The Adrian Noon Rotary Club in Adrian, MI, like our local community, has a rich history.
Our club was formed on March 24, 1921, during a banquet held at Gussenbauer’s Tea Room which was located in the 100 block of South Main Street, with 24 charter members and visiting Rotarians from Toledo, Jackson, and Hillsdale. The original officers were T.C. Kennedy, Clarke E. Baldwin, A.V. Riddle, James H. Howell, and Earl G. Kuney. Little could these and the original 24 Rotarians have imagined the major impact that Rotary International would have on our community during the next 75 years!
Our club meets weekly on Thursday at noon at the Lenawee Country Club. In the coming year, we will be honoring our club and community’s history. We encourage you to come as a guest to one of our meetings and learn all about our club. We serve the greater Adrian Community and we always have a lot of fun.
It is our goal to improve the quality of life within the communities we serve. We achieve this by generously giving our time and skills. Our members also strive to live by the Rotary International belief, “service over self.”
Our civic organization is fun, engaging, and works hard to improve all of those around us and those throughout the world. We work hard to advance international peace, goodwill, and understanding.
During the 2016-17 Rotary year, the club felt it was important to develop a New Prospect Brochure all members could have to hand out to individuals who might like to consider joining our club. Below is a copy of the revised brochure that is available during all of our meetings for members to take and distribute as they see fit.
Rick joined the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) in 2001 with the classification of University Mathematics. He was club president in 2010-2011, a year in which the club won the Dick Hedke Award. In 2012, he won the Jim and Dianne Moore Club Service Award, regarded as the Rotarian of the Year award. In 2009 Rick led the District’s Group Study Exchange team to Hungary and in 2013 he was awarded the District’s Council of Governor (COG) award. Rick is a Major Donor, a Benefactor and a member of the Paul Harris Society.
He and his wife Wendy have two children. Matthew practices corporate law in Leamington and Julie, a Rotarian, is an MD in Toronto. Rick is a founding director and inaugural president of the Canadian World Education Foundation (CWEF). Julie is the founder of the Tanzania Chapter of CWEF and Rick is the chapter’s Rotary Liaison Officer. Wendy is the secretary-treasurer for CWEF-TZ and the treasurer for CWEF. In partnership with SASCO, a non-governmental organization in Tanzania, Rick is involved in educational sponsorships water projects, farming, education and small business development projects.
Rick earned his PhD in mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1983 and then started his career as professor at the University of Windsor. He was department head from 1991 – 1997, Dean of Science from 1999 – 2008 and is now serving another five year term as department head. He finished his term as dean with a 93% approval rating. He served as president of the Canadian Operational Research Society in 1999, as a Director of the Canadian Mathematical Society from 2001 – 2005, and from 2009 – 2011 was chair of the Canadian National Mathematics Training Camp.
Rick has won several teaching awards, including the prestigious Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations award in 2013. Also in 2013 he won a national award for his work with Tim Hortons providing software tools for supply chain network optimization. He has won a service award from the Canadian Operational Research Society in 2009, was elected a full member of the Operations Research Society of America in 1993 and has been in the Who’s Who of Canada since 1997.
District Governor, Rick Caron, paid a visit to the Adrian Noon Rotary Club on November 2, 2017. DG Rick attended the regular monthly board meeting prior to the regular meeting that began at noon. He gave a very meaningful presentation to the 45 or so members present. He also inducted two new members into the club. Assistant Governor, Marilyn Kremer, and also a member of the Adrian Morning club accompanied Rick. The club presented DG Rick with a check for $500 towards his project in Tanzania along with a miniature plastic replica figure of "Scotty" from Star Trek signed by all who were present! Thank you, DG Rick, for visiting our club and for all you do and encouraging us to “Boldly Go” and serve our community for the remainder of our and your Rotary year!