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Traverse City, MI – Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services are pleased to announce the selection of Becky Ewing as their next joint Executive Director. She will be succeeding Marsha Smith who is retiring in December after 25 years of service to the organization. Ewing is currently serving as the Associate Director of Rotary Charities.
“Becky’s strong leadership and long experience with both Rotary Charities and Camps & Services are critical to the many initiatives we currently have underway,” said Elaine Wood, chairperson of Rotary Charities. “We’re looking forward to having her expertise at the helm.”
A succession planning committee, comprised of board members of Rotary Charities and Camps & Services, as well as leadership from the Traverse City Noon Rotary Club has been meeting since January. Their recommendation to promote Becky was unanimously approved by both boards, earlier this month.
The Succession Planning Committee saw the challenges and potential changes that lie ahead for both organizations and felt that the Executive Director position needed someone who has the history, context, relationships and community connections in place – someone who could hit the ground running. Considering the critical evolution point for each organization, the Succession Planning Committee focused its efforts on Becky Ewing. Ms. Ewing has already led the organization twice during the Executive Director’s extended leaves.
Ms. Ewing has been at the table, helping to lead the strategy for both Rotary organizations for most of her ten-year tenure.
“Becky has an energetic and warm leadership style,” said Sharron Zimmerman, chairperson of Rotary Camps and Services. “She has a great blend of organizational history and innovative approaches and perspectives. Her background in science and in community growth will fit well with the changes ahead throughout Rotary. I cannot think of a better person.”
For the past 10 years, Becky has been a key part of the team at Rotary Charities, and a Rotarian. She served as a Program Officer, leading up to her current role as Associate Director. Prior to joining Rotary Charities, she developed partnerships and programs for the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College. She has worked with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce on smart growth issues. Ms. Ewing also co-owned an environmental consulting firm for 15 years.
Becky has lived in Traverse City for 50 years, served on nonprofit boards and worked as a community volunteer. Her degrees include a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Literature, both from Grand Valley State University. On Big Ten game day, she bleeds green – being the daughter, sister and mother of MSU grads. She is an avid runner, reader and connector. Having grown up in a family that camped, hiked, and explored; one of her favorite things is to be in nature, looking for morels, rocks and birds.
“Working for Rotary Charities and Camps & Services for the past ten years has been a gift and being part of the 40-year tradition of making good things happen in our region is truly an honor,” said Becky Ewing. “As we advance our transformational work, I look forward to collaborating with our boards, Rotarians, grantees and the community to continue making a positive impact on the people we serve.”
In February, during a joint strategic planning session leadership from both boards expressed clear agreement that continuing the shared Executive Director position fosters improved collaboration and adds efficiency to the operations of each entity. Becky’s intent is to retire in two to three years, which allows both organizations time to sharpen their strategy, make some big decisions, and show progress on their direction. The boards’ intent is to perform a national search as Becky’s tenure winds down.
During this past year, Becky has led Rotary Charities through key changes, moving the organization into strategic, systems-based grant making and community engagement. Later this spring, Rotary will be announcing its fall grant cycle and some other exciting programs and recognition opportunities to benefit the region it serves.
“Becky is the right person at the right time to carry forward the important work of these two Rotary organizations,” said Marsha Smith, current Executive Director of both Rotary Charities and Camps & Services. “Her leadership has already helped shape our thinking and emerging direction. I am thrilled with the boards’ selection, and I’m confident she will continue the Rotary tradition of community impact.”
Rotary Camps & Service is the landholding entity of the Rotary Club of Traverse City. It owns over 1,750 acres of land in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, including a former Boy Scout Camp and significant waterfront on Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan. We are currently recruiting a VISTA volunteer for 2018-2019.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that work to improve our community and our country. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.
The goal of this project is to increase the capacity and sustainability for two main initiatives—Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center and the Discovery Center & Pier. The volunteer activities will build audiences and visitors of all ages, abilities, and needs, especially those living in poverty. VISTA volunteers do not to be recent college graduates; anyone can find a rewarding volunteer opportunity through VISTA
The centerpiece project will be to research and design programming for at-risk youth. Beyond the actual substantive learning that occurs in outdoor education programs, they build independence, resilience, confidence, an teach goal-setting, creative problem solving, social skills & teamwork, follow through, life-long learning, responsible risk-taking and many other life-skills that help develop a fully actualized adult that can succeed in both the workplace and in the community. Both projects are in an emerging and start-up stage of their life cycle, and need considerable support to build capacity in program development, marketing, database development, volunteer recruitment and retention, fundraising procedures, as well as fundamental policies and practices. The VISTA will help research and design a program with a special focus on at-risk youth.
