Rotarians Celebrate with a President’s BBQ

By Milan Eagle media

Milan Rotarians, family and friends gathered at Tri-County Sportsman’s League June19 for the President’s Night BBQ to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2017-18 Rotary year and to get excited about the 2018-19 year which will start on July 1st.
President Dutch Nie thanked the board, committee chairs and members for all of their hard work this last year and highlighted some of the wonderful accomplishments that “our little club” had achieved including the new membership and dues structure changes had resulted in 14 new members joining the club through Individual, Corporate or Honorary membership categories. More members equal more accomplishments.
He recounted the new Social Hour events held throughout the year, some for just fellowship, and others for fundraising including Cupcake Wars to raise money for the annual Christmas Basket Program conducted with Aid In Milan, Pizza4Polio, which raised money to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth, and Bowling for Fisher House, a joint event held with the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, which raised funds for the construction of the first Fisher House in Michigan.
Rotarians support many community events through their World Famous Pancake Breakfasts including the Simmons Middle School Pancakes for Parents, Milan Main Streets Winter and Summer fests, and Relay for Life to name a few.
Milan Feeds the World, where the community came together to package over 20,000 dried food rations which were distributed locally, globally and stored for disasters, and the Annual Christmas Basket program, where Rotary partnered with Aid in Milan to purchase, pack and distribute 83 “baskets” of needed sundry items during holidays to area families in need, were also projects celebrated.
The Derby Dinner & Auction raised a record of over $21,500. this year which provided the club the opportunity to support many local and international organizations including Aid in Milan, American Heritage Girls, Milan Main Street, Moving Milan Forward, Milan High School Choir and Theatre, Milan Historical Society, two $1500 scholarships for two High School Seniors, Rotary Youth Leadership Award Scholarship, Rotary Tree Planting event at the District Conference, supplies for a medical mission and the Rotary Foundation.
Not only did the club achieve a 100% member contribution of $100 to the Rotary Foundation, three members were awarded an additional Paul Harris Fellowship, Tom Preston received his 5th, Bryan Girbach his 2nd and Dutch Nie his 3rd. District Governor Barry Fraser, who was attending with his wife Carolyn, made the presentations.

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