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Rotary Joins Optimists To Honor Unsung Heros

April 16, 2019       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Andrea Foster

On April 16, the Rotary Club joined the Bay City Optimists to honor Bay City's Unsung Heros. This young women and men represent some of the best of the city's high school students. Nominated by their schools, these students express and demonstrate the way adults want and expect the next generation to be.

The speaker for the day was Andrea Foster of Little Forks Conservancy in Midland. Andrea told her story of a less than optimal beginning that found her married with a child before the age of 20. She moved west with a husband who proved to be abusive. She then told of her first Unsung Hero who helped her move back home. She told of her work, schooling and a turned around life, mostly thanks to a series of Unsung Heroes.

Today Andrea has a job she loves. She works, trains, educates, and speaks on behalf of her employer Little Forks Conservancy. As one of the Optimist speakers said, "If you are from Midland you know Andrea and have probably heard her talk."

Andrea's inspiring story made clear the importance of "Unsung Heroes" in the life of a young person. Following her talk the Optimist presented each of the twenty one Young Heroes. Their nomination story was read and they were presented with a certificate and shirt.

Congratulations to all of these young people. They are truly the future of our country.

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Due to the joint meeting with the Optimists, the normal Rotary program was suspended. Members are reminded of several items from previous meetings:

A note to all members. Several Dues Invoices for the January to June term remain Past Due. Please take care of this as soon as possible. If you did NOT receive an invoice, please contact the secretary.

Remember the Golf Outing coming up on June 24. Raffle tickets should be ready soon. A list of sponsors will be out soon.

Also keep in mind the "Mitten State Music Revival" on May 11. Tickets are $10. The posters will be ready very soon.

The day's "Rotary Foundation Minute" was not given, but members are reminded of the contribution envelopes given out by Chuck Cusick. These provide an easy way for members to donate to the Foundation. What could be easier? Write a check, put it in the envelope, drop it in the mailbox. Simple!

The club will meet off-site on these dates:
    June 4
    June 18
    July 30


At the board's direction, these Breezes, the club web site,
and the member database will be dropped as of July 1, 2019.

Replacing these systems, used for the last fifteen years, will be the Club Runner program. If there are features of the current system that you like or rely on, be sure to ask board members or incoming administration if there will be a replacement for that feature.


Mitten State Music Revival
22 ACTS!
One Night   May 11, 2019

June 24, 2019: Golf Outing - 9:00 am Maple Leaf Golf Course
2018 Off site Meeting April 9
Marriott, Uptown Bay City

Board meets at 11:00, prior to regular meeting.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

April 23, 2019: Zac Brannigan of the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy will talk about new Bay City Projects.

April 30, 2019: Community Foundation Give Local Bay Kirsten McIlvenna will talk about the upcoming 24-hour online giving campaign that unites our community in supporting our local nonprofits, agencies, and parks in Bay and Arenac counties. Your support on Give Local Bay on May 7, 2019 helps these nonprofits build their endowment funds at Bay Area Community Foundation so that they are able to provide for many generations to come.

May 7, 2019: Great Lakes Bay Region Families Against Narcotics presented by GLBR founder Lori Ziolkowski.

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.

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.

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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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