10 Minute Rotarian Introduces Paul Wiese
October 2, 2018
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By: Stephen Kent
, our "Ten Minute Rotarian" last Tuesday, spoke to the club giving a brief overview of his life and experiences. Born and raised in Sebewaing, Paul was one of two brothers.
He graduated from Sebewaing / Unionville Highschool.
Paul's mother was in Real Estate and his father was an insurance agent. Paul attained his own insurance license at 19, thanks to his Dad, so he can say he's literally been a practicing agent all his working life.
On graduating from high school Paul went to Hope College with the thought of becoming a doctor... until organic chemistry came up. Like so many students he changed his focus and moved to SVSU to pursue teaching. That led to a move to Northwood where he took a business management degree (much more to his liking and leanings).
After college, Paul got into the insurance industry and moved up in the "big company", corporate world. He met his future wife, also an insurance professional, and they started a family which now includes a (tall) son and two daughters.
In 2012 the couple decided it was time to leave the corporate world and start their own company. They cast about and ended up buying Northway Insurance in Bay City. Northway was founded in 1976 by Dave DeRocher and Dell Thompson. Paul and his wife purchased the company in 2014.
Originally a home and auto specialist, the Wiese's evolved the agency to handle both commercial and personal lines. The company has grown by 50% and recently moved to a new building on Midland Street across from Lumber Barons. They have opened offices in Gaylord and Grand Blanc and their goal is to become one of the top ten performing agencies in Michigan within ten years.
Paul and his family live in one of the large, historic homes on Center Ave. in Bay City. It's a home he passed many times as a young man and always felt he'd like to live there. Now he does!
CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
OFF SITE MEETING - October 9, 2017
Meet at the Marriott
The board meets this week
October 9 at 11:00 before the regular meeting.
Meet at the Marriott!
Everyone is welcomed.
Agenda, minutes, treasurers reports and other information
is in the member's area of the club web site.
or will be passed out at the meeting.
Reminder: After several years of service as Chair of the Club Foundation,
will soon step down. Anyone interested in taking this position is asked to contact Harvey.
In the "Rotary Foundation Minute" Anne Trahan
read Wikipedia's definition of the foundation.
"The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange programs. it is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world."
Following District Governor Mike Elliot's suggestion, Anne signed up online for "My Rotary" where she is able to track her own giving history, which has brought her to the "Paul Harris Plus 3" recognition level. She encouraged all members to follow this advice and track their own progress.
---- DATES TO REMEMBER ----
October 9, 2018 Board Meeting
11:00, prior to the regular meeting.
OFF SITE at the Marriott!
November has been designated as Bay City Rotary's "Month of sharing"
Programs for the month will emphasize the many things we have to be thankful for and will encourage ways we can share with our family, friends, and community.
2018 Off site Meetings:
Marriott, Uptown Bay City
(See the official schedule at
October 9, 2018:
October 9 - Off site meeting at the Marriott
It's a two-for-one deal. Patrick Tobin
present's Delta College's "Dual Enrollment" in which classes can count toward high school graduation and college credit. Dual enrollment gives the student a feel for what college instructors expect and how college is different from high school. When they get to college, they will have a heads up and be ready for what's to come.
October 16, 2018:
, Director Bay County Deparment on Aging, will speak about senior resources and programs available through the Bay Co. DOA
October 23, 2018:
October 23 - Off site meeting at the Marriott
Rotarian CJ Miller
talks about Downtown, Downhome
, the 1st in a multi-part video series highlighting what we love about Bay City, as seen on his web site Through These 4 Eyes
October 30, 2018: Festival of the Trees.
Laura Horwath will speak about the
Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region's largest fundraiser, the Festival of the Trees
. The annual event presents over 100 designers contribute fabulously decorated trees and wreaths, which are raffled off. Local vendors are on hand to sell their specialties. The money raised throughout the weekend supports the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region's mission of promoting voluntarism, training its members, and improving the community.
Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH
newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.
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Remember! Check attendance sheets at the front desk.
Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.
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