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Our guest speaker for lunch this week was Alicia Douglas from Special Day Camps, "Surviving childhood cancer since 1979". Special Days Camps offers activities of a "normal" camp, adapted to meet the special needs of our campers. Programs include all of the traditional elements of a camp; arts and crafts, swimming, horseback riding, boating and campfires. Campers are given the opportunity to challenge themselves and develop life skills as they move through our programs.

Their activities are intentionally designed to promote self-esteem, confidence, friendships, teamwork and leadership in a camp environment that is medically supervised and filled with support, understanding, fun and laughter. Developing these skills can help them successfully meet the challenges of treatment, school, work and family.

After attending Special Days, campers bring home more than just dirty laundry... they bring home unforgettable memories and long-lasting friendships. They bring home tales of tasks accomplished that before were thought of as unattainable. They come home feeling more confident in themselves and more secure with their illness. It is amazing how one week at Special Days Camps can truly make a difference in their lives!

Alec Ramsay-Smith is a senior at Harrison High School. He has a 3.9 GPA, is a member of the National Honors Society, an AP Scholar and a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. At Boys’ State this summer, he was elected to City Council, then State Senator, and was able to travel with the other Boys’ State Senators to Lansing to tour the Capital and debate in chambers. Alec conveyed his deep appreciation to the Xemplar Club for generously enabling him to attend Boys’ State this past summer. He found the experience to be one of the most rewarding and enriching of his life.

Alec is currently taking courses in Advanced Placement Statistics, Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, Advanced Journalism, Symphony Band and Philosophy. It is his second term as President of the Harrison High School Model United Nations, and his second year as a Link Crew Leader helping incoming freshman with orientation. Alec has long had an intense interest in government and politics. While a junior, he was named “acting” Mayor for the City of Farmington Hills for student government day. We can see ourselves to welcoming Alec back one day as a member of the next generation of Xemplar Club leaders.

Our guest for lunch this week was Kathleen Klein from Waste Management. She shared with us some of the remarkable statistics about theirenvironmental programs. Waste Management uses waste to create enough energy to power more than 1 million homes every year, and managed more than 7 million tons of recyclable commodities. By 2020, they expect to double that output, creating enough energy to power more than 2 million homes, and managing more than 20 million tons of recyclable commodities. Waste Management has over 70 Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) certified sites, with a total of 24,000 protected acres. They pride themselves on partnering with their customers and communities to manage and reduce waste from collection to disposal, while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy. The facility located in Redofrd is currently building a gas transimssion line to peovide power to the nearby Ford assembly plant.

Our guest speaker for this week was Xemplar Lisa Murrell, Executive Director of Community Living Centers. Community Living Centers is a non-profit organization established in 1968 to provide quality residential care to adults with developmental disabilities. With 9 group homes and an independent living program, CLC’s mission is to provide an enriching environment of opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities that respects and supports each individual in achieving independence through growth in making personal choices in an atmosphere of success. It is CLC’s vision to commit to a standard of excellence in the community while maintaining the trust, confidence and support of the individuals we serve and to be “the place where everyone wants to be”. Lisa shared a CLC video, “Happiness Comes In Many Forms” with us. It's short film by nine-time Emmy award winning producer Keith Famie. The documentary tells the story of CLC through the lives of the residents. We gained a personal insight into men and women who live developmentally challenged lives. This rich human interest film taught us about dignity, perseverance, and how to live a happy life in a world that can be very jaded.

CLC is a 501c3 public charity. To learn more about this great organization, visit their web site at www.clchomes.org.

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