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January 16, 2018       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Dorothy Dean
Dorothy Dean, Director of Resource Development for the Boys and Girls Club, spoke to the club about her organization and its programs.

The Boys Club of Bay City opened its doors in 1957 under the supervision of the Police Department. In 1991, Boys Clubs of America changed their name to Boys & Girls Clubs, allowing girls to join the membership. Today the local club runs six area units and has almost 3,000 members. The units are Bay City (1957), Essexville (2000), Pinconning (2000), Saginaw (2011), Carrollton (2011) and KidsCampUs located in the YMCA of Saginaw (2017).

With the slogan "Young people who need us most PLUS outcome-driven club experience EQUALS Priority outcomes", the clubs strive for an impact on the youth they serve.

Success is derived from five key elements: Fun, A safe and positive environment, supportive relationships, opportunities and expectations, and recognition.

Among the various programs is "Education and Career Development" which includes a "Power Hour" that provides tutoring and homework help, "Summer Brain Games" to help youth not fall behind when school is out, "DIY STEM" to provide STEM experiences to youth who might not otherwise do this, "Make the Promise to Graduate" which encourages students to stick with it!

Summer programs provide free breakfast and lunches to youth in the community. In 2017 the club served 9,109 breakfasts and 18,876 lunches.

Membership in the club is $25/year per child. Scholarship assistance is available for those students who need it. The club has a number of field trips and other programs, most of which are free. Community support helps make these programs possible.


Lee Newton showed off a full-size theater poster that will appear at the State Theatre soon. Smaller versions are available for Rotarians to show in their businesses. This year's Rotary Rocks concert is scheduled for February 8 at the State Theatre. Tickets and program ads on sale now. Rob Clark will be home and plans to MC the event.

Ann Grady announced that the plan is for Dictionary and Thesaurus delivers to wrap up this week. Thanks to everyone who helped.

The names of four prospective members were read to the membership. We look forward to inducting these folks soon.


Dig out your favorite Rotary memory photos and
let Brenda Scramlin use them for the weekly
Club slide show. It'll be fun for everyone!


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

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.
Get connected with ROTARY on Facebook.
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February 8, 2018 Rotary Rocks Concert at the State Theatre.

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 )

January 23, 2018: Rotarian Cherry Burzynski will talk about her recent Africa Adventure.

January 30, 2018: United Way of Bay County Community Impact .
The United Way of Bay County has moved from a traditional model of funding agencies to a Community Impact Plan. The Impact model will be launched on January 3rd, and grants may be submitted from any non-profit that fits within the new Initiatives and Strategies that were developed to address our changing community. Rotarian Marybeth Laisure to speak.

February 6, 2018: Mid Michigan Community Action RYSE Program Ron Tyll, Youth Homeless Resource Specialist, will speak on how MID Michigan Community Action is using the RYSE, Runaway Youth Support & Engagement program connects services to youth thinking about running away, couch surfing, or are already homeless.

February 20, 2018: Jill Armentrout will speak on Nonprofit Health Centers .

February 27, 2018: NO MEETING - SOCIAL after hours
Members are encouraged to attend the Chamber of Commerce's State of the Community Luncheon at the Doubletree from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm. Members will receive a makeup for attending.
The club will hold a social meeting at Tri-City Brewery that evening from 6:30 until... (pay as you go)

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!

Rotary Bay City on Facebook
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Remember! Check attendance sheets at the front desk.

District 6310 Web Site District Dispatch Archive
Rotary International Make-up On-Line at
The Rotary Global History Fellowship
Rotary Global History.

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Stephen Kent

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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