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Mailing Address: PO Box 43, Clarkston, MI 48347


We Do Things People Think Just Happen

We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Buck Shots Bar and Grill
7048 Gateway Park Drive
Clarkston, MI  48346
United States
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Please join us for our annual fall wine tasting charity event at Bordine Nursery on Thursday, October 26th.

Clarkston Rotary Club's fall wine tasting features International wines.  Thirteen local eateries as well as a few local Breweries will be there to round out the wine, beer and food menu for the evening. Clarkston Rotary hosts two wine tasting events a year as fundraisers for our service projects. Auction items will also be presented. Some of the past projects have been Christmas Lighting for Downtown Clarkston, Labor Day Parade, "Shoes for Kids", Shelter Box, Clarkston OATS, Clarkston SCAMP, RYLA Sponsorships, Rotary Youth Exchange, Summer Camp, Scholarship Programs, Friends of North Oakland County Veterans Court, serving at Ronald McDonald House and many more...... We look forward to see you!!!

Advance tickets available for $45 by clicking here or by contacting a Clarkston Rotary club member. A wine tasting flyer is available for printing under Downloads.


Clarkston Rotary’s Upcoming Community Service Projects
Volunteers for Clarkston Rotary/Goodfellow newspaper sales:
Clarkston Rotarians and other community volunteers will be on the Clarkston area streets on Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd from 7:30 AM until 5:00 PM selling the Clarkston Rotary/Clarkston News published newspaper for donations. Volunteers can sign up for two hour shifts at Signup Genius - Clarkston Rotary's Goodfellow Newspaper. 100% of the monies collected this weekend will be spent the following weekend on the Clarkston Rotary's "Shoes for Kids" program.
Volunteering for “Shoes for Kids” distribution for Clarkston children:
Clarkston Rotary's "Shoes for Kids"  program will provide over 350 Clarkston school children with new shoes, winter boots, hats and gloves. The Clarkston Area Lions will offer free eye exams and the Clarkston Optimists will provide new socks. Local dentists are donating toothbrushes and toothpaste to promote better dental hygiene. In addition MPK Studios will be taking a family portrait or a sitting with Santa.  
"Shoes for Kids" begins with a setup at Oakland Woods Baptist Church on Maybee Road on Friday night, December 8th with up to 30 to 40 volunteers needed from 4:30 PM until about 8:30 PM. We will be setting up tables, unloading inventory and preparing for the Saturday event. 
On Saturday, December 9th, 140 volunteers are needed in two hour shifts beginning at 9:00 AM until the last child leaves about 3:30 PM.
Afterwards the inventory is packed up, the church cleaned and set up for Sunday services. We will be finished before 6:00 PM. Food and drinks will be made available for volunteers during the day. Join us in one of the largest Clarkston community service projects of the year. Clarkston Community School students and others can earn community service hours. 
Volunteers are able to sign up on-line for a variety of jobs at Signup Genius -- Clarkston Rotary’s “Shoes for Kids” 
We would like to ask for donations of hotel soaps, shampoos, creme rinses, body lotions and mouthwashes for "Shoes for Kids". If you or anyone you know have extras please consider donating and bringing them on Saturday, December 9th or by calling Joel or Mindy DeLong to make arrangements before the day of the event
For more information regarding the programs or the volunteer positions please call Joel or Mindy DeLong at 248-625-9741 or e-mail
The Clarkston Rotary Club has elected to discontinue its sponsorship and running of the Clarkston Labor Day Parade. I
The club has enjoyed its 76 years of sponsorship and operating the parade. The club has decided to focus our efforts on the multiple projects and services we provide in and around Clarkston.
If another group or organization is interested in taking over the Labor Day Parade sponsorship and running it in the future please contact the Clarkston Rotary. We would be more than happy to assist them with the transition and organizing.
We look forward to our continued support for Clarkson and its citizens and want to thank each and everyone who have contributed their time and efforts throughout the years with the Labor Day Parade.

The Clarkston Rotary Club
On July 10 we welcomed our newest member Karrie Marsh! Welcome, Karrie!!  We're glad to have you aboard.
If you are interested in joining our club along with all the wonderful things we do for our community, please contact one of our board members listed at our website:

Clarkston Rotarians spent their January 30th meeting gathered at the offices of The Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.  16 in all, we filled gift bags for the Foundation’s Valentine’s Day Dance. More than 140 patients and family members are expected to attend the event so there was plenty of work for Rotarians as well as some of our friends and family members. Although it wasn’t planned, we had enough helping hands to collate and fill dozens of loose leaf binders with information for patients.

