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 Norm Raymond led us in the singing of America.

Invocation was given by Bert Spaeth.

On the Menu...

Fresh garden salad with Ranch dressing, baked chicken breast over pasta with shredded cheese, and two delicious sides, corn and butternut squash.  Apple turnovers with vanilla ice cream and carmel sauce for dessert!


Trey Green - Detroit Club

Markus Luhmann - Roteract Club Munchen-Residenz in Germany

Dan Martin - Perspective Member, Ferndale Community Foundation

The Games We Play


    Earl took the pot today!


      We only pulled one ticket today, Norm took a shot, but no lucky ace this time!

Happy Bucks

Earl Sparkman was very happy that an emergency procedure done on his eyes has him back to seeing correctly.

Norm Raymond was happy for Earl's eyeballs, and seeing Neville at the meeting, and that the club is perking along nicely these days.

President Amy was very happy with the DG visit last week!

Trey Green was happy to have been with our club two weeks in a row and to once again have Markus join him at Ferndale Rotary.

Sherry Wells was happy that she made it to another birthday!!

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Tom & Helen Singer celebrated an anniversary today...hopefully Tom's absence meant that Helen was being treated to a evening out on the town!

Sherry Wells had a birthday on the 21st

Fred Bond celebrates his birthday on the 25th

General Announcements
by Amelia Roll

General Announcements:

***Entertainment Books are still 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. Come on fellas, I haven't received any ties yet....Helen says they can be in less than perfect condition, so don't be shy, send them in!!!!

2. Rotary Jeopardy will be on November 10 at the Royal Oak Club beginning at 12:15.  Norm and Sherrry have volunteered to be contestants.  We STILL need 10 questions from the Rotarian Magazine - August, Septemeber and October issues.

3. Clarkston Rotary Club is sponsoring a Wine Tasting Event, November 5, 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Bordine Nursery, 8600 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston.  Please contact Jeff Lichty (248) 625-4244 if you are interested in attending - $35 per person, $45 at door

4. Ferndale Rotary will be hosting the Chamber Coffee Connection on Tuesday, January 5th.  We need volunteers to help plan the event.  Please contact President Amy if you are interested in helping.



Todays Program
by Amelia Roll

Today we had the pleasure of hearing from Markus Luhmann a Roteract member in Munchen, Germany.  Markus has been in the states the last several months serving an internship with Mercedes Benz, he is returning home to Germany on Saturday.  Markus used a power point presentation to highlight Rotary and more importantly Rotaract Clubs in Europe.  The first Rotary Club in Germany was founded in 1927 in Hamburg, due to political reasons, Rotary Clubs were shut down and did not resume until after the World War in 1949; however, some 40 clubs were formed "underground" during that time.  Currently in Germany there are 880 clubs with over 43,500 members.  The first Rotaract Club in Germany was founded in 1969 in Marburg, just one year after the first club in the US.  Currently there are 187 clubs with 3000 members and 14 districts throughout Germany and approximately 180,000 members worldwide in 7534 cluba in 155 countries.  Markus' club, Rotoract Club Munchen - Residenz, is one of four "community" based clubs in Munchen - Rotaract clubs in Europe are not University based like here in the US.  To become a member, one must first show a commitment to the club by attending meetings regularly for at least six months - then a member of the board must nominate  persons for membership, nominations are then considered by the entire club for approval.  Markus became a member at the age of 19, and is currently the youngest member of his club.  He pursued membership for several reasons; he was in school, he had the time to give, he had the opportunity to make the evening meetings, he enjoyed the atmosphere of the club, he enjoyed the programs given by the young professionals in his club, and most importantly, it was fulfilling.  One of the clubs projects that Markus enjoys the most is the clubs involvement with a local orphanage - his club provides opportunities for the children to experience "everyday" things that they otherwise would not be able to including; a Christmas celebration and day trips to a horse farm, filmstudio, museum or movie theater. 

Markus is an exceptional young man with a strong determination to succeed and have fun along the way.  He has studied and worked in Spain and Greece and is currently an undergraduate business student in Germany.