Rotarians are very friendly business people who have a passion to
do good deeds in the Taylor, Michigan and surrounding Communities!
December 2nd, Armanda, Erin, Betty and Bettie help to celebrate 2016 Operation Warmth. They were at Eureka Heights and Head Start Schools. Taylor School Superintendent Ben Williams and Dr. Mary Ann Cyr were at Eureka Heights Schools. Meijer Store’s Director Michelle Iott and her manager were at Head Start School. Meijers sponsored $2000 of winter coats.
At December’s first noon luncheon Rotarians and Guests gathered around donated Christmas Gifts that will be presented to a Taylor needy family. Information Services identifies the families. Displayed is only about one third of the donated items. Also Chantel owner of The Ice Cream Place in Romulus, MI told us about her challenges and triumphs as well as involvement with Launch Detroit that helped with her local business. https://www.facebook.com/IceCreamPlaceLLC/ and
Recently Taylor Rotarians Fred Pepper, Armando Sardanapoli, Cheuck Stallman, Tim Kaul, Bill Walsh, Betty Sutyak, Sarah Kaul, Bettie Slucher
and a Huron Township Rotarian Allan Cotter packed over 600 winter coats for Taylor School Children.
On October 28th several Taylor Rotarians and a Trillium Interacter volunteered for the really Hallow – Palooza event
at the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Hundreds of families enjoyed the festivities.
On October 24th ten Rotarians and Guests traveled to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen at Connor Street Detroit. Each person was asked to serve a part of a dinner cafeteria style. They served over 350 meals in less that two hours. This project was very organized. Permanent staff was very helpful. This is a wonderful hands on project for any non-profit organization to do! It takes about 6 week appointment to work on the weekends. About 2 to 3 weeks to work on a week day. Capuchin Soup Kitchen serves three meals every day except on Saturdays (two meals that day).
Our October 6th luncheon at the Wayne County Community College featured a presentation by
Jamal Al Representative of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters. He discussed a new national education program for
Pre-apprenticeships programs at high school and colleges. http://hammer9.com/training/.
Our Annual Turn Off the Violence: Turn on Health Event was held on Thursday, September 22nd at Taylor Heritage Park. Over 1000 people enjoyed a family fun event at Taylor Heritage Park. Taylor West Middle School Choruses and Marching Band Performed wonderfully with only two weeks of practice. There were many fun activities, social and health volunteers. (More to come about their names). Rotarians again provided a free meal and drinks for all. Taylor Rotarian Jerry Ziemba was the chair for this event.
Many Taylor community volunteers came together to celebrate and recognize the people of the Taylor Police and Fire Departments. There were fun activities for the children and a Chilli Cook Off for all. A great fun event at Heritage Park of Taylor Michigan. Congress Person Debbie Dingell stop by for some Chilli.
The September 15, 2016 Luncheon was held at the Taylor Fire Station #3 on Ecorse Rd. There was a rededication of the Fire Safety House, that was built by Taylor Rotarians, by Mayor Rick Sollars. Then lunch by Secret Recipes Catering. Senior Taylor Rotarian Tony Nicita installed Susan Hamilton, Fire Chief Steve Portis and Deputy Chief Stan Pochron into Taylor Rotary Club. Finished the meeting with a short visit to the Fire Safety House when it was full of non-toxic fumes. This house interior was completely redone by Taylor Home Depot Associates. Soon there will be educated tours by Taylor fourth grade students.
Trenton Rotarian Ruth Sebaly from Beaumont’s Healthy Communities gave an update on the Taylor Health Initiative and their involvement in our signature community service event – Turn Off the Violence: Turn On Health. Pictured below are Rotarians Therese, Betty, Linda, Jerry, Ruth, President Erin and Michelle who are on this event’s committee.
