YWCA Topic of Rotary Talk
September 1, 2015
By: Stephen Kent
The Rotary speaker on September 1 was Lisa Grills
Executive Director of the YWCA, an organization that started in Bay County all the way back in 1891.
Lisa talked about some of the YW's background and some of its programs. The YW focuses on the advancement of women in the Great Lakes Bay Region. They further focus on advocacy of families and helping women become economically self sufficient.
Among the core programs is the Women's Resource Center, the Advocacy Initiatives, Professional Development, Parent Education, Getting Ahead, and Special Needs Summer Camps.
The Resource Center helps women with many of the tech requirement of today's work from doing a good resume to using computers and the internet to take advantage of those tools and programs. Women can work on things like literacy skills or just finishing their GED. The YW runs tech centers in Bay City, Saginaw and Midland.
A 13-week workshop called Getting Ahead is a combination of self-examination and economic education. It assists women to meet their personal economic goals. Lisa went on to talk about other programs and she answered questions including one about the Unity Picnic that was once held. She said there is some interest in bringing that event back.
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CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
The board meets this week
September 8 at 11:00 before the regular meeting.
Everyone is welcomed.
A yellow rose was placed on the lectern in remembrance of Al Hicks
who passed away last week. Al was a long time member of this club and was president in 1978-79.
Brenda, Wendy Dore and Andrea Hales
talked about the Running Dead
Zombie race coming on October 10. Zombies in makeup were featured on the slide show that ran during the meal. Volunteers will be needed and sponsorships are available.
sold more of the yellow t-shirts this week and will be ordering another round. She will also sell the gray shirts which were originally reserved for runners only.
Thanks to Maier & Associates
for their major sponsorship of the Running Dead race. That is a huge step toward a successful event.
Andrea also talked about a new fun event called "Rotary Night out at the Brewery
" taking place September 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Tri-City Brewing Company
, 3020 N. Water St. The Gypsy Wagon Band
will provide entertainment and there will be free snacks to compliment the many types of beer and soft drinks you can purchase. This is a time to relax and kick up your heels and get to know fellow Rotarians in a very relaxed setting.
talked about the current Community Grants
cycle which has just closed. The committee will meet soon to review applications for some of $5,000 that is available. Complete information is on the club web site at http://www.rotarybaycity.org/rot-a400.cfm
Andrea and Print
Andrea Hales introduced our new exchange student from Japan, Chawanrut Boonrapongcharoen, who goes by the name "Print". Print is staying with Lee and Molly Newton and their family for her first few months here in Bay City.
Matt Felan reminded everyone that Vocational Days has been moved to November 10 at the requests of the schools. This date does not interfere with test schedules and other events in the Spring. The major organizing push starts next week. Rotarians are asked to start thinking about hosting students for the day.
The current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH
newsletters are available in the LINKS section below.
DATES TO REMEMBER
- Sept 8 - 11:00 am before regular meeting
- Everyone invited.
"Rotary Wednesday Walkout
" every Wednesday at 6:15. Meet Brenda at Wenonah Park. Bring your family and friends. Get in shape for the ZOMBIE RUN (and Walk).
October 10, 2015: ZOMBIE RUN
November 10, 2015: Vocational Day
(See the official schedule at
September 8, 2015: Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra
CEO Dan Mcgee will present an overview of the programs offered and about the organization.
September 22, 2015: Launch Detroit
A Rotary International video shows how the Rotary Club of Detroit provides support to Detroit entrepreneurs as they seek to bring economic development to that city.
November 2, 2015: Hospice 101
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Bonnie Marsh will talk about hospice care and palliative care - how they differ from and complement one another.
Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH
newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.
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