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By: Stephen Kent

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DG Mike Kelly
District 6310 Governor Mike Kelly met with the Club's board at their monthly meeting, then presented the program to the entire club at the regular luncheon meeting that followed.

Mike presented his vision and plan for the District in the 2015-16 Rotary year. At the board meeting he elaborated on various points and then asked for a review of the activities, projects and events of the Club.

As part of the regular meeting Mike presented the 100% Paul Harris Fellow banner to the club. Thanks to a big effort by the Club, that milestone was reached in the Club's Centennial year just completed. The goal now will be to maintain that level into the future.

Mike talked about the Rotary International President's theme "Be a Gift To The World". He talked about what that means and about Rotary's impact. He noted the international efforts as well local efforts. He talked about the progress toward ending Polio world wide and the teaming with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Despite being the largest service club in the world, with millions of members, membership has declined in recent years. That is a trend with all service clubs. Mike talked about the work to again expand and bring in new members and evolve the organization. Youth programs like Roteract, Interact and RYLA are among the keys to this growth.

Mike also made note of the Bay City club's contributions to various Rotary funds and projects. This club is and has always been a leader in giving. Mike noted how contributions to the Annual Fund are important. These go to the international efforts for three years after which fifty percent of the gifts are returned to the District for local use.

In closing Mike reminded Rotarians of the District Conference at the end of May in Alpena. He then wrapped by saying "My call to action to you is to continue the good work that you do in all aeras, in your community, in your district, and around the world."

DG Mike Kelly Presented 100% PH Banner to the Club
Mike Kelly, Ron Bloomfield, Connie Schweitzer, Brenda Scramlin


RYLA Campers
Taylor Pine and Brooke McCann
The club met at the Doubletree again this week, but will meet OFF-SITE NEXT WEEK at the Pere Marquette Depot again.

Taylor Pine from Central High and Brooke McCann from Garber High spoke to the club about their recent experience at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award week at Camp Rotary near Clare. Both young ladies spoke about what a wonderful experience camp provided and the influence it had on them. Their message to the club was to try to expand the promotion of RYLA in the schools. They want everyone to hear about it and the positive things it does.

After the weekly opening with the 4-Way Test, President Brenda encouraged everyone to use the microphone when speaking. This is important. Although many of us think we can be heard, the fact is that we often can't. The club leadership gets frequent complaints after each meeting that various people just can't hear what is being said!

The Club Foundation board met recently. The Golf Outing raised $10,800. A check to be used for technology will be presented to the incoming Superintendent of Schools after she takes office.

Brenda also updated us on Community Grants. The Fall cycle is open and the club has $5,000 to distribute. The committee prefers to receive applications electronically. Complete information is on the club web site at .

Andrea Hales reminded us about the Zombie Walk coming up Saturday, October 10. The event will run all day and have many events, including walking for those who don't run. There will be things for all ages including kids and families.

Andrea has sponsorship forms. Levels include a $250 "Bucket of Blood" sponsor, $500 "Blood and Guts", $1,000 "Arm and a Leg", and the coveted $5,000 "All You Can Eat Brains" sponsor.

Members, family and friends are reminded that Brenda is leading a "Rotary Wednesday Walkout" at Wenonah Park each Wednesday evening at 6:15. The objective is to get in shape for the Fall ZOMBIE RUN (and Walk). Meet at the top of the park across from the planetarium.

Sargent at Arms, Eric Jylha fined the entire club $1 for "BAD SINGING". Referring to one slight keyboard playing "malfunction", Cindy Chadwick said that next week she along with Tim Holsworth on guitar, will play a short concert of songs they almost know.

The current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available in the LINKS section below.


"Rotary Wednesday Walkout" every Wednesday at 6:15. Meet Brenda at Wenonah Park. Bring your family and friends. Get in shape for the ZOMBIE RUN (and Walk).

October 10, 2015: ZOMBIE RUN!

November 10, 2015: Vocational Day

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

August 18, 2015: Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) Presented by Beth Roszatycki

August 25, 2015: Bay City Food Cooperative. Jessica McQuarter will speak about the efforts of the Bay City Food Cooperative Steering Committee including an update on progress toward finding a site for the coop. Jessica is a member of the Northern Bay and Arenac Rotary Club.

September 22, 2015: Launch Detroit A Rotary International video shows how the Rotary Club of Detroit provides support to Detroit entrepreneurs as they seek to bring economic development to that city.

November 2, 2015: Hospice 101 November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Bonnie Marsh will talk about hospice care and palliative care - how they differ from and complement one another.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.

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