District 6400 Governor Sue Goldsen officially visited the Taylor Rotary Club on August 25th at the Lakes of Taylor. She first met with the club board. Board members summarized their responsibilities and objectives for 2016-17. Then she spoke to a large gathering of Rotarians and guests. Members of the Provisional Hines Park PM Rotary club joined this event. DG Sue installed Yolanda into Rotary, accepted $5,000 to The Rotary Foundation and was given a signed picture from a widow that was painted her husband – a nationally recognized artist.
At the August 18th Luncheon, many Rotarians from Dearborn Heights Rotary Club joined the Taylor Rotarians at the Wayne County Community College. Southgate Rotary Club President Tony Fischer presented a preview of a joint rotary club project that would help senior citizens get some food to eat. Next meeting will be a dinner at the Lakes of Taylor. District Governor Sue Goldsen will join us as her official club visit. Our rotary club will install five members.
Our Presentation was made by Kelly Brown-Roe who is the Regional Activities Chair for Michigan Humane Society. The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is a charitable 501(c) 3 animal welfare organization and is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state, caring for tens of thousands of animals each year. She presented and over view of this organization and promoted Downriver Mega March for Animals September 10th. http://support.michiganhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=march
The July 28th Taylor Rotary Luncheon was back at the Wayne County Community College. President Erin Dobbins is very use to leading our gathering.
Highlights include Rotarian Larry Garner leading a rousing “Happy Birthday” to Rotarian Michelle Matney
Rotarian Jim Karolyi presented a survey to all members. The survey asks what type of Hands-On Community Projects that interests each Rotarian.
Suggested Service Topics are: Feeding the homeless, Feeding the elderly, Supporting other local charities projects, Supporting our veterans, Working in our community garden, Manning a table at the Farmers Market, Providing a job shadowing or career day for youth, Cleaning a park, Updating a playground, Assisting a handicapped homeowner with yard clean up, Visiting a nursing home or assisted living center, Assisting teachers at Taylor Schools with projects and open houses, Supplying looks to Little Free Library.
Our Program was presented by Tammy Todd. She talked about the Life Mastery Institute – The Life Mastery Institute, the world’s leading training center for transformational coaching, provides all the resources, education, kits, and preparation you need to become trained and certified!
First photo is Tammy Todd with Rotarians Enrico Muto, Al Whited and Tony Nicita
Second photo shows Tammy Todd with President Erin Dobbins and Armando Sardanopoli who presented Tammy.
On July 21st, several Taylor Rotarians and guests visited the senior citizens at the Elmcroft Senior Assisted Living Center.
They volunteered with a fun game event for the residents. BINGO was the most popular game!
We met the Community Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Marentette who is the President of the Woodhaven-Brownstown Rotary Club.
The goat named George was a guest of President Erin Dobbins.
Recently our Rotarians donated many suitcases to the Wayne County Foster Program.
Here is the May 2016 Taylor Rotary Club Newsletter which was produced and published by President Suzanne Downing!
May 12th Luncheon featured Kelly Ann Ramsey who gave a very passionate presentation about what it takes for local foster children to thrive!
She has spearheaded the “For The Seventh Generation Program” which is a program of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation in cooperation with the 3rd Judicial Circuit of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Human Services in service of Metropolitan Detroit’s foster children. The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations of cash and goods are tax deductible as provided by law.
The practical request that Kelly was asking us is to donate a small size used suitcase that would be given to a foster child. It would be a place to keep some of their personal belongings.
May 4th was a special fund raiser called “Sweet Charities” Kentucky Derby Style which was held at the Bentley Banquet Hall in Wyandotte. The proceeds help fund the good deeds of the Taylor Rotary Club. Here are a few photos of the fun event.
April 28th Meeting featured Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars stated that he very much appreciates what our Rotary Club does for the Taylor community. He also appreciates our Rotary Club leading the State of The City Event that was held at the Wayne County Community College – Downriver Campus. He trusts the Rotarians to properly manage the donations from this event. At this meeting he presented two checks each for $2000 to Christ Net Services and the Taylor Education Foundation for Excellence. Linda Dickman from ChristNet and Linda Newsome and Michelle Matney from the Taylor Education Foundation accepted these checks from Mayor Sollars.
