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

Rotarians are very friendly business people who volunteer to
do many good deeds in the Taylor, Michigan and surrounding communities!

‘Launch’ the Micro-Finance Project


The day has finally arrived for the official ‘Launch’ of the Micro-Finance pilot project managed by the Taylor, Trenton and Detroit Rotary Clubs. 

We here in the Taylor Rotary Club are looking for qualified applicants who might want to be considered for this ‘pilot’ project which will run for 2 years. Our candidates should live or work in Taylor or adjacent communities (with a preference for those in Taylor). There will be ‘free’ formal Business Classes that will begin the evening of March 8 at Wayne State University. Use the contact page to let us know if you are interested.








February 15 featured the very special STATE OF THE CITY event. This wonderful event was held at the Wayne County County Community College Downriver in the Heinz Prechter Education & Performing Arts Center.
First there was a Meet and Greet Hour. People paid $50 to attend.  The proceeds will be sent to two local charities.  Second there was many non-profit organization displays in the foyer area of the center.
Third there was free admission to auditorium to hear the program.  Rotarian Larry Wright presented Launch Taylor Program. (Flyer is just above)  Taylor Board of Education Superintendent Ben Williams gave an overview of the educational strategies for 2018 and 2019.  Wayne County Executive Warren Evans introduced Mayor Rick Sollars.  Rick gave an extensive State of City Presentation which covered many facets of City of Taylor Michigan Government.

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The February Luncheon featured a Chinandega Layette by Sarah Wright. She has traveled to Nicaragua many times to help young mothers and their infants have a better start in life.  Now her and other people find materials in Nicaragua for diapers and many toiletries that are given to mothers. This is one of Sarah’s Volunteer Passions.


Our February 1st luncheon feature another outstanding program presentation. The program was about Bikers Against Child Abuse!  Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abuse. BACA helps children’s healing process to restore self-worth and confidence



The very special dinner meeting on January 25th the Grosse Ile Rotary Club and Taylor Rotary Club hosted the “Ask Your Muslim Neighbor.” Detroit Rotarian and Wayne State University Professor Fred Pearson was the moderator. Five Muslim related American guests briefly introduced themselves. The rest of the program was guests answering questions from the audience. This format produced very interesting and enlightening conversation. This program can easily be replicated by many Rotary Clubs.

Statement from Haneen Mahbuba: Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being a guest at this open dialogue convention “Ask your Muslim Neighbors “ with the Taylor Rotary club. I along with other Muslims helped break years of barriers and misconceptions about Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in America. With a Simple Q & A session. I was delighted to answer any questions about why I follow and believe in my religion. In the end we were able to establish a common understanding that what is portrayed By The media is definitely an incorrect image of what it means to be a true Muslim. “If you never ask , you will never know and the answer will always be no “. Make an effort to change the status quo and don’t be afraid to “Ask your Muslim Neighbors”.


District Court Judges Gregory Clifton and Geno Salomone presented a very timely program about the major epidemic of opiod drug induced deaths that are happening locally and nationally. The presentation was about starting local programs that will be reduce the usage of these deadly drugs.

Rotarian Larry Garner presented new level Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Pins to Linda Newsome, John Wanat and Bill Walsh.

Rotarians Larry Wright and Larry Garner led the members in singing Happy Birthday to Rotarian Tony Nicita


Taylor Rotary Club celebrated the Christmas Season with a wonderful fun party at Silver Shores Banquet Center in Wyandotte, MI. 


Taylor Rotarians volunteered to help run bingo at the Taylor Medilodge Senior Facility. Linda Newsome arranged this event! Bob Williams had a strong voice for calling the bingo numbers. Gift cards went to many winners. Followed by home made treats for all.


Attached are pictures from our meeting yesterday Kim Bourassa Taylor Rotary and Taylor Goodfellows adopt a family, Dina Vannice our speaker from The Information Center and Anthony Williams one of our RYLA students with his proud Grandpa Bob Williams.
Therese Maggioncalda,ACSW
Taylor Rotary President


Present and Future Taylor Rotary Club Presidents:
L-R Club President 2017-18 Therese Maggioncalda, Club President 2018-19 Ed Bourassa and Club President 2019-2020 Linda Newsome


Jerry Ziemba (below) was honored during the November 21, 2017, meeting. A resident of the City for 42 years, he has been a member of the Rotary Club of Taylor since 1984, serving as president and treasurer at different times. For the past 30 years, the City of Taylor has also been a client of Comerica Bank, where Jerry provided outstanding service to the community before recently retiring.










