Happenings from this weeks meeting...
Call to Order
by Amelia Roll

Presiding over tonights meeting...President Amy Roll

President Amy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and in the singing of America

Invocation was given by Bert Spaeth

On the Menu...
by Amelia Roll

A beautiful mixed salad topped with chicken breast and vinegarette dressing served with croissant's.  Followed by angel food cake topeed with ice cream and fruit.

by Amelia Roll

Jacki Smith - Candle Wick Shoppe

Ken Grundberg - Guest Speaker

The Games We Play
by Amelia Roll


                    Jerome is quickly becoming the new briefcase - winning two consecutive times!


                 Earl had two pulls with no luck, Jerome wasn't so lucky either!

Happy Bucks
by Amelia Roll

Earl:  It was such a beautiful day, it makes everyone happy to be alive. 

Amy: Happy that she had a great time at the Michael Buble concert last week!


Birthdays & Anniversaries
by Amelia Roll

Earl Sparkman celebrates a birthday on April 5th - the club gave him a heartwarming rendition of Happy Birthday.

General Announcements
by Amelia Roll

General Announcements:

1. Our 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction fundraiser for Polio Plus will be held on Thursday, April 15th (in place of our meeting) at Blumz from 5 - 8 PM.  WE NEED HELP WITH THE SILENT AUCTION ITEMS - PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO ASK LOCAL BUSINESSES TO DONATE. THE SILENT AUCTION IS WHERE WE RAISED THE MOST MONEY LAST YEAR.  Please let President Amy know any items that you are able to have donated for this event.  Several members and family members have already offered to help, but it is important to have as much help as possible to make this event a success!!!!

2. District Assembly, Saturday, April 10th, Walsh College in Troy.  Registration begins at 8 AM, cost is $20 and can be paid at the door.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  It is a great chance to hear from DG Elect Janet McPeek, there are several breakout sessions to choose from.  Please register today on the district webpage www.rotary6380.org

3. District Conference information and registration is now available on the district webpage: www.rotary6380.org .  This years conference is at the Dearborn Inn - which is very local.  It would be great to have a good showing of Ferndale Rotarians there - we will also be raffling off the quilt that Helen Singer has worked so hard on!!!

4. Inbound exchange applications have been received and the district is now looking for host clubs and families.  Please let President Amy know if you or someone you know is interested.

5. Novi & Farmington Clubs are hosting "A Breakfast And Learn Charity Event", April 20th from 7:45 - 9:00 AM at DirectBuy Club of Farmington Hills, 333800 W. 9 Mile, Farmington.  Cost is $20.00 with half going to Polio Plus Program. RSVP to Ginger Barrons 248-348-0551 or reliable@cdnet.net

6. Ann Arbor North Club hosting "Cruising with Rotary, Bollywood Style" April 17th, 6:30 reception, 7:15 open buffet, Holiday Inn North Campus, 3600 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor.  Cost is $50 per person, proceeds to benefit several local and international organizations. RSVP to 734-604-5031.


Todays Program
by Amelia Roll

Our speaker today was Kenneth Grunberg, an engineer and inventor.  In 2008, he started the process of launching Motor City Free Geek, which was an experiment with open (free) source software.  An issue that came up again and again is electronic waste - this issue sparked an idea for promoting the use of open source software in refurbished computers would help alleviate the problem of electronic waste.  Motor City Free Geek accepts gently used computers, refurbishes and installs open source software and then donates them to deserving organizations for continued use. 

Some Facts about Electronic Waste:

- electronic waste is the fastest growing segment of the waste stream in the U.S. E-waste includes, computers, televisions, VCR's, DVD players, cell phones and other electronic devices.

- according to the EPA, Americans generated more than 2 million tons of e-waste in 2007. Less than 14% was recycled and the rest found its way into landfills and incenerators.

- each year 400 million used ink cartridges are discarded into our nations l

For more information, please visit www.motorcityfreegeek.net