Welcome to the Rotary Club of Flint!
Flint

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan - Hunger Solution Center
1939 Howard Ave
Flint, MI 48503
United States of America
We meet at the Food Bank on the 2nd & 4th Fridays each month.

We have service opportunities on the 1st Friday, and off-site social networking on the 3rd Thursday evening each month.

Please see our speaker listing for details.

Upcoming Meeting Speakers and Events
Regular Meeting- Becky Gaskin
Jul 26, 2024 12:00 PM
The Red Cross
Regular Meeting- Phyllis Sykes
Aug 09, 2024 12:00 PM
The International Center
Thirsty Thursday Social Networking
Aug 15, 2024 5:00 PM
Regular Meeting- District Governor Katherine Hahn
Aug 23, 2024 12:00 PM
DG's Official Club Visit
Regular Meeting- Tom Wyatt
Sep 13, 2024 12:00 PM
Neighborhood Engagement Hub
Thirsty Thursday Social Networking
Sep 19, 2024 5:00 PM
Regular Meeting- Brandy Curtis
Sep 27, 2024
Downtown Development Authority
Regular Meeting
Oct 11, 2024 12:00 PM
TBD
Regular Meeting- Michele Leclaire
Oct 25, 2024
Buckham Gallery
Regular Meeting
Nov 08, 2024 12:00 PM
TBD
Thirsty Thursday Social Networking
Nov 14, 2024 5:00 PM
Regular Meeting
Nov 22, 2024 12:00 PM
TBD
Annual Economic Forum
Dec 06, 2024 12:00 PM
at UM-Flint Northbank Center
Regular Meeting
Dec 13, 2024 12:00 PM
TBD
Thirsty Thursday Social Networking
Dec 19, 2024 5:00 PM
Luigi's (tentative location)
Regular Meeting
Jan 10, 2025 12:00 PM
TBD
Thirsty Thursday Social Networking
Jan 16, 2025 5:00 PM
Club Information
Each year, the Rotary Club of Flint sponsors local students to participate in a district-wide youth leadership program called Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders. The program brings together high school students from different parts of Ontario and Michigan to the campus of Western University in London, Ontario for a jam-packed three-day weekend. They explore what it means to be a leader through hands-on activities, guest speakers, and discussions, covering topics that would be familiar to Rotarians-- service, teamwork, careers, and global perspectives. Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders was ahead of its time, starting in 1961 and predating the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards that have become a standard for many Rotary Clubs. Students are selected because they have demonstrated leadership qualities.
 
On June 14, the two high school students sponsored by the Rotary Club of Flint visited to share about their experiences. Koen Hernandez and Andrew Kang are both students at Powers Catholic High School in Flint and have leadership roles with their school's Rotoract Club as the incoming President and Treasurer. (Rotoract is a version of Rotary geared to high school students. Flint Powers Catholic has the largest Rotoract club in the district!) They were joined by Joe Reynolds, the Past President of the Genesee Valley Rotary Club and coordinator of the Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders program from our area. Koen and Andrew reported that they enjoyed their time stepping out of their comfort zone and meeting lots of people from other communities.  They both appreciated the opportunity to attend the conference and encouraged other young people to pursue the opportunity as well.
 
   
A crew of industrious Rotarians hit the streets of Downtown Flint on Saturday, May 4 to remove litter and debris. The volunteers included President Ann Marie, Jerry Knoodle, Elizabeth Jordan, and Ashley Haldy along with her kids, Paisley and Michael. From Court Street north to Riverbank Park, and from Buckham Alley to Brush Alley, Rotarians made a difference. The event was supported by What's Up Downtown, which provided water and snacks to volunteers. One of the highlights was making the space inviting for the Cinco de Mayo celebration that was held later that afternoon. 
 
 
"Don't forget about us." That was the message brought by Little Amal, the 12-foot puppet representing a 10-year-old girl fleeing war in Syria, when she visited Flint. Half of all refugees are children, and according to the UN High Commission on Refugees, there are currently more than 33 million refugees who have fled their homelands in search of safety. There are an additional 62 million internally displaced people who have left their homes but are within their country's borders. In 2022, 19% of all refugees in the world were from Syria, followed by 16% each from Ukraine and Afghanistan.
 
Since July 2021, Amal has traveled to more than 6,000 at events in 15 countries around the world. In each community, she is warmly welcomed and her visit is a catalyst to raise awareness about the needs of refugees and ways we can be good neighbors to them. In Flint, the Gloria Coles Flint Public Library hosted Amal and hundreds of residents who took part in a half-mile walk around the Flint Cultural Center campus. Children made their own puppets, painted rocks, and enjoyed a meal before the walk. Flint Rotarians supported the event by preparing the craft materials, serving food, and helping keep the walking route clear of traffic. The Club also made a donation of $100 to the library to help cover the cost of the event. 
 
Rotary International does significant work in the area of refugee support. In the past few years, Rotary clubs have used more than $3 million in global grant funds through Rotary International to address the needs of refugee communities. Projects range from providing clean water and sanitation in refugee camps to sponsoring families to come to their own community and helping them find a sense of belonging there. More examples of Rotary's work to support refugees can be found here.
 
       
 
Meeting Responsibilities
Jun 28 2024 Meeting
Speaker Introduction:
Echols, Ellen
 
Inspirational Message:
Smith, David
 
Bulletin Notes:
Prew, Ashley
 
Set Up/Take Down:
Smith, David
 
Registrar
van der Putte, Amy
 

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