June 2023 Issue #12

Dear Rotary District 6400 members,

Well here we are, starting the month of June, the last and final month of the Rotary calendar. Time goes so fast, as it seems like yesterday, we were starting new ideas and ways to Imagine Rotary and the Impact that service brings to each other and our communities.

First off, I’d like to give a BIG shout out to the Imagine Collaboration District Conference planning team that worked tirelessly to organize and deliver a top-notch celebration of club and member achievements, together with members of District 6380. Conference Chairs Chuck and Wendy Parsons, and Mike and Jane McManus led the team that spent almost three years of planning the event. The stunning conference magazine, produced by Essex Club member Kim Spirou, showcased numerous club success stories from each district, served as the conference program and highlighted local business advertisements. Preconference activities included the Water Walk event along the Detroit River, providing a reminder of how villagers in developing countries must walk miles/kilometers daily to fetch water for their daily living. The Water Walk received local media attention from Windsor CTV and the Windsor Star newspaper, highlighting the service of Rotary. The tour of the Wolfhead Distillery was enjoyed by a bus full of Rotarians that enjoyed the camaraderie of each other.  Conference keynote presenters Tom Gump, Kirk Langford, Mitty Chang and Mitch Albom, along with RI President’s Representative Alberto Cecchini, and our own Rotary International President Jennifer Jones, completed the conference. The Imagine Collaboration District Conference was an inspiring weekend and I hope you enjoyed the friendship and hospitality of the Windsor community, right in our own district. 

We end our Rotary year with district conference celebrations, but there’s so much more to celebrate in our district this year. Clubs have thrived, finally putting the pandemic behind them, and returning to robust fundraising, service and fellowship. Membership is on the increase, and we hope to end our year of service with a positive growth. I have been so inspired by the work of clubs in our district. There’s a reason we call ourselves SUPER District 6400. Because we truly are….

Finally, saying thank you isn’t nearly enough for giving the opportunity to serve as your District Governor this past year. Working with each of your clubs has been a tremendous honor that I will treasure forever. I could go on and on with stories of impact, successes and challenges that were overcome. At the end of the day, you have all made an impact on the world, and on me!

Let’s all wish DGE Russ Jones and our next set of club and district leaders a wonderful year ahead as we all Create Hope in the World! See you at Meet the Governor Night on June 27!

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much…….Helen Keller

Traci Sincock, District Governor

We need your club news!

Please make sure you email your club's news and upcoming events by the 20th of the prior month to [email protected].

"Imagine the Collaboration" District Conference A Great Success!

Well over 300 Rotarians and their guests from Districts 6380 and 6400 attended the first-ever collaborative District Conference, held May 5-7 at Caesar's Windsor. Rotary International Director Alberto Cecchini was the President's Representative, and in addition to an inspiring address, he introduced the person whom he was representing, our own 2022-23 Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones!

Here is a list of the many awards that were presented during the conference:

Service Above Self Award:  Kim Spirou from the Essex Rotary Club

"COG" Awards:  Don Lieto – Monroe, Kyle Waligora – Rotaract Wayne State University, Therese Maggioncalda  – Passport to Service, Tammy Bonifield – Livonia AM, Carrie Thorpe – Hines Park PM, Margaret Blohm – Dearborn, Susan Campbell – Northville, Gordon Orr – Windsor Roseland,  Mary Lou Amlin – LaSalle Centennial, Kevin Kelly – Northville, Michele Kelly - Northville, Devankar Mukhi – Detroit

Jennifer Jones Champion of Inclusion Award  Club: Canton Rotary Club

Hugh Archer awards -

Collaborative Award:  Rotary Clubs of LaSalle Centennial and Windsor-Roseland.

Individual Club Archer award:  Wayne Rotary Club 

Dick Hedke Memorial Award - 

Club Administration – Livonia AM

Membership – Harrow

Public Image – Dearborn Heights

Club Service – Windsor St. Clair

Rotary Foundation – Trenton

Overall Hedke Winner   The Detroit Rotary Club

District Conference 2023 memories!

Registration for District Conference 2024 opens July 1st!

As the Rotary year 2022-23 comes to a close, please consider making your donation to our Rotary Foundation annual fund. Please contact your club Rotary Foundation chair, District Funding Chair Noel Jackson ([email protected]) or District Annual Giving Chair Bruce Goldsen ([email protected]) to make your contribution!

Benefits of Rotary Fellowships: Enable Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own club, district or country. Contribute to the advancement of Rotary's public image and identity.

District Governor Traci Sincock (right) installed Elena Manalp (left) as a new member of the Belleville Rotary Club at Tuesday's meeting.

Elena currently works at Van Buren Township as a Communications Specialist and has experience working at automotive dealerships in Ann Arbor, as a mortgage broker, and is also a senior associate broker at A2Realty Group.

On Wednesday May 24th Kim Spirou was on hand to install two new members in the Rotary Club of Amherstburg.
Terry Hall stood in for Karen Davidson, who sponsored Sandra Paisley, and President Joan Donaldson sponsored Don MacKay.

District 6400 at The Rotary International Convention in Melbourne!

