photographer, reporter, and attendance taker. Birthdays for the week were announced. A moment of silence was had for the sad announcement that Rob Boehnke passed away last week.

Marcia Lane

Marcia Lane talked about the insight she gained from reading articles found in the Rotary magazine. The peace pole in Gallup park to be installed soon. Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) is forging alliances with worthy local organizations.  Peace Committee meetings follow the Rotary meetings and ARC meetings are on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

President Pierson shared the announcements which included asking members to help design the new masthead for the new Ann Arbor Rotarian (formerly Harpoon) – weekly newsletter.  Next week’s meeting will honor the Paul Harris Fellows and new Sustainer Society members. Meeting reporters are needed to help take the minutes for Rotary meetings.  There are many bite-sized jobs that need to be done so please step up.

Brian Schrag

Brian Schrag introduced Shaenu Micou, the principal of Pathways who will be presenting the awards to the 11 students participating in Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education (STRIVE).  He provided a brief history of the program, how it developed over the years, how he started with the school and the evolution of the Pathways school & STRIVE program.  Pathways and STRIVE focuses on the needs of the students and making sure all of their needs are being met – through active involvement and mentorship.  Congratulations to the WCC scholarship recipients:  Keijuan (Kee) Ball, Nyla Carson, Ronnie Gray, Aidan Fulgenzi, Quinell Hinton, Quinyce Hinton, Madeline (Maddie) King, Staci Lincoln, Atyia McDonald, Brennan Sullivan, and Justin Walker. Most improved GPA:  Atyia McDonald; Highest GPA: Staci Lincoln & Ronnie Gray; Most improved GPA for time at Pathyways: Madeline King; Student Chosen by

Shaenu Micou

Administration (Pierson award):  Quinyce Hinton.  Congratulations! We are so proud of you. Thanks so much to Marissa Bailey-Johnson for her leadership.

Next week’s speaker is Jerry Clayton discussing “Policing in the 21st Century”. President Pierson closed the meeting with a quote from Michael Jordan – “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.”  And another quote from Joyce Meyer: “A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.”

President Pierson adjourned the meeting at 1:17.

Respectfully submitted by,

Jennifer Fike

Photography by Fred Beutler