Rochester Rotary spreads goodwill and community spirit

The Rochester Rotary poinsettia team consisted of (left to right) David Walker, Blake McLellan, Rachel Aviles, Juliane Morian, and Steve Oehler.
(Picture by David Eardley, courtesy of Rochester Rotary Club)

Life in Michigan, the United States, and the world is filled with competition and conflict; however, hope and caring can be seen coming together in cooperative service to those in need during the holiday season. The holiday spirit was particularly apparent in a recent poinsettia plant sale conducted by the Rochester Rotary Club.

For more than three decades, the Rochester Rotary has conducted an annual poinsettia sale. Over 100 Rotarians sell the plants, which will decorate public and private spaces around southeastern Michigan.

“What impressed me this year was the degree of collaboration the poinsettia sale created among our members and other community groups,” said Rotary President David Eardley. “Of particular note is the project to deliver poinsettias to over 300 Meals on Wheels participants.”

The plants were grown by Bordines Nursery, sold by the Rotary Club, paid for by Michael and Christine Nicholson, delivered to the OPC by Dillman & Upton and Frank Rewold & Sons, and distributed through the OPC Meals on Wheels program.

“This wonderful project has brought such joy to seniors in our service area,” said OPC Director Renee Cortright. “It is just another example of how people in Rochester can pull together to serve others.”

“This year, we sold over 1,550 plants,” said Blake McLellan, the project manager for Rotary. “These plants add to the festive feeling in Rochester and raise money to support many community service projects.”

The Rochester Rotary Club consists of about 100 individuals living or working in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township.  The Club meets for lunch every Tuesday at the Rochester Community House.


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