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Giving Back Enterprises LLC & Pro-Literacy Detroit Awards

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My clients often ask me what I do “for fun”.  We usually chat about this when we are early in our relationship and are working to see if our partnership is a good fit.  I am proud to say that one of the main things I participate in for fun is Rotary Club, and on May 9th, 2012, I got to celebrate some fabulous achievements in adult literacy at the Detroit Athletic Club with Giving Back Enterprises, Pro-Literacy Detroit, and the Detroit Rotary Club.  We also celebrated Detroit Rotary’s Youth Citizen Scholar, a very impressive Ms. Ashley Nicole Willis-Bradley, and she was presented with a $750.00 Rotary Scholarship.

When I saw the impressive invitation for the event, I knew the event would be a winner.

As a result of a partnership between the Detroit & Grosse Pointe Rotary Clubs and a lot of hard work, a $60,000 grant from Rotary International was awarded to help eradicate adult literacy deficiencies, right here in Detroit!  Grants of this size are usually used for projects in other countries, so we are so proud of our Rotary Clubs for winning the grant to use the money right here at home!

Rotary found worthy partners in Giving Back Enterprises and Pro-Literacy Detroit to use the funds to train 200 tutors to help adult students learn to read.  As a result of working with these tutors, many students reached their literacy goals and were celebrated at this event.

Through determination, hard-work, and excellence, these students, as Margaret Williamson, President-Elect of Detroit Rotary, so eloquently stated, “didn’t let what you couldn’t do get in the way of what you DID do.”  There was hardly a dry eye in the house.

Our Detroit Lions Russ Weaver, Don Carey, and Andrew Fluellen were on-hand to personally present the awards.  As each of our approximately 25 winners was presented with their award, they had their photos taken with a member of our Detroit Lions team.  I spoke with just a few of the award winners after the luncheon, and they all stated that this was a day they would never forget.

Detroit Lions’ Ross Weaver, Don Carey, and Andre Fluellen personally presented each award. Photo courtesy of Detroit Rotary Club

Detroit Rotary’s Youth Citizen Scholar Ashley Nicole Willis- Bradley. Photo Courtesy of Detroit Rotary Club

I was thrilled and humbled to be part of this celebration of advances in adult literacy right here in the Detroit area.  I cannot think of a better way to use time and resources and I am thankful every day to be part of a group that does so much for so many in this community and the world.

As I left the awards luncheon to drive back the office, I felt recharged.  The people who won those awards are on their way to a brighter future for themselves and their families because they can now read, and many of the opportunities that you and I take for granted are now open to them for the first time ever.  I gotta say, it feels amazing to be part of this.  If you would like more information on how you can be part of these causes and others, click on these links:  Detroit Rotary Club, Grosse Pointe Rotary Club, Pro-Literacy Detroit, and Giving Back Enterprises.

So that is how I spend my free time.  Pretty cool, huh?

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  • Dr.Ann Grahame

    May 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    What a good idea. I think that it’s great that we can now use District Simplified Grants to fulfill needs in our own communities. We obtained one with which to purchase books to build libraries for children attending four inner-city day-cares.

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