What a show!

Thanks to everyone that help with this year's fireworks.  Here's looking forward to next year!
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Fireworks Return to Chelsea JSH 2024-05-29 04:00:00Z 0 Chelsea MI Rotary,City of Chelsea,chelsea,fireworks
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RSVP to Addiction/Boxing Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion - We Can Be Heros 

November 9th, 2023 7:00PM to 10:00PM 
Chelsea High School 
The epidemic of addiction and overdose is the number one health crisis affecting this country today. Deaths caused by opioid overdoses increased 28% in Washtenaw County between 2020 and 2021, according to the Washtenaw County Health Department. The first steps in addressing this crisis are to recognize that it affects all of us and the need to work together to remove the stigma attached to addiction.
Chelsea Rotary Club is taking an active role in addressing mental health challenges and their impact on substance abuse disorder. On November 9, at 7 pm, the Chelsea Rotary Club is hosting a must-see event in the Chelsea High School Auditorium (740 N. Freer Road) around a free screening of the documentary We Can Be Heroes (WCBH). This presentation is an opportunity to learn and hear stories of the links between mental health and addiction. WCBH is a feature-length documentary that follows the life of Taylor “Machine Gun” Duerr, a world class boxer from Detroit, who is also struggling with substance abuse disorder. The film chronicles Taylor’s journey as he trains for the fight of his life—a shot at the WBC Cruiserweight title—while battling the demons of heroin addiction. WCBH offers an unflinching glimpse at these two worlds—addiction and boxing—as they collide in one individual. The film is an exploration of strength, endurance and, most importantly, an exploration of how love and redemption can be found in the darkest moments of our toughest fights. The screening will include a unique opportunity to engage with Mike Ramsdell (the director) and Taylor Duerr (the film's subject) on a panel that will include Mo Hassoun, a local therapist who specializes in addiction. Take-home resources will also be provided including a free print copy of the workbook: I’m Still a Person: The Stigma of Substance Use & Power of Respect, by Audrey Begun.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor – Chelsea Hospital, a joint venture of Trinity Health and University of Michigan Health
 Gold Sponsor: Chelsea State Bank
 Grants Provided by – 5 Healthy Towns Foundation, Rotary District 6380, & Gary Zenz
RSVP to Addiction/Boxing Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion - We Can Be Heros KD 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary STRIVE Banquet Jeff Holden 2023-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Ugly Dog Distilleries Talks COVID-19 Challenges And Opportunities 

On Tuesday Ugly Dog Distilleries in Downtown Chelsea, MI opened it's doors for us to have our first in-person Rotary meeting of the fall season. Our feature speaker was the manger of Ugly Dog Distilleries Rob Mida. Rob shared with us some of the challenges they faced during COVID-19 and what they did to overcome them.
One big decision that helped them was switching over from making craft spirits to craft hand sanitizer. Within 3 days they were able to start producing this vital product making it available for the local community. They also donated over 500 bottles of hands sanitizer to the Chelsea Library and other local companies that were in need. 
Rob also mentioned that the approval of "To Go Cocktails" from the state was a huge boost for Ugly Dog. Known for their craft liquor and craft cocktails this was a game changer. Selling out in just 3 days (July 1st - 3rd) of all their craft cocktails, Ugly Dog knew they had found a new niche. It worked so well that they will be coming out with a whole new lineup for the fall!!!
Rob noted through community support, transition to craft hand sanitizer, and craft to go cocktails Ugly Dog didn't have to lay anyone off. Rob actually brought some people on to help with the demand that was coming from the local business and community. 
We want to thank Rob Mida and Ugly Dog Distilleries for opening their doors to us and being a shining example of a business in our community that puts service above self. 
Ugly Dog Distilleries Talks COVID-19 Challenges And Opportunities   2020-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Pledge For A Rotarian 

It's been hard on fundraising for 501c3's this year due to Covid. Rotarian, Cindy Burdette, is thinking outside the box and challenging us to Pledge per hour for her running in the 2020 Round Robin race hosted by Running Fit on the farm, ROBIN HILLS to benefit The Chelsea Rotary Club in Chelsea MI. She will be running (along with some of her running buddies from the Grass Lake Road Runners Group) for 6 hours. We will be offering online pledging for 3 options. $5 per hour for Six Hours, $10 per hour for Six Hours and $20 per hour for Six Hours. To pledge your support just click the link below
Pledge For A Rotarian 2020-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Chelsea High School Interact Fundraising for Shelterbox Holly Reiser 2020-02-25 05:00:00Z 0 Interact,shelterbox

