After our peace conference in February 2017, Bev Sieford challenged us: What Will YOU Do for Peace? Taking up that challenge, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor joined the Rotary Club of West Bloomfield, to honor Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg, with our Distinguished Service Award. Martin has traveled all over the state of Michigan, the Midwest and the world- to share his personal Holocaust story in the efforts to educate our youth on the Holocaust. Burns Park Elementary 5th grade teacher, Sandy Kreger, had Martin speak to the joint 4th and 5th grade classes, and asked her students to write a letter on the impact Mr. Lowenberg made upon them.
Former student Zack Weiner shared his letter on Martin’s impact, in a voice not only shared by his classmates, but classmates throughout Michigan, the Midwest, and the World.
Over 310 attended the event held at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills on Sunday, December 3rd. District Governor Barry Fraser presented the Distinguished Award to Martin, in addition to reading the letter of admiration from Governor Rick Snyder. Immediate Past District Governor Michael Angelo Caruso and Troy Rotary President-elect Rene’ Pothetes; Barry’s wife, Carolyn Fraser; District Governor-elect Jane McManus and husband Mike McManus; and District Governor-nominee Sparky Leonard and his wife, Laurie Leonard, all were in attendance, in addition to Assistant District Governor, Anne Nauts.