What an honor it was to have Dan and Margaret join us last night, from Motown Soup! This incredible organization was started by Dan and Margaret in 2004 and has since donated over $600,000 to organizations in need, within the Detroit metro area!
Motown Soup is based out of Utica, MI and is 100% volunteer supported. They create and distribute incredibly yummy dry food mixes that are sold via retail outlets/stores as well as craft shows and also through fundraisers. The resulting profits are then distributed to soup kitchens, homeless shelters food banks and free clinics. They operate out of a licensed kitchen within Trinity Lutheran Church, in Utica and they work tirelessly, every week, on Monday and Tuesday and one Saturday a month.
Currently, they offer about 30 different products in their line (They offer soups, dips and cookie recipes as well as 2 sizes of boxed gift sets) and many of the recipes come from friends, family members and customers whom they meet when they are out at craft shows and events! They're willing to try out any recipe sent/suggested, if they feel it can be converted well into a dry version that will store well and be easy and quick to prepare.
We were so very impressed with the mission of this duo and their love of people and giving back to the communities they live in.
For more information about Motown Soup, and/or to purchase their amazing products, please visit: https://www.motownsoup.com/
In the first phase of our efforts we sought “new” donations to The Rotary Foundation, to help build the Foundation’s future through bequests and for us to gain three-year pledges with annual gifts. These gifts help us to plan ahead for dollars that will directly return here as District Grants in the coming years. Rotary Foundation contributions are used to fund District and Global Grants, Vocational Training Teams (formerly GSE), Peace and Global Scholars and so much more. We were extremely successful during this fundraising effort and exceeded our Million Dollar goal. Thanks to many generous Rotarians, we can now open the MillionDollar Legacy Dinner celebration to any and all Rotarians, regardless of whether or not they have made contributions to The Rotary Foundation!
Invitations have been mailed to Club Presidents along with a club Group RSVP form, so that all members can attend! Attached to this email you will find a copy of the invitation and an individual RSVP card if you would like to respond directly.You may have heard that The Rotary Foundation is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. We are planning many celebrations commemorating the occasion throughout the year. Our largest party is just a few weeks away, Thursday, November 10th, 2016, 6:00pm at the beautiful Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. We are thrilled and honored that Rotary International President John Germ will be our very special guest during this gala event, which will be black-tie optional.
The Rotary Club of Belleville, Michigan was proud to install it's officers for the 2016-2017 year, this evening! We look forward to continuing our work and "doing good" in our community and abroad!
Thank you so much to our District Governor, Sue Goldsen for being our Master of Ceremonies.
District Governor, Sue Goldsen & 2016-17 Club President, Mary Jo Suchy
Swearing in of officers,(from left to right) Susan Richardson (Secretary), Mike Aimone (Treasurer), Debra Green (Director), Phil Miller (President Nominee), Sue Goldsen (District Governor), Mary Jo Suchy (Club President), Julie Hardy (Past President)...Jerry Richardson (taking picture & Director)