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Our October 10th luncheon featured a presentation by Plymouth Rotarian Penny Joy! Her topic was “Days for Girls” Are you interested is sewing Days for Girls Kits?

Rotary Clubs of Taylor and Trenton formed a group lending partnership to help six area entrepreneurs with free small business training, micro-loans of up to $2,500 each, business mentoring by local Rotarians, and networking opportunities.

“Our mission is to support and develop local entrepreneurs in our community,” said Margaret Williamson, chair of LaunchDETROIT

Following completion of five small business training classes provided by International Strategic Management at Wayne County Community College in Taylor, six entrepreneurs sponsored by the Taylor and Trenton clubs agreed to meet locally each week to discuss their businesses and receive mentoring and additional training.

Participating entrepreneurs include Francisca Valle, Sophia Frances Events; Abdal El-Rifaai, That One Guys Woodworking; Leilani Norman, Norman Catering and Events; Chantae Fowler, Ice Cream Place; Lakingna Simmons, Above The Spectrum Events; and Jared Bodary, Detroit Hockey Company.

Below are photos of a recent graduation of the latest class of LaunchTAYLOR and TRENTON!

Last Saturday’s crew removed dead tomato plants, cleaned out weeds,transport 8 – 10 bags of refuge to dumpster. Then they erected another raised planter bed. Next step is to later install a carpet floor.

On Saturday, October 5th there was a Taylor Rotary Community Service Project at the Taylor Hoop House Garden! Thom Ouelette, Larry Garner, Armando Sardanopoli and Jim Karolyi helped with the fall cleanup and building new raised vegetable beds. Next week there will be another cleanup session at the Hoop House.

The October 3rd Luncheon featured Jeana Tall from the Disability Network Wayne County and Detroit
Our Mission is to empower, educate and advocate for individuals with disabilities while promoting independent living, Inclusion and accessible pathways.
Our vision is a community within Wayne County that embraces the uniqueness of disabilities with respect and dignity while having equal access to all parts of the community which they live.

The 2019 Taylor Family Day was a sensational community involved event! About 1,000 people attended!
It was held at the Taylor Heritage Park Sheridan Pavilion.
The Taylor Rotary Club and Beaumont Healthy Taylor sponsored this event. The Taylor Rotary Club served free food and drinks to everyone!
The Taylor Middle School Choruses and Band provided wonderful entertainment.
Many exhibitors participated – Beaumont Screeners, Beaumont Mental Health, Beaumont Nutrition, Blair Moody Hoop House, Blue Cross Complete of MI, Boo-Boo Balloons, Detroit Northeast Lions Club, Downriver Actors Guild/Dance Academy, Golden Ark #595 Free and Accepted Masons, Healthy Taylor, Heritage Park Petting Farm, Michigan Complete Health, MSU Extension, Passport Tables, Ray’s Prime Foods, Shwedel Dental, , Taylor Community Credit Union, Taylor Community Library, Taylor Garden Club, Taylor Masons, Taylor Parks & Recreation, Taylor Substance Abuse Task Force, The Information Center, Walgreens, Wayne County Community College and Downriver Western Wayne Family Health Centers. 
There will be a Taylor Family Day in September 2020.

Rotarian and Retired District Court Judge Anthony Nicita gave a wonderful presentation about his life and the early history of the City of Taylor at the Taylor Library on September 26th. The Taylor City Historical Society hosted this event. He shared his wisdom and priceless stories during the Taylor Historical Society’s “A Casual Conversation With…” Judge Nicita still has a terrific memory about his life and avocation adventures!

On Thursday September 12th, the Taylor Rotary Club had the wonderful honor to host District 6400 Rotary Governor John Chambers and his wife Sandy. A District Governor is a Rotarian Volunteer that supports all the rotary clubs and rotarians for one year. DG John Chambers will officially visit all 52 Rotary Clubs in District 6400. Our district includes all rotary clubs in Essex, Lenawee, Monroe and Wayne Counties. District 6400 is an international district. Assistant District Governor Erin Dobbins introduced DG John to the Taylor Rotary Membership.

DG John and Club President presented the Club Do The Right Thing Recognition to Rotarian Thom Ouelette!

