We are saddened to share with you that Joanne Smith passed away on Tuesday, with family by her side, at St John Hospital in Detroit. Joanne was a former Farmington Hills Councilmember and Mayor, and a longtime member of the Xemplar Club. She was a Michigan Delegate to Democratic National Convention in 1972 and 1980. We were honored to have lunch with er on Wednesdays at the Xemplar Club. Joanne might have been best known for being outspoken, and was always impeccably dressed.
Joanne was married to Bill Smith for 67 years. Together they raised five children in the Stamen Acres subdivision: Christopher (the late Sue), Gretchen (David) Woodward, Michelle, Brian (Camille), and Carol (fiance’ Al Paschke); and was the cherished grandmother of 8.
Joanne's family receive guests at the Heeney Sundquist Funeral Home on Sunday, January 8th, from 2-8:00 pm, with 7:00pm prayers and remembrances.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, January 9th, at 10:00 am (gather after 9:30 am) at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 23815 Power Rd., Farmington.
We are honored that in lieu of customary remembrances, the family has suggested contributions to the Xemplar Club of Farmington/Farmington Hills.
Kindly keep Joanne and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
On November 4, we welcomed a large contingent of guests from numerous local charitable and non-profit organizations for our traditional "Donation Day". Thanks to the hard work of our members all year long, we are able to donate over $26,000 to these organizations. This year's recipients included:
After School Youth Center Program
American Legion Boys State
American Legion Girls State
Boy Scouts Ottawa District
Call to Action Coalition
City of Farmington Hills Thanksgiving Dinner
Common Ground Sanctuary
Community Living Centers
Dr. Paws Pet Therapy
Farmington Area Goodfellows
Farmington Historical Museum
Farmington Players Barn
Farmington Youth Assistance
FFH Education Foundation
FPS Turn Around Prog
Friends of The Farmington Library
Girls Scouts Farmington Area Neighborhood Service Units
Graham Smith Memorial Fund for Suicide Preventions
Make A Wish Foundation
Mayor's Youth Council
Meals on Wheels
Paradise Service Dogs
Samaritan Counseling Center
Special Olympics Team Farmington
Starfish Family Services
Underground Railroad Flight To Freedom Tour
West Oaks Civitan
YMCA After School Program
Our guest for lunch this week was Dr. Paul LaCasse, president and CEO of Botsford Health Care since 2005. His role expanded earlier this year to include responsibilities with Beaumont Health, the new organization formed through a merger of Beaumont Health System, Oakwood Healthcare and Botsford in September 2014. Paul shared with us that he was "forever grateful for the journey that began in 1977 when I arrived at Botsford as a third-year medical student from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Now that the former Botsford Hospital is an essential component of Beaumont Health, it is time for me to transition its leadership to a new president." He will continue to serve as Beaumont - Farmington Hills president until a successor is named through an executive search. In his new role as executive vice president of the Post-Acute Division, Paul is leading the clinical and operational areas of medical transportation, senior living centers, home services, laboratory and pathology services, specialty and retail pharmacy, joint ventures and diversified business entities.
We also received an update on the $165MM expansion of Beaumont Health System Botsford Campus. The 5project which will take up to 5 years to complete will include a new patiewnt tower with 80 beds, doubling the size of the emergency room, adding 8 surgical suites, a new power plant and parking deck and much more. Services such as emergency care, surgery and post surgical will be on "stacked" floors to improve the flow of patients between units. All of the additions and changes are designed to improve the delivery of services and outcomes for patients, insuring that our community hospital has the best services and technologies available.
Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) officially announced his Senate candidacy Wednesday at the Xemplar Club, pitching himself as a champion for the middle class in a note to supporters. “Today, I am officially announcing that I am a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014,” Peters said. He called the present time a “critical moment” for Michigan. “I’ve always believed that the things middle class families struggle with around their kitchen tables should define my work in Washington,” Peters continued. First elected to Congress in 2008, Peters served as lottery commissioner and a state legislator before heading to Washington. The Republican field has yet to take shape. Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is considering a bid. So is libertarian-leaning Rep. Justin Amash, who has clashed with House GOP leadership.