Upcoming Events

Our guest for our final luncheon of the Spring season was Dick Cook. He is best known for marrying well, to our incoming President Nancy Cook. But Dick is also an accomplished author, Hall of Fame Wrestling Coach, and retired school teacher.Dick taught at Boys and Girls Republic before moving to the Farmington Public Schools, where he spent most of his career. He shared stories with us of successes and failures within our public education system.He recently wrote a semi-fictional book, Frank Henry, that highlights many of the shortcomings of our public schools while following the lives of two young sociopaths as they move through the school system. It was an incredible story, and Dick is a phenomenal speaker. He's a tough act to follow. So we've decided to take a few months off. We'll meet next on Wednesday, September 8 at Cowley's Pub, 12:30pm. See you there.

Our guest for lunch this week was Sneha Reddy, a 2009 Harrison High School graduate. She is a student at the University of Michigan, and a published illustrator. She shared with us how her education in the Farmington Public School system helped begin and shape her part-time career as an illustrator. Her unique story of becoming an illustrator began at Beechview Elementary School. She has drawn the illustrations for 5 published books by author Gaile Harpan: The Ballad of Victor the Cat, The Ballad of Calvin the Cat, The Ballad of Omar the Cat, The Ballad of Furrio the Cat, and The Ballad of Snowball the Cat. Equipped with a Powerpoint show, she showed us how she has grown and learned from each of the books to become the artist she is today. It was an inspiring success story, and a tribute to the art curriculum at our Farmington Public Schools.Her books can be purchased through the Amazon.com store on the  Highmeadow Common Campus PTA web site (supporting future FPS artists).

Our guest for lunch this week was our own Dr. Ed Blumberg. Doc shared his medical insights on a wide range of topics including cholesterol, mammography, vaccinations, radiation treatments, PAP and PSA tests, vitamins and more. Many of us were shocked to learn that widely prescribed cholesterol lowering drugs can cost as much as $5-6 per pill. Contrary to polular belief, Ed pointed out that no United States President has extended more health care coverage to Americans than Dwight D. Eisenhower, under whom was created Medicare and Medicaid. Ed's encyclopedic knowledge of medicine and treatments borders on geekdom. He is our very own personal version of WebMD . . . . without the Web part.What an incredible resource. Thanks Ed, for coming and sharing with us. We're all a little better educated about our health after lunch this week.

Our newest Xemplar was sworn in last week. Meet Chris Alflen. Chris is a native Michigander who detoured to sunny Florida for a brief spell before returning home to roost. Chris lives in Commerce, and his wife Kelly and children will be joining him here in Michigan as soon as the school year ends. He is excited about finding a community service group to volunteer with. During the day, Chris is a Community Liason for Supreme Home Care & Rehabilitation of Southfield. We are thrilled to have him as a part of our young, growing club. Please join us in welcoming him home to Michigan and to our club.

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