Induction of Honorary Members

Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
Volume 5, Issue 5
Ann Mattson, Editor
Alan Dailey, Publisher

George Gilligan emceed the induction program for our 5 outstanding new Honorary Members. We hope they will spend many Monday noons with us in the coming year. Entrepreneur and community volunteer Toni Rodgers was introduced by Jean Robinson. Toni owns 4 McDonalds stores in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area and was honored as the first woman “Rookie of the Year” by the Michigan McDonalds owners. She has since served as President of that organization. Her community interests include serving on the Boards of the Washtenaw Community College Foundation and Ann Arbor State Bank. She is the Fundraising Chair for the Ann Arbor Chapter of Links. Clarence Dukes introduced Malcolm Cox. Mac is the former Asst. Director of Financial Operations at the U of M. He also served as Ombudsman for U of M’s financial operations. He now uses his financial expertise helping senior citizens file their tax returns as a volunteer with the Housing Bureau for Seniors and the Turner Resource Center. Rip Kinney introduced Bob Fletcher. Bob enlisted in the Army right after his high school graduation in May of 1950. By July he was serving in Korea and later that year when he was just 5 days shy of his 18th birthday he and 139 of his peers were taken prisoner. Bob was a POW until August of 1953. He was one of 39 who survived. He is a former National Commander of American Ex-Prisoners of War, a Congressionally-chartered not-for-profit veterans’ service organization that advocates for former prisoners of war and their families. He frequently speaks to high school and other groups about his experiences. Sheridan Springer introduced Jake Haas who is also an entrepreneur and Ann Arbor State Bank Board member. Jake owns Saline Construction Co., Airport Plaza in Ann Arbor, and North Face Farm in Chelsea. He is a past member of the Dexter School Board and the Greenhills School Board. Jake is the very generous landlord for our warehouse. In addition to donating the space for our use, he thanked us for providing him with a great way to give back to the community. Leticia Byrd introduced William Hampton. William commended us for our mission of “serving the children of the world”. He is Vice President of the Ann Arbor Breakfast Optimist Club and has been very active with the Washtenaw Area Council for Children, the Ann Arbor Shelter Association, and the Ann Arbor NAACP. Thank you all for joining us as Honorary Members.

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