www.mybaycity.com January 31, 2017
Rotary Article 10711

Midland Center For The Arts Topic Of Rotary Meeting

January 31, 2017
By: Stephen Kent



Terri Trotter
Terri Trotter, President and CEO of the Midland Center for the Arts (MCFTA) spoke to Rotary Tuesday. She talked about the organization and upcoming programs.

When people were asked what they liked, most responses were about Dow Gardens. In fact, the widely known gardens are a separate organization but share the same general location and much the same support.

Terri mentioned the Whiting Forest just down the street. Very soon the Forest will open a new canopy walk enabling people to experience the forest from about 35 feet in the air as they walk through the forest canopy. This will be one of the few, and in fact the longest accessible canopy walk in the country.

MCFTA is known for its performing arts programs and events but it also incorporates the Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art. The latest show at the museum is "Design Zone" which is a very STEM-oriented museum show that teaches how the modern world is designed and works. This compliments a number of programs like Family Challenge Days and Thursday STEM Night.

The organization may be better known for its entertainment, which brings in nationally known shows as well as hosting local productions. Terri was excited to talk about partner organizations like the Kennedy Center. Upcoming events will include shows like One-Man Star Wars, Erth's Dinosaur Zoo LIVE, Beauty and the Beast, and the Midland Symphony.

The MCFTA operates on a nearly $8 million annual budget and employees over 75 people. The vast majority of this money comes from private sources. Less than one percent comes from sources like state arts groups and the NEA. Most support comes from Midland and Midland County.

As a member of the Regional Alliance, the MCFTA recognizes the importance of emphasizing quality local entertainment. People don't have to go to Detroit or Chicago for events because they are right here.

The center serves about 120,000 people annually and half those come from outside of Midland County. This has an important economic impact as statistics show that people in the state spend about $17 per ticket beyond the cost of the ticket when they attend an event.

For more information visit www.mcfta.org



CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

As the last meeting of the month, the club celebrated the birthdays for a large group of members.

This being the 100th year of the Rotary Foundation, the club will hear a little about the Foundation each week. Members were reminded how the club suggests that, on their own birthday, members make an annual donation of fifty cents for each of years of their age.

Lee Newton reminded members that the Rotary Concert will be held on March 30. Former club president Ron Bloomfield, now working for CMU, has volunteered to help organize the program again this year. Lee will be selling program ads at upcoming meetings.

The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy sent a letter of thanks for the check recently presented by the club.

On February 14th, the club will hold a joint meeting with the Optimists as they hold their Unsung Hero Luncheon and recognition. This will be at our normal meeting time and location. Note that it is also the day for the monthly board meeting, which will be held at 11:00 am.

City Manager and Rotarian Rick Finn thanked all of those who attended the standing-room only Town Hall meeting last night. He briefly mentioned some of the high points of that meeting and how the city is addressing housing in the area. Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.


DATES TO REMEMBER


Optimist Unsung Hero Luncheon February 14, 2017. At the Doubletree at our regular meeting time. (The club board meets at 11:00 on the same day.)

OFF SITE Meeting - March 7 At the Delta College Planetarium.
(Also May 16, June 6)

Rotary Concert March 30 at the State Theatre.

June 10-14, 2017 Rotary International Convention - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
www.RotaryConvention2017.org OR www.RIConvention.org
Dee Dee Wacksman, District Chair

November 7, 2017 - Vocational Day


Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

February 7, 2017 ala-cARTe of Bay County. Get an update from the "ala-cARTe" group of Bay County. This group is combined of 8 non-profit organizations of arts and culture. State Theatre, Bay Arts Council, Studio 23/The Arts Center, Bay City Players, Bay Concert Band, Delta College Planetarium, Bay County Library System, Bay County Historical Museum.

February 14, 2017 Optimist Unsung Hero Award Luncheon. Joint meeting with the Bay City Noon Rotary. (Board meeting at 11:00 that day.)

February 21, 2017 Bigelow Park Playscape Status Update. Lisa Cleland and Matt VanNortwick will provide a status update on this project. It was the recipient of the inaugural Zombie Run (2015) proceeds in the amount of $15,200. The location of the new playscape is at Bigelow Park, behind the Boys & Girls Club North of the Lafayette Bridge in Bay City.




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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
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