Congratulations to Rajen & Anne Chetty (members of the Rotary Clubs of LaSalle-Centennial and Windsor-Roseland, respectively), who were inducted into the Rotary Foundation's Arch Klumph Society during a special ceremony at the R.I. Convention this week. Pictured above (L-R) are TRF Chair & R.I. Past President Ian Riseley, Rajen, Anne, R.I. President Jennifer Jones and District Governor Nominee Nick Krayacich.

Several Super District 6400 Past, Current & Future Governors were on-hand at the Rotary International Convention this week. (Above, L-R) Sue Goldsen (2016-17), Bruce Goldsen (2008-09), current D.G. Traci Sincock, Paul Sincock (2018-19), Noel Jackson (2020-21) & Debbie, and John Chambers (2019-20). Not pictured but also in Melbourne are PDG's Mike McCullough, Neil McBeth & Liz Smith.

District 6400 Clubs At Work!

Area 9 & 10 clubs got together last month at Muscedere Winery for a wine and pizza social. Approximately 80 Rotarians and friends were in attendance enjoying the beautiful night and friendship.

The Dearborn Rotary Club was recognized by the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce for their 100th year of Service to the Community

(Below) The Taylor Rotary-sponsored Trillium Academy Interact Club volunteered for an Earth Day clean up. Taylor Rotary donated $200 so that they could purchase the t-shirts they're wearing!

Starr Meloche from Easter Seals Ontario was on hand at a recent Rotary Club of Amherstburg meeting to accept a cheque for $2,384. The Rotary Club of Amherstburg have been raising funds in excess of 30 years for Easter Seals

The Rotary Club of Livonia A.M. presented a $2,000 check to MOST Ministries, part of a matching grant from Rotary District 6400 for the repair and renovation portion of the MOST Ministries mission team 2308 project at the Community Center in Juarez, Mexico.  A team of Rotarians left for the week-long project to an impoverished community. 

The partnership of MOST Ministries includes the Rotary Clubs of Zaragoza El Paso (whose members served as liaisons and translators for the mission team) and Juarez.

Dearborn Heights Bookcase Project

The Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights attended the first of three school Bookcase Project presentations last month, joining staff and students at the Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School in Detroit.

(Below) Club members Renata Crooms and Colleen Dahl, spent a morning reading to 1st. and 2nd. grade students at the school.

(Below) Romulus Rotarians helped with some repair work last month on one of the benches the club sponsored at the walking track behind the Romulus Athletic Center.

Thanks to donations from D6400 Club and Rotarians at its charter celebration, the Rotary Club of Windsor-WIDE was able to donate $2,000 to the Aboriginal Child Resource Centre. In the photo, Windsor-WIDE President Suzanne Grouette presents the cheque to Wanda Nahdee, the centre’s program manager. 

The funds will buy books for children up to age 6 and will be purchased from a First Nations family-owned business that promotes Indigenous authors, illustrators, and translators. After the books are purchased, the club will meet at the centre to insert book plates acknowledging Rotary’s contribution.

And another item from the club:

An Invitation to Represent Rotary at W.I.D.A FEST 2023

The Windsor International Diaspora African Festival 2023 <widafest.org> is a celebration of African culture and creative historical heritage to take place in Windsor. The festival will attract thousands of attendees from around the world who will be thrilled with energetic performances from local and international artists. It runs from Sunday July 23 - July 30, 2023. 

The chair of this event is Windsor-WIDE Rotarian Queen Amina, and she would like Rotarians to be involved to showcase Rotary, its benefits to the community and encourage membership. There are two ways in which she hopes for Rotary involvement. 

  1. March behind a Rotary Banner in the parade on Saturday July 29. We will be given a prominent place near the beginning of the parade so that the march will be about a city block in length.
  2. Rent a table at the Marketplace on Wednesday, July 26 during which we can talk to attendees about Rotary and Rotary membership.

I will be working with Queen as the Liaison between Rotary and WIDAFEST. If you and / or your club are interested in being involved, please connect with me by email  [email protected] or phone 519.819.1011.


PDG Rick Caron, Windsor-WIDE

District Governor Traci popped over the border for LaSalle-Centennial Rotary's sold-out "Big Hats & High Tea" event! The club uses the money donated to the event to support the Windsor-Essex Down Syndrome Association.

The Adrian Morning Rotarians celebrate after their successful "Kids First All Ways" event April 29th!

The event proceeds benefit the club's community programs including Weekend Snack Sacks and Little Free Libraries.

Detroit A.M. Recognizes community leader

(Right) DG Traci visited the Detroit AM Rotary Club to help present a Paul Harris Fellow award to local business Detroit Bold and owner AJ O’Neil.

(Left) Members of the Rotary Club of Garden City delivered food last month to Cougar Pantry. Pictured are Rotarians David Courtney and Derek Fisher, teacher Dave Pavelka and a student.

Rotary Club of Leamington is promoting tulips for polio $25.00 a box. Think of each tulip as a child given the vaccine. Orders are being gathered till June.

This year, at a new location: Coachwood Golf and Country Club, 7525 Howard Ave. Amherstburg Ontario. RSVP through the Secretary or President of your club or contact [email protected]. RSVP Deadline Monday, June 12th, 2023