www.mybaycity.com March 10, 2015
Rotary Article 9780

Western High Students Report on China Trip

March 10, 2015
By: Stephen Kent

Keaton Zvara, Bayley Pfau, Kennedy Willett, Coby Moore, Abigail Nowak, Stephanie Brocke

Rotarians received a report and program by a group of six Western High students and their teachers who recently visited China as part of an exchange. Students from Chinese schools had recently visited Bay City as the other half of the exchange.

Members of the club were impressed by how articulate all of the students were and how excited they were about their experiences.

Asked about the language barrier, the reaction from teachers was that Chinese students are fairly fluent in English, so it was not a huge problem. Teachers, on the other hand, had some trouble communicating. Translators, of course, helped with any problems.

The school day was very long and the Chinese students worked very hard. One comment was that with math problems the American students instinctively wanted to use their graphing calculators. The Chinese kids, on the other hand, did everything by hand.

One student had the "opportunity" to use the Chinese health care system while there. Relating some of that experience did bring laughter to the audience. One teacher commented that in America a Doctor would prescribe an antibiotic with careful instructions on dosage. In China, the Doctor gave them a box of pills and said "take until you feel better".

Part of the funding for this trip was in the form of a grant from Rotary. The students and teachers expressed their thanks for that assistance.


President Ron opened the meeting with a greeting in the Greek language. The first Rotary Club was in Athens in 1928 where it is among the first 100 clubs in Europe and the Mediterranean. Additional information may be found at The Rotary Global History fellowship and at Rotary 1st 100.

The club board met today. Trevor Keyes was approved for membership and was given the opportunity to introduce himself to the club.

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.

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. Large posters were handed out for members to display in their businesses.

The Community Grant cycle remains 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.

The first of two Vocational Days is scheduled for March 17, which is the next meeting. The meeting will be in the Doubletree's north room and may present a challenge considering the large number of students expected. The second vocational day will be April 14.

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

The club expresses it's condolences to long time member Don Massnick on the loss of his wife Jean last week.

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 March District Newsletter PDF.


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 )

Mar 17, 2015: Carnegie Foundation- Community Engagement Classification. Dr. Deborah Huntley, Provost, Saginaw Valley State University will share what recognition by the Carnegie Foundation means to SVSU and the student body.

Mar 24, 2015: Rotary Youth Exchange. Niko Stang, exchange student from Norway, will share information about his home country of Norway.

Mar 31, 2015: Today's Agriculture. Gertie van den Goor will speak about the dramatic changes that have occurred in the American agriculture system over the last few decades.

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