Upcoming Events
Weekly Speakers
Students of the Month
May 21, 2019 12:15 PM
Students of the month from Carman-Ainsworth High
Jun 25, 2019
Installation Picnic in the Evening
Brian Caine
Jul 09, 2019
Miracle League of Greater Flint
District Governor Tony Sheard
Aug 13, 2019
Official Club Visit

Welcome to the Genesee Valley Rotary Club!

"The Best Darn Club in 6330"

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
The Redwood Steakhouse
5304 Gateway Centre Dr
Flint, MI  48507
United States of America
Stories From the Valley
This week's speaker was Tim Chamberlain, Senior Sales Manager for the Xinpoint corporation a company which supplies component parts to the auto industry. Xinpoint is a Chinese company which makes trim and chrome parts for the auto industry. Tim works out of a Troy office and, after long experience in automotive sales, was well positioned to talk about globalization and changes in the industry.
He first started traveling to China in the early 2000's as part of his work and has witnessed huge changes in Chinese society. Then, the people he met had rarely seen western people and few owned cars. Today, China is the world's single largest consumer of cars and people have fully absorbed the western lifestyle. Then he said he was asked basic questions about what and when he ate, today he would likely be asked about the last episode of Game of Thrones.
Worldwide, he said, about 100 million vehicles are produced each year and about 30 million of those are bought in China. By contrast, US auto consumption comes in at 3rd place behind China and Europe.At the same time, automakers from Japan, Taiwan, Germany and China have established both manufacturing and assembly plants in the US and Mexico. GM, Ford and Chrysler, once know as the "Big Three" is now referred to as the "Detroit Three" in tacit acknowledgement that they have lots of competition in North America.
He said there are currently two developing trends in the auto industry, the evolution toward hybrid and electric vehicles and the development of self-driving vehicles. Both of these trends will bring on profound changes in both transportation and society in general. Stay tuned.
This week marks the end of the 2018-19 school year selection of Students of the Month at Swartz Creek, Powers and Carman-Ainsworth high schools. One senior from each school will now be selected for a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded at the annual changeover picnic in June.
This month's students from Carman-Ainsworth are shown here, photos of the students from Swartz Creek and Powers will be posted next week.
(L-R: senior  Audra Auston, teacher Zachary Nash, senior Brittani Bridgett)
Bake Fresh Friday is an annual cooperative training program, the brainchild of Rotarian Sharon Fouts, which brings together Rotarians, culinary school students from Mott Community College and residents of the Carriage Town Ministries homeless shelter. GVR Rotary coordinates this event when Mott College baking students go to Carriage Town and work with the men, women and children who live in the center to teach them cooking and baking skills. And, in the process, people come together to better understand each other and to prove we all care about each other.
The club, with the help of a matching Rotary District Grant, provides all the raw materials and coordinates the project. Mott Community College brings it's group of students and professors along with equipment and Carriage Town provides the facility and the kitchen. Residents and their children are invited to learn, have a fun day and stockpile baked goods for the facility. See the link at right for photos of the event.
Besides being of service, our club garnered enhanced visibility in the community. The event was covered by two television networks and by the Flint Journal. In addition, a Mott film crew recorded the event to be used to promote its culinary college, the film will soon be available on YouTube.
Pictures of the event are posted here on the club website.

The following members have volunteered as our monthly speaker chairs for the 2018-19 Rotary years:

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