Rotary Prepares For 100th Anniversary
February 11, 2014
By: Stephen Kent
Rotary Club of Bay City
Centennial Year Celebrations
July 2014-June 2015
The greatly anticipated 100th Birthday
of Bay City's oldest service club is fast approaching and the 2014-15 Rotary year has been set asside to celebrate the occassion!
The meeting on the 11th featured Centennial committee co-chairs Ron Bloomfield
and Rob Clark
, who presented a
laying out the plans for the entire year. That show is available on the
Club's web site.
The theme for the entire year will be "Celebration and Giving Back
". The celebration component will include special programs, plaques honoring founding members, picnics, and special programs. The "Giving Back" component will include food drives, coats for kids, fund raisers, and joint projects with Do-All, the Bay County Historical Museum, and the Loins club.
Special activities include the unveiling of the Paul Harris statue in Rotary Park, presentation of special pins to members, and the publication of an update to the
"First 100 Years of Rotary"
club history book.
The Committee also announced the goal of becoming a 100% Paul Harris Fellow club. We are very close to that now. A modest contribution combined with "points" make it possible for everyone to achieve their fellowship!
FULL SLIDE SHOW
at this link on the club web site.
CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
reported on the Board meeting held before the retular meeting. Ron Bloomfield
, President-elect, and Brenda Scramlin
, President nominee, have both registered for the upcoming President Elect Training (PETS
). The board earmarked funds for the Centennial year.
The Paul Harris Statue
committee made a formal request for partial funding from the club and will come back to the board with additional details.
The board approved $1,000 for the Guatemala project and $500 to a district water project request. This comes from budgeted funds. Additional district funds will be solicited from members. $500 was pledged at the meeting. The Guatemala program's current project is a sustainable seed initiative.
During "Happy Bucks", Kathy Czerwinski noted how Bay City was awarded "Port of the Year" yet again by the Tall Ship organization. She named many of the Rotarians who volunteered and helped make the event such as success.
Andreas Teich reported on son Johnathan, who is an intern with NBC TV at the Sochi Olympics. Andreas noted that if the camera is on the anchors at the speed skating venue, and it pulls back just right, you might see the back of Johnathan's head. His mother waits for those moments!
The Centennial Committee has set the goal of EVERY MEMBER achieving Paul Harris Fellow
status during the Centennial Year. There are matching points available that allow a member to receive their first Paul Harris level at a fraction of the normal $1,000 contribution.
VOCATIONAL DAYS REMINDER
Vocational days are right around the corner on March 11 and March 25. Thanks to electronic communications, there is still "last minute" time for Rotarians to sign up to host students. If you can help (preferably on the 11th), please contact Matt, Griff or Ralph as soon as possible.
Lee reminded the club that the meeting on March 25 will be at the Country Club
Lee also noted that the next board meeting will be moved from March 11 to March 18 due to Vocational Days on the 11th.
DUES for the January to June period Are NOW PAST DUE.
Anyone who has not yet paid is asked to make payment now!
Rotary International payments have been paid by the club anticipating that late payments will arrive soon.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Next month's Board Meeting
has been changed to March 18, 2014 in light of the Vocational Day on the 11th.
March 11 and March 25, 2014: Vocational Days.
March 25 meeting will be at the Country Club.
is scheduled for Thursday April 10 at the State Theater.
This year's theme: "Sticks and Stones... It's Only Rock and Roll".
(See the official schedule at
February 18, 2014: Community Advancement Network
Rob Spurling of the Community Advancement Network will give an overview of his organization and discuss how it impacts non-profit organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Speaker: Rob Spurling
February 25, 2014: SVSU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
, directed of the O.L.L.I. at SVSU, will discuss the organization - one that has over 1500 members and a 12-year track record.
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