Ann Arbor Rotary Harpoon


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Harpoon for the Week of October 25, 2017

Wednesday's Luncheon Meeting will be in the
Michigan Union's Anderson Room

World Polio Day and Veterans Events Coming Soon
VITA Program Seeking Volunteers

Dr. Alec D. Gallimore

Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, University of Michigan

Dr. Alec Gallimore has been the Robert J Vlasic Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan since 2016.  He is a rocket scientist and a leader in the field of electric propulsion.  A faculty member in the school of engineering since 1992 at the University of Michigan, Dr. Gallimore has also served as associate dean of academic affairs.  He has served on a number of advisory boards for NASA and the Department of Defense, including the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.  Dean Gallimore received his BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on plasma physics from Princeton.  Under Dean Gallimore, Michigan Engineering is asserting a leadership role and voice in solving societal big problems, based on a strong foundation of breakthrough interdisciplinary research and forward-looking academic-industry partnerships.

Song Leader:  Don Duquette
Accompanist:  Tom Strode
Inspirational Speaker: Phil Klintworth

Greeters:  Collyer Smith, Joan Knoertzer

Attendance:  Pete Eberback, Dick Elwell


Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • 1:30 - Rotaract Committee, Joanne Pierson
  • Oct 24 (Tues): World Polio Day
  • Nov 1: IHPC, Crofoot Room, Susan Froelich
  • Nov 3 (Fri): DOGS. Operation Bunk Bed.  Phil Weiss.
  • Nov 7 (Tues): Veterans Job Fair - WCC. Don Deatrick. See article below
  • Nov 8 (Wed), Hill Auditorum, VIP event 5:30 pm, performance 7 pm: Stories of Service. Come and help Rotarians celebrate our veterans.
  • Nov. 14 (Tues): Rotary Foundation Gala in Troy
  • Nov 29: Social Committee, Susan Smith Gray

  • Dec. 3 (Sun), 1:30 p.m. - Distinguished Service Award.  Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills - Collyer Smith

  • May 3-6, 2018 (Thurs-Sat): District Conference at Eagle Crest
  • June 23-27, 2018 (Sun-Wed): Rotary International Convention in Toronto

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Details on monthly meetings may be found on the club's website.


Notes of Interest


More on Rosie

In the wake of last week’s record setting gathering of Rosies, the Ford Motor Company has posted a video about the history of Rosie the Riveter that may be of interest to our Club’s Rosies and their supporters.  Click here to view.


World Polio Day is on October 24

World Polio Day is going to be bigger than ever, and Rotary wants you to be a part of it.  Help Rotary and the global community make polio eradication a trending topic around the world.  We’ve made a lot of progress fighting polio over the years, but we still have a lot more work to do to eradicate it for good.  We need your help to make that happen.  Click here for more information.


One event being offered for World Polio Day is the screening of the film Sister Kenny (1946).  Click here for more information.


Veterans Day is approaching

Don’t forget the events Rotary sponsors surrounding Veterans Day:  The Veterans Job Fair will take place again this year on November 7 at Washtenaw Community College.  Rotary volunteers form a key part of this event.  If you can help, please contact Don Deatrick.  There will also be another event.  On November 8 in Hill Auditorium, you will be able to witness “Stories of Service” in a benefit for Fisher House Michigan.  More information on that will be presented at our November 1 Rotary luncheon meeting.  For more information, or to volunteer, contact Karen Kerry.


VITA Program

The VITA programs is using for volunteers for the 2017 tax year preparation season.  If interested, please fill out the form at this link: Fill out our very short VITA Volunteer Interest Form  .  If any questions, please contact member Robert Mull


A Gala for Good

Celebrate the many ways Rotarians in District 6380 are making a difference in our community and communities around the world at the Rotary Foundation Gala on November 14 in Troy, MI! Our Keynote Speaker is Chris Etienne, Zone 29 Rotary Coordinator. Click here <<>> for details and registration information on the District 6380 website.


Road Trip to Rotary International Convention

Interested in attending the Rotary International Convention in 2018? This annual event will be held from June 23 - 26, 2018 in Toronto. The Club will be dispatching President-elect Greg Stejskal as a giant step on the path to his full "Rotarization." If you are planning to go to the Convention, please contact John White. He will get all our attendees coordinated. Click here for more information on this extraordinary event.


New Member Profile: Ken Wilson

by Peter Brown

Ken Wilson kind of fell into his business by doing something he enjoyed and was good at. Ken was working at a cell-phone company in his hometown of Youngstown when he started doing drawings for employees’ birthday cards. Then his boss asked him to put together a map of the company’s coverage area. So he went to his computer and created a map, which he produced with the right graphics. Next, the University of Michigan Business-School alumnus wanted to get into physical therapy. In doing volunteer work for a small physical-therapy business, his mentor said, “You know marketing. Would you do our Yellow Pages ad?”