December 1st, Taylor Rotarian Armando Sardanapoli and some teachers fitted new warm winter coats that were donated by Taylor Meijers Stores to children.  The children were given an opportunity to select their coat. Many smiles happened.

Manager Fahd Abdulla from Malek Al Kabob Restaurant and Taylor Club President Therese Maggioncalda Thanks for a wonderful dining experience at Malek Al Kabob! Thanks!!


What a blast we had walking today in the City of Taylor Winterfest Parade! Thanks to Sarah and Larry Wright for the use of their truck, trailer and Harley! The float was amazing, thanks to all that helped make it so fun! And Santa (aka Matt) and his Elves looked amazing greeting all of the kids. Thank too, to Armando for walking with me on the Parade route, we all had a wonderful time. Attached are a couple of pictures of our float and our Elves 🙂


The Great Tailgate fundraiser was an amazing collaborative success and because of that, in October President-Elect Ed Bourassa and Trenton Rotary President John Allen presented CEO Kurt Sebaly of Penrickton Center for Blind Children with a check.  Last evening at Intermission at the Trenton Theater,  Bill Jasman from Trenton Rotary Club and Taylor Rotary President Therese Maggioncalda  presented DYPAC President Noel Jackson with a check for $9,250.00.  Thank you all for your support of The Great Tailgate and these two amazing community organizations!

At the November 9th Taylor Rotary Luncheon – Rotarians Larry Garner presented information about the Rotary International Foundation and Phil Matous presented  a program about veterans and how they can suffer from violent thoughts and commit suicide. Everyone wants to recognize and honor veterans but not provide enough resources to help them lead a “normal” post military life.

Taylor Rotarians recently supported the Southgate Rotary Club’s Rockin around the Christmas Tree event. 
We celebrated Cathy and Chuck’s 52nd Anniversary too!

Monday November 6th. Blair Moody School Hoop House Service Project from today.
A lot got done in a couple of hours. Amazing what a dedicated work crew can make happen!

On Thursday, November 2nd the Taylor Rotary Club celebrated International Day!  There were presenters from Uganda and Sir Lanka as well as Hungarian and Ugandan food.  Students from Trillium Academy and Truman High School were guests of Taylor Rotary.  Past District Governor Larry Wright installed Thom Ouellette into the Taylor Rotary Club.  Another wonderful meeting.


On Thursday, October 26th many rotarians, spouses and guest gather for fun, fellowship and dinner.


On World Polio Day October 24th, the Taylor Rotary Club held a End Polio Now Event.  Rotarian Linda Newsome led a presentation about polio at local Taylor School students.
Then these students collected coins from their student body to give to the End Polio Now campaign. 


Here are some photos of the recent Great Tailgate Fundraiser that was held as Crystal Gardens in Southgate, Michigan



On September 21st the Taylor Rotary Club held their signature community event Turn Off Violence Turn on Health at Heritage Park Pavilion. On one of the hottest last days of Summer we had a wonderfully successful Turn off the Violence Turn on the Health event! Thank you to everyone who helped us move and set up tables (and tear them down again), organize and serve the food and welcome our guests and community collaborators! We are Taylor Rotary in Action!!  – President Therese Maggioncalda


The September 7th Luncheon was a special event for the Taylor Rotary Club! Every Rotary Year the Rotary District 6400 Governor Officially Visits the Taylor Rotary Club.  A District Governor is a volunteer Rotarian who supports and over sees all 49 Rotary Clubs in a given Rotary Year.  For the 2017-18 Rotary Year our Governor is Rick Caron, a Windsor (1918) Rotarian.  First he meets and leads a meeting with the Taylor Board of Directors. Second he is the featured speaker at the following luncheon meeting.  Many Rotarians and some spouses were in attendance.  The Taylor Rotary Club donated $500 in the Governor’s Name to the PolioPlus Campaign that will eliminate poliomyelitis around our world. At the end of the meeting a rotarian won the 50-50 raffle by drawing the Ace of Spades Card.  Meeting concluded with a group photo of all you attended this event.