The March 31st Club Luncheon featured a presentation by Sharon Broglin who is a member of the Friends of Eloise and Director of the Allen Park Historical Society. She talked about the history of the Eloise Asylum!
The March 24th Club Luncheon featured a presentation by Lincoln Park Rotarian Simon Calvas and Mallory Pitoniak from the Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force. They talked about their 2016 Summer program for about 60 at risk youth.
This event featured the West Middle School Chorus – Dave Martin Conductor, Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions were given to Elaine Fitz and Joy Squire.
Presentations were made by Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars, Taylor Board of Education Superintendent Diane Allen, Taylor Police Chief Mary Schabassi, Taylor Fire Chief Stephen Portis and Jeff Baum Director of Community Development.
Net proceeds of the fundraising will go to Christ Net, Taylor Board of Educational Excellence Foundation and the Penrickton Center!
February 4th Club meeting had fewer members attending – vacations – other meetings – working – etc. Past President Armando Sardanopoli led this meeting.
This meeting program featured Jacqueline Lancina Principal and Joseph Horth Welding Technical Assistant TnT 280 Robotics Team Coordinator James Maley Taylor Career and Technical Center and Joseph’s wife. Jacqueline talked about her vision to increase the in and out reach of their vital nine careers pathway. She has asked that Rotarians volunteer time in May to help one-to-one with mock job interviews.
January 28th Club Meeting will featured Taylor Police Chief Mary Sclabassi.
She presented the vision and early strategy of the very exciting Taylor Safety Village initiative.
Photo shows President Suzanne Downing, Chief Mary Sciabassi, Rotarians Tony Nicita and Kelly McRobb Ackland. Kelly presented the preliminary renderings of this Village.
Birthday Celebrations of Betty and Armando
One Year Rotary Anniversary for Therese
The Taylor Rotary Club quickly donated $1,ooo to Operation Flint. This money will pay for four palettes of urgently needed bottle water!
Pictured here shows City of Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars, Taylor Rotary Club President Suzanne Downing, City of Taylor City Government Officials and Fire Fighters plus Sponsoring Organization Home Depot Associates.
The Taylor Rotary Club supports the Penrickton Center in Taylor, Michigan all year around with various supplies for their very special children!
January 7th – Today was a busy meeting. Rotarian George Rotter celebrated his 94th Birthday. Rotarian Dave and Sis Hamilton was recognized as Major Donors to the Rotary International Foundation. Club Foundation Chair Larry Garner presented the Major Donor Level 1 Crystal and pins.
Rotarian Michelle Matney presented two high school students who participated in the 2015 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Seminar.
December 8th – Today Rotarians visited two schools that received “Warm Coats” from our Taylor Rotary Club. Several school staff people were also in these photos. A wonderful example of Rotary in Action for our local community.
December 3rd Meeting – Many Rotarians donated gifts for a needy family through the Taylor Information Center. Rotarian Therese Maggioncalda wrapped all the gifts. They will be given to the family soon. Also Taylor Comerica was recognized for their contributions to the Taylor Rotary Club. Bank Manager Jerry Ziemba received the recognition from Rotarian Dave Hamilton.
November 25th – Warm Coats Project – Jack Pauley, Jill and Jim Karolyi, Armando Sardanopoli, Art Superko, Phil Matous, Therese Maggioncalda and Dave Hamilton sorted over 600 Winter Warm Coats for two Head Start Schools, many Taylor Elementary Schools and for three other Rotary Clubs.
November 19th Meeting was a club assembly (discussing future events and projects) One project is to give elementary children specially made blankets. Therese, Ehren, Jan and Betty were showing off the blankets that were made for these children. Also the club celebrated Rotarian Michelle’s wedding anniversary.
