Volume 42 - Issue 4

February 24th, 2023

Our Next Meeting - February 28th, 2023

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, February 28th. 
The program will be the Skegemog Raptor Center and feature James Manley who is the executive director of SRC.   
Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - February 21st

  • Tom Petzold shared his thoughts of gratitude and reflection. Continue to pray for peace and don't give up on world peace. 
  • Our Rotarian's guests and prospective members were introduced by Beth Melcher. 

  • Diana Milock was Happy to show up when needed to lead Happy Bucks and see who else was happy. 

  • Linda Racine shared the positive impact of our grant to Safe Passage by reading the thank-you note that was sent from Guatemala. The full note is below. 

  • Ramona Pleva updated us on the results of the Blood Drive and noted that she will bribe us with sweets again if that's what it takes. 

  • Miriam Owsley is now recruiting Grant Review volunteers for the Spring cycle, ideally, there will be 12 Rotarians to review 6 applications. It's great to get to know the non-profits, discuss them during the review process, and then reach out to the dedicated people behind the applications. Madison Ford shared his experience with this volunteer work, it's a small effort to make a large impact. For him, it is a beautiful way to learn and respect the different ways non-profits operate.

  • Nick Beadleston was cautious of the impending snowstorm and opted to postpone our monthly Food Rescue day to March 2nd instead. Hopefully, at least 6 Rotarians can make it out next week. 

  • Our program speaker was introduced by Dan Buron to talk about the Munson Stroke Program. Dr. Gary Rajah has led innovative and highly successful stroke care for most of Northern MI and parts of the Upper Peninsula. You've heard "Time is Money" but in Gary's mind, it would be "Time is Brain" because every minute during a stroke you lose a million neurons. The real-time scans and photos go straight from the patient to the doctor to save those precious minutes if an issue is detected. The most common sign of a stroke would be slurred speech and a drooping face but regular check-ups can help prevent a clot from going undetected. 

  • The 50/50 winning sum was $53 and was won by John Racine. 


Featured Item -  A Thank-You from Safe Passage

A Thank-you to TC Rotary

From Safe Passage in Guatemala

In December our club donated $5000 (which was matched by another $5000) to fund a second 3-year-old classroom at Safe Passage.  We just received this beautiful thank-you:


"I am so overwhelmed by the heartfelt and generous $5000 grant to Safe Passage which will have such a positive impact on the littlest students--now five weeks into their brand new start in full-time school!  And now that government COVID-19 restrictions loosened considerably for the new school year, they are benefiting from a full immersive day, every day (with nap time), that also provides healthy meals and psychosocial supports.  The love and passion for the work we do comes across, and we feel so fortunate to count the Rotarian Club of TC among our dear friends.  Gracias! "

We’re making a difference!  And if you want to see it first hand, the World Community Service Committee is planning a service learning trip to Safe Passage in the fall (last week of September or first week of October).  Talk with any WCS member for details or email Lorraine Beers at, Tom Petzold at, or Linda Racine at

Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Gratitude & Reflection
Petzold, Tom
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Meteyer, R. Douglas
Happy Bucks
Bukowski, Art
Brady, Lisa
Zelinski, Al
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Hamlyn, Charlie
IM Rotary
McDonough, Matt
Takano, Sakura
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 

  • The Mighty Rotary Chorus will be back for the Rotary Gala. "Shindigs in May... 18th's the day... so bring your cash and make your way... to the opera house for the Rotary Gala... come do Good Works! Sign Up Today!"

    • Contact Connor Miller to join the Chorus. They really need some more Bass singers but all ranges are welcome!
  • Mark your Calendars for our partnership with Goodwill's Food Rescue from 9 am-12 pm on the last Thursday of every month. Our club has a long history of service with this great organization.  (Not to mention a few of our club members helped found it!)
    • Volunteer duties will mostly include repackaging bulk frozen food into family-sized meals for redistribution around Northern Michigan.
    • This is an appropriate volunteer activity for club members of all physical ability levels. Family and friends (even prospective club members...) over the age of 18 are also welcome.
    • The next club volunteer shift will be Thursday, March 2nd from 9 am to 12 pm. We are hoping to have at least 6 volunteers.
    • Please use this link to sign up, or let know if you are interested.

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

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


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Upcoming Meetings & Programs

Mar 7th @ Hagerty - Metro Emergency Services
Mar 14th @ Park Place - Rotary Charities
Mar 21st @ Hagerty - TC Tourism
Mar 28th @ Hagerty - SEEDS
Apr 4th @ Hagerty - Women's Resource Center
Apr 11th @ Park Place - Project Feed the Kids
Apr 18th @ Hagerty - CHS Musical 
Apr 25th @ Hagerty - Table Health
May 2nd @ Hagerty - How We Work
May 9th @ Hagerty - Epilepsy Awareness