Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 25 @ 12:00pm Pamela Good: Beyond Basics
(Johhny's Italian Steakhouse, 33103 Hamilton Ct, Farmington Hills, MI 48334)

Wednesday, October 2 @ 12:00pm Donation Day!
(Johhny's Italian Steakhouse, 33103 Hamilton Ct, Farmington Hills, MI 48334)

Wednesday, October 9 @ 12:00pm Christine Greig: State Representative
(Johhny's Italian Steakhouse, 33103 Hamilton Ct, Farmington Hills, MI 48334)

Our guest for lunch this week was Attorney Ray Cassar. Ray is a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan. His reputation as an unrelenting advocate for the rights of his clients, has earned the respect of Judges and prosecutors all over Michigan, in both the State and Federal Courts, as well as in California and Texas. He's also been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Ray spoke with us about a case he has pending before the Michigan Supreme Court testing the limits of the Priest-Penitent Privilege, an application of the principle of privileged communication that protects the contents of communications between a member of the clergy and a penitent, who shares information in confidence. It stems from the principle of confessional privilege. It is a distinct concept from that of confidentiality, and bears some similarity to the attorney-client privilege, although does not yet exist in law in Michigan.

Our guest for lunch this week was Michael Zehnder representing the Great Lakes National Cemetery. Mike is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam war, who now serves as director of the Oakland County Department of Public Services. The Great Lakes National Cemetery is the second national cemetery in Michigan, and the 122nd in the national cemetery system. Services are held in two committal shelters and are provided for an average of 11 burials each week day. Phase 1A and 1B provide a total of 4,401 in-ground cremation burial sites, 8,768 columbarium niche sites, 4,650 traditional casket burial sites, and 18,080 double-depth pre-set crypts. Established in 2005, the first burial took place on October 17 of that year. It is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Detroit, in Holly Township, the northwest corner of Oakland County. The cemetery borders Fagan Lake, and is located on a portion of a land grant from the Federal Government to Terrance Fagan in 1836. Historically, the property served as farmland until it was acquired by the National Cemetery Administration in 2002.

Our guest for lunch this week was Jim Tuman, founder of Jimmy's Kids. Since 1989, Jimmy's Kids has served the littlest ones, the disadvantaged who would otherwise be forgotten... those who are indigent, physically or emotionally impaired and in some cases, parentless. They operate with hundreds of volunteers to take care of these forgotten kids and families in need. And they don't turn anyone away. Jimmy's Kids receives requests for help from schools, hospitals, churches, neighborhood associations and families. This amazing program has grown from a local effort to serving children in seven midwestern states. Their goal is to provide a Christmas to over 25,000 needy children from Kindergarten through 4th grade with toys, food and clothing items that spring from donations. Jim is also a motivational speaker who travels to schools to speak on the topic of anti-bullying. If you would like to learn more about these great programs, please visit www.jimmyskids.com and www.jimtuman.com.

Our guest for lunch this week was Ray Pudik representing the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. Since 1984, Make-A-Wish Michigan, a 501c3 public charity, has granted wishes to nearly 7,000 special children in Michigan. Of each dollar spent, nearly 80 cents goes directly to granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Funding comes from individual contributors, special events, corporate donations and sponsorships, foundation grants, workplace giving programs and planned gifts. Make-A-Wish Michigan is governed by a volunteer board of directors, with a dedicated professional staff and hundreds of volunteers committed to making a positive difference in the lives of families who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Ray and 900 other biking enthusiasts will ride in the 2012 Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour, July 26-29 from Traverse City to Brooklyn, Michigan.

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