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01.14.16 – Luncheon Notes and Photos

Keynote Speaker – Eva Aguirre Cooper, Community Affairs Director, WOOD TV8/WOTV4/WXSP

SPOKES Notes written by Charles Gallmeyer:

President Derek Aten opened the meeting and Chelsea Dubey led the club in a moment of silence for Ralph Hauenstein, who passed away recently at the age of 103.

President Derek recognized Dee Dee Fuller, who recently won an award for her distinguished legal career.  Neill Marchand asked Rotarians to look up our website for the Service Above Selfie contest at  Students from Innovation Central and Ottawa Hills High Schools introduced themselves.

Past President Nick Kroeze introduced Eva Aguirre Cooper, Community Affairs Director at WOTV.  He described her as having a kindred spirit with Rotary, because her special role is to foster community improvements via television.

Eva told some of her own story about growing up in a family of Mexican immigrants in Detroit, and discovering her career in radio and TV almost by accident.  She decided on a whim to volunteer for a radio interview of Spanish speakers, and in the process discovered her own love of story telling.

Eva credits her mother and Warren Reynolds, her mentor at WOTV, with instilling in her the conviction that she could and should pursue her career.  Her challenge is to give a voice to all sorts of different individuals and groups in the community, and help them tell their stories.

Eva described a recent partnering with Huntington Bank and others called “Connecting with Community,” in which member businesses tell the stories of their organizations and the people they employ.  She ended her remarks by challenging each of us to recognize those who have helped get us where we are today, and extend a similar helping hand to others.

President Derek closed the meeting by presenting Eva with a certificate noting that a household water filter will be installed in a home in Nicaragua in appreciation of her time with us today.

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