Cat Hyland is the new hotel general manager of the 250 room Bay Valley Resort, which has seen a number of missions and uses over the years. The latest venture will combine the traditional hotel and conference center with golf facilities, with an international school. Cat will be in charge of the hotel side but was able to share some of the school mission with Rotarians.
The resort plans began with the purchase of the facility in 2011. Renovations are underway now. The hotel, banquet and hotel functions will remain much as they were but with new focus and leadership.
The educational arm will dedicate a section of the facility to housing and classes for an international student population that wants to study in the US. The students are anticipated to be children of well off parents who can afford to send their kids to a foreign school.
The ten primary investors include US and foreign individuals. They all come from an academic background. The group has six international schools now, three in Shanghai, one in Jakarta, one in South Africa, and one in Indonesia.
While the hotel and conference center is progressing now, plans for the Bay Valley school are evolving. The school is anticipated to have a college preparation curriculum with students also taking advantage of the various educations offerings of the local area.
It is anticipated that the income from the school will subsidize the hotel. The investors chose the site in part for the golf course, which Asians are very fond of. Citing the Planetarium, the Library, shops, restaurants, and other local benefits, Hyland called the Bay City area a jewel and a well kept secret. "Asian parents want their children educated in the US" said Hyland. The Bay Valley International school will offer that opportunity.
Rotary Rocks 2012
The club held it's fifth annual Rotary Concert on the 12th. Called ROTARY ROCKS, the concert was held at the State Theater and featured a number of local groups. Hope you didn't miss it because it was a blast! Be sure to play the You Tube video clip of the final number in the frame below!
CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
The board met last Tuesday. Jenna Schrumpf was elected to fill the unexpired term of Kelly Frick. Members and a new chairman are needed for the program committee for the coming year. Interested members should see President Ed. Several new members have been proposed pending their attending the orientation session.
Brenda Scramlin will head the Camp Rotary committee. The club hopes to sponsor about a dozen students this year. If you have candidates, please see Brenda.
The District Conference will be held on May 4 and 5 in Frankenmuth. Members are encouraged to attend one or more sessions.
The club will pick up half of the registration fee for any member who requests it.
District website for more details.
The club continues to recruit new members. Talk to any of the club officers if you have prospects. Be sure to invite friends and prospects to hear the Lt. Governor on April 10th.
International Night organizational meetings are well underway. Be sure to let Kim Prime know how you can help with this year's event!
Rotary Bay City on Facebook! Click on the Blue Facebook to visit us there.
Remember! Check attendance sheets at the front desk. The Secretary won't take pictures every week!
DATES TO REMEMBER
The Annual Golf Outing will be held Monday, June 25.
or see Tim Holsworth for details.
International Night is scheduled for October 11, 2012.