In Ann Arbor, Ken took a graphics job with M-Care, the UM’s old health plan, and started doing freelance graphic-design projects on the side. That has expanded into a growing graphic-design business with a lot of UM clients. (His first freelance invoice to UM ran into complications with UM conflict of interest rules and went all the way to the Board of Regents for approval. After eight months, “I finally got paid,” he laughs.) He worked for the UM School of Architecture. He also earned an MBA from Michigan State University, attending classes on evenings and weekends.

Today, Ken, 50, is creative director of WTW Design Group, with an office in Ypsilanti. He is also a new member of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor. He has been attending Rotary meetings for a few years as a guest of Joanne Pierson. Asked what drew him to Rotary, he smilingly said, “Joanne.” He sees Rotary as a gateway to more involvement in community activities. He has already worked with Joanne with the Rotaract club.

Ken has run three full marathons and several shorter races such as the Dexter-Ann Arbor run and ten-mile Crim race in Flint. (“I actually beat Bobby Crim – he was only in his 80s.”) He has two children, Phillip, 24, who works for Bosch in Chicago, and Mariel, 20 a junior in nursing at UM.


Meeting Notes

We opened the meeting with God Bless America.  Sue Buetler’s invocation honored all providers of community public health, noting that Packard Health began in 1973, coincident with Ann Arbor accepting public housing.  She listed six things that are necessary for community health, most of which focus on the importance of community health care workers to build confidence in medical care, reaching and administering care and reporting on conditions in communities.

Downs Herold then challenged us to SMILE while we were singing Sing, Rotarians and Smile (and the world smiles with you).  Many faces were a little sore after taking up the gauntlet.

Incoming President Greg Stejskal then took the podium to thank the Set Up Crew, introduce Visiting Rotarians and Guests of Rotarians, and congratulate birthday celebrants.  Incoming President Greg announced the October 20 Rotarians at Glacier Hills meeting, encouraging anyone planning to attend to alert Burt Voss or Shelley MacMillan to be sure there would be enough cookies.


Past President Ashish led us in honoring Past President Len Stenger with Emeritus status. Len has been a Rotarian for 29 years, coming to our Club in 2001.  For his exceptional work in the International projects and his broader involvement internationally, District 6380 awarded Len with the coveted Terry Youlton Humanitarian Service Award.  He served our Club as president in 2012 - 2013.  Len thanked the Club for this honor, and especially for the outpouring of support he has received during his recent illness. Click here to read the full citation.


Incoming President Greg then introduced Rotaract President Sam Ozminkowski, who told the Club the three ways we can support the wonderful young Rotaractors.  We were invited to the Charter Dinner at the Cottage Inn on October 25 at 6:00pm, we can Rent A Rotaractor to do odd jobs like raking and cleaning out garages, and we can become a mentor to a Rotaractor who has career interests in our fields.  Sam invited us to contact him and in the spirit of ‘the best offense being a good defense’ has set up an easily remembered (and spelled) email:


Don Deatrick announced the third annual Veterans Job Fair on Tuesday, November 7.  Hire Mi Vet is an initiative spearheaded by Don and our club that now includes six other organizations active in addressing Veterans’ employment needs.  Immediately, help distributing flyers is needed. The hiring event needs volunteers for two hour shifts from 8:30am until 1:00pm to greet and register the Vets, then guide them to their job interviews.  Check the website to learn more about this very meaningful project:, and contact Don if you can help.

Past President Collyer announced that the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, jointly with The Rotary Club of West Bloomfield, will be honoring Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg with the Distinguished Service Award on Sunday, December 3 at 1:30pm at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. There will be a tour promptly at 1:30pm - followed by the Award, then Martin’s presentation. The event will be from 1:30-4:00 pm with refreshments afterwards. The tour is for Rotarians though the event will be open to the public.  Space is limited so sign up at the luncheon meetings. This is what Past President Collyer is doing for Peace— in taking Bev Sieford’s challenge.



Deb VandenBroek Introduced our speaker, Dr. Ravi Vadlamudi, who is a member of the Packard Health Staff.  Before turning over the podium, Deb gave us the highlights of the August 19 Healthy Kids Fair.  The event was supported by the four Rotary Clubs of Washtenaw County plus one foundation and fifteen businesses.  Three hundred at-risk and under-served children and their families had an afternoon of great fun and free medical care.  This outreach event is one of many that Packard Health does.

