www.mybaycity.com June 12, 2012
Rotary Article 7092

Kantzler Memorial Arboretum's Next Phase

June 12, 2012
By: Stephen Kent

Debbie Holbein and Shelley Patterson
Debbie Holbein from the Bay City Garden Club updated Rotary on the plans for the next phase of the Kantzler Arboretum in the park. The Arboretum was started in 1981 to celebrate the fifty year anniversary of the Garden Club.

The Arboretum converted an eyesore backwater area on the river into a beautiful park that has become the center of many of today's activities on the river front. The Arboretum is part of a developed recreational area that runs from the marina at the north all the way to the middle grounds island. The rail trail, ball diamonds, boating facilities, picnic areas and grounds for the annual River of Time encampment are part of the area.

Willie Maie McLean and Dick Somalski were two of the original dreamers who started the Arboretum. 57 Skyline Honey Locust trees ere planted in the first phase to represent the 57 members of the Bay City Garden Club who were instrumental in establishing the arboretum.

Recent years have seen trees in need of extra care. Dick Somalski found a new process at MSU's agriculture school called "air-spading fertilization". Using high pressure air and a special tool, the soil around roots is exposed and cleared allowing fertilizer to be applied in a more efficient way.

The next phase of development will be in the open are between the historic Trombley House and the paved walkways. Along with the will be a new entrance way that better identifies the arboretum. New beds and walks will enhance both the arboretum and Trombley house.


The Club's board held its regular monthly meeting. The new date for the Golf Outing was discussed. Greg Rosecranz was approved as a returning member. Doug Rise reported on the recent work at the Rotary Garden. Gena Gates and Eileen Curtis will be heading a the community grants committee. Six students were sponsored and taken to Camp Rotary. They'll speak to the club at a future date. The board also discussed forming a single committee to jointly oversee and coordinate all fund raising projects.

Dues Invoices have been distributed. The Dues structure started last term requires only payment of dues. Rather than prepaying part of the meal cost, you may pay in advance or pay at the door.

The International Night committee will meet next Tuesday, June 19, at 11:00 am, before the regular meeting.

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The Annual Golf Outing date is being rescheduled. An announcement will be made when the new date is set. Visit RotaryBayCity.org or see Tim Holsworth for details.

International Night is scheduled for October 11, 2012.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

June 19, 2012: Scott Redman will speak about 2-1-1 Northeast Michigan.

June 26, 2012: Lisa Grills will speak on the YWCA Womens Economic Impact Study in the Great Lakes Bay Region

July 3, 2012: Passing the Gavel President Ed Keating passes the president's gavel to Kim Prime.

July 10, 2012: Calum Maclean will speak about the Sawyer Filter and how it makes a low cost water filter that is being used in over 70 countries around the globe.

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