Recently, members of the Rotary Club convened for their weekly meeting at the Rotary sponsored picnic pavilion at Bailey Park. Members of the community have overwhelmingly expressed their appreciation for the pavilion, whether they used it for family picnics, community events or just a chance to get out of the sunshine this summer! Here is what members of Calvary Baptist Church shared with us……………….
As a part of its Centennial Year, the Rotary Club of Battle Creek has undertaken several projects to observe this milestone. One such project is the funding of a new (and only) picnic pavilion at Bailey Park. Bailey Park is located at 1392 Capital Avenue NE, Battle Creek.
An 80-acre multi-use park, Bailey Park is home to the Northwood’s League, Battle Creek Bombers. Additionally, each year, over 900 baseball and softball games are played at Bailey Park. These events and the park’s vast facilities attract players and families from around the state. Bailey Park is a recreation destination for many local families, as well. The picnic pavilion will be a warm reception for all residents and visitors to Battle Creek.
The Rotary Club of Battle Creek provided a $20,000 grant to the Battle Creek Parks and Recreation Department for the construction of a picnic pavilion. On Monday August 31, members of the Rotary Club of Battle Creek and officials from the city of Battle Creek gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony. Construction is anticipated to be complete by September 30.
Using our centennial as the springboard, along with Rotary’s strong commitment to the youth led to the development of our community’s first Interact Club at St. Philip Catholic Central High School. Interact is a club for young people, ages 12 through 18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, youth can
Carry out hands-on service project
Make regional and international connections
Develop leadership skills
Interact has a membership of over 250,000 youth in more than 11,000 clubs worldwide. It’s one of Rotary’s fastest growing programs. Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either school or community based. Interact’s name is a combination of the words international and action. With clubs in over 120 countries and geographical areas, Interact is truly an international phenomenon.
The Rotary Club of Battle Creek partnered with BC Pulse to promote the importance of early childhood education to improving academic, social and economic outcomes for children, their families and the community with an ad campaign throughout Battle Creek designed to empower parents to be their child’s first and best teacher to prepare them for kindergarten.
The Rotary Club campaign is part of a larger effort to impact the community, shifting its focus from academic scholarships to supporting early childhood education in Battle Creek, including gathering momentum for leadership and funding from the business community. Funding from Rotary supported the Community Action marketing group to help kickstart our kindergarten readiness messaging.