www.mybaycity.com February 23, 2016
Rotary Article 10321

Northern Bay and Arenac Rotary Presents 2016 Saginaw Bay Nature Festival

February 23, 2016
By: Stephen Kent



2016 Mike Stoner
The club welcomed former club President Mike Stoner, now with the Norther Bay and Arenac Rotary Club, who spoke about the upcoming 2016 Saginaw Bay Nature Festival to be held in and around Pinconning the end of April.

Mike said that the Bay City Club, besides being the sponsoring parent club to the Pinconning club, played a pivotal role by giving a $500 community grant to the festival. The Pinconning club built on that grant by showing others that the festival was significant enough that even Bay City was supporting it. The goal was $4,000 and the club is already at the $5,500 mark.

For a number of years, the Pinconning club has participated in Bay City's annual International Night fund raiser. With the change this year to the Zombie Run, the Pinconning club decided that they needed to come up with their own signature event. From that decision came the Nature festival.

Although sometimes overlooked, "Birding" is a very popular international activity. The Midwest Birding Symposium, held last fall at the Doubletree, attracted 4 to 500 people from all over the US. A number of them noted that the Saginaw Bay is one of the most important bird migration areas in the country.

The upcoming Festival will have four components:
  • Nature Art Competition sponsored by Bay City Rotary
  • Conservation Challenge sponsored by Chemical Bank.
  • Saginaw Bay Waterfowl migrations
  • Lecture Series

    The Festival has all the hallmarks of a budding and long term success. The major sponsor is Northwoods Wholesale Outlet. Other sponsors include the Bay City Rotary Club, Chemical Bank, Bittersweet Quilt Shop, Pinconning Rotarians, and the Pinconning-Linwood Chamber of Commerce.

    For more information visit www.facebook.com/SaginawBayNatureFest



    CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

    A NOTE ABOUT E-MAIL:
    You should be receiving a weekly notice that the Breezes (which you're reading now) is available. Even if you do NOT receive the e-mail, you can always use your browser and go to MyBayCity.com to read the breezes.

    In recent months we've noticed that e-mail is not infallible. Spam filters and other "protections" prevent e-mail from reaching everyone it's addressed to. If you are not receiving your e-mails, you should contact your e-mail provider. If that doesn't work, consider using a different provider (gmail, yahoomail, hotmail, etc.)

    You may also want to go to the club web site RotaryBayCity.org and check the on-line directory. This is our master record for all members. Be sure that your address and other information is correct. If not, contact Steve Kent.

    Rotary Rocks "Birds Of A Feather" planning continues. Keep April 28 on your calendar! Andrea Hales will be selling program ads at $30, $50, and $100.

    The club's Community Grant cycle is open through March 15. Check the club web site for full information and applications.

    Andrea Hales still needs a second family to host our exchange student for the Spring school session. She also says that the exchange for next year is being scheduled now and she needs a first host family on file so they can get busy on obtaining a passport.

    A small number of dues invoices have yet to be paid. If you are one of that number, please attend to this matter soon. Payment will be greatly appreciated as the club needs to make its payment to Rotary International.

    Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters MAY be available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below. These are not always updated, but it's worth trying.


    DATES TO REMEMBER



    Board Meeting - March 8 - 11:00 am before regular meeting - Everyone invited.
    April 9 District Matching Grant Seminar (COPOCO CCU)

    April 28 Rotary Rocks Concert

    May 20-21 District Conference Alpena


    Upcoming Programs

    (See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

    March 1, 2016 Community Advancement Network Executive Director Charlie Schwedler will be providing us with an overview of the Network and a report on its progress. The motto is Building Effectiveness and Efficiency in Nonprofits in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

    March 8, 2016 Clean Water in the Dominican Republic. Randy Ettema, District 6310 Water & Sanitation Committee Chair, will provide an update on the ongoing and planned water and sanitation projects with which our district is involved in the Dominican Republic.

    March 15, 2016 Bay County Library "3D" Printer Kevin Ayala will discuss this exciting new technology that is available through the library system.

    March 22, 2016 - "Anatomy of a Mystery" Author David Vizard will showcase his new novel, "A Grand Murder" which is set in Bay City. He will present a slideshow entitled "Anatomy of a Mystery" which takes a look at how his book was developed.

    April 12, 2016 Midland Center for the arts Presented by Bruse Winslow.


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    LINKS

    RotaryBayCity.org BayCityMorningRotary.com
    District 6310 Web Site District Dispatch Archive
    Rotary International Make-up On-Line at RotaryEclubOne.org
    The Rotary Global History Fellowship rotaryfirst100.org
    Rotary Global History.


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