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By: Stephen Kent

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Avram Golden
Local Photographer, Small Business Owner, and Optimistic Change Maker Avram Golden talked about his take on photography and showed pictures from Bay City and around the world last Tuesday.

Golden was recently honored by the Bay City Club as a "Paul Harris Fellow". The award was presented as the Rotary Foundation Gala held in Frankenmuth. Each club selected an outstanding non-Rotarian from their community to receive the award in recognition to their service.

Golden is not only an exceptional photographer, he is also an enthusiastic supporter of Bay City. Best known recently for his promotion of the 3rd Street "Light Bridge", he is also the man behind the First Thursday Gallery Walk, the Flags that adorn the downtown from Memorial Day until Labor Day each year.

Taking some time to describe the downtown Flag Project, Avram talked about being inspired by his brother, a decorated soldier who was lost overseas. The flag project provided some experience with getting city approval, but in the end proved to be a popular project. Starting with 80 flags, the group now has 160 flags and has the approval to expand the project to Columbus Avenue.

The 3rd Street Light Bridge quickly became a City landmark and destination. It is a favorite place for photographers taking night shots that show up frequently on the internet as well as in personal collections and wedding books.

Avram's love of Bay City was easy to see in his photographs of the City as well as the world. It gave Rotarians a new way to view their community.


President Andrea reminded Rotarians of the upcoming Golf Outing. This major club fundraiser is scheduled for June 19, a date that will arrive sooner than anyone expects.

The District Conference is coming up soon. In the past clubs have donated items to club gift baskets to be raffled off. This year the District will be raffling off pictures painted by Artist George Lewis. Each club is asked to sell 10 tickets between now and May 1st. To date, our club has sold 4.

The club has collected four boxes of books to be shipped to the Philippines. Those should be shipped out in a few weeks.

The club honored February Birthdays last week. Members are reminded that those celebrating another year are encouraged to make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation in honor of their years.

The next off-site meeting will be this week, March 7, at the Planetarium.

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 )

March 7, 2017 MSU's Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation.
Off-site meeting at the Delta Planetarium
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.

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.

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