Michaelene Pawla,  WAVE

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Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express

Who We Are

WAVE provides many transportation programs in western Washtenaw County including local demand response (door-to-door) service, long-distance county-wide demand response service that begins in western Washtenaw County to locals throughout the county, fixed-route service linking Chelsea with Dexter and Ann Arbor, free shuttle service through the heart of Chelsea and group trips to MDOT approved groups (example, Senior Center travel groups, and Intermediate School District groups).

What We Do

Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express is a non-profit service organization that exists to provide affordable community transportation programs in western Washtenaw County.
Mission Statement: Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express (WAVE) is a non-profit service organization that exists to provide affordable transportation to older adults, persons with disabilities, and other transit-dependent individuals in western Washtenaw County

WAVE offers several transportation programs:

  • A door-to-door bus program for Chelsea area travelers
  • A door-to-door bus program for Dexter School District travelers
  • An interurban express route called the Community Connector which links Chelsea with Dexter and Ann Arbor
  • An interurban express route along the Jackson Road corridor
  • The LifeLine Community Van program that provides rides to western Washtenaw County traveler to locations anywhere within the county
  • Group trips for MDOT approved groups
  • A free Chelsea business district shuttle
Michaelene Pawla, WAVE 2020-02-06 05:00:00Z 0 Transportation,WAVE,speaker

Robin Shear, Joy to the World Caoching

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Robin’s Background: Robin owns Joy To The World Coaching, through which she provides joy coaching to individuals online.  She is a Whole Person Certified Coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation.  As a life coach with a specialty in joy, Robin aids her clients in thinking optimistically, helps them define & incorporate joy into all aspects of their lives, and encourages them to share their joy with the world.  Robin has served in various roles, including a registered dietitian, youth pastor, and life enrichment team member at senior living communities. She lives in the Irish Hills with her husband, two young adult children, and their massive 16-year old cat.  Robin can be found at joytotheworldcoaching.com.
Robin uses this to breakdown on how you can live a joyfully filled life
J ust ask yourself, could you use More Joy in your life
O pen up to what's possible, have fun and dream big
Y es you deserve joy, it can be just for you and you don’t have to feel guilty about it
F ind the time, you are available to everyone, it's also your job to make time for you
U ncover the area in your life that needs joy
L ove living in action mode, keep moving forward because progress feels good
L earn to overcome preventable obstacles
Y our joy will be contagious, more to share with everyone
She also explains the difference between happiness vs. Joy. Happiness can be fleeting, and after that moment is gone it can be hard to obtain that same feeling. Ex: eating cake. Joy is always there, something that continues to bring you joy whether the person's place or thing is present or not. Ex: family, friends, volunteering.
Living joyfully is about turning unexpected delays or inconveniences into positives. She told a story about having to wait at the doctor's office for over an hour. She was able to turn the miserable hour into a time to catch up on a book she was reading. What was an inconvenience at first and stopping her from continuing on with her turned into an hour of free time that she could read her book that she recently couldn’t find extra time to enjoy. This can be easily applied to other things like traffic jams, oil changes, and anything that seems to stop you from accomplishing something. Find a positive way to accomplish something else even if its small.
Robin Shear, Joy to the World Caoching 2020-01-30 05:00:00Z 0 coach,joy,live life

