Heights Rotary Club welcomes new president

Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights Wendy Fichter (left), new president of the Dearborn Heights club, with Rotary International President Ian Riseley at the International Convention in Atlanta in June.

Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights
Wendy Fichter (left), new president of the Dearborn Heights club, with Rotary International President Ian Riseley at the International Convention in Atlanta in June.

 

HEIGHTS – The Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights inducted Wendy Fichter as its new president for the 2017-18 Rotary year at an official installation ceremony July 5.

Fichter is one of the more than 35,000 Rotarians worldwide serving as a Rotary club president this year. As president, Fichter will coordinate the activities and projects of the Dearborn Heights Rotary Club, which has more than 22 members who meet weekly at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Canfield Community Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly.

Fichter said her goals for the coming year are to involve family and friends in club activities, to increase inter-club cooperation, and to increase public awareness about the club activities. The club raised over $20,000 to be spent this year on those in need in the Dearborn Heights community and around the world.

“As local leaders and volunteers, Rotarians are committed to improving their local and global communities by focusing on six main areas,” Fichter said, “including promoting global peace; fighting disease; providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; saving mothers and children; supporting education; and growing local economies.”

In addition, Rotary District 6400 has welcomed its governor for this Rotary year, which commenced July 1, and ends June 30, 2018. Rick Caron, a member of the Windsor 1918 Club in Canada, was installed at a special ceremony June 27 in Harrow, Ontario.

Caron, who is a mathematics professor at the University of Windsor, has a distinguished record of Rotary service. As governor, Caron is responsible for 51 Rotary Clubs in the district, which encompasses Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee counties in Michigan and Essex County in Ontario.

During the installation ceremony, Caron said his main goals for the coming year are to support Rotary’s theme of “Making a Difference” by having each Rotarian in the district plant two trees, to explore new horizons by stepping out of their comfort zones, to stretch their goals and to learn the power of the Rotary fellowship and the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

The Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights is currently accepting membership applications. For more information go to its website, and contact membership chairperson Najla Itani. Follow the club on Facebook to see what it is doing in the community.