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…]

Funding Medical Care in Peru

Rotarians Join Support for the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Medical Mission in Peru

The Rotary Club of Battle Creek proudly supports the Rotary Club of Traverse City who is spearheading an initiative to financially assist students and staff from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine with their medical mission to Peru. Seven Rotary Clubs have joined in the effort, including clubs from Canada and Spain! This year’s monetary goal is to raise $20,000.

Traverse City Rotarians challenged other clubs to invest in this valuable project by funding medical supplies, medications and equipment to be used in setting up free health clinics in August, 2016. The health clinics provide basic healthcare and education to urban and rural regions of Peru along the Amazon River, particularly tending to the health of women and children. They treat nearly 2000 patients and secure $250,000 in medical supplies to take Peru each year.

Read more about the MSU College of Osteopathic Medical Mission in Peru.