www.mybaycity.com March 25, 2014
Rotary Article 8962

Rotary Host Students on Second Vocational Day

March 25, 2014
By: Stephen Kent

On Tuesday the Rotary Club hosted the second of two Vocational Days for 2014. Over 175 students explored careers and educational offerings in the area. Program Chairman Matt Felan introduced the counselors from each school and had the students stand to be recognized. President Lee Newton started the program by telling the students what Rotary is and what it means.

Renee Courier
Renee Courier, Program Officer for the Bay Area Community Foundation, spoke to the students and Rotarians about the Foundation's "Bay Commitment College Access Network". Designed to increase college awareness, student readiness and success, the network helps college bound students in the area to thread the maze of college applications and admissions.

Courier noted that an educated work force is required in today's environment. It provides the fuel for economic development. She noted that only 24.5% of Michigan people 25 and older have a Bachelor Degree. 60% of today's jobs require more than a high school education and by 2020, that will be 70%.

She then talked about the difficulty of preparing for college. Students should be thinking about ACT testing, scholarships, career guidance, the job outlook, and the choice of colleges. Perhaps the most important thing is completing the annual "Free Application for Student Aid" (FAFSA).

The Bay Commitment was designed to help students with these tasks. Courier talked about their programs, their "College Prep Survival Kit", and the staff of college prep service officers. The Commitment reaches out to high schools with both on-site programs and the resources at the Community Foundation offices in the Pere Marquette Depot.

For additional information, students and parents are encouraged to visit the center itself or look online at www.baycommitment.org

2014 saw one of the largest student groups in recent memory


The District Conference is slated for May 2 and 3 in Saginaw. The club will continue the tradition of paying half of the registration fee for anyone requesting that reimbursement. Members are encouraged to attend since the Conference is so close.

The Centennial Committee, along with the GOLF and International Night committees will hold a joint meeting next Tuesday, April 1, prior to the regular meeting at the Doubletree. The three committees will be discussing budget matters for the upcoming 100 year anniversary celebrations and programs.

The Community Grant process is being restarted and the committee will report back soon with procedures.

Rotary Rocks concert is on the calendar and coming up on Thursday April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. The club hopes that every Rotarian will participate in some way. The theme is "Sticks and Stones: It's Only Rock and Roll". President Lee urges all Rotarians to buy a ticket and bring a friend and consider becoming a patron. More information is on the club web site.

Andrea Hales is still selling program ads for the concert. Cindy Chadwick, who will be doing the program, has ask that all ads be turned in within the next few days since the concert is just over a week away!

The club will meet off site on April 22. Member Greg Rosecranz has arranged for the Bay City Players to host the club's luncheon and give a tour of the changes at the theater. Rotary helped underwrite this work as part of the last major projects funding.

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.
Rotary Club of Bay City
View Centennial Year Celebrations Schedule
July 2014-June 2015


April 1: Centennial Committee meets prior to the regular meeting.
GOLF and International Night committees are asked to join in this meeting.

Rotary Rocks Thursday April 10 at the State Theater.
This year's theme: "Sticks and Stones... It's Only Rock and Roll".

Rotary Golf Outing - Monday, June 16, 2014 - Bay City Country Club.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

April 1, 2014: Michigan Weather Update.
The club's own Eric Jylha will discuss recent Michigan weather and seasonal/historic averages as winter comes to a close.

April 22, 2014: Bay City Players Off Site Meeting The Bay City Players will highlight improvements to their facility made possible by grants from the Rotary Club of Bay City, as well as give an overview of their operation and specific activities/improvements relevant to their upcoming 100th anniversary.

April 29, 2014: S.O.S. - Save Our Shoreline Save our Shoreline is a non-profit, grass roots organization of property owners and others committed to the preservation of riparian rights along Michigan's 3288 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. Ernie Krygier, president of S.O.S., will provide a history.

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