Doug Campbell, Hope Clinic

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Our guest speaker was Doug Campbell  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mdouglascampbell/  from the Hope Clinic https://thehopeclinic.org/ https://thehopeclinic.org/mission-vision-impact graduated from Kenyan College with a major in art history and has also lived in Scottland for 10 years (Glasgow and Edinburgh)
The Hope Clinic has two locations in Ypsilanti and Westland and has a unique mission: Hope Clinic's mission is to partner with you and make lives better through holistic care, dental care, food, and Care + Prayer in Jesus’ name. Doug did mention that they are faith-based but it's not required and they don’t care what your faith is. Their goal is to help everyone. Ex: Free meds, food, free dental, free vision, free laundry, free financial services…if you walk in and say you need help or that you/family is hungry then no questions asked they help you in any way you need or they can.
Hope Clinic had the largest pantry in Washtenaw County, Monday and Thursday nights they serve a hot meal and have a program set up where volunteers can go and cook food and serve the food.
In 2019 the Salvation Army pulled out of the Ypsilanti area siting they couldn’t continue the quality of service for both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti so now they are just in Ann Arbor. That leaves the hope clinic to try and fill those additional needs.
2020 - The Hope Clinic will start taking on mental health and strengthening its programs to also focus on important issues pertaining to mental health.
2020 - They are also looking to partner up with more dentists to volunteer services
Doug Campbell, Hope Clinic 2020-01-23 05:00:00Z 0 clinic,hope,speaker

Paul Schissler Awarded a Paul Harris Award

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Paul Schissler, Chelsea Rotarian, was awarded his 6th Paul Harris award.  We appreciate Paul and everything he does with the Chelsea Rotary and the Chelsea Community.


The origins of Paul Harris Fellow recognition

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

The first Paul Harris Fellows included past RI Director Allison G. Brush, who served during the 1937-38 Rotary year, and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions actually made in that inaugural year. 

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the Rotary Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of former Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to buy a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, Vann Taylor, who was serving as a district governor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow.

At the International Assembly in 1979, incoming RI President James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 

Many other notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk.

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the 1 million mark in 2006.

Paul Schissler Awarded a Paul Harris Award 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris,Paul Schissler,Rotarian,Rotary History

Mary Ceccanese, A Focus on Gratitude

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Little did I know when I attended Girls’ State in 1967 and stayed in Mary Markley Hall that I would be working at the University of Michigan 21 years later!

Today, after 28 years of working here, one of my favorite passions is focusing on gratitude.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with Joel Slemrod, professor, and director of the Office of Tax Policy Research. We have worked as a team for almost three decades. That partnership is reflected in a great atmosphere, collaborative ventures, and a joint desire to forge ahead with new adventures both domestically and internationally.

Many people believe that we must be incredibly serious people to work in a field such as tax policy, but then they haven’t seen us having a snowball fight on a Friday afternoon with our Ph.D. students from around the world or watch our alumni play get-to-know-you Bingo at a recent conference.

I’m also grateful for the privilege of being part of Voices of the Staff, an initiative started over ten years ago by Laurita Thomas, associate vice president of Human Resources here at Michigan. During the time I was on Voices, I served on a team with Professor Jane Dutton, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business on faculty/staff communications. The experience was life-changing.

My dear friend and colleague, Karen Dickinson, and I believed that Jane Dutton’s research on high-quality connections was information vital to creating and sustaining a positive workforce. This seed of an idea grew to Professor Dutton giving us permission to disseminate her research on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses and Michigan Medicine and the greater southeast Michigan area.

Karen died in 2012, but her spirit lives on every time I have the opportunity to share Jane’s work.

That opportunity has become my calling and passion.

When I can touch one person in a presentation and receive comments like ‘I feel empowered to be a more thankful and gracious person – leading to a happier life.’ then I know that the power of the Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) research works in every department, every walk of life, and in every workplace.

I am incredibly grateful to Jane, Professors Kim Cameron and Robert Quinn and the other amazing faculty at the Center for Positive Organizations for their support, encouragement, enthusiasm, and willingness to share their research so that a wider audience can experience the life-changing impact of Positive Organizational Scholarship.

Contributed by Mary Ceccanese, Coordinator, Office of Tax Policy Research and Executive Education Affiliate, Center for Positive Organizations, Ross School of Business

Mary Ceccanese, A Focus on Gratitude 2020-01-09 05:00:00Z 0 focus,gratitude,speaker

