The Spokesperson July 7, 2022

Published July 9, 2022 | 12:16 PM


Minutes of July 7, 2022 Meeting by Larry Neal 
Photos by Nancy Dedenbach 
President Scott Chabot called the Mount Clemens Rotary Club to order at 12:15 p.m.

Christine LaTour led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem and Sam Wireman led the club in “The Four-Way Test.” Vita Simmons gave the benediction.

The day’s menu featured chicken piccata with roasted potatoes, everyone’s favorite green beans, tossed salad and red velvet cake.

*** President Scott thanked everyone who pitched in on the project at the YMCA with a special nod to Tom Welsh, Nancy Dedenbach and Ed Mastry. Valerie Miller noted that the project was funded by two grants written by President Scott and totaled $12,500. Clearly the year is off to a great start!

*** Everyone was encouraged to “save the date” for the Dick Pierson Rotary Golf Classic on September 15. Eric Pierson will be providing more details shortly.

*** President Scott thanked Ted DeVantier for the Macomb Rotary Foundation’s approval of a grant for Clinton Township’s inclusive playground.
*** Everyone is invited to a Rotary Park Celebration on Wednesday, July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event cost is $20. RSVP Sam Wireman at or purchase tickets online at:

*** Last but not least, Christine LaTour is looking for more hands-on projects for the club for the year ahead. We already have a sufficient number of volunteers to help with Forgotten Harvest on July 23. More ideas are welcomed!

Tom Welsh welcomed guest and speaker Neil Sheridan and Kerry Jantz, guest of Bob Cannon.
Sam Wireman recognized birthdays and anniversaries and sold flowers as follows:

*** From Ken Steele to our new President Scott Chabot.
*** From President Scott to Vita Simmons and Valerie Miller for their assistance with the July 20 Rotary Park Celebration.
*** From Gary Felts to Tina.
*** From Kerry Jantz to the Rotarians who worked on the YMCA project.

Today’s music was selected by Amanda Oparka and included “I’m Looking Over a 4-Leaf Clover” and “R-O-T-A-R-Y.”

There was no good will or sunshine to report.
Ryan Murphy was in charge of recognition. Nancy Dedenbach was fined $4 for taking her paparazzi duties too seriously. Valerie Miller paid $2 for crashing in on the president’s time. Gary Felts paid $3 for talking at length about completing his bucket list by taking a Viking River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest and then for some hiccups with his rendition of “R-O-T-A-R-Y.” Stephanie Mirabile paid $1 for her trip to Maine. Kathleen Best and Stephanie each paid $1 for being best dressed. Ed Mastry paid $2 for his journey to Marquette and Mackinac Island. Julie Miller paid $2 for her trip to Chicago and Ken Steele paid $3. Louise Rallis paid $2 for going “up north.” Lunch line cutters were fined as follows: Bob Lee - $2; Kim Jarvis - $1; and Jessie Johnson – $2.
President Scott introduced speaker Neil Sheradin, Executive Director of the Michigan Townships Association (MTA). The MTA was formed in 1953 as a unified voice representing Michigan's township governments. It is the largest community of local government officials in the state, and one of the largest in the nation. More than 99% of Michigan 1,240 townships are MTA members which include 6,500 elected officials. Services include advocacy, education and training tools for township officials. Top issues face by townships across the state today include sand and gravel operations as well as safety and other regulations for short-term rental properties, such as for AirBnB and VRBO.

For more information visit:

Speaking of township officials, Bob Cannon won $45 in the 50/50.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
July 20
Rotary Park Rededication
July 21
Speaker Eileen Heasley RI Project Opportunities
July 23
Forgotten Harvest volunteer event at Forgotten Harvest Center,
Macomb Place, Mount Clemens
July 28
RYLA-Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Jim Adams
August 4
Meeting at YMCA
September 30
“Rock Around the Clock: A '50s Sock Hop" at
6 p.m. Zuccaro’s Banquets and Catering,
46601 Gratiot Ave., Chesterfield Township.
Enjoy '50s food fare & cocktails
Mingle with guests in their '50s style costumes
and be judged $4 on the best costume attire.


Meetings Hosted Every Thursday at 12:15 PM
Italian American Cultural Society and Banquet Center 43843 Romeo Plank Rd. Clinton Township, MI 48038
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