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 guests for lunch this week were Farmington Community Library Director, Tina Theeke and Farmington Public Schools Director of Community Relations, Diane Bauman. Theytalked with us about the Pledge for Success program. This is a program designed for 8th grade students and parents, to help them be successful in high school and beyond. The 2012 Pledge for Success was recently held at Oakland Community College. The main session began with a forum featuring high schools seniors and recent graduates, discussing their academic and extracirricular activities, letting incoming students know what to expect. Break out sessions afterwards offered parents and students the opportunity to follow different tracks for the evening including“Making Good Choices,” “Choosing a Pathway and Preparing for the Journey,” “High School Learning Opportunities,” and “Financial Aid.”. More information about the Pledge for Success is avilable at www.pledgeforsuccess.org.

The Xemplar Club is a proud Community Sponsor of the Pledge for Success program.

Our guest for lunch this week was Jim Bezy. Jim coordinates the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Farmington Community Library. Veterans are invited to record their oral history for this program for the Library of Congress American Life Folklife Center. These taped interviews are for inclusion in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress. The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The mission of the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Our guest for lunch this week was Susan Aumiller, the Community Relations Coordinator for HAVEN House of  Oakland County. The HAVEN House mission is to eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence, and to empower survivors through advocacy and social change in and around Oakland County. HAVEN is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader providing comprehensive solutions and innovative programs promoting violence-free homes and communities. They believe that everyone has a right to a violence-free life; domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse should never be tolerated or condoned; and that all women, children and men have a right to their own identities and shouldn’t have to be defined by cultural traditions, some of which tolerate abuse. It is these beliefs, combined with a passion for helping others, that makes HAVEN what it is today – a nationally recognized nonprofit leader that provides comprehensive solutions and innovative programs to promote violence-free homes and communities.

Our guest for lunch this week was Arlene Frank from MAGIC Camp. MAGIC (Mentoring a Girl in Construction) Camp is a program designed to expose girls to the construction trades, to carpentry, electrical and plumbing work, to non-traditional skills, and is designed to empower girls to take on tasks they may not have thought they could accomplish. High-school girls attend MAGIC Camp for one week in the summer at Oakland Community College and build part of a small-frame house, create carpentry, electrical, and plumbing projects, read architectural drawings, operate a crane, backhoe, and forklift and more! The camp is a collaboration of Oakland Community College’s Womencenter and Construction Management programs, in accordance with the camp owners - the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Held for the past 4 years at the OCC Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills, this year, due to – ironically enough – massive construction, the summer camp will be held at the Highland Lakes Campus in Waterford. Arlene Frank is the Womencenter Director at Oakland Community College and the Co-Director of MAGIC Camp.

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