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From Our Club to Ukraine — Love

From Saginaw with Love … to appropriately rework the title of a famed James Bond movie from 1964. 

Thirty-four individual members of the Rotary Club of Saginaw and some cool friends recently helped fund FIVE ShelterBoxes to aid the beleaguered country of Ukraine. 

Each box cost $1000 and contains a family-size tent and other aid items such as mosquito nets, water filters, water carriers, solar lights, cooking sets, tools, blankets, mats and activities for children, all packed in a sturdy green box.

We know that is but a drop in the bucket on what is needed in that country nearly 5,000 miles from Saginaw, thanks to an unprovoked invasion by Russia.  But we so desperately wanted to do something as a part of the internationally-focused Rotary, and anything is better than nothing.

The 34 people who donated include16 current members of our Rotary club. But even more heartwarming is that three former members of our club chipped in AND 15 members of the Saginaw Branch of the Woman's National Farm & Garden Association. 

In a ripple effect, one of our club members is a member of the garden club, and when she told them what we were doing they asked if they could join in our effort and began donating to us.

And actually that ripple effect began when one of our club members heard about the ShelterBox for Ukraine effort by attending a Rotary Club of Saginaw Sunrise meeting and watched as its members quickly raised enough money for three of the boxes.

She took her experience to our board, and they said let’s see what WE can do. The  Rotary Club of  Saginaw board voted to take $1,000 from our savings to fund the first ShelterBox and then challenged members to individually raise enough money for a second box.

It just kept growing. The checks from the 34 donors ranged from $10 to $500.

So that is eight boxes from tiny Saginaw.

We have $21 extra we will donate to somewhere needy.

ShelterBox was founded in 2000 by the small Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, England, as a project to mark the Millenium. It has since become an independent 501 (c) (3) but remains closely allied with Rotary International.

The boxes are sent to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tropical cyclones, tsunamis, floods and volcanic eruptions, and also provide emergency aid to families displaced by war or conflict.

Since 2000, ShelterBox staff and volunteers have helped to shelter more than 1.5 million people in more than 100 countries around the world.

The aid provided is tailored to the nature of each location and therefore it is not always the same. ShelterBox Response Teams distribute aid on the ground, working closely with local organizations, local and international aid agencies, and Rotary club worldwide. 

Charity Navigator rates this charity's score as 92.41, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity.

To those confused by the reference regarding the James Bond movie, that movie was titled “From Russia with Love.”


From Our Club to Ukraine — Love Janet Martineau 2022-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Saginaw on Stage raises $11,000

You know that old adage that “it takes a village”?

Well, all you village people involved in the April 29 Saginaw on Stage fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Saginaw….WOW, just WOW!

Through your generous collective efforts we raised nearly $11,000 to share among our 2022 designated beneficiaries — percussion instruments for the Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra , an amp and instructor pay for Major Chords for Minors, and scholarships for the Pit and Balcony Class Act summer youth workshops.

… Thank you to our 16 sponsors. We know economic times are really tough and you are coming off dealing with Covid, but you came through.

… Thank you to The  Saginaw Club for not charging us rent in using your facility, all three floors in every nook and cranny. Rental fees in our past 16 years had really cut into our profits. And did your staff ever work hard that day and night. 

… Thank you to the more than 100 performers who donated their time. Bands, singer/songwriters, actors, even a dance instructor. You too are trying to resurrect careers after a two-year Covid shut down, but still volunteered your time to Saginaw on Stage. And shared information about it on your Facebook pages.

… Thank you to our 181 attendees who purchased tickets to attend as well those who bought 50-50 raffle tickets. We were hoping for 250 but we know also that many of you are still nervous about attending public events.

… Thank you to the six radio stations, two newspapers and one television station who did interviews with our committee members.

… And thank you to The Saginaw Art Museum who loaned us a set of risers for band equipment, saving us a rental fee.

We did it, this village.


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Rotarians celebrate $50,000 in medical scholarships 


An unusual partnership celebrated five years of success on May 4 during a luncheon at The Saginaw Club.

The Rotary Club of Saginaw, Rotary Club of Saginaw Sunrise and Rotary Club of Saginaw Valley established back then a special scholarship foundation with the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, located in Mount Pleasant and Saginaw.

