Speakers and Meeting
August 18th, 2014
Getting ready for Christmas!! Come see the Santa!
Topic: How I became Santa!
August 11th, 2014
Chris Ballard (Treasurer, Rotary AA West)
August 4, 2014
Asim Alavi (Rotarian AA West)
ATT, Director Life Cycle Management Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC), Director
July 21st, 2014
University of Michigan Medical Students, Devika and Kashif will talk about Telemedicine and its role in relation to our current project with Grace Home in Sri Lanka @ 6:45 PM.
Michigan International Festival Committe Prep meeting 5 PM.
July 18th, 2014
Presidents Night at Bells Beer Garden
July 14th, 2014
The vision and goals and mission for 2014-2015.
July 7th, 2014
June 16th, 2014
Rhonda Weathers from SOS
SOS Community Services is a community-based nonprofit. We are dedicated to ending homelessness in Washtenaw County through partnerships with caring individuals, local businesses and organizations, social service agencies and professionals.
Our Mission: To respond with care and respect to families in need by working in partnerships that result in economic, family, and residential stability.
Our state funder, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, mandated that all funded communities across the state identify a single point of entry for housing crisis services, and SOS was appointed to transition the Housing Crisis Center to accommodate this change. Anyone experiencing housing instability or homelessness in the County will be directed to call SOS where they will receive an assessment of their needs and be connected to available resources.
In addition, SOS has a new division called Housing Stability. This department is comprised of staff members that will provide case management services to homeless families in the community
June 2nd, 2014
May 12, 2014 - Anthony Nitsos, CPA, CMA, President Ann Arbor Holistic Chamber of Commerce
May 19, 2014 Sally Ernst
TOPIC: Paul Harris Fellow
March 31, 2014
Patricia Pasick, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, UM '84, Harvard, '73, and the author of a book for parents about young adults, called Almost Grown. In 2008, she began a project called Stories For Hope Rwanda, an international non-governmental organization, still on the ground in this East African Nation.
While accompanying her husband, Rob, on a leadership training mission for the UM Business School, she met a government official who asked her for help with the next generation of youth, 18-30. Many were orphans of the 1994 genocide, and survivors themselves.
To address the silences following genocide, and the traumas that continue into the next generation, Pat began an intergenerational dialogue project between elders and youth, and audio recorded over 100 dialogues, which are available world-wide, and stored in Rwanda's National Archives. These are found, in English, at storiesforhope.org
The project is now disseminating the model, after evaluations strongly suggested these catalyzing dialogues are very helpful in post-genocide and post-conflict communities.
April 7, 2014
Arie Lipsky Music Director/Conductor
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
The Ann Arbor Symphony unites the area through quality concerts performed by its resident, professional musicians. Whether it is on the stage of the Michigan Theater or Hill Auditorium, in area libraries, schools, farmers’ markets, day care or senior centers, the A2SO plays a leadership role in enriching the musical culture of Ann Arbor and the surrounding area by attracting, inspiring, and educating the most diverse audience possible. The Symphony fosters a growing appreciation for orchestral music and for regional talent through innovative programming and community collaboration and outreach that provide an ongoing standard of excellence.
Master of Music, With Honors, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1983
Artist Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1982
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Israel Institute of Technology, 1987
Your burning desire is to: “My goal as a conductor is to be a musician who puts the music first, and to make sure what the composers wrote is delivered to the audience.”
