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Dow Event Center Topic of Rotary Program

January 15, 2019       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Suzanne Kart
Suzanne Kart, Marketing Manager for the Dow Event Center and Huntington Event Park in Saginaw, talked about the facilities, recent improvements, and the many upcoming programs.

Looking at the history of the Event Center, Kart told of many of the big names who have appeared there. In fact, she showed a picture of a "Settlement Statement", filled in by hand, from a performance by Elvis just months before his death in 1977. Then there's the WWE star who asked if the Center had a piano because he likes to play alone for a couple of hours before going on.

The Event Center is usually thought of as a venue for performers, of every type. But it also caters to events of many types. Facilities including the Garden Room, the Red Room, and the Theater are all rented. The Center features an in-house caterer, audiovisual support, unique designable event spaces, and on-site event coordinators.

One of the newest features is the outdoor Huntington Event Park with it's large covered stage and lawn for audiences. Outdoor events from Spring to Fall are regular features on local TV news.

Kart related several interesting stories including how the indoor area is used for ice skating. She said that when the Monster Trucks came to perform, an artificial floor was laid over the ice and dirt was put on top of that. "You'd never know what was under that performance area."

A list of the many upcoming events and shows was presented. Among the notable ones is "Brew Ha-Ha" beer and comedy shows on January 18 and 19. Over 40 breweries will be on hand and feature 150 styles of beer, cider, and meads. February 1 will see ZoSo, "the ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience". And on February 7, William Shatner will be on hand for a screening of "The Wrath of Kahn" followed by a question and answer session.

Other offerings will include Cirque du Soleil On Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, and a Beatles. Broadway shows, comedy shows, Red Green, John Mellencamp, and Monster Trucks. The venue is easy to reach, has great parking, and is an affordable experience for everyone.


The February 12 Board Meeting
will be held a week later

February 19, 2019 before the regular meeting.

The Chamber of Commerce will be holding it's State of the Community program at the Doubletree on February 12, the same time as the Rotary Meeting. Since many members want to attend that meeting, the Board decided to cancel the regular Tuesday Rotary meeting and postpone the monthly Board meeting. Anyone who attends the Chamber event can turn in a Rotary Makeup for the meeting.

A note to all members. Dues invoices for the January to June term have been e-mailed. Please take care of this as soon as possible. If you did NOT receive our invoice, please contact the secretary.

Prior to the program, the club welcomed Kurt Miller who gave a brief talk about the Bay City Players upcoming shows, auditions, and opportunities for everyone to try out.

In the day's "Rotary Foundation Minute", SVSU's Jenna Briggs, a specialist in International Studies, talked about the mission of Rotary and the works done in remote countries around the world. She mentioned clean water programs in particular. "If you wonder if you make a difference, I can tell you from experience that through the Rotary Foundation you do."

During "Happy Bucks", it was noted that Chris Girard survived his three marathons in Florida. Barb Englehardt brought greetings from Rob and Deb Monroe. Don Carlyon noted that his grandson, Will, has been cast in the Broadway production of Harry Potter. And the club received a thank you from "All Music Is Power" which received a recent Community Grant.


February 12, 2019: Chamber of Commerce State of the Community program. Rotary Cancelled
Instead of the regular meeting on Feb 12, the club will hold a CLUB SOCIAL at the City Market from 6pm to 8pm. See the sign-up sheet at upcoming meetings.

February 19, 2019: Board Meeting (Postponed from February 12)
    11:00, prior to the regular meeting.
    Everyone welcome.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

January 22, 2019: Internet Security. David Neal of Bierlein-Trombley Technologies will talk about how to protect yourself on the web.

January 29, 2019: Dow Bay Area Family YMCA. Jim Vietti will talk about the Y's facility expansion and community programs.

February 12, 2019: MEETING CANCELLED.
Board meeting postponed a week.
Members who attend the Chamber of Commerce State of the Community event may request a make-up.
Instead of the regular meeting on Feb 12, the club will hold a CLUB SOCIAL at the City Market from 6pm to 8pm. See the sign-up sheet at upcoming meetings.

February 19, 2019: Community Advancement Network . Beth Sorenson-Prince will talk about the programming provided by the Network, what is capacity building and why it is vital for our communities and how strengthening our mission-driven organizations improves our communities as a whole. Also, how to connect to the Network!

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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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