Noon Rotary Donates to Girls on the Run of Branch County

Girls on the Run of Branch County (GOTR) recently received a donation of $500 from the Coldwater Noon Rotary.  The $500 will be used to help reach the goal of empowering and motivating young girls, encouraging lifelong health and fitness, and building confidence through running.  Coldwater Noon Rotary has generously donated to GOTR for several years.

The service and support that comes from Noon Rotary and others individuals and organizations in the community have allowed the GOTR program to grow significantly over the past few years and has allowed girls from every school district in Branch County to participate.  In 2010 Girls on the Run of Branch County had 72 girls. In 2011 it doubled to 140 and in 2012 increased another 21% to 173 girls with 12 teams.  Donations such as that of the Noon Rotary have helped offset these costs and enabled the program to expand.  The GOTR Board would like to thank the Noon Rotary for their support to help the girls in the Branch County area.

Girls on the Run of Branch County is an after school program for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls.  It helps girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms.  The lessons helps them get a better understanding of who they are and what‘s important to them.   The curriculum also looks at the role of teams and healthy relationships and finally, how the girls can positively connect with and shape the world.  Running is incorporated into the curriculum to inspire and motivate girls to encourage lifelong health and fitness and build confidence through accomplishment.  The 10 week lessons started on March 13 meeting twice a week with teams inQuincy, Coldwater, Bronson andUnion City.  The 2013 program culminated with a 5K run held in conjunction with the Community Health Center of Branch County (CHC) on May 25, 2013.

The Girls on the Run of Branch County Board of Directors is very grateful for the generous contributions of the Noon Rotary and other donors.  If you would like to support the program or receive more information, please contact Julie Stratos at 517-279-5395 or

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. The core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.  Don’t forget to visit the GOTR Facebook page or check out our website at