May 2023 Issue #11

May Greetings, District 6400 members,


As you read this message, we will be days away from our Imagine Collaboration District Conference in Windsor, Ontario. Our conference celebration, shared with District 6380, will celebrate club achievements, and will provide you with inspiration and new ideas to help continue the impact in your communities and beyond. I look forward to sharing time with all of you, our Rotary International President Jennifer Jones, President’s Representative Alberto Cecchini from Italy and all our amazing presenters. Let’s take lots of photos and flood social media with all your club accomplishments.



Rotary International celebrates May as Youth Service Month when Rotary clubs, around the world, focus on youth services: Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange. I am pleased to announce that DGE Russ Jones has asked me to chair the district’s Youth Services Committee next year, starting July 1. My role will help provide resources, opportunities and connectivity to these district committees. Here’s a refresher about Rotary’s Youth Services:



Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club comprised of 14-18 year olds. Interact gives young people the opportunity to take part in fun, meaningful service projects. Along the way, Interactors develop their leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends. Members exchange ideas, opinions, and plans with other talented, energetic people, in an atmosphere free from negative pressures and distraction. Interact strives to promote student leadership, local volunteer service, and to make members aware of the many global and world issues that effect people everyday. 


The word Interact stands for “international action” and today there are more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries.



Rotary Youth Exchange is an excellent and inexpensive way for high school age students to travel and study in a foreign country.  Youth exchange gives the participant the opportunity to improve their language skills and school and family experiences will teach them the culture of their host country. They also act as ambassadors for their home country. Each year the Rotary Districts that are part of Central States Rotary Youth Exchange send approximately 300 young people to other countries and accept 300 young people from other countries in return.

Accepting a youth exchange student into your club, community and household can be a very rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity for you, your family and your fellow Rotarians to learn about a different culture and also help a young person understand your culture. The goal of Rotary Youth Exchange is to promote the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace at the personal level. I am proud to say that PDG Paul and I have hosted numerous students from Argentina, Turkey, Brazil, Finland, and Germany. RYE is truly life changing!



Each year thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) programs worldwide. Young people are chosen for their leadership potential to attend a seminar, camp or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. 

The RYLA program enables young people to discuss issues of professional responsibility and human relations, help improve leadership and communication skills, learn about businesses, and meet Rotarians, while having fun and making friends. RYLA can help lead to the strengthening and formation of Interact and Rotaract clubs and can be used as a recruiting tool for youth exchange.

Think about what Rotary youth program your club can become involved in. It’s often said that young people are Rotary’s future and we hope you’ll do your part!


See you at District Conference, in the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne Australia, or at a club event,


All the best,


District Governor Traci Sincock 2022-23

Rotary Club of Northville

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District Assembly last weekend

Thanks to all of the District 6400 Rotarians who committed part of their Saturday to attend the annual District Assembly in Plymouth! The event was led by district leaders including District Governor-Elect Russ Jones & District Trainers Shelly & PDG Michael Duben.

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!

Rotary Foundation Global Grant Approved!

We congratulate the Rotary Clubs of Grosse Pointe and Cairo-Sunrise on the April 11, 2023, approval of a $32,400 Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation!

The project will help fifty underprivileged women in the Menya governorate in Egypt. They will be provided with food production machines and coached to create income generating projects. The NGO “Life Vision” will be responsible for marketing their products through the Community Kitchen Hub to ensure the sustainability of the project. 

Congratulations to Grosse Pointe on their first global grant. Many thanks to the primary international contact Paul Rentenbach and committee members Dean Valente and Eva Habib and to the primary host contact Dina Sidhom and committee members Hani Seif and Samia Shenouda for their work and dedication to this project. 

This grant was funded by $4,000 from Cairo-Sunrise, Rotary Club of Detroit donated $2,000, the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe Sunrise donated $500 and the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe donated $2,500. $3,000 in District Designated Funds (DDF) from D2451, $10,000 in DDF from D6400 and $10,400 from the World Fund of the Rotary Foundation.  

This project would not be possible without your past and continuing donations to the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation, which are the source of the DDF and World Fund contributions.

Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.

What can you do?

  • Start an interact Club
  • Support the RYLA Program
  • Host or sponsor a Rotary Youth Exchange student
  • Get involved with New Generations Service Exchange

New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and professionals up to age 30. Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project. Want to learn more? CLICK HERE!

Blissfield Welcomes New Member!

Club President Scott Croft inducted Adam DuMoulin (center) last month. Adam is a salesman at Knapp Automotive in Blissfield. His sponsor is Chance Dew (right).

Tim Bowman (center) of First Merchants Bank was installed as new member of Monroe Rotary Club. Tim is a loan officer for First Merchants. 

Monroe Club President for 2022-23 David Bagnall (left) and Past Monroe Club President Don Lieto, who now is a District 6400 Assistant Governor, inducted Tim as a new Rotarian. 

(Right) Windsor (1918) inducted Denise Hrastovec as their newest member last month!

(Right) Blissfield club president Scott Croft poses with District Governor Traci during the club's annual fundraising auction.

(Below) President Scott also presented Rotary Foundation Pin awards last month to JoDee Friess and Art Weeber. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of at least $1,000.00 USD to The Rotary Foundation.

Over 50 volunteers peeled sweet potatoes and onions at Gleaner’s in Leamington April 5th. Rotary clubs of Windsor-St. Clair Rotary Club and Harrow making an impact!

District 6400 clubs support "Earth Day"

Earth Day Project that District 6400 Rotarians Erin Dobbins (left) and Therese Maggioncalda (Right) joined District 6380 Governor Bala Murthy and other Rotarians from that district when they volunteered at an Earth Day project replacing the wood chips and mulch on an interactive nature path behind West Bloomfield High School.

Kingsville Southshore Rotarians participated in the annual Kingsville Town Clean-up.

Around 100 volunteers removed more than 800 pounds of trash from the Detroit River on Saturday including tires, old boots, a BB gun and a Detroit Red Wings octopus plush toy as part of an Earth Day effort.

Their efforts were featured in THIS DETROIT NEWS STORY.

Maybury State Park (where our District Governor Traci Sincock is the Park Supervisor!) hosted an Earth Day cleanup - Northville and Canton Rotary members helped, along with dozens of others. Volunteers planted 15 trees

Detroit Rotary and WSU Rotaract Clubs and numerous members of the WSU business student club, Alpha Kappa Si, helped with the spring opening of the Rotary Garden on Belle Isle. The volunteers raked an enormous quantity of leaves, weeded, collected trash, cut down last year's grasses and plants, and began spreading mulch in the Garden. Over 100 garden bags of leaves were filled!

(Below) The Trillium Academy Interact Club, sponsored by Rotary Club of Taylor, volunteered for an Earth Day clean up. 

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.

(Right & below) The Rotary Club of Livonia hosted its annual Easter egg hunt last month at Livonia Rotary Park

(Above) For more than 10 years, the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918)'s Easter basket campaign has helped families who utilize the services at Children First bring joy to their little ones. A special thank you to all of our members who helped us reach our goal of donating 40 baskets!

(Left) District Governor Traci Sincock was at the Grosse Ile Rotary Meeting last week with Co-President John.

(Below) DG Traci and PDG Paul visited Hines Park PM April 29th for their fun Big Island Luau!

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.

This year, at a new location: Coachwood Golf and Country Club, 7525 Howard Ave. Amherstburg Ontario. Watch for more information at the district website,