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 the singing of America

Invocation was given by Bert Spaeth

On the Menu...

Steve went healthy tonight and prepared a large spring mix salad with alphalpa and bean sprouts, shredded carrots, chopped walnuts and dried cherries topped with a grilled chicken breast and ranch dressing - served with dinner rolls and butter.  Then, came the calories in a big piece of glazed chocolate cake with whipped bream and caramel sauce.


Chris Hughes - Prospective member, Marketing and Communication Manager at the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority. Chris is a former member of the Rochester Rotary Club.

The Games We Play


             Alex held the winning number - and he donated proceeds back to the club.  Thanks Alex!!


           Fred, Bert and our guest Chris all had a chance at that lucky ACE -

          but no winner tonight!

Happy Bucks

Earl: Very happy that "we" are making progress in getting his wife, Ruth, to join the club.  He feels "we" are very close to having success!!

Chris Hughes: Happy to be back at Rotary!

Amy: Happy about the most recent board meeting, very good food at Pasquale's and even better discussion amongst the board memebers about items on the agenda.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

None to mention this week

General Announcements
by Amelia Roll

General Announcements:

***In response to the Haiti earthquake, District 6380 is collecting monies in an effort to purchase as many ShelterBox's as possible.  A ShelterBox contains equipment that would allow a displaced family to set up temporary residence during this time of devastation in this VERY POOR country.  Please forward donations to Presdient Amy at 500 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale 48220.  Checks may be made payable to ShelterBox USA - all donations are tax deductible.

1. Distrist Membership Summitt was last Saturday.  Three of our members, Amy, Alex and Earl attended.  It was a great event - the District arranged for a motivational speaker to give a presentation based on the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson, M.D.  The book is very insightful on decision making processes both for your personal and professional lives.  Each club was given a copy, and it is available for club use.  I will be sure to pass along the highlights of the day as soon as I get them from the District Chair.

2. Ferndale Library's application for new books was approved by the Richmond Rotary Club.  President Amy, Earl, Sherry and Dr. Raber (library director) will be attending the Richmond meeting on Tuesday, January 26th, 12:15 PM to receive the books.  If you would like to attend the meeting, please let President Amy know.  We will be meeting at the temporary library on Tuesday at 11 AM and leave from there. The Richmond Club is very excited to have Ferndale Rotary involved in this project.

3. Ferndale Community Foundation is hosting Taste of Ferndale II on February 16th.  Tickets are $30.00 each.  More details to follow.

4. Ferndale Rotary will be featured on the south marquee at 9 & Woodward the week of Jan. 18th.  If you're in the area, drive by and check it out!



Todays Program
by Amelia Roll

For the program today, President Amy presented to the club what the Board of Directors discussed and subsequently voted on at the monthly meeting on Wednesday.

 1. Achievement Awards: 3 awards of $2000, payable in two installments will be given to deserving FHS graduating seniors.  Each applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA, intend to attend a Michigan university or college and be interviewed by members of our club.  If seleceted, the student will be required to participate in 10 hours of volunteer service with our club over the course of one year.

2. ShelterBox: Our directors approved an allocation of funds in the amount of $350.00 towards the purchase of 1 ShelterBox, in partnership with the Royal Oak and Berkley Clubs, in response to the recent earthquake in Haiti.

3. A one year membership for Jerome Raska, owner of Blumz, as a show of the clubs great appreciation for all that he does to promote Ferndale Rotary was approved by the board.  Jerome is a big advocate for our club and we believe that his being a member will benefit our club in many ways.  It will be reviewed each year.

4. Quilt Raffle: It was agreed that the club would apply for a license number for the raffle to be held at the District 6380 Conference in May.  Tickets will be sold for $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00.  All proceeds will be designated for an international project to be determined in the very near future.

5. Scam: Payouts for the winner will now be a set rate of $25.00, there will no longer be a rolling payout as in the past.

6. Programs: Club monies, up to $100, will be used to purchase Rotary Video Magazine DVD's to be used as programs when there is not a guest speaker.

7. Club Brochure: Board agreed to proceed with the design and printing of club brochures, not to exceed $500.00

8. Membership: A one year membership will be donated for the silent auction at the Ferndale Community Foundation's  Taste of Ferndale II event in February.

9. Investment Account: Board agreed to sell all investments in individual stocks - monies will be deposited into existing Mutual Fund and Money Market accounts set up through Ameritrade, 50/50