Museum official addresses Lions

Christine Witulski, executive director of the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, updated the Alpena Lions Club on museum programming at their recent meeting. Program chair for the meeting was Bernie Lamp, Jr.

Witulski first explained how the museum is networking with the campaign to raise funds for the construction of the River Center and with operation of the National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA). She noted that the museum has become a very cultural museum. They are relying on their many donors and they are attracting more visitors. Recent updates have included the Great Lakes Exhibit, the Native American area and services for local families.

Witulski gave examples of how they are better using their space, and how they have increased their marketing and their marketing area (sometimes including cities like Gaylord and Petoskey.) They also have increased their traveling exhibits.

A new program has been introduced in the Planetarium and Christmas events are up and running. In conclusion, she urged the Lions to follow the museum on its website and Facebook.

President Scott Foerstner explained to the club how the Giving Tuesday campaign was being conducted and how to participate in it.

On the Monday preceding the Lions meeting, club members participated for the first time in the Feeding Kids Ministry of Resurrection Lutheran Church. Under the direction of John Diamond, seven Lions packed food bags for children in need. The Lions were Ken Dully, Scott Foerstner, Bill Haase, Lewis Kunze, Gordon Nethercut, Florence Stibitz and Paulette Roznowski.