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SERVICE ABOVE SELF

History of Adrian Noon Rotary Club

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.

Links to Other Rotary-Related Sites

District 6400 

Rotary International

Adrian Noon Club Facebook Page

Adrian Noon Club Presentations

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.

Paul Sincock joined the Plymouth Rotary Club in 1981 and is a second generation Rotarian, following in the footsteps of his late father, Robert, who also was a Plymouth Rotarian and Past Club President.  Paul’s “Rotary Life” began early, attending many Plymouth Rotary Club and District events with his parents.  Paul has incredible memories of working the serving line at the famous Plymouth Rotary Chicken Bar-be-que and attending many District Conferences with members of the Plymouth Rotary Club through his teen years.

Paul has served in many leadership positions of his club, Plymouth Rotary Foundation Board Member and President, and served as Club Board Member and served as President of the Rotary Club of Plymouth in 2001 – 02.

Besides his love for the City of Plymouth, where he serves as City Manager, Paul’s passion is the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  With his firm belief that the Youth Exchange Program promotes Peace and Understanding around the world, Paul currently serves as the District 6400 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee Chair.  Paul and his wife Traci, a member of the Northville Rotary Club have hosted numerous exchange students from around the world.  As Chair of the Youth Exchange Committee, he has been instrumental in the transition that converted paper files to electronic files, which now allows easy club access to records and on-line applications for future students, club volunteers and host families.   For his work with Youth Exchange, Paul was presented with a District COG Award in 2010 – 11.

Paul is a Paul Harris Fellow, a regular presenter on Customer Service issues and Youth Exchange, and has served on numerous District Conference Committees.  He also can be seen as a volunteer airport ambassador at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and serves as chair of the Emergent Health Partners Quality Review Committee.

Paul and Traci, along with their beloved Labrador, Luke, look forward to serving District 6400 Rotarians.

FACTS ABOUT THE ADRIAN ROTARY FOUNDATION

What is the ARF and how is it different from the Rotary International Foundation (RIF)?

Answer: The dollars donated to the ARF (a 501C3 organization) stay in Adrian and are used by our club for programs/causes as determined by the ARF board of directors. Five percent of the corpus is given to the Adrian Noon Rotary Club and the club board of directors determines how it is used. Half of the monies donated to the RI Foundation go to RI and the other half come back to our district who then decide which clubs to give matching grants to.

How old is the ARF?

   Answer: 55 years old as of 2018 (Began in 1963)

When the club held a luncheon to celebrate the ARF’s 50th anniversary, how much money was raised at that event?

   Answer: $50,000

There are several levels (Fellows) of recognition within the ARF. Who is the highest level of recognition named after?

   Answer: Frank Dick. A Frank Dick Fellow are donors who contribute $5,000 or more to the ARF. Ken Roof Fellow - $2,500-$4,999; ARF Fellow - $1-$1,999.

Who are the members of the ARF?

   Answer: All Adrian Noon Club members.

What are the 3 main responsibilities of the ARF board of directors?

   Answer: (1) monitor the accounts where money is invested (2) administering the funds (3) grow the corpus

What percentage of funds from the ARF are given to the club each year?

   Answer: 5%

When is that 5% of the holdings allocated each year?

   Answer: The holdings (account balances) are calculated on December 31st of each year and 5% is distributed to the incoming president the following July 1.

How much money is in the ARF as of March 31, 2018?

   Answer: $436,574.14

How much money was in the ARF 15 years ago?

   Answer: $199,000

Additional ARF Information

The ARF monies are held in three separate accounts:

  • General Fund (equities/stock portfolio) at Old National Bank
  • Restricted Fund (Scholarship fund with Siena Heights University) at Old National Bank
  • Gleaner Annuity (pays 3-3.5%/Year) at Gleaner’s

*We meet on Thursdays from 12PM-1PM.*

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