Volume 43 - Issue 1

March 3rd, 2023

Our Next Meeting - March 7th, 2023

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, March 7th. 

The program will be the Metro Emercy Services and feature Bill Parker who is the Fire Chief for Blair Township.   

Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - February 28th

  • Tom Petzold shared his thoughts of gratitude and reflection through a poem by Mary Howitt, The Spider and the Fly
  • Our Rotarian's guests and visiting Students of the Week were introduced by Doug Meteyer. 

  • Art Bukowski sparked up some very happy moments. Congrats to Paul LaPorte for hitting 30 years of Rotarian service and to Marsha Minervini for celebrating 25 years with RE/MAX. 

  • Matt McDonough shared that good news is in the works, he'll attend the city commission meeting next week to hopefully pass a resolution to add 500 acres of the Grielickville property to the Brown Bridge Quiet Area. 

  • Wheels of Hope champion Al Bonney reminded everyone that through their support, the Club donates $5,000 dollars a year to sustain the ongoing project of building wheelchairs for polio-stricken individuals in Northern Nigeria. He is looking for 3 new members to add to their working boardAl offered to buy coffee with anyone interested to learn more about the job to do. Reach out to him Here

  • Alex Wood graciously welcomed up our Outstanding Students from TC Christian school. Congrats to Levi Shultz and Carter Blodgett, thanks for sharing your motivations with us, and good luck in your future studies. 

  • John Hall reminded everyone you can still partake in the President's raffle for the Gala. See him after the meetings or ask Sonya to charge it to your account. 

  • Our program speaker was introduced by Charlie Hamlyn. James Manley, director of the Skegemog Raptor Center, shared the steps they take to research and rehabilitate many as a third of the sick predatory birds they care for back to the wild. Their challenges include the avian bird flu and lead poisoning but they continue to educate the community. Shown at the meeting was a female kestrel that was trained and kept in captivity due to blindness in an eye.  

  • The 50/50 winning sum was $48 and was won by Homer Nye. 

Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
Pleva, Ramona
Gratitude & Reflection
Long, Al
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Pleva, Ramona
Happy Bucks
Bonney, Al
Blick, Ruth
Powell, George M.
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Parker, Pat
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 -  March 8th is International Women's Day

If you aren't fully aware, I invite you to review The History of Women in RotaryI've highlighted a few moments but there are many more that may intrigue you. It's certainly a story of adaptability and inclusion. 

1989 - Women are welcomed into Rotary Clubs around the world. 

1995 - The following eight women were the first elected females who became district governors: Mimi Altman, Gilda Chirafisi, Janet W. Holland, Reba F. Lovrien, Virginia B. Nordby, Donna J. Rapp, Anne Robertson, and Olive P. Scott. 

2004 -  Marylin Fitzgerald became our club's very first female president. 

2010 - Beth Karczewski served as our club president. 

2018 - Allison Beers served as our club president. 

2022 - Marlene Bevan is currently serving as our club president. 


2022 - Jennifer Jones became the first President of Rotary International. 

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 more Female Alto-singers but all ranges are welcome!
  • Wheels of Hope is looking for 3 members to join their working board to continue the amazing work and support for polio-stricken individuals in Northern Nigeria. Grab some coffee with Al Bonney if you're interested in getting involved, let him know Here

  • If you want to see the difference we're making firsthand, 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


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 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