DEARBORN, Mich. (July 20, 2009) – The Dearborn Rotary Club has inducted Bob Ziolkowski as the new president for the 2009-2010 Rotary Year. Ziolkowski follows Dearborn Rotarian Valerie Murphy-Goodrich, 2008-2009 president, and becomes one of 33,000 Rotarians worldwide serving as a Rotary president this year.
“I am proud to be part of a world-wide organization dedicated to service and values,” said Ziolkowski, who will coordinate the activities and projects of the Dearborn Rotary Club. “Since 1923, our Club has worked locally and globally to provide humanitarian service, to encourage high ethical standards, and to build peace and goodwill.”
Ziolkowski shared several of the club’s project goals for the upcoming Rotary year which include participating in the Goodfellows paper sale, making lunches for the Salvation Army, awarding 20 college scholarships to deserving high school seniors in Dearborn, dedicating a new observation deck at Kingfisher Bluff on the campus of Henry Ford Community College, ongoing fundraising for a Care and Comfort room at Oakwood Hospital, collecting phone cards for U.S. Service personnel in VA hospitals, providing classroom equipment for an orphanage in Brazil, and taking pictures of children and families with Santa at the annual Wayne County Holiday Lightfest.
“Rotary’s motto is ‘service above self,” added Ziolkowski. “As local leaders and volunteers, Rotarians are committed to improving our local and global communities through this year’s theme which is ‘The Future of Rotary is in your Hands’.”
Serving with Ziolkowski for the 2009-2010 Rotary year are Margaret Blohm, president-elect 2010-11; John Artis, president-nominee 2011-12; Valerie Murphy-Goodrich, past president 2008-2009; Jack Mueller, secretary; Roger Miller, president and board directors Amy Bazzy, Rick Goward, Maureen Guevara, Hassen Hammoud, Marsha Koet, Aldo Martin, Kerrie Petersen, and Merritt Robertson.
The Rotary Club of Dearborn is one of 51 clubs in Rotary International District 6400 which serves Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee counties in Michigan and Essex county in Ontario. This year’s District 6400 Governor is Neil McBeth, a member of the Rotary Club of Essex, Ontario.
About Dearborn Rotary
Established in 1923, the Dearborn Rotary Club is one of 33,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries worldwide. Rotary is the world’s first and largest international service organization, founded in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, a lawyer, in Chicago, Illinois. The Dearborn Rotary Club meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Fairlane Club on Hubbard Drive in Dearborn. Guests are always welcome.