Dentistry From the Heart
At our office – September 7, 2019
Spreading Free Smiles Across The City of Taylor

Shwedel Dental hosted Dentistry From The Heart, Providing first 125+ people with free dental care on September 7, 2019.
Taylor Rotarian Thom Oulette spent many hours preparing food for all
the folks who were getting free dental services from Shwedel Dental in Taylor, MI. This was a free luncheon for all the dental patients.

Wow, what a program we had Thursday September 5th. Rochelle Riley was funny, informative and entertaining. We had a great crowd, over 30 attended. We also had 20 Taylor Rotarians and some spouses along with a wonderful turnout from Southgate Rotarians. Everyone had positive comments including being the best program.

Wow, what a program we had Thursday September 5th. Rochelle Riley was funny, informative and entertaining. Rochelle is the new Director of Culture and Arts for the City of Detroit.

We had a great crowd, over 30 attended. We also had 20 Taylor Rotarians and some spouses along with a wonderful turnout from Southgate Rotarians. Everyone had positive comments including being the best program.

We had the pleasure have DGE Wimon Kachintaksa from District 3540 Thailand join us at our luncheon!

The August 22nd luncheon meeting was attended by many visiting Rotarians. Grosse Pointe, Lincoln Park, Kingsville Southshores, Southgate, Trenton, Woodhaven-Browstown and Taylor Rotary Clubs were represented. They all came to hear D6380 Past District Governor and World Famous Rotarian Michael Angelo Caruso. He presented “The First 15 Seconds: The Amazing Power of First Impressions” Michael also encouraged all Rotary Clubs to support 2019 RYLA by sending high school student leaders who want to be better leaders.

August 15th luncheon featured a program by Crystal Krupa from the Guidance Center. She presented a program about the 2019 Car Show and Resource Fair event that will happen at the Taylor Sheridan Center. The cars are designed and made by families that use the services of the Guidance Center

MSU Program Coordinator Jackie Grow gave a recent presentation about the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) and Michigan State University horticulture education center partnership at the Downriver Campus in Taylor. The $15 million center will include three greenhouses, a conservatory, three classrooms and a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) labs. There will also be a fenced outdoor garden and learning lab next to the greenhouses accommodate fruit trees and vegetables for some of the elective courses.
This facility will be an integral part of certificate programs in fruit and vegetable crop management and in landscape management. WCCCD offers the certificate programs in partnership with the Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) at Michigan State University.

Club President Linda Newsome and Jackie Grow (right) the program coordinator for the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology certificate programs offered at Wayne County Community College District.

A Community Grant from Rotary District 6400 helped to provide a new plastic roof for the Blair-Moody Hoop House! Now the Hoop House can grow vegetables much easier and provide for more gardening classes for elementary school children!

Taylor Rotarian Michelle Matney was recognized by immediate Club Past President Therese Maggioncalda with the presdigious Ralph E. Lyne Award for providing outstanding leadership and volunteerism during the 2018-19 Rotary Year. Presented by Club President Linda Newsome.

The Taylor Rotary Club recognized two graduating senior high school students with a scholarship of $1,000 each. Pictured below are the recipients one from Taylor High School and one from Trillium High School plus their proud mothers along with Scholarship Committee Chair Michelle Matney and Club President Linda Newsome.

Taylor Rotarian Thom Ouelette presented a special plague to Club President Linda Newsome. The plague came from a former sign of “Taylor Rotary Park”

This terrific fundraising event was held on Saturday July 13th. Over 200 bikes participated in the ride from Wayne County Community College Downriver. Then ride for over 90 minutes through downriver Wayne county communities and ended at Motown Harley in Taylor for a luncheon. The Motown Harley Owners Group (HOG) and the Taylor Rotary Club sponsored this event.
Many other rotary clubs, businesses and individuals sponsored the event.
The main reason for this event was to raise funds for Harley Bikers Operation 14 and Victory Gym. Both provide very needy programs for combat veterans who still have chronic neurological and mental disorders due to their service in the military.
Over twelve police officers from several cities provided escort service for the entire ride!
The riders had over 40 biker riders that are specially trained to help porvide the safest and enjoyable ride for all participants!
Seven local restaurants providing free food for all at the luncheon at Motown Harley’s Property.
The weather was nice an warm for this sensational event!

