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volume 7, number 4 <strong>winter</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Blue Water Woman is published quarterly by The Write Company,<br />

511 La Salle Blvd., Port Huron, MI 48060. Circulation 5,000.<br />

from the editor<br />

As I’m sitting down to write this, Thanksgiving is right around the bend and this year there is<br />

plenty I am thankful for, such as all of the people and places in the photos above:<br />

• The opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and participate in the Women’s March in January;<br />

• The opportunity to see Hillary Clinton speak in Ann Arbor with two great friends;<br />

• The opportunity to vacation on a sailboat with a group of incredible women;<br />

• Girl time in the D with two of my favorite gal-pals;<br />

• Hiking up Sugarloaf with my husband in our hometown community in Marquette County;<br />

• Marching through downtown Port Huron in honor of International Women’s Day;<br />

• Hangin’ with one of my besties at the Blue Water Woman of the Year Awards;<br />

• The honor of taking my dad, a lifelong Wings fan, to the last game at Joe Louis Arena;<br />

• The awesomeness of hanging on the beach with friends and a fire, watching freighters;<br />

• A hug from my favorite brother; and<br />

• Hangin’ with my parents in Arizona last month.<br />

I’m also thankful for the women in this community. I am grateful and honored you allow me to<br />

share your stories here every quarter. In this issue you will find two amazing community activitists<br />

who are making an impact on people, places and pets in the Blue Water Area. They are roll--upyour-sleeves-and-get-it-done<br />

women...just like all of you. We are lucky to have them both.<br />

Also included: Our second annual bridal guide! Plan now to attend our Bridal Expo on January 4<br />

at the beautiful, newly renovated Port Huron Museum! More details are available on page 14.<br />

In the meanwhile: Count your blessings this holiday season. I wish you all a peaceful and joyous new year.<br />

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American <strong>woman</strong><br />

by Patti Samar<br />

Rasha Demashkieh of Fort Gratiot is an immigrant.<br />

She is a naturalized citizen of the United States.<br />

She is a proud Arab-American <strong>woman</strong>.<br />

A native of Syria, Demashkieh, a local pharmacist, and her family<br />

recently “adopted” a Syrian refugee family that had relocated to<br />

metropolitan Detroit, one of more than 25 similar families being<br />

assisted by ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and<br />

Social Services), a nonprofit based in Dearborn that provides a wide<br />

variety of services to the Arab immigrant<br />

population in southeastern Michigan and<br />

across the nation.<br />

Demashkieh, a former board member for<br />

the Port Huron School district and volunteer<br />

with numerous organizations in the Blue<br />

Water Area, serves as the president of the<br />

ACCESS board of directors. As an Arab<br />

American <strong>woman</strong> who immigrated to the U.S.<br />

as an adult, she understands that assimilation<br />

to a foreign country can be difficult. But<br />

when Demashkieh immigrated, she and her<br />

husband, a physician, both spoke English and<br />

were educated.<br />

“This family…the parents are in their late<br />

30s and they have four kids and they live<br />

in a small home in Detroit,” she said. “The<br />

situation they came from in Syria is horrifying.<br />

Millions of people have been displaced. The<br />

father paid smugglers to smuggle them out of<br />

Syria and into Jordan, where they were settled<br />

in a refugee camp, the Zaatari Refugee Camp,<br />

which is in the middle of the desert.<br />

“To help them get out of there, he signed<br />

up with many settling agencies through<br />

the United Nations. They were interviewed<br />

seven times before they were admitted to this<br />

country. It was not an easy process. It took<br />

them three years.<br />

“They are so grateful and so kind.”<br />

Demashkieh said that ACCESS is helping the<br />

refugee families with a variety of assimilation issues,<br />

including learning the language, accessing education,<br />

housing and other social services.<br />

“I was very apprehensive about meeting them,” said<br />

Demashkieh. “I had never met a real refugee before.<br />

What I found was a very gentle family. They actually<br />

made me feel better. They are so grateful to be here.”<br />

Demashkieh noted that the children are learning<br />

the language more quickly than their parents, but the<br />

father, who was a painter in Syria, has found work in<br />

metro Detroit as a painter.<br />

“I’m just amazed at their resilience,” Demashkieh<br />

said of the family’s transition into American life.<br />

“Everything is so different for them, but I believe they<br />

will be okay.”<br />

As an immigrant herself, Demashkieh can identify<br />

with some of the issues the family faces in the United<br />

Rasha demashkieh<br />

Fort Gratiot<br />

“We need to<br />

stand up and<br />

say we are<br />

Arab Americans<br />

and we are<br />

productive<br />

citizens of this<br />

country. And<br />

I also want<br />

you to know<br />

me as an Arab<br />

American.”<br />

States in <strong>2017</strong>. When she came to the U.S. with her husband in the<br />

