www.mybaycity.com February 17, 2015
Rotary Article 9719

Karpovich Speaks on SVSU's Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute

February 17, 2015
By: Stephen Kent



David Karpovich
Dr. David Karpovich spoke to Rotary on the topic Strategic Conservation in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. Karpovich is the H.H. Dow Chair and Professor of Chemistry at SVSU and is Director of the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute (SBEIS).

SBEIS was started in 2013 to focus on environmental science, the public, and productivity in the Saginaw Bay area. It draws together researchers, students and community resources to achieve its goals.

The institute expands SVSU's work on watershed issues. It develops educational, scientific, governmental, and community partnerships that develop and expand watershed programs. It focuses STEM educational programs and opportunities.

Karpovich talked about watershed research, communication and outreach and their connection to undergraduate education. The home territory is the entire Saginaw Bay watershed, which encompasses all of the local area and surrounding counties.

Using the Kawkawlin River as an example, he talked about soil conservation efforts and farmer education programs such as vegetative filter strips. These strips provide a buffer between fields and the ditches along roads. The effect is to filter water naturally.

Computer programs, such as the Saginaw Bay Optimization decision Tool, are used by various agencies to model and study the effect of management actions on the ecology. These tools build a picture of the ideal situation and create a goal. The goal may not be reached in actual practice, but the direction and results are made clear.

Karpovich went on to talk about ecosystems and habitats, plankton and the bay's infamous "muck", and the relationships of farming practices and the environment of the bay.

For more informationvisit www.svsu.edu/sbesi.



CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

President Ron opened the meeting with a greeting in the language of Armenia. At the time of the report in 2006, the small country had only 2 clubs. The first was founded in 1996 in the capitol of Yerevan. Additional information may be found at The Rotary Global History fellowship and at Rotary 1st 100.

Rotary Rocks is scheduled for April 9 at the State Theatre. The theme is "Elvis will be in the building". Andrea Hales is selling tickets and program ads at each meeting.

All members should have received an e-mail about the new Club Constitution. Rotary International (RI) requries that all clubs adopt this Constitution, even though it is boiler plate language provide by RI. Another e-mail reminder will be sent out. Please read the document. The club will vote to adopt it at the March 3rd meeting.

The District Conference will be at the Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn on April 17 and 18. Each club is again asked to make up a gift basket representative of their area. The baskets will be raffled off.

The Community Grant cycle is open 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.

February 23 is Rotary's 110th birthday and our own club's 100th birthday. We'll have a special cake next week.

Earlier this year the clubs gave out 100th anniversary Rotary Pins to all members. If you didn't receive one, please see Ron.

Chuck Cusick reported that RI put up $35 Million for the Polio campaign. That was matched 2 to 1 by the Gates foundation making a total of $105 Million. On a sadder note, another Polio worker was murdered while delivering vaccine in Pakistan.


Cathy Schell
During "Happy Bucks", Cathy Schell reported on a recent trip to Proddatur, India where her husband was medical work. She visited a Rotary sponsored Eye Hospital and talked about the work being done there.

It was noted that a picture of Cathy on her Facebook page showed her petting a cobra that was being charmed out of a basket. She said "my husband was saying something about there being little quality control over there". After petting the snake, she asked their Indian friend if he knew anyone else who had done that. He replied "yes, about ten". When asked what happened to those people, he said "they all died".

Vocational Days are scheduled for March and April. The anchors this year are McLaren Bay Medical (with 98 slots for students), Delta College, and SVSU.

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


Click to read the February District Newsletter PDF.


DATES TO REMEMBER



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 - Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

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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LINKS

RotaryBayCity.org BayCityMorningRotary.com
District 6310 Web Site District Dispatch Archive
Rotary International Make-up On-Line at RotaryEclubOne.org
The Rotary Global History Fellowship rotaryfirst100.org
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