Rotary Notes from August 18, 2021

The August 18, 2021 meeting opened on Zoom with social time.  Karl Edelmann announced his retirement from the Air Force and his celebratory bow-tie was admired by all. Lori Walters opened the meeting and provided Zoom reminders.

Fanfan Zheng

At 12:29, President Susan Froelich started the meeting by ringing the bell. Tom Strode led us in “The Star-Spangled Banner”.  Inspiration was provided by Fanfan Zheng who said we need to act like how you want our youth to act and that a youthful mindset is important as we grow older. The musical interlude was provided by Steve Pierce who discussed the therapeutic affect the song “Voces 8” by Morten Lauridsen had on him when his son passed away.

President Froelich welcomed the attendees & new members & guests with 71 in attendance; thanked the set-up team, the photographer, reporter, and attendance taker. Birthdays for the week were announced. There is a memorial service scheduled for former Rotarian Mike James on August 23 at 11 am at Westside Methodist Church in Ann Arbor on Seventh Street.

The Golf and Tennis Outing is scheduled Monday, September 13 so please sign up to golf, volunteer, donate an auction item, and attend the dinner with Jack Harbaugh the featured speaker.  Goal is 128 golfers and 60 are currently signed up.  This event supports our local grants and international projects so please sign up now.

Arthur Williams

Arthur Williams from the Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) presented a video focused on anti-racism.  Emmanuel Acho was a professional football player and in 2016 to become a football analyst. He has created a series of videos entitled “Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man”.  The first video in this series was viewed:

District Governor Brenda Tipton

Dr. Janet Burns, Assistant Governor for Rotary Sector 12 introduced today’s speaker – Brenda K. Tipton (aka WooWoo), District Governor for District 6380, who joined Livingston Sunrise Rotary in 2012 who provided an update with regards to early successes, goals, and upcoming events. Governor Tipton shared her background and how she became a Rotarian with a great interest in making a difference in people’s lives. She shared information about the Rotary structure: Rotary International → Rotary Zones → Rotary Districts → Rotary Clubs → Rotaract Clubs → Interact Clubs.

Rotary international President Shekar Mehta’s goals consist of “Do More and Grow More which include: 1) Growing membership to 1.3 million, 2) Empowering the girls, 3) Engage in more service projects, 4) Start new clubs.

2021-22 District Governor 6380 goals include:

1) Increase club goal input with common tools

  • 100% participation for goals toward President citations
  • Train on common tools and develop overall knowledge

2) Introduce and implement District internal leadership training on tools and reporting

  • ClubRunner & MyRotary training
  • Social media training for FB/website

3) Introduce and enhance District outreach

  • Establish District support group by July 1, 2021

4) New awareness and innovation

  • Strengthen membership team with innovative changes for coverage
  • Strengthen youth services and RYLA
  • Enhance and expand social media presence
  • Combined District World Polio Day (October 24, 2021)
  • Open Foundation pathways through change and innovation

Early Accomplishments included: 1) District absorbed the cost of PE’s for PETS, 2) no District dues until January 2022, 3) increased District website members from 955 to 1k+ members/followers (, 4) PE’s entered leaders in CR and goals in RCC, 5) ClubRunner and MyRotary syncing for data consistency, 6) July 1 launch of HUB6380 Club Support Group, 7) new District Rotary 6380 Charitable Organization 501(c)3, 8) July 1 launch and return of monthly district bulletin, 9) all committee teams have set internal goals, 10) certified a new Interact Club in Bloomfield Hills.

During Governor Tipton’s Rotary Year, she’d like us to get involved in the following:

August 17, 2021 – Members First Summit

September 26, 2021 – District River Club-Up Work Day

September 29, 2021 – Rotary Basics New and All Member Training

October 23, 2021 – World Polio Month and Day District Events

October 29-31 – RYLA (US)

November 13, 2021 – Multi-District (6400) Foundation and Membership Gala

March 10-12, 2022 – PETS – Incoming PE Training – 2022

March 11-12, 2022 – Multi-District Peace Conference – 2022

April 23, 2022 – District Environmental Work Day

May 20-2, 2002 – District 6380 Conference Celebration 2022

June 4-8, 2022 – Rotary international Convention in Houston, TX

Governor Tipton also encourages Rotarians to join a committee which include:  Membership, Foundation, Training, Public Image/Website, Finance, Youth Exchange, Youth Services (Interact/RYLA), District Peace Conference Committee, Environmental Work Day Committee, and District Conference Committee.

As noted above – There is a combined celebration gala of District 6380 & our sister club 6400 scheduled in Novi on November 11.

Next week’s speaker Next week’s speaker: Arthur Gronewold, speaking about “Water Abundance Across the Great Lakes”.  The Quote of the Day by Patti Smith, punk troubadour was “Be Happy, take care of your teeth, always let your conscience be your guide.”

President Froelich adjourned the meeting at 1:30.

Respectfully submitted by,

Jennifer Fike


Photography by Fred Beutler