At this week’s meeting we heard from Joe Kiser, Community Relations Manager at Old National Bank. Joe shared information about Old National Bank and its growth in the midwest, specifically Southwest Michigan. He highlighted the institution’s commitment to community as exemplified by the nearly 4000 hours of community service provided by Old National’s colleagues. 100 percent of the staff have volunteered during the past year. He also discussed the Financial Literacy Program developed and offered by banking professionals from Old National. The program is designed for preschool ages through adults. [Read more…]
President Larry introduced as this week’s speaker. Carol is a member of the “5 Cs” – Calhoun County Cancer Control Coalition – which is involved in, among other things, a campaign to raise the legal age for smoking from 18 to 21 years of age. Carol shared, “Young people are getting the message about the dangers of cigarette smoking.” A Calhoun County youth survey indicates that cigarette usage is down among students, but “new” tobacco products are being substituted. Hookahs, E-Cigarettes, Cigars and even Strips, Sticks and Orbs are part of the rage among students. Even though these are promoted [Read more…]
Rebecca Fleury, Rotarian and Battle Creek City Manager, introduced Ted Dearing, Assistant City Manager. Ted provided an update about the city’s economic development plan. Ted began his presentation by saying: “We have been blessed in this community to have forward thinking leaders, outstanding economic development professionals and important economic development successes over the years but we have also been challenged by difficult economic conditions such as a decline in manufacturing prominence, the shift to an information based economy – and local challenges such as workforce participation rates, education attainment, lack of access, etc. [Read more…]
Dr. Kay Gross, Director of the WK Kellogg Biological Station, was this week’s speaker.
In 1950, the Kellogg Foundation deeded over 3,000 acres to MSU, then Michigan State College, for the purpose of Research, Education and Outreach.
Today, this former W.K. Kellogg summer estate, located in Hickory Corners, on Gull Lake, is MSU’s largest outlying Research and Education Center and offers studies in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Sustainable Practices in Agricultural Landscapes and Conservation and Restoration Ecology. With 13 resident faculty [Read more…]
Pictured are Larry Anderson, Luke Austenfeld (Sherman Lake Y-Center) and Dave Peterson (Lakeview Schools)
This week’s program, introduced by Vince Pavone, featured Luke Austenfeld and Dave Peterson. Vince acknowledged the McPherson Fund and its committee members: Jim Baldwin, Pete Christ, Dean Newsome, Wilhelm Sturhan, Sam VanBoven and Linda Wendt. [Read more…]
This week’s program, introduced by Julie Brown, featured Jennifer Fopma, Executive Director of S.A.F.E. Place. Opening in 1983, SAFE Place has expanded its capacity and its philosophy has evolved. Originally, its program was structured and set daily expectations for its residents. The shelter has transitioned to a place focused on restoring power to each individual; one that recognizes individual [Read more…]
This week’s program, introduced by Phil Slayton, featured Tom Shaw, AD at Kellogg Community College (KCC). Tom has been athletic director at KCC since 2008. He came to KCC from Olivet College where he coached baseball from 2001-2008. Tom had also served as athletic director at KCC in 1999-2000.
KCC was founded in 1956 and began its athletic program at that time. KCC is a part of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s Western Conference and [Read more…]
Rotarians and guests visited the Joe and Clara Stewart African Tented Camp and Zamani School at Binder Park Zoo for their weekly Rotary meeting. Rotarian, Diane Thompson, President and CEO of Binder Park Zoo, shared, “The Joe and Clara Stewart African Tented Camp and Zamani School are part of a $3 million dollar capital campaign that was launched in 2013, the “Lions, Tortoise & Bears…Oh My” campaign.” The tented camp and school is modeled after the original Zamani School in South Africa which was dedicated to the Mr.and Mrs. [Read more…]
We welcomed Chris Sargent, executive VP and COO of the Battle Creek/Kalamazoo Area United Way to Rotary for his presentation, “United 4 Change.” This campaign is designed for United Way to partner with local and regional businesses to positively impact the lives of students. There are programs that target elementary school students, helping them to learn to read, and middle school students, encouraging them to be involved in mentorships, externships and [Read more…]
This week’s program, introduced by Dean Newsome, featured Kara Beer, who provided an update on BC Vision. The guiding philosophy is “Battle Creek is a thriving community for people to live, work and play, where there is equitable opportunity for all residents to have the income, education, and resources they need to be successful.”
Kara referred to three interconnected pillars:
Jobs: Increase the number of permanent jobs and the number of Battle Creek residents with the skills and opportunities for employment
Talent: Build the talent pipeline by increasing kindergarten readiness and college and career readiness
Culture of Vitality: Strengthen civic pride, unity, collaboration, trust and healthy lifestyles [Read more…]