Rotary Action Plan

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As People of Action, we share a strong sense of purpose.
More than a century ago, we pioneered a new model of service leadership grounded in person-to-person connections. Today, those connections are a network that spans the globe—bridging cultural, linguistic, generational, and geographic barriers—and shares the vision of a better world.
As People of Action, we understand that fulfilling that vision requires a plan.
This is Rotary’s plan for the next five years: to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.
By helping to realize the goals of this plan, you ensure a stronger and even more effective future for Rotary—a tremendous legacy. Our plan is rooted in our tried-and-true values and builds on the remarkable capabilities and spirit of Rotarians.
It is clear-eyed about the challenges that Rotary and the world face. It protects the value of human connection in an age of technology. It lays out a path for bringing great ideas to the forefront of the global imagination of what’s possible.
And our plan will provide us with a continuity of vision from year to year, keeping us moving toward fulfilling our shared purpose.
This is our Action Plan.
Increase Our Impact
People of Action are effective problem-solvers.
Why do Rotarians achieve so much? We invest in relationships. We make decisions grounded in evidence. We know how to mobilize our networks to create solutions that last. And we’re always learning from our experiences in projects, clubs, and careers.
Throughout the fight to end polio, we’ve shown what we can do when we draw on our collective strengths. We’ve created solutions that match the people they serve. We’ve evaluated the results to learn from our successes and setbacks.
This is a model we will use again and again in pursuit of our audacious goals: educating the world’s children, ensuring equitable access to water and sanitation, helping local economies grow sustainably, and so much more.
Let’s seek out new ways to translate our expertise into making a difference—in our communities and across the globe. Let’s prove that our impact on the world has only just begun.
Expand Our Reach
People of Action activate and inspire one another.
We know that our capacity to make a difference is larger when more people unite with us. We want the world to appreciate our ambitious, compassionate, and inclusive spirit—because when they do, they see that Rotary is the source for the person-to-person involvement so many are seeking.
Told widely and emphatically, our stories give people hope that the world can change for the better, inviting listeners to imagine themselves as part of that change, too.
Let’s build connections and opportunities that will allow people who share our drive to do the same.
Enhance Participant Engagement
People of Action strive to understand the needs of others.
Just like the people and communities we serve, our participants need to feel seen and heard. They’re seeking experiences that feel personally and professionally relevant and fulfilling. When they see our dedication to investing in them at every stage of their professional life, our participants are eager to go the distance with us—even at a time when there are many other options for networking and volunteering.
Let’s recommit to putting the needs, expectations, and growth of our participants at the center of all we do.
Increase Our Ability to Adapt
People of Action are inventive, entrepreneurial, and resilient.
We’ve shown throughout our history that we excel at finding new ways to lead the world to lasting change. And we’ve proven in our own careers that we know how to help organizations of every kind move forward. That’s why new approaches to our organizing principles don’t threaten our sense of who we are.
We’re ready to seek out fresh opportunities, create more paths to leadership, open up our conversations to diverse voices, and simplify how we operate—with confidence.
Let’s stay true to ourselves and stay ahead of change in our next 115 years.
Rotary Action Plan 2020-01-02 05:00:00Z 0 Action Plan,Rotary

History of Rotary

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The History of Rotary

The world’s first service club was founded on 23 February 1905 when lawyer Paul Harris and three friends met in a small office in downtown Chicago. These men wanted to rekindle in the turn-of-the-century city the spirit of friendliness they had known in their home towns. Word of the club soon spread and others were invited to join. They named their new club “Rotary” to describe the practice of meeting in rotation at the members’ various places of business.

Originally formed for fellowship, the first Rotary club quickly evolved to use the talents and resources of its members to serve the community. By the end of 1905, the Rotary Club of Chicago had 30 members. Three years later a second club was established in San Francisco, California, USA. The next year three more clubs were established on the west coast of the United States and a fourth in New York City. Within a few years, other groups formed service clubs based on the Rotary model.

First Rotary Convention

The first Rotary convention was held in the Congress Hotel in Chicago in August 1910.
The National Association of Rotary Clubs was organized at that time with 16 member clubs. Rotary founder Paul Harris was elected the association’s first president.

Rotary’s international growth

During the 1911-1912 Rotary year, the association became international with the founding of a club in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Soon Rotary crossed the Atlantic to establish clubs in England, Ireland and Northern Ireland. The National Association of Rotary Clubs, which became the International Association of Rotary Clubs in 1912, adopted the name Rotary International (RI) in 1922.

Before reaching its 20th birthday, the Rotary association had grown to include some 200 clubs with more than 20,000 members across the globe:

  • The first Rotary club in Latin America was organized in Havana, Cuba in 1915.
  • Asia’s first club was established in Manila, Philippines in 1919.
  • In 1921, Rotary clubs were organized for the first time on continental Europe (Madrid, Spain), Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa), and Australia (Melbourne).

