Program Update: Sprout Urban Farms

Jeremy AndrewsToday, Jeremy Andrews provided a fun-loving discussion about Sprout Urban Farms and its “Sprout Box.” Founded in 2009, Sprout Urban Farms has grown substantially and nearly 50% of their budget is covered by innovative revenue streams. The Sprout Box is one such initiative.

The Sprout Box is a highly customizable box of produce and local products from local farms and producers delivered to your home, or picked up at any of our available pick-up locations. The weekly Sprout Box is available in three sizes: $15, $25 or $100. They contain organic produce harvested just days prior to delivery. You select what produce and products on a weekly basis. Recipes for the boxes are available online.

Sprout Urban Farms also works with local schools engaging students in learning about food sources and eating healthy. They have spearheaded such efforts at school gardens, school markets, fresh produce for school cafeterias and student visits to local farms.

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.

Rotary Club of Battle Creek Announces Grants

Pictured (left to right) are President Larry Anderson, Cheryl Beard, Grants Committee Chairperson, Dr. White, Teresa Allen and Christine Kindy
Pictured (left to right) are President Larry Anderson, Cheryl Beard, Grants Committee Chairperson, Dr. White, Teresa Allen and Christine Kindy

Three Battle Creek organizations are closer to accomplishing their goals thanks to grants received from the Rotary Club of Battle Creek. The following grants were awarded at Monday’s meeting of the Rotary Club: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Charitable Union and Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools. [Read more…]

Welcome to our newest members!

2016.1-5 New MembersSince January, we proudly welcomed six new members. Pictured left to right are Andreas Gikas – Battle Creek Bombers, Bryan Smith – United States Lumber Company, Thomas Eberling – Community Volunteer, President Larry Anderson, Jim Blocker – Battle Creek Police Department, Tina Yost – Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office, Teresa Allen – Charitable Union.


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…]