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

Presiding over the meeting today ... President Amy Roll. 

President Amy lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and John Parker led us in the singing of America.

Invocation was given by Amy Roll

On the Menu...

Steve started us off with a small salad with shredded carrots, croutons and Ranch dressing.  For the main course, delicious salsibury steak with mushroom gravy, french onion mashed potatos,  green beans and dinner rolls.  And for dessert, cherry cake with cream cheese filling. 


No guests to mention this week!

The Games We Play


   The briefcase (Fred) took the prize this week!


    Not many tickets sold this week,  so we pulled one ticket, Fred took a

   whirl  at the deck...pulled the Ace of hearts!  

Happy Bucks

Sherry Wells was happy to have completed a really big brief that she has been working on - submitted to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Tom Singer was happy that he returned from Mexico without the "Swine" Flu and over the weekend he celebrated his grandsons birthday.

Neville Geake, after being coaxed, put in just over 30 cents for each of the lovely people in attendance...thank you Neville!!!


Birthdays & Anniversaries

Alex Amaya And Cheryl Baur celebrate an anniversary on Oct. 2nd

General Announcements
by Amelia Roll

General Announcements:

***Entertainment Books are now available, $20.00 per book ...  books are available at meetings or contact John Parker or Amy Roll for more details***

1. Helen Singer has offered to make a quilt for our club to raffle off at District Confernece this year.  We are asking for members to donate Rotary neckties for the project.  So gents, look and see if you have one to spare!!!!  This has potential to be a really great project for our club.

2. Official visit of DG Judy Garver will be on Oct. 15th.  There will be a board meeting that same day, 4:30 PM at Blumz.

3. We will be participating in the Ferndale Fall Festival on October 10th.  Our first event will be at Kennedy Elementary School, 24220 Rosewood, Oak Park from 11 AM - 3 PM; we will be giving away balloons to the kids and giving out information about Rotary to their parents.  We hope to highlight the bike helmets and DNA kits that our club supplies to the community.  Our second event will be at Ferndale Activity Center - Martin Rd. Park from 4 - 7 PM.  We will be doing the same thing there, in addition to hopefully selling FOP Raffle tickets (Earl is working on getting us a motorcycle to have on site).  Our main objective for participation is to bring awareness to the community about Rotary and maybe even recruit a few new members!  The membership committee is going to be working very diligently to have the business cards and club brochure done for these events!!  If you are able and willing to help, please let President Amy know.  We need members there for this to work!!!!!

4. Rotary Jeopardy will be on November 10 at the Royal Oak Club beginning at 12:15.  Our club needs to designate two people to participate in the game.  We also need to provide 10 questions from the Rotarian Magazine - August, Septemeber and October issues.  If each of us submits one or two questions each, it will be real easy for us to come up with the best ten.  If you are interested in participating in the actual game, please let President Amy know.

5. Bloomfield Hills Club is sponsoring a Community Conversation hosted by Center for Michigan on October 5th from 7 - 9 PM at the Bloomfield Township Senior Center, 4315 Andover Rd.  It is an opportunity to express our visions about the state and country.  The space is filling up fast...if you would like to attend please let President Amy know so she can reserve seats.

6. Amy and Cheryl will be attending an evening event sponsored by Ferndale Community Resource on October 5th at Affirmations.  The purpose is to connect Ferndale community non-profits with local businesses.  This is a great networking opportunity for Ferndale Rotary. 


Todays Program
by Amelia Roll

Once again, our scheduled speaker had to reschedule, so those of us who were there had further discussion regarding Ferndale Fall Festival, Holiday Ice Festival and the two community events on October 5th.   

Fred Bond submitted an interesting article regarding Polio.

As it appears in the New York Times, Sept. 29, 2009 written by Donald G. McNeil Jr.

"Pilgrims Who Travel to Mecca This Fall Will Get an Oral Polio Vaccine on Arrival"

Saudi Arabia has announced that everyone arriving for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in November will have to swallow a dose of oral polio vaccine under the eyes of health officials.  The kingdom has become more and more aggressive in its fight against polio, which has hovered on the brink of eradication for years.  Until recently, Saudi authorities asked for proof of vaccination when pilgrims applied for visas and forcibly vaccinated only those arriving from countries where polio was endemic.  In New York last week, the country's foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, and Ted Turner, the cable telvision billionaire and chairman of the United Nations Foundation, announced that Saudi Arabia would donate $30 million toward global polio eradication.  While that is only a small contribution to the $6.1 billion spent over the last 20 years, it is symbolically important.  Polio is endemic in only four countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and regions of Nigeria and India with a Muslim majority.  It persists largely because of a persistent rumor that the vaccine is a Western plot to sterlize Muslim girls.  Each year, travelers from endemic countries seed outbreaks in other poor countries, where vaccination drives had been dropped when the disease was thought to have been eliminated.  In some years, it has reached Saudi Arabia, where millions of pilgrims live close together in tent cities for the holy week.