Through it they award a $10,000  “Thanks for Staying”  grant annually to a school graduate who agrees who agrees to do his or her  residency in the Great Lakes Bay and Thumb area. $50,000 so far. The money is applied to the student’s loan.

Various fundraisers over these five years and donations from the three clubs and others, the foundation keeps growing. It has a goal of $1 million, which would allow for two  scholarships annually, and is 30% of the way.

Those attending the luncheon were told the average debt for a medical school graduate is $250,000. And studies indicate that where a doctor serves his or her residency tends to be where they stay and establish a practice.

The keynote speaker on May 4  was Dr. Steven Vance, an emergency medicine specialist at Covenant Healthcare and since 2016  associate dean of clinical education at the CMU School of Medicine. He received his medical degree in 2001 from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Dr. Vance (pictured) recalled that during Covid he lived in a borrowed travel trailer parked outside his home because he didn’t want to jeopardize his family’s health due to so many deaths where he worked. He said medical students from the school delivered thousands of vaccines to the community during Covid. And he recalls Rotary members asking during the pandemic how they could help.

Michigan still does not have enough primary care physicians for its population, he said, and the CMU College of Medicine was founded to provide physicians for Michigan. And he also called on Rotary clubs to help the CMU Medical School get recruits and train them in our community.

The school recently celebrated its first 500 graduates, starting from its inaugural class in 2017. 80% of its students come from Michigan and 50% of its graduates were matched to Michigan residency programs. 78% of those graduates chose primary care specialties.


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2022 Rotary Hero honoree


In 2015, District 6310 started a Rotary Hero of the Year honor, acknowledged at the April district convention and receiving a certificate.

Each club nominates its Rotary Hero based on his or her longtime service to the club and to his or her community.

The 2022 winner from the Rotary Club of Saginaw is Janet I. Martineau.

She joined the club in 2009. Paul Harris +1. Secretary: 2010-2017,  2020-2024. Committees: Centennial (oversaw creation of new club logo and customized badges), golf scramble, Saginaw on Stage concerts, Friday Night Live hot dog booth, grant writing. 

Began club’s Facebook page in 2011: Write and post stories about our speakers and activities; have taken and posted upwards of 900 photos of our speakers and activities; in 2022 began live Facebook broadcasts of some of our speakers. 

Administrator of club webpage: researched and wrote eight site pages on home page (club history, our legacy of giving, bios on charter members, Camp Rotary development, etc.); write homepage stories with photos; maintain membership roster with member photos. Write press releases for club. 

Perfect attendance: 2014-2016.

Community service: served on boards of Riverside Saginaw Film Festival, Creative 360, Roethke Home Museum, Friends of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Saginaw Hall of Fame, Chippewa Nature Center. 

Have volunteered and/or served on committees/special events for Saginaw Bay Symphony, Saginaw Choral Society, Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, East Side Soup Kitchen, Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission, Midland Center for the Arts, Saginaw Children’s Zoo, Art Serve Michigan, READ Association, Saginaw County Spelling Bee, Great Lakes Bay Great Read (book dealt with bullying). Was a big sister in the Big Sister/Little Sister program.

Retired from 40 years of working at The Saginaw News.

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Saginaw on Stage returns

After a two-year absence due to Covid, WE’RE BACK.

17th Saginaw on Stage Music Festival, Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Saginaw

Friday, April 29, at The Saginaw Club, 219 N. Washington

Doors open at 5:30pm, performances 6-11pm. 13 bands (among them 23 North, a German polka band, Lucky Nows,  Sensory Overload, Catfish Sandwich, Haley & The Sound Poets, Sarah Schingeck & The Hope Dreams), a singer/songwriters room, other performers throughout three floors. Dance floor on third floor, two brief dance lessons during the night, cash bars on all three floors.

Tickets $30. On sale electronically through our website: saginawonstage.com. Also available at: Isabella Bank, 4975 Bay Road; Health Advantage Federal Credit Union, 4550 State; Tafel Insurance Agency, 30 N. Center/Suite 1.

Beneficiaries: Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra (percussion equipment), Major Chords for Minors (an amp and scholarships)!, Pit & Balcony Class Act workshops for youths.

For more information check out our website.



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Our cookie house  wins first place prize

Posted by Janet Martineau

This year we entered, for the first time, a cookie house competition sponsored by the Positive Results Downtown Saginaw organization for its Holidays in the Heart of the City celebration. And we won the first place prize in our category of clubs and organizations.

