Meeting notes for November 28, 2018

There was an air of extra excitement in the meeting of November 28 as we prepared to honor John White, our first administrator, a huge and generous contributor to our Club, our District, and Rotary International.

Peg Tilburtt’s Inspiration recounted the four factors a doctor friend told her lead to healing and happiness:
1).  An attitude of gratitude;
2).  Learning something new
3). Cutting loose from downers – people or habits;
4).  Treating yourself to something small every day

After singing, President Greg thanked the Usual Suspects and announced birthdays.  The numerous guests were acknowledged and asked to stand but not individually introduced.

We were invited to the Club of Windsor’s Centennial Speakers Series presentation by John Hewko, the General Secretary of Rotary International.  He will be speaking on Disease Prevention and Treatment at the Cabot Club on December 3 at 5:30pm.

Downs Herald took the podium to honor John White for his 14+ years of distinguished service to our Club.  After summarizing the events that led to hiring John, he noted just a few of the many innovations john made to operations that have helped our Club run so smoothly.  He also told of John’s contributions to the District and Rotary International.  The full text of his remarks can be read here.

John responded with a very eloquent recognition of the help and direction he received from fifteen presidents.  The full text of his remarks can be read here.

President Gregg reminded us that Happy Hour would be at Carson’s at 5:00pm that afternoon.

Don Deatrick gave a report on the HireMi Vet event that was held on November 4.  Thirty four screened employers interviewed seventy six Veterans.  Twenty five were hired on the day of the Job Fair and fifteen more have second interviews.   This was a huge organizational success, coordinating four other community groups and government agencies, backed up by dozens of very dedicated volunteers.  An emotional Don Deatrick read two notes from participants, and thanked everyone who participated.

STRIVE is kicking off its twentieth year.  Students Taking Renewed Interest in Education  is a program at Pathways to Success, the AAPS high school that educates students who are returning to school still dealing with difficult issues.  Mentors are needed to work with these young people to help them stay focused on their studies and enroll at WCC.  Contact Leo Shedden to join this meaningful project.

Dennis Powers introduced Jerry May, Vice President for Development at the University of Michigan.  Jerry acknowledged the many friends of Michigan he saw in the audience and thanked the Club for being such an important contributor to the quality of life in Ann Arbor.

Jerry recited the history of fundraising at Michigan, starting with Dr. Hatcher’s first campaign in 1955.  This was the first campaign by a public university and the first of five increasingly successful campaigns.  The current campaign is wrapping up with a lot of firsts for public universities:  first to raise more than $6 billion, first to dedicate more than $1.6 to scholarships.  More than 396,000 contributions were made to the Campaign, half from alumni and half from others.  Half of the donations were less than $5000.00.  Giving Blue Day brought in 12,365 gifts in the $10 – $25 dollar range, totaling $3.6 million.  Twenty two hundred faculty and staff donated $301 million.  The volume of donations and the total underscore the University’s mantra:  Every Gift Matters.

Jerry talked about how campaigns are structured and how they focus on appealing to people’s passions.  He told us that philanthropy is unique to America.

(Notes by Agnes Reading; photos by Fred Beutler.)