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Rotary Blood Drive Friday, October 29th Ramona Pleva 2021-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

15th Annual Jim 'Van' 
Work Bee

Posted on Oct 01, 2021
15th Annual Jim Van
Work Bee
There is still time to sign up and join us tomorrow...
  • Date:  Friday, October 1, 2021, It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day  
  • Time:  1 pm – 5 pm
  • Location:  East Creek Reserve off Mayfield Road       
  • Dress:  Work clothes, work gloves & work boots (Extra gloves will be available)
  • Social Hour 4:00 PM: We’ll wrap up with fellowship and treats!
  • Please RSVP by emailing or calling Kathy (231)-313-0253, you're welcome to leave a message if I miss your call. Please include your cell phone and email address – in the event, we have a rain delay
  • Directions: South on Garfield Road. From the intersection of E. River Road go ¾ mile further and turn left onto Mayfield Road. Mayfield Road is a dirt road. Travel east on Mayfield Road 1 mile. Just across East Creek, there will be a trailhead on the left (north) side of the road. Turn into the trailhead.
In memory of long-time Rotarian and devoted steward of East Creek Reserve,
Julius “Jim” VanEenenaam (1929-2008)
Activity Co-Sponsors
Rotary Camps and Services 
Grand Traverse Conservation District
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Rotary Charities & Rotary Camps & Services Board of Trustees Nominees 

The Annual Meeting of Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services to include the election of Trustees will take place on Tuesday, September 28th during the Rotary Club of Traverse City Tuesday Noon Meeting.
A membership quorum is needed, so please ALL join us on ZOOM Tuesday.
Members must be present on ZOOM to vote in the election.
Please CLICK HERE to view the 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes
Please CLICK HERE to view the 2021 Special Meeting Minutes 
Rotary Camps & Services Board of Trustees Nominees - the vote will be for three (3)
Chris DeGood (Incumbent) Chris has been a member of the Rotary Club for 14 years. His classification is Civil Engineer. Chris serves on the Rotary Camps and Services Board and has been the RCS liaison to the Rotary Charities Board.  He is involved with the Grant Investigation Teams, Tag Day, and serves as Chair for Kids Free Fishing Day. 
Chris is very excited about the opportunity to continue to serve our Grand Traverse community through service as a Rotary Camps & Services Board Member.
Christopher DeGood (Incumbent)

Katy McCain (Incumbent)  Katy has 10 years of Rotary membership.  Her occupation is Community Development.  She has served a term on the Rotary Camps & Services Board, been the PR Chair for the Rotary Club, served on the Rotary Club Board, acted as the Rotary Club Appointee to the Board of Rotary Camps & Services, served as Friends of the Boardman Dinner Co-Chair, as well as serving on the Membership Committee and the Youth Exchange Committee.  She also participates with the Rotary Show, Bell Ringing, GOREC Work Bees, Youth Exchange recruitment, the NMC BBQ and Tag Day.
Katy states that she served as the Presidential Appointee to RCS and then has served a full Board term as an elected member.  She has seen many changes and new and exciting things happen within her four years of involvement and would like to see them through.  Most specifically what GOREC has the potential to become in our community. 
Katy McCain (Incumbent)

Dan Rickard (Incumbent)    Dan has been a member of Rotary for 25 years and owns The Copy Shop.  He is currently a member of the Rotary Camps & Services Board, has served on the Rotary Club Board,is the Co-Chair for the Christmas Basket program, and serves on the Strive Committee.  He participates with Tag Day, Christmas Baskets, the NMC BBQ, Rotary Show.  He has also participated in Bell Ringing and Kids Free Fishing Day, Friends of the Boardman Dinner and the Property Committee and the GOREC Success Team. 
Dan states he really wants to see GOREC get to a self-sustaining place and help the Discovery Center get to be the community asset we envision.  He notes that he has 4 years on the RCS Board, currently acting as the Vice-Chair, and has a good grasp of what needs to get GOREC to be a self-sustaining educational and recreation destination for the Community.  He has been through getting camp SAKi to a place where Camp Lookout is now thriving, and the rest of the property may become public with the help of Green Lake Township.  He believes he has the experience to help RCS to be ready for the challenges ahead and to keep the properties we “manage” available as assets to the region.
Dan Rickard (Incumbent)

Cindy Ruzak     Cindy has been a Club member for 21 years and is retired from the hospitality industry.  Cindy served as the Chair of the Social Committee and was appointed to the Rotary Club Board for the 2012/13 year.  She has participated in the Rotary Show Chorus, and the Ad Sales Committee and currently serves on the Program Committee, as a Newsletter scribe along with Gratitude’s and Reflections.  In the past she has assisted with water quality monitoring, the Rotary Drill team and as a grant reviewer.  Her other activities have included the Youth Exchange Committee, Tag Day, Christmas Baskets, the NMC BBQ and Munson Manor Dinners.  Cindy has also been involved with numerous other community organizations.
Cindy notes that now that she is retired, she would like to devote more time to the activities she finds rewarding, such as Rotary.  While she has been active in many aspects of the Club, she wants to utilize her multi-faceted life experience in a more focused way by being on the Rotary Camps & Services Board.
Cindy Ruzak

Rotary Charities 

Allison Beers (Incumbent)   Allison has been a member of the Rotary Club for 174 years. Her classification is Event/Meeting Management. Allison is currently serving her second term Rotary Charities Board.  She has also served as Club Appointee to Rotary Charities, Rotary Club President, and on the Rotary Club Board.  She is involved with the Good Works Committee, the Rotary Show, Youth Exchange Committee, 100th Anniversary Committee, Tag Day, Bell Ringing,  the Music Committee and the NMC BBQ in addition to hosting a Youth Exchange Student and serving with the 4P’s for the Club.

Allison states that she has truly enjoyed serving the community and her club as a Trustee of Rotary Charities.  She enjoys the work that she does and hopes that she can continue to serve the club and community.  She noted that it’s been an amazing five years serving already with all of the transition that has taken place.

Allison Beers (Incumbent)

Marlene Bevan (Incumbent)   Marlene has been a member of the Rotary Club for 29 years and has served on the Rotary Charities Board for two terms, she is the incoming Rotary Club President for 2022/23.  Her classification is Audiologist. Marlene has served on the Rotary Club Board of Directors, as Chair of the Youth Exchange Committee, and as Chair of the Good Works Committee, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She has also participated in Tag Day, the Rotary Show Chorus, the NMC BBQ, Bell Ringing, Christmas Baskets, provided a host family for four Youth Exchange Students and Strive Mentor.  Marlene has also been involved with numerous other community organizations.
She would like to continue her service on the Board of Rotary Charities to assist in the transformation of their giving activities in ways that will further our goal of living “…in a region where people are working together, sharing resources and negotiating differences in healthy ways towards building a thriving, prosperous and fair region.”
Marlene Bevan (Incumbent)

Greg Luyt (Incumbent)    Greg has been a Club member for 12 years, his classification is Attorney.  Greg served as Presidential Appointee to the Board of Rotary Charities 2017/18, and the Board of Rotary Camps & Services 2018/19 before being elected to the Rotary Charities board for the 2019-2021 term.   He participates in the Music Committee, Tag Day, Christmas Baskets, and the Speaker Committee.  
Greg states that his time on the Rotary Charities Board as both an elected member and as a Presidential Appointee has been one of the most rewarding and energizing experiences in his life.  He is continually amazed at the power and reach of this incredible organization, and he has been so grateful to be a small part of the good work Rotary Charities has done in our region over the last 4 years.  He loves working with the thoughtful, engaged and compassionate members of the Board, and feels very fortunate to be able to see firsthand the talent and dedication of the organization’s staff.  He would very much like to continue serving the Board, the organization, the Rotary Club and our community to build on his past experience and continue the growth and evolution of this amazing organization.
Gregory Luyt (Incumbent)
Rotary Charities & Rotary Camps & Services Board of Trustees Nominees 2021-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

***CANCELLED *** 2021 Rotary Golf Outing!

Posted by Mike Meindertsma on Sep 13, 2021
Due to extremely low participation, the Rotary Golf Outing for 2021 is not going to be held.
Hopefully, we can get better numbers for next year’s outing.
Thank you.

Mike Meindertsma 932-2616 or

***CANCELLED *** 2021 Rotary Golf Outing! Mike Meindertsma 2021-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

There is still time to sign up! 9/11 (Now)  Virtual Honor Run - Join US!

Posted by Jen Casey on Sep 11, 2021

There is still time to sign up to participate or donate!

9/11 Honor Virtual Run 

CLICK HERE to Run, Walk or Donate

Good afternoon racers and volunteers,

It is with a heavy heart that we will be moving the in-person race this year to 100% Virtual, due to low in-person registration. With less than 30 days to the event, we don't have enough participants to cover the in-person race day expenses and donate to our Local First Responder Charity. However, we are shifting everything to 100% virtual so you can still participate and we can all honor our Local First Responders and the events of September 11th, 2001, twenty years ago. 

This was a very tough decision and one we don't take lightly. We want to thank everyone who has registered and volunteered throughout the years. We wish you will all come back in-person next year!

I want to give a huge shoutout to our sponsors who are in full support of the race and are still donating to keep the spirit of this day alive. A special thanks to the Kurt Rivard Baird Group, UpNorthLive/TV 7&4, Floor Covering Brokers and the TC Rotary Club for staying with us and generating awareness to always remember the September 11th attacks and supporting our Local First Responders. We couldn't do this without you. 

This time will be used to re-group with our local first responder leaders and see how we can best serve this community moving forward. Rest assured this event will remain committed to our mission of raising funds to support emotional wellness programs for our local first responders and honoring the lives lost on September 11th, 2001. We will never forget.

Participants have the option to switch to the virtual event, donate your fee to the race, or receive a full refund.

Thank you for your understanding. Please give us a few days to process the changes you request to your account. 

Race Director, 
Jen Casey
The 9/11 virtual run is to honor those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks, as well as Local First Responders. Proceeds will go to the Grand Traverse Region Public Safety Alliance. This non-profit fund was set up to recognize emotional wellness and develop programs for our first responders (Police, Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, 911 Dispatchers and Coast Guard).
There is still time to sign up! 9/11 (Now) Virtual Honor Run - Join US! Jen Casey 2021-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
THANK YOU, THANK YOU! 2021-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club's Tuesday Meeting Please Attend

Posted by Kathy Bussell on Aug 17, 2021
Rotary Club of Traverse City
ZOOM Only Club Meeting
You're welcome to check-in around 11:45 AM 
The start of the meeting is at Noon.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
(Same Meeting ID & Password) this will be the same every week)
Join the ZOOM Meeting from your computer
Phone ZOOM Details   
 +1 646 558 8656 
      Meeting ID: 817 2758 9532
Find your local Phone Number if you are not calling from Eastern Time Zone
Rotary Charities & Rotary Camps & Services Annual Meetings
Speaker Chris Uhl will present about community development and Financing 
Rotary Club's Tuesday Meeting Please Attend Kathy Bussell 2021-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Become a Rotary Charities Grant Reviewer Miriam Owsley 2021-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
National Cherry Festival Beverage Tent ~ Rotary Social 2021-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
GOOD WORK GRANT APPLICATION ARE OPEN Ben Whiting 2021-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Phil Murphy

The opening festivities were brought to order by President Mack Beers after welcoming all of our guests for the important grantee announcement for Rotary Charities. Miriam Owsley reminded us of the story of Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody for reflection and gratitude:

“This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.”

This tied in nicely with Ramona Pleva’s pitch for the next day’s Blood Drive, asking “Everybody” to turn out rather than “Nobody” doing it figuring “Somebody” will do when “Anybody” can and should.

Steve Wade announced that the Program Committee would meet and consider programs for August through January. His second note was encouraging all to take advantage of the Rotary Matching as of June 1. MATCH FORM The second opportunity is December 1.


Jeff Hickman made the announcement that more than $425,000 was granted to these organizations whose representatives joined the ZOOM meeting Tuesday. Each of these were made in the Assets for Thriving Communities category:

  • Civil Air Patrol $50,000

  • Cognition $50,000

  • The Garden Theatre $50,000

  • Grow Benzie $50,000

  • Habitat for Humanity $50,000

  • Newton’s Road $20,750

  • Arts-Northport Arts Association $25,000

  • Rock Youth and Senior Center $50,000

  • Traverse Area District Library $50,000

  • Traverse City Dance Project $30,000

Congratulations to each of the Grantees! There was a “Gratitude for Grantees event held at noon on Wednesday to further celebrate the acknowledgments – all were invited.

Jeff also introduced us to the new CEO of Rotary Charities, our own Sakura Takano, who secured the position from a nationwide field of 20 candidates. Allison Beers interviewed Sakura in a lighthearted fashion but gave us the inside scoop on her background, education and what originally brought her to Traverse City.

Sakura has been in the area for nearly a decade now and a club member for six years. She joined the staff of Rotary Charities since 2019 following her work with Goodwill of Northern Michigan. When Sakura first came to TC , she had been coming out of a three-year stint as a stay-at-home Mother after having received an MBA from Columbia University. Though now an established member of the non-profit and social enterprise world, Sakura began her career in investment banking, which didn’t satisfy her longer-term goals. Working extensively with Cecil Macnally at Goodwill gave her a solid grounding where she grow and expand her interests while serving the Traverse City sector.

Her favorite aspect of Rotary is seeing her colleagues out in the community in service to that community. She apparently has a soft spot for Kid’s Free Fishing Day too, where she is off the hook (pun intended) from the realities of fishing with her kids.

Sakura is a second-generation Rotarian. Her father was active back in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she hails from originally. According to Sakura, though she loves joining her family when she can, she couldn’t leave there quickly enough when jetting off to college. She was looking for a change…and got it.

A most intriguing story was her rendition of her time working in Istanbul, Turkey as a graduate student working with the business development of a high-end butcher, and helping them develop a strategy and including her suggestion to consider burgers in their strategic plan increasing their margins and establishing a new service.

Despite her background in banking, she always had a great interest in social enterprise. It was that strong desire that led to an internship with the Rockefeller Foundation and she was of and running. All of her past experiences have proven to be formative and she brings an exciting vision for the future of our organization. Her commitment to the success of Rotary and Rotary Charities is clear and fresh and welcome. Congratulations Sakura! Good luck and a long career with us. 

Oh, and her dog is an Aussie-Doodle named Lafayette (thanks to Hamilton) and no, she does not speak Mandarin….
Club Meeting Notes Phil Murphy 2021-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Get to know this Rotarian: Ben Whiting

Get to know this Rotarian: Ben Whiting

Current occupation: I help organizations bring out the best in their people, and break through their perceived limitations. I do that with keynotes, workshops, and the occasional card trick.

How long have you been a Rotarian? About 5 years.

What made you interested in joining Rotary? I had an absolute blast performing in the 2016 Rotary Show and met some wonderful, amazing people. The idea of continuing to have fun with my new friends while giving back to my community was too appealing to resist.

What do you love the most about rotary? The friends I’ve made within the club. Whenever you have the opportunity to work with a fun, like-minded group of people to enrich your community, it’s hard to beat.

What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with rotary to participate in? I’m chair of the Good Works Committee. We take the money raised from the Rotary Show (which I also love participating in) and give it back to local nonprofits in the community. Nonprofits can apply at:

What keeps you with Rotary? The friends I’ve made and the stories of the people and organizations Rotary has helped.

What are you currently reading? The Gilded Girl. It’s a retelling of A Little Princess that takes place in 1920’s New York City and involves magic. It was written by Alyssa Coleman and published in April. I think it’s better than Harry Potter.

What are you currently watching? My wife and I have been rewatching The Wonder Years. Even though it originally aired in the 80’s it HOLDS UP! It’s fantabulous.

What is a fun fact about you? While I spend the majority of my time delivering keynotes and communication workshops now, I have straight-up magic and mind-reading shows happening at Turtle Creek Casino in June and July. It’s called Reconnected and you heard it here first
Get to know this Rotarian: Ben Whiting 2021-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

Governor Whitmer signs bipartisan bill to invest $37.8M in outdoor recreation projects

News Article CLICK HERE

...Whitmer signed the bill Thursday on Discovery Pier at Elmwood Charter Township’s Greilickville Harbor Park. The township is set to receive $300,000 for further development of the pier area.

“I think this is a great example of how a local municipality, a nonprofit and the state can work together to create a special place,” said Jeffrey Shaw, Elmwood Township supervisor. “We’re happy to have the Discovery Pier here in Elmwood Township and we look forward to working together for years to come.”

Governor Whitmer signing the bill, she noted it was the first time signing a bill on a kayak

Editorial: Continuing natural resources investment imperative
Allison Batdorff, May 7, 2021 

Record-Eagle CLICK HERE

Governor Whitmer signs bipartisan bill to invest $37.8M in outdoor recreation projects 2021-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

"May the Fourth be with You”

Posted by Ramona Pleva on May 04, 2021

It was a “May the Fourth be with You” kind of day at the Rotary Club of Traverse City.

President Mack opened the meeting with Rotarians introducing their guests followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Homer Nye gave a thoughtful Gratitude and Reflection moment that focused on the importance of education.

Announcements followed:

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!  Jeff Hickman officially announced that Sakura Takano has been selected as the new CEO of Rotary Charities! The search to fill the position of Becky Ewing began in December with a search committee comprising members of the Rotary Club Board, Rotary Camps and Services Board and Rotary Charities Board. In February Kate Greene assisted with the search in February that drew nearly 50 applicants. The 50 were dwindled to five and after Zoom interviews and in-person presentations, Sakura was the unanimous choice to lead Rotary Charities into the future. Benjamin Marentette offered up words of congratulations to Sakura! News Story from 9 & 10 CLICK HERE

Ramona Pleva announced that our next Rotary Blood Drive will be Wednesday, May 19 at Kirkbride Hall from 10 am - 5 pm. If you are receiving any COVID-19 vaccines, you need to wait a full 48 hours before donating blood. The sign-up link is:

Also, the event is on the Rotary Club’s Facebook page for posting, sharing and inviting others. With the three previous blood drives, our donation totals have helped 400 people in Northern Michigan. Please consider donating blood if you can. If you are someone who can’t donate but still want to help, you can drop off some baked good yumminess (cookies, brownies, muffins, etc…) to Kirkbride Hall by 10 am on Blood Day. 

Carla Weaver shared that Silvia Galimbert, a former exchange student from Italy, will be the guest speaker at the TC Sunrise Rotary Meeting on Wednesday, May 5. Silvia is an amazing young woman who has used her Rotary exchange experience as a springboard to travel the world and will no doubt have some fascinating stories to share!

President Mack announced that he is still accepting responses to the survey sent out last week. Please respond back if you haven’t done so. Also, in regards to returning to in-person meetings, much depends on the Park Place Hotel for our lunch meetings and restrictions for in-person meetings. Current restrictions are through the end of May and they do not allow us to return.  The Park Place will let us know when we can return based on any updated restrictions on public gatherings. 

Steve Wade introduced our speaker today, Mr. Terry Vandercook, the Chief Program Officer at Networks Northwest. 

Terry gave the highlights of the highlights of a recent virtual network growth summit which focused on regional business tools and ways businesses can keep pace with the ever changing economy. Four areas of focus included: Lead, Grow, Hire, Advance.

