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In northern Michigan, abundant nature surrounds us. We have the opportunity to enjoy it. We have the responsibility to protect it.

Rotary Camps & Services has stewarded of more than 1,750 acres in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties since 1923. Today we are opening up new landscapes for the community to enjoy. 

Vision

Rotary Camps & Services envisions a region with thriving ecosystems and abundant access for all to water, land and recreational opportunities.

Mission

We are stewards of strategic land and water resources, and collaborative innovators who respond to community opportunities.

PROGRAMS

DISCOVERY CENTER & PIER

VISIT THE SITE

HISTORY

Traverse City's Noon Rotary Club’s first major community service project was to raise funds to establish a camp for youth, believing that all youth would benefit from time spent exploring the northern Michigan wilderness. In 1923, that dream became a reality with the purchase of  450 acres in the Spider and Rennie Lakes area. Originally used by   4-H clubs, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, the camp later became known as Camp Greilick and was the home for Boy Scouts. The Club later purchased property on Bass Lake for the Girl Scouts.

In 1955, all  the land acquired was turned over to a new nonprofit corporation called Rotary Camps & Services, the official land-holding arm of the Rotary Club of Traverse City. Rotary Camps & Services owns approximately 1700 acres of property in Grand Traverse County and 17 acres in Leelanau County, known as Discovery Center Great Lakes.

We have also incubated several regional institutions, including Grand Traverse Regional Land ConservancyGrand Traverse Regional Community FoundationHomeStretch and NorthSky Nonprofit Network.

 

STAFF

Matt McDonough
Executive Director

TRUSTEES

Our trustees are elected from the membership of the Traverse City Noon Rotary Club.

Chris DeGood, Senior Associate Engineer at Beckett & Raeder
Katy McCain, Director of Community Development at Traverse City Downtown Development Assoc.
Jim McWilliams, Certified Public Accountant at L.E. Williams & Company
Mark Newhouse, Chair, State Farm Insurnace
Pat Parker, Fire Chief at Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department
Lisa Pointe, Developmeny & Events Director at Great Lakes Children's Museum
Dan Rickard, Vice Chair, Owner of The Copy Shop
Bob Stow, Semi-retired Architect
Rick Summers, Northern Division Brand Manager at Fox Motors
Sharron Zimmerman, Safety & Compliance Specialist at Goodwill Industries