Working for peace –
The Rotary Foundation

As Rotary grew, so did its scope of activities. During World War I, Rotary discovered new outlets for service — in war relief and peace fund drives at home and in emergency efforts abroad. In 1917, outgoing RI President Arch Klumph proposed the establishment of an endowment fund, which in 1928 became The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation awarded its first humanitarian grant (US$500) in 1930 to the International Society for Crippled Children. After World War II, many clubs that had been disbanded during the conflict were re-established and initiated new service projects, including relief efforts for refugees and prisoners of war.

In the aftermath of World War II, Rotary International sent the largest non-governmental organization delegation to the United Nations Charter Conference, held in 1945 in San Francisco. Forty-nine Rotarians served as delegates, advisors, and consultants to the conference. A Rotary-sponsored conference of education ministers and observers held in London in 1943 was the inspiration for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), established in 1946.

The Rotary Foundation enjoyed modest growth until 1947, when Rotarians made a significant number of contributions in memory of Paul Harris, who died in January 1947. That same year the Foundation launched its first program, Graduate Fellowships (today called Ambassadorial Scholarships), sending 18 students abroad to seven countries. Today, approximately 1,300 students study abroad as Rotary Scholars every year.

Two of Rotary’s programs for young people, Rotaract and Interact, were started during the turbulent 1960s. Interact (for youth ages 14-18) and Rotaract (for young adults ages 18-30) clubs operate under the guidance of a sponsoring Rotary club and give young people opportunities for community service and leadership development, and to promote international peace and understanding. Service to youth remains an important focus of Rotary.

Rotary today

Rotary’s most ambitious undertaking, announced in 1985, is the PolioPlus program — a massive campaign to eradicate polio by the year 2005. Conducted with the cooperation of national governments and intergovernmental agencies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), PolioPlus is a paradigm for public/private sector collaboration in the fight against the disease. PolioPlus helps support national and regional polio eradication programs by providing vaccines, surveillance support, and social mobilization. By the year 2005 – the target date for certification of a polio-free world – Rotarian contributions to the global polio eradication effort will reach a half billion US dollars.

Women in Rotary

First admitted in 1987, women are today the fastest-growing segment of Rotary membership, and increasingly hold leadership positions within the organization. More than 2,000 women serve as club presidents and women are also rapidly assuming regional leadership roles. Currently, some 1.2 million professional men and women belong to more than 30,000clubs worldwide.

Rotary continues to grow internationally. After the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Rotary clubs which had been disbanded during World War II were re-established in central and eastern Europe. In 1990, Rotary clubs were formed in Russia for the first time, and other former Soviet republics soon followed. Kyrgyzstan, once a part of the Soviet Union, is a recent addition.

Today, Rotary International encourages its clubs to focus on a broad spectrum of service activities such as hunger, the environment, violence prevention, illiteracy, drug abuse prevention, polio eradication, youth, the elderly, and AIDS awareness, and education. Rotary clubs around the world are united under the motto “Service Above Self.”

Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July?

The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal
and administrative year.
Rotary’s first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.

At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs’ finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the convention and board, and determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention.

The executive committee concurred, and at its April 1913 meeting, designated 30 June as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the fiscal year (beginning with vol. 5, July 1914).

Rotary continued to hold its annual conventions in July or August until 1917. Delegates to the 1916 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, approved a resolution to hold future conventions in June, mainly because of the heat in cities where most of them occurred. The next one was held June 17-21 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The term “Rotary year” has been used to signify Rotary’s annual administrative period since at least 1913. An article in The Rotarian that July noted, “The Rotary year that is rapidly drawing to a close has been signalized by several highly successful joint meetings of Clubs that are so situated as to assemble together easily and conveniently.”

Since the executive committee’s decision in 1913, the end of the Rotary year has remained June 30.

History of Rotary 2019-12-26 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary,Rotary History

Service Above Self - STRIVE Scholarship Program

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Learn about the Chelsea Rotary Club’s STRIVE scholarship program


The Rotary Club of Chelsea is committed to improving the quality of life for people in our community. Through its fundraising efforts, the club supports Chelsea students pursuing post-secondary education through scholarship opportunities.

