Midland Noon Rotary Club
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We meet every Thursday at noon at the Midland Country Club, 1120 W St Andrews Rd
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October 26: At Memorial Presbyterian Church - Ashman St.
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2017-18: Rotary Theme: Making a Difference
“Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.” President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley
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.
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