April 28, 2014 – Claire Hughes, Development Director for the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. www.alz.org/mglc
May 5, 2014
April 14, 2014 – Ken Fischer, Kenneth C. Fischer, President UMS, University of Michigan
TOPIC: What's Up at UMS? Highlights of the Upcoming Season and of the Past 135 Years
BIO: Ken Fischer is the President of the University Musical Society (UMS), an independent multi-disciplinary performing arts presenting organization founded in 1879 that is deeply integrated with the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor. Each season UMS presents 60-90 performances, sponsors an extensive education program, commissions and presents new work, and hosts many artists’ residencies. Under Ken’s leadership UMS has greatly expanded and diversified its programming and its audiences; deepened its engagement with the University and southeast Michigan community; created exemplary partnerships with leading corporations, arts organizations, educational institutions; and community organizations; and has received significant endowment grants awarded by the leading foundations in the arts. Ken has also contributed to the arts presenting field as speaker, writer, consultant, and U.S. State Department cultural ambassador to Brazil, China, Lithuania, and Mexico. He is board chair of National Arts Strategies and serves or has served on the boards of Interlochen Arts Center, Sphinx Organization, Arts Presenters, International Society for the Performing Arts, and Ann Arbor SPARK. Ken has been honored by national and international professional organizations for his career achievements and service to the field. Locally, Ken has been recognized by The Links, Inc., Ann Arbor Public Schools Foundation, Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau, Performance Network, The Neutral Zone, and Ann Arbor Rotary for his contributions to the Ann Arbor community. Before UMS Ken was a higher education association executive and management consultant in Washington, DC. He has degrees from The College of Wooster and University of Michigan. Ken, who grew up in nearby Plymouth, is married to flutist and Rotarian Penelope Peterson Fischer, and their son Matt is Senior Director of the App Store at Apple. Matt and his wife Renee have two sons Alex and Reid.
April 21, 2014
Financial Services in Emerging markets
Mobile and New Technologies
May 26, 2014 Open
Dr. Shakil Khan
BIO: Home in the Dominican Republic. Worked as a doctor in many of those DR resorts and had a small private hospital there (1985-2012) to provide free healthcare to indigent Haitians & Dominicans. I sold the hospital but am still working with one charitable hospital, where I am also Country Director for 'Smile Train Organization' of New York. We provide Cleft Lip/Palate surgeries to children. I go there frequently because I still work in the hospital and teach clinical medicine to American medical students at our hospitals. Generally, I have students from Wayne State and MSU, as well as from Boston, NY, Philadelphia, Texas, etc.
OTHER: The Rotary Club of St.Luis, MO has built a small hospital in 'Paraiso (Barahona)' D.R. and the Rotary Club of Sterling Heights has been doing great job of providing clean water to many communities. Hence I am very grateful to your organization. There are still many more things in healthcare Rotaries can do. There are huge needs for healthcare in Guyana also, and if the Ann Arbor Rotaries are interested, I would be happy to work with you on those projects.
S S Kresge Professor of Marketing
Co-Director, Yaffe Center for Persuasive Communication
R5336 Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
$11 Dinner Snacks and Beer/Wine for the meeting!!
March 10th, 2018: 5th Annual Michigan International Festival
Handing over the beer?
Our Charter Member Melissa Wild greeting Paola (exchange student from Mexico) at the Detroit Airport.
Bruce and Julie in Haiti (flew their own plane)
Nov 25th, 2014
Every year, PKSA Karate Ann Arbor raises food and funds for their annual
Turkey Brigade, which provides meals for local families who would
otherwise not be able to have a nice meal on Thanksgiving. This year,
they were able to provide meals to 130 families! They worked with
Catholic Social Services, Avalon Housing and G.A.P. (Grandparents As
Parents) who distributed the meals to families. Through several
fundraising events and general donations from the karate students, their families and friends, the school collected non-perishable food items as well as money in order to pay for a bulk turkey order from GFS. After the shool's belt promotion on Monday, November 24th, the students and families worked together to pack and organize the non-perishable food items into packages for individual families ready for the charities to pick up and deliver. Turkies were picked up Tuesday morning and the charities took everything to be distributed on Tuesday afternoon. Each family received a 16-18 pound turkey, boxed stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy and a dessert mix packed inside a foil turkey roasting pan, with a coloring page colored by the karate school children with a Thanksgiving greeting.
Our goal with the Turkey Brigade is to 1) give back to the community and try to make a difference for people who need it, and 2) to get the
students involved with community service.