Lead: Angie Morgan from Lead Star opened the Summit with the discussion of leveraging risk as a business owner. Risks have been seen as the opposite of reward. But with a different perspective and leverage, risks can be the path to reward. How do we embrace risk? Typically it is a learned and accepted behavior that we can inherit from our parents. But we can learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and push the limit. 

Grow: the need to develop a more diverse customer base. This is about exploring opportunities in government contracting and exporting. This extends beyond the federal government and can include state, regional and local government. It teaches a business owner how to become a government contractor, how to obtain the contracts and the opportunity for exporting. Network Northwest helps provide and identify the opportunities and where a product is most valued. Financial grants are also available to assist with these opportunities. 

Hire: talent pipelines are evolving, shortages exist in availability and skillsets. There is a talent shortage for all skill levels. Adult education programs can help motivated adults transfer into entry level positions. 

Returning citizens: parolees are receiving training with soft skills such as interviewing for a job and job coaching. Along with employment, these individuals may also need assistance with housing, food and transportation. 

Internships, apprenticeships are also of value and can help transition talented individuals into the workforce. 

Reconnect: a program that helps those without credentials obtain them. MiLEAP and Future for Frontliners are programs that are still being developed and will dovetail into the Reconnect program. 

Advance: intentionally help chart the path to success for businesses with online sales, systematic changes, investing in workplace teams with professional development and setting new goals. 

With that, Steve Wade presented the Wheels of Hope certificate to Terry and President Mack adjourned the meeting.

"May the Fourth be with You” Ramona Pleva 2021-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Notes, 4/27/21

Posted by Art Bukowski
Mighty Mack Beers called the meeting to order and administered the pledge.

Ramona Pleva offered thoughts of gratitude and reflection. 
Kurt Rivard spoke about all of the good work being done around the world by the Rotary Foundation and implored club members to support the Foundation through annual giving. Club support for the Foundation is lacking!
Mack said he would (and later did) email out a message regarding big club changes, along with a survey about those changes. Check your email and take the survey!
Mike Meinderstma introduced the speaker, fellow Rotarian Kat Paye. After many years and several positions with the National Cherry Festival, Kat was named executive director in 2016. 
Kat spoke extensively about a Cherry Festival that has been very much impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The festival was cancelled completely last year, and a scaled-back version will be held this year. Despite all of this, the festival has managed to retain all of its employees.
Among the big changes, this year will be the lack of an airshow and the bayside music stage. Planners were concerned about the ability to effectively social distance in those environments. Several other events were also cancelled (don't worry, the Beer Tent will be alive and well, and last year's pin will get you in!). Some events are expected to have both in-person and virtual components.

Kat encouraged everyone to keep an eye on for event info and updates, as the situation is still very fluid. Many decisions are still to be made.
Club Meeting Notes, 4/27/21 Art Bukowski 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supporting the Environment

In 2020, the Rotary Foundation and
Rotary International
adopted the seventh area of focus: the environment.
The Rotary Club of Traverse City and
Rotary Charities of Traverse City
have been committed to protecting our region's natural resources since our early beginnings. We're so grateful to our grantee partners who steward the land and advocate for clean water, and fellow Rotarians who join in the effort by volunteering, donating, and advocating.
Rotary Supporting the Environment 2021-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Rotarian Madison Ford

Please say hello to our newest Rotary Club member! You might recognize him as the son of our very own David Ford, but did you also know...
...Madison moved from Portland, OR in 2020 with his wife Alicia and 2 adorable daughters. He has lived in 7 states and 14 cities. He studied opera and acoustical engineering in college. He is an Eagle Scout and spent summers camping and working at Camp Greilick. Before he joined Ford Insurance, he was an engineer, consultant, and event planner!
Welcome Madison - we are so happy to have you back in TC!
Welcome New Rotarian Madison Ford 2021-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

Urgent Needs Fund, Helping Our Region Do Important Good Work

Today was a heartwarming meeting as we learned all the good the Urgent Needs Fund has served over this last year, it truly illustrates a community coming together. It began to provide basic needs in our five-county region during our time of crises and with initial donations from the Community Foundation, Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation, Oleson Foundation, Rotary Charities, and United Way. Almost $1 million raised and to date close to $900,000 given in grants. Examples of how dollars were used include: cleaning supplies for Safe Harbor to continue to operate, technology for Hospice to connect families during their last time together, and NWMI housing to give families a home to be safe within.
Urgent Needs Fund, Helping Our Region Do Important Good Work 2021-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

Get To Know Your Fellow Rotarian's

Get to know this Rotarian: Sakura Takano
Current occupation: Director of Community Assets and Impact Investing, Rotary Charities
How long have you been a Rotarian? 6 years
What made you interested in joining rotary? My dad was a Rotarian in Honolulu, Hawaii and when I worked at Goodwill Northern Michigan, George Powell brought me to a meeting at the old Park Place dome. I loved the feeling of fellowship and the diversity of community projects members can support.
What do you love the most about rotary? I cherish the varied relationships I have with club members. Whether in a professional context or delivering Girl Scout cookies to members, or talking for the first time in the Zoom breakout rooms, I feel like the people I meet want to do good things in our community.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with rotary to participate in? I love seeing young people engaged in new opportunities--Kids Free Fishing Day and Career Networking Day at Traverse City High School are at the top of my list. Seeing the squeals of kids catching their first fish is quite an occasion.
What keeps you with Rotary? When the world and our community can feel polarized, and more recently, distant, I know I can count on my fellow Rotarians for fellowship and a sense of heart for people around us.
What are you currently watching? Money Heist on Netflix, with subtitles. I miss international travel and seeing this "hero" grand theft series in Spanish brings me to another place. It's addicting!
What is a fun fact about you? During Covid, I was gifted a sourdough starter from Iceland that has been around since 1875 from Jen Blakeslee of the Cook's House. l was not a breadmaker but am now hooked on perfecting my pizza crust recipe and have shared this sourdough starter with friends. If you want any, let me know!
We are always looking for new members to join us. At the Rotary Club of TC, all are welcome. 
Get to know this Rotarian: Katy McCain

Occupation: Director of Community Development for the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority

How long have you been a Rotarian? 10 years this December!

What made you interested in joining rotary? I wanted a way to easily get involved within the community and beyond. Rotary makes it easy to find your volunteer niche, with endless opportunities to give back within the community and on an international level.

What do you love the most about rotary? I love how Rotary gives me the opportunity to meet and become friends with so many different people that I do not know if I would have had the joys of interacting with if it were not for the club.

What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with rotary to participate in? I co-chair the Rotary Friends of the Boardman Watershed Dinner. It is not only a Rotary highlight but one of my favorite community events every year.

What keeps you with rotary? The friendships I have made and the good work that the organization does for our community.

What are you currently watching? I am a huge fan of the Law & Order franchise

What is a fun fact about you? I started a foodie Instagram account called @toast.2.toasts during the pandemic to help promote local restaurants when they were hurting the most. Avocado toast is one of my favorite foods and was the inspiration for the account, as well as my love for visiting local coffee shops wherever I travel.

We are always looking for new members to join us. At the Rotary Club of TC, all are welcome.
Get To Know Your Fellow Rotarian's 2021-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Phil Murphy on Apr 13, 2021
The Ever-Mighty Mack Beers called Tuesday’s meeting to order from the merry wilds of Southern California and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jenn Casey offered thoughts of gratitude & reflection by reflecting on us and our role as Rotarians, following a highly emotional and life-changing Rotary Charities grant review.
Art Bukowski set out a call for Bulletin writers as some of our ranks have taken on other pursuits.
Kurt Rivard spoke to the import of supporting the National Rotary funds for World Community Service as these dollars come back and are greatly leveraged. Al Bonney added his imprimatur also. Every Rotarian, Every Year.
That led to Steve Wade’s introduction of Rob Evina and the week’s program of entrepreneurship as experienced with Woodland Creek Furniture. Evina is the CEO of Woodland Creek is a local manufacturer and retailer of original, fine furniture; begun 21 years ago by he and his wife. Through perseverance and a hard work ethic, they have built Woodland Creek into a premiere furniture maker of international note; last year shipping over 25,000 pieces of their furniture.
From a tragic family situation, Evina faltered with mistakes and mis-starts until he and his wife came upon an idea for a business that would ultimately grow into Woodland Creek and a highly successful business that embodied the entrepreneurial spirit and their drive to be a profitable and productive business it is today. Now they employ 60 people year-round and up to 80 through their busy season.
Woodland Creek started with an idea to make unique rustic furniture from exotic woods. During the summer of 1997 Evina traveled extensively through remote villages in Russia, Ukrainia, Romania, and Hungary. During his travels he came across beautiful exotic woods. Having watched his uncles in Alaska craft log homes and rustic furniture, he knew the exotic woods would make some very interesting rustic furniture.
Woodland Creek now imports reclaimed wood from Eastern Europe, Mexico, Indonesia, China, California, Utah, and Colorado. Combing wood from Eastern Europe with a wood from California or Michigan, you have a look unlike any other and rustic furniture like any other. Their furniture designs have evolved over time. The line between rustic furniture and contemporary furniture is being blurred. Even those who like contemporary furniture appreciate the organic feel of real wood.
Woodland Creek is very fortunate to have some of the best rustic furniture crafters in the country designing and building custom rustic furniture. Many have won awards. Some started with no skills as general laborers and because of their natural talents have evolved into incredible rustic furniture artisans. In addition to the rustic furniture builders, Woodland Creek also has its own woodcarver and metal artisan. Additionally, there are many artisans who assist in the design and execution from across the country keeping other cottage businesses successfully employed.
In a bit of a twist, Woodland Creek is not nearly as well known locally as they are nationally where their reputation was strongly developed. Take the opportunity to check out their designs and what they have to offer online: You can also check out their physical locations as well. It’s a great entrepreneurial story that bodes for continued success going forward.
Club Meeting Notes Phil Murphy 2021-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation - Paul Harris Awards 

Posted by Kurt Rivard
Please CLICK HERE to donate
If you are currently donating to the Rotary Foundation through your Rotary Club account you do not have to sign up again.
Thank you
4/2021 Rotary Foundation Statistics for the
Rotary Club of Traverse City:
Every Rotarian Every Year – 100/218 = 46%
Sustaining Rotarians ($100 yr) – 32/218 = 15%
Paul Harris Society Members ($1000 yr) – 4/218 = 2%
Paul Harris Fellows - 127/218 = 58%
Alfonso, BonniePHF
Allen, MauricePHF
Anderson, TonyPHF
Arnold, Garrett WPHF
Beers, AllisonPHF
Bensley, Thomas JPHF
Black, David JPHF
Blick, RuthPHF
Cooney, Robert AllenPHF
Cosgrove, Thomas APHF
Dennis, MauricePHF
Dobbyn, JimPHF
Eckhoff, MarkPHF
Feeney, H. VernePHF
Fraser, Donald L.PHF
Gauthier, VernPHF
Hardy, Scott C.PHF
Haskin, StevePHF
Hess, DeAnnaPHF
Hoffmann, ArthurPHF
Johnson, H WendellPHF
Jonkhoff, Daniel A.PHF
Juett, AlexisPHF
Kern, Thomas J.PHF
Kraus, SusanPHF
Larsen, Monica A.PHF
Lemcool, Herbert W.PHF
Marentette, BenjaminPHF
McKinney, John C.PHF
Meindertsma, MikePHF
Meteyer, R. DouglasPHF
Miller, ConnorPHF
Moon, Lynne C. C.PHF
Myers, WilliamPHF
Parker, Patrick JosephPHF
Pascoe, Richard L.PHF
Paulson, ThomPHF
Petzold, ThomasPHF
Pleva, RamonaPHF
Rivers-Cochran, Julie AnnPHF
Roddy, John DavidPHF
Rubin, BernardPHF
Ruzak, CynthiaPHF
Schmeltzer, LoriPHF
Schultz, Richard C.PHF
Scott, John AlfredPHF
Shoskey, William R.PHF
Snow, Jeanne V.PHF
Soffredine, RalphPHF
Soltysiak, Autumn ChalkerPHF
Stow, Robert C.PHF
Strom, Peter M.PHF
Takano, SakuraPHF
Tate, TimPHF
Tkach, TrevorPHF
Torrey, Lee WalterPHF
Weaver, Carla L.PHF
Wendel, Heidi M.PHF
Wills, Michael WarrenPHF
Zelinski, AlanPHF
Zimmer, NancyPHF
Zimmer, Ronald T. T.PHF
Bogley, Gilbert A.PHF+1
Buday, MichaelPHF+1
Cartwright, William HPHF+1
Caruso, MichaelPHF+1
Chilcote, DalePHF+1
Colburn, MartinPHF+1
Dancer, MarkPHF+1
Dean, Jr., RobertPHF+1
Ewing, RebeccaPHF+1
Ford, DavidPHF+1
Haase, ThomasPHF+1
Heintz, PatrickPHF+1
Hickman, JeffreyPHF+1
Hooper, Walter J.PHF+1
Kamps, Randall A.PHF+1
Lammers, III, Sidney G.PHF+1
Lovell, Rob RolandPHF+1
Minervini, Marsha M.PHF+1
Mittelberger, RalphPHF+1
Morris, Paul L.PHF+1
Musson, Kenneth H.PHF+1
Ness, EdwinPHF+1
Newhouse, Mark A.PHF+1
Noonan, JohnPHF+1
Nye, Homer E.PHF+1
Olson, K JohnPHF+1
Osborne, KennethPHF+1
Racine, Jr., John PPHF+1
Rogers, W BrucePHF+1
Rosi, Philip R.PHF+1
Sobkowski, NikkiPHF+1
Tasch, Gary EPHF+1
Van Slyke, SidneyPHF+1
Weaver, Kennard R.PHF+1
Wood, Elaine C.PHF+1
Zimmerman, Sharron H. L.PHF+1
Beers, LorrainePHF+2
Bevan, Marlene APHF+2
Biederman, RossPHF+2
Fitzgerald, Marilyn AnnPHF+2
Hall, John C.PHF+2
Jackson, T. MichaelPHF+2
Karczewski, Elizabeth N.PHF+2
LaPorte, Paul J.PHF+2
Muha, Joseph JPHF+2
Muth, DennisPHF+2
Nyberg, KurtPHF+2
Peet, HenryPHF+2
Schmuckal, PaulPHF+2
Schroth, Wallace BPHF+2
Smith, MarshaPHF+2
Sutherland, PaulPHF+2
Burden, Timothy K.PHF+3
Pentilla, RoyPHF+3
Powell, George M. M.PHF+3
Rollert, E DavidPHF+3
Childs, K. RossPHF+4
Ralston, Ann PalmerPHF+4
Portenga, Robert SPHF+5
Marvin, David E. S.PHF+6
Witkop, Robert H.PHF+7
Beers, Richard MPHF+8
Bonney, Alfred S.PHF+8
Breadon, Donald RPHF+8
Rivard, KurtPHF+8
Rotary Foundation - Paul Harris Awards Kurt Rivard 2021-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Meeting Notes, April 6, 2021

Posted by Art Bukowski on Apr 06, 2021
Mighty Mack Beers called the meeting to order and administered the pledge.
Sharon Zimmerman offered thoughts of gratitude and reflection. 
Mack announced that Rotarian Becca Binder had a baby, Banks Arthur Binder, on Feb. 22
Active Transfering Rotarian Ann Ralston was introduced by Awesome Allison Beers.  Ann is a consultant who "helps business leaders identify and overcome barriers to growth with a detective-like sense of curiosity, compassion, and cut-to-the-chase insights." Learn more at
Marlene Bevan reported that Rotary offices will be moving a the end of the month from the Chamber building to the Discovery Center. 

Connor Miller reported that Marky Newhouse won this year's bracket challenge. In second place was Lowell Gruman.
Mack also asked if everyone could make sure their Zoom screen name includes their full name, for attendance tracking purposes. Hover over yourself and click on the three dots to do so.
Matt McDonough is looking for information on any historical uses of the GOREC property that are NOT Boyscout camp-related. Email him at with info. 
Connor introduced the speaker, Kim Pontius. Kim is CEO of Aspire North, the artist formerly known as TAAR. Kim gave an excellent rundown of real estate conditions in our area. Some highlights:
  • With the advent of many new technologies and online services, the real estate industry is very much morphing from a transactional model to a tech model
  • A housing shortage and record low-interest rates have caused demand to skyrocket, pushing buyer competition to levels perhaps never seen before
  • Most homes are on the market for a matter of days, compared to weeks or many months in previous years
  • Most homes sold in February 2021 had at least four offers, many above ask
  • Millions of more homes are needed to meet nationwide demand, and hundreds (if not thousands) more in our region
  • Average and median home prices are up substantially over last year, and inventory is down
  • Farmland prices are also on the rise
  • No, nobody knows quite how long this surge will last.
  • Solutions include building more housing and inter-regional cooperation on housing initiatives 
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Rotary Club Meeting Notes, April 6, 2021 Art Bukowski 2021-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Conference

CLICK HERE to learn more and get registered for the Rotary District 6290 Conference
Saturday, April 17 – Session 2                              
8:30 am      Opening Day 2
8:35 – 9am Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Jon Hankins, Rotary Club of Grand Rapids
9:10 – 9:30am  Mark Fisher, President and CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region
9:30 – 9:50am   Nilam Bedi, Chair, Environmental Action Committee Rotary District 7070
10 – 10:10am    Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup – Jon Catlin, District Governor
10:30 –11am     Chris Wells, Market Harborough, England
11:10 –11:40am Mark Andresky, District Education Facilitator – A Lesson in Leadership
Sunday, April 18 - Session 3
9am        Opening Day 3
9:05am   Honoring Rotarians, Tom Schmidt
10-10:30am   Rotary’s involvement in Human Trafficking
                       Dave McCleary, Director, Rotarian Action Group against Slavery in America                                                           
10:45-11:15am      Empowering Youth   Amy Gibbs     Lowell Early Act (taped presentation)
                                                                                      Grand Rapids Interact
                                                                                     Muskegon Rotaract
                                                                                    Global Scholar Nathan Reynolds                                                                                                                        
11:30- 11:50 am  Getting through my Rotary year in a Pandemic, District Governor, Jon Catlin                         
11:55-noon          Elk Rapids Gary Chenoweth | Invitation to the 2022 District Conference
Noon                   Closing Remarks
Rotary District Conference 2021-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Meeting Recap

Posted by Carla Weaver on Mar 30, 2021

President Mack opened the meeting with a moment of silence to remember 1990-1991 Club President Gary Columbus who passed away on March 27, 2021.!/Obituary

Sympathy cards can be sent to his wife Margie Columbus 516 N. Elmwood Ave. Traverse City, MI 49684

Homer Nye offered our Words of Gratitude

April will be our Club's Rotary Foundation month. Kurt Rivard will do a short informative presentation each week.

  • April 6th - Every Rotarian Every Year 
  • April 13th - World Community Service and Rotary Foundation funding
  • April 20th - All-new Paul Harris Fellows and members who have leveled up will be highlighted
  • April 27th - Rotary Foundation and all Club Paul Harris Fellows will be highlighted

Connor Miller, wearing his UM hat, shared where the Men’s Tournament Challenge currently stands. The winner will be announced next week! 

