The Traverse City Rotary Club Bulletin
July 21st, 2023

Our Next Meeting -

July 25th, 2023

We will be meeting on NMC's campus outside the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center on August 1st. There will be picnic-type foods and seating areas arranged outside and inside according to the weather. 

Parking will be available in the Cedar Lot and you can click here to get a closer look at the campus map if you need help navigating. There will also be signs up on campus to help us find our way. Come join us for a meeting out in the nice summer weather!

Join the Zoom Meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 995 959 5468
Passcode: 42

The program for the day will be the NMC Aviation Program brought to us by Alex Bloye.  

Alex Bloye is the Aviation Division Director and Academic Chair at Northwestern Michigan College, where he provides leadership for both the Professional Pilot and the UAS training programs. He holds an FAA Commercial Pilot License, Gold Seal Flight Instructor rating, Airmen Representative designation, and has logged over 4000 hours of flight time.
Alex holds degrees from Michigan State University, as well as Northwestern Michigan College; and applies over two decades of experience in support of NMC Aviation’s 50 staff and faculty members, fleet of 30 aircraft and drones, and 15,000 hours of annual flight training. Today, the NMC UAS program is ranked among the top 10 in the country, and the Professional Pilot programs are in their 56th year of operations.  _Ke

Exchange Student Farewell

It is nearing the time for our beloved exchange students to return home and we would love for you to join us at the airport to send them on their way.

The departures times for the remaining students are:

Saki - July 24th @ 6:35am 
Olivia - July 27th @ 5:46pm
If you have any questions please reach out to Carla Weaver at
Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Gratitude & Reflection
Ruzak, Cindy
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Randles, Jon
Happy Bucks
DeGood, Chris
Haase, Tom
Brady, Lisa
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Mohr, Jayne
The above duties are scheduled for the July 25th meeting.
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A Message From RI President Gordon McInally
If you missed it at our last meeting, check out this message from the Rotary International President for 2023-24. Gordon is going to do great work this year to spread the word about destigmatizing mental health issues and about resources that Rotarians can use and share with others. President John Hall even got a picture with Gordon in Australia! 
Rotary's Champions Of Inclusion Broadcast Event
President John Hall would like to share with you a video from Rotary's People of Action where they discuss what’s possible when People of Action come together to amplify the power of marginalized populations in our clubs, in our communities, and around the world. The event took place in Cape Town South Africa and features lots of people doing great work in the Rotary and important foundations that support the people of Cape Town. 
Want to hear more stories of People of Action? Go to to access lots of amazing Rotary stories. 
Meal Train For Miriam
Our very own Miriam Owsley and her family have welcomed new baby Violet and she is a Rotarian in the making! There is still lots of space to sign up to bring a meal to the family to support them through the first few months, so click the link below for more info.
We are so excited for you Miriam!
Rotary Golf Outing
August 14th Join your fellow Rotarians for a 12:30pm shotgun start at Elmbrook Golf Course. It will be 18 holes with a cart for only $49 per person and dinner will be provided. Teams will be 4 people, but no worries if you're coming solo, we will pair you with some buddies and spouses are welcome. Come out and enjoy a sunny day of fun! 
If you would like to sign up or have any questions please contact Dale Chilcote at 231-846-0096 or
Grant Review Volunteers
It is time again to volunteer to be a Rotary Charities Grant Reviewer and we need you to be a part of funding good work in our region.
Volunteer reviewers:
- receive materials in October after grant applications are due in September
- participate in a 2hr review meeting in October-November
- give a summary at the board meeting in December
If you are interested in participating you can email Kendra Luta at and you will be asked to complete some brief training materials and a conflict of interest statement. 
Thank you to Michelle Czerwonka, Kelvin Shaw and John Reid for reaching out with interest after the announcement at the last meeting. 
Recent Events
The Rotary Boat Rally to Power Island was a success! About 40 Rotarians boated out to Power Island on July 11 for our Second Tuesday Social and our 8th almost-annual boat rally.  They were treated to a fantastic picnic spread, including grilled hot dogs courtesy of Oz and hot corn-on-the-cob from Tom Haase. Thanks to the boat captains who were willing to transport all of us to the island: President John Hall, Tom Haase, Patrick Lavis, Ken “Oz” Osborne, Anca Pop, Cindy Ruzak and Al Zielinski/Craig Witt. Thanks to the Social Events Committee for its planning for this special event. And a good time was had by all!  
If you have other photos you'd like to share you can send them to Liz at
Photo Albums
Rotary Boat Rally 2023
Happy Birthday this week to:
Kate Redman
Have a great week and eat some cake!

Upcoming Meetings & Programs

August 1st picnic @ NMC - NMC Foundation
August 8th @ The Great Wolf Lodge - Safe Passage
August 15th @ Hagerty - Youth Works
August 22nd @ Hagerty - TCAPS
August 29th @ Hagerty - United We Smile
August 1st Meeting
We will be meeting at NMC right outside the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center outdoors unless weather brings us inside the center. We will be having picnic type food and will be hearing from Jennifer Hricik about NMC's aviation program. Parking will be available in the Cedar Lot and you can click the map below to get a closer look at the campus map if you need help navigating. Come join us for a meeting out in the nice summer weather!