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. 


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


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





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.



Becky Ewing
Executive Director

Jamie Lewis Hedges
Director, GOREC

Matt McDonough
CEO, Discovery Center

Melissa Fri
Communications & Development Coordinator, GOREC

Nick Killian
Program & Education Manager, GOREC

Cliff Wagner
Facilities Ranger, GOREC


Mark Newhouse
Board Chair

State Farm Insurance

Dan Rickard
Vice Chair

The Copy Shop, Owner

Lee Torrey

Certified Public Accountant

Katy McCain

Traverse City Tourism, Business Development Manager

Pat Parker

Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department,
Fire Chief

Chris DeGood

Beckett & Raeder, Senior Associate Engineer

Bob Stow

Semi-Retired Architect

Sharron Zimmerman

Goodwill Industries, Safety and Compliance Specialist

Rick Summers

Fox Motors, Northern Division Brand Manager

Lisa Pointe

Great Lakes Childrens Museum, Development & Events Director