Bruce Finlayson introduced Kristine Erickson with Grand Traverse County Park and Recreation District and Senior Center. Christine discussed that programming will resume next year. They have been in existence for 30 years. There are 10 parks with 1,700 acres of land. The Civic Center has 45 acres, a walking trail and a remodeled pool. Rotary has donated almost $200,000 to the Civic Center. There is also an outdoor amphitheatre, a Native American marker tree with a new garden being installed near it. The YMCA runs the pool, Norte runs a cycling center, Parallel 45 Theatre, Traverse City Roller Derby and many other organizations partners. Many expansion plans are listed, too. 

Donors for funding and improvement are needed. A Capacity Development Grant has evolved into this planning group. 

TBAYS brings millions of dollars to the community and would like to build a sports complex at the Keystone Fields. Maple Bay Park and Natural Area has been developed and there are plans for a barn renovation. A new farm education program is newly developed. TART Trails will be completed with a joint venture with the Parks. 

Twin Lakes Park was supported by Rotary in 2007. The VASA trailhead is also part of the GT County Parks Department and has a million visitors, as does the Civic Center. 

The Senior Center is part of the Parks, too. Seniors are very active in GT County. They are trying to build a new building. Meals are being distributed curbside and are give five meals a week. It’s a good way to check in with the seniors. They will have a tent and outdoor programming this summer. 

Bruce thanked Kristine for her presentation and explained to her about the donation to Wheels of Hope in her honor. 

President Mack thanked Kris as well and reminded us that residential real estate will be the topic next week. He adjourned the meeting.

Rotary Club Meeting Recap Carla Weaver 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Remembering Rotarian Byron Hanson

Byron Hanson: Celebrating a rich history with Interlochen
Bryon Hanson Record-Eagle CLICK HERE

Celebrating Byron Hanson on Classical IPR CLICK HERE

Please CLICK HERE to see the article titled
Byron Hanson's joyful noise
BY SALLY BARBER Special to the Record-Eagle Nov 19, 2016 
Remembering Rotarian Byron Hanson 2021-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

Safe Passage

The members of the Rotary Club of Traverse City have been working to help families in the Guatemala City garbage dump community since 2005, when member Paul Sutherland,  invited Hanley Denning, founder of Safe Passage, to visit Traverse City.  Later that year, a group of TC Rotarians visited Guatemala and witnessed the living conditions these families endured, as well as the programs being started to help them find pathways out of the unimaginable poverty they face.  Your club contributed financial resources and also worked with others in the community to start “Great Lakes Friends of Safe Passage”, a network of people committed to spreading the word and raising funds to support this important work. Some of us also served on the Board of Directors, worked on committees, and provided technical assistance critically needed when Hanley died suddenly in a car accident in 2007. Thanks to our community’s efforts and continuing financial support, along with others around the country, Safe Passage has thrived, now has a school of its own, and is providing education, pre-K to 9th grade, to over 500 children in the area.

(Thank you from Safe Passage)

Tour on Campus with Trae (English)
Recorded Live
Camino Seguro / Safe Passage
Safe Passage 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Still time to sign up!
Sip, Sip, Hooray! It's A Wine Tasting Party!

Posted by Susan Kraus on Feb 18, 2021
Hello Rotarians!
The Social Events Committee, working with the Blue Goat wine shop, has organized a Rotary wine tasting party for February 18th, starting at 5:30 on Zoom.  Our hosts that evening will be Blue Goat owner and wine connoisseur Sebastian Garbsch, and Barry O’Brien, owner of wine distributor Select Fine Wines and of his own small vineyard on Old Mission Peninsula.  Barry will be guiding us through our tasting of two special O’Brien Vineyards wines – a 2016 Dry Riesling and a 2019 Pinot Noir – giving us the background on the wine and the highlights of his wine-making journey.  
Sebastian has provided us with a highly discounted price of just $40 (tax included) for both bottles of wine.  Participants will need to purchase and pick up their wine at the Blue Goat -- just identify yourself as a Rotary wine tasting participant and they will have your wine ready for you.  Wines are available now.  Must pay there, no charging to your Rotary account.  Blue Goat is at 875 Front St. at the start of Peninsula Drive.
At our request, the Blue Goat has also identified a few cheeses from their collection to pair with the wines, and they will be available as OPTIONAL add-ons.  They have chosen Idyll Farms goat cheese (local -- $4.99) as well as Plymouth Black Truffle artisanal cheddar cheese (from Vermont -- $10.99).  These are recommendations only, to complement the wines we will be tasting.  Scroll down for the photo. 
Depending on the number of participants, we’ll be offering some breakout rooms so that everyone has a chance to mingle and chat with each other.  It is a party, after all!
And, please, let us know if you’re planning to attend, just so that we can advise the wine shop and they have enough inventory for all of us.  Contact Kathy Bussell at 231-941-5421 or email her at  Feel free to contact either George or Susan if you have questions. 
We will send a Zoom number to you as it gets closer.  Join us as we eat, drink and make merry!  
     George Powell                                                      Susan Kraus
     (231) 218-5000                                                     (231) 946-4658
Still time to sign up!Sip, Sip, Hooray! It's A Wine Tasting Party! Susan Kraus 2021-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Blood Drive, 2/12/2021 Ramona Pleva 2021-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

District 6290 Global Scholar Update, Flannery Johnson

(Jayne Mohr,  a Rotary Club of Traverse City member for almost 19 years is also the Chair of our District 6290 Global Scholars. She sent this to be put in the bulletin about 3 weeks ago, so sorry for the delay in sharing, Kathy B.)
I just received this Jan. report from our Global Scholar, Flannery Johnson, and thought you’d enjoy her update from her work in Cologne, Germany.  I have copied her on the email.
It’s amazing what these talented young scholars are doing in our world today to espouse the ideas and values of Rotary!

Kathy & Kathy, will you please share in the District 6290 and local TC newsletters? Thank you.

Rotary regards,

Jayne Mohr
District 6290 Global Scholar Chair
Happy holidays! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to the new year! I am lucky enough to have a sister living in Prague, Czech Republic and was able to go visit her during the winter break before all the borders closed again.  
Back in Cologne, the semester is wrapping up and with it our projects. This semester I  have been working on a drought analysis of the Yarmouk Basin, in Syria and Jordan, which is hopefully where my Master’s thesis will be based. I have been working in conjunction with an ecological and social risk assessment of the disasters in the area and am excited to continue my work in this area. It is a pivotal region and water management issues play a  major role in the cultural and political landscape.  
I have also been working on the Clean Tigris project with a team from Iraq focused on water quality and availability in the Euphrates and Tigris basins. We have been working with a team from the German and Iraqi governments doing research and building informational products for the website so that it can be used as an educational and outreach tool. They just did the first focus group with a combination of scientists,  activists, and citizens and it seems like it’s going to be a really useful tool in addressing water quality issues in the area. I’ve included the sites below!  
Elbarlament Organization 
Clean Tigris  Hopefully, it will be possible to do community work and gather once again! I will have more updates on my project in the next letter. Thank you all so much for all you do and happy 2021!  
District 6290 Global Scholar Update, Flannery Johnson 2021-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Club Service & The Salvation Army

Dear Haider and Noon Rotary Friends, 
The Christmas Season may be behind us, the bells silenced and Red Kettles in for the season, but you remain in the forefront of our minds. We are incredibly thankful for all of you! For your time, enthusiasm bell ringing, commitment to our community and our mission!  Without your support the holiday season and resources needed to meet the needs of our neighbors who continue to struggle would look much different.
Through your generous hearts, your group raised $2,821.26 in life changing support!   
Our goal going into the Red Kettle Campaign was $180,000, with expectations that we could see a decrease of 50% in funds raised due to the pandemic. We are excited and humbled to share that through your partnership our community reached deep within and reached out with love for their neighbors – raising $281,516.25 for the Red Kettle campaign!   
The Red Kettle Matching Monday $30,000 gift challenge was not only met but raised to $41,908.28.     
We are grateful to you for teaming with us to answer the call for help to Rescue Christmas for families and children through the distribution of toys, gifts, holiday food baskets and holiday meals and allowing us to meet the increasing needs for basic and critical needs throughout 2021.  Through your goodness, the children, the homeless, the hungry, the lost and the struggling in our community will be wrapped in love, compassion and hope when they need it most.   
From The Salvation Army and those we have the privilege to serve throughout the holidays and beyond - please except our humble thanks!   
If you have any questions regarding programs, giving or volunteer opportunities or would like a tour of the Community Center, please do not hesitate to call myself or Mary at (231)946.4644.   May God bless you abundantly in 2021 with his grace and love each day!   
Lt. Matthew Winters      Mary Vollink       
364 Enjoyed a Thanksgiving Dinner Community Meal   
52 Families and their 161 family members gathered around the table to celebrate Thanksgiving Dinner 
546 Children and teens received toys and gifts and  parents dignity Christmas morning   
348 Enjoyed a Christmas Dinner Community Meal  3
08 Families and their 1261 family members gathered around the table  to celebrate Christmas Dinner 
472 Residents at area Senior Homes received  Christmas gifts 
1898 Individuals received food, gifts and hope   
So many of the gifts given throughout the holiday season &  those to be given in 2021 won’t come wrapped in packages with ribbons and bows.
Some gifts are needs - like shelter, warmth and food.  And those can be the most precious of all.   
Thank you for embracing our neighbors who are struggling with hope and love! 
 If you have questions or would like to find out more about programs, services or opportunities, call  Lieutenant Matthew Winters or Mary Vollink  at 231-946-4644.           
Club Service & The Salvation Army 2021-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

RI President Holger Knaack Monthly Message

Holger Knaack

President 2020-21

February 2021

In Rotary, 23 February is our anniversary, and February is also the month when we focus on promoting peace. There is a reason for this: Contributing to peace and international understanding has been a high priority for us since our earliest days.

We are often asked: “How can we get involved in peace now?” There are many paths to peace in Rotary. Our youth programs point us in the direction of Positive Peace, as does the work of intercountry committees and the Rotary Action Group for Peace.

Another path is the Rotarian Peace Projects Incubator (RPPI), an inspirational collaboration among Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Peace Fellows and alumni. Led by Rotarians in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, RPPI has designed 48 global projects that any club can support, either directly or through Rotary Foundation global grants. Nino Lotishvili and Matthew Johnsen, alumni of the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, are two of the many volunteers.

During my Rotary peace journey, I have learned how personal resilience helps build inner peace and create sustainable outer peace. This was the inspiration behind the Women Peace Ambassadors for the South Caucasus project, which is based on my field research in Georgia. The RPPI team of Rotarians and peace fellows recognized the incredible potential of women from mixed-ethnicity families who live on borderlands to be role models for peace within and beyond their communities. Through workshops on building inner and outer peace that draw on the power of storytelling, 40 participants will be sharing their stories and reaching around 400 extended family and community members. These inspiring but marginalized women will reclaim their inner strength as peacebuilders at the grassroots level. In this way, we will take steps toward the sustainable, peaceful society we need so much, not only in our region, but throughout the world. — Nino Lotishvili

I was excited to join the peace incubator project and to further strengthen my ties with Rotary’s peace community by working with past and current peace fellows to develop these proposals. My team wrote five proposals — three in Bangladesh, one in Iraq, and one in Poland — that focus on the arts and on education to generate dialogue across religious divisions and avert the radicalization of young people. I was inspired by how, despite the pandemic, we came together via technology with a vision to develop, test, and strengthen ideas and to produce workable solutions that clubs across the world can support to advance peace. I am excited to work with Rotary’s peace community to transform these visions into reality. — Matthew Johnsen

Here is further proof that in Rotary, we prefer action to words. This is Rotary at its best. I encourage you to visit to explore the projects and support them.

We have lasted 116 years because of our strong ethics, our passion for Service Above Self, and our unique approach to problem-solving. One of our greatest strengths is how we reach across our communities and across national, ethnic, religious, and political divisions to unite people of all backgrounds and to help others. This month, let’s celebrate our history and the many ways that Rotary Opens Opportunities to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace, our ultimate mission.

RI President Holger Knaack Monthly Message 2021-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Shared, 1/19/21 Club Meeting - Gratitude and Reflection 

Turning to One Another
There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Ask “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.
Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others share your dreams.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Talk to people you know.
Talk to people you don’t know.
Talk to people you never talk to.
Be intrigued by the differences you hear.
Expect to be surprised.
Treasure curiosity more than certainty.
Invite in everybody who cares to work on what’s possible.
Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.
Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know.
Real listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world.
Rely on human goodness. Stay together.

—Margaret Wheatley, “Turning to One Another,” 2002
Shared, 1/19/21 Club Meeting - Gratitude and Reflection  2021-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

January 19, 2021 Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Carla Weaver

President Mack asked for guest introductions and Mark Eckhoff introduced Kurt Nyberg who is also a new member. 

President Mack started the Pledge of Allegiance. Thoughts of Gratitude and Reflections were shared by Wendy Irvin. She read from Margaret Whitley’s “Turning to One Another.” (shared in the stories listed below)

Mark Eckhoff introduced Kurt Nieberg. He recently moved to TC and is in plastics processing. He is a Rotarian from Winchester, VA, and was very involved there. He is a Paul Harris Fellow. He was warmly welcomed with Zoom applause. yes

Sakura Takano introduced another new member, Gaia Klotz, who is a recently returned Rotary Fellow. She’s just graduated with a degree in International Management. She also won an award for her dissertation. She is employed by Arrowhead Incubator to help Native and non-Native businesses. She was also warmly welcomed by the club. yes

Announcements included Alexis Jewett inviting new members to IM Rotary about the Rotary Show and Good Works Committee. Becky Ewing announced that Rotary Charities has hired Miriam Owsley as the Director of Communications. Everyone was pleased! 

The program was introduced by Ken Weaver. He told us about Todd Neibauer of Northwestern Michigan College. Todd told us all about the Frontliners and Michigan Tuition Program. The state wants to see 60% of people in Michigan holding at least a two year certification/degree by 2030. The Reconnect program will be announced in February. These programs are patterned after similar ones in Tennessee. Michigan is offering in-district tuition and fees at a community college for those students enrolling at least half time. Frontliners are eligible for associates’ and four year programs and occupational certificates. NMC had 1500 applicants from the state who indicated they were interested in the program. 723 ended up being eligible. 395 have enrolled. The FAFSA has to be filled out to ensure eligibility. The state had to approve lots of the applicants. Reconnect Program allows people who didn’t’ quality for the Frontliners Program. This program is for those 25 years and older and meet the FAFSA requirements. But they are allowing people to come back to school if they’d tried college before and it didn’t work out for whatever reason. NMC is trying to be sensitive to the challenges these students will have and ensuring that the college can address the help that is needed.  They offer tutoring before the students take placements tests, scholarships, counseling tailored to older students, and flexible course offerings. 

Todd accepted questions and fleshed out his presentation with more information. Ken Weaver thanked Todd by presenting him with a Wheels of Hope certificate. 

President Mack adjourned the meeting.

January 19, 2021 Club Meeting Notes Carla Weaver 2021-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

January 12, 2021 Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Nick Beadleston
The meeting began with a stirring moment of reverential gratitude from the eloquent Jen Casey.
This was followed immediately by a very irreverent prescription from our resident Rotarian physician  Dr. P LaPorté. Long story short, our beloved comrade Art Bukowski is the most recent recipient of the dreaded smart pills, owning to an honest, yet ill-timed outburst at a previous meeting.
In an exciting update, last year thanks to our club matching program $26,716 was donated to area nonprofits.
In other news, Stacey Foster has just celebrated her 31st anniversary with Rotary! (Please free to send her a congratulatory note using the address Rotary C/O Stacey Foster 202 E. Grandview Parkway, Suite 200 TC 49684
Jen Casey returned to the screen to introduce our speaker of the afternoon Shoreline Fruit CEO Jason Warren. A lifetime TC resident, Jason comes from a fifth-generation cherry farming family.
During his presentation, Jason elucidated our membership on the recent history of Shoreline, which currently produces 12 million pounds of dried fruit annually.  Their team of around 800 employees also helps produce 220,000 gallons of concentrated juice each year.
The Shoreline Group is led by two farming families, the Veliquettes and the Montagues (okay not, really; the second family are the Gregorys). The group also produces a number of other fruit offerings and concentrates.
Per Jason, due to their adherence to rigorous health standards, Shoreline was already well-positioned to deal with the additional challenges of COVID. However, he said they have brought on additional leadership and experts to help improve their safety standards even further. Despite these precautions, the virus still led to a brief, but dramatic reduction in staff following an outbreak.
Jason said increased demand due to consumers stocking up on canned goods has greatly benefited their company and our region's growers. Among other positive impacts, this has allowed Shoreline to temporarily increase worker wages to help families deal with these challenging times. On the other hand Shoreline PPE and transportation cost have greatly increased, and labor challenges persist. But overall, Jason anticipates COVID markets will be a considerable boon to Shoreline.
Jason wrapped up by providing detailed answers to club member questions on weather conditions, foreign cherry concentrate being dumped into US markets, and distribution to Florida. 
January 12, 2021 Club Meeting Notes Nick Beadleston 2021-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Endowment Match Total for 2020 - $26,716.24

December 15, 2020 

Kathy Bussell 
TC Noon Rotary 
202 E Grandview Pkwy #200 
Traverse City, MI 49684 

Dear Kathy, 

At your Community Foundation, we envision healthy, resilient, thriving communities, supported by a culture of generosity. Within this vision for our communities, we are committed to our role as the local giving partner to ensure lasting community impact.  

One way that we partner for lasting community impact is through our endowments, like the  Community Foundation Rotary Endowment, which offers matching grants to leverage individual giving by local Rotarians.

We recently granted $16,001.24 to match the individual giving of members of your Rotary Club. 

We appreciate the role you play in facilitating this process for members of your Rotary Club and for the Community Foundation. The next opportunity to submit for the matching grants is June 1.

The matching request form is also available on our website at or CLICK HERE

Thank you again for your role in supporting healthy, resilient, thriving communities. 


David Mengebier 

President and CEO 

The Rotary Endowment was created in 1999, with a gift from Rotary Charities, creating a partnership that is reflective of the quality of philanthropic intent and integrity that makes this a wonderful place to live, work, and give. The opportunity for  Rotarians to have their charitable giving matched by the Community Foundation through this Endowment makes an incredible difference for communities throughout our five-county region. 

