www.mybaycity.com January 9, 2005
Rotary Article 667

Bay Area Chamber's Valerie Roof to Speak on "Family Friendly Businesses"

Rotary Inviting Former Members, Guests to 100th Anniversary Party Feb. 23

January 9, 2005
By: Dave Rogers


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Kathy Czerwinski, RI Foundation chair of the Bay City Rotary Club, presents Hratch Basmadjian with a level three Paul Harris fellowship.

      Last week's program: Tom Hickner and Robert Belleman, State of the County and City. (See MyBayCity.com 1/4/05)

      Board meeting: Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., Bay Arenac Mental Health, 201 Mulholland St., 2nd floor.

      This week's program: Valerie Roof, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, "Guidebook to Family Friendly Businesses."


      Club News: Former club presidents have nominated Ralph Knop as president-elect and Gena Gates as president for 2006-07.      Vocational Days are slated Mar. 15 and 22 in charge of Ralph Knop, Griff Acker and Chuck Moulds.

      The Bay City Rotary Club is gearing up for a "really big show" on Feb. 23.

      It's the 100th anniversary of the organization called Rotary International.

      Members of the Bay City noon and Morning Rotary Clubs, spouses, friends and invited guests will gather for an evening joint meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel - Bay City Riverfront to toast the national organization's centennial and the 90th anniversary of Rotary in Bay City.

      Special efforts are being made to invite former Rotarians, wives, relatives and friends of the clubs. Event chair Jerome Yantz, past district governor, promises an interesting, entertaining and educational program for all.

      "When an accountant is in charge, you know it's going to be fun," the chairman cracks, tongue in cheek. Mr. Yantz, a CPA, is former executive of the Weinlander Fitzhugh CPA firm.

      Rotary ismade up of business and professional leaders who work to better their community and build understanding and peace in the world. Rotary is a non-political, non-religious humanitarian organization.

      There are approximately 1.2 million Rotaryclub members of more than 31,000 Rotary clubs in 166 countries. Rotary was founded in 1905.

      Since 1947, the Rotary Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are administered at the locallevel.

      What do Rotary clubs do? Rotary projects address critical issues in communities around the world. Here are some of Rotary's focus areas:

      In 1985, Rotary's members vowed to make the world polio-free. This 20-year commitment to end polio represents the largest private-sector support of a global health initiative to date.

      Rotary has already committed US$500 million and countless hours of volunteer work to help immunize nearly two billion children throughout the world.

      Today, there are only a few hundred polio cases worldwide, a 99.8 percent reduction since 1988, when polio paralyzed more than 350,000 children a year.

      Rotary is the world's largest privately funded source of international scholarships. Each year, nearly 1,000 university students receive Rotary scholarships to study in another country. Rotary clubs also coordinate a high school-age student exchange program that sends nearly 8,000 students abroad for 3 months to a year.

      In an effort to educate tomorrow's peacemakers and ambassadors, Rotary recently launched the Rotary Centers for International Studies for peace and conflict studies at eight prestigious universities worldwide. The program providesmaster's-level degree education in conflict resolution to a group of 70 Rotary World Peace Scholars chosen annually in a world-competitive selection process.

      Rotary clubs are engaged in the fight against illiteracy worldwide. One example is a Rotary literacy program in Thailand that dramatically reduced school failure and was adopted by the Thai government for all the nation's schools.

      Rotary clubs exist to improve communities locally and around the world. Rotary also encourages high ethical standards in business and professions. Rotary clubs work to advance international understanding by partnering with clubs in other countries.

      (For more information, see http://www.rotary.org )



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