August 3rd Meeting Luncheon featured a presentation by fellow Rotarian Matt Yascolt who is a member of the Beumont Health Team.
He presented information about short and long term side effects of the habituating drug THC that is in marijuana.
Some “weed”extracts the street contain 90% of this drug while at the same time the chemical for medical reasons remains at 1%.

President Therese came close to getting the correct card for the 50-50 Raffle.


Taylor Rotary Golf Outing Photos taken by Club President Therese Maggioncalda

Thank you so much for your generous support of the 23rd Annual Dave Hamilton Charity Golf Classic. The Rotary International theme for 2017-2018 is “Making a Difference”. With friends like you and your support, we know we can make a difference in our community.

It was a wonderful day of golf at The Lakes of Taylor and it was an opportunity to share the fun and fellowship of Rotary. Thank you again for your support in helping make the Taylor Rotary Golf Outing a success. We appreciate your friendship.

The monies raised at this event will support amazing programs in the City of Taylor, those in Southeastern Michigan and the World. Some of the programs the funds will support are listed below.

The Taylor Conservatory                                     Operation Warm Coats for Kids Project

Taylor Schools Foundation                                Penrickton Center for Blind Children

Taylor High Schools Scholarships                  Sponsor a Taylor Park on Telegraph Rd.

Healthy Taylor Coalition                                     Wounded America Motorcycle Ride

“Turn off the Violence” Rotary event             Worldwide Eradication of Polio

Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry     ChristNet Shelter

Kids Against Hunger Project                               Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force

Sponsor High School Leaders to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Event that helps them to be better leaders.

Taylor Rotary Club Bulletin July 6, 2017

On June 29th the Taylor Rotary Club had its Annual Installation Party at the Brownstown Community Center. All celebrated 2016-17 President Erin Dobbin’s year and saw the installation of the 2017-18 President Therese Maggioncalda by District Governor Rick Caron as well as the Board of Directors.  President Erin awarded the Ralph E. Lyn Award to Linda Newsome and the Presidents Award to Larry Garner.  Matthew Yascolt was installed as a Taylor Rotarian by District Governor Rick. Everyone was entertained by the DyPack Dancers.  A wonderful time for all.


June 22nd luncheon featured two more scholarship presentation to Truman High School Senior Siciley Jefferys and Kennedy High School  Senior Kyle Wright.

June 8th luncheon featured a scholarship presentation to Trillium Academy Senior Student Preranna.  President Erin Dobbins and Michell Matney did the honors.

Several Trillium Students and Taylor Rotarians presented their impressions of the recent Peace Summit that was held at Eastern Michigan University.

Once again the 50-50 raffle drawing missed the Ace of Spades!

June 5th – The last Taylor Rotary Club’s 2016-17 Board Meeting was presided by President Erin Dobbins.

May 20 2017 – The Taylor Rotary Club participated at The Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society. The 15th annual Taylor Relay for Life took place at Heritage Park. For more photos, see www.facebook.com/heritageparkphotooftheday.

A photo from the Taylor Rotary Fund Raiser – Kentucky Derby Party. DG Sue Goldsen, President Erin Dobbins, President-Elect Therese Maggioncalda and Trenton Rotary Club President Laurie Dixon

At the April 13th Meeting there was a presentation about the PAES Lab – Practical Assessment Exploration System
The PAES Lab is a prevocational and life skills program for students on track to get a Certificate of Completion at the Taylor Career and Technical Center.  Students do a variety of job activities in a simulated work environment to determine their aptitude for specific entry level job skills.

In addition to assessing job skills, students are taught soft job skills and workplace behaviors are addressed and practiced.

PAES provides:

  • Work and life skill training
  • Vocational work assessment
  • Work exploration
  • Appropriate work behavior development
  • Data collection and student reporting

At the March 24th luncheon, Auxillary Chief John Burgan presented  a interesting program about the Taylor all volunteer auxillary police department.  Talked about their mission, diverse duties and many hours of service to the Taylor community.

At March 16th luncheon, there was a wonderful presentation by Bob Hendrickx from The Motown Movement. http://themotownmovement.com/
They are raising funds that will refurbish an old home in Detroit from broken down house into a self-sufficient home.

Recent happenings of the Taylor Rotary Club – Rotarian Keith Lepard receive his regular club badge from Rotarian Betty Sutyak and President Erin Dobbins.

