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Rotarians Discuss Membership Drive

September 16, 2007       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Last Weeks program - September 11, 2007:
Rotary Club Assembly

And the Rotarians said "We can do it!".

Chuck Brooks presided over a club assembly where he outlined the upcoming membership campaign. He punctuated each objective and plan with "and the Rotarians said" to which the club answered "We can do it!".

Chuck pointed out that, on average, the club both gains and loses ten members a year. The goal is to increase gain one more member a year then is lost.

This year the club starts with a deficit as more than the usual number of members were lost in the last dues cycle. This was more a factor of demographics and people moving away than the normal attrition the club experiences. The current membership is around 120, where it is normally closer to 128.

The plan over the next few months is to divide the club into teams based loosely on birthdays. Each team will have a leader from the board of directors. Teams will be charged with coming up with proposed names to be presented.

With names of guests in hand, a special meeting will be held where the guests are invited. The purpose of Rotary and the responsibilities of membership will be outlined that day. The programs committee is also planning to have a noteworthy speaker.

It is anticipated that this drive will identify a number of new members and significantly grow the club membership.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at

  • September 18 A Mayan Odyssey - Dr. Jeffrey Weenink

  • September 25 District Governor Pam Harkema

  • October 2 ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? High school coaches Mark Miller and Dave Schwartz

  • October 9 Historic Resources at the Public Libraries of Saginaw


  • Mark October 18 on your calendar for the chartering of the Pinconning club.

  • Community Grant requests letters will be going out soon. The club grants $10,000 annually to area organizations. If you have suggestions of worthy projects or organizations give them to Chairman Jeff Yantz.

  • Vocational Days needs a co-chair. If interested see Ralph Knop or Griff Acker.

  • A new printed photo directory has been produced and is available from Steve Kent.

  • The International Night committee is meeting weekly at 11:00 am, right before the regular Club meeting. Volunteers are needed. Be sure to check the sign up cards.

    Be sure to buy your International Night tickets. Larry LaPorte distributed two tickets to all members.

    We need about 120 more auction items over the next six weeks. The auction accounts for a third of the revenue!

  • The board has approved a Public Relations Officer position for the club, for which it will pay an honorarium.

  • Breezes Reporters Wanted: If you'd like to help write the weekly Breezes please see Steve Kent. It's an easy job. No experience necessary. High Pay (well at least a lot of thanks).

    Visit, web site of the Rotary Club of Bay City, Michigan

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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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