Organized by Rotarian Brad Evans, a member of The Leukemia Foundation’s Board, this event gave us an opportunity for wider community service, lively conversation and laughter. We capped the evening off with dinner at the Uptown Grill.

Our club will continue to take on small services projects every month... and all are welcome to join in.  

For information on how to volunteer, please contact one of the Clarkston Rotarians by clicking on any name on our home page.




Eileen has worked for 30 years with teachers and children, the Michigan Virtual High School, and Central Michigan University. She is certified in the construction and maintenance of the Biosand water filter. Eileen is a past president of the Rotary in Troy, Michigan. She has been promoting water filtration for developing countries around the world since 2001 and travels to Nepal each year to check on water and health issues in adopted villages and to begin new projects there. She has facilitated the CAWST (the Center for Affordable Water) Biosand Filter Workshop since 2004.


On January 30th, our club will be visiting the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan in Farmington Hills to help with the preparations for their Valentine's Day dance. Anyone interested in joining us for the evening, please contact a Rotarian personally or through our website 
Tonight Denyse Loveless Couture spoke to our club about Clarkston Cultural Arts. Clarkston Cultural Arts is bringing the Detroit Institute of Arts' Inside Out program back to Clarkston. This year's program will combine replication of some of the world's greatest artists, along with art from local artists. Come and hear about this program and other creative art events that will be taking place in the Clarkston area this year.
The Clarkston Rotary would like to again thank the Clarkston Community for helping to make the 38th annual "Shoes for Kids" program an absolute success.
Those who truly benefited were the Clarkston children who left Oakland Woods Baptist Church on December 10th with large smiles and warm boots and gloves.
The donations received during our club's Goodfellow newspaper sales the first weekend in December provide the financial means to hold the annual event. The efforts of the volunteers hitting the Clarkston streets is greatly appreciated and they make it all possible.
Forty volunteers gave up a Friday night to help set up and prepare for the distribution on Saturday. Their efforts allowed for the fastest setup ever.
On Saturday, December 10th one hundred and forty volunteers participated throughout the day in various activities assisting the three hundred and sixty five children attending the event.
Thank you as collectively we have helped make a difference in a child's life.
A Special Thank You to following groups for helping to make it all possible:
- The Clarkston News and Don Rush
- The City of the Village of Clarkston
- Oakland Woods Baptist Church
- Clarkston Area Lions Club
- Clarkston Optimist Club
- Boy Scout Troop #199
- Cub Scout Pack #499
- Friends of the Clarkston Independence Township Library  
- Clarkston Community School & their Social Workers
- Lighthouse of Oakland County - Clarkston Office
- MPK Photography
- Jim Jacques (Santa)
- Neiman's Family Market
- Broner Hat & Glove
- Union Joints, Woodshop & Clarkston Union
- Hamlin Pub
- Hungry Howie's - Sashabaw Road
- Tim Hortons - Maybee Road
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
Norman Wesley Brooks
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

Thank you to all the Goodfellow volunteers for braving the streets of Clarkston. Without your help "Shoes for Kids" wouldn't be possible. Collectively we raised over $13,000 through the generosity of others.

The collections will be put to use this coming Saturday when we distribute Shoes, Boots, Hats and Gloves to 300+ children in need. If you or someone you know would like to get a heart filled with joy helping fit children... there is still time to volunteer. Please visit:

Thank you and have a Very Merry Christmas!

Clarkston Rotary Club

Our club will not be having our regular Monday evening meeting on November 14th. Instead our club will be volunteering at the kitchen of Grace Centers of Hope ( in Pontiac. In addition to all the great things we do such as:

• Shoes for Kids
• Renaissance High School Scholarships
• Youth Exchange Students
• Team RUSH Robotics Team Sponsorship
• Cub Scout Pack 499 Chartering
• Clarkston Labor Day Parade
• Independence Township Summer Youth Day Camp
• Clarkston Community Schools HELP Program
• Polio Plus
• Shelter Box
• SCAMP Picnic
• Rotary Foundation
• Monthly Service Projects - Operation Gratitude, Children's Hospital Pillows, Grace Centers of Hope
• Yearly Presidential Project - This year's project is support to "The Friends of the North Oakland County Veterans Treatment Court"

We work together on a smaller scale service project once a month. If you would like to join us for any of our future projects, please visit our club on a Monday evening to see all the great things we are doing to help in our community.... and hear some of our fantastic speakers!

