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Alinsky Award - Annual recognition of person in our community meeting criteria of excellence in at least one of three areas: community service, vocational service or technology

APPLE DUMPLING BOOK PROJECT -The Michigan City Rotary Club has been involved in the Apple Dumpling Book Project since 2009. This project has a duel theme. The first is to promote literacy to the youth of our community. The second is to share Rotary’s 4 Way Test and promote the tenants of the 4 Way Test with these youngsters. The MC Rotary Club goes into every 3rd grade class in Michigan City, public and private, and reads Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Book with the class. The book is written by a Rotarian in Ohio about two young men who embark on an idea to build an apple dumpling business. Throughout the story, the young men encounter tough decisions to which voices in their head recite the 4 Way Test to them and help them make the right decisions. The Club then gives the class the book to keep as well as giving each child an Apple Dumpling coloring book, book mark, and Rotary 4 Way Test pencil. The Club has even involved the Michigan City High School Culinary Arts Program by having them bake apple dumplings for the children to try. The Club conducts this project each March so that it coincides with National Literacy Month.

Bell Ringing - The Michigan City Rotary Club has assisted the Salvation Army in it’s effort to serve our community by ringing the Salvation Army Bell each holiday season for the past 40+ years. Our club rings the bell at all of the Salvation Army Bell locations at either the Saturday, or two Saturday’s, before Christmas. Our efforts have raised over $300,000 toward the Salvation Army’s goals to serve those in need in our community.

Eye Glass - Periodic provision of eyeglasses to children in the Michigan City Area Schools

Fog Horn - Weekly newsletter distributed on the Internet to raise awareness of Rotary Club in Michigan City

Rotary Club of Michigan City Foundation - Local foundation established to provide scholarships to students from the high schools in the area that are going on to college

International Friendship Gardens - Periodic maintenance and upgrade by Rotarians and others of specific area in this historic garden

Group Study Exchange - A unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 and in the early years of their professional lives.

Paul Harris Fellow - Ongoing effort to financially support Rotary International and its international charitable programs

Programs - Weekly presentations providing timely information to the membership

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) - Annual award to high school students at each of the three local high schools, which includes a retreat for a weekend with other students sponsored by other Rotaries in the district

Scholarship - Annual selection of and award to high school student(s) who are going on to college.  Click here to download and application.

STRIVE - Mentoring program linking "first-generation college-bound" high school students with a Rotarian partner in a one-on-one and group inter-generational social support relationship - committed to assisting the student in improved achievement

Student of the Month - Monthly program bringing students from the three local high schools to a meeting of Rotary

Web Site - An ongoing effort to share information with the world

Youth Exchange - Annual sponsoring of a student from another country who comes to live here and attend a year of high school - the last 3 students have been from: Argentina, Denmark and Japan

Other Activities:

  • Chaplain - says the prayer at the weekly meetings
  • Collections - collects lunch money at the beginning of the meeting
  • Fellowship events - organizes events such as the Rotary lunch at Friendship Gardens or the End-of-the-Year Dinner
  • Membership - ongoing effort to recruit and integrate new members
  • Sergeant-at-Arms - "master of ceremonies" at the weekly luncheons