Midland Noon Rotary Club
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community service.
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We meet every Thursday at noon at the Midland Country Club, 1120 W St Andrews Rd
6/8 - Loons Kick off
6/15 - Herb Scogg -Rotary Scholarships
6/22 - Club Business
6/29 - Tawny’s last day
7/6 - Ashley Hunt -Advance Care Planning
7/13 - Leslie Norris -Classification
7/20 - Rotary Youth Exchange
7/27 - Club Business
Beer, Wine & Cheeseburgers - Riverdays Fundraiser Event. July 14 & 15. 5 - 9:30 pm.
District 6310 Events
Zone 29 Events
2016-2017 Rotary Foundation's 100th anniversary
6/10/ thru 6/14/2017
RI Convention, Atlanta, GA
Current Club Newsletter
Club Newsletter Index
Rotary District 6310
Rotary Vocational Training In Uganda = Great Rewards
Rotary members Tim Dyste and Dick Dolinski were part of our Rotary Vocational Training Team who went to Muko Sub-County, Uganda in January with Agape Community Transformation. Team members consisted of business men and women from the Great Lakes Bay Region. The trip was life-changing for many of the trainers and ultimately they were able to train over 200 villagers in the various subject areas. Enjoy this video which was produced while the team was in Africa. (text translation)
Funding Available for Community Programs
The Midland Rotary Club Community Needs Committee met this month to review grant applications. Already this year they have distributed funds to Midland's Kids First "Midland Mentors" program, Midland County Sheriff's Office SKID program, The ARC of Midland's MHS exercise equipment for students with disabilities, Adoption Option Inc.'s P.L.A.N., Camp Fish Tales, and The ARC of Midland's I Can Shine Bike Camp.
The committee still has a balance of over $10,000 left for distribution in the fourth quarter. Application criteria includes a club or organization with a 501(c)3 designation, preferred funding for the benefit of Midland County youth, and projects should demonstrate a broad and diverse community-wide impact. To find full criteria and the application please visit http://midlandrotaryclub.org/community-needs.html and consider applying before July 1st, 2017.
The committee is comprised of Sally Moss, Bill Betts, Jeremy Shafer, Angela Hine, Preston Jones, Scott Withrow, Ken Roznowski, Tawny Ryan Nelb, Janine Ouderkirk, Jenifer Heronema, Melissa Barnard, Tom Erickson, Kevin Roeder, and Dale Davis.
Midland Noon Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, which includes more than 34,000 clubs around the globe devoted to Service Above Self. Rotarians are business and community leaders who participate in projects locally and worldwide designed to support and improve communities.
To find out more about Midland Noon Rotary, please visit their website at www.midlandrotaryclub.org, or attend one of their weekly meetings, held Thursdays at noon at the Midland Country Club.
Three Honored At 11th Annual Spirit Of Rotary Awards
The eleventh annual Spirit of Rotary program honored three members of our community: Greg T. Pollock, Emily A. Schafer, and Jeffry C. Simmons. The award, begun by past president Angela Hine, recognizes individuals under age 40 who show leadership potential and a commitment to the ideals of Rotary as demonstrated by how they live their lives.
Greg Pollock began his career at the Dow Chemical Company working in the Feedstocks and Energy Division in 2012 then served as the Public Affairs Manager for all six Dow sites in Louisiana. He co-founded Dow’s project SEARCH program which provides meaningful employment skills for transitioning students with developmental disabilities. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan, on the Governor Snyder’s Michigan Barrier Free Design Board, the MACF’s Cultural Awareness Committee, and several other boards. Friends and colleagues commenting about Greg said, “He wanted full participation at the table of life”; “He has a genuine commitment to humanity”; “He is an emerging leader”; and “He has a lot to offer the community.” Greg said, “I am just getting started; I’m not done yet.”
Emily A Schafer served as the Assistant General Manager of Sponsorships for the Great Lakes Loons and Director of Development for the Michigan Baseball Foundation before becoming the Development Officer for the MACF. She services on the Board of the Greater Midland North Family Center, United Way Young Leaders, and the Momentum Midland Advisory Council, among others and was recently Chair of Leadership Midland. Colleagues and family said of Emily, “She is a great relationship builder”; “She was raised on the values of life and faith”; and “She can get things done because she knows how to work with people.”
Jeffrey Simmons is the Athletic Director at the Midland Country Club but devotes a substantial amount of his time to the Peanut Gallery, the youth theatre division of Center Stage Theatre at the Midland Center for the Arts. He has also worked with the Midland County Historical Society to produce holiday plays, include one of his own creations called “the Brethren.” In 2016, he was recognized with the “Wee Kinderspiel Award” for his outstanding work in Children’s Theatre. Supporters said, with Jeffrey, “The term selfless comes to mind”; “He is dedicated to working with kids”; “He embraces the best in humanity”; “He is full of potential”; and “There is an entire generation of kids who have so much gratitude for what he has done.”
As we look towards the next generation of leaders in our community we can be assured that these three honorees represent what is best about humanity and that their work in our community reflect Rotary’s goals.
Special thanks to the Spirit of Rotary Committee, Kellie Bos, Jill Dougherty, Daryl Griggs, Stephanie Leibfritz (chair), Bonnie McManus, Michael Rogers, Pam Singer, and Kathy Swarthout for putting together such an amazing event for our club and our community. Thanks, too, to club members who nominated potential honorees.
Teen Depression and Suicide
Depression and suicide are real. They are happening here in Midland, even as we speak. There are steps that we can take as average citizens to help address this growing issue. Take a look at this video that was presented to the Midland Noon Rotary Club by Liz Kline and Deb Miller on Thursday, September 15, 2016.
Fellow Rotarians it's time to think about going to Atlanta for the International Convention next June.
There's lots to do and see...Georgia Aquarium, Civil War sites and cyclorama, Coca-Cola and more.
In addition to an unparalleled lineup of speakers, entertainment, and events, this year’s convention offers once-in-a-lifetime activities, including:
For full registration info go to http://www.riconvention.org/
Why Are You A Rotarian?
Check out our Announcements page to see announcements made at meetings by our Club Members regarding their organizations' happenings.