Volume 45 - Issue 2

May 12th, 2023

Our Next Meeting - May 16th, 2023

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, May 16th. 

The program will be Big Brothers Big Sisters and feature Cecilia Chesney the CEO of BBBS. 


Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - May 9th

  • Even though Alex Wood was elsewhere, his video recording reflected on his's wife's flower-growing process. From a fan inside to simulate wind and strengthen the stems, we too can prepare for bigger challenges by taking on the little challenges at the start, so stay open-minded and aware of all the challenges you face. 

  • The wonderful Kingsley Trio joined by Noe on piano, Saki, Olivia, and Ida all serenaded us with the vacation tune of Margaritaville. 

  • So far this year, there have already been over 1000 happy dollars, Stay Happy Everyone! Happy Bucks was led by Chris DeGood; many are happy to see their students home from college, tall ship season is sailing off, Linda goes to make final preparations in Guatemala ahead of the service trip, and volunteers were happy to be a part of Sound the Alarm with RedCross. 

  • Greg Luyt invited members to come out to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 100th anniversary of Rotary here in town at the new Rotary Square. Details can be found below and please RSVP. 

  • A wonderful opportunity, brought up by Sakura Takano, will be assisting youth in our community through mock interviews. If you're interested in participating, reach out to Sakura. All the details are below. 

  • Allison Beers first introduced her daughter, Anna Beers, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in June of 2022. She shared her perspective and journey in finding treatment that worked for her. She is inspired to turn this life-changing diagnosis into a memory of kindness by organizing a fundraiser with the help of the Epilepsy Foundation. Brianna Romines was there for the Beers family and will be there for anyone who needs assistance via their hotline. Please start this conversation with people because you never know who may have someone struggling with epilepsy. The foundation's outreach specialist, Shannon Waid, went over a quick rundown of Seizure First Aid Training in the event we experience someone having one of at least 40 different types of seizures. 

  • Beth Melcher made one last reminder to bring in wine bottles of at least $25 in value for the Gala's wine pull. Please leave the bottles out of view at the check-in table or drop them off at the Discovery Center office. NMC has a strict liquor license and we shouldn't have alcohol on the premise but since we aren't drinking it and the Gala is almost here, we just need them out of sight. Thank you all for your donations so far!

  • The winner of 50/50 was Anna Beers who took home $68. 

Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Gratitude & Reflection
Long, Al
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Allen, Jason
Happy Bucks
Bonney, Al
Haase, Tom
Haskin, Steve
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Mohr, Jayne
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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Featured Item - Stroll for Epilepsy 

Get out to CLINCH PARK on May 20th and show your support for the truly brave Anna Beers, daughter of our Rotarian Allison Beers, by joining her Stroll Team or making a donation. All proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. You may also volunteer for the event by going to

Social and Volunteer Opportunities 

  • STRIVE is our student-centered committee and needs a group of 15 members to participate in the Central High School Sophmore Mock Interview and Career Fair on May 31st from 8 am to noon. It's a great way to meet students and possibly help them find summer jobs. Please contact Sakura Takano to join the team in building up the youth of our community. There will be lunch provided. 

  • We are celebrating the inaugural summer of events at Rotary Square and invite you to be a part of a historic moment by joining us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Rotary Square on June 9th at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP here by June 6th 

  • 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.

  • The World Community Service Committee has planned a Guatemala Service Learning Trip. Join us this fall (September 23-30) as we visit projects our club has been supporting, meet with local leaders and Rotarians, and serve in a variety of ways in the programs’ schools and healthcare facilities. 

    • Safe Passage - Our club has been involved with Safe Passage for many years--this short video provides a great overview of this life-changing program!

    • Planting Seeds - Our club contributed to the construction of a new community center opening in July.  Read more

    • Coyolate Health Clinic - The clinic provides medical care, medicines, and health education. Learn more

    • If you are interested in learning more, please contact John Cox, Lorraine Beers, or Linda Racine

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.

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

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

Check out all the amazing auction items that will be available by clicking the link below.  
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Upcoming Meetings & Programs

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
June 20th @ ParkPlace - AI Tech
June 27th @ Hagerty - Presidential Transfer