VISTA Service Description
Benefits Offered to a VISTA
- Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
- Childcare Assistance, if eligible
- Relocation Allowance
- Health Coverage
- Living Allowance
For a complete description of VISTA benefits click here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2017
Leah McCallum, Director of Community Capacity
Rotary Charities of Traverse City
Rotary Charities Announces 2017 Grants, Including $75,000 to the Kalkaska Community
Traverse City, Mich. – Rotary Charities of Traverse City announced the recipients of their fall-cycle grants totaling $749,000. Twenty-one grants were awarded, including a $75,000 grant to the Kalkaska DDA to build a Community Information Center – the first of many projects that will shape Railroad Square – an anchor project in the downtown revitalization.
“This project has been a focus of the Kalkaska DDA for quite some time, and this grant will facilitate the first phase of the buildout of Railroad Square,” said Cash Cook, Kalkaska DDA Executive Director. “It will create a platform to market local events and businesses, as well as be available for safety and emergency information. We’re excited for this opportunity!”
NorthSky Nonprofit Network, a program of Rotary Charities, has previously collaborated with the DDA, and other key community stakeholders, to help prioritize projects and drive economic development in Kalkaska County. NorthSky and the DDA relied heavily on the work of Networks Northwest, centered on revitalizing the towns and villages along the US-31 corridor. Railroad Square has always risen to the top, as a key project to kick start new development in Kalkaska.
“During the grant review process, it became clear that this project is meaningful to the people of Kalkaska. It will be a landmark, and resource in the heart of town,” said Marsha Smith, Rotary Charities, Executive Director. “Our staff, board and Rotarian volunteer grant reviewers were impressed by the impact that this project is already having on the Kalkaska business district. Real estate is selling. The farmers market is growing. More food trucks are vending out of the space – all of this, before the project has even broken ground. These are the kinds of high-leverage endeavors that Rotary Charities is thrilled to support.”
In addition to this investment in Kalkaska, the following grants were awarded during this grant cycle:
Arts for All: $9,000
Art Escapes Program Expansion – providing art opportunities for special education classrooms in Leelanau County
Blackbird Arts: $12,500
Community Arts: Voices & Visibility Program – collaborative effort with other local nonprofits, using the arts to raise visibility around complex community problems
City of Traverse City: Partners for Places – Climate Leadership in Rural Michigan: $45,000
Partnership between City and local nonprofits, to strengthen municipal planning around environmentally sustainable infrastructure and meet stated renewable energy goals
Communities in Schools: $50,000
Expand collaboration in rural school districts to decrease high school dropout rates
Conservation Resource Alliance: $70,000
Support for local nonprofit, state, Tribal and federal partners in a joint-effort to remove the Sabin Dam
El Grupo Norte: $25,000
Support for The Strong TC Project – expanding existing programming to more neighborhoods and launching the Advocate Academy
Father Fred Foundation: $31,500
Expansion of the Eviction Diversion program
Friends of Easling Pool: $70,000
Challenge grant to support renovation of Easling pool in collaboration with Grand Traverse County and other nonprofit partners
Glen Arbor Art Association: $10,000
Expanded exhibition space and support for collaborative programming
Honor Area Restoration Project: $50,000
Platte River property acquisition to provide universal access and recreation opportunities to residents and visitors
Justice for Our Neighbors: $11,000
Expand legal services programming for immigrants in Northern Michigan
Kalkaska DDA: $75,000
Build the Community Information Center – part of the Railroad Square revitalization project
Youth Housing Initiative: $75,000
Collaborative effort of several nonprofit housing partners, to build housing for youth ages 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness
Northwest Michigan Health Services: $30,000
Collaborative effort to provide universally accessible dental service space to low income community members
Traverse Area Recreation Trails (TART): $75,000
Multi-municipality joint venture to complete the Boardman Lake Loop trail
5-County Substance Free Coalition: $30,000
Startup funding for five-county collaborative venture that will build capacity of regional stakeholders involved in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse
Great Start Collaborative – Parent Learning Cohort: $25,000
Support for expansion of Parent Learning Cohort initiative throughout rural Northern Michigan – teaching parents to be better parents, and parent advocates.
Venture North: $35,000
Capacity building for expanded economic opportunity
Village of Elberta: $20,000
Penfold Park improvements – increasing community resources and connections, as well as universal accessibility.
