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By: Stephen Kent

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Rotarians Bob and Cindy Chadwick, long time gun enthusiast and competitive shooters spoke to the club about the BE SMART Gun Safety program.

The Chadwicks made a point of saying that the program had no political agenda and they would not get into those issues. The fact is that there are guns in many homes. There are also children in those homes. Kids are curious and, in their minds, invincible. Few things are as attractive as an easily accessible gun. Some simple rules and considerations are essential to keep those kids safe.

A number of examples and stories were related. Most of the stories just tugged at your heartstrings. These were senses tragedies where kids were injured or killed. Each story illustrated how easily it happened, and how easily it could have been prevented.

Among the preventative remedies that came up repeatedly was the benefit of using a gun lock. The Chadwicks passed around a simple lock that can cost less than $10. They also said that if anyone had an immediate need, they would simply give that person a lock; it's that important.

Bob and Cindy are members of the Be Smart program and will go to any venue to present the Be Smart talk and program. The full story of the program is available on the web site:


Andrea Hales recently introduced the club's RED BADGE program. New members are identified by a red "new member" sticker. Those members are asked to complete five tasks in their first year. When those have been done, the club will formally remove the red sticker at a Rotary meeting. Details of the program are on the club web site. Click

There are two openings on the club's Board of Directors. Terms are two years. One opening had just 3 months to run. The other is for a year and 3 months. President Chadwick asked that any member interested in serving on the board should contact him. Serving on the board is a good way for a new member to check off one of the "Red Badge" items as well as learning a great deal about the club.

The Spring Community Grant Cycle has closed. Look for recommendations from the committee in the next few weeks.

Lee Newton gave a brief report on the recent Rotary Rocks concert. Attendance was as good or better than the average concert. He confirmed that the club will realize somewhere between $3,000 and $3,200, which is earmarked for the Polio campaign. Lee talked about several things that might be changed in the future. He also asked for any feedback that members might have. Thanks to Lee, Cindy, and Andrea for all their hard work!

Pete Shannon, membership chair, asked for people to be thinking of potential new members and of programs that could be featured during our upcoming membership drive. We will have a "brainstorming" meeting soon and ask everyone for their thoughts.

Jeff Yantz talked about the Mitten State Music Revival scheduled for May 5 at the Historic Masonic Temple on Madison. ? Acts / 4 Stages - One Night". Put on jointly by the Noon Rotary, Morning Rotary, and Friends of the Masonic Temple, It looks like a great show!

The Rotary Clubs of Mid-Michigan are sponsoring a "Thanks for Staying" Scholarship fund to help train and retain high-quality primary care physicians in under-served areas of min-Michigan. The partnership with CMU's new College of Medicine is Rotary's way of addressing this important need.

Saginaw Sunrise is sponsoring the Mid-Michigan Rotary YOGA Retreat May 19 and 20 at SVSU's Curtis Hall. The program features guests from Vyasa Yoga University in India who will train participants in the health benefits of Yoga asanas, pranayama techniques.

Next summer's International Convention will be in Toronto, an easy trip for many of us. Be sure you sign up with her to attend this life-changing Rotary experience.


Dig out your favorite Rotary memory photos and
let Brenda Scramlin use them for the weekly
Club slide show. It'll be fun for everyone!



May 5, 2018 - Mitten State Music Revival
    Sponsored by Bay City Rotary Club.

March 22 to May 5, 2018 - Pinconning Nature Festival . With over 20 planned activities, there's something for everybody. The two weeks wrap up with the May 5 Nature Festival Banquet
    Sponsored by Northern Bay and Arenac Rotary Club.

May 4-5, 2018 - District Conference Frankenmuth
    New format and breakout sessions.
    1 and a half days rather than two full days.
    Watch the District Web Site for information.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

March 20, 2018: Michigan Sugar and GMOs . member Rob Clark, along with Rita Herford, will tell you "everything you should know" about Michigan Sugar Company and GMO's.

March 27, 2018: All Music is Power Donny Brown from the Verve Pipe will be talking about their non-profit "Music is Power", accompanied by a little music as well.

Rotary is an intimate affiliation of carefully selected business and professional people,
having as its objective the promotion of high ethical standards in private, commercial
and civic life, and dedicated to the ideal that the basis of all worthy endeavor is unselfish service.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.

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