$10,715.00 was matched in the first half of 2020
$16,001.24 was matched in the second half of 2020
A total of $26,716.24 was donated to area nonprofits by the Rotary Club of Traverse City Rotarians and matched with the Rotary Endowment at the Community Foundation in 2020.
Rotary Endowment Match Total for 2020 - $26,716.24 2021-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

Q2 Good Works Grant Awards

Acme Christian Thrift Store & Food Pantry
Need: Refrigeration/Freezer Equipment
Granted: $1,000

Bike Leelanau
Need: Bike Trail
Granted: $500

Discovery Center Great Lakes
Need: Wheelchair lift and platforms
Granted: $1,000

Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region
Need: Give Hope project
Granted: $1,000

Kids on the Go
Need: Kids on the Go TC Program Expansion
Granted: $1,000

Old Town Playhouse
Need: HVAC Improvements
Granted: $1,000

Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area
Need: Emergency Shelter Chimney Repair Project
Granted: $2,000

Q2 Good Works Grant Awards 2021-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

HOLIDAY SOIREÉ 2020-STYLE, Tuesday, 12/22/20 starting at 5:00 PM

Posted by Susan Kraus
It's been a long time since we've gathered to talk and socialize together, and this year's holiday soireé, as you can imagine, will be different.  Not the yacht club.  Not the country club.  But a fancy virtual event to wish each other the best of the holidays and, especially, a healthy and happy new year!  
Next Tuesday, December 22nd, is the date.  Instead of a meeting that day, we will have a fun and festive virtual holiday happy hour.  Starting at 5:00.  Bring your own enthusiasm, libations and hors d'oeuvres. 
Our own Ben Whiting, award-winning magician, actor and playwright, will start things off with some of his special mind-bending magic.   
We will also have a showing of some of your favorite ornaments -- a contest for the best crazy, funny, whimsical or unique ornament you have on your tree.  Send a photo of your fave to Kathy, by email or text,* and win a bottle of bubbly to help celebrate the holidays.  No procrastinating -- photos must reach her by Tuesday noon.
And to get us in the holiday spirit, come dressed for the occasion.  Wear your favorite ugly sweater, holiday tie, sequins or Santa cap -- whatever makes you feel festive.
 Zoom details: It's the same Meeting ID and Password used for our Club meetings: 
See you on-screen!
Susan Kraus
Social Events Chair
*Where to send photos: or text to 231-313-0253.
HOLIDAY SOIREÉ 2020-STYLE, Tuesday, 12/22/20 starting at 5:00 PM Susan Kraus 2020-12-22 05:00:00Z 0
2020 Rotary Club Class Photo 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Ramona Pleva on Dec 15, 2020

It was a beautiful day for our last Rotary Zoom meeting for 2020! 

President Mack opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Nikki Sobkowski offered up our Gratitude and Reflection.

Pat Parker shared with us the passing of Lotte Wagner. Lotte was a recent recipient of the club’s Paul Harris Fellow Award for her work in the community which included service at GOREC. 


Alexis Juett presented our newest IM Rotary graduate Miriam Owsley. Miriam earned herself 500 Paul Harris points and has been active with the Good Works Committee and Gratitude and Reflection. Alexis also mentioned that IM Rotary was meeting after today’s meeting. 

President Mack expressed gratitude for all of our Rotarians who have participated in our Christmas Basket program and Salvation Army bell ringing. Tony Anderson was bell-ringing recently and said the generosity of those walking by was truly amazing. He had a hard time keeping all those dollar bills in the red kettle! Dale Chilcote has two bikes that would make great Christmas gifts for some kids. 

Our program today featured the Bright Spots for 2020 from Rotary Charities. Becky Ewing, the captain of the Rotary Charities ship introduced the program and shared the limelight with the Rotary Charities team.

Sakura Takano shared the impact the Betsie Valley Community Center is having on its community. Because of the funding  they received from Rotary Charities they have been able to extend their services.

Their work includes:  

  • Assessing early childhood needs and filling the gaps for childcare in the area

  • Bringing broadband access to the schools

  • Offering a Mobile Services Van

The Mobile Services Van is fully equipped to provide dental, vision and medical care for all ages. They have served eight elementary schools, Safe Harbor and The Goodwill Inn. They are currently seeking healthcare providers in these fields to provide services. The van was funded by the Grand Traverse Community Foundation. 

Freya Bradford shared the Systems Change mission of organizing, collaborating and responding to chronic community issues. Their focus has been on the Homeless Youth Initiative. This was first funded in 2018 and has been renewed. 

The first step was to access what services were needed that didn’t exist. Maps were developed to identify the causes of homelessness and then address those needs. Youth focus groups helped to avoid homelessness and the awareness of friends helping friends brought to light the need to embrace youth as points of help. 

A Youth Advisory Board was developed as part of a leadership initiative. A HUD grant was received and this housing project is one of a few in the country and houses over 50 people. 

Becky Ewing shared how Capacity Building started as a seed grant in 2016. This allowed for the development of a Leadership Learning Lab. The presence of COVID-19 has allowed the program to shine during times of isolation and many are reaping the benefits of this learning opportunity. 

The Leadership Learning Lab has funding from a collaboration of sources that range from Mt. Pleasant and Grand Rapids up to the Mackinac Bridge. The group spends eight months in relationship building with their cohorts. A cross-section of professionals and nonprofits make up the 163 participants in the program. The program has created a community among the participants as they learn to adapt during a difficult time. 

Matt McDonough serves as the director of Rotary Camps and Services and the CEO of the Discovery Center. In the last few weeks, phase one of improvements has begun with grants from:

    Great Lakes Fisheries Trust: $295,147

    Michigan Land Trust Fund:    $300,000

    JJ Becket Access-ABILITY: $2,500

The JJ Becket grant will allow for boarding platforms and a wheelchair lift at Discovery Pier. 

Phase two has yet to be funded but the plans are in the works to include: restrooms, paved parking lot, open park space, fishing shelters, kayak launch with accessibility and a railing along the east side of the docks. 

Twenty percent of the project will go toward infrastructural needs for stormwater management and suitable future construction. 

Today’s presentation demonstrates Rotary Charities’ commitment to giving and supporting our community through a variety of visionary pursuits. 

With that, members were allowed to share stories of Christmas Basket giving and Bell Ringing.

Thank you Rotarians! Please have a safe and blessed holiday season! We will look forward to seeing everyone in 2021!

Club Meeting Notes Ramona Pleva 2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Christmas Basket Program - Into Action

Posted by Steve Wade
The dust is starting to settle so the numbers I am giving you may change a little but probably not much. Here’s what we are doing. Pretty amazing!
  • 63 families referred (267 people)
  • 50 adopted
  • 13 families were given $100 Meijer gift cards (these were all families of 2)
  • 50 Shoppers
  • $12,000 raised (double what we normally do)
  • $1,600 in toys donated from Toys for Tots
Rotary Christmas Basket Program - Into Action Steve Wade 2020-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Notes, 12/8/2020

Posted by Art Bukowski on Dec 08, 2020
Mighty Mack Beers called the meeting to order and administered the pledge.
Thoughts of gratitude and reflection were offered by Cindy Ruzak, who recited the first few lines of William Blake's Auguries of Innocence: "To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour."
Alexis Juett reminded everyone there will be an IM Rotary session at the end of the Dec. 15 meeting. The topic is international service. Next week is also the last meeting of the month. 
Dan Rickard gave an exciting update from Rotary Camps and Services regarding $1.1 million in recent grants received. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) granted $569k to Green Lake Township for the purchase of the former Girl Scout Camp Sakakawea, which will allow the township to turn it into a public natural area. The trust fund also granted $300k for improvements to Discovery Pier in Elmwood Township. The Great Lakes Fisheries Trust also granted nearly $300k for a universally accessible fishing pier there.
Marlene Bevan said that the Rotary Charities Board has decided to fund whatever shortfall that may exist in the Christmas basket program so that the needs of all families are met. How wonderful!
Mack told us the holiday light stroll is now cancelled due to Covid. Mack is also looking for volunteers to join Rotary's cadre of technical advisors, a group of volunteer Rotarians who provide technical expertise and advice to Rotarians planning and carrying out Rotary grant projects around the world. The cadre is in need of Rotarians qualified in the following fields: Health, education, literacy, small business/revolving loans and more. For more info, visit the cadre page on My Rotary or email or Mack
Steve Wade introduced the speaker, Jim Moore of Disability Network Northern Michigan. Jim brought with him John Burtrum, also of the network. 
The Disability Network has a mission of promoting personal empowerment and positive social change for persons with disabilities throughout the area. Their goal, Jim said, is to be the very first stop for folks with disabilities of all kinds as they set out to tackle various difficulties in their lives. Through a variety of services, including interpreters, employment services, peer support, parent networks and much more, the Disability Network has made big strides in improving thousands of lives. Because 60 percent of us will have a disability at some point in our lives, this is a critical community service. 
The network, which serves 17 counties in Northern Michigan, is always looking for support. You can donate or volunteer. For more information, visit 
Club Meeting Notes, 12/8/2020 Art Bukowski 2020-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
Good Work Application Deadline 2020-11-23 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual Red Kettle

Posted by Haider Kazim
Donations for the Rotary Club of Traverse City's Online Red Kettle still being accepted ~ Thank you

CLICK HERE for the Virtual Red Kettle Bell 

Virtual Red Kettle Haider Kazim 2020-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting Notes, 11/17/2020

Posted by Art Bukowski
Mack Beers called the meeting to order and administered the pledge.
Holy Homer Nye offered thoughts of gratitude and reflection. In these turbulent times, he reminded us to never give up hope and never lose sight of the fact that we as Rotarians are called to serve others.
Dan Rickard said the Christmas basket committee is very much in need of donations this year. CLICK HERE to shop or donated or CLICK HERE for the Christmas Basket Match form
Katy McCain is looking for volunteers to help with a modified version of the downtown light parade on Dec. 12. Contact her at for details. 
Mack reminded everyone that time is running out to use your matching grant money. Contact Kathy Bussell for details. CLICK HERE for the MATCH form
He also informed the club that there will be NO MEETINGS on Dec. 22 or Dec. 29.
Ruth Blick introduced the speaker, Lt. Matthew Winters of the Salvation Army. Originally from Wisconsin, Winters now runs local Salvation Army operations.
Winters spoke at length about the Salvation Army, an organization dedicated to "Doing the Most Good" in communities throughout America and more than 130 countries across the globe. Locally, the organization (like most others) has been dealing with the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. While they've had to make several adjustments, Winters is proud to report that nearly all Salvation Army programs and services are still being offered to help people in the community. An example of an adjustment made is moving the M-W-F community meal outside to allow for more distancing. 
Covid-19 has, not surprisingly, increased the need for Salvation Army services. Winters anticipates a 155% increase in need, and they've already served more meals since the pandemic began than all of last year. Winters also spoke of Pathway of Hope, a program he's particularly proud of. This program provides financial, emotional and spiritual assistance to families in an effort to break them out of cyclical/generational poverty. The goal is for them - and all others who interact with the Salvation Army - to know they are never alone.
For more information, visit
Rotary Meeting Notes, 11/17/2020 Art Bukowski 2020-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Wheels of Hope in Traverse City

Wheels of Hope, founded in 2012, is a fully owned and operated Traverse City Rotary Club organization that reports to our Club Board just like every other committee in our club.  We are a 501c3, so our donors can have their contributions to build wheelchairs to be tax-deductible.  Each week you hear of the donations made in our presenter's names. 
Please take a moment to follow us on Facebook and see for yourself the truly amazing smiles our donations bring with the gift of mobility.  Here $150 can truly transform a life.
Wheels of Hope in Traverse City Laurie Lapp 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians in Action...Caught Doing Good!

New bulletin feature! Please share with Kathy any great news about your fellow Rotarians "Doing Good" or "Good News"

We have had three Rotarians donate their time to our Live From The Opera House: It’s Storytime series that we’re doing with TCAPS. This was a great collaboration between the business, arts, and education community to provide a free, online, curriculum to the 17,000 TCAPS elementary students and parents as a supplement to their daily educational programs. It was funded by Belle Tire with assistance from TADL and Newton’s Road. As you can see if you watch Nick Nissley, Phil Murphy & Ben Whiting were really good as were the non-Rotarian contributors. They all told stories about their childhood and what led them into their current careers and linked to that day's story.
Something to share with the kiddos in your life.
Phil Murphy's story  
Ben Whiting
Nick Nissley
Rotarians in Action...Caught Doing Good! 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

IM Rotary ~ New Member Orientation ~ 2/16/2021

Posted by Alexis Juett on Nov 17, 2020

We want your experience with our club to be fun and rewarding, so it is an expectation of all new members that you participate in this program.  New members should plan to attend all 6 sessions.  The program is ongoing, so you can start as soon as you join and if you miss a session you can make-up later in the year when that topic is presented again.

Members who attend all six meetings will be awarded 500 points (valued at $500.00)  from the Club, which is ½ way toward one of Rotary's highest honors: The Paul Harris Fellowship CLICK HERE to learn more. If you choose to donate to the Rotary International  (RI) Foundation all donations will be added to your total donation. 

We will typically meet on the third Tuesdays of each month, starting right after the regular Rotary Club Zoom meeting. Please just stay online or on the Zoom call.

The following dates are currently set (but subject to change, as with most things in 2020).  You will be notified of changes via email, and announcements at the general meetings and in the club e-bulletin.  

Meeting #1:  Club Service - February  16, 2021

Rotary of Traverse City overview

  • District 6290 & Rotary International

  • Fellowship Opportunities, ClubRunner

Meeting #2:  Community Service - March 16, 2021

  • Bell Ringing, Christmas Baskets, Friends of the Boardman Watershed Dinner, Munson Manor, JJ Beckett Access-ABILITY Committee/Tag Day

Meeting #3:  The Rotary Connection -April 20, 2021

  • Rotary Camps & Services and Rotary Charities

Meeting#4:  Youth Service - May 18, 2021

  • Strive, Life Leadership, Interact

  • Youth Exchange

Meeting #5:  International Service -December 

  • World Community Service

  • Polio Plus & The Rotary Foundation

Meeting #6: The Rotary Show – January 

  • Good Works Committee

Ad Sales, Rotary Show        
IM Rotary ~ New Member Orientation ~ 2/16/2021 Alexis Juett 2020-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Letter from Carol and Steve Shuckra

The Shuckra Family 

(Carol & Steve) 

2490 Cambridge Dr 

(You know, the cabin at the end of the 2 track) 

Short Version 

We are writing this note to let our neighbors know our family has purchased the 80 acre Rotary  property for the purposes of saving the land from any future development and protecting the  environment. This land, along with our existing 40 acres, protects forever 120 acres of woods and  pristine wooded ridgeline above the Boardman River. Yes, this means there will never be a 55 home  development with its 55 septic systems on this land. Yes, this means, as our neighbors, you will  continue to enjoy the 120 acres for quiet activities such as walking, jogging, biking, dog walks, cross  country skiing, bird watching, etc. As with our existing 40 acres, no hunting and no motorized  vehicles will be permitted. 

We must thank Rotary Camps & Services, The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC), The Grand Traverse Conservation District, and our whole immediate family. These four  groups were all of a single mind to make this deal happen. The group’s sole focus was to preserve  the woods into perpetuity, we all “stretched”, and working together towards the goal, we all made it  happen. You, as our neighbors, hopefully are as thankful as we are to have these wonderful community and environmentally concerned organizations close by and doing good things for us and  the planet. 

Longer Version 


In 1938 Carol’s Dad and 9 other hunters bought our existing 40 acres, each contributing $20 for a  total of $200 to buy the 40 acres as a hunting camp. Dad loved the woods, especially this 40,  obtaining sole ownership in the late 1980’s. It was his desire to preserve the 40 acres, just as it was  when they bought it in 1938. Steve Franke of Wright’s, fondly nicknamed Dad, The Ridge Runner.  Carol, her sister, Ellen, and her brother, Jim, all wanted to honor Dad’s wishes. They worked with the GTRLC because they so admired their commitment to the mantra, 

“Love the Land … Pass it on” 

Signing an easement with GTRLC is a written legal promise to preserve land into perpetuity. GTRLC  will make sure it will always be so. We very much enjoy working with GTRLC. We count on the  protection provided through the written agreement within the easement restrictions. The beauty of this easement means that the property will not be developed (with the exception that one house may  someday be built on the 80 acres). We have no plans to build, but the easement allows for one home  in the future years. Hey, it sure beats having 55 homes being built on the 80! We still own the  property and pay the taxes. But even after we die or sell, the rules remain steadfast … no  development, period! Annually, a staff member from GTRLC walks the property with us to ensure  that we, as well as neighbors are abiding with the written agreement. We look forward to these walks  with our GTRLC friends.  

Please also understand the easement does not provide for, nor guarantee, public and neighborhood  use of the property. It is our family’s choice to follow Dad’s lead of allowing others to enjoy the land  as long as it is a respectful enjoyment. Also realize that ownership of the property may change;  nothing will happen while we are living, however future owners will have control of the land and the  ability to limit the public and neighborhood access if they so choose.

We also want you to know that we are not financially wealthy people. We measure our wealth in our  family and friends. We were not able to make an acceptable $$ offer on our own, so a son matched  our offer. He told us, ”Dad and Mom, you need to do this because they’re not making beautiful ridges  above the Boardman River Valley anymore”.  

We approached Rotary Camps & Services and Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and they did everything to help us make it happen. 

We wanted to put an easement on the land for the betterment of the environment. They worked with us and collaboratively we made it happen.  

We will always be grateful for Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and Rotary Camps &  Services … along with ongoing encouragement from GT Conservation District. These three  environmental groups worked collaboratively and the 80 acres are preserved throughout perpetuity for the betterment of the environment. 

Our heartfelt thanks for their tireless efforts to preserve and care for the natural resources of our  region.  

Yay, for the environment and for the neighborhood! We hope you are as pleased and excited as we  are. 

In closing, we invite you to continue enjoying the beauty of the woods and trails, asking only, you quietly respect the land. 

Carol & Steve 

Carol & Steve Shuckra at the 2020 Jim 'Van' Workbee



Here is contact information for the organizations and people that made this transaction happen. We are sure they would welcome a note of thanks and appreciation. 

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy – Glen Chown, Executive Director Our make it happen contact is – Chris Sullivan, Director of Land Protection, was the guy who guided  this entire process. With special appreciation to Mike Okma. We enjoy our annual easement  compliance monitoring visits, with Mike. He will now be spending more time assuring proper  compliance. 

Website Link - 

Rotary Camps & Services – Becky Ewing, Executive Director 

Our make it happen contacts are – Becky Ewing and the Boards of both Rotary Camps & Services  and Rotary Charities, along with Doug Meteyer, the realtor, whom so well, represented Rotary Camps  & Services 

Website Link - 

Grand Traverse Conservation District – Koffi Kpachavi, Executive Director 

Our make it happen contact is – Steve Largent
Letter from Carol and Steve Shuckra 2020-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

9 More Christmas Basket Shoppers Needed

Posted by Steve Wade
60 families from across our region have turned to our club for help this Christmas. They aren’t seeking extras just some basic things to help their family have a Christmas filled with joy, not despair. By shopping for a family you are not only buying them some things that will make Christmas Day brighter but more importantly showing them someone cares enough to help.
We need 9 more shoppers – please consider being one.
Your gift of time is the perfect example of service above self.
If you would, please take the time right now to CLICK HERE to go to the  Rotary Club of Traverse City "Christmas Basket" Donation & Sign Up form.
All the details are included in the form above, but of course please reach out to Kathy if you have any extra questions about the program.

9 More Christmas Basket Shoppers Needed Steve Wade 2020-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary Charities Fall Grants 


November 10, 2020 


Becky Ewing, Executive Director 

Rotary Charities of Traverse City 


Traverse City, Mich. - Rotary Charities of Traverse City is pleased to announce the recipients of our fall grants, totaling $434,000. This year we have adapted to our grantmaking to be more responsive to the needs of nonprofits and the people they serve during the uncertainty and shifting conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will open our next grant cycle in January  2021. 

Our Assets for Thriving Communities grant program supports the development of community assets that are available to everyone, or projects that target a population that is underserved by the current system. This cycle we are partnering with the following nonprofits: 

Hospice of Michigan, $40,000 for NorthStar Navigation and Palliative Care. The last 6-8  months of someone’s life is easily the most challenging and frightening. Hospice of Michigan understands there needs to be a bridge of support to guide people along this final journey. To address that need in our region, HOM created NorthStar Navigation and NorthStar Palliative  Care to work collaboratively with the patient’s healthcare team and community organizations who specialize in coordinating care in the home. The additional layer of support will serve to decrease caregiver burnout, improve patient quality of life, and increase hospice utilization. 

