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Rotary District 6400 Announces Free Family Event to Celebrate Rotary International's 100th Birthday.

DETROIT -- Exhibits, crafts and international music to be showcased on February 19, 2005 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn

District 6400 of Rotary International will hold a free family event on Saturday, February 19, 2005, in celebration of Rotary International's 100th birthday. The event, from noon to 5:30 p.m., will be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (The Center) at 15801 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn.

"This is an ideal opportunity for the public to learn about all the humanitarian services and goodwill that Rotary provides throughout our local area and internationally," said Rotary District Governor Jim Ives.

From noon to 3 p.m., attendees are invited to view a variety of exhibits that include international relief projects, polio eradication, Youth Exchange, Group Study Exchange, Scholar programs, Friendship Exchange, individual club projects and the introduction of a special Dearborn Rotary Peace Train interactive exhibit to further peace and understanding. During this same time, there will be free activities for children including face painting, clowns, balloons and crafts.

Beginning at 3 p.m. in the Center's 1,200-seat theater, WXYZ-TV's News Chopper 7 Pilot "Captain" Dennis Neubacher will emcee a program of performances by Raices Mexicanas Folkloric Dancers, the Polish Alliance Dancers of Dearborn and the Maples Elementary School Arabic Music Ensemble, and followed by the energetic and locally renowned Motor City Brass Band.

As an option, the Center's physical facility will also be available for attendees from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with swimming and rock wall climbing included, for a special Rotary price of $15 for each family or $5 for an individual

About Rotary International

Rotary International is the world's first service organization, which will celebrate its 100th birthday and a century of civic service on February 23, 2005. Paul P. Harris, a lawyer, formed the first Rotary club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois in 1905. The name Rotary is derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices. Today, Rotary has evolved into an international service organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders in 31,000 clubs, located in 166 countries, worldwide.

About Rotary District 6400

Rotary District 6400 of Rotary International includes 50 clubs in Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee counties in Michigan and Essex County in Ontario.

For additional information about the Rotary 6400 celebration, visit www.rotary6400.org or call the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office at 313-943-2354.
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