Volume 41 - Issue 3

January 16th, 2023

Our Next Meeting - January 17th, 2023

Will be held at the Park Place Hotel tomorrow Tuesday, January 17th.
The program will be on the Rotary Hanwash project and feature our 2007 - 2008 District 6290 Governor Chris Etienne
Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - January 10th

  • President-Elect John Hall started off this meeting at the Country Club.
  • Ramona Pleva shared her very thoughtful gratitude and reflection and then invited everyone to donate some blood on Valentine's day next month.
  • Our student guests and exchange students were introduced by Doug Meteyer. 
  • The Kingsley Trio joined by our wonderful exchange student to bring some winter cheer by singing Winter Wonderland. 
  • We congratulated 2 Outstanding Students of the Week from TC Christian School. Abby Stevens and Emily Anderson are already doing great things in our community. 
  • Art Bukowski led Happy Bucks with some Blue-Green rivals, minutes of sunshine, and much-needed vacations. 
  • Miriam Owsley successfully wrangled all the volunteers she needed for the Stories of Change event and invited everyone to come anyway on January 26th from 4 pm - 7 pm.
  • The World Community Service will be highlighting all their current projects in the next weeks. Linda Racine gave a great overview of the committee's current activity, stay tuned for more WCS reports. 
  • Nick Beadleston introduced his compatriot/boss of Commongrounds, Leslie Donaldson the CEO of Commongrounds to tell us everything about the exciting new community center on Eight street. Some parts are open to the public and the rest will be opening soon. Reach out to Nick or Leslie if you'd like a tour of the space. 
  • The 50/50 winning sum was $57 and went home with Dale Chilcote again! But the Club teased him so he donated it to the backpack nonprofit project mentioned by our Outstanding Students. 

Friendly reminder to please RSVP for a meeting if you plan to bring guests. This will help us accommodate everyone who comes to lunch since our attendance tends to vary. Kindly send notice to

Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
Gratitude & Reflection
Takano, Sakura
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Meteyer, R. Douglas
Happy Bucks
DeGood, Chris
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Lapp, Laurie
Brady, Lisa
Program Host
Bevan, Marlene
Board of Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Community Service Director
Club Service Director
Fellowship Director
Youth Services Director
International Service Director
Advancement Director
Club Administrator
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Social and Volunteer Opportunities 


  • Rotary Charities will host an event on Thursday, January 26th at the City Opera House for a special evening spotlighting three local grantee initiatives that have been taking a systems change approach and making significant progress on the challenges of youth homelessness, food insecurity, and health disparities.
    • Several volunteers are needed to help with the event, including checking people in at the door and "running" microphones during the audience Q&A portion of the evening.
    • Your service will count towards our club's goal of 1000 hours. Email Miriam at to sign up.
    • Learn more about the event here:
  • Our club is excited to announce a recurring volunteer opportunity with our partners at Goodwill's Food Rescue from 9 am-12 pm on the last Thursday of the month. Our club has a long history of service with this great organization.  (Not to mention a few of our club members helped found it!)
    • Volunteer duties will mostly include repackaging bulk frozen food into family-sized meals for redistribution around Northern Michigan.
    • This is an appropriate volunteer activity for club members of all physical ability levels. Family and friends (even prospective club members...) over the age of 18 are also welcome.
    • Our first club volunteer shift will be Thursday, January 26 from 9 am to 12 pm. We are hoping to have at least 6 volunteers.
    • Please use this link to sign up, or let know if you are interested.
  • If you'd like to be on the Rotary Curling Team for the League set to start in mid-January, please contact Marlene Bevan to join the curling crew! You must sign-up on their website and become a member to join the league. Try Curling!

  • Public Relations Committee chair Tawny Hammond needs some fellow Rotarians who are interested in joining her to help share our story with the Community and beyond. Maybe you have writing skills, a zealous passion for Rotary, or even media contacts.  Please consider this committee and email her at 

  • If you would like to be involved during weekly meetings, we are looking for a group of 5-10 Rotarians to alternate Introducing Visiting Rotarians and Rotarians' guests at the meeting. It's a great way to practice some public speaking so please reach out to

Upcoming Meetings & Programs

Jan 24th @ Hagerty - BATA
Jan 31st @ Hagerty - HOLD~School Safety
Feb 7th @ Hagerty - Fitness
Feb 14th @ Great Wolf Lodge - American Red Cross
Feb 21st @ Park Place - Munson Stroke Program
Feb 28th @ Hagerty - Skegemog Raptor Center