I am posting many photos that help tell the story of this event. If anyone wants a larger size photo just contact me in the contact page.


96 year old Rotarian George Rotter surrounded by his fellow Taylor Rotarians
and Brenda Garner!

The Taylor Rotary Club held its annual celebration of the 2018-19 rotary year then installation of the 2019-20 Club President Linda Newsome, club officers and committee chairs.

The Taylor West Middle Chorus under the direction of Teacher Dave Martin entertained us before our buffet dinner. After dinner, President Therese Maggioncalda summarized the accomplishments of service and charity donations. She presented the Presidents Award to Kim Bourassa and the Ralph Lyne Awards to Michelle Matney and Jerry Ziemba.

District 6400 Governor Elect John Chambers officially installed and pinned Linda as our next club president.
John then installed the new board of directors.

All the past presidents in attendance lined up and offered words of congratulations and support to Linda. Linda thanked all for attending this wonderful rotary event.

In 2018-19 we did some wonderful projects
High School Scholarships
*Interact activities/Ryla/Relay for Life
*Operation Warm
*Wounded America Ride
*Launch Taylor
*Rotary Fun Day
*Taylor Schools Career Day/Mock Interviews
We raised some serious money
*Rotary Golf Outing
*Comedy Night
*State of The City
*Mardi Gras

Taylor Career Senior Students Mock Interviews.
Several Rotarians volunteered a school day to participate in mock career/job interviews.
Michelle Matney, Armando Sardanopli, Jim Karolyi, Soon Kwon, Phil Matous

Soon Kwon
Armando Sardanopoli
Michelle Matney
Phil Matous

At the May 9th Luncheon – several rotarians celebrated birthdays and wedding anniversaries!

Program presenters were Pastor Don Paron and Deacon George Campeau from the Harvest Worship Center.
This church is a Mission Based Church. They talked about missions in Paraguay and Taylor Michigan.

L-R: Marcia Filek, Taylor Rotary President Therese Maggioncalda, Deacon George George Campeau,
Pastor Don Paron

Taylor Students enjoying the Hoop Garden.
Rotarians Sandra Thompson and Thom Ouelette volunteer many hours to make it an enjoyable experience!

On April 18th, Rotarian Larry Garner introduced fellow Rotarian Soon Kwon as the 2019-20 Taylor Rotary Club – Rotary Foundation Chair.

Both Larry and Soon recognized Fred Pepper and Bob Williams for their level 5 Paul Harris Fellow Donation

Council member Angie Winton presented today’s Taylor Rotary’s program

The new Taylor City Council member has 18 years of extensive experience in management and human resources including administration, training, budgets and payroll while working as the current chief HR officer at The Senior Alliance (Wayne, MI). Before that, she was the HR generalist and payroll administrator with West Side Beer Distributing (Romulus, MI) and HR-payroll manager at Flooring America (Southfield, MI). She also launched and currently manages Metro Detroit Share, a 501(c)3. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management in 2003.

She also served as a recreation commissioner in Taylor; on the committee for the Center for Women’s and Children’s Health, Henry Ford Hospital; as a member of the Karen Colina Wilson Foundation Rose Ella Golf Outing benefiting the Cleveland Clinic; and on Holiday Meals on Wheels for the last six years. Angie is a 1996 graduate of Taylor Center High School, where she was the school’s valedictorian.

Angie mentioned that the Taylor City Council is now concentrating on the next fiscal year budget. This will require many more meetings than usual.  She is still learning the responsibilities of being an engaged member of the Taylor City Council.

Rotarian Deus’s daughter Patricia pick out a card for the 50-50 raffle. Unfortunately the card was not the Ace of Spades.

