Volume 41 - Issue 4

January 21st, 2023

Our Next Meeting - January 24th, 2023

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, January 24th.
The program will be BATA and their exciting Housing Project which will feature Eric Lingaur, the Director of Communication and Development for BATA. 
Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - January 17th

  • Lindsey Dickinson and Kristen Salathiel from the Sunrise Club started us off by revealing the Country Placements for our next Outbound Exchange students. Our Club is sending Gianna Primo to Argentina, Sadie Smith to Brazil, and Sydney Boettcher to Thailand!
  • Miriam  Owsley shared her thoughtful gratitude and reflection on a TED talk by Lynne Twist, Our Collective Dream
  • Our student guests and exchange students were introduced by Doug Meteyer.
  • Chris DeGood led Happy Bucks and let us know that Kids' Free Fishing is getting geared up. They'll be ready to go with some fundraising help.
  • Janie McNabb shared her experience with Wheels of Hope and the incredible, life-changing ability our Club helps to provide every week with our weekly program donation. You've heard it shared at meetings but they truly do amazing work for Polio survivors. 
  • IM Rotary is starting next week and John Noonan is looking forward to sharing Rotarians' knowledge and experience with our newer members. 
  • Ramona Pleva wants more people like the fantastic Ken Weaver who is slated to donate his 50th pint of blood at our Blood Drive on Valentine's day. #BELIKEKEN
  • The Rotary Theme for 2023-2024 will be CREAT HOPE IN THE WORLD. Please go check out his theme address HERE
  • President Marlene Bevan introduced Christ Etienne, our past 6290 District Governer and soon-to-be 2024-2026 Rotary International Director for Zone 28, to talk about HANWASH. 
  • The 50/50 winning sum was $61 and went home with George Powell. 

Featured Item - HANWASH


Chris Etienne informed us about the Rotary program of HANWASH in Haiti and invited anyone interested in learning more to join their Zoom conference call, which includes the Haitian Rotarians working on the ground. 
Rotary is there to give a "Hand-up, not a Hand-out" through training and sustainable practices and partnerships. 
Below is the link to the HANWASH Steering Committee meetings.  The group meets every 2 weeks on Wednesday at 10:00 am Eastern Time. The next meeting will take place on January 25th.  If you would like to be added to the meeting reminders, please contact Chris at
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 837 0168 2175
Passcode: 408026

Friendly reminder to please RSVP for a meeting if you plan to bring guests. This will help us accommodate everyone who comes to lunch since our attendance tends to vary. Kindly send notice to

Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
Gratitude & Reflection
Irvin, Wendy
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Lapp, Laurie
Happy Bucks
Weaver, Carla
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Powell, George M.
Zelinski, Al
Program Host
Dunham, Kelly
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 


  • Rotary Charities will host an event on Thursday, January 26th at the City Opera House for a special evening spotlighting three local grantee initiatives that have been taking a systems change approach and making significant progress on the challenges of youth homelessness, food insecurity, and health disparities.
  • Our club is excited to announce a recurring volunteer opportunity with our partners at Goodwill's Food Rescue from 9 am-12 pm on the last Thursday of the 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.
    • Our first club volunteer shift will be Thursday, January 26 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.
  • Mark your calendars for our next Blood Drive! February 9 from 11 am - 4:30 pm at Kirkbride Hall at the Grand Traverse Commons. Sign up link coming soon!

  • Come out on Friday, February 10th for the "Rotary Learn to Curl" class at the new TC Curling Center. It will run from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. The cost for Curling is $30 per person.  Sign up on the website and send an email to so we know you are coming. We'll gather for Dinner afterward, location TBD. 
  • Public Relations Committee chair Tawny Hammond needs some fellow Rotarians who are interested in joining her to help share our story with the Community and beyond. Maybe you have writing skills, a zealous passion for Rotary, or even media contacts.  Please consider this committee and email her at 

Upcoming Meetings & Programs

Jan 31st @ Hagerty - HOLD~School Safety
Feb 7th @ Hagerty - Fitness
Feb 14th @ Great Wolf Lodge - American Red Cross
Feb 21st @ Park Place - Munson Stroke Program
Feb 28th @ Hagerty - Skegemog Raptor Center