mid-1970s, their status as immigrants from the Middle East was not<br />

an issue.<br />

“Before September 11, it was never a topic of conversation where I<br />

came from,” she said.<br />

After September 11, all of that changed.<br />

“You always feel like you have to justify yourself to others,” she<br />

said of her heritage. “I have friends who gave their children American<br />

names and they did not want to be identified<br />

as from the Middle East.”<br />

Demashkieh doesn’t believe anyone should<br />

have to wish away their identity.<br />

“We need to stand up and say we are Arab<br />

Americans and we are productive citizens of<br />

this country,” she said. “And I also want you<br />

to know me as an Arab American.”<br />

When Demashkieh left Syria for the U.S.<br />

in 1975 so her husband could complete his<br />

medical training, she fully intended to return<br />

and raise a family there. But, after a few<br />

twists and turns in the road of life, she found<br />

herself a naturalized United States citizen<br />

with no intention of returning to Syria to<br />

live and no one was more surprised than was<br />

she.<br />

“It was heart-wrenching when I realized<br />

I wasn’t going to live in Syria again,” said<br />

Demashkieh, who moved to St. Clair County<br />

in 1980. “Even when we got our green cards,<br />

we didn’t think we’d stay.<br />

“But we lived under a dictatorship in<br />

Syria – your phone calls are monitored and<br />

it is very different than what we experience<br />

here -- and it got to the point where we had<br />

children and we realized life would be better<br />

for our children if we stayed here,” she said.<br />

And so Demashkieh and her family<br />

became embedded in the Blue Water Area.<br />

She became engaged with the community<br />

by volunteering for a wide variety of organizations<br />

ranging from the PTA at her children’s school to<br />

various health-related charitable organizations. She<br />

served on the Port Huron Schools board of education<br />

for 13 years. She is also a member of the Michigan<br />

Civil Rights Commission and currently serves as cochair.<br />

“I wanted to give back to my community and<br />

my country, as well,” she said of her dedication to<br />

volunteerism on a local, state and national level in her<br />

adopted home.<br />

“Syria is the original melting pot due to its<br />

geography,” she said. “It is at the crossroads of the<br />

continents.<br />

“That is the beauty of this country...we are diverse.<br />

We should capitalize on that. That’s what makes us<br />

strong.”<br />

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IT TAKES A village<br />

by Patti Samar<br />

Carol Miller believes in the saying “it takes a village.”<br />

Miller, 56, of Port Huron Township, is the head of what began<br />

as an online, Facebook-based group called AC “Pawsitive” Change<br />

Group. AC stands for animal control and refers to the St. Clair<br />

County Animal Control shelter, which is operated by the county<br />

sheriff’s department.<br />

What started with just an online presence is now an active,<br />

volunteer-based group of local citizens<br />

who are working closely with the county<br />

government to institute positive change at<br />

the animal shelter.<br />

The St. Clair County animal shelter has one<br />

of the highest rates of animal euthanasia in<br />

the state of Michigan. Additionally, in the<br />

past, the shelter has not always been painted<br />

in a positive light in online forums when<br />

discussed by animal rescues and individuals<br />

who were in contact with the shelter<br />

regarding lost and found animals.<br />

Miller was among those who knew of less<br />

than stellar experiences that people had<br />

when trying to adopt an animal.<br />

“I told someone about it and people told<br />

me, ‘Do something,’ so I did,” she said.<br />

Initially, she started the Facebook group to<br />

grow a group of citizens interested in seeing<br />

positive things happen at the shelter. The<br />

group grew quickly.<br />

“I didn’t realize how many animal lovers<br />

there are in the county,” she said. Miller<br />

has worked hard to maintain the Facebook<br />

page as place where positive comments and<br />

solutions are welcome, but bitterness and<br />

chronic complaining are not.<br />

Miller, a registered nurse who now works<br />

as the operations manager of a hospice<br />

organization in metro Detroit, knew that<br />

the most effective way to create positive change<br />

was to work within the constraints of government,<br />

presenting herself and her group as a group of<br />

citizens interested in helping create solutions.<br />

She also began attending meetings of the county<br />

board of commissioners and she talked with them<br />

and with other county officials to help them become<br />

aware that there are some very good “best practice”<br />

scenarios at other shelters across the state that could<br />

serve as examples that the St. Clair County shelter<br />

could use as the basis for positive change.<br />

“We began meeting with Tom Buckley, the<br />

undersheriff, and Stephanie Ignash, the office<br />

manager at AC, once a month to see what they<br />

needed,” Miller said. “Our goal has always been,<br />

carol miller<br />

Port Huron Township<br />

“Our goal has<br />

always been,<br />

let’s be part<br />

of the<br />

solution<br />

instead<br />

of the<br />

problem.”<br />

‘let’s be part of the solution instead of the problem.’”<br />

The group recently celebrated a significant milestone when it<br />

partnered with the county animal shelter and participated in a<br />

nationwide “Empty the Shelter” event sponsored by the Bissell<br />

Pet Foundation. Bissell generously pays for the adoption fees of all<br />

animals adopted at participating shelters on that day.<br />

It was the first time the county animal shelter had participated<br />

in a community adoption event.<br />

“It turned out really well,” said Miller,<br />