Several of these grant recipients also were awarded NorthSky consulting services program evaluation, program development and other capacity building services
In addition to the single year grants listed above, the Rotary Charities Board voted approve a total of $40,000 in renewals of multiple year grants to Crosshatch and Parallel 45
Since July 2017, Rotary Charities has granted an additional $88,498 in Seed Grants – small grants to launch a new idea or to expand an established initiative. Seed grants are considered on a monthly basis by the board of directors. To learn more about this program, visit: http://www.traversecityrotary.org/charities/rotary-charities/grants/all-grants/seed-grants/
In recent years, Rotary Charities has shifted from operating as a traditional charity, to a change-making organization. To learn more about this evolution and future opportunities, please join Rotary Charities staff on January 8, 2018 for the Systems Practice Panel. Learn about groups working to understand the root causes of complex community problems (homelessness, substance abuse, etc.). This gathering is free to attend. To learn more and register, visit: http://www.northskynonprofitnetwork.org/learning-opportunities/
ABOUT ROTARY CHARITIES
Since its inception in the mid-70s, Rotary Charities has distributed more than $58 million in the form of 1,310 grants to organizations and non-profits in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska and Antrim counties. The public foundation was formed following the 1976 discovery of oil and natural gas reserves on property owned by the Traverse City Rotary Club. Its purpose over the years has been to distribute interest income generated from the oil and gas royalties to organizations throughout the five-county region of northwest Michigan. More information is available at www.traversecityrotary.org/charities/ .
FY18 Minigrants Benefit 13 Local Arts & Cultural Organizations – 29 More Benefit from MCACA Grants
Rotary Charities/Northsky Nonprofit Network Administers Region 2 Regrant Funds
TRAVERSE CITY — Thirteen arts & cultural groups in northwest Michigan have been approved for minigrant funds through the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Regranting Program for local projects and professional development planned between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. The organizations will share $32,775 in total funding. An additional $4,725 will be awarded in February 2018, for a total of $37,500 in minigrant support. The MCACA regrant program is administered locally through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City.
Regional organizations receiving minigrant project grant awards include:
- Archipelago Project for Traverse City Youth Chamber Music Camp and Concerts (Grand Traverse)
- Arts for All of Northern Michigan for its Access Arts program (Grand Traverse)
- Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus for its Building a Future with Harmony Concerts (Grand Traverse)
- Encore Winds for its 2017-2018 Concert Season: The Spirit of Music (Grand Traverse)
- Grand Traverse Pavilions for it Summer Outdoor Concert Series (Grand Traverse)
- Harbor Spring Festival of the Books for its 2017-2018 Festivals (Emmet)
- Holy Rosary Church for the Leelanau Chamber Music Festival (Leelanau)
- Little Traverse Choral Society for its 2018 Spring Concert: Seasons of Love, Laughter, Life (Emmet)
- Mancelona Public Schools for its Jazz Enrichment Project (Antrim)
- Manistee Civic Players for its 2017-2018 Season (Manistee)
- Missaukee District Library for its Artists at the Library Youth Enrichment Program (Missaukee)
Organizations receiving minigrants for professional and organizational development include:
- Great Lakes Children’s Museum (Leelanau)
- Old Town Playhouse (Grand Traverse)
Applications for Round 2 professional and organizational development (POD) minigrants are available online at mcaca.egrant.net and due January 15, 2017 (no project minigrants are available in Round 2).
MCACA regranting goals are to address arts & cultural needs, increase public access to arts and culture, build capacity and support projects that preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture. The grants are funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Arts and Cultural Affairs and administered through 10 regional districts. Rotary Charities/NorthSky is administering Region 2 funding for Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.
In addition to minigrant funding, MCACA awarded $786,381 to 28 organizations in the ten-county region for operational and project support, facilities and equipment improvements and arts in education residencies. Regional recipients by county include:
- Antrim, $30,250: Crosshatch Center for Art & Design, Mancelona Public Schools;
- Benzie, $37,500: Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park;
- Charlevoix, $35,500: Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Charlevoix Historical Society, Raven Hill Discovery Center;
- Emmet, $159,500: Bay View Music Festival, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Great Lakes Center for the Arts; Mackinaw City Area Arts Council, Petoskey Public Schools;
- Grand Traverse, $463,891: Blackbird Arts, City Opera House, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Northwestern Michigan College/Dennos Museum Center, Old Town Playhouse, Parallel 45, Rotary Charities of Traverse City (for Regrant/Minigrants), The Music House Museum, Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, National Writers Series of Traverse City;
- Leelanau, $32,500: Glen Arbor Arts Association, Leelanau Community Cultural Center;
- Manistee, $27,240: Historic Vogue Theatre;
A listing of all MCACA grant recipients is available on the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs website at: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/cm/Files/MCACA/2017_Funding_Plan_County.pdf?rnd=1473545655809
For questions about MCACA minigrants, Round 2 applications or notification of future arts funding information, please contact Mary Bevans Gillett, regrant coordinator, at 231-883-8388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NorthSky Nonprofit Network is a program of Rotary Charities and supports the work of the nonprofit sector through advocacy, capacity building, and sustainability support. Its mission is to build strong communities by helping nonprofit organizations achieve and sustain excellence. NorthSky is an official satellite office of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, servicing nonprofit organizations.
