www.mybaycity.com March 22, 2011
Rotary Article 5815

Rotarians and Student Guests Learn about Great Lakes Bay Early College

March 22, 2011
By: Stephen Kent

Rotary held its second Vocational Day on March 22. 75 students were guests of Rotary and various businesses and institutions. Two weeks ago 65 students attended the year's first Vocational Day.

Marlene Searles, Director
Great Lakes Bay Early College
Students and Rotarians heard a program presented by Marlene Searles who talked about the new Great Lakes Bay Early College.

A program of the Saginaw ISD, Bay-Arenac ISD and Midland ESA, the program will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and will prepare students for college and STEM job skills, which are in high demand in the Tri-cities area.

The FREE program is open to students entering 11th grade in fall of 2011. All students are eligible including those in home school, charter, other public and/or private schools.

Students will earn a high school diploma and up to 60 college credits. They will be "credentialed as College Ready" which will allow them to seamlessly move on to an associates or bachelors degree program. The program is designed to provide personalized instruction in a small group setting.

Early College allows high school students to attend SVSU, Delta or Davenport University. Students go full time to the college to get both college credit and their high school diploma. Local business partners will participate with job shadowing and internships.

The Great Lakes Bay Early College, one of 20 such programs funded by the state of Michigan, plans to enroll 160 students this fall. 80 will be from Saginaw, 40 from Bay County and 40 from Midland. Selection will be by random lottery.

For full information visit the Saginaw ISD web site.

Interested Students get Camp Rotary information from President Jylha


Thanks to everyone who completed the Member Survey. If you have not checked your name off the big board, please do so or contact Steve Kent ( Secretary@RotaryBayCity.org ) to receive your makeup. The drawing for the Doubletree gift certificate will be held at an upcoming meeting.

Annual Community Grants applications are being accepted through the end of the month. Visit the club web site for full information. Contact Kelly Frick or check the club web site Community Grants Page for details.

Rotary is accepting donations toward Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief. The district has pledged $4,000 to the fund.

The GSE team from Greece are in the district now. The Sebewaing and Pigeon clubs will host a lunch reception at the Stein Haus in Bay City on April 10. The Bijou Orchestra will present a concert following the lunch at 2:00 Everyone is invited. RSVP to KristinBearden@gmail.com by April 1 if you plan to attend.

The annual club Golf Outing has been scheduled for June 27. The Helicopter Golf Ball Drop will again be featured. The committee will meet in 2 weeks.

The Youth Study Exchange committee is planning for our incoming student and is looking for three host families. Each will take our student for 3½ months. Contact Brenda Rowley for more information.

Concert for Rotary date has been set for Friday, May 6. The committee is again selling ads for the program. See Andrea Hales at the meetings for details.

The 2011 Rotary District 6310 Conference will be held April 1 and 2 in Mt. Pleasant. Visit www.MPRotary.com for conference details. The club's board voted to continue the tradition of reimbursing a portion of a member's conference registration fee. Contact treasurer Doug Rise for more information.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

March 29, 2011: Vocational Talk: Fellow Rotarian Candace Bales Executive Director of the Bay City Downtown Management Board & Development Authority, will talk about her profession.

April 5, 2011: Youth Exchange : Brenda Rowley and Andrea Hales will talk about Rotary Youth Exchange and how our club is involved.

April 12, 2011: Joe Lehman will speak on the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy.

April 19, 2011: Jill Kroll of the Nathan Weidner Children Advocacy Center, will speak on forensic interviewing.


The District Conference will be April 1 and 2 in Mt. Pleasant. Visit www.MPRotary.com for details.

April 10: Greek GSE Team reception at the Stein Haus followed by Bijou Orchestra Concert at the State Theater.

Club Golf Outing - Monday, June 27, 2011.

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

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