Program Update: Old National Bank and Foundation by Joe Kiser

2016.3.7 Old National BankAt 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…]

Program Update: Carol Meyer-Niedzwiebcki from the “5C’s”

 Presi2016.1dent 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…]

Program Update: City of Battle Creek Progress with Ted Dearing

2015.12.21.Dearing.TedRebecca 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…]

Program Update: Kellogg Biological Center Update with Director, Dr. Kay Gross

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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…]

Program Update: School Camping Programs and Integrated Character Education

Picture2015.10.19 Sherman Laked 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…]

Program Update: S.A.F.E. Place: Jennifer Fopma, Executive Director

Safe Place 2015.10.12This 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…]

Program Update: Tom Shaw, Athletic Director at Kellogg Community College

TShaw.KCC 2105.10.5his 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…]

Program Update: Binder Park Zoo

Binder Park Zoo 2015.9Rotarians 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…]

Program Update: United 4 Change

We welProgram 2015.8.31 United Waycomed 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…]

Program Update: BC Vision

Program 2015.8.17 BC Vision 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…]