Volume 44 - Issue 3

April 21st, 2023

Our Next Meeting - April 25th, 2023

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, April 25th. 

The program will be Table Health and feature Dr. Jill Butryn, the president and co-founder of Table Health, and Christine Straley, the operation manager.


Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - April 18th

  • Homer Nye shared his gratitude and reflection about sneezing. For millennia,  every culture has had a blessing to go along with a sneeze since they saw it as evil being expelled. Science informs us that when we sneeze all organ functions cease, so you're dead... but only for a microsecond. 

  • Doug Meteyer introduced our visiting Rotarians with generational connections to Rotary as well as several outbound students, inbound exchange students, students from CHS, and other guests. 

  • Art Bukowski led a very Happy Bucks, several were happy to remember Ross Childs, and we're very happy and proud to have revived Youth Exchange making the world a little smaller. Congrats to Pat Parker for being recognized as Michigan's Fire Chief of the Year for his continued selfless service. 

  • Be sure to say hello to the newest Rotarian John Ried. Welcome to the Club and congrats on your connection to Rotary through 4 generations. 

  • Benjamin Marentette went over the details of our renewed partnership with Munson Manor to provide meals monthly to the patients/family staying near the hospital. The dinner is from 5:30 - 6:30 and preparing for it goes from 4 pm to about 7 pm. We would love for you to take pictures when you volunteer so we can share them on our socials to promote the space. 

  • The outbound exchange students are raising money to cover the costs of airplane tickets and stipends for their year abroad. Please consider attending the special dinner to help fund this true exchange of students abroad. 

  • The student performers gave us a sneak peek of the upcoming performance of Into The Woods which teaches complex life lessons through interacting with Grims fairytale characters. Please go check out the full performance put on by CHS, and get your tickets through the link down below. 

  • The 50/50 winnings were $52 and won by Bill Cartwright. A Happy Birthday coincident. 

Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
Bussell, Kathy
Pleva, Ramona
Gratitude & Reflection
Ruzak, Cindy
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Newhouse, Mark A.
Happy Bucks
LaPorte, Paul
Anderson, Max
Zelinski, Al
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Ford, Madison
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 

  • Our exchange students are partaking in the CHS musical Into the WoodsThe shows to see will be on April 21st, April 23rd, and April 29th

    • Get your tickets for either the 23rd or 29th at 7 pm by going to There's double casting so to see Noe's performance, be sure to come to one of the dates listed. 
  • Munson Manor Dinners are back and we need your help to prepare meals. Give back in a wholesome way by feeding people and giving them a night to relax and unwind. Don't worry if it's your first time, Ben Marentette would join you and show you the ropes. Members sign up directly through the electronic calendar link and let Ben Marentette know when you do so for tracking purposes. 

  • "Got Committees?"

    • The Social Events Committee is in need of 3 new members to plan fun outings for the club to network and socialize outside of normal meetings. Please contact Susan Kraus to join in on the fun planning. 
    • The Program Committee has been led by Steve Wade magnificently for 7 years. He is looking for someone to partner with him this upcoming year to learn the ropes and pass on new leadership. Reach out to him at 
  • Wheels of Hope still needs three board members. Can YOU help us?

    • Treasurer – Replace Jim McWilliams – Accountant is nice but not required if you have some
      understanding of rudimentary accounting.

    • Fundraising Fulfilment leader: to lead the organization of our fulfillment packages that we send
      to our donors – like we give to our presenters every week – and then in coordination with the
      Treasurer and Secretary ensure that all donors receive by email their appropriate fulfillment

    • Grant researcher and leader: we have the Rotary grant resource covered but there are other
      grants available from corporations and charitable organizations that we need to locate,
      evaluate, and apply for these grant opportunities.

    • These are neither time-consuming nor high-pressure jobs but we do have a working board, so everyone
      has a job and all the jobs are important if Wheels of Hope is to be successful in achieving its annual goal
      of raising $25,000 each year. We meet for one hour each month on the second Thursday at 4 pm for 1`
      hour. Other than that, you can do your job at your own pace and when it is convenient for you.
      I would welcome the opportunity to have coffee and talk with anyone who thinks they might like to
      learn more and consider joining our merry band. This message with be in the newsletter for the next
      couple of weeks. Please contact Al Bonney (, Amanda Scott or Jon Randles, if
      you think you are interested in learning more.

  • The Mighty Rotary Chorus will be back for the Rotary Gala. "Shindigs in May... 18th's the day... so bring your cash and make your way... to the opera house for the Rotary Gala... come do Good Works! Sign Up Today!"

    • Contact Connor Miller to join the Chorus. They really need more Female Alto-singers but all ranges are welcome!
    • All rehearsals will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Kirkbride Hall (700 Cottageview Dr., Suite 200, TC)
    • Mondays: April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, and May 15th.
    • Thursdays: April 27th, May 4th, May 11th. 
2023 Rotary Fundraiser Gala 
Beth Melcher will be collecting bottles of wine (at least a $25 bottle) for the Gala's wine pull at meetings leading up to the event. Tickets will be bought for mystery bottles of wine and all proceeds go towards Good Works in the community.
Max Anderson and Miriam Owsley have been hard at work coordinating and promoting this year's Rotary Fundraiser Gala for Good Works. They were even on WTCM radio talking with Wendy Neinhouse about the Club's legacy and service to the community. Keep spreading the word, the Gala is going to be lots of fun and will benefit the community so get your tickets if you haven't already.

All proceeds support the many good works of the Rotary Club of Traverse City

Silent & Live Auction - Raffles - Food & Drink - Rotary Chorus!

Willing to donate an item that could be auctioned? Email Kathy Bussell


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Upcoming Meetings & Programs

May 2nd @ Hagerty - How We Work
May 9th @ Hagerty - Epilepsy Awareness
May 16th @ Hagerty - Big Brothers Big Sisters
May 23rd @ Hagerty - MI Labor Market/Talent Strategy
May 30th @ Hagerty - 4-Day Work Week
June 6th @ Hagerty - How to Write a Book
June 13th @ Hagerty - RC Spring Grants