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Tara Welch
Tara Welch, Director of Studio 23, spoke to Rotary about the upcoming MI Made Marketplace slated got the weekend of September 30 and October 1. The event will run in conjunction with the Hells Half Mile Film and Music Festival (HHM).

Tara said that the event is the brainchild of several well know people in downtown Bay City. Laura Horwath of Ferne Boutique, photographer Amanda Ray, Electrich Kitsch's Jordan Pries, entrepreneur/photographer Avram Golden, and HHM's Alan LaFave was all part of the planning.

The event will bring artists, and food trucks, to downtown Bay City for the weekend. The "family fun event" will include vendors who make their products in Michigan, delicious food, and general fun. Admission is free. Proceeds from the event will go to support the local community.

Tara said that over 100 artists applied for the event. This year's event has room for only 50 so the selection jury was able to fill all of those slots are assigned.

Street vendors will be on Washington Ave. between 4th and Center. Food trucks will be located on 5th Street.

Having the event the same weekend as HHM was intentional, said Tara. "We saw a benefit to the two events complimenting each other". The audiences are different but similar and each audience will enjoy the attractions of both events.

This is the first MI Made Marketplace but it certainly won't be the only one. The potential in Bay City is great and the organizers anticipate a great reception.

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Cindy Chadwick is taking sign-ups for the Foundation Gala in Frankenmuth scheduled for November 17.

Future Rotary social nights are being organized by Frank Janca. He announced that information will be available in the next couple of weeks.

The Zombie Run is only a few weeks off. Information is on the web site and Facebook.

Brenda Scramlin is organizing volunteers. We need about 50 people to cover all the stations on the run as well as work various areas. This is a major event for the club and your help is needed! The "Face the FX" face painting group will be on hand again this year to provide that essential ZOMBIE look. Andrea Hales is recruiting sponsors.

Tara Welch announced that the Community Grant cycle's deadline has been extended to October 15. The club has money to give to community organizations that serve "Youth and Education". If you know of a candidate, be sure to have them check the club web site,

Ed Keating noted that the program in two weeks will be a special event. Make plans to be here on September 26 when we hear the story of the "Hiding Place" Anneke Burke-Kooistra will tell how, as a young girl living in Nazi-occupied Holland, she never knew that her parents were harboring eight Jews in their home during the Nazi Occupation. Those who have heard the presentation say that it's a riveting story.

Thanks to Frank Janca for the bread and wine that was auctioned off. The sourdough bread was baked the day before in San Francisco and came back with Frank on a plane overnight!

Bob Chadwick announced that we have arranged to partner with the Morning Rotary for this year's Vocational Days. This should extend the reach and provide an even better experience for the students.

Next summer's International Convention will be in Toronto, an easy trip for many of us. Be sure you sign up with her if you can make this life-changing Rotary experience.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.
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October 14, 2017 - ZOMBIE RUN Bigelow Park.

November 7, 2017 - Vocational Day
(Watch for potential date change)

November 15, 2017 - Foundation Gala Frankenmuth

May 4-5, 2018 - District Conference Frankenmuth
    New format and breakout sessions.
    1 and a half days rather than two full days.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

Sept 26, 2017 "Hiding Place"
As a young girl growing up in Nazi-occupied Holland in the 1940's, Anneke Burke-Kooistra lived in a small townhouse with her parents and two younger sisters. And a houseful of strangers. But she never knew it until World War II ended. Join us to learn from Anneke as she describes her parents' decision to harbor eight Jews in their home during the Nazi Occupation in the 1940's.

October 3, 2017 ShelterBox
Rotary and ShelterBox collaborate to provide emergency shelter and vital supplies to stabilize, protect, and support communities affected by disasters and humanitarian crises. Learn more about the green box which arrives when disaster strikes.

October 10, 2017 10-Minute Rotarian

October 24, 2017 Great Lakes Bay College & Career Resource Center
This presentation will offer insight of the great work being done to increase post secondary education. Learn who is helped, what is offered and how help is provided through the Great Lakes Bay College & Career Resource Center.

November 14, 2017 Vocational Day SPONSORED BY THE ROTARY CLUBS OF BAY CITY
Annual Vocational Day for High School Juniors. After many years of being the sole sponsor of this event, the Rotary Club of Bay City and the Rotary Club of Bay City Morning will be co-sponsoring this event.

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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Rotary Global History.

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