Rotarians Talk About Themselves
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January 3, 2010
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Last Weeks Meeting - December 29, 2009
By: Stephen Kent
had never seen a 10-minute Rotarian talk and she was given the chance to not only present one, but she was the first for the day.
Barb came from a Michigan family where her claim to fame is that she was born in Toledo. Today she is the mother of two grown sons and a nineteen year old daughter.
Among her favorite pastimes is scuba diving. Barb told about a shark dive where she was a member of a group that went down 50 feet and sat in a circle on the ocean floor as reef sharks were baited with chum. She related how the 10 to 15 foot sharks would get very excited then dart between the divers and out of the group. One shark collided with the person beside Bard, knocked his mask off and bloodied his nose. "It was really scary" she exclaimed.
Barb loves to cook and related one of her first meals prepared for her new husband when she cooked pasta for almost three hours waiting for him to come home. But her son's wife topped that story when her pasta was gritty because she used the pan her husband had used to clean the fish tank.
Barb's current career is in Insurance, which she loves. Her first career was in dental hygiene. A patient talked her into insurance in after asking her what she wanted to do. Barb's answer was "I want to wear business suits and have acrylic nails". Holding up her hands she said "and now I do!".
Barb finds her insurance career to be a most challenging and rewarding profession. "This is a business without a glass ceiling. A woman can earn the same amount of money as her male counterparts." Barb has been very successful and has been in the top 20 of 450 field agents for eight of her nine years with Farm Bureau.
Barb's long term goal is to work until she is 70. Her future dream is to become a philanthropist. She's not sure what that will entail but she knows she'll accomplish it.
is well known in Rotary circles as last year's District Governor. What people might not know is that he was known as a jock in high school and college.
Born in Saginaw and raised in Bridgeport at a time when 90% of the people there were farmers... and Bob says he liked farmer's daughters. He says that another benefit was that many of his friends were really big farm boys which was good protection when he was playing football.
Bob related how his mother tried his entire high school career to get him to date Cindy Bereznoff, the daughter of a fellow worker. "Not gonna happen Mom... she's one of those SMART GIRLS. She gets all A's.". He went on to say that nothing kills your popularity like dating smart girls.
During this same time Cindy's Mom was telling her she should go out with Bob Chadwick. "He's a Jock isn't he? I don't date jocks. I only date guys who can talk in complete sentences. It's not going to happen."
After High School Bob went on to Western Michigan University to study management accounting. (WMU was at that time ranked by Playboy as the number three party school in the nation.) Cindy went to off to Michigan State to study "whatever smart girls study".
Throughout college Bob mother kept telling him "You should go out with Cindy Bereznoff. She's making all A's at Michigan State too". Cindy's mother also kept up the campaign.
After college Bob became a bank manager. He realized quickly that he would be sixty years old before he made any money at the bank so after a year he parted ways and came home to try and discover who he wanted to be.
Again his mother started the Cindy campaign. "So I said I'll make a deal with you. I'll ask her out as long as you never mention her name again." Bob went Cindy's office in the basement of a church and was greeted by two individuals with developmental disabilities. When Cindy came out Bob says he thought "Wow, she's a real babe! I wonder if she's still smart?".
Cindy was also favorably impressed. That was early September 1971 and by December they were engaged and were married by May. Bob says it's been a great ride for the past 37 years.
Bob also discovered that day what he wanted to do with his life and that was to work with people with developmental disabilities. Bob started as the business coordinator of Saginaw County's Mental Health Department. Moved on to Huron County, and ended up as CEO of the Tuscola Community Health System.
Bob recently retired after a 232 year career that blessed him with the opportunity to serve people who are less fortunate than many of us but who are such wonderful, wonderful people.
Bob has served on local, state and national boards of organizations in his field including Special Olympics International. He currently serves as the President of the Red Cross East Shoreline Chapter headquartered in Bay City. He also servers as a commissioner on the Bay City Housing Commission.
Cindy and Bob love shooting traps, golf and fly fishing.
CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dee Dee Wacksman went to the Rose Bowl and had the opportunity to work on the Rotary Float which appeared right at the beginning of the parade. HGTV had great coverage and spoke about Rotary's work in immunization and other efforts.
The Rotary Concert (formerly the Lee and Molly Newton Rotary Concert) is tentatively schedules for April. If you'd like to participate as a volunteer or a performer the committee wants to hear from you. The committee will also be selling program ads.
Rotary 101, a course to be presented by Chuck Cusick will be offered January 19, 6:30 to 8:30 at the Lincoln Center. This is your opportunity to join Rotarians from around the district and learn more about the mission and message of Rotary.
Vocational Days are coming up. Griff, Ralph and Dee Dee ask that, if you plan to host students, please fill out a form as soon as possible and turn it in to one of them. Bay Med will host students on March 2, and Delta College will do March 16. Since Delta takes such a large group, the committee prefers that Rotarians who host students take the March 2 date.
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Lunch is now on the table at noon allowing members to start the meal earlier. The meeting starts by 12:30 and the speaker starting by 12:50. The meeting typically adjourns around 1:15!
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If you would like a new picture for the club's directory, or if you need a new new name badge to reflect a classification change please contact Steve Kent.
DATES TO REMEMBER
The next New Member Orientation will be held January 13.
The Rotary Concert committee (formerly the Lee and Molly Newton Rotary Concert) has scheduled to meet the third Tuesday each month at 11:15.
(See the official schedule at
State Rep. Jeff Mayes will speak about his achievements in Lansing representing our City, the current challenges facing our state as well as what the future hold for him in Government.
Gary Ebel and Randy Clark will discuss the significance of Duck Decoys of the Saginaw Bay area and show some carving techniques.
Redevelopment Projects in Bay City: Steve Black will talk about the currently ongoing projects and recently completed projects within the City.
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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