The creation was a replica of a  Centennial family home and barn in Saginaw Township owned by past club president Ursula Steckert, who died of Covid this year. She had also been a Rotary exchange student when she was in high school.

It was designed and decorated by Cathy Tafel with assistance from Linda Hegenauer, Melissa Spranger and Tom Brubaker.



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$6,000 awarded to four agencies

On Dec. 1 we awarded  $6,000 in unrestricted money divided evenly between the Underground Railroad of Saginaw, Hidden Harvest, City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, and East Side Soup Kitchen.

All of them nonprofit agencies collectively sheltering the homeless and victims of domestic violence, feeding the needy, and rescuing and repurposing prepared food from restaurants and receptions.

The  money was raised from our Spring Into Action golf scramble and Win-Win raffle.

From left are Dan Streeter of City Rescue Mission, Samantha McKenzie of Hidden Harvest, Diane Keenan of East Side Soup Kitchen and Allie Martinez of Underground Railroad.


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2019 Saginaw on Stage a Success

Posted by Janet Martineau on Mar 04, 2019
Our annual Saginaw on Stage megaconcert took place March 1, 2019 on three stages at Apple Mountain. The fundraiser featured 12 bands performing along with 16 singer/songwriters. Pictured here is a young attendee participating in a song with performer Pablo Mundo, who calls himself The Human Jukebox.
This year proceeds will benefit All Music Is Power, music performances for special needs students; Major Chords for Minors, a free music instruction program for youths, and Scouts BSA Troop 366, the first all-female Boy Scouts troop in Saginaw County.
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Dictionaries distributed

Posted by Janet Martineau on Mar 04, 2019

Club members Melissa Spranger and Jonathan Webb (standing at back) recently delivering special dictionaries/encyclopedias to a third grade classroom in Saginaw Township.

An annual program sponsored for our club, this year we will distribute nearly 700 of the books to 12 Saginaw County schools.

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All Power Is Music given funds

In April 2018, we presented AMP (All Music is Power) performers Laurie Middlebrook & Donny Brown (second and third from right) +with a check for $5,000 — raised by  our Saginaw on Stage fundraiser. AMP provides an interactive music experience for students with special needs. Check them out at allmusicispower.com

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Fire department gets needed device

Posted by Janet Martineau

Saginaw citizens trapped in fires hopefully now have a better chance of surviving.

In January 2019, the Rotary Club of Saginaw -- Downtown presented the City of Saginaw Fire Department a check for $4,500 to purchase four thermal imaging cameras.

Fire Department Chief Chris VanLoo (pictured, center) called the frontline apparatus a wand-like device with a small screen that upon arriving on the fire scene can be used to scan and locate any people trapped inside.

So far this year alone the department of 38 firefighters has been called to 16 fires. And it is under severe budgetary struggles as well. VanLoo said when he began 28 years ago there were 100 firefighters on duty.

The money for the donation was raised by our club's annual golf scramble fundraiser ....so again thanks to all who participated in that September event.

At left is club secretary Laura Crase and at right club president elect Cathy Tafel.

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Movie showing raises polio funds

Posted by Janet Martineau

In October 2018, on World Polio Day, a special event raised  $3,141 for Rotary International's ongoing PolioPlus campaign to eradicate polio from the world.


The Rotary Club of Saginaw-Downtown and Riverside Saginaw Film Festival teamed up to show the 2017 movie "Breathe" -- based on a true story about a man's battle with the disease in the late 1950s.


Nearly 100 people attended the fund-raiser at the Court Street Theatre and donated $1,047 in freewill donations. That amount was matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, amounting to $3,141 headed to Rotary International.


Since 1985, Rotary International and its clubs worldwide have contributed more than $1.8 billion, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, to fight the disease.

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Play ball

Posted by Janet Martineau on Aug 27, 2018
This summer our club proudly sponsored a Hoyt Park Summer Baseball League team, age 11 and under. We paid for their shirts, hats and Gatorade. The12-member team was coached by Willie Irvin and played  10 games. They were one of six teams in their division.
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Savoy receives Business Ethics Award

Posted by Janet Martineau on Jun 27, 2018

Today (June 27) several members of our club stopped by the Savoy Bar and Grill, 127 S. Franklin in Saginaw, to present its co-owners with our first annual Ethics in Business Award. 