Human Nature School, $44,000 for construction of a Timber Frame Barn on their 143-acre  Leelanau County property. The construction will enable HNS to expand 10 years of Nature  Connection Programming to include Regenerative Agriculture for the purpose of healing nature,  our communities and ourselves and bringing both tangible skills and a greater sense of hope to both current and future generations. 

Traverse Symphony Orchestra, $25,000 for Community Engagement Expansion. Traverse  Symphony will radically reinvent, re-imagine and realign of the 20-21 concert season and education programs in response to emergent community outreach needs resulting from COVID 19. These adaptations will not only continue to deepen engagement with current TSO patrons  and subscribers, but also expand awareness of, and access to the Symphony to more members of the Northern Michigan region, by removing potential barriers to participation, including cost,  accessibility, and perception of exclusivity. 

Our Systems Change Accelerator grant program supports innovations targeting the root causes of complex community problems. This cycle we are partnering with the following initiatives: 

Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness, $125,000 for the Homeless Youth  Initiative. The Homeless Youth Initiative works to reduce youth homelessness by making it rare,  brief and one-time. The initiative is taking a deeper dive into the intersections between youth systems of care to enhance cross-collaboration; braiding together community assets and resources to expand the circle of influence of youth; and being actionable and accountable around what youth tell us they need. Meanwhile, they are working with partners to increase housing options for youth to exit homelessness. 

SEEDS, $75,000 for the Organic Diversion Systems Accelerator. SEEDS and a number of collaborative partners are helping our region reduce organic waste by researching and developing a sustainable social enterprise to provide access to organic diversion services;  creating a cross-sectoral digital resource hub to better leverage resources and allies and improve open access to organic diversion knowledge; building and pursuing an advocacy plan that promotes local government policies and collaboration; and employing coordinated communication tools tailored to the needs of specific stakeholder groups which can improve regional diversion. 

Housing North, $125,000 for Housing North 2.0. This grant will continue to support the momentum of focused work to address the housing system in our region by coordinating communication, advocacy and capacity around housing in our 10-county region. This grant will build sustainable capacity, continue outreach and education efforts and policy initiatives while building Housing Conservancy tools in coordination with many partners. 

About Rotary Charities of Traverse City: Rotary Charities is a place-based foundation providing funding,  connections and learning opportunities to changemakers across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse,  Leelanau and Kalkaska counties. The public foundation was formed following the 1976 discovery of oil and natural gas reserves on property owned by the Traverse City Noon Rotary Club. The interest income generated from oil and gas royalties is distributed to community projects. To date, over $63 million in grants and investments has been put to work by area organizations. Guided by a vision of a fair, thriving  and resilient region, Rotary Charities helps changemakers work better together to address our region's complex problems and create community assets for all. #########
CLICK HERE to view Press Release 
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Rotary Meeting Notes November 10, 2020

Posted by Carla Weaver on Nov 10, 2020

Speaker: Club Member and U.S.Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City's 

Commander Charles E. Webb 

The breakout sessions were a big hit! 

President Mack opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. He also reminded us that Veterans Day is tomorrow. 

Randy Kamps offered the words of gratitude and reflected upon our election. He suggests we focus on Service Above Self. 

Bob Stow updated us on Rotary Camps and Services and said that the Canterbury Woods parcel has been sold to the neighbors who will allow it to be used for hiking, please see the include note from the new owners. The proceeds will be used to pay down the loan on Discovery Center. 

Steve Wade kicked off Christmas Basket season. We will be going forward with it as in past years. There are more families than ever who need assistance, and we will help. You can contribute financially and by shopping. First-year Rotarians have been required to shop for a family in the past, but it is optional this year. Use the form Kathy will send out after the meeting. 

Kathy Bussell announced new members’ IM Rotary Youth Services meeting after next week’s meeting. 

Katy McCain shared the DDA’s plan for a Light Parade on November 21,  Rotary Club is sponsoring a site at State Street Marketplace. The theme is 10 Lords A Leaping. Reach out to her if you can help. They need Lords to Leap and decorations and helpers in general. 

Jeff Hickman announced for Rotary Charities $334,000 will be donated to local charities and nonprofits, please see the press release included below.

Ken Musson introduced Commander Charles Webb. Chuck came to TC with his family two years ago and is the 42nd Commanding Officer of the Traverse City Station. He comes from Muskegon originally and this is his 28th year of service and was just promoted to Captain. 

Chuck thanked Ken and expressed his regret that we aren’t meeting at the Coast Guard Station. He started his slideshow saying that Covid didn’t slow them down, but they did figure out how to make all the training happen. Chuck showed slides explaining their training on water and off. They did 190 rescues this year, which was up from last year. Most of them were on the water. Many cases involved a Good Samaritan who helped and rescued people. This is a great sign that people are willing to help people. 

The Coast Guard was deployed five times to help with hurricane rescues. Luckily, they didn’t have to do much – which is a good thing. The crews receive 12 hours of notice before they are expected to be there. It’s good for the younger pilots to practice flying long distances. They did 24 POTUS and VPOTUS missions this year. It is counter-surveillance which involves protecting a bubble around the dignitaries. The campaign stops around TC were provided air support. Marine One was kept at the station for three days. 

Chuck explained that the service people’s salaries do not cover their housing needs adequately. It affects the junior enlisted guys the most. He is working within the Coast Guard channels to help. The lack of housing and high living prices up here cause the people to live too far away to be able to respond quickly. The type of housing they find up here is not what the government suggests for service people. TC is still a very attractive posting. 

Sunday is the Air Station’s 75th Anniversary. Covid is not allowing for appropriate celebrations. 1945 is when TC began being a Coast Guard Air Station. We are in the 10th year of being a Coast Guard City and it has been renewed for another five years. The City gives the Coast Guard lots of support. There was a cool flyover of the city in May. The Coast Guard is injecting millions of dollars into the community and lots of great talent with the members and their family members. There are 10,000 hours of volunteer service hours to give back to the community. 

Several questions were asked and answered. 

Ken Musson thanked Chuck by presenting him with a certificate for being part of Wheels of Hope. 

Mack reminded us of IM Rotary. And he adjourned the meeting.

Rotary Meeting Notes November 10, 2020 Carla Weaver 2020-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Notes to the Club 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Interlochen Center for the Arts Program

Posted by Ramona Pleva on Nov 03, 2020

Our program was introduced by John Roddy. John introduced Mr. Trey Devey, the 8th president of Interlochen Arts Academy.


Trey offered us the “State of Interlochen” address and how they have pivoted through these COVID-19 times. 


He shared that Traverse City was named #10 in the country as a vibrant arts medium sized community in SMU Data Arts 2020 Report. 


There are five major elements of IAA that serve to reinforce each other:

  • Arts Camp - 2500 students

  • Academy - 550 high school students

  • College of Creative Arts for Adults

  • Interlochen Presents

  • Interlochen Public Radio: Classical music and news with content shared around the NPR network.


In a typical (non pandemic) year, Interlochen Presents will hold 600 events that range from Diana Ross, ZZ Top, The Nutcracker, to Collage. 


IAA currently boasts of 95,000 alumni from over 50 states and 50 countries. Among their accolades are:

  • 46 Presidential Scholars (more than any other high school in the nation)

  • 24 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 

  • National Medal of Arts (the highest honor an institution may receive)

  • John Groban


Speaking of Josh Groban, he credits IAA for helping him navigate his incredible talent at a young age when he needed it most!


IAA continues to offer 13 different programs with 285 teachers. Students and parents have given IAA high marks for their ability to adapt to COVID-19 and provide high-quality education.  


The campus maintains strict health and sanitation protocols. With a closed campus, parents are not allowed to visit and many performances are live streamed. 


The school calendar has been modified. The academic year began on Aug. 10. Students will have a holiday break from the end of December to February. 


IAA will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2028. Vision 2028 is a 30-year master plan that began in 1990 to develop physical aspects of the academy. This has included:

  • A new dance theatre opens next semester

  • A visual arts and music center, the academy’s biggest project 

  • Dow House, will house students during the year and staff for summer camp


The pillars of Vision 2028 include:

  • Formative experiences which increase time with students and enhance the value

  • Young artist destination

  • Student value investments for the curriculum

  • Engagement and Focus


Moving forward, IAA  looks to: 

  • Expand their regional and national initiatives

  • Invest in faculty with endowed positions

  • Attract visiting artists

  • Accelerate individual programs

  • Increase access and affordability through expanded financial aid


Other interesting facts:

  • Scholarships: $18M awarded to academy and camp students

  • 50 international students are learning remotely

  • In-person tuition is slightly higher than remote learning students

  • National and state support ebbs and flows


And with that, it’s a wrap for November 3, 2020!

Interlochen Center for the Arts Program Ramona Pleva 2020-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Polio this week as of 28 October 2020

Polio this week as of 28 October 2020
  • Acknowledging the critical role of leadership in gender mainstreaming, the GPEI launched a Gender Champion for Polio Eradication movement. Our Champions commit to supporting the GPEI Gender Equality Strategy, highlighting the role of gender in achieving eradication and advocating for its full implementation.
  • The twenty-sixth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of poliovirus was convened and opened by the WHO Deputy Director-General on 14 October 2020 with committee members attending via video conference. Take a look at the Committee’s latest report.
  • In our latest edition of Coffee with Polio Experts, we get to hear from Dr Zubair Wadood on the impact of COVID-19 on the global polio eradication effort, and how the polio infrastructure is supporting COVID response.
  • No wild Poliovirus type 1 cases was reported this week. There have been 53 WPV1 cases reported in 2020 so far while the total number of cases reported in 2019 remains 29
  • Two WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported; one each in Kandahar and Nangarhar.
  • No case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported this week. There have been 101 cVDPV2 cases reported in 2020 so far.
  • One cVDPV2 positive environmental samples was reported in Kandahar.
  •  No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported this week. There are 79 WPV1 cases reported in 2020 so far while the total number of cases reported in 2019 cases remains 147.
  • 18 WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported; three in Balochistan, one each in Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtoon, eight in Punjab and five in Sindh.
  • 16 cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported; one in Balochistan, five in Punjab and 10 in Sindh. There are 80 cVDPV2 cases reported in 2020 so far while the 2019 case count remains 22.
  •  No cVDPV2 positive environmental samples were reported this week.
Officially reported WPV cases as of 13 OCTOBER   
Total global WPV1 cases in 2020: 132 (compared with 96 for the same period in 2019)
Total global WPV1 cases in 2019: 176
Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) cases
Total global cVDPV cases in 2020: 605 (compared with 122 for the same period in 2019)
Total global cVDPV cases in 2019: 378
Polio this week as of 28 October 2020 2020-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Notes, October 27, 2020

Posted by Nick Beadleston
President Mack called our meeting to order exactly when he did. Then the pledge.
After Allision Beers delivered rousing words of gratitude regarding Theodore Roosevelt, incontrovertibly the United States' best president. (Get outta here with your Kennedys and your Washingtons. T.R. had his own teeth and a pretty sweet navy. Go Rough Riders). At President Roosevelt's urging, Congress created the National Forest Service in 1905, which also led to the preservation of nearly 200 million acres of national parks.
During our official club annual meeting, we elected three new directors to our club board. Max Anderson, Jen Casey, and Nick Beadleston will begin their two-year term this coming summer. We also formally elected Marlene Bevan to succeed Mark Eckhoff as club president. Then, just for fun, we elected 16 other future presidents so we have our bases covered through 2038. 
Ken Weaver introduced our fellow club member and speaker for the afternoon Rear Admiral Jerry Achenbach. Jerry served with distinction in both the Merchant Marines and the Coast Guard. He then went on to receive his Doctorate in Education from Texas Tech and an MBA from the University of Alaska. He has spent the last decade serving as Superintendent of the Northwest Michigan College's Great Lakes Maritime Academy. 
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the GLMA, Jerry shared information from the proud history of the organization. He chronicled the visionary efforts of the academy's founders and early supporters like Les Biederman and Captain Mike Hemmick, as well as other NMC leaders. He also enumerated the efforts to secure the unique institution's inaugural watercraft, and other major milestones in GLMA's record. Jerry also described what the life of an average cadet looks like, and reiterated how critical scholarships are to their continued work.
Jerry's full talk can be found HERE   Passcode: T1P!Jx%1

Mariners Memorial service goes virtual

TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to view the virtual 45th annual Mariners Memorial Service at noon Tuesday, November 10 via a Zoom webinar from the courtyard of NMC's Great Lakes campus. The public can access the event at the following Zoom address:

The memorial service is held to remember and honor mariners who have perished on the Great Lakes and oceans and is sponsored by the Student Propeller Club, Port 150, of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

About GLMA and NMC: NMC is the only community college in the nation to grant a bachelor's degree, in either maritime deck, maritime engineering or maritime power systems, to its Great Lakes Maritime Academy cadets. Celebrating 50 years of maritime education in 2019-2020, GLMA was commended by U.S. Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark Buzby (USN, ret) as a "pillar of maritime education and training in the Great Lakes region, this great nation, and the entire world."

Club Meeting Notes, October 27, 2020 Nick Beadleston 2020-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Membership Quorum Needed Today ~ Please Join Us for the Club Election 

Membership Quorum needed today for Club Board Elections, please join us.
Tuesday's Zoom Meeting is open starting at 11:45 am, the Club bell is rung at Noon.

Click on the below link join Club Meeting
Same LINK but New Security Measure - Passcode Number Needed:
Passcode: 42
Meeting ID: 817 2758 9532
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Phone Dial-in number +1 646 558 8656 
Meeting ID: 817 2758 9532

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - Club Board Elections

In preparation for the Tuesday, October 27th  Club Board election of officers please see the below list of six nominees.

To fill three Board member seats for two-year terms for the Rotary Club of Traverse City's Board of Directors.

We have one nominee for 2021-2022 President-Elect

The election will take place at the start of our Tuesday, 10/27/2020 Club Zoom meeting (Silmar to the Charities/Camps election)  Per our Bylaws you must be present to vote. 

2021-2022 President-Elect Nominee
Marlene Bevan 
Club Board the six nominee's photos below for
three open Club Board of Directors positions
Alexis Juett
Haider Kazim
Scott Hardy
Nick Beadleston 
Jen Casey
Max Anderson
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - Club Board Elections 2020-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 2020-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Jim 'Van' Memorial Outing - 2020

Posted by Steve Largent
Rotary’s 14th Annual Jim Van Memorial Outing was a great time for all and a great success. This year’s event was held on the 80-acre Canterbury Woods property that Rotary recently sold to Steve and Carol Shuckra.   
Herb Lemcool, Beth Karczewski, Ralph Bednarz, Ken Musson, and Kathy Bussell joined forces with Marti VanEenenaam-Iwanicki (Jim’s daughter), Michael Beckwith (Jim’s son-in-law), 5 Conservation District staff, and the Shuckra’s to put the finishing touches on the restoration of an old dumpsite. 
It is estimated that locals used this old dumpsite located on the former state land as far back as the 1930s.  As part of the purchase agreement, Rotary hired an excavator to bury a majority of the old broken glass bottles, cans, and other non-toxic household debris but there were several places where the broken glass was still evident.  As Rotary did, the Shuckra’s have elected to leave the property open to the public to use for hiking as they have for decades and were concerned that the broken glass posed a danger to humans and their pets.  The work bee consisted of picking up any remaining pieces of glass that were evident, spreading 10 cubic yards of top-soil to cover potential hot-spots of debris, seeding (fescue & rye) the nearly 20,000 square-foot former dumpsite, and constructing a fence to block unwanted vehicle access. 
As is the tradition after every Jim Van Outing the group ended the day with a toast.  This year’s toast was to Rotary and the Shuckra’s for preserving this beautiful piece of land that sits overlooking the beautiful Boardman River Valley.  
Jim 'Van' Memorial Outing - 2020 Steve Largent 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary Education Summit

2020 Rotary Education Summit - Districts 6290 &6310
October 17 - 22

Rotarians - Start your Engines!
Give your Rotary engine a tune-up, performance style!  Energize and recharge with engaging speakers talking about relevant and interesting topics, giving us ideas that we can really use!  Don't miss this year's RES - conveniently held in your own home via Zoom!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17TH 9:00 AM TO 10:00 AM (This was recorded and will share soon)
Dr. Mary Berge, a member of the Rotary Club of Johnstown and a licensed clinical psychologist, was first introduced to Rotary in 2002 when she served as a Group Study Exchange team member to Sweden. She has since has served as District Governor (2008-2009), Zone 29 Rotary Coordinator, Training Leader at the International Assembly in 2019 and 2020 and she has been selected to serve as a President’s Representative on four occasions. She is a frequent speaker and trainer around the Rotary world including having spoken at the 2013 Rotary International Convention in Portugal and at the Women in Rotary Conference in Romania.

This is going to be Great!!!
As a digital media consultant in the non-profit community volunteer sector, Evan has expanded his skills to educating local professionals, businesses and community groups across Australia and around the world to focus on the practical use of social media and how to develop it to brand and market their stories.

Evan is an accomplished public speaker, emcee, trainer, social media advocate and hardworking volunteer with over 20 years of volunteer experience with Rotary International. You may recognize Evan best as a service-minded superhero. You see, for Evan, it’s easy to be a Rotary hero because as, he sees it, all Rotarians are superheroes and we all need to promote the heroic acts we do in the community and around the world.

In whatever way, Evan is proving that Rotary isn’t all business. His message is “Let’s have fun in Rotary,” and with that message, he's engaged in telling Rotary’s digital story.

OCTOBER 20TH 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
Mary Beth Growney Selene
The Rotary Foundation Trustee, 2016-2019
Rotary International Director, 2013-2015
Mary Beth is the founder and President of Ryan Signs, Inc., in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.  She is a non-lawyer Fee Arbitrator and a (past) non-lawyer member of the Client Security Fund of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  Mary Beth is a supporter of the What If? Foundation, which works to feed and educate children in Haiti. 
Personal time is shared with her husband Alan Selene (PDG, District 5970) and daughter, Bridget and son-in-law, Sean Hart. 
Mary Beth Growney Selene has been a member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, WI, USA since 1987 and she served her club as President in 1993-1994.  She has been a host parent to four Rotary Youth Exchange students. 
In her District 6250 she served as Governor in 2000-2001; District Membership Chair and District Rotary Foundation Chair. 
Mary Beth served as a Training Leader at the International Assembly in San Diego and was the District 6250 Representative to the Council on Legislation in 2004, 2007 and 2010. 
She has served at the Zone level as an Institute General Chair, a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Public Image Resource Coordinator, and Rotary Coordinator.  
Mary Beth served as a Rotary Foundation Trustee in 2016-2019 and, as a Rotary International Director in 2013-2015.  
While a Trustee, she served on the Finance, Program, and Stewardship Committees of The Rotary Foundation, the RI-USAID Partnership Steering Committee, and the PolioPlus Advocacy Committee. 
She continues to serve on the Rotary-USAID Partnership Steering Committee.  She is also a member of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Action Group (formerly WASRAG) Operations Team.
She has received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, and The Rotary’s Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award.
Mary Beth and Alan are Major Donors and Bequest Society members to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund and they are both Sustaining members to the Annual Fund.

