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It was a battle of wills Wednesday during the 10th Annual Altrusa Bee for Literacy -- when 12 three-member adult teams competed and went through more than 300 words before a winner was declared -- and that winner was our club’s team, called the Rotary Spellarz.
Team members Melissa Spranger, Sam Merrill and Catherine McMichael won with the word hematite (a mineral) during a long, long “final two” battle with The Word Slingers, a team from The Saginaw News.
The money raised benefits a program for second graders at the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum. Pictured are members of the Rotary team (seated to right of banner) and their noisy supporters (other Rotary Club of Saginaw members) -- Photos by Janet I. Martineau
He's our official Rotary Club of Saginaw Hero -- CARL HUBINGER.
The District 6310 governor of Rotary International inaugurated a "Rotary Hero" initiative at this month’s district convention, with each club submitting a member to honor. He is show at left, receiving his award..
Here are some facts about our Carl Hubinger, who lives in Hemlock and is a retired prosthetic dentist.
-- Became a Rotary member in 1974.
-- Is a Past President (1981-1982), a Paul Harris Fellow (twice) and a Sustaining Member of Rotary.
-- His father, Dr. Herm Hubinger, was also a Saginaw Rotarian.
-- Camp Rotary, founded by our club in 1925, has been a big part of Carl’s Rotary experience. He served as the contractor and on-site supervisor of the building of the Nature Interactive Center at the 1,000-acre camp near Clare, and is currently a Camp Rotary Foundation Trustee.
-- Hosted Group Study Exchange guests on a number of occasions.
-- Traveled to the Dominican Republican in conjunction with our water project there and oversees our contributions to it.
-- Every single year, stands out in the freezing cold and rings the bell in order to garner contributions for the Salvation Army.
-- Cooked hot dogs at our Friday Night Live concert series food booth.
-- Annually helps deliver dictionaries to third grade classrooms in Saginaw County.
-- Helped research and compile information for our club's 100th anniversary in 2014.
-- Has maintained a perfect attendance record for Rotary for several years.
-- Heads the nomination committee for our club officers.
-- Photo by Janet Boes
Each year, as winter turns into spring, members of the Rotary Club of Saginaw deliver paperback dictionaries/mini-encyclopedias to third graders in Saginaw County. We are in the process now of delivering 703 copies to 12 public and parochial scchools in Saginaw, Saginaw Township, Shields and Hemlock.
Our members introduce what is in the book to the students, lead them on a brief tour through it, ask a few questions for them to tackle and tell them a little bit about Rotary.
Rotary Club of Saginaw members Bill Mitchell and Bill Priest visited two schools on this day, resulting in this photo. More pictures are on our Facebook page. . -- Photos by Janet I. Martineau
A pair of Santa's Rotarian elves paid a pre-Christmas visit to a Saginaw home to deliver our club's adopt-a-family gifts to a mom and her two sons.
Among the nearly 20 gifts are clothing and boots for all three; a vacuum, microwave, silverware, sheets, radio/CD player, kitchen items, and Kroger and Meijer gift cards for mom; a wagon, dump truck toy and games for the two kids.
Oh, and one club member donated this Christmas tree, with all of its lights and decorations included.
The three recipients recently lost just about everything they owned and mom is recovering from a stroke.
Those two elves in the picture also wrapped most of the gifts for club members who are less gifted at that task.
As has been the custom for several years now, on Saturday (Dec. 6) 10 members of our club volunteered as bell ringers for the Salvation Army – filling up an entire day's shift at the north door of Macy's.
Pictured in their Christmas finery are Cathy Tafel, left, and Dayna Neef. Also volunteering were Ken Santa, Cameron Brady, Bill Priest, Gary Fahndrich, David Oppermann, Pat Shelley, Carl Hubinger and Marc Kaeckmeister.
At our Nov. 19 meeting, we drew the winning name for our $5,000 fund-raising raffle. Tickets were $50 each, nearly 200 were sold, and the winner took home a nice check. Doing duty in rotating all the entries was none other than Saginaw Mayor Dennis Browning, who also drew the winning ticket. And the winner was.....well, were are keeping it secret so he/she is not pestered by "friends." -- Photos by Janet I. Martineau
On Sept. 18, the Rotary Club of Saginaw hosted a reception at the newly-opened Bancroft Wine and Martini Bar in downtown Saginaw -- one aimed at mining for possible new members to our 100-year-old club. Event organizer Dayna Neef, left, and club president Ken Santa, right, with the winner of the night’s door prize -- Photograph by Janet I. Martineau.
