Volume 41 - Issue 2

January 9th, 2023

Our Next Meeting - January 10th, 2023

Will be held at the Traverse City Country Club tomorrow Tuesday, January 10th.
The program will be on the Commongrounds, a real estate cooperative on Eighth St., and feature Leslie Donaldson, the CEO of Commongrounds. 
Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - January 3rd

  • Homer Nye shared his very thoughtful gratitude and reflection.
  • Thank you, Pat Parker, for welcoming just our club's Rotarians, since there weren't any guests. 
  • The Club sang together Auld Lang Sang to start the new year with thoughtfulness. 
  • We welcomed 2 new amazing members to our Club. Jackie Duncan sponsored Jon Randles, and a bit later Mike Wills sponsored Marc Langs. Welcome to Rotary!
  • Dale Chilcote stepped up and handled Happy Bucks with grace and spontaneity. 
  • Lowell Gruman remarked that the ice at TC Curling Club is just about ready for us. Sign-up details can be found in the opportunities section. 
  • We are resurrecting our PR Committee thanks to Tawny Hammond. She recognizes how much the Club does in the community and wants to share it and widen our audience. 
  • It's almost time for IM Rotary to start, John Noonan will be sending invites to those of you who are still fairly new to Rotary. There will be one session a month touching on many different aspects of our Club. 
  • Sharron Zimmerman shared her "My Rotary Moment" she found on her walkabout in South Africa. She was able to connect a special school to World Community Service which helped students with tuition to the private school and set up student-led tutoring at the public school. She reminded us that our community can be much bigger than we think.
  • Tom Wertz introduced Steve Largent and Koffi Kpachavi to share details and progression of the damns removal, replanting of Sabin Bottomlands, and the upcoming Ottaway Crossing project. It will ultimately connect the Incubator Farm to the Grand Traverse Conservation District providing a walking path for education programs. 
  • The 50/50 winning sum was $46 and went home with Dale Chilcote. 

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
Pleva, Ramona
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Meteyer, R. Douglas
Happy Bucks
Chilcote, Dale
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Blick, Ruth
Takano, Sakura
Program Host
Beadleston, Nick
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:
  • 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 17th @ Park Place - Rotary~Hanwash
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