Volume 40 - Issue 3

December 19th, 2022

Our Next Meeting - December 20th, 2022

Will be held at the Hagerty Center tomorrow Tuesday, December 20th.
Put on some festive clothing* and join us as we look back on the highlights of the year, Celebrate our Members, and look ahead to 2023.
      *Holiday attire is preferred 
Join the Zoom Meeting HERE



Rotary Charities Announces $450,000 awarded in Fall 2022 Grant Cycle

Rotary Charities of Traverse City is pleased to announce its recent award of $450,000 to five regional nonprofits and collaboratives as part of its final grant cycle of 2022.
Three of the grants were awarded through Rotary Charities’ Assets for Thriving Communities grant program, which provides up to $50,000 of support to initiatives that develop, strengthen, or build community assets that are available to all, or make an existing asset more widely available.  

Two grants were awarded through the foundation’s Systems Change Accelerator grant program, which provides up to $150,000 of support to collaborative initiatives targeting the root causes of complex community problems.  

 Fall 2022 Grant Recipients:

TART Trails
 $50,000 Assets for Thriving Communities Grant: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail: The Pathway to Good Harbor

Traverse Symphony Orchestra
$50,000 Assets for Thriving Communities Grant: Community Music School

Village of Kingsley
$50,000 Assets for Thriving Communities Grant: Brownson Memorial Park Renovation Project

SEEDS Ecology & Education Center
$150,000 Systems Change Accelerator Grant: Organic Waste Diversion in Northwest Michigan

United Way of Northwest Michigan
$150,000 Systems Change Accelerator Grant: Strengthening the Early Care and Learning Workforce

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

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
Thanks for reading, 
Sonya Laws
Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
Gratitude & Reflection
Nye, Homer
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Happy Bucks
Bonney, Al
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Watkins, Mike
Takano, Sakura
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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Meeting Recap - December 13th

  • The incredible Choral-Aires and Erich Wangeman graced us with beautiful acapella compositions and finished off with Carol of the Bells. 
  • A quorum was confirmed and the election for the 2023 Club Board of Directors commenced. Voting took place in person and through Zoom and the results were emailed to the membership. 
  • We were also treated to the Kingsley Trio who had recruited Noe to play piano and Saki, Ida, and Oliva to sing the 12 Days of (Rotary) Christmas, a parody written by Paul LaPorte. Paul is currently recovering and could use any good wishes you wish to send him.  664 Hidden Ridge Dr. TC, MI 49686
  • Al Bonney led Happy Bucks and Beth Melcher introduced our Visiting Rotarians and Rotarians with Guests. 
  • Our Outstanding Student of the Week impressed us with his interests and thermoelectric lab internship. Kenneth Gryc is the president of Synotech at his school. 
  • Greg Luyt announced for Rotary Charities their fall grant awards that totaled $450,000. 
  • If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity, Miriam Owsley could use some help running a Charities event at the Opera House. More details are below. 
  • The 50/50 winning ticket originally belonged to Tony Anderson but he had to leave early so he gave it to Michelle Gallagher and told her to donate it to the Red Cross if they won. So she took the $90 to donate to the Red Cross. 

Social and Volunteer Opportunities 

  • CHS Choir Holiday Concert is today from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Traverse City Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr.
    • All Central High School Choirs will be performing in the AUDITORIUM. 
    • Our Exchange students will be performing as well so come out and show your support. 

  • 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:
  • Need a winter activity to enjoy? Join with 10 Rotarians to rotate and form a Rotary Curling Team for the League set to start in mid-January. Please contact Marlene Bevan to join the curling crew!

  • Spend some time reading the updated Membership Handbook. You can find it in the Organization tab under Documents or right here.

Upcoming Meetings & Programs

Dec 27th - NO MEETING
Jan 3rd @ Hagerty - Fish Pass
Jan 10th @ TBD - Commongrounds
Jan 17th @ Park Place - Rotary~Hanwash