President Rod introduced Jeff Tyson, Fitness & Aquatics Operations Manager for The Center, spoke to members today about the many programs offered to parents and children in the greater Adrian and Lenawee County area.
Thanks to the Merillat family, The Center became a reality in the 80’s in Adrian. The Center’s Corner Park was built and launched in 2014 as is due to undergo an expansion this spring all in keeping with its goal of providing “activities for families” under the umbrellas of Bounce, Climb, Splash and Swim.
The Center’s Corner Park consists of a 2,000 square foot, textured concrete surface splash pad along with what they have called a Gaga ball area. There is also an outdoor pool with zero entry which is four feet deep. There is also an explorer dome for kids who like to climb on ropes about 6 inches in diameter! An inflatable jumping pillow measuring 35 feet by 70 feet has also been installed.
The park will be expanded this spring and will provide activities in May as well as September in addition to toddler play activities. Slated for development will be: Super Swings, Tot Zone, and Zip & Zoom area.
Jeff said that the Center’s Corner Park will open officially for members on May 2. For those wanting to see what the park offers, they can visit the park free on May 6th during their open house. The park is great for birthday parties and they will be looking to hire employees during the summer season. Anyone willing to volunteer to help can enjoy a free membership all summer long.
Katie Young, a member of the Christian Ministry team at the Center, said that he job was actually fundraising and announced their upcoming auction on March 5th and gave an update on Ruth Merillat saying that she suffered a small stroke recently, is 95 years old, and went to Florida to spend the winter with her son and daughter-in-law. She mentioned that Paul Palpant, former Adrian Noon Rotarian, was once again handling administrative duties since their CEO Trevor Cook left late last year until such time as they find a new CEO.
PETS Conference - Yours Truly attended the President-Elect Training Session (PETS) in Kalamazoo last week and returned with a ton of great information! All incoming club presidents in Michigan and part of Indiana attended – about 300 in all. Below is a group photo just prior to the conclusion of last week’s conference in Kalamazoo.
Member Resignations - Members Bobbi Dawes and Vera Alvarez announced that this was their final meeting as Adrian Noon Rotarians. We are sad they will be leaving the club. Bobbie served as a board member and she and her hubby, Gary, are headed for Farmington Hills, MI where he has taken on a pastorate and she will be working at anther Hospice in the area. Vera will be leaving Clift Pontiac to go to Olmstead, IL a suburb of Chicago where she will be doing recruiting. We wish you both the very best, ladies. The club won’t quite be the same without you!
DisCon 2016 - President Rod reminded those first timers interested in attending this year’s DisCon that subsidies are available through our club ($250) as well as the District ($150). Please contact any club officer if you are interested. Rod mentioned again that our club will host a hospitality suite at the conference. We need volunteers! See flyer for the event below.
New Club PR Chair - Yours Truly announced that member Amy Pyle has accepted the invitation to be the club’s Chair for Public Relations! Amy is employed by the Daily Telegram and has been doing much work on the club’s website.
Paul Harris Fellow – President Rod presented Helen Bendes with her PHF plu 5 pin at our meeting today. Congratulations, Helen!
REMEMBER – Semi-annual dues are due!
DATES TO REMEMBER
April 30 – District Assembly Saturday, Schoolcraft College from 8am – noon. The following people have been invited to attend from our club: President-Elect, President Nominee, Youth Exchange Chair, Foundation Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Image Chair, Service Project Chair, Membership Chair, all board members. Please let Chuck know if you will be able to attend.
June 30 - Our annual changeover dinner will be a joint one with members of the Adrian AM Club and is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 to 8:0pm at the home of Noon Club Rotarian Rhonda Gage and hubby, Bob. Their address is 8838 Clare Court, Onsted (north side of Loch Erin.) More info forthcoming.
Jim Leary, retired member of our club who was in from his home in Euclair, Wisconsin, Gary Dawes, hubby of member, Bobbi, Alexis Eggenberger and Peggy Romano from the Promedica Bixby Autism Center who were our speakers today.