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There are times even a hard-charging, motivated group like the members of our Livonia AM Rotary Club needs to get their batteries recharged. Our first speaker last week, Charlie Mahoney, had just the spark we needed to bring our motivation level up to full charge.

Charlie won the Livonia Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award for Community Service at the Leadership and Awards Celebration for 2023. If there is a worthwhile community-oriented project in Livonia, Charlie is probably involved.

Charlie spoke of her work with two of the plethora of projects she is involved in; The Livonia Community Foundation, and The Livonia Symphony Orchestra. The Livonia Community Foundation has an endowment of $2 million. The foundation looks for groups that are helping the general welfare within our town and provides financial support. The second group she spoke of was the Livonia Symphony Orchestra. Charlie mentioned the June 9th Bob Bennett Memorial Classic in support of the orchestra. She spoke with such passion about these two events that you could not help but be motivated to support these groups.

Two quotes from Charlie,1) “The first place you look for help is at the end of your wrist.” 2) “You make your life by what you give.” Thank you, Charlie! I feel I left the meeting fully charged.

We also heard from Jeff Skebo, a teacher at Coolidge Elementary School here in Livonia. Jeff submitted a grant request to the Livonia Public School Foundation for the purchase of 30 Ukuleles to be taught to 3rd and 4th grade students at Coolidge. His grant request was approved. Jeff spoke of the process of ordering the ukes and building a wall unit in the school to house the instruments. He also spoke of how this was the first time many of the students have been exposed to playing a musical instrument, and how excited they were with this new opportunity.

Our club is an annual contributor to the LPS Foundation. It is refreshing to hear of a successful project that we helped, through our contributions.

Mike Ladwig


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