www.mybaycity.com January 27, 2015
Rotary Article 9661

Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network - WIN

January 27, 2015
By: Stephen Kent

Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly, Director of the Great Lakes Office of the Conservation Fund, spoke to Rotary about the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN).

Mike works for The Conservation Fund our of Washington DC, which works in Real Estate, land acquisitions and financing. They acquire large pieces of acreage for the Federal Government for national parks, Civil War battlefields, and other important pieces of land.

They also provide financing with low interest loans to organizations like the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy. They engage in conservation leadership, research, and training at a national level.

Mike spoke mostly about sustainability and the local Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) project. WIN is a regional quality of life program that engages citizens to improve the region. WIN is a source of technical support and a funding partner.

WIN is managed by the Conservation Fund and is known as a grantmaking organization. It is made up of regional non-profit and philanthropic partners, which it supports.

WIN is based in Bay City but covers the 22 county Saginaw Bay watershed. They make grants throughout an 8,000 square mile area. Funding partners include most of the major companies of the area from Dow Chemical to major foundations.

The five main focus areas are water, land, tourism/promotion, wildlife habitat, and demonstration projects. Mike discussed examples of each of these areas. Among the projects are river openings where WIN funds and coordinates the removal of dams and restoration of rivers to their original state.

Other projects include public access to rivers and natural areas. Railtrails and non-motorized access include projects like the extension of the Bay City Rail trail south toward Saginaw. Mike talked about habitat projects, pollution prevention and restoration projects.

For more informationvisit www.conservationFund.org .


President Ron opened the meeting with a greeting in Egyptian Arabic to celebrate Rotary in the middle-East, where the first club was founded in Cairo in 1928. Those early members chartered a Nile steamer for the occasion. Rotarians and their guests had lunch on the river followed by presentation of the charter. This was the only known chartering to take place on a boat. Additional information may be found at The Rotary Global History fellowship and at Rotary 1st 100.

Chris Girard stood in for Jeff Yantz as greeter and welcomed guests, which included our exchange students.

Andrea Hales noted that the Community Grant cycle is open for applications through the deadline of March 15. Grants of up to $2,000 are available. Information and an on-line application can be found on the club web site.

Matt Felan talked about the upcoming Vocational Days in March and April. The last day to turn in forms is February 15. The anchors this year are McLaren Bay Medical, Delta College, and SVSU. There are still spots for small businesses to participate.

Anne Trahan reminded Rotarians that she will take professional directory photos for any member at her studio!

This was birthday Tuesday. The club wished happy birthday to a large group of members born in January.

A number of people gave public congratulations and well wished to Mike Seward who is retiring as director of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Mike plans to relocate in Florida. Thanks Mike, for your service to the community, the chamber, and Rotary.

The Club Foundation's entire board is up for re-election. If you are interested in serving, please see Tim Holsworth.

Remember that Rotary Rocks is scheduled for April 9 at the State Theatre. The theme is "Elvis will be in the building". Make your plans now.

Reminder: a member is still needed to serve on the Youth Exchange committee. If you have an interest, please contact Andrea.

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

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Vocational Days - March 17 & April 14, 2015

Rotary Rocks - 7:00 pm - April 9, 2015 - State Theatre

Anniversary Dinner Come celebrate the Club's 100th birthday and honor our members.
May 14 - 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm - Doubletree

Golf Outting - Monday, June 15, 2015

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

Feb 03, 2015: Paul Harris Fellow program

Feb 17, 2015: Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute at SVSU Dr. David Karpovich will discuss the institute which is critically important to all of the Great Lakes Bay area.

Feb 24, 2015: Keith Pretty, CEO and President of Northwood University will speak on the University and its programs.

Mar 3, 2015: Bay Arenac ISD Career Center Tiffany Sheppard will share information about the programs offered and to bring light to their program to area employers.

Mar 10, 2015: Western High School China Trip Report Students and teachers will share experiences from their recent trip to China.

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