Volume 45 - Issue 1

May 5th, 2023

Our Next Meeting - May 9th, 2023

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, May 2nd. 

The program will be Epilepsy Awareness and the Epilepsy Foundation featuring Brianna Romines, the president of the foundation, and Anna Beers, daughter of fellow Rotarian Allison Beers. 


Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - May 2nd

  • About one month ago, our own Rabbi Chava Bahle was diagnosed with lung cancer. She will undergo a lobectomy at Munson this Friday and states it was found early.

    She shares on Facebook, “… a linguistic preference for my situation: I’ve worked to practice nonviolence. I am not fighting, battling, beating, or overcoming, cancer. There is cancer in my body. Right now, it is my teacher. I am learning a lot.

    We aren’t sure what we’ll need as this is uncharted territory for us. So, for now, what we’d like most is to know you’re living your best life and doing acts of kindness."

    • Rabbi Chava Bahle                                        
      P O Box 441
      Suttons Bay MI 49682
  • Homer Nye reflected on never truly having private conversations, since during those words off to the side with someone, there's mutlple other voices.  What both parties hoped to have said and what the other thought they meant. In times of disagreement, instead of listening, you're onto your fillabuster. He's truly grateful for in person, common communication... over all these emails. 

  • Marlene Bevan inducted our newest member, Kelvin Shaw, welcome to the club! We remember him from the eRecycling fundraiser which can can still be utilized if  there's any old tech laying around your office. 

  • Jon Randles introduced our visiting Rotarian, a potential member in the making, and the other guests who joined family friends for lunch. 

  • Carla Weaver led Happy Bucks by enjoying singing in the chorus that actually sounds like a choir now. 

  • Miriam Owsley let everyone in on the very last call for Gala Tickets and a random winner of Heads or Tails beads. Congrats Chris Sack, you get 5 extra rounds for the game at the gala.

  • Please use be hungry for Boone's Prime Time Pub and some international cultural exchange and buy tickets for the outbound exchange students to fundraiser for thier plane tickets. The link is below! I mean who wants to cook on a Wednesday night anyway. 

  • Our program was introduced by Trevor Tkach. We were lucky Steve Wade ran into the general manger of the TC Pitspitters. Jacueline Holm started off with a game of True OR False with trivia about the team. Clearly Alex Wood knows his stuff since he won the game. The Pittspitters are proving they are a great community asset and even competitive enough for players to place 2 players into the MLB in only 5 years of operation. If you would like printed schedules for your business, they can be requested by emailing Jacueline Holm. Maybe you'd like to plan your next get together at the ball park out in Chum's Corner, it's a great time for the whole family, and the growing community around it. 

  • The winner of 50/50 was Paul LaPorte's grandson and friend who took home $58. 

Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Gratitude & Reflection
Wood, Alex
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Van Slyke, Sid
Happy Bucks
DeGood, Chris
Brady, Lisa
Takano, Sakura
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Beers, Allison
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 - Seizure Recognition & First Aid Training


Social and Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Help send our outbound exchange students out by attending their Dinner & Fundraiser at Boone's Prime Time Pub, on Wednesday, May 10th at 6 pm.  Tickets or donations can be purchased online here!

  • 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.
  • Wheels of Hope still may need...

    • Treasurer – to replace Jim McWilliams – Accountant is nice but not required if you have some
      understanding of rudimentary accounting.

  • 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 more Female Alto-singers but all ranges are welcome!
    • All rehearsals will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Kirkbride Hall (700 Cottageview Dr., Suite 200, TC)
    • Monday: May 8th, and May 15th.
    • Thursday: May 11th. 

  • 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!

Willing to donate an item that could be auctioned? Email Kathy Bussell


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Upcoming Meetings & Programs

May 16th @ Hagerty - Big Brothers Big Sisters
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