January 30, 2018
Rotary Article 11152

United Way Presents to Rotary

January 30, 2018
By: Stephen Kent

Marybeth Laisure
Rotarian Marybeth Laisure, United Way of Bay County Executive Dir/CEO, spoke to Rotary about United Way's move from a traditional to a impact model. This move recognizes the growing need for change within the organization. The plan recognizes the need to increase and sustain donor contributions and to become a community impact organization instead of a fundraising organization.

From May to December 2015 the UW of Bay County began to develop the groundwork to move toward the community impact model. They formed a collaboration with the Bay County Library System and, using the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation plan studied the process. In early 2016 a community "quick ask" survey was developed and launched online. May of 2016 saw the first of a "kitchen table" community conversation with the Library.

By listening and learning from stakeholders the UW developed and implemented strategies for positive change in the areas of health, education, and basic needs. The development of a funding approach and investment process was aligned with the changing community conditions.

The United Way community impact covered many points. Among these are
  • Being open to all 501(c)3 organizations
  • Using a two year funding cycle
  • Aligning with the new initiatives and strategies
  • Using a two phase grant application
  • Emphasize outcome measurement
  • Implement a new reporting form and scoring rubric
The allocation committee remains in place using community volunteers.

Laisure's talk was highlighted with slides and charts which addressed how outcomes are measured and the process used for both funding and for participating with the community. Effective impact still requires the participation of the community.

In response to "What can you do?", Laisure said:
  • Advocate for the United Way
  • Allow workplace campaigns in your business or organization
  • Volunteer
  • Give

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ROTARY ROCKS! The annual Rotary Concert is just around the corner! Rob Clark and Lee Newton talked about the planned program the preparation. This year's acts will include the
  • Garber High School choir
  • Several troops from the Shining Star Dance Academy
  • Lee and Molly Newton, Jeff Yants, and Rob Clark
Being a major fundraiser for the club, we hope that all Rotarians, their families, and friends will attend. Tickets and program ads on sale now at meetings, at the State, and online.

The Spring Community Grant Cycle is now open. Please pass the word to your friends and associates that might benefit from this program. Full details and applications are available on the club website.


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!


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.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.
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February 8, 2018 Rotary Rocks Concert at the State Theatre.

May 4-5, 2018 - District Conference Frankenmuth
    New format and breakout sessions.
    1 and a half days rather than two full days.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

February 6, 2018: Mid Michigan Community Action RYSE Program Ron Tyll, Youth Homeless Resource Specialist, will speak on how MID Michigan Community Action is using the RYSE, Runaway Youth Support & Engagement program connects services to youth thinking about running away, couch surfing, or are already homeless.

February 13, 2018: The search for the missing H Bomb. Rotarian Chuck Cusick will talk about an H Bomb that went missing and the efforts to recover it on the bottom of the ocean. As someone who was directly involved with the recovery, Chuck is sure to have some very interesting observations.

ALSO... The club has been invited to attend the Optimist Club program honoring its "Unsung Heros", which will be held in another room at the Doubletree.

February 20, 2018: Jill Armentrout will speak on Nonprofit Health Centers.

February 27, 2018: NO MEETING - SOCIAL after hours
Members are encouraged to attend the Chamber of Commerce's State of the Community Luncheon at the Doubletree from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm. Members will receive a makeup for attending.
The club will hold a social meeting at Tri-City Brewery that evening from 6:30 until... (pay as you go)

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.

Get connected with ROTARY on Facebook.
Over 450 people like us. Let's go for 500 people liking our page!

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Remember! Check attendance sheets at the front desk.

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Rotary International Make-up On-Line at
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