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Our guest for lunch this week was Jasmine Millwood from the Lighthouse Family Charity. The mission of Lighthouse Family Charity is to heal the trauma of child abuse to children and families through prevention, awareness, support, and services. This is a subject near and dear to the hearts of our members, since our prior 85 years under the charter of the National _______ Club (name deleted to avoid legal complications, but you know who we mean), were devoted to this cause and the "blue ribbon".

Jasmine is also the author of "Unbreakable", in which she shares her painful memories of a child abuser and the twelve years spent in the Michigan Foster Care system. In this chilling memoir, Jasmine connects to her readers, while providing a message of hope and survival.

After describing her rescue, she further explained her long and rough road to recovery where nightmares caused fear, lack of self-confidence caused an eating disorder, and she longed for acceptance every day. Her memoir describes her battles as she learned to trust, love, and respect other people again.

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.

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