Club President Erin Dobbins recognizes the service of Rotarians Jerry Ziemba and Phil Matous.

Rotarian Larry Garner recognized the next level of Paul Harris Fellow to Rotarians Michelle Matney and John Wanat.


At the March 2nd, 2017 luncheon we had many guests.  Two Rotary Youth Leadership Award participants who were sponsored by the Taylor Rotary Club, their parents,  the Trillium Academy Interact Sponsor and Principal. The participants told all about how very much their enjoyed and learned at RYLA.

On February 2, 1017, Beaumont’s Taylor Teen Drug Resistance Program.
Our club helped to sponsor and serve breakfast to over 200 students, their teachers and some parents. It was held at the Taylor Masonic Lodge. It was a celebration of the Drug Resistance Program for children 2nd to 6th grade. Taylor Rotarian Simone Calvas chaired this event. The Taylor Fraternal Order of Police were co-sponsors. The children had fun with a breakfast, talking about acts of kindness and enjoying their fellowship. Several students received recognition plaques for their winning poetry.


Our Taylor Rotary Club will consider the following possible community service projects: Gleaners, High School Career Days, Taylor Community Garden, Clean a Taylor Park, Supply Little Free Library, Support our Veterans, Taylor Senior Center Project, Project with Trillium Interact Club, Salvation Army Canteen, Taylor Center – Vocational Scholarships, read stories to elementary students.

At the January 19th luncheon Christnet Director talked about the past, present and future about Christnet. The mission of ChristNet is to provide temporary overnight emergency housing assistance and other services to homeless men, women, and children. We do this by providing a safe secure sleeping space indoors; offering three meals per day; and by maintaining a case manager who identifies and coordinates mainstream resources to help those in need restabilize their lives. ChristNet promotes cooperation among churches and non-profit organizations as we strive to assist our brothers and sisters in God’s family. Photo of President-elect Therese Maggioncalda and Debbie Petri.


At the January 12th luncheon the Taylor Rotary Club celebrated the 95th Birthday of Rotarian George Rotter, Rotarian Tony Nicita installed Reverend Keith Lenard into our Rotary Club and who is sponsored by Geno Salamone plus reviewing thank you cards from some Taylor Students.


Matthew Minard and Armando Sardanopoli from Taylor Rotary Club and Guy Bardsley and Marita Smith from Northville Rotary Club deliver personal care items to Sue Tallman Community Resource Coordinator at Taylor Department of Human Services for DHS clients. This was a random act of kindness and passport project for both rotary clubs. — with Marita Smith.


The December 15th luncheon featured  yummy meal catered by Frank n Dean’s Catering followed a surprised special many ice cream flavors from a graduate of Launch Detroit. Tony Arminiak was recognized for his support of Beaumont Helath Services by Trenton Rotarian Ruth Sebaly  Our club’s Rotary Foundation Chair Larry Garner presented a Rotary Foundation Major Donor Recognition to Betty Sutyak. Ending up with a wonderful presentation by Zeina Hamade about U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.


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.
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Armando presenting a thank you certificate to Meijers Stores of Taylor from the Taylor Rotary Club. Meijers helped out with a $2000 donation to help buy new winter jackets for students in Taylor.

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

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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.

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At the November 3rd luncheon, Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club Rotarians visited us. President Julie and Sam Dragich, Briar Jansons and Lise Lehoux.
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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.
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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).

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Trillium Academy Interact Members and Their Advisor visited our luncheon meeting on October 20th.

The Trillium Academy Interact President spoke of some of the activities that the club has done and is going to do.

An Interacter talking about what is wants to do in Interact.

Larry Wright lead the Birthday Celebration of Sarah Kaul


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.
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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.

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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.

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tourdeileSeptember 8, 2016 Luncheon featured several Grosse Ile Rotarians who join us and presented their Tour de Ile fundraiser.  Pictured here are Armando, President Erin and Grosse Ill Rotarians.






tovtohTrenton 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.
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Taylor Rotarians volunteered at the Beaumont Taylor Teen Health Center. Many non-profit local organizations held a reach out community event.

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.

First luncheon in August 2016 featured President Erin Dobbins presenting a $1,000 Post High School Scholarship to Margaret Archable. Soon she will attend MSU. We wish her the best success in college!
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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.

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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!

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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.


Calendar of future events:


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
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.

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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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