November 12th Meeting featured a program from Past District Governor Mary Kehoe. She talked about The Rotary Foundation spends millions of donations – both locally and internationally. Also Rotarian Dave Hamilton demonstrated how to recognize people you donate to our Rotary Club with people who are recipients of these donations. Also pictured Frank n Dean’s Catering with President Suzanne. They provide high quality yummy food at our club meetings.
October 15th Meeting featured President-Elect Ehren Dobbins welcomed Taylor Librarian Theresa Powers
September 24th Meeting was with District Governor Wayne and Lisa Titus’s official visit.
September 17th Meeting
Featured Allen Park Rotary Club President Steve Ahles presenting the 2014 Fantasy Football First Place Trophy to Jim Nadeau and Last Place Trophy to Dave Hamilton
Dave Hamilton presented his public image project of matching major contributors to Taylor Rotary and people who have benefited from the donations.
Making sure the right people meet the right people.
Here are some photos of recent club meetings at Wayne County Community College
Rotarian Phil Matous arranged a sensational musical program by Accompanist Jean Stapleton and the extremely talented Opera Singer Angela Theis.
President-elect Erin Dobbins is on the right.
Rotarian Enrico Muto celebrating another birthday with some fellow Rotarians.
Rotarian Tim Kaul receiving his next level Paul Harris Pin from Taylor Rotary Club’s Rotary Foundation Chair Larry Garner.
On July 2nd, the First Taylor Rotary Club Meeting was lead by our new Club President Suzanne Downing. We are going to have a RIOT of experiences in the 15-16 Rotary Year.
Come and join business leaders who have a passion for Service Above Self.
The 70th Annual Installation Event was held June 25th at the Silvershores Banquet Center in Wyandotte, Michigan.
Members and guests had plenty of time to meet and greet each other.
After a very nice dinner featuring salmon and chicken President Fred Pepper thank everyone for another outstanding Rotary year. He presented the Ralph E. Lyne Award to Rotarian Tony Arminiak and the Presidents Award to PDG Larry Wright. Fred, Pepper, Suzanne Downing, Enin Dobbins and These Maggioncalda presented a special 50th Rotary Membership Anniversary and a letter of congratulations from the RI President Gary Huang to Rotarian Al Whited.
PDG Donna Schmidt did the honors of installing President Suzanne Downing and her Board. President and Past President Pins were exchanged. All the past presidents spoke words of support and encouragement to Suzanne. The program concluded with President Downing giving flowers to the woman who help set up and arranged this wonderful event.
The June 10th Meeting featured TnT 280 Robotics Team. The students come from many high schools in the Taylor area, John Kennedy, Harry Truman, Trillium Academy and Taylor Preparatory High Schools. 2014-15 was our 17th season competing.
During the previous season, they won multiple awards – including a District Chairman’s Award for the first time in five years, which secured us a spot in the Michigan State Championships.
Besides that, we’ve expanded FIRST by creating an FTC team in Hoover middle School and participating in several school events.
First in line for a Rotary Luncheon Robot in action. Stacking Bins
Coach Joe receiving a special heavy duty coat. Team with Rotarians Fred Pepper and Tony Arminiak
May 28th Club Meeting featured many guests from the City of Taylor, Fish and Loaves and Taylor Public School Foundation for Educational Excellence.
The City of Taylor donated $1,500 to each vital charity. The money came from the net proceeds of the 2015 State of the City Event that was sponored by the Taylor Rotary Club.
Rotary Club President James from Nigeria presented his club’s mini-banner to Club President Fred Pepper. James was part of a team of Rotary Friendship Exchange from Nigeria during the last week of May 2015.
May 21st Club Meeting was a special meeting! Four Scholarship Recipients were recognized and presented $1,000 each. The Trillium Academy students and teachers were recognized for volunteering at the Relay For Life Events. Two students who attended 2014 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Event were recognized and give their RYLA Certificates. Rotarian Larry Wright celebrated another birthday at the meeting.
