The New Rotary Breezes
Issue #21
The Rotary Club of Bay City, MI
-Meets every Tuesday at Noon-
Greetings and salutations everyone,
Here are the highlights from our November 19th, 2019 meeting.
Salvation Army: 
"Changing Lives One Person At A Time"
 Rick Ray spoke to the club this week about the Salvation Army, and its continuing efforts to spread holiday cheer throughout Bay County. 
As they do every year for the holiday season the Salvation Army simultaneously conducts several projects to ensure individuals and families don't go without things most of us take for granted.
Beginning with their coat donation drive, Rick said they've gotten off to a good start. With what they've collected so far the Salvation Army has given out over 300 coats to families. However, Rick said they are currently in greater need of adult coats. He said that homeless individuals who refuse to stay in the local shelters for reasons of their own need them the most.
Another program that is doing well but could use more donations is their gift program. Each year they receive an abundance of gifts for small children and infants but come up short for teens up to the age of 17. Rick said one thing teens always need are ear buds, but also mentioned other electronics and makeup. They began taking applications for gifts weeks ago and hope to fill those lists with the community's help. Currently they have approximately 150 applications. 
The Salvation Army's soup kitchen, or as Rick has renamed it "Matthew 25", continues to serve hot meals daily. They provide nearly 180 meals a day between breakfast and lunch to those in need. While there they also provide people with hot showers.
Two other programs Rick noted were the pet pantry and the free rides they provide individuals to and from Detroit rehabilitation facilities. 
One of the most recognizable programs the Salvation army is known for is their annual bell ringers; those selfless individuals who stand in front of businesses braving the cold to collect money for those in need. 
Rick said that he is in the second year of his five-year goal to fill each of those positions with 100% volunteers. More volunteers are surely needed to reach that goal. Those donations go a long way to helping families in our community, and the more volunteers that are out there collecting, the more families they can help.
"Every dollar counts. Every penny in those kettles can change a life", Rick said.
Rick concluded with words that every one of us needs to be reminded of at some point.
"Christmas is not about what we can do for ourselves. It's about what we can do for others around us."
For more information on how you can volunteer for the Salvation Army please visit their website at
Upcoming Presentations
Nov 26th - Celebrating Our Family of Rotary
Dec 3rd - Bay City Housing
Dec 10th - Board Meeting/Club Celebration
Dec 17th - Holiday Program
Programs are needed for 2020. If you, or someone you know, who like to give a presentation please contact Tara, Carrie, or Paul.
Upcoming Meeting Announcements
NO meetings on December 24th or 31st due to the holidays.
Upcoming Events
May 1st & 2nd, 2020 - District 6310 Conference in Mt. Pleasant 
June 6th through 10th, 2020 - Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, HI
Well, that's it for this edition of The New Rotary Breezes everyone! I hope you enjoyed it!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
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