Please view our calendar.

Hope to see you soon!

Our fall wine tasting was a great success last night. Thank you to all the restaurants and vendors for sure!

Via Bologna
MacPhee's Restaurant
Parties & Shindigs, LLC
Pita Way
Kruse --Deer Lake Inn
Hamlin Pub
O'Malley's Galley Restaurant
LA Café
Joe's Crab Shack
Buffalo Wild Wings--Tom
Hill Top

Great food, great wine, micro brews.... and people!

Thanks to all that attend. Hope everyone can make it to the Spring Tasting!!!


It is with a heavy heart that the Clarkston Rotary says, “Good-Bye” to past president Bart Clark who died suddenly over the Labor Day weekend.  
Bart lived a full and exciting life.  He served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years in the nuclear submarine force.  After serving as commander of the nuclear submarine USS Omaha, he went on to serve as the commander of two naval shores activities.  His final tour was as Professor of Naval Science at the University of Michigan, during which time he belonged to the Ann Arbor Rotary club.  Following his navy career, Bart worked for the Ford Motor company for 11 years.  Bart was the great, great, great grandson of Jeremiah Clark, one of the two Clark brothers from whom Clarkston takes its name.  In addition to his long-time membership in the Clarkston Rotary Club, he was involved in numerous community committees and projects.  The members of the Clarkston Rotary knew they could always call on Bart to chair or serve on any committee, from chairing the  Clarkston Rotary 75th birthday celebration to helping organizing the staging for this year’s Labor Day parade.
Rest in peace, Bart.  
We miss you.
During our club meeting August 8th, we all wrote personal letters of appreciation to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers.....
Last evening our Rotarian's treated the Clarkston SCAMP parents, families, children and counselors to a picnic at Bay Court Park. Clarkston Rotary does this every year to provide the SCAMP families a chance to spend time together. 
President Joel Delong did a great job with the club and had a great 2015-16.  Joel welcomed the clubs  new president, David Boersma, at a festive affair at beautiful Fountains Golf Course. Outgoing president, Joel Delong, and the past presidents lined up for the traditional passing of the gavel...
The Labor Day parade in Clarkston, has been going 74 years and counting.....
Labor Day celebrates the creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country......

Our club welcomed this past years host families and outbound youth exchange students Sara Banks and Claire Schleusner to bid a fond farewell to Garfare as she returns back to Thailand. 

We had another great Rotary event last night at The Fountains to raise money for our local and international projects. If you missed the fun - come to our Taste of the Holiday's the end of October featuring wines from around the world and food from area chefs.

For my mother....

One of my earliest recollection of my mother is at the age of 4.  I don’t remember when I realized that scars were the result of a healed wound rather than an injury, but the summer of 1974 I noticed pronounced scars on my mother’s leg.  Oblivious to the fact that they were already healed, I said to her “mommy, your leg is hurt and I’m going to take care of you”...

The Clarkston Rotary greatly appreciates the community support and efforts of almost three hundred and fifty volunteers recently in two of our largest community service projects...



The Hills Were Alive….

On Saturday, April 19 Depot Park was buzzing with the sound of rakes as members of  Cub Scout Pack 499 were joined by their parents and members of their sponsoring Clarkston Rotary Club to ready the park for spring. 


In NImageovember, two Clarkston Rotarians went to Africa to help Rotary keep it’s promise to the children of the world to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.   Mary Sloan and Jeff Lichty of the Clarkston Rotary Club traveled with a team to Ethiopia to deliver polio drops in response to the recent outbreak of the virus in the Horn of Africa.  Global efforts to eradicate polio have made impressive progress over the past decade. When Rotary began the fight in 1985, polio affected 350,000 people, mostly children, in 125 countries every year. Since then, polio has been reduced by more than 99 percent. In 2012 there were only 223 cases anywhere in the world.....

Jeff Lichty
Oct 23, 2017
Business Meeting
Fall Wine Tasting
Oct 26, 2017
Oct 30, 2017
Irene Caracciolo
Nov 06, 2017
Youth Exchange
Al Avery
Nov 11, 2017
Ronald McDonald House
No Meeting
Nov 13, 2017
Rony Foumia
Nov 15, 2017
The Opidemic Epidemic
Nov 20, 2017
Nov 27, 2017
Don Herbert
Dec 04, 2017
Up date on Independence Fire
Dec 11, 2017
Dec 18, 2017
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2017