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Rotary Hears about CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History

March 21, 2017       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Former Club President Ron Bloomfield was the Director and Chief Curator of the Bay County Historical Society Museum for over 22 years before leaving at the end of last year for a jog with CMU's took a job with CMU's Museum of Cultural and Natural History. He returned to Bay City on Tuesday, along with Caity Burnell to tell Rotary about the CMU Museum.

Ron used slides to illustrate what the Museum does and what it has to offer. Unlike the Bay County museum, the institute at CMU exhibits many natural items including a reproduction of the ancient human fossil dubbed "Lucy", cultural exhibits and stuffed animals ("How do you get a full sized brown bear into the building?" asked Ron).

The Museum has a number of people on staff but also has a group of students and volunteers. The school offers degrees in Museum Studies and course work includes everything from working with exhibits to preparing specimens, articulating skeletons, and working with the public.

Caity talked about outreach programs and offerings to educators. The museum recently received a grant that allows them to bus school classes to the museum for programs. Caity mentioned some of the dozens of programs offered. She also talked about resource kits that the museum provides to teachers who want to do programs in their classrooms.

The CMU Museum is located on the northeast corner of the campus near the Special Olympics offices. They are open to the public Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm, and weekends 1-5 pm. Admission is free. Caity did say that parking can be a challenge and if you want to park on campus you must get a visitor's permit.

For more information visit www.Museum.Cmich.Edu or


President Andrea welcomed our current Exchange student Soojung Kim from South Korea who is attending Western High until July. She also introduced Callen McDonough, a senior at Bay City Central High, who has been accepted as an outbound student to Italy in August.

On April 4 the club will enjoy a treat! We collected more books than the Morning club in the recent book drive and, as a result, Morning Rotary President Dorothy Dean will bake for our club.

Raffle tickets are still being sold for the George Lewis paintings to be given at the District Conference in May. Purchase tickets for your choice of painting for $20 each. The paintings are 16 x 20 inches and beautifully framed. Each club is asked to sell 10 tickets. At last count, our club has sold 6.

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


Rotary World Peace Conference 2017 March 31 to April 1. Michigan League, University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

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

District Conference May 19, 2017 - May 20, 2017: D'Mar Banquet and Conference Center, Owosso.

Golf Outing - Monday, June 19, 2017

July 25, 2017 - July 26, 2017 District 6310 to Tour One Rotary Center. Group to take Amtrak train to Chicago.

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 28, 2017 Bay City Housing Study Update Member Doug Rise will talk about the recently completed Housing Study that was commissioned in conjunction with the work being done on a master plan for Bay City.

April 4, 2017, What's happening with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra? Maestro Fouad Fakhouri, who was appointed music director of the SBSO last June, will discuss his vision for the orchestra and their role in our region.

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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