The New Rotary Breezes
Issue #12
Bay City Noon Rotary Club
Greetings and salutations fellow Rotarians,
Here are the highlights from our September 17th, 2019 meeting.
Chris Rishko Speaks About MI Career Quest
This week our guest speaker Chris Rishko from Bay County MI Works gave the club an update on the state of our local workforce, and provided details about MI Career Quest.
Chris began by explaining that although Michigan's population is predicted to increase in the next 25 years, Bay County's population is predicted to decline in the same period by 50K.
On the upside, the current unemployment rate is down for Bay County and we have full employment for the region.
"Everyone who wants to work is working," Chris said.
Next, Chris spoke of an event coming up on October 30th at SVSU's Ryder Center. The event is called MI Career Quest. It is designed to grow and maintain our local workforce by connecting employees and employers and introducing people to various career options.
Some of the steps being taken to ensure those goals are:
  • Retain current employees 
  • Develop current employees
  • Attract new employees
  • Guide our future workforce by working with business & education partners, and exploring various career options
MI Career Quest targets students from 8th grade and up, and connects them with possible future employers. It exposes students to extensive career options in high demand fields such as advanced manufacturing, construction, electrical engineering, agri-business, and the heath sciences. 
Chris emphasized that this event is not a career fair. It is a way for students to learn directly from employers and be given hands-on experience alongside working professionals.
MI Career Quest has had 10K students register, and had over 90 employers sign up to take part in the event. In addition, they have raised over $250K for the event proving that there is both a great need and desire for such a program. 
For more information on MI Career Quest please click this link:
Oct 24th - World Polio Day
Note: For World Polio Day, in partnership with the Dow Bay Area YMCA, we will be having a "Spinathon". Volunteers are needed for this event. More details to come.
At this week's meeting President Tara Welch brought with her two baseball caps which she purchased to give away at the Spinathon.  The individual who spins the longest and the individual who tallies up the most donations will each receive a hat for their hard work. Tara also bought rubber wristbands that say 'End Polio Now' for club members to buy for a $1 each.
Nov 14th - Combined meeting with Morning Club for our annual Vocational Day.  This year it will be hosted by Morning Rotary.
Upcoming Presentations
Sept 24th - CAN Council/ Court Appointed Special Advocate
Oct 1st - Ripples of Hope
Oct 8th - Self, Love, Beauty
Oct 22nd - YWCA of the GLBR
Oct 29th - Infuse Great Lakes Bay
Dec 17th - Holiday Program
More programs are needed. If you, or someone you know, who like to give a presentation please contact Tara, Carrie, or Paul.
Upcoming Meeting Announcements
NO meetings on December 24th or 31st due to the holidays.
Upcoming Events
Nov 15th - Rotary Foundation Gala in Frankenmuth
May 1st & 2nd, 2020 - District 6310 Conference in Mt. Pleasant 
June 6th through 10th, 2020 - Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, HI
Thank you to Andy Rogers for providing additional photos from this week's meeting!!
Well, that's it for this addition of The New Rotary Breezes everyone!! I hope you enjoyed it!!
Enjoy the rest of your week!! 
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