Speaker Date Topic
Monday Meeting Speaker: Gina Kell Spahn Oct 02, 2023 12:00 PM
New Day Foundation
New Day Foundation
Gina Kell Spehn (pronounced "Spain")
Gina is the co-founder and president of New Day Foundation for Families, a nonprofit started in 2007 with her husband Michael in honor of their late spouses, Matt Kell and Cathy Spehn. New Day partners with 70 hospitals across the state of Michigan to provide financial assistance and emotional support to cancer patients and their families. Gina and Michael also co-authored the New York Times Bestselling book, "The Color of Rain", which was adapted into a Hallmark original movie, and tells the origins of New Day. 
Meeting Speaker: Professor Michael Whitty, Retired Oct 09, 2023 12:00 PM
The Possible Future of Detroit 2030: a futurist looks at hopeful trends in Detroit
The Possible Future of Detroit 2030: a futurist looks at hopeful trends in Detroit
Bio- Lifetime business professor having taught at University of Detroit Mercy (40 years), Oakland U, WSU, U MichDearborn, U of Minnesota, Seattle U, Santa Clara U, U SanFrancisco
He's given talks on Detroit to Detroit Bioneers Conference and Focus Hope....along with area talks to NEXT, Birmingham Senior Men & Birmingham Optimists.  Co-editor of Work & Spirit and At Work Spirituality Matters
Monday Membership Meeting Speaker: Andrea Scobie Oct 16, 2023 12:00 PM
Arts Ecosystem in Detroit

Andrea Scobie has more than 15 years experience as an Arts Administrator and Arts Educator working in Detroit. Andrea will speak about the arts sector in Detroit with a wider lense of how organizations are doing overall, emerging challenges, and bright spots within the sector.  

Joe Bauman Oct 30, 2023
Birmingham Rotary Club Endowment Fund Annual Meeting
Meeting Speakers: Amber DeLind & Jackquelyn Garret Nov 13, 2023 12:00 PM
Bridge Michigan - Michigan’s nonpartisan, nonprofit news source
Bridge Michigan - Michigan’s nonpartisan, nonprofit news source

Amber DeLind, Membership & Engagement Director

Amber stewards relationships with readers for Bridge Michigan and with all individual investors in the work of the Center for Michigan. Previously, Amber led the public engagement team at the Center for Michigan, worked on college access and success grant programs for the Michigan Nonprofit Association and completed two years of national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Dearborn and in Lansing. Originally from St. Johns, Amber is a proud alum of Michigan State University (BA) and Grand Valley State University (MPA) and recently completed a nonprofit leadership fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. A current resident of Farmington, Amber was named one of Oakland County's 40 under 40 in 2020. She resides with her husband, daughter, and dog Coney (AKA Truth Dog). You can reach her at adelind@bridgemi.com.

Jackquelyn Garrett, Fund Development Associate

Jackquelyn manages data systems and supports fundraising efforts for the Center. Previously, Jackquelyn has served as a Program Manager at Michigan Community Resources where she convened Metro Detroit nonprofits and provided capacity-building services related to fundraising and program design and implementation. Prior to working at Michigan Community Resources, she led college access initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber and served as a staff member for a member of the Detroit City Council. A native Detroiter, Jackquelyn is a passionate advocate for equitable opportunity expansion for Michiganians. Jackquelyn is a proud graduate of Wayne State University where she majored in Public Affairs. She can be found biking and kayaking in Michigan’s bountiful state parks. You can reach her at jgarrett@centerformichigan.org.

No meeting - Monday After Thanksgiving Nov 27, 2023
Annual Holiday Party Dec 11, 2023
No meeting - Christmas Dec 25, 2023
No meeting - New Years Day Jan 01, 2024
Monday Membership Meeting Speaker: Mary Howlett Jan 08, 2024 12:00 PM
Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Mary Howlett is the Marketing Manager for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.   

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Inc. was formed as a 501 (c) (3) with the mission of developing access on the Detroit International Riverfront. The entire vision is 5 ½ miles of Riverfront property, from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just east of the Belle Isle Bridge, and will include the construction of a continuous RiverWalk along with plazas, pavilions and green spaces. The Conservancy is responsible for the improvement, operations, maintenance and programming of the Detroit International Riverfront in perpetuity.




Monday Membership Meeting Speaker: Harry Smith Feb 05, 2024 12:00 PM
Zekelman Holocaust Center

The Zekelman Holocaust Center is on schedule to finish its significant renovation project in early 2024. Harry will speak to the Club about how the renovations will help the Center transform the future of Holocaust education. 

Transforming the Future of Holocaust Education

The Zekelman Holocaust Center’s core exhibit is undergoing a complete renovation. The renovated core exhibit will elevate Michigan survivor voices in the telling of one of the most horrific events in world history by utilizing:

  • The latest historical research on and facts about the Holocaust
  • Cutting-edge exhibit technology, design, lighting, and fabrication
  • Interactive and carefully curated learning experiences

Our new guided tours will align with best practices in museum education and, following our goal of getting guests safely in and safely out of the museum, updated galleries will feature zones for reflection and inquiry.

Learn more at the renovations here: https://youtu.be/KtXslpSxyTc?si=jIJcrtnxewKEBKaN