Livingston Rotary Blood Drive Challenge – for Doris Longfellow

This blood drive is for all Rotarians in Livingston County. Organized by J. Michael Lenninger
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Doris Longfellow was a member of the Rotary Club of Brighton and created the Rotary Club Blood Donor Challenge to replenish the blood supply. A special blood drop award, made of hand-blown glass, was created and was awarded to the Rotary Club that produced the most number of donors, and that was the Brighton Rotary Club.

Doris knew that cancer was taking her life, and that only life-sustaining blood and blood products were extending her time with others. She wanted to give back, so she contacted me in 2008 to create this challenge, just as I had started my career with the Red Cross.

Sadly, Doris passed away in 2009, but not before seeing the impact of her challenge. Some people donated blood for the first time because of Doris.

Anyone healthy, age 16 or older who weighs at least 110 pounds can give. Just note which club you are giving for in the notes section. The trophy will be awarded at the Livingston County Rotary Club Mixer on August 8.

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About 20% of the nation’s blood supply

And the Livingston County Rotary Club Blood Drive Challenge Award goes to…

Posted on: August 11, 2017

…The Livingston County Sunrise Rotary Club! They mustered a total of 8 donors. Brighton Rotary reported three and Hartland had one.

But the real winners of this contest are the patients of our local hospitals and medical centers who wihave received your life-sustaining fluids of blood, platelets or plasma.

There is still a hlood emegency,nso please continue to encourage others to roll up their sleeves. And to drink plenty of fluids!

Who will win the Livingston County Rotary Club Blood Drive Challenge?

Posted on: August 8, 2017

Today is the last day for members of your club (or friends, family, co-workers, people you ask on the street) to pledge to support our Sleeves Up! campaign.

Pledge to give here, note which local club you are donating for, and make an appointment in the next two weeks. Doris Longfellow would be be so proud of you!

Give Blood – Save Lives -Register Here

Posted on: August 2, 2017

With less than a week before the Livingston County Blood Drive Challenge ends, we only have 15 people registered!

So far Sunrise Rotary has the lead by one pledged donor. Brighton Rotary is second.

Who will win this lovely Blood Drive Challenge blood drop trophy?

Call 1-800-448-3543 to make an appointment and pledge to give at and pledge your support by searching for Rotary.

You have 9 days to claim the BloodDrop trophy!

Posted on: July 28, 2017

With 9 days left in the Livingston County Blood Drive Challenge, here are the preliminary results. With 10 peole pledging, there are 5 people from Sunrise Rotary pledging to save a life, 3 from Brighton Rotary, 1 from Hartland, and 1 undecided.

No pledges from Howell or Fowlerville yet.

Rotarians Blood Drive Challenge Call 1-800-448-3543 to make an appointment! Pledge to donate at and note your home Rotary Club. Use Rapid Pass the day of the blood drive. Questions? Call 1-866-236-3276 anytime 24/7. If you do NOT register on sleeves-up, call J. Michael Lenninger at 810.986-9320. Honor the memory of Rotarian Doris Longfellow by giving blood. Use this hashtag this week: #RotariansGive

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church
9565 Musch Road BRIGHTON 9 am – 2:45 pm

Monday, July 31, 2017
St. Johns Church Activities Center
600 N. Adelaide Street FENTON
NOON – 5:45 PM

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Venture Church 8457 E. Highland Rd HOWELL
NOON – 5:45 PM

Thursday, August 3, 2017
American Spirit Centre BRIGHTON VFW
10590 E. Grand River 12:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Friday, August 4, 2017
Chilson Hills Church 4440 Brighton Road
8.2 mi | 12:00 PM – 5:45 PM HOWELL

Saturday, August 5, 2017
St Patrick Parish Life Center
710 Rickett Road BRIGHTON 10 am – 3:45 pm

Monday, August 7, 2017
First United Methodist Church
71230 Bower Street HOWELL 1 pm – 6:45

Rotary Clubs of Livingston County – ASSEMBLE!

Posted on: July 25, 2017

Everybody. Grab a blood buddy. Ask a family member to donate in the name of Doris Longfellow, and mention your home club in the notes.

We have 7 donors pledged out of a goal of 75. There is a blood drive within 5 miles and within 5 days of you. Go to and search by ZIP Code.

YOU MUST make an appointment to be counted. The Rotary Club who sends the most donors (family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers) get the Blood Drop Trophy to keep for one year.

Call me with any questions! J. Michael Lenninger (810) 986-9320 or email me at [email protected]

Let’s all give so others may live!

What your donors are up to...

Take a photo of yourself donating blood and share it! Just use #RotariansGive

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