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Rotary Hears About 2-1-1 Phone Service

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May 30, 2017       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Sarah Kile
You know that for emergencies you call 9-1-1. But if you just need to find a service, or assistance, or almost anything else, what do you do. In the past, we grabbed our handy phone book and checked the yellow pages first. But the world has changed. Those good old phone books are no longer around. We're expected to "check the web"... not the friendliest resource around.

Fortunately there is a quick and easy resource for the majority of questions: Just dial 2-1-1.

Sarah M. Kile, Executive Director, spoke to Rotary about the local 2-1-1 service. As mandated by law, 2-1-1 is available almost everywhere. The service is funded by the United Way has trained experts on hand 24-7. They have resources and a database at their fingertips that allows them to answer most questions or at least point the caller in the right direction.

An analysis of the types of calls coming into 2-1-1 in Bay County shows that Food and Meals account for the most calls. That is followed by utilities, "other", housing, and personal needs. Bay County is one of the first areas to see food and meals move above utilities, and that may be significant.

In the first half of 2017, the 2-1-1 call center has handled over 2,300 calls. As the services outreach expands that number is likely to rise. Individuals are encouraged to promote the service to anyone they know. If your organization provides services, call 2-1-1 and register with the service to be in the database.

One parting message from Sarah was "No more resource guides!!!". Too often well-meaning organizations put resources on their websites only to let them get out of date. 2-1-1 is a central site that is constantly updated and provided a one-stop resource for anyone.

For more information just call 2-1-1. If you want to try the 2-1-1 database yourself get on your computer and go to


THIS WEEK - June 6:
Meet at the Planetarium

The club celebrated those members who had a birthday in the month of May. Among those birthdays was Bob Sherman who turned 94! It was noted that Bob has been married to Sally for 73 of those years. Happy Birthday Bob and all of our May Rotarians!

Tim Holsworth spoke about the upcoming Golf Scramble. Raffle tickets sales are going well. Some are still on sale. Cindy noted that these tickets and sponsorships are where the club makes money for this fundraiser. The entrance fees paid by golfers just cover the costs. Tickets are on sale now.

Remember the CLUB PICNIC on 1 pm to 4 pm, Saturday, June 10 at the Discovery Preserve on Euclid. There will be food and activities for the entire family. Put it on your calendar NOW. The hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and lemonade will be provided, but there are opportunities to bring a dish to pass. Check with Brenda Scramlin if you'd like to help with that. Be sure to bring your own chair.

A reminder that DUES INVOICES for the July to December 2017 term have been mailed. Please pay as soon as possible.

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


June 6: OFF SITE Meeting - At the Delta College Planetarium.

June 10 - Saturday: Club Social PICNIC. 1 pm to 4 pm, Discovery Preserve on Euclid Avenue. Food and activities for the entire family! BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR.

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

June 19 - Monday: Golf Outing

July 4 - NO MEETING. Enjoy the 4th

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

October 14, 2017 - ZOMBIE RUN Bigelow Park.

November 7, 2017 - Vocational Day

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

June 6, 2017 - Eric Jylha shares stories of Normandy and his trip to France.

June 20, 2017 - Bay City Players celebrates 100 years! Kathy Pawloski will present the program.

June 27, 2017 - Team Paws Rocks Kind with Karrie Marciniak.

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

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Remember! Check attendance sheets at the front desk.

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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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