The newly created honor, a first for a Michigan-based Rotary Club, honors a local business exemplifying our famed Four Way Test pledge and a commitment to the community.

Since opening the Savoy in 2007, owners Steven Jeffrey West Jr. and Jim Atwood -- and a crew of volunteers -- have hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner for needy citizens at the eatery.

Held the day before Thanksgiving, it features a turkey dinner with all the fixings and has served upwards of 500 walk-in people annually. That translates to 26 turkeys and 60 home-baked pumpkin pies.

The award included a certificate, a large window decal and a $500 check. -- Photos by Janet I. Martineau

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Saginaw Rotary Presents Saginaw City Police Department with $5000 check

February 21, 2018
Today we presented a check for $5,000 to the Saginaw City Police Department!  This will help fund new night goggles and body cameras for our city police officers.  Way to go Downtown Rotary Club!
For those of you who help with and participate in our fundraisers, this is a result of your continued support!  Thank you!
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SVSU foreign students guests at meeting

Posted by Janet Martineau
Among the students enrolled at Saginaw Valley State University this year are 900 international students from 23 countries. Saudi Arabia, China and Nepal are the leading representatives.
One of our club members, Pat Shelley (far right), has an "in" with this foreign enrollment. He is the International Student Advisor in SVSU's Office of International and Advanced Studies and active with the 50-member International Student Club on campus.
So it was that at an October Rotary Club of Saginaw meeting he brought five of those students to talk about themselves and their countries.
-- Saher Ali from Pakistan (second from left) came dressed in native garb and brought several show and tell items. Her name means early morning.
-- Ashwini Pokharel (fourth from left) from Nepal is a political science major. She is from Kathmandu, known for its its temples. 
-- Izabella Ismailova (third from left) from Khazakhstan is a general business major. She is a top-ranked singles and doubles tennis player.
-- Asma Ben Amor (fifth from left) from Tunisia is in a scholarship program for engineering and loves the courses she is taking.
-- Paul Boursinhac (far left) from France is attending SVSU for just this semester, as a mechanical engineering student. He is already employed by a company back home that designs and crafts airplane seats. He was born in Paris and is a bicycling athlete.
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Covenant Kids given check from our concert

Posted by Janet Martineau

At our Jan. 27 meeting, Covenant Kids Foundation was presented with a $3,000 check from money raised through our 2015 Saginaw on Stage concert. 

At left is club member Dave Oppermann, a Saginaw on Stage committee member, presenting the check to Heather Appold, the Covenant Kids coordinator.

Covenant Kids is a fund component of Covenant HealthCare. It helps supply equipment and other needs for pediatric services covering youths from birth to 18 -- emergency care, trauma center, intensive care, neonatal intensive care, surgery, neurosurgery, cardiology, diabetes and enderinology care, and rehabilitation. -- Photo by Janet I. Martineau

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Santa drives a SUV

Posted by Janet Martineau
Santa assigned the 52 elves of our club to help fill the Christmas wishes of a mother and her four children under the care of the Underground Railroad of Saginaw. The gifts were delivered in December ...not by sleigh but an SUV.
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Camp Rotary kids pay a visit

Posted by Janet Martineau

One of our club's favorite annual programs is when the students we have sent to the annual  leadership program at Camp Rotary speak about their experience.
This year we sent eight students to the four-day session serving 80 students in Michigan. Six of them spoke during our Sept. 23 meeting.
-- Robin Pruitt, a global studies senior at the Saginaw Arts and Sciences (SASA) who plans to attend Western Michigan University and study physical therapy. 
-- Cherish Joe, in the art program at SASA who has applied to attend the University of Michigan art school as well as some foreign schools.
-- Theondre Peoples, a theater major at SASA who plans to enter law or medical school but has not yet chosen a college. 
-- Ranika Pierson, a senior at Saginaw High School who wants to become a nurse practitioner and plans to attend SVSU. 
-- Audreeanna Ramsey, who attends Saginaw High School and would like to become a judge. She plans to attend SVSU.
-- James Hax, a math and science student at SASA who plans to attend Michigan Tech. 
The typical day found a motivational speaker in the morning, team building in the afternoon like ropes and obstacle courses, and recreation in the evening like campfires and skits.
It is our club that established, and leases for $1 a year to the Boy Scouts, the 1100 acres of Camp Rotary.
The students are pictured with club member Pat Shellley, who oversees the selection process.
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Special award for special helper

Posted by Janet Martineau
Tom Trombley, the Castle Museum deputy director at left, was awarded an honorary Paul Harris Fellow by our club's Centennial Project Sub-Committee of Evelyn Mudd, Bill Koepke.and Tom Cline, right, during a recent meeting.