Jenny R. StottsMA, MS, LSW
Membership Chair, Rotary District 6690
Executive Director, Athens CASA/GAL Program Regional Director, Southeast Ohio CASA Program
Brief Introduction Bio
Jenny Stotts currently serves as the Membership Chair of Rotary District 6690. She is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Athens Sunrise. Her favorite Rotary activities include RYLA and Paddle for Polio Plus, an annual event featuring kayaks. Professionally, Stotts is the Executive Director of the Athens CASA/GAL Program and the Regional Coordinator of Southeast Ohio CASA. She describes herself simply as: Mother, Wife, Friend, Social Worker, Rotarian and Trouble-Making Millennial.

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Club Meeting Notes, 10/13/2020

Posted by Ramona Pleva

It was a beautiful fall day for a Rotary Zoom Meeting! Here’s what happened online on Tuesday, October. 13, 2020.

President Mack opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Gratitude and Reflection. 

A Special Meeting was called for the corporate membership of the Rotary Club of Traverse City. The slate of officers for the club board and presidential nomination were presented. Nominees must be a member in good standing.

The nominees to fill three board positions for two years are:

Max Anderson

Nick Beadleston

Jen Casey

 Scott Hardy

Alexis Juett

Haider Kazim


The presidential nominee for the Club President for 2022-2023 is Marlene Bevan. The election will take place on Tuesday, October 27 during our club meeting. Please show up and cast your vote!

Rotarians rolled up their sleeves for the Jim Van Work Bee held last Friday. A great time was had by all at the beautiful Canterbury Woods site. 

Dan Buron introduced our speaker Cathy O’Connor. Cathy is the president of Step Up, an organization that helps at-risk Northern Michigan youth. Step Up began only six years ago and is having a huge impact on helping teens in our area that need a variety of support that is not otherwise available to them. Needs can vary from clothing, food and personal hygiene items. Food Rescue is one of the largest partners with the Step Up program. 

The program initially began at Traverse City High School but has expanded to TC Central and Traverse Heights Elementary. On a weekly basis, 10 volunteers shop for products that students need. Four hundred and fifty students are served each month. 

Companies like Plant Moran help with the program through their Cares Staff and provide extra hands and resources especially during the holidays. For many of these students, a gift bag at the holidays is the only gift they will receive.

A food pantry is set up at TC Central and is stocked full time with food and clothing. Donations are tailored to what teens like. But that’s not all that TC Central has for students. Maverick is a beautiful black lab therapy dog. He was initially trained as a leader dog but found his calling as a therapy dog for the students, soothing upsetting situations and offering comfort. 

The Step Up program focuses on meeting “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” but sometimes additional support is needed. Some of the students have gotten jobs but needed help with getting the correct work attire such as work boots or something as simple as khaki pants. Without this assistance, they would not be able to work. 

COVID has impacted the program. It is not funded by TCAPS yet serves 500 homeless students and families throughout the year.  The number of volunteers has dropped with COVID and shopping and storage haven’t been as easy to come by. Food for families at Traverse Heights has shifted to a curbside food pick up program.

The things Cathy has learned through this program;

  • We have a very generous community

  • Poverty doesn’t always look the way we think it would

  • Not to judge parents and students about the choices they’ve made, they are operating in crisis mode

  • Need to support educational institutions to better serve students

  • Helping others and offering compassion has real health benefits


With the program coming to an end President Mack reminded Rotarians of the Halloween Blood Drive on October 30, 11-5 at Kirkbride Hall. To sign up to donate click the link:

And don’t forget, we need baked goods for the blood drive as well. Contact Ramona if you are able to help:

Club Meeting Notes, 10/13/2020 Ramona Pleva 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Great Event! Save a Life Starve a Vampire - Rotary Blood Drive

Dr. 'Madonna' Ramona Pleva  
T-Rex Lisa Pointe and Wonderwoman costume-wearing Kathy Bussell doing their part
Lisa Pointe and Dan"Pinky" Buron 
Who's the man behind that mask, why it's, John "Phantom of the Opera" Racine
Supporting the cause, Becky Nye, "Sister" Lee Torrey, Lisa Pointe and Homer Nye
Pat Parker went all out as a Fire Chief this
Thank you to everyone who donated the amazing donated baked goods, what a treat!
A special thank you to all who participated!
Truly Great Work in Action! 
Great Event! Save a Life Starve a Vampire - Rotary Blood Drive Ramona Pleva 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

October 6, 2020 Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Art Bukowski
Mack Beers called the meeting to order and led the pledge.
Sakura Takano offered thoughts of gratitude and reflection. 
Alexis Juett reminded everyone that IM Rotary sessions are coming up on Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. 
Ramona Pleva encouraged everyone to SAVE A LIFE, STARVE A VAMPIRE on Oct. 30 at a blood drive at Kirkbride Hall. Too squeamish to donate? You could bake cookies or other snacks to help donors recover CLICK HERE to sign up

Ben Marentette gave an update for the Rotary Charities board. The board is in the middle of its fall grant cycle and plans to decide on a series of grants on Nov. 5. 
Pat Parker announced the granting of Paul Harris fellowships to Cliff and Lottie Wagner, longtime caretakers and great stewards of the former Camp Greilick (now GOREC). 
Terry Beamsley introduced the speaker, David Bosch. 
David is president and CEO of Ann Arbor-based Eversight, a non-profit eye bank working to help bring and restore vision to people with eye damage or illness. With offices in the U.S. and South Korea, Eversight has provided tissue to dozens of locations across the world. The organization is also heavily involved in research for cures for blindness and other eye problems. More than 5,500 donors have provided more than 8,000 tissue samples for patients and for research. 
Eversight was not immune to the ravages of the COVID pandemic, as revenue was lost and many non-essential eye procedures were put on hold in the early months. Bosch said the goal was to keep the organization viable and to keep employees safe and employed, with benefits. Those goals were ultimately met after some early bumps in the road, and the organization is charging ahead with its important mission.
You can help by spreading the word about Eversight's important work, donating money and/or registering to donate tissue. For more info, visit 
October 6, 2020 Club Meeting Notes Art Bukowski 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

I.M. ROTARY- New Member Orientation-October 20th

Posted by Alexis Juett

I M Rotary is a 6-month orientation program to the Rotary Club of Traverse City, Michigan.  

We want your experience with our club to be fun and rewarding, so it is an expectation of all new members that you participate in this program.  New members should plan to attend all 6 sessions.  The program is ongoing, so you can start as soon as you join and if you miss a session you can make-up later in the year when that topic is presented again.

Members who attend all six meetings will be awarded 500 points (valued at $500.00)  from the Club, which is ½ way toward one of Rotary's highest honors: The Paul Harris Fellowship CLICK HERE to learn more. If you choose to donate to the Rotary International  (RI) Foundation all donations will be added to your total donation. 

We will typically meet on the third Tuesdays of each month, starting right after the regular Rotary Club Zoom meeting. Please just stay online or on the Zoom call.

The following dates are currently set (but subject to change).  You will be notified of changes via email, and announcements at the general meetings and in the club e-bulletin.  

Meeting #1:  Club Service - February  16, 2021

Rotary of Traverse City overview

  • District 6290 & Rotary International

  • Fellowship Opportunities, ClubRunner

Meeting #2:  Community Service -September 15, 2020 / March 2021

  • Bell Ringing, Christmas Baskets, Friends of the Boardman Watershed Dinner, Munson Manor, JJ Beckett Access-ABILITY Committee/Tag Day

Meeting #3:  The Rotary Connection - October 20th

  • Rotary Camps & Services and Rotary Charities

Meeting#4:  Youth Service - November 17th

  • Strive, Life Leadership, Interact

  • Youth Exchange

Meeting #5:  International Service -December 15th

  • World Community Service

  • Polio Plus & The Rotary Foundation

Meeting #6: The Rotary Show – January 19th

  • Good Works Committee, Ad Sales, Rotary Show               


I.M. ROTARY- New Member Orientation-October 20th Alexis Juett 2020-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

September 29, 2020, Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Nick Beadleston
By way of our weekly words of gratitude, Tom Petzold recited John Gillespie Magee's inspiring High Flight.
For those Rotarians with a surplus of blood, Dr. Ramona Pleava is planning another blood drive. Stay tuned.
Candidates for the Club Board will be announced on our October 13th meeting and elections will be held on our October 27th meeting. 
Our speaker for the afternoon, TCAPS Superintendent Dr. John VanWagoner, was introduced by TBAISD Superintendent Dr. Nick Ceglarek. We were also joined by a newly liberated and serenely sweater-vested former TCAPS Interim Superintendent Jim Pavelka.
Dr. VanWagoner proceeded to articulate the importance of the upcoming TCAPS operating mileage, which will be put before a vote on November 3rd. The mileage will support the Hedley Rollback Prevention effort.
I found myself drifting off around minute three of his lecture, drawn instead to remembrances of just how darn good the late Harvey Korman was as Hedley Lamarr in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles.
Fortunately, Dr. VanWagonrer's slides were very detailed. Herein are the details for those interested: The Headlee Amendment, which was passed in 1978, requires the school district to reduce its millage when annual growth on existing property exceeds the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 5%, whichever is less. Therefore, the millage rate gets “rolled back” so that the resulting growth in property tax revenue is no more than the rate of inflation.
Annually, the district must apply a Headlee rollback factor. The annual factor is then added to prior years to determine the cumulative Headlee rollback factor or the “millage reduction fraction”. The total “millage reduction factor” is then applied to the millage originally authorized by a vote of the district’s taxpayers. The actual mills available to be levied by the district is the result of the authorized millage rate times the total millage reduction factor.
By law, TCAPS cannot levy more than 18 mills. (Author's note: A mill is a technical term for the process by which local governments often turns taxpayer dough into stale bread.) This is the amount 18 mills the district is required to levy in order to receive the full per-pupil foundation allowance. This tax does not apply to primary residences and other exempt property, it is only levied against properties considered “non-primary residence”, which are essentially businesses, industrial property,  and second homes located in our school district
Further, funding is based on a state determined “per-pupil” amount, for fiscal year 2020, that amount was $8,111. Local non-homestead taxes make up one portion of the per pupil amount (fiscal year 2020 was 47%) and the state covers the difference. In order to receive the state determined per-pupil amount, the state requires the district to levy 18 mills on non-homestead property.
Ultimately, this Operating Millage Proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.
(And if you can follow all that, you're a better, more engaged citizen than I.)
During the customary Q&A portion of our lunch presentation, Dr. VanWagonrer answered several audience questions and praised his team for their flexibility and dedication in the face of COVID.
President Mack concluded the meeting with another reminder regarding our upcoming October 13th and 27th meetings and club board election.
Please Note: The 14th Annual Jim 'Van' Work Bee has been rescheduled due to rain and will now be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 from 1-5pm. Bring your friends, family, work clothes, work gloves, and boots to the Canterbury Woods property entrance--off of Garfield just south of Lardie Road. We'll wrap up our work with a 4pm social hour of fellowship, a campfire, and treats!
Please RSVP by emailing or calling Kathy (231)-313-0253.
September 29, 2020, Club Meeting Notes Nick Beadleston 2020-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

This Friday, October 9th Jim 'Van' Work Bee

14th Annual Jim 'Van' Work Bee
Please join us and sign up, friends and family are also welcome to join in (We only have a few sign ups so far)
DATE: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time:  1 pm – 5 pm (Your welcome to join the work bee anytime from 1-4 and for as long as you would like)
Location:  Canterbury Woods property entrance off Garfield just south of Lardie Road
Dress:  Work clothes, work gloves & work boots. (Extra gloves will be available) 
Social Hour 4:00 PM -: We’ll wrap up with fellowship, a campfire, and treats!
Please RSVP by emailing or calling Kathy (231)-313-0253, you're welcome to leave a message if I miss your call.
Please include your cell phone and email address – in the event, we have a rain delay
Activity Co-Sponsors
Rotary Club of Traverse City
Rotary Camps and Services
Grand Traverse Conservation District
In memory of long-time Rotarian and devoted steward of East Creek Reserve, Julius “Jim” VanEenenaam (1929-2008)
A Series of Initiatives to Improve, Protect and Maintain Freshwater
Let’s plan to meet at the property entrance off Garfield just south of Lardie Road.  We’ll have it marked with the “Rotarians at Work” sign.  At 4:00 pm we’ll head over to the East Creek Reserve (approximately 3-miles by road) for a quick campfire and toast to Jim Van and the Shuckra’s.   
Here’s a little history on how the two properties are tied together:  
East Creek Reserve.  Rotarian Jim VanEenenaam (Jim Van) met Howard Edwards who owned a large amount of property in the Boardman River Valley near Mayfield and soon earned his trust.   With Howard’s permission,  Jim Van hunted the 720-acres now known as Rotary’s East Creek Reserve.  Howard and his wife, Mary Dunn-Edwards obtained the property from her side of the family.  Howard and Mary spent a great deal of time bird watching and just enjoying the natural beauty and peacefulness that the property offered.  East Creek, a high-quality trout stream and major tributary to the Boardman River flow through the heart of the property.  Mary passed away in 1964 from cancer.  Mary and Howard never had children.   After Mary’s death, Howard continued to enjoy the property until his health began to decline in the late 80’s.  Howard & Jim Van spent hours talking, often about Rotary.  Knowing Rotary owned the Scout Camp property and not trusting any of his relatives (nieces & nephews) to do the right thing, Howard, upon his death in the early 90’s, bequeathed over 800-acres of land to Rotary to manage as a “Wilderness Park”.  A majority (720-acres) of this property makes up the East Creek Reserve, an absolutely beautiful, wild, and critical piece of land in the Boardman River Valley. 
Canterbury Woods  The State of Michigan owned a 120-acre parcel adjacent to the Canterbury Woods Subdivision off Garfield.  The state parcel was a satellite parcel, not connected to any other state land, so the state decided to put it up for sale.  The property features a high, prominent ridge that looks south over the Boardman River Valley.  The undeveloped ridge is beautiful and greats travelers heading north on Garfield Road.   This beautiful view could have been compromised if improperly developed so Rotary Executive Director Marsha Smith led the charge on working a deal with the state to trade 160 acres of the East Creek Reserve immediately adjacent to state land for the 120 acre state land parcel next to Canterbury Woods.  To even the trade, 160 acres for 160 acres, the state included a 40-acre parcel next to Mayfield Pond Park that was later deeded over to Paradise Township to add to the park.   Rotary continued to allow public use of the Canterbury Woods parcel as if it were still state land with the vision that they would eventually sell the property to support future Rotary initiatives.   Before putting the property up for sale, Rotary put restrictions to protect the ridgeline and viewshed.  A developer submitted an offer to build over 50 houses on the property but backed out when they realized the extent of an old dump on the property and other reasons.  This is when Steve and Carol Shuckra and their son stepped in.  The Shuckra’s own and live on a 40-acre parcel immediately west and adjacent to the Canterbury parcel.  They had placed a conservation easement on their property many years ago.  Not wanting to see this property developed, they negotiated a deal with Rotary (through Doug Meteyer and Becky Ewing) and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy to purchase the property with a conservation easement.   Another condition of the sale was that the old dump was to be cleaned up to the extent possible to protect humans, pets, and wildlife. 
Jim Van Memorial Outing 2020.  It’s very fitting that this year’s Jim Van Memorial Outing be spent helping put the finishing touches on the clean-up of the old dumpsite.  This includes picking up any remaining surface trash, spreading top-soil, seeding, and installing fencing…then a toast! 
Past Work Bee Crew
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September 22, 2020, Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Phil Murphy

President Mack Beers called us to order. 

Welcome to Ken Warner for joining us today.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Cindy Ruzak gave a moment of reflection celebrating love in the time of the pandemic.

Marlene Bevan called a Special Meeting of the Noon Club’s Corporate Membership for the purpose of electing Board Members for Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services.

The nomination for Rotary Charities Trustees:

  • Jeff Hickman (Incumbent)

  • Dan Buron 

  • Randy Kamps

  • Ben Marentette

  • Homer Nye

In nomination For Camps & Services Trustees:

  • Pat Parker (Incumbent)

  • Sharron Zimmerman (Incumbent)

  • Jim McWilliams

Closed the meeting.

Becky Ewing for Chris DeGood announced the Jim Van Inanam Annual Work Bee on October 9th at Canterbury Woods. Kathy will send a signup. 

Andrew Colemen announced the upcoming Stream Sampling in partnership with the Watershed Center aka “The Bug Count” being planned for a weekend in October. Reach out to Andrew for date and time().

President Mack announced another election coming up on October 13th (nominations) and election on the 27th for new Club Board Trustees.

Steve Wade introduced the week’s program speaker, his boss and fellow Rotarian Dave Mengebier, President/CEO of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.

Mengebier spoke to current activities and strategy at the GTRCF. At the top he reminded us of the function of Community Foundations ad GTRCF in particular including Grantmaking within the area served of 5 counties with the clear goal of improving lives; bringing together financial resources to support local non-profits; and an express focus on endowments.

Their Board has committed to the Community Vision of envisioning health, resilient, thriving communities supported by a culture of generosity.

The traditional roles the GTRCF takes on are Donor Stewardship (Long term investment), Community Impact (Grants/Scholarship), and Collaborative Leadership (Partnerships generating community vibrancy). He continued to review the data of the past year before looking forward.

With that in mind the GTRCF has begun a process:

  • Under the guise of Community Coalition, they are looking to 

    • Identify and reach consensus on key developments and goals

    • Coordinate communication, policy, resources and support amidst the coalition

    • Track and report on progress

  • To aid this process they are developing a Community Scorecard, establishing a framework of measurement to track success by economic, environmental and societal goals. It will also serve as their communication tool.

  • The Coalition design will bring cross-sector representation to the larger table comprising of government, education, public health among many more.

Working together across 10+ counties, to achieve transformational change for Northwest Michigan.

Northwest Michigan is full of vibrant leaders and organizations who are striving for positive engagement and investment in the future of our region. Harnessing the power of intentional connection and focused engagement, the Community Development Coalition of Northwest Michigan was formed in 2019. We whole-heartedly believe in embracing interdependent strategies and shared accountability to drive favorable outcomes for our community.
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Rotary Club Meeting Recap, 9/15/20

Posted by Art Bukowski
Mack Beers called the meeting to order and administered the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Ramona Pleva offered thoughts of gratitude and reflection from the Lipstick Gospel Devotional.
Marlene Bevans then kicked a special meeting of the corporate membership of Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps and Services. The purpose was to announce the candidates for each board and take nominations from the floor (there were none). Updated Charities Bios click here to view, for the three seats on the Charities board running are Jeff Hickman, Dan Buron, Randy Kamps, Ben Marentette and Homer Nye. 
Please click here  for the nominees for three seats on the Camps and Services board are Sharon Zimmerman, Pat Parker and Jim McWilliams. The election will be held at the Sept. 22 meeting.

