Welcome To The Taylor Rotary Club Web Site! We meet Thursday 12:15 PM at Wayne County County Community College District Second Floor Conference Room 12 of the Educational & Performing Arts Center

Rotarians are friendly  business people who have a passion to
do good deeds in the Taylor and the International Communities!

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Our Club Calendar
Program Calendar, April to July

Here is the May 2016 Taylor Rotary Club Newsletter which was produced and published by President Suzanne Downing!

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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.

Please check out http://www.fortheseventhgeneration.org/our-story.php and http://www.fortheseventhgeneration.org/providers/login.php…

Taylor Rotary President Suzanne Downing and Kelly Ann Ramsey


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.
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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.


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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.

 February 18th Club Luncheon was the Annual State of the City Event. Our Taylor Rotary Club Hosted this wonderful event at the Wayne County Community Downriver Campus! Many folks attended this event. Taylor Rotary Club President Suzanne Downing was the Master of Ceremonies. Rotarian Larry Wright was the producer.
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!

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February 4th Club meeting had fewer members attending – vacations – other meetings – working – etc. Past President ArmandoP1080929 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

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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.

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The Taylor Rotary Club supports the Penrickton Center in Taylor, Michigan all year around with various supplies for their very special children!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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October 22nd Meeting featured President Suzanne Downing welcoming  Border Patrol Officer Timothy Delgado and Tim Kaul leading all to sing “Happy Birthday” to Sarah Kaul.
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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.

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August Meetings
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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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

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Billy Luc and  Katelyn Kucharski received their RYLA Certificates.

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Trillium Academy students and teachers.


Rotarian Larry Wright celebrated another birthday!

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!
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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.
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At the end of the meeting Rotarian Tony Arminiak drew the Ace of Spades that entitled him to win a few bucks.


April 16th Club MeetingWayne County Community College – Featured  The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial
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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.

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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.


March 12th Club Meeting – Club President Fred Pepper installed Kathleen Trent as a Rotarian.  Suzanne Downing is her sponsor. Kelly Mcrob-Kelly is her mentor.
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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.


Rotarian Art Superko drew the Ace of Spades from many cards! He and his table buddies will share in the small 50-50 winnings.

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

Cindy Bowers and Ed Bourassa                                  Michelle Matney and her daughter

Ruth Sebaly talking about her strong community ties with Trenton and Taylor, Michigan.
She will soon join the Trenton Rotary Club. Rotarians Kelly, Linda and Larry looking on.

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.
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The February 5th Meeting featured wonderful food including yummy desserts,


Rotarians singing Happy Birthday to Rotarian Kelly,


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.


Membership Chair Suzanne Downing

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.

L to R: President Fred Pepper, Ty Metzger, Phil Matous and Jim Karolyi

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…..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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October 30th – President-elect Suzanne Downing presides over today club meeting.  She did a splendid job.

Wayne County Commissioner Ray Basham was the program presenter. He talked about the state of county affairs, the challenges and successes of Wayne County.

October 7th President Fred Pepper shows off Taylor’s Rotary Little Free Library. It will be placed in a local park

October 2nd Meeting – Rotarian Al Whited celebrated his birthday in grand style!  He had ten Rotarians serenade him at this Rotary Club meeting.

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September 25 Taylor Turn Off the Violence Event

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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