Dearborn, Mich., July 25, 2022 – Founded in 1923, the Rotary Club of Dearborn looks forward
to celebrating its centennial anniversary and 100 years of ‘Service Above Self’ in the community
and around the world.
Announcing Rotary Club of Dearborn 100th Anniversary Service Above Self Celebration
The public is encouraged to save the evening of Saturday, March 18, 2023, for an enchanting
strolling dinner and musical concert extravaganza with the international headliner Dennis
Edwards’ Temptations Review, and opening with Thornetta Davis, Detroit’s Queen of Jazz. The
event will be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.
“We are the oldest service organization in Dearborn and only the third club in Rotary District
6400 to mark this significant anniversary,” said Colleen Nieman, who is serving as club co-
president with Shannon Peterson during the 2022-23 Rotary year.
According to Nieman, who served as president in 2020-21, plans were already well underway
by Dearborn Rotarian Rick Goward to hold a grand 100th anniversary celebration and
community fundraiser when Goward, who was elected to be club president in 2022-23, died
unexpectedly on January 30.
“Rick’s death left a big hole in our hearts and those of all who knew him,” said Peterson,
immediate past president. “Colleen and I, and the rest of the club knew we had to step up to
fulfill Rick’s vision for an unforgettable anniversary celebration that will fund a community project
to benefit this wonderfully diverse community. This is our full intent.”
Community Service Project
Nieman and Peterson shared that funds raised from the 100th Anniversary celebration in March
2023 will be used to help renovate the auditorium of Dearborn’s Henry Ford Centennial Library,
making it more accessible to individuals and groups.
Information about the Rotary Club of Dearborn 100th Anniversary Service Above Self
Celebration will be available in the fall on the club website at www.DearbornRotary.org.
Rotary is a global network of 46,000 member clubs with 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and
problem-solvers, who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change –
across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.