President David Underdown called the meeting to order at 12:00PM 
Pledge of Allegiance was recited  
4 way test was recited 
America The Beautiful was sung by Sarah Rappaport
Vic Pooler gave the Invocation
Rotary guests were introduced
  • Sarah Rappaport introduced a fellow Tutoring Center owner who was in town from the Miami area
  • Charles Wickens introduced Dilep who was back for another visit
2 Minute update: Group effort: Bryan Frank, Linda Hatfield, & Charles Wickins
Bryan reported back on the success of both events that he recently organized.  
The tiger game was well attended and even managed a small profit.  A good time was had by all. The dream Cruise water give away was HUGELY successful.  Many Rotarians were on hand to participate.  In the end, 880 bottles of water were given out and over $600 was collected!   Way to go Birmingham Rotary! A big thank you goes out to both Bryan Frank for his hard work organizing the event and to Costco who donated the bottled water.
Charles Wickins gave us a brief preview of what is in store for Visitor’s day.
  • When: October 24th
  • Who: Our district Governor will be giving a talk entitled: How to 
  • Connect with a Person in 15 seconds”.
  • Goal: 100 people in attendance.  More details will follow soon but in the meantime, please start thinking of who you want to invite!
Linda Hatfield gave updates on Hope Warming Center and the Maple Road clean up events.
50/50 raffle: Wendee Haugh 
               -daily winner was Shirley Bryant for a $9 grand prize
               -The winning card was not drawn for the big pot so the pot lives another week.  
Sherriff: Chuck Moss 
Pat Grady hosted and introduced our speaker: Gail Perry Mason
Gail has a very impressive resume as a published author in many well know publications (Ebony, Black Enterprise, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and the Washington Post to name a few)  She is also a board member for many different charitable groups including MSU (not our hometown heroes the Michigan State Spartans)  Gail founded a Money camp for teens and Financial Literacy program currently being used in Detroit Public Schools. Gail was present to talk about the “Save a Girl, Save a World Mentorship Program” This is a program to increase financial awareness and skills in young people.  They emphasize learning that you have value before learning the value of a dollar.  She highlighted many of their more inspiring programs such as the Sole mate shoe exchange that pairs children up with mentors to discuss their lives and professions.  Also she talked of their Ties and Pearls program and the inspirational effect it has had on many young people.  In summary, she is trying to teach tomorrows adults to be owners of their destiny and not just be consumers.  
President Dave ended the meeting with a round of Smiles.