Welcome To The Taylor Rotary Club Web Site! We meet Thursday 12:15 PM at Wayne County County Community College Performing Arts Center Conference Room 12.

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

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SWEET CHARITIES: Major community event planned for May 7

The Rotary Club of Taylor’s mission is service above self and Sweet Charities remains Taylor Rotary’s No. 1 fundraising event.
There are more than a dozen organizations supported by the annual Sweet Charities Auction and it produces the majority of the funds that support their efforts in the community throughout the year. Businesses and individual sponsors donate gift baskets, trips and prizes to be auctioned off in silent and also live auction experiences.
The Sweet Charity event will take place from 5:30-10 p.m. on May 7 at Crystal Gardens in Southgate.
Dinner will be served via gourmet food stations along with an open bar and a dessert table. Ticket prices are $60 per person ($65 at the door) or $600 per table of 10. All of the proceeds stream directly to programs that directly impact the heart of our community and also help fund international missions to developing countries to create a better way of life for children and adults living in poverty.
If you would like purchase tickets to attend the Sweet Charities Auction, donate a gift basket or other large item to be auctioned for the charity, if you would like to place an ad in the program or would like more information about the Rotary Club of Taylor’s meetings, programs or volunteer opportunities please contact Eleana Voran Keding at eleana@voranfuneralhome.com or by phone at 313-706-7768.
Some of the local efforts supported by Sweet Charities include:
  • The Taylor Reading Corps: An amazing community volunteer coalition dedicated to the literacy of our Taylor youth.
  • Fish and Loaves Food Pantry: Community volunteers serve to stock the cupboards of the needy providing a consistent avenue of help to Taylor and its surrounding cities.
  • Penrickton Center for Blind Children: Wonderful people meeting the various needs of blind children and their families. Penrickton is a blessing to our community.
  • The Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Garden: Devoted volunteers creatively maintain the beauty of the landscape as the community Jazz events launch this natural gem to the height of popularity. This summer’s “place to be”, the Conservatory is now offering educational classes, hosting wedding events and planning more spectacular concerts.
  • Operation Warm: Rotarians partner with local elementary schools to identify the children most in need of warm coats each year. Rotary aligns with community partners to fund and distribute over 600 new winter coats this year.
  • Turn off the Violence: A collaborate community event that showcases educational, spiritual and health conscious programming throughout the city.
  • The Children’s Fishing Derby held at Heritage Park in Taylor.
Start Date:
Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 5:30pm
End Date:
Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 10:00pm

April 23rd Club Meeting was held in out 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.
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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

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Everyone singing Happy Birthday to  Patrick Ferguson and Tim Kaul

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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.
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Our fearless leader, Fred Pepper smiling and happy as usual!

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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,

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Rotarians singing Happy Birthday to Rotarian Kelly,
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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L to R – PDG Larry Wright, Therese, President Fred Pepper, Betty Sutyak

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Therese happily introduces herself to the membership.

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President Fred Pepper

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Membership Chair Suzanne Downing
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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
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Arnie Germaine congratulates TY

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Jim Nadeau Congratulates TY

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Larry Wright Congratulates TY

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Tim Kaul Congratulates TY

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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.

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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.
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Wayne County Commissioner Ray Basham was the program presenter. He talked about the state of county affairs, the challenges and successes of Wayne County.
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October 16th Club Rotary Foundation Chair Larry Garner recognized Suzanne Downing as a Paul Harris Fellow!
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And recognized Dave Hamilton as a continuing Paul Harris Fellow.
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October 9th President Fred presented our club’s mini banner to a Rotarian Fazlur Oshudi from Nigeria

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

 

 

 

 

SWEET CHARITIES: Major community event planned for May 7 The Rotary Club of Taylor's mission is service above self and Sweet Charities remains Taylor Rotary’s No. 1 fundraising event. There are more than a dozen organizations supported by the annual Sweet Charities Auction and it produces the majority of the funds that support their efforts in the community throughout the year. Businesses and individual sponsors donate gift baskets, trips and prizes to be auctioned off in silent and also live auction experiences. The Sweet Charity event will take place from 5:30-10 p.m. on May 7 at Crystal Gardens in Southgate. Dinner will be served via gourmet food stations along with an open bar and a dessert table. Ticket prices are $60 per person ($65 at the door) or $600 per table of 10. All of the proceeds stream directly to programs that directly impact the heart of our community and also help fund international missions to developing countries to create a better way of life for children and adults living in poverty. If you would like purchase tickets to attend the Sweet Charities Auction, donate a gift basket or other large item to be auctioned for the charity, if you would like to place an ad in the program or would like more information about the Rotary Club of Taylor’s meetings, programs or volunteer opportunities please contact Eleana Voran Keding at eleana@voranfuneralhome.com or by phone at 313-706-7768. Some of the local efforts supported by Sweet Charities include: The Taylor Reading Corps: An amazing community volunteer coalition dedicated to the literacy of our Taylor youth. Fish and Loaves Food Pantry: Community volunteers serve to stock the cupboards of the needy providing a consistent avenue of help to Taylor and its surrounding cities. Penrickton Center for Blind Children: Wonderful people meeting the various needs of blind children and their families. Penrickton is a blessing to our community. The Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Garden: Devoted volunteers creatively maintain the beauty of the landscape as the community Jazz events launch this natural gem to the height of popularity. This summer’s “place to be”, the Conservatory is now offering educational classes, hosting wedding events and planning more spectacular concerts. Operation Warm: Rotarians partner with local elementary schools to identify the children most in need of warm coats each year. Rotary aligns with community partners to fund and distribute over 600 new winter coats this year. Turn off the Violence: A collaborate community event that showcases educational, spiritual and health conscious programming throughout the city. The Children’s Fishing Derby held at Heritage Park in Taylor. Start Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 5:30pm End Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:00pm ...

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