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 local business people who volunteer to
do many good deeds in the Taylor, Michigan and surrounding communities!

Taylor Rotary Brochure Oct 2018

Taylor Rotarians showing off their Christmas Sweaters at last night’s social event at Pia’s Italian Restaurant in Taylor Michigan.


First school class to visit the HOOP GARDEN which is sponsored by the Taylor Rotary Club and chaired by Rotarian Sandra Thompson!


At the November 8th meeting, President Ed gave checks to Taylor Goodfellows and Fish and Loaves Food Pantry For $1,500 each.  This was from the proceeds of the Comedy Night Fun Raiser. Plus Ed gave a check to Rotarian Roberto Sanchez to support the Healthy Hygiene for the Homeless Community Project. Finally the rotary club celebrated the wedding anniversary of Rotarian Michelle.


Recently several Taylor Rotarians gathered at Load One Transportation & Logistics Trucking Company to sort warm coats for needy Head Start and Taylor School Children.

President-elect Linda Newsome presided the November 8th club meeting.  Past District Governor Mary Kehoe who is the District 6400 The Rotary International Foundation Grants Chair presented about the Rotary International Foundation Fund Raising and Grant Spending. Over 50% of funds raised are return to districts and clubs in forms of several grants.


PDG Larry Wright presided the November 1st club meeting.  It was very nice to see Honorary and Past President Ed Sell visiting out club.  PDG Bob Sanchez talked about his childhood adventures, his family, his hobbies and his 35 years as a Rotarian.  His very keen interest is Rotary Youth Exchange. He and is wife Sylvia have hosted over 25 Rotary exchange students.  He has also traveled to more than 20 countries providing service above self. Unfortunately Ed did not win the 50-50 raffle.


Taylor Rotarians have volunteered at a recent community service project and fundraiser.  Now the Rotarians and spouses gathered at the Hungarian Rhapsody Restaurant in Southgate, MI for fellowship, fun and authentic Hungarian Cuisine. President Ed ordered the Transylvania Wall Platter. He, Kim Broussa and Erin Dobbins couldn’t finish this gigantic platter!


The Taylor Rotary Club Sponsored COMEDY NIGHT was phenomenal success!! Over 250 people from the community and other Rotary Clubs attended this wonderful event at the Knights of Columbus in Taylor.   All proceeds are going to the Taylor Goodfellows and Taylor Fish and Loaves Food Pantry up to $1,000 each and the rest to Taylor Rotary Club’s Operation Warm Coats. Everyone enjoyed fellowship, pizza, salad and beverages. There was an open bar. People really supported the 50-50 raffles and donations to warm coats for needy children. There was a very excited and hard working person who collected the 50-50 donations from the crowd.  Our club will host a 2019 Comedy Night!

The three stand up comedians were fantastic and enthusiatically received!! Special emcee was Ed Zelenak and Guitar Music was by Ron Shelton.


For the first time in the history of the Taylor Rotary Club, an Interact Club Officers were officially installed and all its members received their Interact Pin. Taylor Club President Ed Bourassa, Club Youth Services Chair Michele Matney and Assistant Rotary District 6400 Governor Phil Matous  welcomed all Trillium Academy Interact members!



The October 11th Taylor Rotary Club meeting had a presentation by former Taylor Rotarian Dennis Danville. His talk was about the local non-profit GoImpact 360 Volunteer Agency.Their mission is to GO into communities and make a significant IMPACT by meeting the physical, mental, and spiritual needs


The October 4th Taylor Rotary Club meeting featured a presentation from Taylor Library Director Vanessa Verdun-Morris.  She discussed with the membership the vast number services, resources and activities that the Taylor Library System offers to its citizens.  The Taylor Library was a exhibitor at the Taylor Family Day. They helped children make bookmarks.



2018  TAYLOR FAMILY DAY EVENT was a terrific success for the Taylor Community!  This is Taylor Rotary Club’s signature community service event.
Over 800 people attended the event at Taylor Heritage Park – Sheridan Pavilion.  Taylor Rotarians provided free cooked hot dogs and buns, beverages and snacks.
The Taylor West Middle School Choruses and Band gave excellent performances with only three weeks of practice!