It was given in recognition of his service on the project -- researching the copy and photographs for the history of Saginaw mural on display in the lobby of TheDow Event Center. The award was funded by Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow credits from the membership of the subcommittee. -- Photo by Ricardo Verdoni
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The perfect attendance folks

Posted by Janet Martineau
Eleven of our club's members achieved perfect attendance during the 2014-2015 year. From left are Melissa Spranger, Ken Santa, Janet Boes, Rod Bieber, Jim Mitchell, Tom Cline and David Oppermann. Missing from the picture is the photographer Janet Martineau, Jim Hayes, Carl Hubinger and Bill Priest.
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Team Rotary wins 10th Annual Bee for Literacy

Posted by Janet Martineau on May 06, 2015

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

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Three new members inducted

Posted by Janet I. Martineau on Apr 26, 2015
We recently inducted three new members to our club. From left: Sponsor Ken Santa, new member Jayme Grzegorczyk (in marketing), new member Shiela Little (a life coach), inductor Evelyn Mudd, new member David Gamez (retired from health services) and sponsor Ricardo Verdoni. -- Photo by Janet Boes.
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Carl Hubinger our official 2015 hero

Posted by Janet I. Martineau on Apr 26, 2015

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 

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Welcome to five new members

Posted by Janet Martineau
Our club inducted five new members on Wednesday, Feb. 18. From left, accompanied by their sponsors, are Scott Lindenberg, a minister; Jill Lindenberg, an insurance agent; their sponsor Ken Santa; Kathryn Crockett, a banker, sponsored by Santa; club member Evelyn Mudd; Rod Bieber, who sponsored Thom Moffitt, a Salvation Army captain; Sam Merrill, a television news anchor and his sponsor Gary Fahndrich. -- photo by Cameron Brady
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Rotary elves at work

Posted by Janet 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.





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And the winner was....

Posted by Janet Martineau

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. ImageAnd the winner was.....well, were are keeping it secret so he/she is not pestered by "friends." -- Photos by Janet I. Martineau

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Reporting for Salvation Army duty

Posted by Janet Martineau

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.Image

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2012 spelling bee team

Posted by Janet Martineau

The Rotary Club of Saginaw annually helps sponsor and fields a team for Bee for Literacy competition -- an adult-age spelling bee that is a fund-raiser for Altrusa International. Usually 10-12 teams compete. Our 2012 team pictured here is, from left, Sheriff Bill Federspiel, Catherine McMichael (wife of Rotarian Rod Bieber) and Bill Priest.Image

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Celebrating our look for 100th anniversary year

Posted by Janet Martineau

ImageIn 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.

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Group Study Exchange members from South Korea

Posted by Janet Martineau

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.Image

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Hot dogs, get yer hot dogs!

Posted by Janet Martineau

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.


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Mock Rotary meeting featured at lecture series

Posted by Janet 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. Image

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Team Rotary wins spelling bee

Posted by Janet 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).Image. -- Photos by Janet I. Martineau

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Club receives prestigious award

Posted by Janet Martineau

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 awardsImage

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Our 100th anniversary gift to Saginaw

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On Oct. 6, 2014, the Rotary Club of Saginaw unveiled its 100th anniversary gift to Saginaw -- a mural timeline history in the atrium of TheDow Event Center, 303 Johnson. Measuring 30 feet wide and 13 feet high, it contains 31 phototgraphic images -- among them the Treaty of Saginaw, skating at Hoyt Park, water pumps before the pipline from Lake Huron was built, the lumber era, a steering gear, and lumbermen cutting a log. The timeline was fabricated by Morley's. More photos on our Facebook page. -- Photos by Janet I. Martineau
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Passing of the gavel

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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.





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Distinguished service honorees

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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.






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The perfect attendance folks

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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.Image

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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.Image

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Our spelling bee team at work

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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. --Image

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Club's 100th anniversary celebrated in museum display

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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. -- PhotographImage by Janet I. Martineau

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