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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Saline Michigan!

Saline

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Travis Pointe Country Club
2829 Travis Pointe Road
Ann Arbor, MI  48108
United States
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The Saline Rotary Club listened to Chris Wood, Washtenaw County coordinator for The Salvation Army, at Thursday’s meeting at Travis Pointe Country Club.

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London by Methodist preacher William Booth and his wife, Catherine. Wood’s ancestor’s, who were jewelers in London, were curious when they watched the group parading down the street in military-style uniforms, playing music and making noise and eventually, they joined the group.

“They believed people could change and become respectable citizens once again. And that they could change the world if you made enough noise and wore the uniforms,” Wood said.

Today, that spirit still exists.

“We feel like we can save the world. We believe addiction can be rehabilitated. We believe someone who made poor choices can turn their life around and start making good, healthy choices,” Wood said.

Salvation Army volunteers in communities across America, dressed in red aprons and often ringing bells, stand in the cold each Christmas season to ask people to donate to their mission. For this task the Salvation Army also employs some part-time employees – many of whom are uses of their services.

In Washtenaw County The Salvation Army operates two shelters and community centers. It provides housing access services which can help keep people from being evicted or get them to a shelter. The thrift stores also support alcohol and drug rehab centers in Monroe, Detroit and Pontiac.

About 80 percent of The Salvation Army’s donations come at Christmas, and the kettles program is still the organization’s top fundraiser.

You’ll find Saline Rotarians at the red kettles in front of Benny’s Bakery on Saturday mornings between Nov. 25 and Dec. 23.

 

Salinians joined Saline Rotary Club volunteers and actors as they stepped back in time at Oakwood Cemetery Saturday.

The annual Oakwood Cemetery Enactment Tour, which raised money for Saline Rotary Club’s benevolent activities, re-animated some of Saline’s most interesting historical figures.

Each of the actors presented biographical vignettes.

The event was attended by local history buffs, members of local government, and citizens who enjoyed interesting stories as they strolled around the cemetery on a sunny autumn day.

The link below will take you to a story published by the Saline Post which has video clips of the event.

Click here: for the story on "Storify"

Click here to tell Rotary how you liked the 2017 Cemetery Tour>>

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The Rotary Club of Saline bid on and won a beauty, Reserve Grand Champion. His name is Stanley, he weighed in at 1,411 lbs.
 
 
 
 
 
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Have you ever wondered about who built the big house on Michigan Avenue with the large fenced yard known today as the Davenport-Curtiss Mansion? Do you know who founded Saline and how it happened? Come and hear the stories of the people who settled in Saline and what their lives were like back then.Rotary Club of Saline invites you to discover the answers to these questions and many others. Get to know the people in the 1800’s that formed the basis of Saline today! There will be 13 enactments this year.
 
City Council Member, Linda TerHaar, commented that the tour last year was informative and fun. Jim Roth, Saline author and historian, thought it was well organized, interesting and the actors in their period clothing did a great job!  If you came last year and enjoyed it, come again to hear new stories of the people that once lived here.
TIME: Saturday, September 30, 2017 2pm-6pm. Sign up for your group time when you purchase your tickets. Rain date is Sunday, October 1st from 2pm-6pm.
PLACE: Oakwood Cemetery at Michigan Ave. and Monroe Street. Walk to the Mausoleum to check in and get with your group. There will be an introduction for each group.
TICKETS: Buy on line at salinerotary.org/Site Page/purchase-cemetery-tour-tickets Cost is Adults- $12 or $18 the day of. Children 12 and under are free. Recommended for school age children and above.
BE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR START TIME!
TOUR LENGTH: Plan on about an hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
PARKING: Free parking at Annie’s Day Care across from Oakwood Cemetery on Monroe Street or street parking is also available.
 
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The End Polio Now Rotary Flame made its way to Saline Rotary on November 5, 2015. Rotarians and Interact Club Members from Saline High School give the sign that we are "this close to eradicating polio around the world"

The flame was launched in Chennai, India, in December to celebrate India being polio-free and commemorate the 30th anniversary of PolioPlus. The torch has made its way through Colombo, Karachi, Kabul, Sydney, Taipei, Manila, London, Lagos, Toronto, Sao Paolo and Rotary's headquarters in Evanston IL. It has been in the Ann Arbor area since October 1.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair John Kenny noted the progress that has been made since Rotary launched the polio eradication campaign in 1985. “The fruits of our labor since that day are clear,” Kenny said. “Ninety-nine percent of the world’s population live in regions certified polio-free. The goal of eradication is closer than ever.”

Saline Rotary's Mullick Challenge (formerly the Fagin Challenge) shopping event was on Saturday December 6. We were able to provide Christmas gifts to 120 kids! Thanks to our partners, the Mullick Foundation and Meijer (Ann Arbor Saline Rd).

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At today’s Saline Rotary Club meeting, Rotarian Paul Thibault was presented with his Paul Harris Fellow recognition award and pin.   Paul joined the club in 1997 and served as President for the 2000-2001 Rotary year.  He has served the club in many capacities including chairing the scholarship committee for many years and currently organizes the club’s participation in the Salvation Army Bell Ringing outside Benny’s Bakery in the weeks leading up to Christmas

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A Toledo-area woman, Gisela Cane, who made her first visit ever to thee Saline Celtic Festival won $300 in the Saline Rotary Club duck race at Mill Pond Park.

Her duck number 483 was the fastest in the final run of the duck race.  Second place went to duck number 423 winning $200.  Third place went to duck number 222 wining $100.

 

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    Great crowd at Saline Rotary Farmer Day! David Mellor from Saline High School Future Farmers of America was the speaker.

 

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 Past President Bob Comfort was presented his Paul Harris Fellowship Certificate and Pin by Jill Durnen, Club Administrator, at our Thursday meeting.   A Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded to those Rotarians who have contributed one thousand dollars or more to the Rotary Foundation.   Bob joins several other members of the Rotary Club of Saline that have received Paul Harris Fellowship Awards.  Congratulations to Bob.

 

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The Rotary Club of Saline sponsored its' annual shopping spree for kids at Meijers in Ann Arbor.

 

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Kelly Hall of the Saline High School Interact Club receives 

a check for $1000.00 from Rotary Club President David Friese

in support of the Michael Price Memorial Trail project that Kelly

is leading at Saline High School.

Editor: This story borrowed from Laura Van Steenis of the Ann Arbor North Club

Do you carry Rotary to your vocation? How about a simple way to do this...Do you wear your Rotary pin on your lapel EVERY DAY? Or just on Thursdays and at Rotary events? Think about it: we know you are a Rotarian so wearing it only at Rotary events is kind of redundant. How about if we start wearing our pin every day and see if we can make it a habit. It is the cheapest and most effective PR we have. Be proud to be a Rotarian and take the opportunity to explain Rotary to those you come in contact with every day in your business dealings.

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 Sadly, Jack Fagin, long time member of The Rotary Club of Saline and founder of The Fagin Challenge which sponsors Christmas gift shopping for needy children, passed the morning of Saturday, March 30 th.    Services were held at 12:30 pm Wednesday, April 3 rd at Beth Israel Synagogue, 2000 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor. 

Read the Ann Arbor News Obituary  >>  HERE

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Members of the Rotary Club of Saline joined with the Kiwanis Club of Saline to help raise money to benefit the children of Saline.  Rumor has it that a Rotarian name Luke (or something like that) went home with a winner.  But, then it is said that everyone that attended went home winners just for having attended. 

 
 
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