Many exhibitors volunteered to help make the event a terrific success!
Healthy Taylor, Michigan State University Extension Services, The Information Center, National Kidney Foundation, Western family Health Center, Bob Boo Balloons – Teresa Jackson, Downriver Actors Guild, Fierce Fitness, Taylor Yoga, Taylor Community Library, Taylor Substance Abuse Task Force, Walgreens Pharmacy, Beaumont Mental Health Services, Beaumont Health Screening, Beaumont Nutrition, Masons Golden Ark – Child ID Program, Heritage Petting Farm, Taylor Parks and Recreation, Shwedel Dental Services, Wayne County Health Department, Tiny Tumblers, Downriver Family YMCA, Blair Moody Hoop House, Deroit Northeast Lions Club Vision Screening, Blue Cross of Michigan and Taylor Police Department.




Executive Director Mary Hollens of the Fish and Loaves Food Pantry visited our Taylor Rotary Club on September 6th.  Mary asked our club to support a critical food item that is needed for local qualified families.  She also ask the club to help sponsor a special collaborative community hunger seminar that will be help at the Wayne County Community College on September 27th. Many organizations that help alleviate hunger will be represented.








The President of the Northville Rotary Club Jeff Smith, the President-Elect of the Northville Rotary Club Michael Vetter the Northville Rotarian DJ Boyd visited our club on August 23th. President Jeff presented an overview of their club’s very successful membership development, club meeting and community projects strategies.  The Northville Rotary Club has a wonderful integrated approach that has increased their membership by 15 Rotarians in the 2017-18 Rotary Year, having 70% meeting attendance and all members participating in at least one community project. Three more people will be joining their rotary club soon.









At the July 18th Luncheon the Taylor Rotarians honored recent Truman High School graduate Melissa with a $1,000 Scholarship. 
Pictured is Melissa’s Aunt, Youth Services Chair Michelle Matney, Melissa and President Ed Bourassa.







The July 12th Luncheon featured a presentation from Cathie Borus and Cindy Henrion about “Opiod Awareness Day”
and Friends Against Opiods Organization.









Thanks to Taylor Rotarian Sandra Thompson the Blair Moody School Hoop House has many  growing vegetables.
This produce is donated to the Taylor Farmers Market or Fish and Loaves Food Pantry.









The June 21st luncheon featured two graduating high school seniors being awarded a $1, 000 scholarship for their college studies in 2018-19 year. President-elect Ed Bourassa and Scholarship Chair Michele Matney congratulated them. Then our program was presented by Jean Wloszek, Fund Development Officer, the Guidance Center.








A Very Special Event happened at the Hungarian American Cultural Center on Thursday June 14th. District 6400 Governor-elect Paul Sincock officially installed Taylor Rotarian Ed Bourassa as the Taylor Club President for 2018-19! About 80 people attended – included Ed’s Family, Rotarians and Guests. We all enjoyed Authentic Hungarian Cuisine. Hungarian Youth Dancers entertained us with three dances.
President Therese Maggioncalda summarized some of the Taylor Rotary Club successes in the 2017-18 Rotary Club.  She then recognized Rotarian Sandra Thompson with the Presidents Award and Rotarian Bob Williams with the Ralph E. Lyne Award.   DGE Paul Sincock installed President Ed Bourassa and the Taylor Rotary Club’s 2018-19 Board. Ed thanked his family and guests for attending this celebration. District Governor Rick Caron, Past District Governors Sue and Bruce Goldsen were special Rotary guests.


























The June 7th luncheon featured a presentation of the pathophysiology and treatment of cataracts by ophthalmologist Dr. Julie Reno.









Rotarians and guests had a fun social gathering at a local Taylor Restaurant!








The May 24th luncheon featured a presentation of the Taylor Hoop Garden by Rotarian Sandy Thompson and Gardener Maria Burt.

This is a wonderful project for students as a Taylor Elementary School, Taylor Rotary Club, Taylor Garden Club Taylor Farmer’s Market and Fish and Loaves Pantry








At the May 17th luncheon meeting Lee Ann Odom, President, Beaumont Taylor and Jeffrey Chicoine joined us to give an update presentation about the Beaumont Taylor Hospital Services and Vision.