Left to right Stephanie Neddo-Truman High School, Katlin Soderquist-Trillium Academy, Club President Fred Pepper, Amanda Storms-Baptist Park School and Nancy Wu-Kennedy High School
Billy Luc and Katelyn Kucharski received their RYLA Certificates.
Trillium Academy students and teachers.
April 23rd Club Meeting was held in the permanent room 12 in the Performing Arts Building of the Wayne County Community College – Featured everyone celebrate Chuck Stallman’s 75th Birthday. Cathy Stallman attended the celebration!
There was an impromptu Program by Kevin Spencer who talked briefly about his non-profit program “Hocus Pocus Educational Program”. He was at the college getting ready to perform for the last time as a magician.
April 16th Club Meeting – Wayne County Community College – Featured The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial
Alan Muskovitz presented this memorial which will honor Michigan residents who served in the armed forces and on the home front during World War II. The memorial provides a year- round multi-purpose destination that tells Michigan’s unique story and encourages visitors to both commemorate and celebrate their freedom.
It also serves as an inspiration for future generations, reminding us all of the remarkable patriotism, selfless sacrifices and extraordinary devotion to liberty that helped save the world.
April 9th Club Meeting – Wayne County Community College – University Center
University Center is an exceptional regional center for WCCC College District course offerings. The Center supports collaboration between WCCCD, partner colleges and universities in providing articulated classes, specialized courses, baccalaureate degree completion and options leading to graduate-level coursework. Whether in a traditional classroom model or courses offered online, University Center provides access, convenience, support and an environment that focuses on student success.
Dr. Sandra Robinson Provost of WCCCD, University Center and President Fred Pepper
April 2nd Club Meeting – The speaker was Betty Priskhorn, Corporate Director, Community Outreach – Share Oakwood Health Systems Healthy Communities Initiative for the City of Taylor. Four priority areas were selected and strategies identified in the following four areas: Access to Care, Obesity, Diabetes, Heart/Cardiovascular Disease L-R Betty and President Fred Pepper
Taylor Club President-Elect Suzanne Downing has completed her training at the Great Lakes Rotary President-Elect Training Seminar! She will be club president starting July 1st. District 6400 Governor Wayne Titus presents the 2015-16 Rotary International Theme Banner to Suzanne.
The Presentation was Tammy Trudelle, Downriver Council for the Arts
To enrich the quality of life in the Downriver communities by advocating and promoting the arts and providing opportunities for involvement and participation in arts and cultural activities.
Founded in 1978, the Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that proudly serves over 350,000 residents in 21 Downriver communities. We actively support local artists and performers through artistic outreach programs and special promotional opportunities. The DCA also creates regional partnerships with other cultural organizations, schools and service clubs to promote artistic, cultural and special events throughout Southeast Michigan.
March 5 Meeting featured Michelle Sibilla, Detroit Institute for the Arts
A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. Among these are the masterpiece sculpture Nail Figure from Zaire and a rare Korean Head of Buddha. In 2000, the DIA established the General Motors Center for African American Art as a curatorial department in order to broaden the museum’s collection of African American art. Admission is free to all McComb, Oakland and Wayne County Residents. There are many features at the DIA for you to enjoy. See http://www.dia.org/
Everyone singing Happy Birthday to Patrick Ferguson and Tim Kaul
Our fearless leader, Fred Pepper smiling and happy as usual!
The February 12th Meeting was the Annual State of the Taylor City Event! Over 200 people attended this wonderful event at Wayne County Community College – Downriver
The program started with the performance by the Hoover Middle School Concert Band. Club President Fred Pepper was the Master of Ceremonies. Everyone sang My County is of Thee. An invocation was done. Two Paul Harris Fellows Recognitions (He was the founder of Rotary International) were given to Sam Simon and Tony Arminiak because of their time and talents to make Taylor Michigan a better place for its people.
