Happenings from this weeks meeting....
Call to Order

Presiding over tonights meeting...President Amy Roll.

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

Invocation was given by Bert Spaeth

On the Menu...

Fresh garden salad with garlic bread, homemade macaroni and cheese served with smoked kielbasa and mixed veggies.  Ice cream and a heart shaped treat for dessert.


Chris Hughes - Prospective Member

Brian Batten - Ferndale Fire Marshall

The Games We Play


             Earl won the prize this week!


           Earl and Norm each had a chance at it....with no lucky ACE!

Happy Bucks

Amy: Happy about rescheduling trip to California for March

Sherry: Happy about getting paid again!!

Neville: Happy to be on the right side of the green!

There were other happy members, however we were lacking a note taker and the others have slipped my mind and so I apologize, no harm intended.  The club does appreciate your contribution!

Birthdays & Anniversaries

February 11 - Jay Gerber celebrated his birthday - Happy Birthday Jay!!

General Announcements
by Amelia Roll

General Announcements:

***In honor of St. Patrick's Day - we will be having a club assembly at Norm & Audrey Raymond 's house, 1166 Withington, Ferndale on Wednesday, March 17th, 6 pm - ???.  This will be in lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 18th.  Please RSVP to Norm 248-302-5607 or Amy 313-268-8081 by Monday, March 15th to ensure we have enough Corned Beef and Cabbage for everyone. ***

1. District Membership Assignment:  The district chair is asking all Rotarians to participate in this first assignment from the Membership summit: Ask two NON-ROTARIANS what they think they know about Rotary.  Do not try to recruit these persons.  The point of the assignment is to gather information about how people perceive Rotary.  Please forward responses to President Amy.

2. We need to start planning our 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction fundraiser for Polio Plus.  Please let President Amy know if you are interested in being a part of the planning committee.


Todays Program
by Sherry Wells

Fire Marshal Brian Batten, who remembered more contributions by Ferndale Rotary off the top of his head than we did at our prior meeting. He believes at least six people were saved by the ability to diagnose on the spot and relay to the Emergency Room so they could have the cath lab set up. At least 2 children's lives were saved after going through the Fire Safety House. With our help, 1200 smoke detectors have been given to low income, the elderly and handicapped. He is certain that the thermal imaging device has made firefighters' trips into homes quicker, with more safety to them while finding people still inside and the source of the fire to know best how and where to get it controlled.

    He told us that Michigan recently passed the fire safe cigarette law, one of the last few states left to do so, despite the technology having existed for many years and New York City showing a 50% reduction in deaths from smoking since it passed the law. New furniture--such as mattresses and couches, have been required to be fire retardant and now the cigarettes will die out before setting the cotton batting insides aflame.
    Batten learned recently that he is one of only 10 in the US to have all four fire safety certifications and he thanks our city for making that possible.