Chelsea Rotary established its STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) Scholarship Program to motivate and support students entering their senior year.

At the beginning of the school year, interested students with a grade point average below 3.0 sign up for STRIVE through the Chelsea High School Counseling Office. STRIVE students attend a number of monthly mentoring sessions led by Rotarians and perform one hour of Rotary service, including opportunities like highway cleanup, assisting at Rotary events, or helping with Faith in Action food deliveries.

All students who complete these requirements are invited to an evening banquet along with their parents and an honored educator.

The 2018 STRIVE banquet takes place on Wednesday, April 25 at the Village Conference Center at Chelsea Comfort Inn and features an inspirational speaker.

At the event, each STRIVE student will be recognized and receive a certificate of completion.

The top three students who raise their grade point averages the most during the first two trimesters of the school year will also be recognized at Chelsea High School’s Class Night and will be awarded the following scholarships: 1st place, $1,500; 2nd place, $1,000; and 3rd place, $500.

The STRIVE program continues to be a favorite program among club members. We share in the great pride these students have in completing the program. Please join us in congratulating the STRIVE students from the class of 2018.

Service Above Self - STRIVE Scholarship Program 2019-12-19 05:00:00Z 0 Service Above Self,community,scholarship

Service Above Self - "Be Like Bruce" Scholarship

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Chelsea Rotary Club offers new ‘Be Like Bruce’ scholarship


The Rotary Club of Chelsea is committed to improving the quality of life for people in our community.

Through its fundraising efforts, the Club supports Chelsea students pursuing post-secondary education through scholarship opportunities. 2018 marks the inception of the Club’s “Be Like Bruce” Scholarship.

The scholarship was established in loving memory of Bruce Szcondronski – a well-respected and dedicated Chelsea Rotarian and community volunteer. The Rotary Club is looking for graduating students from Chelsea High School continuing education after graduation who demonstrate the ability to “Be Like Bruce.”

In eulogizing Bruce, Paul Schissler eloquently summed up these qualities:

“Be like Bruce: Be kind. Be a patient mentor. Encourage everyone you cross paths with. Respect every job and everyone that works at them. Work tirelessly to make your community better for everyone who works there, lives there, visits there. Maybe some of them will stay to help you. Love your family fiercely, gently, passionately, proudly. Be like Bruce. Love your friends. Laugh and party with them. Work alongside them when they need your help. Humbly and willingly give away your heart, your time, your talent, and what treasure you can spare. Do it all with plenty of smiles, hugs, and a few knowing winks. Enjoy Every Breath. Really… Be like Bruce.”

Applicants for the $1,000 will share their community involvement and volunteer participation and at least two different times they have demonstrated qualities like Bruce.

Bruce’s son, Jay, will present the award to the winner of the first “Be Like Bruce” Scholarship at Chelsea High School’s Class Night on June 1.

Rotary is proud to promote Bruce’s loving and giving spirit through Chelsea

Service Above Self - "Be Like Bruce" Scholarship 2019-12-12 05:00:00Z 0 Service Above Self,community,scholarship

Chelsea Community Hospital

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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Behavioral Health
with Nancy Graebner, President and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital 

Physical, Psychological and Social Aspects of Your Health

Physical and mental health go hand-in-hand. How you feel and what you think affects your energy, productivity, and overall health. Emotional problems are real and can drain a person's strength and affect personal and family wellness.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides a continuum of behavioral health services that address the physical, psychological and social aspects of well-being and meeting the specific needs of patients and their families.

Our Services


Adult Partial Hospitalization



This program offers treatment for mental health issues including depression and bipolar disorder.

Inpatient Chemical Dependency

This program supports patients age 18 older to achievie a sober lifestyle.

Inpatient Psychiatric Program

We offer a healing environment for disorders including depression and anxiety.

Older Adult Recovery Center

This program provides support for age-related difficulties, including retirement or loneliness.

Outpatient Behavioral Health

Asking for help does not need to be difficult or embarrassing.

Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program

We provide services to adults and their families who are experiencing alcohol or other drug-related problems.

Psychological Testing Services

This program offers psychological testing and diagnosis of emotional disorders.

Transition Clinic

We make sure you have the care you need to manage your mental health once you return home.

