Sunday, October 30, 2011


Middle School Students and Parents:  "Healthy Kids Learn Best" committee and the P.T.O. is planning our next event for Thursday, November 17 at Carter Middle School.  We will share the folk story of Stone Soup at 6:00pm and then provide a FREE soup dinner open to the public - all are welcome!  Please RSVP to the Healthy Community Office at 686-4480 - bring a canned food item that night and enjoy a community dinner together. If you would like to sign up and help with this event - contact Mary Borden 810-691-5589.  ...the people said, "for we shall never go hungry now that you have taught us how to make soup from stones!"  By working together and everyone contributing just a little, a greater good is achieved.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Middle School Healthy Improvements

Congratulations to Carter Middle School and thanks to new Superintendent Jim Tenbusch for implementing a new healthy lunch program that will include a salad bar and healthy afterschool snacks!  Good job!  Also, the middle school has removed all sugar drinks from the machines in the building.  WOW.  Good job!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Community Organizers Hit the Bricks

Two community organizers have been hired by the Healthy Community Initiative to help make the connection between the home and the school for middle school students.  Tim Neelands and Rick Pickens may soon be contacting you in order to engage you in healthy activities both in your neighborhood and in the schools. 

Tim Neelands will be working primarily in the subdivisions off Wilson Road in Vienna Township.  Look for him there.  Tim has completed his Masters Degree in Leadership, and is now looking for opportunities to use his new degree and skills.  Rick Pickens will be working in the neighborhoods off Bray Road in Thetford Township.  Rick is a retired teacher, and former coach.  He knows about fitness, so help him help you to become more healthy.

The community organizers will meet with youth and adults in order to know their needs and match the needs with services and benefits that may help improve their life.

The organizers will also be contacting parents to get involved in the activities taking place at Carter Middle School.  Having just finished a parent/student activity on October 20, the two are now focused on the Stone Soup and Fitness Run on November 17 at Carter Middle School.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Celebrating New Leaders

Tomorrow is the final session of the Leadership Academy hosted by the Clio Rotary and the Healthy Community Initiative.  Tomorrow at Rogers Lodge near the Amphitheater, the Academy participants will celebrate their work over the last five weeks, and receive certificates of accomplishment from the Rotary.  Additionaly, the morning will be an opportunity to hear about plans from each group to make a difference in the community, and later will hear about new leadership training opportunities.

This is the completion of the third year of the Clio Area Leadership Academy, and it has been a joy to organize and implement.  Each of the sessions have had something special - even though different - about them.  Each speaker has brought a unique style and vision to the group.  The first year, nearly 50 showed up, last year over 50, and this year, nearly 60 came out every Tuesday morning at 7:15 AM to learn and work together.

Congratulations to all.  It was a sacrifice for many of the participants, and yet I know it was worth it.  This year, we had some stellar performances and it all made sense with the final session by Dr. Tenbusch on "framing the issues."

The questions are:  1) Should we do it again next fall?  2) What kind of topics around leadership do we need to work on?  Go to the contact section of the website and give me your ideas.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Leadership Academy Solves Problems

Six groups of residents examined local problems at the Leadership Academy and several ideas were discussed and will be presented next Tuesday.  One interesting idea was to create a community wide re-cycling center.  Another idea was to beautify downtown Clio by building an art park.  One big picture idea was framed this way:  "Everyone Knows Your Name - We are Family, and We Care."  More on these ideas and new frameworks next week at Rotary at Roger's Lodge at 7:15 AM.

Celebration Breakfast and Certificates

Next Tuesday, Oct. 4 will feature the Rotary Leadership Academy's Celebration Breakfast at Rogers Lodge next to the Amphitheater beginning at 7:15 AM.  Certificates will be awarded for all participants of the Academy, new leadership development classes will be announced from BEST, and final reports will be made from the groups.