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

We got started with a fresh garden salad with Thousand Island dressing.  The entree was a delicious piece of baked chicken, mashed spuds and steamed carrots.  Dessert was even more delicious....lemon bundt cake with whipped cream and topped off with a cherry.

by Amelia Roll

Garry Andrews - Guest Speaker

Jerome Raska - Blumz by JRDesigns

The Games We Play
by Amelia Roll


          Jerome won his money back! 


           Jerome, Earl and Amy all had a whirl, Jerome and Earl both picked Aces,

          but not the right one, and Amy wasn't even close!

Happy Bucks
by Amelia Roll

Earl: Was very happy today and had the money to back it up....first and foremost, he passed the doctors inspection and lost 3 lbs; second, thrilled that Jerome is joining the ranks; and last but not least, very pleased that Monica Conyers is going to be spending time behind bars :)

Alex: Was also very happy about Jerome joining Rotary and that Spring is here! (we hope)

Jerome: Happy to be joining and also very happy about the Blumz staff sweeping the awards given out last weekend by the Floral Association!!!

Birthdays & Anniversaries
by Amelia Roll

Dave Gerarduzzi celebrates a birthday on March14th.

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. This will be a club sponsored event, however, please bring your drink of choice.***


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 are asking that each member try to procur one or two items for the silent auction.  Please let President Amy know any items that you are able to have donated for this event.  We will also be in need of volunteers to help...as this is part of our regular meeting time, maybe those that attend meetings regularly can help during that time frame.     **THERE WILL BE A PLANNING MEETING ON MONDAY, MARCH 15TH, 4 PM AT AJ'S CAFE IN FERNDALE.

2. 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!!!

Todays Program
by Amelia Roll

Our speaker today was Garry Andrews, Director of the Ferndale Historical Society.  The Historical Society was formed back in the 70's when a handful of Ferndale residents began collecting memorabilia and artifacts pertaining to Ferndale dating back to the pioneer days.  The historical museum is located on Livernois just south of 9 Mile in the old Canadian Legion building - they pay the city $1.00 each year for the space, but they are very rapidly outgrowing this space and are in search for a new location.  The Historical Society survives on members who pay annual dues - a lifetime membership would cost $100.00.  The museum is a great resource for genealogy research - as it has numerous records on nearly every home/owner in the city, as well as keeping records of every member of the armed forces that has affiliation with Ferndale.  In fact, an entire section of the museum is dedicated solely to police, fire and military history.  The historical society is currently working on a Preserve America Wayfinding Project in conjuction with the Ferndale Downtown Developement Authority to recognize historical landmarks/buildings within the city - each site will be marked with a plaque.  They also recently received the old microfilms of the Ferndale Gazette - dating back to 1927.  All of the microfilm has been converted to disc and is now available for people to view.

Mr. Andrews and other members of the historical society board are working very diligently at forming a Historical Commission - however they are having a difficult time getting approval from the city council.  By becoming a historical commission - the organization will be able to apply for federal grant money that will help to keep the society and museum a viable entity.  This would also give them the opportunity to research and designate historical buildings and landmarks in the city - once a landmark is designated a historical site, it in essence becomes protected.  The city council would still ultimately have the final say on what is and is not "historical" in Ferndale.

The Historical Museum is open on Saturday 1 - 4 and Monday and Wednesday 10 - 1.  You can learn more at www.ferndalehistoricalsociety.org