Nancy is the new President and CEO of Chelsea Community Hospital. She comes to us from Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Inc. in Greenville, SC, where she served as Executive Vice President of Physician Strategy and services. She is a regular attendee at her local wellness center where she enjoys group fitness classes.

Chelsea Community Hospital 2019-12-05 05:00:00Z 0 behavioral health,hospital

The Color Purple

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The Color Purple
(Thank You to the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor for this article)
PURPLE, not maize and blue but PURPLE.  The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor looked for new ways to raise funds for PolioPlus.  Several members went to last year’s Rotary International Convention in Hamburg and got some fresh ideas.
Paulie, the Purple Polio Bear, a 10 inch stuffed teddy bear wore a purple sweater sporting the End Polio Now logo.  It was hand-knit by Rotarians in the UK.  Paulie took on a life of his own when he came to Ann Arbor as he was photographed everywhere by Rotarians and Rotaractors around town.  Paulie’s photos were featured for the month leading up to World Polio Day on the club’s website, Facebook page and at meetings.
Then Paulie was auctioned off by District Governor “Sparky” Leonard at the club’s Polio Day Meeting for $2000 to his new owner.
The second challenge to inspire Rotarians to give to PolioPlus came from President Rosemarie Rowney.  She promised the club that she would color her hair PURPLE if they would double their giving to polio from last year’s commitments.  It happened and the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor was proud to send in more than double their contribution this year to Rotary International.  We offer this challenge to all clubs in District 6380 for next year.
The Color Purple 2019-11-28 05:00:00Z 0 polio,purple,rotarians

Hidden Lake Gardens

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Hidden Lake Gardens of Michigan State University recently announced during its Reach For The Sky! event a new attraction that will be coming to the Tipton, Michigan, botanical garden and arboretum. The Tree Tower and Canopy Walk project is set to open in 2020, the 75th anniversary of Harry Fee’s gift of Hidden Lake Gardens to MSU.

Currently, in the design and fundraising phases of the project, actual groundbreaking and site preparation work will commence this fall. The tree tower and canopy walk will then be pre-fabricated during the winter months, with the Canopy Walk set for construction and installation as soon as the winter weather breaks and opening by June 2020. The Tree Tower will begin construction and installation over the summer of 2020 with an anticipated opening of October 2020, just in time for fall foliage season. The Tree Tower and Canopy Walk attraction will provide persons of any ability the opportunity to have a woodland and forest immersion experience.

Hidden Lake Gardens 2019-11-21 05:00:00Z 0 Meeting Speaker

Quartermania 2019

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Rotary Club of Chelsea Quarterly
"For all your holiday shopping needs"
Thursday, December 5-7 PM (Doors open at 6 PM)
Chelsea Fairgrounds (20501 Old U.S. 12 Highway, Chelsea, MI 48118
Benefiting local charities including Saint Louis Center, WAVE, and Saturday Morning Challengers
This great event will feature 2 paddles for $5, pizza, local vendors, themed baskets, and loads of fun!
We have a wide variety of vendors: 31 Gifts, ColorStreet, Dawnbreaker Coffee, Discovery Toys, Hempworx, Hoola Jewelry, Hoppy Soaps, Kwolfe's Kustom Namzz, Lakehouse Bakery, Lilla Rose, Love You More, Pampered Chef, Platinum Wellness, Sweet and Salty Cookie Co., and Thistle Blossom Herbals.
Quartermania 2019 2019-11-14 05:00:00Z 0 Quartermania,Service Above Self,fundraiser

2019 Kenya Eye Clinic

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Nelson Edwards spoke at our meeting about the Kenya Eye Mission that is coming up at the beginning of 2020.
Kenya Eye Care Project 2019 was a truly international project encompassing 3 countries: US, Canada, Kenya,  4 Rotary districts: 6380, 6360, 5450, 9212, and 11 Rotary clubs: Tilbury Ontario, Blenheim Ontario, Brighton Colorado, Livingston Sunrise Mi, Clarkston Mi, Saline Mi, Hartland Mi, Rochester Mi, Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians, Lakeshore Mi, and Utumishi Nairobi Kenya.
2019 Kenya Eye Clinic 2019-11-05 05:00:00Z 0 Kenya Eye Clinic,Service Above Self,volunteer