Vacant Land for Sale
Rotary Camps & Services (“RC&S” or “Rotary” for short) owns more than 1,700 acres in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. It serves as a landowner and property manager for Camp Greilick (formerly Boy Scouts), Camp Sakakawea (Girl Scouts), East Creek Reserve, Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes, and the new Discovery Pier (former TCLP coal dock properties).
In 2000, RC&S acquired 120 acres to the south and east of Canterbury Woods. The property extends across Garfield Avenue in East Bay Township. We acquired our Canterbury Woods property as part of a land exchange with the State. We traded some property with a creek and wetlands that the State wanted for the Canterbury property, which is high and dry. While we appreciate that members of the public have enjoyed walking, biking, or otherwise appreciating our vacant property we never intended it to be a nature preserve or a park. It was always held as an asset — an investment property.
In 2017, RC&S faces new challenges. The Boy Scouts have relinquished Camp Greilick, and the Discovery Center & Pier will require significant capital improvements to achieve our goal of a preeminent waterfront destination. Liquidating this asset will help us meet these challenges.
Rotary has deed restrictions and conservation easements at all our properties, except the Canterbury property. We never restricted the Canterbury property when the State of Michigan did the land swap, because we have always treated it as an investment. We are looking to cash out now to support some of our other projects in the community.
Open to Alternatives
That does not mean that we are only interested in selling to a land developer. We gave the neighboring property owners notice of our intent to list the property for sale in an effort to be good neighbors and to be transparent in the process. (See: Letter to neighboring property owners.) We also wanted to give neighboring property owners the opportunity to pull together to purchase the property, if that is feasible.
Rotary is open to any win-win outcome. Some people have approached the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy to find an alternative solution. We are certainly open to working with them and any neighbors who want to contribute to a winning solution.
You can make inquiries to our realtor, Doug Meteyer of Keller Williams (231) 947-8200 or John Noonan, RC&S Program Director at (231) 941-4010, ext 210.
Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services announced decisions by their boards to retool staffing to address the changing landscape for their organizations. Rotary Charities will add Leah Bagdon-McCallum as their newly created Director of Community Capacity and Evan Gray as the newly created Director of Organizational Capacity. Rotary Camps & Services will add John Noonan as the Program Director and Nick Killian as the Greilick Director.
“This staffing model will allow us to respond to emerging opportunities that align with our vision
for more substantial, transformational change through our grantmaking,” said Rotary Charities
Board Chair, Elaine Wood. “Prior to replacing two staff positions, Rotary Charities retooled its
model to be more in line with the systems change we are hoping to catalyze. Leah and Evan
bring unique skill sets that will help us build capacity in organizations, networks and communities. We are delighted to welcome them to our organization.”
Rotary Camps & Services Chair, Sharron Zimmerman, agreed. “With the addition of the waterfront to our Discovery property and the opportunities to manage our legacy property at Greilick, our organization will be uniquely positioned to leverage these community assets to have more impact in our region. John and Nick round out the Board and volunteer team to make great things happen for our community.” Rotary Camps & Service purchased the Discovery Pier property in May 2016. In December 2016, the Boy Scouts vacated a long term lease at Camp Greilick.
ABOUT OUR NEW STAFF
Leah Bagdon-McCallum, formerly with Senator Gary Peters office, has a background in community building and fund development. Leah grew up in the area and has strong ties here. Her position will focus on our
work in communities.
Evan Gray moved to our region several years ago from Idaho, where he was an administrator for a year-round co-ed boarding school. His background is in consulting, experiential education, organizational
development and servant leadership. Evan’s position will focus on organizational and network capacity through grants and NorthSky, Rotary Charities’ capacity building program.
John Noonan has served as a project manager for the Discovery Center and Pier over the past year. He will assume a full-time position and oversee all the Rotary Camps properties.
Killian, formerly a Camping Director for the Boy Scouts of America, will assume the newly created position of Director for the former Camp Greilick, now Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center.