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Rotary Article 10843

Humane Society of Bay County Topic of Rotary Program

May 2, 2017
By: Stephen Kent



Jeannie Williams
The first week of May is "Be Kind to Animals" week. Jeannie Nichols, head of the Humane Society of Bay County spoke to Rotary about the organization and its impact on the Bay County area. In a country where pets outnumber children four to one, organizations like the Humane Society are important assets to the community.

Among the best-known services are the dog and cat adoption programs. Individuals can choose from the best, well cared for pets available. Fees include sterilization (spaying or neutering), medical examinations, age appropriate vaccinations, de-worming, and flea treatment if necessary. This program helps end pet overpopulation that leaves millions of animals without homes and proper care each year.

Less well known is the Pet Trust Program. Elderly people often worry about what will happen to their cherished pets when they are gone. Pet Trust endeavors to set up a plan for the care of those pets. This lets the owners rest in the knowledge that their pets will be cared for.

The "Trap Neuter Return" program addresses the problem of feral cats and dogs. In the past, these animals would be trapped and removed from the environment. It was learned that other animals simply move in to fill the void. The new program traps the animals, neuters them, and returns them to the environment. Neutered animals maintain their place but do not generate more offspring.

Perhaps the most exciting may be that the Society will soon have a permanent home. Since 1984 the members have largely worked from their homes. Last year they decided it was time to purchase a building of their own. The new home is at 1607 Marquette Avenue, next to Anderson Eye Care. The renovation is under way. When complete, this will become an adoption center.

Jeannie talked of a number of other programs. For more information visit www.HumaneSocietyBayCounty.org



CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

THIS WEEK - May 9:
Meet at the Planetarium
The board meets this week
May 9 at 11:00 before the regular meeting.
Meet at the Planetarium
Everyone is welcomed.
Agenda, minutes, treasurers reports and other information is in the member's area of the club web site.


Andrea Hales is still looking for a host family for our next incoming Exchange Student. Please see Andrea if you're interested. Everyone who has been a host says it's an experience not to be missed.

Tim Holsworth said that brochures for the Golf Scramble was being distributed. The full information is on the club web site. This year's proceeds will be split with about 80% going to Bay County Schools and the remainder going to the club foundation to support other grants and programs. In the past funds went to Bay City Central High. This year's funds will be distributed to all area schools. You may designate your choice of school on the registration form. Funds will be allocated based on participant requests.

The next "club social" is to be a PICNIC on June 10 at the Discovery Preserve on Euclid. There will be food and activities for the entire family. Put it on your calendar NOW.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.


DATES TO REMEMBER



OFF SITE Meeting - May 9 At the Delta College Planetarium.
(Also May 16 and June 6)

Saginaw Bay Nature Festival Banquet Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Saganing Tribal Center. Sponsored by Northern Bay and Arenac Rotary of Pinconning.

District Conference May 19, 2017 - May 20, 2017: D'Mar Banquet and Conference Center, Owosso.

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

Club Social PICNIC. Saturday, June 10, 2017. Discovery Preserve on Euclid Avenue. Food and activities for the entire family!

Golf Outing - Monday, June 19, 2017

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

July 25, 2017 - July 26, 2017 District 6310 to Tour One Rotary Center. Group to take Amtrak train to Chicago.

November 7, 2017 - Vocational Day


Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

May 9, 2017 - Creative 360; Stages, Studio & Gallery Carol Rumba, Executive Director, will present program highlights and share a little about Creative 360's efforts in bringing inclusiveness and creativity to the community through non-traditional programming and the power of 'yes!'

May 16, 2017 - South Korea and Michigan. Soojung Kim, our Rotary Youth Exchange Student, will give us an overview of South Korea. Additionally, Callen McDonough will review her presentation of Michigan for her Rotary Youth Exchange Trip to Italy.

May 23, 2017 - Adult Drug Courts. The Honorable Harry P. Gill, 18th Circuit Court, will speak about drug court, what happens there, and why we think drug courts work. He will talk about the theory behind drug court best practices, and why he believes those practices should be incorporated into the criminal justice system at large.

June 6, 2017 - Eric Jylha shares stories of Normandy and his trip to France.


Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.

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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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