Program Update: Northpointe Woods

Northpointe WoodsCalhoun County’s Only Full Continuum of Care

Rotarian Christine Morreale introduced Wendy Wilkey and Melissa Ferguson who spoke about senior living opportunities at Oakview Independent Living, Pine View Assisted Living and The Oaks at Northpointe Woods. The “Premier Senior Living Community” was completed in 2008 and is now home for seniors age 60 and older. There are 150 apartments (studio, one bedroom or two bedroom) at [Read more…]

Program Update: Bailey Park Rotary Pavilion Picnic

Picnic 3This week, we celebrated our weekly meeting at the Rotary Pavilion at Bailey Park! Thanks to Northpointe Woods for catering the Chili Luncheon.

We are proud to have sponsored the construction of the picnic pavilion which has been enjoyed by so many community members.Thank You photo

Calvary Baptist Church sent us this very kind note of appreciation. 

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Program Update: Tillers International

DeRamus.RYan Tillers InternationalAt today’s meeting, Larry Anderson introduced our speaker Ryan DeRamus, Director of Outreach and Fund Development. Tillers International is a non-profit organization committed to preserving, studying and exchanging skills and technologies that increase the sustainability and productivity of people in rural communities. Although headquartered in Scotts, Michigan, its efforts are focused on regions in Africa, including Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar and Burkina Faso. [Read more…]

Welcome District Governor Bill Smith

Board and Bill SmithAt this weeks meeting, we welcomed DG Bill Smith! He joinedDistirc Governor Bill SMith members of the Board for a brief meeting and an overview of our goals for 2016-2017. Then spoke at the lunch meeting to all the members about the District goals, the benefits of Rotary, this year’s international convention to be held in Atlanta and the District Conference next May. Our club and the Cereal City Sunrise Clubs are hosting the conference at McCamly Plaza Hotel.

Program Update: Author, Former BC Rotarian, John Wemlinger

WemlingerFormer Battle Creek Rotarian President, John Wemlinger visited the club this week. John is a retired U.S. Army Colonel with 27 years of service. He lives now in Onekama, Michigan, with his wife, Diane. John enjoys his life “Up North” and told us that when he and his border collie, Sydney, aren’t roaming the beaches or nearby hiking trails, he is playing golf, pickleball, working on his next novel or creating an unusual piece of original art from the driftwood, rocks and beach glass that he finds along the shoreline. One of the true joys of his life is talking with people about his books and his art. [Read more…]

Program Update: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

Pierce Creek InstituteAt this past Monday’s meeting, Kathy Gallagher introduced Sara Lien Edelman, Communications Coordinator at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Their guiding philosophy is “Inspiring Appreciation and Stewardship of Our Environment.”

In 1988, the Willard G. Pierce and Jessie M. Pierce Foundation was established. Originally, the foundation provided community grants. Wishing to have a greater impact, the foundation purchased land for what would become Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Their goal was to conserve natural resources and provide environmental education.

The 742-acre nature preserve currently is free and open to all Monday-Friday 9 to 5. In addition to ten miles of hiking paths, the institute offers many education courses for the public as well as undergraduate and graduate studies. Along with its educational component, they host many special activities, themed breakfast and dinner events and volunteer opportunities. To learn more about the institute or to register for events visit

Sara also spoke about her role as communications coordinator and how to develop relationships with the media.

Program Update: Goodwill Industries

2016.4.11 Goodwill IndustriesAt this past Monday’s meeting, President Larry introduced Jerry Mainstone, VP at Goodwill Industries. Jerry spoke about Goodwill Connects – a program designed to provide at risk youth from all four local school districts with an opportunity for career exploration, job training and a summer work experience. There are three phases to the program: Classroom Training and employer visits, Soft Skills Training and a summer work experience and Long term [Read more…]

Program Update: District Governor Elect Bill Smith

2016.3.28 DG SmithToday, our honored guest and program speaker was Bill Smith who is the District Governor-Elect for 2016-2017. He spoke about the Rotary Leader Institute. According to its website,  “The purpose of the RLI is to assist in improving the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of our Rotary clubs. The RLI is a multi-district initiative. The Great Lakes Division is an international group made up of five districts 6290, 6310, 6360, 6380 and 6540. [Read more…]

Program Update: Bronson Battle Creek with Jim McKernan, COO

2016.3.14 Brobsob Battle CreekRotarian, Mark Crawford, introduced this week speaker, Jim McKernan, Sr. VP and COO of Bronson Battle Creek. Mr. McKernan gave us an overview of our “community” hospital. The Partnership with the Bronson Health System, which began on July 1, 2011, has had a very positive impact on the quality of health care in our community. These services offered include the main Hospital Campus, Fieldstone Behavioral Health, an Outpatient Urgent Care located on Beckley Road [Read more…]