May 27th, 2024
The Traverse City Rotary
Club Bulletin
Our Next Meeting -
May 28th, 2024
We will be meeting next on May 28th at The Hagerty Center. The program for the day will be Before, During, & After Incarceration brought to us by Scott Tomkins & Toni Stanfield
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Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Happy Bucks
LaPorte, Paul
Guest Introductions
Randles, Jon
Shaw, Kelvin
Watkins, Mike
Gratitude & Reflection
Randles, Jon
Program Host
Cooney, Robert
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Meet Our New Members!
We have 3 new amazing members that were inducted over the past few weeks, so check out their backgrounds if you missed it at the meeting. Welcome to Rotary ladies!
Colleen Powers:
Colleen is an experienced technology professional at Ness Digital Engineering, a global consulting firm where she helps financial services companies navigate their digital transformation journey. She relocated from Los Angeles to Traverse City in 2016 and now lives there with her two daughters, Maebh (15) and Bridgette (12). Throughout her career, Colleen has contributed to various industries, including social networking, consumer goods, start-ups, and healthcare. Since moving to Traverse City, she has led technology initiatives at Tamarack Holdings and later worked at Hagerty until 2023. Colleen enjoys biking, paddleboarding, running, and embracing the beauty of Traverse City with her family.
Lander Bachert:
Lander was born in Boone, North Carolina, and moved to Michigan in high school. She studied English, Government, and History for her undergrad at Grand Valley State with the goal of becoming a teacher. She moved to Montana directly after graduation to do just that, earning her Master's Degree in Education from Montana State University in the process. After 10 years in the classroom, Lander transitioned to nonprofit leadership in the 20-aughts, focusing on policy, youth mental wellness, education, and youth advocacy and most recently taking the helm at the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center in March. She is married to a Montana fella named Chad, and together they have a one-year-old little guy named Whitman. Outside of work, Lander can be found either reading or mostly out of doors --enjoying fly fishing, trail running, hiking, and wandering around looking for rocks with her kid. She was drawn to Rotary because she believes that the only way for things to happen in the world is when small groups of motivated people work to make it happen.
Cathy Daniel:
Cathy was born in Detroit where she lived for 5 years until the family moved to California. She then lived 27 years in Southern California and 31 years in Northern California. She has been married for 43 years and they have two sons together. They also have been raising their granddaughters aged 18 and 16 for the last 16 years as well as having taken in many kids who have aged out of the Foster Care System yet were still in high school. Cathy attended Southern California College of Optometry and Cal State Fullerton. Most of her adult life has been spent in the real estate industry. She most recently left a team (Team Fast) in Oakland California who has a $600,000,000 production where she was their Trust and Probate Specialist. She has also testified as an expert witness in housing for the "aged" making her an expert in active adult/senior housing. For ten years she worked at Ralphs Grocery in Sales Audit and was instrumental in teaching/implementing the new technology "Universal Product Code". She enjoys singing in a chorus, stage production, coordinating large events (the bigger the better), kayaking, baking, and working. Cathy is looking for her next great adventure here in Northern Michigan!
Volunteers Needed
Check out two upcoming opportunities to get involved!
Discover Fishing At The Pier: On June 1, Discovery Center & Pier will host its second annual Discover Fishing at the Pier program. There will be two sessions held on that day and we are looking for volunteers that may be able to help out! They need a few more volunteers for the morning session but really need help with the afternoon session. Here is the link to the volunteer form: 
No fishing knowledge or experience is necessary to volunteer! They have both fish-related and non-fish-related volunteer spots. In addition, because this is a very basic intro to fishing, any adult can pick up the information needed for the teaching stations in about 5 minutes. It's a really fun day! Here is a link to the event page in case they are interested in learning more about the event or have a youth who's interested in participating:
If you have questions please contact Stepanie Rustem at
Annual Stream Sampling: Andrew Kohlmann is looking for volunteers to help with the Spring Stream Sampling (AKA “Bug Count”) on Sunday morning, June 2nd in Traverse City’s Kids Creek. The event lasts just over two hours, all ages are welcome. Volunteers will be outside the entire duration, helping to collect invertebrates from stream samples. This work is in conjunction with the Watershed Center and MiCorps and helps to keep tabs on the health of our waterways. Reach out to to sign up.
Matching Funds Requests
The first round of matching fund requests are due on June 1st! For those who are not familiar with the process, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation will match up to $250 annually for any Rotarian who donates to a non-profit within the 5 county area. All you have to do is record your donation on this form here and make sure you give it to Liz and you're all set! Don't panic if you don't make this deadline, you can still claim your match by turning in a form anytime between now and December 1st for it to be dispersed in round two. Any questions, please contact Liz at
Contact Info Update
If you have not filled out the Google form to confirm your contact info please do so here! Liz will be manually updating ClubRunner & Quickbooks to make sure everyone's information is up to date so everyone gets their Rotary news and invoices. Thank you!
Happy Birthday this week to these members! Have a great week and eat some cake!
Lorraine Beers
Doug Meteyer
Richard Vida
Andrew Kohlmann
Upcoming Meetings & Programs
June 4th @ Hagerty - Road To Recovery
June 11th @ Hagerty - Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center
June 18th @ Hagerty - Rotary Youth Exchange
June 25th @ Hagerty - Presidential Transition
July 2nd - NO MEETING - Cherry Festival
July 9th @ Hagerty - NMC OOPS