www.mybaycity.com March 7, 2004
Rotary Article 377

Rotarians at weekly meeting listen intently to speaker.

High School Students to Attend Rotary Club For Vocational Days Mentoring

Many Careers Will Be Launched As Students Flock to Businesses, Hospital

March 7, 2004
By: Dave Rogers

      Upwards of 100 high school students will attend the Bay City Rotary Club's noon luncheons over the next two weeks.

      "The Vocational Days program is one of the biggest events in the club year and one of the most important in terms of working with youth," said Rob Monroe, Rotary Club president.

      Students and their counselors are universally enthusiastic about this program, according to chairmen Ralph Knop and Griffith Acker.

      Format of the program is for Rotarians to sign up to mentor students all morning at their offices and then host them at the luncheon at noon in the Holiday Inn.

      Over the years many lifetime careers have started with this mentoring program, the sponsors have reported. The second week is heavily oriented toward medical careers with cooperation from Bay Regional Medical Center.

      Speaker at the Vocational Days program this week will be Associate Dean Dave Bledsoe of Delta College, which has recently opened a new trade-technical complex drawing widespread public interest. He will be introduced by Deb Lutz, vice president of business and finance of Delta.

      Tom Hollingsworth, president of Duro-Last Roofing, will speak at the Vocational Days program next week, March 16. Jim Hollerbach, industrial sales representative, is programmer.

      Jason McCoy, regional Boy Scout executive, comes to the podium at Rotary on Mar. 23, programmed by Jim Hollerbach;

The Mar. 30 program will feature Mike Seward, president of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, introduced by Dave Rogers, programmer;

Eric Renshaw, entrepreneurial custom yacht and small craft builder, will speak on Apr. 6, with introduction by Dave Rogers, programmer;

A speaker from Bay Regional Health Center will talk about the new volunteer health clinic in Essexville on Apr. 13, with introduction by programmer Keith Markstrom;

Apr. 20 will see Josie Meyer speak on the 8th annualMid-Michigan Regional Business Expo, slated Wed. May 5 at Saginaw Valley State University; Introduction will be by programmer Jim Hollerbach;

Laura Ogar, Bay County environmental affairs and community development director, is scheduled to speak on economic development to Rotary on Apr. 27, with introduction by programmer Jim Hollerbach.

Hratch Basmadjian, manager of the Holiday Inn, heads the committee planning the Rotary District 6310 Assembly and Conference on April 30-May1. Basmadjian promises and exciting two days of programs for Rotarians, including a presentation Youth Exchange students from various foreign countries. The event will be headed by Rotary District Gov. Jerome Yantz and District Gov.-elect Ruby Iwamasa ofMidland.

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