Goodwill and Community Spirit through Annual Poinsettia Sale

For over three decades, the Rochester Rotary has conducted an annual poinsettia sale. Over 100 Rotarians sell the plants, which will decorate public and private spaces around southeastern Michigan.

The Poinsettia Team: David Walker, Blake McLellan, Rachel Aviles, Juliane Morian, and Steve Oehler – photo by David Eardley

“What impressed me this year was the degree of collaboration the poinsettia sale created among our members and other community groups,” said Rotary President David Eardley. “Of particular note is the project to deliver poinsettias to over 300 Meals on Wheels participants.” The plants were grown by Bordines Nursery, sold by the Rotary Club, paid for by Michael and Christine Nicholson, delivered to the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) by Dillman & Upton and Frank Rewold & Sons, and distributed through the OPC Meals on Wheels program. “This wonderful project has brought such joy to seniors in our service area,” said OPC Director Renee Cortright. “It is just another example of how people in Rochester can pull together to serve others.”

“This year, we sold over 1,550 plants,” said Blake McLellan, the project manager for Rotary. “These plants add to the festive feeling in Rochester and raise money to support many community service projects.”

The poinsettia plant symbolizes goodwill and community spirit. What a perfect project and gift to gift to exemplify the spirit of the season.

The Rochester Rotary Club consists of about 100 individuals living or working in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township. The Club meets for lunch every Tuesday at the Rochester Community House.

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