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This month we honor Past District Governor, Paul Harris Fellow, and Past President of the Midland Noon Rotary Club, Ruby Iwamasa.  
We are one month into the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  We have heard from three wonderful organizations - Studio 23, Bay Area Community Foundation, and Bay Arenac Community High School.
 
Tara Welch, Executive Director of Studio 23, provided information on how the studio is adapting in times of social distancing, including a virtual Chalk Walk.  This has provided increased awareness for the organization locally, and even globally, for the importance of a creative outlet during uncertain times.  If you would like more information, please visit https://www.studio23baycity.org/
 
Diane Fong, Executive Director of the Bay Area Community Foundation, presented on all of the support and resources that the foundation has provided to our community during the pandemic and flooding.  In addition to this information, our club was also given a sneak preview of the new park being installed at Veteran's Park in Bay City.  Our club donated $25,000 to this project while under the leadership of Past President Brenda Scramlin.  If you would like to read about the park, please visit https://www.secondwavemedia.com/baycity/features/play-city-park-to-open-in-august.aspx 
 
During our last meeting of July, Chanda Swartz, Superintendent of Bay Arenac Community High School, presented on how their school is meeting the needs of at-risk students in our area.  The school offers both in person and virtual learning in addition to having all staff trained in trauma informed teaching.  This practice allows the staff to meet the students where they are while engaging them at the same time.  If you would like to learn more about the BACHS Bulldogs or how you can volunteer at the organization, please visit https://www.bachs.us/#
 
It was a wonderful month to hear about so many things happening in our community even when we cannot be out and about to see them. As we head into August, let's remember that as Rotarians we must strive to follow the Four Way Test and help promote it in our community.
 
 
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
 
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jim Begick
January 2
 
Nancy Greve
January 8
 
Andrea Hales
January 14
 
Cherri Burzynski
January 14
 
Mark Hardy
January 17
 
Shawn Davis
January 19
 
Rob Clark
January 21
 
Ann Grady
January 25
 
Ashley Anderson
January 25
 
Bonnie Marsh
January 30
 
Tim Holsworth
January 30
 
Spouse Birthdays
Lenard Noel
January 8
 
Join Date
Connie Schweitzer
January 1, 2002
20 years
 
David Mikolajczak
January 1, 1989
33 years
 
Deb Wieland
January 1, 1999
23 years
 
George Shaw
January 1, 1995
27 years
 
Guy Moulthrop
January 1, 1900
122 years
 
Jeffrey Yantz
January 1, 1900
122 years
 
Linda Heemstra
January 1, 1989
33 years
 
Thomas Hickner
January 1, 1996
26 years
 
Kerice Basmadjian
January 10, 2020
2 years
 
Andrea Hales
January 12, 2009
13 years
 
Chuck Cusick
January 15, 1989
33 years
 
Eric Jylha
January 15, 1999
23 years
 
Brian Campbell
January 19, 2016
6 years
 
Barbara Engelhardt-Carter
January 22, 2008
14 years
 
Russell Hampton
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ClubRunner Mobile
August 4th
We will be hearing from Rotary Global Scholar Noelie Guezo
August 11th
We will be hearing from the NAACP - Bay County on actions being taken in our community to promote inclusion and equity
August 25th
We will be visited by District Governor Randy Ettema and Assistant District Governor Tom Lane.  The meeting will take place at Wenona Pavilion and also
via Zoom