Volume 38 - Issue 4

October 28th, 2022

Our Next Meeting - November 1st

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, November 1st. 
Our program for the day will be Traverse City Light & Power and feature Brandie Ekren who is the new Executive Director of Traverse City Light & Power. 
Join the Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 995 959 5468
Passcode: 42

 Featured Item - Purple Pinkies for Polio 

Purple Pinkie Day brought in 9&10 News which is great for Polio awareness! Check out the Purple Pinkie Feature.  
There will also be a radio special on WCMU Public Radio so tune in!
So far our Club has raised over $1,700 and the Sunrise Club raised $300 to END POLIO NOW. These donations will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

If you haven't already, please share this photo or just your pinkie on your social media and include the link below for outside support. 

 Help Rotary International to eradicate polio throughout the whole world.
In honor of the work that Wheels of Hope have done to support polio survivors, sign up for their Newsletter to stay up to date on the good that they do. Go to and sign up at the bottom!

Meeting recap - October 25th

  • On your way in, you most likely stopped to get a purple pinkie before returning to the line for lunch. Thanks again for everyone's support on Purple Pinkie Day. We even had a feature on 9&10 News that you can check: Purple Pinkie Day Feature
  • Homer Nye shared his Thoughts of Gratitude and Reflection: We are surrounded by a city of temples.
  • John Hall introduced the guests brought by Rotarians.
  • Connor Miller introduced and welcomed Michelle Gallagher as a New Member of our Club. Reach out and get to know this amazing addition to Rotary.
  • Lisa Brady excitedly inducted the well-known to our club but now an official member, Kathy Bussell! 
  • In the Halloween spirit, Carla Weaver led a spooky Happy Bucks and passed out candies in exchange for happiness.  
  • Carla Weaver announced the many great things that our exchange students are getting involved in, one being a Choir Concert through the school. They still plan to do as much as they can while they are here and we may see Noe from France play the piano for us. 
  • Ramona Pleva reminded everyone to sign up for a spot to donate Blood on Halloween. This will count towards our total volunteer hours given to our community. 
  • Purple Pinkie Day was held to raise awareness of Polio and how close we are to fully eradicating it. Susan Kraus shared the wonderful participation we had and Al Bonney gave us the updated statistics and explanation of how the virus spreads from the sewage. We all took a photo together to share a pic on your personal social media to help END POLIO NOW.
  • Our program speaker was introduced by Scott Hardy. From the Fierberg National Law Group, Doug Fierberg presented the aspects of college bullying and the connections between Greek life Donors and the institutions that harbor them. 
  •  Laurie Lapp led the club in the 4-way test. 
Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
Gratitude & Reflection
Petzold, Tom
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Happy Bucks
Bonney, Al
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Anderson, Max
Watkins, Mike
Program Host
Hardy, Scott C.
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
Major Fundraiser 2022- 2023 Director
Club Administrator
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Volunteer & Social Opportunities

Downtown TAILGATE for the MSU/UofM game. 
  • Saturday, October 29th from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the new Civic Square space (Corner of Union and State)

  • Bring your family and friends. There will be Ludovikos Taco Truck and the Chubby Unicorn Panini Truck for food as well as Drink options from Fresh Coast Beer works. Check out the Facebook Event named "Downtown Tailgate"

  • If you want to join still, contact Nick Beadleston and wear your Rotary Swag. 


Volunteer Workbees for Sabin Bottomlands Tree Plantings
  • Saturday, October 29th 10:00am - 1:00pm 
  • Description: Help revegetate the recently exposed bottomlands of the former Sabin Dam by planting native trees and shrubs. 
  • Where: Natural Education Reserve. Meet at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd., Traverse City, MI 49685. 
  • Registration: No registration is required. Please email us with any questions!
NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP - Rotary Halloween Blood Drive 
  • October 31st from 10 am - 3:30 pm
  • Kirkbride Hall at the Grand Traverse Commons
  • There are still 40 open time slots so, please...
  • Sign up for a spot to Donate Here.
  • Time spent will count toward our Goal of 1000 Volunteer Hours!
If you don't want to donate blood, feel free to show your support in the form of cookies and refreshments.
Good Works Grants are due NOVEMBER 4TH

Upcoming Meetings & Programs

Nov 8th @ Great Wolf - Club Planning
Nov 15th @ Park Place - TBD
Nov 22nd @ Park Place - Homeless Day Shelter Pilot
Nov 29th @ Park Place - Inbound Exchange