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We heard from Harrison High School senior Michael Rubenstein at lunch this week. He was introduced by FPS Superntendent Sue Zurvalec. Michael is a remarkable young man who has been living with Crohn's Disease since age 9. He shared with us many of his experiences, from first hearing a diagnosis of a life-long disease at the ripe old age of 9, to how his peers and teammates accept his situation. Michael was the starting kicker for Harrison's football team this year, and also plays baseball. He brought along a Powerpoint presentation, and showed us his web site (www.michaelrubensteinfundraiser.com) where he writes about his situation, and the fundraiser he hosts each year to help fund Crohn's research. He is not only living with Crohn's he is showing that anything is possible with dedication and determination. He was a very impressive speaker, and we wish him the best at college next fall. Keep up the good work, Michael.

We are the Xemplar Club, a newly formed, all-volunteer community service organization serving Farmington and Farmington Hills. Although 2010 is our first year in existence, in some ways we've been around for a long time. All 73 of our charter members were previously members of another community service group, one of oldest service clubs in our community. In 2010, the membership voted to form a new club, and leave this national organization, so we could focus on local issues. We look forward to the future as we embark on this exciting new chapter in our history.

The Exemplar Club of Farmington and Farmington Hills supports at-risk children, families, youth and senior citizen programs in Farmington and Farmington Hills. By becoming an independent community service  organization, our membership can insure that all of  the money raised for these causes will remain within our community.

If you would like to learn more about our organization, please browse the pages of our web site or contact our Membership Chair, Todd Lipa to be a guest at one of our meetings. The Xemplar Club meets on Wednesdays at 12:00 Noon at Cowleys Pub in Farmington, from September through June, when Farmington Public Schools are in session. Check the calendar on the left for details about upcoming meetings.

Speak to Us!

Do you or your non-profit organization have an interesting story to tell? The Xemplar Club wants to hear from you. We meet for lunch every Wednesday when schools are in session, at John Cowley & Sons Restaurant in downtown Farmington. We invite a guest speaker each week, and are always looking for unique people who are serving the community. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you represent a non-profit or charitable organization helping youth, families or seniors. We're looking for unique people and organizations! We have over 80 active members, and attendance at most lunch meetings is 35-40. If you feel you have something valuable to share with us, then please drop us a line.

Videos, Powerpoint or other presentations are welcome, and a projector is always available. Plan to bring your own laptop unless you have made other arrangements with us. The building has wireless internet, and any laptop with a VGA or HDMI-A (not mini or micro) port can connect to the projector. If you are bringing an Apple laptop, you'll need to bring your mini-DVI to VGA or HDMI adapter. You will have 40 minutes to share your story, including Q & A.

For more information about becoming an Xemplar Club guest speaker, write us at speakers@xemplarclub.org. The Xemplar Club is an apolitical organization. Elected officials are welcome to apply in non-election years. Candidates for political office are not eligible.

To request to be a guest speaker at an upcoming Xemplar Club meeting, fill out the Speaker Profile form. We'll get back to you right away!

We had a visit from Dan Elsea this week in our first meeting as the new Xemplar Club. Dan is President of Brokerage Services for the Real Estate One Family of Companies. The company is in its third generation in Michigan, having begun as Elsea Realty in 1929. In 2008 Real Estate One completed over 20,700 transactions in brokerage, mortgage, title and casualty insurance. The company has been a pioneer in real estate technology, helping to create one of the first computerized MLS systems in the country in the 1960’s, and continuing into the new millennium as one of the first brokers to embrace the development of internet lead sources and management.

Dan spoke about the economic conditions in Michigan, and shared his thoughts on the timing of a recovery in the values of Michigan’s real estate. There are indications that the decline in prices will bottom out in the next 12-24 months. Many banks are overwhelmed with foreclosures, and short sales can often take 6 months or more to close. This backlog skews some of the housing statistics we read about in the newspapers. It's also not unusual for the banks to allow homeowners in default to remain in the house for longer periods.

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