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Great Lakes Bay Veterans Coalition Presented at Rotary

September 15, 2015       Leave a Comment
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Brad Blanchard of the Great Lakes Bay Veterans Coalition (GLBVC) spoke to Rotary on the 15th. Blanchard, a Veteran who works at Dow Chemical, talked about the 8 county Great Lakes Bay Region Veterans Coalition.

The GLBVC was established recently with the goal of providing a network of support for members of the military, veterans and their families. The organization serves eight counties with a focus on issues like anger management, benefits, children?s services, education, employment, financial, health, housing and homelessness.

Blanchard has been quoted saying "the coalition is designed to use the 'No Wrong Door' approach". When a Vet calls, the GLBVC wants to have the resources available to assist the Vet immediately.

Blanchard has also said "Our goal will be that when a veteran or their family calls us, we are able to put them in contact with a resource within a couple of hours or sooner. We will be using 'Warm Handoffs' which means we will be introducing callers to people and not saying to go to this website or call this 1-800 number."

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Progress continues to be made planning for the Running Dead Zombie Race to be held October 10. Rotarians are not being asked to buy tickets to the event, unless they are runners, but the club does NEED VOLUNTEERS for the event.

Please also note that the Running Dead REPLACES International Night this year. Results will help determine what is done next year.

Additional T-Shirts are being ordered. If you want one in advance, please contact Cindy Chadwick.

Thanks to Maier & Associates for their major sponsorship of the Running Dead race. That is a huge step toward a successful event.

Members are reminded of the new fun event called "Rotary Night Out At the Brewery". This will be on September 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Tri-City Brewing Company, 3020 N. Water St. The Gypsy Wagon Band will provide entertainment and there will be free snacks to compliment the many types of beer and soft drinks you can purchase. This is a time to relax and kick up your heels and get to know fellow Rotarians in a very relaxed setting.

This year's Vocational Day has been moved to November 10 at the requests of the schools. This date does not interfere with test schedules and other events in the Spring. Rotarians should think about hosting students for the day.

Dictionary and thesaurus deliverys are kicking off. If you have not yet signed up to work, please contact Ed Clements.

The Club will MEET OFF-SITE at the Depot on October 6 and 27. The ad hoc meeting location committee is in the process of reviewing our current meeting location. This occasional review was suggested the last time the club moved. If you have comments or suggestions, please contact Brenda Scramlin.

Members are encouraged to bring correct change for lunches and 50/50 tickets. Please don't expect the ticket table staff to make change for a $100 bill.

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).

September 30, 2015: Rotary Night Out at the Brewery

October 6, 2015: OFF-SITE Meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot

October 10, 2015: ZOMBIE RUN!

October 27, 2015: OFF-SITE Meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot

November 10, 2015: Vocational Day

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

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.

September 29, 2015: Rotary Foundation Speaker: Eileen Jennings

October 6, 2015: STEM Education in the Great Lakes Bay Region Presented by Carolyn Wierda, SVSU, and Matt Felan, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance.

October 13, 2015: Polio Update presented by Chuck Cusick

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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Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.

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