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 Earl Sparkman.

On the Menu...
by Amelia Roll

Fresh garden salad for starters.  Then we celebrated Cinco de Mayo and day late with mexican lasagna, mixed vegetables, nacho chips, salsa and jalapeno peppers! Vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries for dessert.

by Amelia Roll

Jean Chamberlain - Guest Speaker

Carol Jackson - Prospective member ;)

The Games We Play
by Amelia Roll


               Well, Jerome is back from Thailand...and back to winning!!!


                Our guest Jean had a pull...no luck! Earl had a pull...no luck!

               Tom had a pull...and...no luck!!!

Happy Bucks
by Amelia Roll

Jerome:  Happy to be home safe and sound from Thailand

Earl: Willing to pay up, to brag about being married to Ruth, who happens to be the most spectacular mother to their two children

Tom: Happy that he has completed all of his sleep tests!

Carol: Happy that Jerome gave her a dollar to be happy.


Birthdays & Anniversaries
by Amelia Roll

None to mention this week

General Announcements
by Amelia Roll

General Announcements:

1.  The Rotary Tie Quilt was a big hit at the District Conference last weekend.  Helen received lots of kudos from everyone there about how beautiful it was.  Tom, Helen and Amy sold $650.00 in raffle tickets, which will all go to Polio Plus.  DG Judy Garver pulled the winning ticket on Sunday - John Currell, who was the conference chairperson, won the quilt and hinted that it would be raffled off again in the future!

   **Ferndale Rotary Club received the Presidential Citation Award at the conference as well.  Congratulations!

2. Thursday, May 20th the Ferndale Rotary Club will be presenting the Educational Achievement Awards at a special reception.  This will take place at our regular meeting place, beginning at 6 PM, we would like members to still arrive at 5:30.  We are inviting the families of all 16 applicants and some faculty members from the high school.  All of our members are encouraged to be there for this very special event.  This is our opportunity to get the word out about Rotary, and re-establish our relationship with the school.  We are hoping to have some presentations on youth programs, interact and rotaract.  This is going to be a great evening and we hope to have as many members there as possible.  We will need help with set up on the day of the event ... please contact President Amy if you are able to come early and help. 

3. UPCOMING EVENTS: Saturday, June 5th - Ferndale Bike Rodeo

                               Saturday, June 12th - Ferndale Relay for Life

4.  Our club was presented with an opportunity to partner with Higher Ground (an organization that provides assistance for people living with AIDS/HIV) at a function on July 13th, 5 - 8 PM.  Because of our clubs "experience" in parking , Higher Ground has asked us to manage the parking lot at this event.  All donations from the parking lot will be split 50/50 between us and Higher Ground.  As this is a networking event, Higher Ground will also provide us table space to promote Rotary and we will be able to put something in the goody bag that will be distributed to all the attendees.  Please let President Amy know if you are available to help with this...we will need 6 volunteers, 4 for the lot and 2 for the booth.  


Todays Program
by Amelia Roll

Our guest speaker this evening was Jean Chamberlain, a member of the Woodward Dream Cruise Committee.  She gave us a brief history of how the cruise got its start and how it has evolved into the largest one day automotive event in the world.  Back in 1995, Nelson House recruited some volunteers to help raise money for a soccer field right here in Ferndale.  He wanted to recreate the nostalgic days of the 50's when classic's cruised up and down Woodward.  In its first year, 250,000 people came out - ten times the number Nelson was hoping for.  The next year, Woodward Dream Cruise incorporated and trademarked the logo and extended all the way to Pontiac.  The monies raised each year benefit 80 charities.  In its 16th year, the committee is planning some new events - although Jean could not share them with us just yet. 

She suggested we contact Michael Lary, the Ferndale representative on the committee, to find out how our club can get invovled.