IMPORTANT: In order to have an election that complies with the by-laws of these organizations and the club, we need a quorum of half the club members at next week's meeting (Sept. 22). Please do all that you can to attend!
Jen Casey gave an update on the 9/11 honor run, which was held virtually this year. About $3,400 was raised to support that great cause. She needs help for next year's (hopefully) real live race, so get with her if you are able and interested.
Marlene introduced the program, which was split between Rotary Charities Strategic Communications Manager Tori Craig and Amanda Holmes, the executive director of the Fishtown Preservation Society. Amanda previously participated in Rotary Charities' Leadership Learning Lab, which connects leaders from local nonprofits, government and businesses with a goal of improving our community.
Tori first gave an overall update on Rotary Charities. Charities gave out $1,743,683 in grants to our region and supported 684 changemakers with capacity building dollars or services. Charities was also instrumental in helping many organizations adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic. Part of these services included no-cost crisis support to many local organizations, along with various resources to adapt to ongoing challenges.
Click here to go through Rotary Charities' 2019-20 Annual Report. 
Amanda spoke about how Fishtown is persevering in the light of various challenges. Even before the pandemic arrived, Fishtown was dealing with record-high Lake Michigan water levels and had raised or taken steps to protect several shanties. Not only was the water even higher this year, but the pandemic arrived in spring, greatly restricting shop owners. Amanda, who said the lessons from Leadership Learning Lab were critical, is confident Fishtown will make it through this tough time and survive. But as a nonprofit, it could always use support for ongoing operations. To find out more or support this organization, visit
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Calling all Rotarians!

The election for Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services will be held next Tuesday, September 22. Please join us - we need a quorum of half the members for the voting to occur, so it's vital you attend!
Please CLICK HERE for the candidates for Rotary Charities bios. Please CLICK HERE for the Rotary Camps and Services candidate bios, minutes from the 2020 Special Meeting and the 2019 Annual Meeting  We will be voting via Zoom for no more than three candidates for the Rotary Charities Board. Because there are three people running for three seats on the Camps Board, we will have a unanimous ballot for Camps. 
In accordance with our bylaws, you need to be present to vote. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy or me. 
Thank you!
Becky Ewing (she/her/hers)
Executive Director
Rotary Charities of Traverse City
202 E. Grandview Parkway, Suite 200
Traverse City, MI 49684
231.941.4010, ext. 203
mobile: 231.668.2942
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Posted by Recap by Al Bonney

Outbreaks of Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus type 2 are popping up in a number of countries since the switch to a vaccine that only attacks type two polio in April of 2016.  Some of these outbreaks are spreading over more than one country.  As a comparison, in the three years before the switch there were 8 cVDPV2 outbreaks in five countries.  Since the switch, there have been 47 cVDPV2 outbreaks in 20 countries.  While outbreaks were anticipated, what was not anticipated was the number and scale of these outbreaks, some of which have proven very difficult to stop.

Circulating Vaccine Derived cases are exactly what the label indicates, that in countries, particularly in Africa where there is a growing cadre of children without immunity to polio from infrequent and inadequate vaccination programs, it is rare but possible, to find cases of Circulating Vaccine Derived polio.  

This happens because the oral vaccine used in immunization programs is made from the live poliovirus.  It is the same vaccine discovered by Albert Sabin in 1964.  In very rare cases, where campaign quality is poor and not enough children are reached with the vaccine, we run a risk of the live virus occasionally morphing back into a form virulent enough to cause the acute flaccid paralysis that marks the normal polio patient who caught it in the wild. 

The problem is that the only vaccine we have today is the Sabin live-virus vaccine called monovalent Oral Poliovirus Vaccine2 or mOPV2. 

Understand that many cVDPV2 outbreaks in the past have been stopped using the mOPV2.  Because the occurrence of cVDPV2 outbreaks, while serious, is comparatively rare, it is currently the only tool available.

To better address the evolving risk of  cVDPV2, the GPEI partners are working to deploy an additional innovative tool – novel Oral Polio Vaccine type 2 (nOPV2). The vaccine is a modified version of the existing mOPV2, which clinical trials have shown provides comparable protection against poliovirus while being more genetically stable and less likely to revert into a form which can cause paralysis in low immunity settings. The novel vaccine’s increased genetic stability means there is also a reduced risk of seeding new cVDPV2 outbreaks, as is currently experienced with the mOPV2. nOPV2 is being considered for deployment under WHO’s Emergency Use Listing procedure (EUL) to enable rapid field availability. The mOPV2 vaccine will continue to be used until a new and more genetically stable oral polio vaccine, known as nOPV2, which is currently under clinical development, is available.

Accelerating the development and roll-out of a new vaccine to be less likely to seed outbreaks is the current strategy to eradicating the circulating Virus threat in under-immunized populations.

Clinical trials for the nOPV2 are underway.  COVID-19 has had an effect on the development program for the novel vaccine, but development, approval and roll-out of this vaccine remain a top priority.  Works remain on track to have 200 million doses available by the end of 2020.

Judy Weaver helping to administer the polio vaccine
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A Visit with Bob Dean, the Clubs Longest Serving Rotarian 

Posted by Paul LaPorte

(This piece was written for the Centennial Rotary Show Program)

Bob Dean’s story has deep Traverse City roots and shows dedication to family, career, community involvement, and Rotary. 

Bob’s family moved here in the Great Depression. His grandfather built many local landmarks, including Central Methodist Church, Central School, and the Carnegie Library. His father was “Clerk of the Works” for Grandpa, taking care of all the building details. 

Bob graduated from Michigan State and, in 1945, joined the U. S. Air Force. After only a year, the war ended and he was discharged. He met his wife, Arlene, when they were both working at the Morgan Canning Company. They married in 1950 and raised four kids: Linda, Barb, Mary Kay, and David. They have eight grandchildren and nine (going on 11) great-grands. Mary Kay, a retired teacher, is currently active in the TC Sunrise Rotary Club.

As a young man, Bob took over the family business, Red Mill Lumber. At its height, the company had four retail stores, as well as a truss manufacturing business. 

Bob joined Rotary in 1958, when the club was full of the “good old boys.” While they had a lot of fun, they got a lot of good work done in town. He does the usual Rotary jobs, ringing the Salvation Army bells, Tag Day, and was a volunteer at the NMC Barbecue for over fifty years. The biggest change he’s seen is when women came into the club, “We lost between a quarter and a third of our members: some pretty good guys when that happened. Women bring more stability and civility.”

Bob served on the Rotary Charities board, and was president in 1999-2000. A highlight was when he and Rob Collier recruited Glen Chown to head the new GT Regional Land Conservancy. He was also involved in the formation of the Community Foundation, Home Stretch, and he helped bring Habitat for Humanity to Traverse City.

Bob served on the School Board, the planning commission, and zoning boards of appeals for TC and Peninsula Township, and was VP of the Chamber of Commerce.

At 92, you might think Bob would be slowing down. While he admits he’s not quite as active as he used to be, he’s still in attendance at weekly Rotary meetings. “Rotary keeps me active, maintains my friendships, and keeps me knowing what’s going on in town,” he says. At an age when many folks look back to the “old days,” Bob says the younger, more diverse make-up of Rotary is a breath of fresh air and we must continue to evolve to remain vital. 

In reflection, he quotes from books he’s recently read and is keen in his recollection of names, dates, and local changes he’s seen over his lifetime. When asked about his life’s successes, he calmly and humbly says: “I guess I’ve been in the right place at the right time.”

In October 2020 Bob will be celebrating his 93rd Birthday and 62 years as a member of the Rotary Club of Traverse City 

Paul LaPorte and Bob Dean 



A Visit with Bob Dean, the Clubs Longest Serving Rotarian  Paul LaPorte 2020-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Meeting Recap, 9/8/2020

Posted by Carla Weaver on Sep 07, 2020

Speaker: Laura Bowen & Bernadece Boda from the Census Bureau

President Beers called the meeting to order. 

No guests attending today. 

Pledge of allegiance was recited. 

Nikki Subkowski shared words of grace. 

Remembrance Run was announced for Sept. by Jennifer Casey. Here is the link to sign up: 

Charities and Camps nominations are next week. Please participate. It’s an important function of what we do here. 

Program introduced by Dan Buron. Laura Bowen is covering lower Michigan and Bernadece is covering northern Michigan with the native communities in several states. 

Laura shared a PowerPoint explaining how important the census is from a business perspective. 675 billion annually for 10 years in community and program funding. We need to be committed to equity and equality in sharing resources. This money is based in part on census data. 

Grand Traverse County is using the mobile questionnaire assistance in areas with high traffic with census employees. Non-response homes are getting help. There is follow-up mailings. 

We can help by sharing on social media to remind people that the census is going on and the ways it can be done. You can also host an MQA – a census site. Laura can help with either of these options. 

Bernadece explained how the tribes that are federally recognized are a government to government status. They are countries within a country. All the laws for every tribe in Michigan are different with different languages. Every tribal government has designated someone within their government to work with the census. Without their permission, the census cannot enter their land. Bernadece says she has a solid understanding of these systems to help bridge the gaps. Some of the reservations weren’t allowing census workers on their land. Bernadece is assigned to help with this and works with all the tribes to help them complete the census. They are using videos and social media to encourage Native Americans to complete the census. 

Dan Buron asked why some areas have low response rates. Laura answered that many of our homes up here are second homes. Also there are many rural homes that do not have regular addresses that receive mail. A census worker has to visit each of these homes. Also, lots of people up here do not have access to internet. Additionally, some people do not trust the government and do not want to be counted. 

Bernadece emphasized that the internet is a major difficulty, as well as establishing some trust in the census process. Tribes are also encouraging that if anyone in the house is a tribal member, to list that tribal member as number one so the household is counted as a native household. 

Thom wants to know if the census workers get lists every day about who has registered and completed the census. 

People are encouraged to talk to the census workers even if they don’t want to participate. 

How is the homeless population counted? There is a dedicated person who has contact with the people experiencing homelessness, and they are contacting all the sites to find them. There are mobile questionnaire sites that help with this. 

How does the September 30 deadline effect efforts? The census is making every effort to have workers out in the field and getting it done. They are promoting it as much as possible, and also empowering kids to help their parents complete the census. Both women ask all of us to disseminate information about it the census to everyone you know.,9676,7-404-96012---,00.html

Dan Buron presented the Wheels of Hope donations to both women as a thank you for their presentation and their work. 

Mack reminded everyone to attend next week so that we have a quorum for nominations. 

Kathy will have a printout to count anyone attending by using the name on the screen.

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Happy Tuesday! Rotary Review by Ramona

Posted by Ramona Pleva on Sep 01, 2020

It was the first day of September 2020 and Past President Homer Nye stepped in for President Mack Beers. President Mack and First Lady Lorraine are on a California highway and en route to visit their new grandchild. 

Homer offered up a moment of silence as we honored Helen Childs. She is the wife of Ross Childs and passed away late last week. 

Visiting guests and Rotarians were given a moment to self identify. Joan Bonney was joining us and I must say, she is looking radiant!

Al Bonney took a moment to offer up dinner for six at the Boathouse to the first person who could muster up $200 for it. Lisa Pointe, who is fast on the run course, is too fast to catch and scored the dinner outing. This item was from last year’s Rotary Foundation Fundraising Gala and the highest bidder that night isn’t able to use this item. (I am so happy that I am one of Lisa’s closest friends and will probably be invited to said dinner.) 

Homer then initiated the Pledge of Allegiance with a flag that was down one star. Our apologies to Sakura and any other native Hawaiians. But this is what sometimes happens during times of pandemic and so we roll with it. 

Sharron Zimmerman gave us an update on Rotary Camps and Services. The parcel known as Kentbury Woods has been sold to the adjacent owner of 40 acres. Also applications for the Camps and Services and Rotary Charities Board of Trustees are being accepted. On Sept. 15 we will be presented with the slate of candidates and on Sept. 22 we will vote. This leads us to the next item….

On Sept. 15 and Sept 22, we will need a quorum at our meetings. What does this mean? We need 114 Rotarians to show up via Zoom to vote. Please make every attempt to make it as we are trying to proceed via the bylaws and everything is just different right now.  So remember 114 is the magic number…..

Speaking of magic, our resident Magician Ben Whiting announced that applications for the next cycle of Good Works grants are being accepted. Despite not having a Rotary Show this year (which I’m still not over…..) money magically appeared in the Good Works coffers! Not sure how that happens but I’m willing to learn!  The magical link that you should share with local nonprofits for Good Works is:


Pat Parker reminded us of the 9/11 Virtual Honor Run. We have two options!  There is a virtual 5K race and then for those who find a 5K too whimpy (ahem…. Jen Casey!) there is a lovely 11 mile option! But beyond running, the monies raised support our First Responders. Assistance is provided to them to support emotional and mental wellness. Let’s face it, their jobs are physically, mentally and emotionally challenging, we need to show them some love and run!  The link to sign up is:


Homer indicated that he did the Honor Run last year, he may or may not have actually run it….. It may have been a combination of a walk, frolic, skip, limbo  and a shimmy…….

We have three Rotarians who made the list of the top 40 Under 40 list this year. A huge congrats go out to Max Anderson, Jody Treitch, and Kat Paye. Whoop, whoop!!

Steve Wade introduced our speaker today. Seth Johnson joined the United Way in December. Through some interesting twists and turns, Seth found his way in Northern Michigan to pursue his love of community service. He comes from a family of pastors and even though that is a very prestigious line of work according to Homer, we are grateful that he is a part of our community. 

Some current happenings at the United Way include:

211 - it’s a 411 for Health and Human Services in the area. It operates 24/7, provides crisis support, and has texting and email platform. Real-time data is able to be captured. The number one requested service is for utility assistance followed by healthcare services. There is also cybercrime and online fraud program. 

Also happening at the United Way is the Americorp Vista Program. It has 12 individuals that support local nonprofits. There is a volunteer center with volunteer needs. One of the programs they participate in is an  “Age in Place” program which can provide wheelchair ramps for individual homes to increase barrier-free living. 

Day of Caring is slated for Sept. 17 and there are a plethora of volunteer opportunities available both online and in person. 

Education and child literacy is a service that provides parents and caregivers assistance with nurturing language skills of young children to support their development process. 

Vision to Learn is a program provided in conjunction with Father Fred. School-aged children can receive free vision screenings and glasses prior to starting the new school year. 

Next steps for the United Way?

Identifying the gaps in our community for services and then filling them for an exponential change in our community. It starts with “Trouble”.

  • 10.4% of people in our community have food insecurity

  • 2018: 84% of high school seniors graduated

  • 2017: 48% of 3rd graders had reading proficiency

  • 2019: 38% of families in the area are living below the ALICE threshold. ALICE represents the minimum income level necessary for household survival. As Seth mentioned, “they are one flat tire away from an emergency.”

Solution for Trouble?

PEOPLE!!! - We need to chip away at the issues. These PEOPLE are the ones who are Hand Raisers, Game Changers and Problem Solvers. 

Thank you Seth for a great presentation. By the looks of the chat section from the meeting, you received a five star Google rating. We are thrilled that you have joined our club and look forward to serving with you in the future. 

REMINDER: we need a quorum on Sept. 15 and Sept. 22. The magic number is 114. Let’s blow this out of the water people!

And with that, Homer cut us loose!

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In Memory of Rotarian Alan 'Al' Olson

Alan Olson

September 12, 1932 - August 17, 2020

Alan Olson, 87, formerly of Traverse City, died at his Scottsdale, Arizona home on Aug. 17, 2020. He was born on Sept. 12, 1932 in South Haven to Maurice and Ann.
He married his wife, Marilyn, on Nov.3, 1956. Alan and Marilyn retired to Traverse City in 1990 and were highly active in the community during the many years they were residents.
Alan is survived by his children, Rick (Kelly), Jane and Kathryn Johnson (Grant); his grandchildren, Cody (Katie), Casey (LeeAnne), Rachel and Kendall; his brothers, Maurice and Tom; and his sister, Carolyn.
He was preceded in death by his wife; and parents.
Memorials can be made to Child and Family Services.
Al was a Rotarian for 47 years, and a member of the Rotary Club of Traverse City for 29  years.
He served on all the Rotary boards and was the recipient of our Club's highest honor, the Red Rose Award in early 2019
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August 18th Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Phil Murphy
President Mack Beers called the meeting to order, and Sid Lammers offered us a moment of Gratitude and Reflection.
Alexis Juett talked about the reinstitution of the IM Rotary classes to be held on the third Tuesday of each month.
Ramona Pleva reminded us of the Blood Drive coming up
President Mack announced the Sunrise Club is meeting for some social times according to Kathleen Guy on 8/27,  9/10 & 9/24 at the Graelickville Harbor Park from 5-7 pm. BYOB – snacks provided. (no glass or open containers.
Big CONGRATULATIONS to President Mack & Lorraine Beers on becoming first-time grandparents! It’s a girl.
Please click on the link to view the 8/18/20 Club Meeting Password: #.9#UAoN
Program: NMC
Jamie McNabb Introduced Dr. Nick Nissley the 11th President of Northwestern Michigan College. Nick took the reins a couple of months prior to the pandemic, and has had to weather closing at the college as well as a shift to online education. He comes well-prepared to tackle these difficult mandates and issues. He took his Doctorate of Education degree from George Washington University. He served as the head of Cincinnati’s School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Dean of the Business School at Cincinnati State Community College.
Dr. Nissley spoke about his first 6 months in Traverse City, his view of NMC to now and a look at the future, but first, he spoke of how. From his early years in Dr. Nissley pointed out how important education was to him, a young, troubled kid from the wrong side of the tracks. It was at the Milton Hershey School that he received a second chance. One he clearly took advantage of and leading him through opportunities to where he stands today. The breadth of his background spans fro K-12 to Corporate Education and Continuing International Education at the Banff Centre to NMC today.
Nick spoke about his experience at the Milton Hershey School and the impact that it had on his life. He included a brief look at the man behind the school that bears his name. It is clear that Dr. Nissley holds him, his own teachers and the school in high regard.
With Hershey’s words in mind, Dr. Nissley took up the mantle of a Servant Leader to assist in the accomplishments and fulfillment of the hopes and expectations of others. He is committed to helping others think and act beyond boundaries and to achieve more than was previously imagined. More to his point is today he is a community builder. He referred back to an original tenet of NMC’s mission: Community-Centered, Community Serving, placing himself expertly within that ideal.
He spoke to the rich history of NMC, and the strong ties of partnership with Rotary and Rotary Charities. Acknowledging the late Jim Beckett as a key driver of this ongoing relationship.
He exemplified the “Big Picture.”
  • 4500 Unduplicated credit students annually
  • University Center, Dennos Museum, WNMC Radio and the Rogers Observatory (allowing services and engagement well beyond the Community College service)
  • Extended Education for the entire community
  • 50,000 ‘Learners’
  • Baccalaureate Programming
  • $50M Enterprise with a $50M Foundation
Dr. Nissley went on to elucidate his top three priorities for himself
  1. Listen and Learn
  2. Build Relationships: He has already spoken and/or met with many of NMC’s stakeholders
  3. Maintain Momentum
He then turned to the NMC COVID-19 response. He spoke to the “4R’s.”
  • Refocus
  • Reopening
  • Reimagining
  • Righting the ship
Finally, he humbly thanked the community that has stepped up to donate and support and commit to NMC in a profound way even at the height of the pandemic.
Dr. Nissley’s final thought: Rotary and its people, as co-owners, can be proud. As he said, “We’re delivering on Student Success and a Balanced Budget with no Tuition increase.” Something to be said for NMC and its stewardship.
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August 11, 2020 Rotary Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Art Bukowski
Mighty Mack Beers called the meeting to order.
Elyse Higgerson offered wonderful golf-themed thoughts of gratitude and reflection. A sample: Your score is directly related to your ability to forget and move on from past bad shots.
John Hall let everyone know that the boards of Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps and Services are accepting nominations for board members. Applicants need to be members in good standing in the club for at least 5 years and embody the FOUR-WAY TEST® to apply. Feel free to nominate yourself! CLICK HERE For the Nomination form. The deadline is Sept. 4.
Ramona Pleva announced a blood drive will be held on Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 Kirkbride Hall. They are also hosting a cookie competition, so if Rotarians want to bake and donate cookies for the rest period after blood donations, they are welcome to do so. We would like cookies on-site by 10:45 am. This is blood drive is open to all your family, friends & co-workers. Link for info:
Al Bonney let us know that Ayuba Gufwan is out of the hospital, but no further details were immediately available.  
Steve Wade introduced Dale Chilcote, a fellow Rotarian who hosted the meeting program. 
Dale is a seasoned nursing home administrator who runs Orchard Creek Healthcare and Cedar Creek Commons here in town. He gave a rundown of the ways that Covid-19 has impacted his world. Highlights from his detailed and thorough presentation:
  • As of July 31, there have been 151 residents with positive test results, along with 21 deaths, among 31 nursing homes in the northern lower peninsula.
  • 123 staff have had positive results, with no deaths.
  • 4 northern MI facilities have had 80 percent of the cases. Facilities overseen by Dale had 4 patients and 4 staff with positive results. All were asymptomatic and some tested negative shortly thereafter.
  • Did Gov. Whitmer force nursing homes to take COVID patients? No. She ordered that a facility must not prohibit admission or readmission based on COVID test results. 
  • Too soon to say when visitor restrictions put in place for the safety of residents will be lifted
August 11, 2020 Rotary Club Meeting Notes Art Bukowski 2020-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Charities, Rotary Camps & Services Board Nomination Announcement 

Rotary Charities 

Rotary Camps & Services

Nomination Announcement 

Rotary Club Bulletin

August 11, 2020


The boards of Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services are now accepting nomination forms for the Board of Trustees.  Terms will begin October 2020 and end September of 2023.  Any Rotarian who has been a member of and active in, the club for five years and is currently in good standing may apply (note: if the Rotarian transfers in from another club and has at least 5 years total between the two, or if they have served in the capacity of Presidential Designee, they are eligible to run). 

