Dear People of Action, 

On Monday evening, April 24th 5:50-6:30 PM, I will share my slides and story of  the infamous Bunce Island, site of the last glimpse that thousands of Africans had of their homeland before being sent across the Atlantic Ocean to lives of slavery and misery. It was a sad and sobering but interesting part of my recent visit to Sierra Leone. Please join us at the township Aubrees, 2122 Whittaker Road in the VIP Room.


Liz Warren, the new director of the Riverside Arts Center (RAC), was our guest last week. Unfortunately, I had to leave the meeting before she spoke. Fortunately, Steve was able to lead the meeting in my absence and took good notes! Liz is passionate about community development and service, really likes Ypsilanti and likely will remain here for years to come. Her paternal family was prominent in business and she gained significant interpersonal and leadership skills by working with her father. The RACs main theme is "Growing Hope" which is the same as Rotary International. They seek to empower young people with leadership skills, similar to ROTORACT.   RAC would like to utilize their building's top floor, possibly for rent. They may have a tenant who could monitor the building, helping to expand "open" weekday hours. RAC is generally open 9 to 5 on weekends. For further information, their website is riversidearts.orgThanks Steve! $18 were collected in Lucky Bucks and pin fines.


Mark your calendars!

April 29, 9AM-NOON, Riverside Arts Center Spring Clean up.  Bring your gloves, shovels, rakes and pruners!

May 22, 5:30 PM Scholarship Awards Dinner

May 29, walk/ride in the Memorial Day Procession. Assemble at 8AM for a 9AM start

June 3, 9AM-NOON, Riverside Arts Center flower planting and clean up RAIN DATE: June 10

June 24, NOON to 5PM, Bicentennial Event: 3 Museums topped with an ice cream sundae!

July 4, time TBD, walk/ride in the Bicentennial/Independence Day Parade

July 15, 9AM-NOON, Riverside Arts Center weeding and clean up

RAIN DATE: July 22

September 30, 9AM-NOON, Riverside Arts Center fall clean up

RAIN DATE: October 7

In Rotary Service, 
Cheryl Farmer