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Rotary Joins Optimists For Unsung Hero Awards

February 14, 2017       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Optimist's Unsung Heroes 2017

Last Tuesday Rotarians joined Bay City Optimists as that club honored their 2017 class of "Unsung Heroes" at the Doubletree.

The Speaker was Branden Minuth, an Optimist and a Merrill Lynch Financial Adviser. Branden is an ex Seal-team soldier and talked about his experiences. Telling the story of a parachute jump where his main chute did not open, he noted that his reserve chute saved him at the last minute. Those chutes are packed by specialists who attach their name to every one they pack. Branden told the young people about to be honored to always remember and thank the people in their lives who pack their backup chutes.

Brief bios were read for each award winner along with the reason they were honored followed by the presentation of their certificate.


The club held its monthly board meeting prior to the joint luncheon with the Optimist Club. Details from that meeting will be shared at next week's meeting. Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.


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

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 )

February 21, 2017 Bigelow Park Playscape Status Update. Lisa Cleland and Matt VanNortwick will provide a status update on this project. It was the recipient of the inaugural Zombie Run (2015) proceeds in the amount of $15,200. The location of the new playscape is at Bigelow Park, behind the Boys & Girls Club North of the Lafayette Bridge in Bay City.

February 28, 2017 Bay City Through the Lens Local Photographer, Small Business Owner, and Optimistic Change Maker Avram Golden will share his vision of the local area.

March 7, 2017 MSU's Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation. Executive Director Katherine Franz will talk about the Institute which is a premier research and education facility dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve all types of public and private value chains. Established by Michigan State University in 2013, the MRIVCC conducts cross-disciplinary research, with input from our corporate partners, in areas such as value chain optimization, data analytics, engineering, smart packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and water and food safety.

March 14, 2017, Polio Plus Update by Chuck Cusick.

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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