In honor of its 100th anniversary in 2014, the Rotary Club of Saginaw updated its exchange banners (pictured), member badges and giveaway pins to tell some of the history of our area.
Depicted are the Bean Bunny neon sign (reflecting the fact we are a world leader in growing and exporting navy beans), the Saginaw River (which runs through our city), sugar beets (we are a world leader in sugar production), the shape of our state, and the white pines (from our lumber era).
Did you know that the Rotary Club of Saginaw was the 93th Rotary club formed worldwide and the third in Michigan, behind Detroit and Grand Rapids. Today there are 34,400 Rotary Clubs worldwide.
Who are these people and why do they look so giddy? The are members of the Rotary Club of Saginaw who, in the 2013-2014 year, achieved perfect attendance. From left are Ricardo Verdoni, Tom Cline, Bill Priest, Rod Bieber, Bill Mitchell, Jim Hayes, Bill Koepke, Carl Hubinger, Melissa Spranger -- and the photographer, Janet I. Martineau, too.
Centennial year president Rob Bieber, lower right, awarded distinguished service certificates to members with long-term service on special projects. They are, clockwise from Bieber: Bill Koepke, Saginaw on Stage chairman; Jim Hayes, annual dictionary project; Ricardo Verdoni, videographer; Pat Shelley, Rotary Youth Leadership program; Bill Priest centennial history project, and Carl Hubinger, international projects. Also awarded certificates but not present for photo: Tom Cline, Sendai Relief project; Dave Oppermann, Saginaw on Stage, and Carlos Ramet, Group Study Exchange program.
Last year our We-Bee-Rotary team took first place in the Bee for Literacy, a fund-raiser for Altrusa International of Saginaw. This year they got knocked out early with the word Geronimo. But we love 'em anyways. --
Rod Bieber, right, hands off the preident’s gavel to Ken Santa, left. Bieber was president of the Rotary Club of Saginaw for the 2013-2014 Rotary year and Santa is serving 2014-2015. Jointly they are sharing our 100th anniversary year since we were founded in 1914 -- the 93rd chartered Rotary International club in a world that now has 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.
The Rotary Club of Saginaw is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014. We were the 93rd Rotary club founded, and today there are more than 34,000 Rotary clubs throughout the world. The Castle Museum, 500 Federal, has assembled two showcases honoring our club. Go check them out through this summer. -- Photograph by Janet I. Martineau
The Rotary Club of Saginaw took home the first place trophy at the 2013 Bee for Literacy competition -- an adult-age spelling bee that is a fund-raiser for Altrusa International. There were 11 community organization team in the competition. From left are Melissa Spranger, Ken Santa and Catherine McMichael (wife of Rotarian Rod Bieber).. -- Photos by Janet I. Martineau
On the night of Sept. 24, 2013, the long-running Saginaw Humanities Lecture Series asked the Rotary Club of Saginaw to present a program about its 100-year history -- as the 93rd Rotary club to form in the world which now has more than 34,000 of them. Current President Roderick J. Bieber “ran” the program like a typical meeting, with the singing of “America” (Dave Oppermann seen at piano) and the Four Way Test Pledge; had various members portray some of our earliest members, and included video segments about some of our achievements both locally and globally.
In 2013 our club received a prestigious All Area Arts Award from the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission -- in honor of our 10 years of sponsoring the Saginaw on Stage megaconcert. Presented on one night, upwards of 30 bands play on five stages. It has collectively raised $70,000 which was donated to Saginaw non-profits. Pictured are several of our club members after the awards
During the month of April 2013, four South Koreans and their team leader visited District 6310 (encompassing Alpena, Alma, Saginaw, Midland, Bay City and a few other towns in that region) during a Rotary International Group Study Exchange. At the same time, our district sent a team to South Korea. Captured here Is their visit to one of our club meetings, during which they performed on authentic instruments in ethnic garb.
Did you know that the friendly members of the Rotary Club of Saginaw for three years operated a food vendor booth at the annual Friday Night Live series of concerts in downtown Saginaw. Here, in 2012, members Carl Hubinger, left, and Bill Koepke prepare some fixins' for the made-in-Michigan skinless Koegel's hot dogs cooked on a grill.