Rotarian Deus participated in a recent Taylor Heritage Park Cleanup.









During the May 10th luncheon meeting the Taylor Rotary Club celebrated the extra special Rotary District 6400’s Award to our Rotarian Larry Wright for his tremendous devotion Service Above Self in the Taylor Rotary Club, District 6400, many other Rotary Districts and President Elect Training Seminars and Rotary Zones 27 – 28 then 28 – 29 levels as well as in Nicaragua – Children of the Dump plus Medical and Dental Brigades and much more!











The annual Rotary International District 6400 Conference was held at the Grand Hotel last weekend.  Several Taylor Rotarians  attended.











On May 5th the Taylor Rotary Club participated in Student Mock Job Interviews at the Taylor Career Center.








The Taylor Rotary Club Celebrated – 2018 Earth and Arbor Days with two Tree Planting Events.
First was planting two trees at a local high school. With the help of Forester John Deslippe, our rotary club, the Taylor Garden Club plus plenty of students two trees were planted!

















Second Tree Planting Event took place at the Heritage Park – Petting Farm. Several folks including John Deslippe and Wade Rose from the Alliance of Downriver Watershed, members of the Social Forestry Project, Taylor Garden Club, and Rotarians helped plant a peach and apple tree as well as prepared Rotary’s garden beds. Produce grown here will be available at the Taylor Farmers Market this summer. One photo shows President Therese and Sandra with the first crop of vegetables from the Blair Moody Hoop House that was donated to the Fish and Loaves food pantry.































The Taylor Rotary Club held its Derby Party Fundraiser at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center! Net monies raised helps to make it possible to help our local, regional and international service projects.








Club President Therese Maggioncalda and Fabio Tomazini. Fabio visited the Taylor Rotary Club on April 19th and he was Taylor Rotary Club’s Exchange Student in 1999-2000.

He was from Brazil and now resides in South East Asia!










April 12th luncheon The President of the Wayne State University Rotaract Club DEVANKAR MUKHI was invited to give a presentation about the “Peace In the Streets” Event. This event is a multifacted Peace Summit which is focused on Peace in the Neighborhood, Peace in the Schools and Peace in the Home.  It is sponsored by the Detroit Rotary Club and the Peace and Conflict Resolution Department of Wayne State University. To register please visit www.peaceinthestreets.org









April 5th luncheon featured a presentation from speakers Rose Ann Rudisill and Mary Combs from Downriver for Veterans!
We provide assistance to veterans in the downriver communities south of Detroit and north of Monroe, MI









The March 15th luncheon, we had a presentation from Trenton Rotarian Bill Jasman.  He presented a check of $1,500 from the Howey Foundation for the Nicaragua Medical and Dental Brigade.  Then Trenton Rotarian Ruth Sebley and our Taylor Rotarian Thom presented updates to the various farmer markets and non-profit gardens that will help people in Taylor to get fresh fruits and vegetables. At the end of the meeting Rotarian Bill Walsh drew the winning card for the 50-50 drawing.








Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club President Anne Chetty and Taylor Rotary Club Therese Maggioncalda, Rotarizing at the Polio Fundriaiser before watching the movie Breathe.









We had a wonderful time with our Rotary Dinner and a Show event last night!  We went to The Waterfront in Wyandotte and then saw Dresden and Brayden Keding and Patrick Ferguson’s grandchildren in Willy Wonka at the Catherine A. Daly Theater. A wonderful time was had by all!









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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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

Taylor Scholars

Billy Luc and  Katelyn Kucharski received their RYLA Certificates.

Taylor RYLA

Trillium Academy students and teachers.


April 23rd Club Meeting was held in the permanent room 12 in the Performing Arts Building of the Wayne County Community College – Featured everyone celebrate Chuck Stallman’s 75th Birthday. Cathy Stallman attended the celebration!
. Kathy-Chuck

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.

Fred, Al, Toni-2 memorial

President Fred Pepper, Alan Muskovitz and Program Chair Tony Arminiak – Landscape rendering of the Memboria