City of Chelsea Human Rights Commission

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Susan Morrel-Samuels spoke at the meeting about the City of Chelsea Human Rights Commission.
City of Chelsea Human Rights Commission
The Human Rights Commission shall be composed of five members approved by the city council and shall be responsible directly to the mayor and city council. Prospective members shall apply for consideration for appointment pursuant to a city administrative policy to be adopted by the city and amended from time to time. The commission shall elect one of its members as chairperson. Members shall serve staggered three-year terms. The term as chairperson shall be for one year with no limit on the number of times a member may be reappointed as chairperson. Members, including the chairperson, shall serve without compensation.
City of Chelsea Human Rights Commission 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0 City of Chelsea,Human Rights Commission,Meeting Speaker

Team Turkey 2019 - Panera Fundraiser

Support Chelsea Rotary by eating at Panera at 5340 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor on Monday, October 28 from 4 
- 8 PM! Panera will donate 20% of your meal when you show our flyer.
Team Turkey History
Around 2011, Troy Rotary members, Mark Bucchiand Bob Waldron, began this program to reach into the Troy area for families who were deserving of a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. In the following 5 years, the program grew to about 20-25 families. In 2016, in addition to Troy Rotary’s usual sources for families, they reached out to some Oakland County agencies and raised the total number of to 30 families. The goal for years has been to grow this service opportunity, and in 2018Troy, Birmingham, Sterling Heights and West Bloomfield Rotary Clubs teamed up to increase the amount of families we could serve! Last year, more than 239 families received aThanksgiving meal! We would not have been able to do this without supporting agencies and our most supportive partner, Kroger.
Team Turkey 2019 - Panera Fundraiser 2019-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

Water as an instrument for peace

Posted on Oct 15, 2019
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The Central Asian region has been the focus of global water catastrophes for almost two decades now. No one is indifferent to the problems that we share as a region. There are multiple layers to the problem that have transformed political discourse within the countries and have affected relationships between water experts.

All of this personally was ambiguous to me until I started working for the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea. In my commission, we deal mostly with environmental issues and have some exposure to water-related events. This is what sparked my interest in the topic. I soon developed an understanding that technical solutions alone were not going to bring about desired results without balanced diplomacy.

Water as an instrument for peace 2019-10-15 04:00:00Z 0 community,water

Team Turkey History

Posted on Oct 08, 2019
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Around 2011, Troy Rotary members, Mark Bucchi and Bob Waldron, began this program to reach into the Troy area for families who were deserving of a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. In the following 5 years, the program grew to about 20-25 families. In 2016, in addition to Troy Rotary’s usual sources for families, they reached out to some Oakland County agencies and raised the total number of to 30 families.
The goal for years has been to grow this service opportunity, and in 2018 Troy, Birmingham, Sterling Heights, and West Bloomfield Rotary Clubs teamed up to increase the number of families we could serve!
Team Turkey History 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0 families,fundraiser,trukey trot

Join Chelsea Rotary on a march to end Polio

Posted on Oct 13, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018 is World Polio Day. Rotary International and the Chelsea Rotary Club have been working to end polio worldwide since 1988. During that time, the incidence of polio has been reduced by 99.9%. Rotary International will highlight World Polio Day with a special event at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia.

Join Chelsea Rotary on a march to end Polio 2018-10-13 04:00:00Z 0 donate,march,polio

Heaps of Thanks from Chelsea Rotary

A sincere thanks to all who visited the Chelsea Rotary Club’s trailer. It was a pleasure seeing those of you who stopped by the trailer to purchase ice cream, snacks, and sodas. Those purchases directly impact the Chelsea community as the trailer proceeds to support worthwhile Rotary initiatives such as scholarships for local students, SYRSLY, and Saturday Morning Challengers.
Heaps of Thanks from Chelsea Rotary 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Posted by Stephanie Toon on Oct 24, 2016
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
India celebrates three years without polio Stephanie Toon 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

Posted by Stephanie Toon on Oct 24, 2016
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
Saving lives in Ghana Stephanie Toon 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Video! Here's the video from Cash Bash

Posted by Megan Torrance
A bunch of us got together and thought that this would be a great way to connect the people we meet (and the dollars they donate) with the people they'll never meet around the world who are impacted by Rotary International's programs.
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