The Mayor Rick Sollars presented a lengthy but necessary program about all the successes of the 2014 fiscal year and challenges of the 2015 fiscal year. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Alicia Sollars. Photos from Jim Karolyi and Patrick Ferguson.
The February 5th Meeting featured wonderful food including yummy desserts,
A wonderful program; The Taylor Teen Health Center and the Taylor Summer Arts & Prevention Academy Program.
They provide opportunities for art, dance, drama and music come plus presentations about prevention of risky behaviors for elementary school children. Breakfast and lunch is provided, as well as transportation for Taylor residents.
L-R Mallory Teglash – Risk Prevention Specialist, Kathy Trent Manager of the Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force and Lincoln Park and member of this Task Force Rotarian Simone Calvis
Lastly a Rotarian who sold 50 – 50 raffle tickets to all won the 50 – 50 raffle.
Past District Governor Larry Wright
Congratulations to Larry for winning the very prestigious “Image Award” from the Southern Wayne Region Chamber of Commerce.
Well deserved, Larry. We are proud of you.
The January 29th Club Meeting was remarkable! For the first time in the history of The Rotary Club of Taylor, we ate delicious Salmon fillets! Then President Fred Pepper inducted Therese Maggioncalda. Therese can really help the club connect with the Downriver Community to help volunteer for worthwhile project. She was sponsored by PDG Larry Wright. Her Mentor will be Rotarian Betty Sutyak.
PDG Larry pins the Rotary Pin on Therese
L to R – PDG Larry Wright, Therese, President Fred Pepper, Betty Sutyak
Therese happily introduces herself to the membership.
The January 8th Club Meeting was held at the Downriver of the Wayne County Community Campus. For the first time the terrific lunch was catered. Ty Metzger was formally inducted into Rotary by PDG Jim Karolyi. After the induction all Rotarians were invited to congratulate TY. Dave Hamilton is his Sponsor and Phil Matous is his Mentor.
December 16 Rotary Club of Taylor Christmas Gift Bags
Yesterday our Rotary Club gave 100 gift bags to kindergarten and first grade students. These bags included special blankets, toy, school supplies, tooth brush, tooth paste from Swedel Dental and more…..
December 4th – Taylor Rotarian Michelle was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. Paul was the founder of Rotary in 1905. Michelle has donated funds to be a Paul Harris Fellow. President Fred Pepper did the honors.
December 3rd – Taylor Rotary Club funded, ordered, sorted and distributed over 600 winter coats to needy children in Taylor Schools. Rotarian Armando Sardanopoli led this wonderful hands-on community project. The club partnered with Operation Warm.
November 6th – Taylor Rotary Club donated a Little Free Library to the Taylor Conservatory. Executive Director Patty Donahue thanked President Fred Pepper for the library. District Governor Liz Smith congratulated both for making this happen.
November 1st – Not one, Not two but THREE ELVISES came to entertain folks at the Taylor Knights of Columbus Hall. All proceeds goes to Operation Warm which provides winter coats to needy Taylor children.
October 30th – President-elect Suzanne Downing presides over today club meeting. She did a splendid job.
October 2nd Meeting – Rotarian Al Whited celebrated his birthday in grand style! He had ten Rotarians serenade him at this Rotary Club meeting.
Annual Turn Off The Violence Event Our signature community service event was held at Taylor Heritage Park. Our annual Family Event features wholesome fun, major student middle school chorus and band performance, free food and beverages, many community fun activities, Miss Downriver and Miss Downriver Teen, Trillium Academy Interacters and much more. A really fun time for all. Rotarian Jerry Ziemba was the chair for this event. This event reminds everyone that life can be good and void of violence activities that are depicted on visual media companies.
Too see many photo simply click on http://www.rotary6400.org/assets/images/gallery1415/Taylor%20TOV/index.html. This link is on the Rotary District 6400 web site.
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