Launch Taylor is Sponsored by Taylor Rotary Club

Taylor Rotarian Larry Wright is the chair.
It is aimed at helping new small businesses, the program will offer micro-loans, businesses classes
and networking opportunities for those selected to participate.
Those interested in the program must fill out an application to participate.
Free small business training at Wayne State University and the Mike Ilitch School of Business with five classes will be available for those selected.
Micro-loans from $1,000 to $2,500 each and networking opportunities also will be offered.
The business should be new, or about to launch in order to qualify.
Applicants must also agree to meet once a week with each other to discuss the program, and to network with each other.
Mentors from the Rotary Clubs, as well as the local business communities will also be on hand at the networking meetings.

The program is looking for applicants who:
Have the ability to supply a product or service that can generate a profit.
Successfully completed the small business classes offered.
Have developed and implemented a business plan and budget.
Have the ability to repay the micro-loan in regular installments within a year of receiving the loan.
Have a demonstrated need for financial and business assistance.

L-R Leilani, Lakingna, Abdal, Francesca, Chantee and Ron

The Taylor Rotarians helped Fish and Loaves Food Pantry by donating 33 jars of Peanut Butter. The USDA has stopped supplying Peanut Butter.
Many other Rotary Clubs help out. Over 300 jars were donated in 7 days time.
Below is Taylor Rotary Club President Therese and Fairlane Sunrise Club President Vickie Perri with two jars.
Vickie and her club volunteers every Monday to help screened needy families get some food at the pantry.

At our club’s April 4th luncheon, Leanna Bronni was inducted as a new member by Past District Governor Roberto Sanchez.
Past District Governor Larry Wright is Leanna’s sponsor.

PDG Roberto Sanchez
PDG Larry Wright pininng the Rotary Pin on Leanna

Roberto, Leanna, Larry and President Therese
New member Leanna mentioning why she is joining the Taylor Rotary Club.

A wonderful time was had by all at this evening’s Rotary Fellowship at Mallie’s in Southgate. Thanks so much to Steve Ahles (photo bombing us in the back of the picture) from Southgate Rotary for inviting us to attend their meet and greet with DownRiver Rotaractors. Our friend and WSU Rotaract President Devankar joined our table 🙂

Taylor Rotarians Simone Calvas, Jim Karolyi and Therese Maggioncalda volunteer at the Lincoln Park Rotary Family Fun Day for pre-school to third grade children at the Lincoln Park High School Cafeteria. This is a wonderful family community service event!

A recent club meeting had a wonderful presentation was about the Taylor High School’s Freshman Tactical Teams. The primary goal is to align and sync community and education resources, with a clear focus on giving students the tools and skills needed to be successful. Pictured is Club President Therese Maggioncalda, Taylor High School Principal Melissa Skopczynski ,Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann Cyr, and Taylor Schools Improvement Leader Tracy Carroll spoke of this major shift and change in Secondary Education.


Here are some photos of the recent Mardi Gras fundraiser event.
A festive night of live music, gourmet food, premium open bar, raffles galore, all while supporting the Taylor Rotary and many worthy local causes. Enjoyed authentic New Orleans music mixed with dance favorites performed by Dave Tatrow’s Dixieland Allsars featuring Pat Cronley on piano, Jeff Halsey on string base, Pete Siers on drums, Ron Kischik on trombone, and Dave Tatrow on trumpet.

At the March 7th Taylor Rotary Club – Meeting Lucy and Alex received their Rotary Youth Leadership Award Certificate (RYLA) from President-elect Linda Newsome and Youth Services Chair Michell Matney. RYLA helps to educate high school aged people to me better leaders.
Both Lucy and Alex thanked Taylor Rotarians for the opportunity to attend RYLA as well talking about their awesome experience as members of their schools Rotary Interact Club.

Guest Speaker Rhonda Hines and President-Elect Linda Newsome
Rhonda Hines, RN, is president of Freedom Song and S.O.A.P. Metro Detroit a Michigan chapter of Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution, an anti human trafficking organization founded by trafficking survivor and author of “The Slave Across the Street, Theresa Flores. As an abolitionist, Rhonda fights to end modern day slavery through educating others about human trafficking, organizing hotel outreach events, and by walking beside those who are survivors of sex trafficking.

Many Taylor Rotarians and guests honored Toni Nicita’s 90th Birthday at Pias Restaurant in Taylor, MI


Recent visit by school children to the Taylor Hoop Garden