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Rotary Presents Check to Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy

January 17, 2017       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Zak Branigan
Zak Branigan, Executive Director of the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy spoke to Rotary about SBLC's local projects. He opened by talking about Rotary's "Running Dead Zombie Run" held this past October. Then he gave an overview of his organization along with information about some of its programs.

Saying that he really didn't know that much about running races and certainly not about Zombie Runs, Zak said that they have a runner working for them. She took the lead to work with Rotary and helped with the success of the race. His assistant Trevor Edmonds showed slides during the talk.

Zak spent more time talking about the Discovery Preserve, originally known as the Euclid Liner Park. SBLC partnered with the City and the County to take that park, which had declined over the years and make it into a vibrant and exciting nature preserve right in the heart of Bay City's West Side.

Branigan Receives check
from Chris Girard

The Discovery Preserve property is still owned by the city and, technically, remains a city part. SBLC works under a long term lease to manage and improve the area. Upcoming plans include a picnic and several volunteer opportunities to continue the improvements to the park.

Working with partner organizations like the Chippewa Nature Center, the Preserve features play areas, conservation projects like bird houses and a chimney swift structure. Interpretive items help educate the public to nature in the middle of town.

The SBLC is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In that time they have brought some $15 million in investments in conservation in the area. They have 6,000 acres of land protected in some 81 locations in the region. All of their areas are open to the public.

At the end of his talk, Zombie run chairperson Chris Girard presented a $5,000 check to Zak for the work of the SBLC.

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Lee Newton announced that the Rotary Concert will be held on March 30. Former club president Ron Bloomfield, now working for CMU, has volunteered to help organize the program again this year.

Note that Anne Trahan will be at Rotary on the 24th to take complimentary photos for the Rotary directory. If you have not had a picture made, or want an update, be sure to be in attendance.

On February 14th, the club will hold a joint meeting with the Optimists as they hold their Unsung Hero Luncheon and recognition. This will be at our normal meeting time and location. Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.


Optimist Unsung Hero Luncheon February 14, 2017. At the Doubletree at our regular meeting time.

OFF SITE Meeting - March 7 At the Delta College Planetarium.
(Also May 16, June 6)

Rotary Concert March 30 at the State Theatre.

June 10-14, 2017 Rotary International Convention - Atlanta, Georgia, USA OR
Dee Dee Wacksman, District Chair

November 7, 2017 - Vocational Day

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

January 24, 2016, Dr. Jeff Abernathy, President of Alma College, will speak on the value of a liberal arts education in a STEM-focused world.

January 31, 2016 Midland Center for the Arts Terri Trotter, CEO of Midland Center for the Arts, presents an update regarding current and upcoming programming at MCFTA.

January 31, 2016 ala-cARTe of Bay County. Get an update from the "ala-cARTe" group of Bay County. This group is combined of 8 non-profit organizations of arts and culture. State Theatre, Bay Arts Council, Studio 23/The Arts Center, Bay City Players, Bay Concert Band, Delta College Planetarium, Bay County Library System, Bay County Historical Museum.

Rotary is an intimate affiliation of carefully selected business and professional people,
having as its objective the promotion of high ethical standards in private, commercial
and civic life, and dedicated to the ideal that the basis of all worthy endeavor is unselfish service.

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

Get connected with ROTARY on Facebook.
Over 450 people like us. Let's go for 500 people liking our page!

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Remember! Check attendance sheets at the front desk.

District 6310 Web Site District Dispatch Archive
Rotary International Make-up On-Line at
The Rotary Global History Fellowship
Rotary Global History.

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