The Traverse City Rotary Club Bulletin
November 11th, 2023
Our Next Meeting -
November 14th, 2023
We will be meeting next on November 14th at The Hagerty Center. The program for the day will be about the Coast Guard brought to us by Commander Andy Schanno
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Meeting ID: 995 959 5468
Passcode: 42

Commander Andy Schanno reports back to U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City after serving as the Executive Officer of Air Station Sitka, AK. Before Sitka, Commander Schanno served as the Aviation Engineering Officer here in Traverse City from 2017 to 2020. His Coast Guard career includes an earlier assignment in the Office of Aeronautical Engineering at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington D.C., and two previous operational tours at Air Station Sitka, AK, and Air Station Elizabeth City, NC. Commander Schanno is an Alaska-qualified, MH-60T Aircraft Commander, and has logged over 3,800 flight hours. Commander Schanno holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Purdue University. Prior to transferring to the Coast Guard, Commander Schanno served in the United States Army as UH-60 helicopter pilot for seven years, with assignments in Germany, Fort Rucker AL, and Fort Campbell, KY, and major operational deployments to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania-Kosovo, and Iraq. Commander Schanno is married to the former Kara Carroccia and they have two children: Beatrix and Benjamin.


Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Happy Bucks
Milock, Diana
Guest Introductions
Allen, Jason
Haskin, Steve
Watkins, Mike
Gratitude & Reflection
Randles, Jon
Program Host
Finlayson, Bruce R.
The above duties are scheduled for the November 14th meeting.
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Rotary Remembers Don Fraser
A few members of the club have put together a tribute to honor the life of Rotarian Don Fraser. He was a great man who did a lot of good in his life and he will be greatly missed. 
You can view the tribute here.
Information on his service will be provided shortly. 
Christmas Baskets
Once again our club will be adopting families from across the region this Christmas. This program will not only provide food, other essentials, and of course toys to families, but it also lets them know our club cares about them. There are two ways for each of you to participate in this wonderful tradition. First, you can make a financial gift. You can do this by letting Liz know you'd like her to bill your Rotary account or you can make a gift by cash or check in the red envelopes placed on the tables at the next meeting. The second way to participate is by shopping. If you want to be a shopper you can contact Steve Wade at 
BATA Bus Tour
BATA Bus is offering Rotarians a tour of their new facility on the corner of Hammond & LaFranier Rd. They would love for us to see how the project is coming along and to share with us all the great things this new home will provide for them to help our community. The tour will be on November 16th at 3:30pm and if you'd like to attend please contact Kelly Dunham at
Matching Grant Opportunity 
The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation will be matching donations made by Rotarians to 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations within Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, or Leelanau counties. You can have up to $250 matched annually and you can donate to multiple organizations if you wish. Applications need to be submitted by December 1st to Liz at or you can mail them to 13170 S. West Bayshore Dr. Suite 108, Traverse City MI 49684. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and if you need a copy of the application you can find that here. If you have any questions you can contact Steve Wade at
District Governor Elections
The district is looking for Rotarians who would like to run for the position of District Governor for the 2026-27 year. Applications need to be submitted soon, so if you are interested or if you have any questions about the job you can contact John Hall at
Upcoming Meetings & Programs
November 21st @ Hagerty - SCORE
November 28th @ Hagerty - Peace Ranch
December 5th @ Hagerty - Guatemala Trip Recap
December 12th @ Hagerty - Rotary Charities
December 19th @ Hagerty - Central High School Christmas Music