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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Saline Michigan!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Saline Main Street (or Zoom)
109 West Michigan Avenue
Saline, MI 48176
United States of America
At the present time, the club meets at the office of Saline Main Street twice each month and via Zoom the other weeks each month
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The Rotary Club of Saline presented four one thousand dollar scholarships to four outstanding graduates from Saline High School.
Monica Van Overmeer, past president of the Saline Rotary Club and Steve Laatch, Superintendent of Saline Area Schools presented the awards in the following catagories:
Academic Scholarship – Kandhan Nadarajah
Alwin Gross/Howard Johnson Scholarship – Emily Finkbeiner
Hayden M. Smith Memorial Interact Scholarship – Lauren Booher
Career and Technical Education Scholarship – Annie Rothfuss
Congratulations to these scholarship winners.
The Rotary Club of Saline hosted a Trunk or Treat event at the Saline Parks & Rec Center last Saturday.  There were about 100 cars, and each containing between 1 to 6 kids. The event was well received by all who participated.   
A group of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Saline spent the morning, Saturday June 27, 
spreading gravel in needed areas for the Evangelical Home of Michigan in Saline.
Due to The COVID-19 situation we have determined that in the best interest of public safety, we will immediately implement the following changes until further notice:
— Postpone Farmers Day
— Cancel all regular Club meetings (Thursdays lunch meetings)
— Cancel all in person Board of Director meetings
— Cancel all in person sub committee meetings
— Regular meetings are being held via Zoom every other Thurdsay at 11:45 am  
Thank you to The Mullick Foundation, Saline Rotary and Meijer for leading another year of The Mullick Challenge. Over 200 children and nearly 80 families received books, food, turkeys, toiletries and paper products and $50 per child to shop for holiday gifts!
Today (Feb 27, 2020) The Saline Rotary heard a presentation by Richard Andres and Deb Lentz of Tantre Farm.  Tantre Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which is a way for small farmers to directely market their produce to the community.  The community, in turn, directly supports the local farmers by purchasing a seasonal share of the farm's products.
To learn more about Tantre Farm visit their website by going to:
Saline Rotarians posed by our Adopt a County Road sign on Maple between Textile and Ann Arbor Saline Rds today!

After 3 successful cleanup days this year, we were awarded our sign.
Members of Saline Rotary Club and Mullick Foundation are pictured at the Meijer store during the 2017 Mullick Challenge event, which provides gift money, children's books and holiday food items for families in need at the holidays.

Click here: to view a video of the event

Alison Beatty spoke at the Rotary Club of Saline and gave a great history of the Willow Run Bomber Plant and Rosie the Riveter.
 Terri Wilkerson spoke to the Rotary Club of Saline regarding the hazards associated with a oil pipe line the runs under the Straits of Mackinac.  Her website:  contains a wealth of information on the subject.
ShelterBox volunteer Derek Locke is pictured with Todd Lands, President of Saline Rotary.
Derek Locke, a member of the Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights, spoke to Saline Rotary Club members Thursday about ShelterBox, a humanitarian organization that helps displaced people around the world.  According to Locke, originally from Plymouth, England, at any given moment, there are 85 million around the world who are displaced by natural disaster or conflict. ShelterBox and its volunteers provide shelter, tools and support to people working to recover. The organization provides "ShelterBoxes" and "ShelterKits." The boxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements. 
The kits contain tools that people need to start rebuilding their lives. The include ropes, fasteners, heavy-duty tarps, shovels, saws, hammers and other tools. ShelterBox also provides solar lights, mosquito nets, water purification equipment and other important gear. ShelterBox needs volunteers and monetary donations.
Click below to view a video:

Shelter Box

Saline Rotary Club member Karen Ragland was all smiles after receiving the Paul Harris fellow pin..
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International honored Saline Rotary Club member Karen Ragland for her contributions.
At Thursday's Rotary luncheon at Travis Pointe Country Club, Ragland received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition. It is awarded to those people who donate $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  It was Ragland's second time receiving the honor.
Ragland, a tireless community volunteer who is currently performing interim duties for Saline Main Street, is owner of Design Hub.
Many notable people are Paul Harris fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk amoung other.  
Over the last 100 years Rotary Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  One of the foundation's main goals is the eradication of polio. For every dollar Rotary commits to the eradication of polio, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation commits $2.
Bob Cindric spoke to the Rotary Club of Saline about Care Village; a project he is involved in.  Click on the link below for a video about that project:

Care Village






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>>


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.
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 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.
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.

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.”

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