who helped organize the volunteers<br />

from her group. “We had 56 people who<br />

volunteered. Tom (Buckley) and Stephanie<br />

(Ignash) believed in us and that meant<br />

everything.”<br />

Volunteers from the Pawsitive Change<br />

group are now also regularly volunteering<br />

their time at the county animal shelter.<br />

Volunteers walk dogs and socialize cats.<br />

Overall, Miller is really pleased with the<br />

progress the group has made with helping<br />

to call attention to some of the issues of<br />

concern at the shelter and by offering to<br />

help the county government find solutions.<br />

“We know they don’t want to euthanize<br />

animals,” she said, and noted that there<br />

are a number of ways that her group can<br />

help reduce the number of animals in<br />

the shelter for extended periods of time.<br />

“We’re hoping to do microchipping and<br />

adoption fairs,” she said. “All of that<br />

would help open up more eyes and educate<br />

people. We’re hoping to do a lot more<br />

education in the community.”<br />

Others are stepping up to help, as well.<br />

“We now have (veterinarian) Dr. Robyn<br />

Limberg-Child on board, who offered to<br />

step up to the plate and be part of the<br />

solution. We are trying to improve the photos of<br />

the animals at the shelter.<br />

“This whole thing has been a journey,” she<br />

said. “I used to cry looking at the pictures of the<br />

animals at the shelter, but now I think ‘we need to<br />

find you a good home where you can be loved.’ It<br />

takes a village and right now we’ve got a big village.<br />

Hopefully we can continue to do good things for<br />

the county and for the animals.<br />

“I worked as an oncology nurse for more than 30<br />

years,” she said, “and I realize life is very precious.<br />

You literally need to stop and enjoy everything in<br />

life. I just hope my parents are looking down at<br />

me and seeing what we’re doing and that they are<br />

proud.”<br />

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Big Day<br />

by Patti Samar<br />

nicole (gray) rodgers, 26,<br />

formerly of port huron,<br />

married derrick rodgers, 27,<br />

on june 24, <strong>2017</strong> in warren<br />

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Photo: Dion Ghani, Ghani Vision Photography<br />

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Who planned your wedding?<br />

I had a wedding planner/coordinator and my mom and my<br />

mother-in-law helped. A good friend got married last year and<br />

she walked me through a lot of things. It was a group effort<br />

because I’m in nursing school.<br />

What is she glad she<br />

spent more on:<br />

I spent more money on my wedding<br />

dress. I loved my dress. That was<br />

what I splurged on and I am glad I<br />

did. I went more traditional. I had<br />

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oversized one I could find. I’m also<br />

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I’m not a dancer, but everyone had<br />

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Where would you have<br />

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I spent too much on invitations.<br />

Instead of RSVPing to me with the<br />

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to you<br />

and your<br />

husband.”<br />

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orry not<br />

by Patti Samar<br />

gillian (CANN) Poretta<br />

formerly of port huron<br />

married charlie poretta<br />

on September 16, <strong>2017</strong> in port huron<br />

Who planned your wedding?<br />

I did it all myself. I had a “day-of” coordinator. The day-of<br />

coordinator is definitely a more affordable option than hiring a<br />

wedding planner. I created a schedule for everybody and for her.<br />

She helped us coordinate the walk down the aisle and she made<br />

sure all of the vendors were there and set up. She took care of the<br />

little things so I didn’t have to. At the end of the night, she made<br />

sure everything was cleaned up and taken care of. It was perfect.<br />

The day-of coordinator took all of the stress away. She hid all of<br />

the issues from me and made sure we were on time the whole day.<br />

It was great.<br />

What kept you organized:<br />

I created a bunch of spread sheets. We had a budget meeting<br />

with our parents. I’m really careful with money and I wanted to<br />

make sure we were getting a good deal. Overall, we were pretty<br />

frugal.<br />

What is she glad she spent money on:<br />

The photo booth. That was worth it. Also, our reception was<br />

at the Blue Water Convention Center and I wanted to create an<br />

intimate feel on the dance floor, so I designed a suspended bistro<br />

lighting system and had it hung from the ceiling. I think it was<br />

really worth it. I’m also glad we had real flowers. They added a<br />

really nice touch.<br />

dress shopping:<br />

It was the fourth dress I tried on. It was on the half off rack. I<br />

put it on and that was it.<br />

gillian poretta<br />

Warren, Michigan<br />

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words of wisdom:<br />

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helpful in keeping track of everything. Just be organized. It was<br />

extremely stressful, but that’s what planning a huge party for<br />

300 people is. If you don’t sweat the small stuff, then things will<br />

go wrong. If I was to do anything differently, I’d try and stress<br />

less. I’m high stress anyway. You just have to focus on a solution<br />

to any issue that comes along. It was all worth it, though because<br />

the day-of was absolutely perfect. I’m just so happy with the<br />

way it all turned out. It was perfect. It all felt just right. It just<br />

came together.<br />

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It’s your day...<br />

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Tee off your new life together.<br />

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