The Traverse City Rotary
Club Bulletin
December 31st, 2023
Our Next Meeting -
January 2nd, 2024
We will be meeting next on January 2nd at The Hagerty Center. The program for the day will be the Record Eagle with their year review brought to us by Rebecca Pierce.
Rebecca is the executive editor of the Traverse City Record-Eagle. A veteran of community news organizations across Michigan, she is an award-winning journalist who joined the Record-Eagle in July 2022. She graduated from the University of Michigan and went on to work at small and mid-sized newspapers across the state. Rebecca was the first woman to be named editor of the Kalamazoo Gazette in 2000. She is married to Scott Harmsen, a Grand Valley State University adjunct professor of communications. They have two amazing children.
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Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Happy Bucks
Scott, John
Guest Introductions
Newhouse, Mark A.
Sitkins, Fred
Racine, Linda
Gratitude & Reflection
Long, Al
Program Host
Wade, Steve
Photo Albums
Rotary Boat Rally 2023
2023-24 Youth Exchange
Holiday Party 2023
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New Year, New Members!
Who do you know that would be a great Rotarian in 2024? Since COVID we have decreased in members and we'd love to meet people in the lives of our existing members that would be interested in sharing in the Rotary experience. Coworkers, family members, and friends are all welcome. Lets spread the word about what people may be missing out on in 2024! 
Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers to start helping shape our upcoming fundraiser! Our Rotary Club Annual Fundraiser is a great opportunity to build camaraderie with your club matesraise the funds to give back to our community, and spread the word about what a great club we are. Here’s how you can get in on the action:
  1. Volunteer to become a member of this team – areas to volunteer include, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Facilities – if you like to think of the where and how this is you

    2. Food – if you like to eat, this is for you

    3. Beverages – if you like to drink, this is for you

    4. Activities/Fund Raising Fun – a good mix of humor and creativity

    5. Entertainment – no one likes a boring party

    6. Advertising – spread the word, and name the event

    7. Ticket Sales – combine logistics with a sales mindset

  2. How/When/Where – Discovery Center 5:30pm, no more than one hour. The first Wednesday of each month, starting with January 3rd. The first meeting is for all who like to brainstorm ideas - all club members are welcome. The goal is to come up with the over all framework and will continue to meet on that first Wednesday as a whole team, while smaller teams will meet separately for specific areas.

If you have any questions or would like to participate please contact Laurie Lapp at
January Social 
The next Social Committee event will be taking place on January 18th! It is not the usual Tuesday, but rather a Thursday this time, so be sure to note that change. The committee invites you to come to Barrio restaurant at 5pm for a happy hour soiree. For any questions please contact Jon Randles at
You can find their menu here to plan your delicious taco dinner!
Happy Birthday this week to:
Marc Langs
Wally Schroth
Ron Sondee
Bob Portenga
Have a great week and eat some cake!
Upcoming Meetings & Programs
January 9th @ Hagerty - Civic Center
January 16th @ Hagerty - Traverse City Airport
January 23rd @ Hagerty - Munson Rural Healthcare
January 30th @ Hagerty - Higher Grounds
February 6th@ Hagerty- Great Lakes Seabed Mapping
February 13th @ Hagerty - Opera House