Dr. Ravi (he is called Dr. Ravi by everyone) told us a bit about his working in Nepal and how he came to Ann Arbor.  He opened his talk about Packard Health by noting that some patients are ‘easier’ than others, meaning that the easier ones come into the office and maintain the prescribed protocols, while others are hard to reach and maintain contact.  He framed his talk around seven stories of these harder to reach clients.  A great deal of Packard Health’s work is performed in clients’ homes and in the shelters and these were stories about how he found them and found ways to make ‘the system’ conform to their needs.

The fee to be seen at Packard Health is $20.00 but many patients are unable to come up with that.  Packard Health becomes the patient advocate, not only with other specialists and agencies, but also in securing Medicaid.  Patients’ not having insurance is one of the most difficult issues Packard Health faces. 

Packard Health became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2016.  This designation demands that high quality of care be delivered to the hardest to reach patients.   Packard Health has moved more deeply into behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment.  They work with the homeless in shelters and indigent people wherever they can be found.  They are part of the team of agencies that work in permanent supportive housing, delivering the support that keep people who have gained housing from losing that housing.

Dr. Ravi emphasized again and again how important health insurance is, both to the ability and willingness of people to come to health care centers and to the ability of providers to take care of the most vulnerable of our citizens.  

Incoming President Greg closed the meeting at 1:30.


 Notes by  Agnes Reading, Photos by Fred Beutler

Meeting Statistics

A total of 97 Rotarians heard Dr. Ravi of Packard Health share some stories of their program. We also had three visiting Rotarians (Obua Celestino of Mbrala, Uganda, Cindy Hill of West Bloomfield and Scott Loney of West Bloomfield) and two U-M Rotaractors (President Sam Ozminkowski and Luis Orozo). We also had six guests. In conjunction with the luncheon, a total of ten Rotarians participated in meetings of the Endowment Development Committee and planned for the District Conference. Also reported were a meeting on Public Image on October 3 (three Rotarians) and attendance at an Interact meeting (three Rotarians). Nine credits were recorded for various dates for Staying Closer in Touch and the upcoming VITA program. On Friday, October 20, 17 Rotarians were on hand to hear from Sue Gott, University Planner. Scott Westerman, Barbara Bryant and Dick Rosenfeld (Jackson Rotarian) were three attendees who aren't able to get to Union as often as they once did. 


Makeup Cards for Roving Rotarians

Rotarian Couple Susan Froelich and Rick Ingram visited the San Diego Club #33 yesterday and won prizes for coming from the furthest distance! Also interesting that the cost for lunch was $33 each! Since they will be out here for three more weeks, they say they plan to visit three other clubs that are in the area.


Healthy Kids Fair - Packard Health, 300 children and Ann Arbor Rotary

August 19 was an awesome afternoon of health, well-being, and fun for our community's at-risk and medically underserved children. The Healthy Kids Fair, made possible by a grant from Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, welcomed 300 children and their families to Packard Health's Ypsilanti location.  Free physicals and screenings, bike helmets and backpacks were offered, as well as fun hands-on learning.  And don't forget the bounce house!  The goal of the Healthy Kids Fair was to connect at-risk children and their families to an established medical practice - because everyone deserves access to health care.


Here's a video of the Fair: [show]


Fair Fun Facts: 

  • 45 children received free physicals
  • 65 children had dental screenings
  • Immunizations were in such demand, the Washtenaw Department of Health staff had to go back to their office to get more vaccines
  • 100 bike helmets and 200 backpacks with school supplies were given out
  • Packard followed up with 100 families
  • 30 community organizations provided fun and funds
  • 40 volunteers provided "Go" power

Websites of interest to Rotarians

Rotary International: The RI home page has links to About Rotary, The Rotary Foundation, Club Locator and Member Access. Our Club is in Zone 29. The zone has 17 districts and covers portions of Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ontario.

District 6380Our district's website includes 51 clubs in the counties of Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland and Macomb in Michigan and Kent in Ontario. The district’s monthly newsletter and articles of district-wide interest are posted there.

Rotary Club of Ann Arbor: Our Club’s website provides background material and information including the current Annual Report, Active Framework (aka Strategic Plan), New Member Nomination Form, Committee Descriptions, Club and Golf Outing brochures, synopses of upcoming programs and an archive of Harpoons. Find us on Facebook.

Submit news, committee meetings, and announcements to the Harpoonthe newsletter of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor. Contact the Club to subscribe by email.

Our Club also sponsors the following Rotaract and Interact Clubs:

 U-M Rotaract Club

Huron High Interact Club

Pioneer High Interact Club

"Rotary Serving Humanity"