Rotary Club of Saginaw

Our Legacy of Giving

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OUR CLUB'S LEGACY OF GIVING

 

Since its founding in 1914, our club has donated to: 

 

-- Central Michigan University Medical School "Thanks for Staying" Endowment.  2017.

-- Sam Merrill Memorial Pavilion at a Little League facility in Saginaw Township. 2017.

-- Equipment for Saginaw Police Department. 2016.

-- Adopt-a-garden bed at the entrance to the Children's Zoo at Celebration Square. 2016-ongoing.

-- In partnership with Rotary Club of Saginaw Sunrise, Rotary Club of Saginaw Valley, Rotary Club of Proddutur, District 6310 of Michigan, District 3160 of India and Rotary International, our club helped fund the addition of a surgical room at the Rotary Eye Hospital in the Proddutur region of India. The hospital serves 2 million people in 321 villages, providing free or affordable eye exams and eye surgery to the poor. 2016.

-- Hooked on Scouting, a daylong event hosted by mid-Michigan Boy Scouts at a park. 2015.

-- To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Saginaw, we sponsored a mural timeline of Saginaw history in the atrium of TheDow Event Center, 303 Johnson. Measuring 30 feet wide and 13 feet high, it contains 31 photographic images -- among them the Treaty of Saginaw, skating at Hoyt Park, water pumps, the lumber era and a steering gear. 2014. 

-- Adopt-a family for Christmas (Underground Railroad, Salvation Army). 2014-ongoing.

-- Saginaw Promise student scholarship program. 2012.

-- Saginaw Bay Great Read project reaching 4,000 students in 22 Saginaw/Bay/Midland county middle schools on the subject of bullying. 2012.

-- Water sanitation projects in the Dominican Republic. 2011, 2012.

-- Fetal monitors sent to Haiti by a Covenant doctor. 2011.

-- Soccer balls for the Saginaw Township Soccer Program. 2011.

-- Partnered with two Saginaw clubs, 10 clubs in Japan, two districts and Rotary International for the purchase of  36 automated heart defibrillators for shelters housing people displaced by the earthquake/tidal wave in Sendai, Japan. 2011.

-- Rotary Street Clock in Morley Plaza. 2008.

-- Christmas bell ringing for the Salvation Army. 2008-ongoing. 

-- Clean Up Saginaw campaign. 2008.

-- Co-sponsor of Altrusa’s fund-raising Spelling Bee. 2008-ongoing.

-- Haiti water project. 2008.

-- Dictionary Project donating special dictionaries to third grade students in Saginaw County, 2008-ongoing. (pictured)

-- Building of a gazebo for Saginaw’s Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House in conjunction with Saginaw Valley and Saginaw Sunrise Cubs, in honor of Rotary International Centennial Celebration. 2005.

-- Founded Saginaw on Stage fundraising concerts. 2003-ongoing. In the years since, proceeds from the annual concert have benefitted Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Riverfront Development Council, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw County Business and Education Partnership, Saginaw Choral Society, Child and Family Services, Saginaw Family Care Network, Pit and Balcony Community Theater, Child Abuse and Neglect Council, Saginaw Art Museum, Community Prescription Support Program. Covenant Sleepsack Project, Covenant Kids, Heart of Michigan Girl Scouts. More than $150,000 reinvested in the community.

-- Special exercise equipment for a South Korean home for handicapped people. 2000.

-- Janes Street Community Health Center and Boys and Girls Club. 1997.

-- Equipment for a diabetes clinic in San Paulo, Brazil. 1997.

-- Fax machine, copiers, office space and conference facility to Saginaw Crime Task Force. 1995.

-- Two ornamental trees at Hoyt Library.1994.
-- Crayola Park (near the YMCA). 1992.

-- Two ECGs for Cirico, Chile. 1992.

-- Construction of a nature interactive center at Camp Rotary as a 75th anniversary project. 1980.

-- Rotary Youth Leadership Award program. Each year we send six students from the city high schools to attend the 6310 District's five-day leadership program taking place at Camp Rotary. 1972-ongoing.

-- Sponsored Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament. Among the players Jimmy Conners, Bobby Riggs, Burt Bacherah and Lloyd Bridges. 1970.

-- Built main lodge ($250,000) at Camp Rotary. 1970.

-- Bought additional 583 acres ($24,000) at Camp Rotary, extending it to1063 acres. 1966.

-- World Celebrity Series of speakers (prominent authors, actors, scientists; Amelia Earhart, Charles Lawton, Lowell Thomas Junior, Ogden Nash, Eleanor Roosevelt, Claude Raines, Gene Tunny among them). 1946-1955.

-- Sponsored Midland-Saginaw Rotary Golf Tournament. 1933.

-- Purchased lake and property for $6,000, which becomes Camp Rotary (which is operated by The Boy Scouts of America and leased to them by our club for $1 a year). 1925

-- Promoted Big Brothers movement as club project. 1923.

-- Arranged for three orthopedic surgeons to give free clinic to aid crippled children. 1921.
 

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Over the years the Rotary Club of Saginaw has hosted Group Study Exchange visitors from  Australia, Germany, Japan,  Brazil, Philippines, Greece, France, India, Brazil, Finland, Scotland, Argentina, South Africa, Thailand, Korea, Portugal, French West Indies and Denmark.
 

And over the years our members have helped organize Boy Scouts in Saginaw, Saginaw Public Library System, consolidate the East and West side school districts into the Saginaw School District, consolidate the East Side and West Side post offices into the Saginaw Post Office, fluoridate city and Saginaw Township water,  founded Riverside Saginaw Film Festival and served as mayors and county sheriffs.