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By: Dave Rogers

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New Bay City Hilton Doubletree in Final Construction Phases Looms Across Saginaw River.
 
Stu Reid, accountant with Weinlander-Fitzhugh CPAs, takes the Rotary podium as greeter.

      Details on the much-anticipated opening of the new Bay City Hilton Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center will be on tap for Rotarians Tuesday at noon at the Holiday Inn.

      Speaker will be Tim Shelton, marketing manager of the Doubletree, to be introduced by Larry LaPorte.

      The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is planning a grand extravaganza called "The Bay Area on the Go!" to be the first major event in the hotel-conference center, according to BACC President Mike Seward.

      Targeted opening date for the facility is June 1 and the event would be held the first available weekend, Seward said. Along with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the invitation list includes developers from the local area as well as statewide, venture capitalists and business leaders from far and wide.

      Other scheduled programs are as follows:

      Mar. 2, Al McFadyen, former Bay City development director, now director of the Delhi Township, Ingham County, DDA, speaking on the value of DDAs to a community, with introduction by Cliff Van Dyke, programmer;

March 9 and 16 are Vocational Days, with speakers Associate Dean Dave Bledsoe of Delta College the first week and Tom Hollingsworth, president of Duro-Last Roofing, to follow. Deb Lutz, vice president of business and finance of Delta, and Jim Hollerbach, industrial sales representative, are programmers. More than 100 high school students are signed up for the one-day mentoring process over the two weeks with Rotarians, according to chairmen Ralph Knop and Griffith Acker.

Jason McCoy, regional Boy Scout executive, comes to the podium at Rotary on Mar. 23, programmed by Jim Hollerbach;

The Mar. 30 program will feature Mike Seward, president of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, introduced by Dave Rogers, programmer;

Eric Renshaw, entrepreneurial custom yacht and small craft builder, will speak on Apr. 6, with introduction by Dave Rogers, programmer;

A speaker from Bay Regional Health Center will talk about the new volunteer health clinic in Essexville on Apr. 13, with introduction by programmer Keith Markstrom;

Apr. 20 will see Josie Meyer speak on the 8th annual Mid-Michigan Regional Business Expo, slated Wed. May 5 at Saginaw Valley State University; Introduction will be by programmer Jim Hollerbach;

Laura Ogar, Bay County environmental affairs and community development director, is scheduled to speak on economic development to Rotary on Apr. 27, with introduction by programmer Jim Hollerbach.

Hratch Basmadjian, manager of the Holiday Inn, heads the committee planning the Rotary District 6310 Assembly and Conference on April 30-May 1. Basmadjian promises and exciting two days of programs for Rotarians, including a presentation Youth Exchange students from various foreign countries. The event will be headed by Rotary District Gov. Jerome Yantz and District Gov.-elect Ruby Iwamasa of Midland.









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