Key Characteristics for Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services board members:

  • Proven leadership

  • Strong community connections

  • Nonprofit board experience

  • Exemplary of the Four-Way Test

  • Objective, with no personal agenda

  • Respectful of differing opinions

  • Collaborative

  • Strategic thinker

  • Visionary

  • Creative 

  • 5-county perspective

The time commitment varies with each board, committee membership, and role.  Both boards meet monthly for 1 ½ - 2 hours.  There will be additional time for joint board meetings, legacy trustee meetings, committees/task forces, and grant meetings (Rotary Charities Board only).  Plan on a monthly commitment of 5 – 15 hours.

Application forms for both boards are posted on the club website, CLICK HERE, and are also available from Kathy Bussell or Stacey Foster. 

Applications are due back to the Rotary Office by September 4, 2020. 

At the September 15th Rotary Club meeting, the Joint Nominating Committees will propose a slate of candidates for election. Additionally, nominations will be taken from the floor at that time.  The election will take place at the annual meeting of Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services on September 22, 2020.
Rotary Charities, Rotary Camps & Services Board Nomination Announcement  2020-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Virtual 9/11 Honor Run or Walk - Supporting The Grand Traverse Region Public Safety Alliance   Jennifer Casey 2020-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Traverse City Blood Drive, Sign Up &/or Share the Information 

Posted by Ramona Pleva

Date: August 20 

Time: 11-5

Place: Kirkbride Hall at the Grand Traverse Commons

Link to sign up:

We are teaming up with Versiti Blood of Michigan (formerly known as Michigan Blood), Kirkbride Hall and Precision Plumbing and Heating for this event! Our goal is to have 60 donors. Blood supplies are very low right now in Northern Michigan so donations are crucial at this time. Please consider being a donor if you are able to!

Another way to serve is to bring homemade cookies to the event! We will be having a Cookie Competition and donors can vote for their favorite cookie. Please drop off cookies by 10:45 on August 20 and 5-7 dozen should be a sufficient supply. Volunteers and Versiti staff will be eligible for voting. 

If you have any questions on the event, please contact Ramona at 231.510.8682 or This has also been posted on our club’s Facebook page.

Donors are asked to eat iron-rich foods for up to two weeks prior to a donation. This includes spinach, liver, red meat, seafood, pork, poultry, lentils, and even dark chocolate. If you are new to being a blood donor and have questions, here’s a link with great info:

Rotary Club of Traverse City Blood Drive, Sign Up &/or Share the Information  Ramona Pleva 2020-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Jon Catlin

Posted by Ramona Pleva

President Mac announced that a New Member Orientation meeting was going to be held after the regular club meeting. 

Our speaker today was the esteemed District Governor Jon Catlin from Cadillac. DG Jon’s first exposure to Rotary was as an exchange student to Finland in 1985! He became a paying member of  Rotary in 1994 and has been active as a Rotary exchange host family and has attended two international conventions. 

His presentation entitled “A Year for Making Lemonade” communicated the goals of Rotary during this lemonade making season!

Rotary Goals include:

  • Making Membership Memorable!

  • We have challenges with: less connection, less time, information overload and maintaining the status quo.

  • What is needed is: involved and engaged Rotarians, focus on caused based activities (like a Blood Drive and 9/11 Honor Run!)

  • Satellite clubs are forming as: e-clubs, passport clubs, 

  • Innovation: the time is now to be innovative with how we do Rotary

Telling your Rotary Story?

  • Does the community know what we do? (We like to think they do, I mean we are kind of a big deal!)

  • How do we communicate that? Social media, website?? A champion is needed.

Successful clubs are:

  • Diverse

  • Accepting 

  • Innovative

  • Active

Rotary Foundation has donated millions recently for food, ventilators, PPE and masks over the last several months. 

While the goal of Every Rotarian Every Year continues to be a theme for Rotary International, there is a new 7th area of focus: Supporting the Environment.  The Four-Way Test has now added a 5th component: Is it Fun? (Seriously, I think we wrote the book on “Is it Fun”!!)

Other challenges with Rotary during the current state of making lemonade affect our young people. Rotary Youth Exchange and the Rotary Life Leadership weekend are halted at this time. Interact and Rotaract programs present new challenges with engagement due to the uncertainty of what our educational process will evolve into. 

Despite the lemonade we are currently making, District Governor Jon is challenging us to: 

  • Visit another club 

  • Attend a district event 

  • Find ways to showcase our club

  • Mark April 16-18 on your calendar for a district event at Crystal Mountain. 

And with that, the meeting for the first week of August is a wrap!

District Governor Jon Catlin Ramona Pleva 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary as a Family Tradition: The Weaver Family

The Weaver family has a long history with Rotary Youth Exchange spanning over 40 years. Ken and Judy, along with their daughters, Carla and Lesley, have hosted five students from France, New Zealand, Turkey, and Spain.  They remain in close contact with these students and their families. There have been many visits back and forth with these students, and now the second and third generations visit each other. As a teenager, Lesley was an exchange student to Denmark. Ken and Judy’s grandchildren, Tristan and Amelia Burke, also did exchange years in Peru and Brazil in 2014 and 2018, respectively, and Carla hosted a student from Italy. 

Kennard Weaver joined Rotary in 1972 and served as the President of the Elkhart, Indiana, Club in 1987-88, the year that women were admitted into Rotary. He also served as the Club Youth Exchange Chair, Program Chair, and on the District Youth Exchange Committee. Ken joined Traverse City Rotary in 2007, and he has served as World Community Service Chair, and District Foundation Grants Chair. 

Ken and Judy have participated in National Immunization week and West Africa Project Fair in Abuja, Nigeria. They support fund-raising efforts for Wheels of Hope, a program that gives the gift of mobility to people in Nigeria who are stricken with polio.

Carla and Lesley both joined Rotary in 2017 in Traverse City and Oakland, CA, respectively. Growing up the girls considered themselves “Rotary Brats” because of the Rotary activities that filled their childhoods! Carla serves as Traverse City Rotary’s Youth Exchange Officer and has been in the Rotary Chorus since 2009. 

Ken, Judy, Lesley and Carla are all Paul Harris Fellows which supports the mission of Rotary International. Amelia aspires to have the Rotary seat at the United Nations. The Weaver family legacy is an example of how the Rotary “Service About Self” motto extends throughout the world. 

Photo: Ken, Judy and Marguerite de The from France
Judy vaccinates babies in Nigeria against polio
Tristan and Amelia Burke with Enrica Gullo from Italy
***Special footnote since the article was written, Amelia is now the 2020 Summer Intern for Rotary Charities.
Please find the most recent article she has written for Rotary Charities
CLICK HERE to view
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Rotary Club Meeting Notes, August 4, 2020

Posted by Ramona Pleva

President Mack called our Zoom meeting to order and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Wendy Irvin offered a Spirit of Kindness as part of the Gratitude and Reflection moment. 

Al Bonney asked us to keep our Nigerian Rotarian friends in our thoughts and prayers as some of their family members have “the virus”.

Ramona updated the club on the Blood Drive Event!

Date: August 20 

Time: 11-5

Place: Kirkbride Hall at the Grand Traverse Commons

Link to sign up:

We are teaming up with Versiti Blood of Michigan (formerly known as Michigan Blood), Kirkbride Hall and Precision Plumbing and Heating for this event! Our goal is to have 60 donors. Blood supplies are very low right now in Northern Michigan so donations are crucial at this time. Please consider being a donor if you are able to!

Another way to serve is to bring homemade cookies to the event! We will be having a Cookie Competition and donors can vote for their favorite cookie. Please drop off cookies by 10:45 on August 20 and 5-7 dozen should be a sufficient supply. Volunteers and Versiti staff will be eligible for voting. 

If you have any questions on the event, please contact Ramona at 231.510.8682 or This has also been posted on our club’s Facebook page.

Donors are asked to eat iron-rich foods for up to two weeks prior to a donation. This includes spinach, liver, red meat, seafood, pork, poultry, lentils, and even dark chocolate. If you are new to being a blood donor and have questions, here’s a link with great info:

Jen Casey made the difficult decision to change our 9/11 Honor Run to a virtual run but you can still participate, donate and support our First Responders!!! There will be two options for the event. You can sign up online to do a 5K (3.1 miles) on your own or opt for an 11 mile run! You have the flexibility to do it anytime between right now and September 11. Click here!

Remember with the 9/11 Honor Run, we are able to support our First Responders with providing services for emotional wellness. If you would like to donate but not participate in the run, you are welcome to do so as well.

President Mac announced that a New Member Orientation meeting was going to be held after the regular club meeting.

Rotary Club Meeting Notes, August 4, 2020 Ramona Pleva 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Charities Grant Review, Join Today 2020-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Notes, 7/14/2020

Posted by Phil Murphy

President Mack Beers called our Zoom Meeting to order. Jen Casey led the moment of reflection.

In the ongoing engagement of new members, we met the first three new members of the year during the meeting. Paul LaPorte introduced us to Dr. Bernie Rubin a rheumatology specialist, and Laura Oblinger had us meet Laurie Lapp an accomplished human resource professional by trade. Lisa Pointe closed out the introductions presenting Emily Wilbert a native of Traverse City and is with Hagerty Insurance in senior management and strategic operations.

Marsha Minervini led a farewell to our Brazilian exchange student Arthur, including comments from Arthur as well thanking his families and the club.

A Rotary Charities update was given by Mark Eckhoff. He spoke of the commitment Charities is making toward understanding our history and the work we need to do to build a more inclusive society, as in the recent grant given to Title Track for their “Understanding Racial Justice” series. Charities is also now seeking grant reviewers for future grant requests. CLICK HERE

Al Bonney spoke about other grants that are being made as Rotary makes a commitment to help fight the COVID-19 virus around the world. Locally, Lisa Pointe spearheaded bringing 4 regional clubs together with financial commitments up to $3500 each with matches from Rotary International. Four Charities were selected as beneficiaries. Another grant derives from Rotary Foundation’s Disaster Grant program.

President Mack announced that he will work to track attendance via the zoom meetings.

Becky Ewing introduced the day’s program featuring TART and their Executive Director Julie Clark. Julie also introduced Casey Russel who is the Development Director.

 Following an excellent video introducing TART to all of us, featuring founder John Robert Williams among others that show clearly the impact and history plus its place today:, Clark gave a presentation update on the work Traverse Area Recreational and Transportation Trails (TART) is currently up to. 

The mission is simple and straightforward: Enriching the Traverse Region by providing a network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways; and encouraging their use.  

Now in the age of COVID-19, the key is to stay active. Stay healthy. Stay safe. TART is working in many ways to be a leader in this effort. 

Last year, TART did a benefits study of trails in Leelanau County. The key findings were:

  • Trails increase traffic to businesses

  • They are a boost to local business seasonality

  • They contribute to creating a sense of community and outdoor

  • TART trails is viewed as an important community partner

These are important recreational corridors and ways to get around the area for commuters. The trails contribute to an active healthy lifestyle that is a signature of the region.

Upcoming projects include: 

  • Boardman Lake Loop Trail and its completion

  • Vasa Skillz

  • Boardman River Trail

  • Leelanau Trail Improvements

  • TART Reconstruction’

Further down the road TART is looking at:

  • Leelanau Trail Extension to Peshawbestown

  • Nakwema Trailway

  • Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Extension

  • Three Mile Trail Extension

These are just some of the projects this excellent organization is running with now and in the future.

Thank you note from TART for the Good Works grant they received from the Club
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Welcome New Member Ralph Bednarz

Ralph Bednarz retired from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in 2011 after a 35-year career in environmental protection and water resources management in Michigan. Three months after retiring, Ralph came back to the DEQ Water Resources Division as a U.S. EPA Senior Environmental Employment Program specialist to coordinate the implementation of the 2012 National Lakes Assessment (NLA) in Michigan. He also served as a national trainer for the 2012 NLA. 

Ralph managed the DEQ’s inland lakes water quality monitoring programs, including the Lake Water Quality Assessment (LWQA) monitoring program and the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). He was responsible for the implementation of the 2007 and 2012 NLA in Michigan. He coordinated the development and implementation of the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) volunteer water monitoring network. 

Ralph currently stays involved with protective lakes management programs in Michigan through the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership and McNALMS. Ralph is also working to protect Michigan’s inland lakes in the Traverse City area, one lake one shoreline at a time, by assisting and educating local units of government and lake associations on protective inland lakes management. 

Ralph has a BS in Biology/Chemistry from the University of Illinois and an MS in Limnology from Michigan State University.

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Rotary Club 6/23/20 Zoom Meeting Notes

Posted by Carla Weaver on Jun 23, 2020
Called to order by President Homer. Kathy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Guest introduced by Paul LaPorte who introduced us to Bernie Rubin.

Randy Kamps offered the thoughts and reflections.

Herb Lemcool introduced Ralph Bernard, our new member.

Chris DeGood announced that the Discovery Center Pier work is being done. GoRec is active online and producing a vast number of Facebook programs to help people learn about hiking and camping activities. He invited us all to get to these new locations when it’s possible.

Sid VanSlyke announced that there will not be a Friends of the Boardman Gourmet Dinner this fall. The decision was made because of pandemic realities. They hope to be able to hold a 2021 event. He thanked everyone.

Ramona Pleva updated us on the Centennial Rotary Show. Even though the show wasn’t held, revenue was raised in the amount of $55,700. She thanked everyone.

Paul and Nancy Morris are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. You're welcome to send them a note of congratulations to their home address, which is 5618 Lakeview Drive, Interlochen, MI 49643.
For the first half of 2020 a total of $10,750 was donated by club members to area nonprofits it was then doubled to make your total donations using this simple program $21,500. WOW! How can you double your donations, you say? Through the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Rotary Endowment Fund MATCH CLICK HERE to learn more or find a Match Form. 

Ross Childs introduced Devankhar Mukhi who is studying at Wayne State University. He’s attended several Rotary International Conferences and received awards. He is interested in helping our club with Wheels of Hope.
He discussed Rotaract. He joined Rotary in 2014 with RYLA and is now 6400 District Governor for Rotaract. Devankhar is a public health and peace studies student. Rotary UN Day happens every year and he recommends we all attend. Rotaract is for people 18-30 to exchange ideas about community and working with your Rotary Club. There are almost 300,000 Rotaract people. Gaia Klotz gave a shout out to Devankhar for his work.
Detroit Peace in the Streets program is a Rotaract program organized by his club. 2020 Rotary International Assembly that happens in San Diego each year as a training for District Governors worldwide. Devankhar worked together with other Rotaract members to be recognized as an equal membership organization.
Peacebuilding initiatives include the Peace in the Streets held in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Windsor. Three different women who are leading peacemaking efforts were in the line up of speakers. Gun violence, human rights, human trafficking, mass incarceration and other topics were discussed. Visit the Rotary Peace in the Streets site to get more information.
He can be reached at @devankharmukhi or at the Facebook page @WSURotaract. 
Gaia asked what the challenges might be if we were to form a Rotaract club in Traverse City. Devankhar said we need to connect with young people, maybe those in our families. We should tap into this group and encourage them to join. It will help them expand their leadership skills and to travel the world going to conferences. Then they can work with our club on community projects. It will also help us to bolster our own club membership as the young Rotaract members join the city clubs. You only need 15 people to charter a Rotaract club. The middle club can be a Young Professional club between Rotaract and the regular club.
Ross thanked our dynamic young speaker. And Kathy thanked him by presenting him with a donation to Wheels of Hope.
President Homer thanked our speaker and our guests for attending. Then he adjourned the meeting.

Rotary Club 6/23/20 Zoom Meeting Notes Carla Weaver 2020-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
World Community Service - Safe Passage  2020-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARY SQUARE - Downtown Traverse City 

Thumbs Up for Rotary Square!
Club Members share in the excitement with masks on and thumbs up!

CLICK HERE for the Record-Eagle announcement 

Traverse City DDA
announced today it has secured a location for Rotary Square, the long-planned civic square for
Downtown TC (Official)
. The square - envisioned to be an urban public oasis and community gathering and event space - will be located at the corner of Union and State streets on the current Chemical Bank/TCF Financial Corporation property. TCF will be relocating to a new to-be-built downtown location, with the civic square potentially opened as soon as the end of 2021. Read more about the project in tomorrow’s Ticker.
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Taking action for Afghanistan’s vulnerable communities 

In response to COVID-19, polio community workers took to the streets to deliver soap bars, safety advice and information on routine immunization during the pandemic to families in Kandahar. See how the distribution has helped lay the groundwork to protect families from COVID-19 and prevent cases of vaccine-preventable diseases including polio. [More]

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GO•REC property is open to the public for day use recreation, YAY!

GO•REC has officially begun our phased reopening starting with public recreation!

Come enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, or disc golf from dawn until dusk.

Our welcome center, staff offices, overnight lodging, restroom facilities, campsites, activity areas, and equipment rentals remain closed at this time.

All visitors must maintain 6ft social distance from others outside their immediate household and register at the new contactless check-in areas located at the main gate and in multiple places throughout the front of the property using your phone and QR code.

(Please note: disc golf baskets are not sanitized. Users must bring their own recreation equipment).


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Rotary International - Recorded FaceBook Event

Rotary Responds was Live
Find out how Rotary's partnerships are being utilized to respond to COVID-19 during this episode of #RotaryResponds Live. Rotary International CEO John Hewko was joined by Brock Bierman, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, USAID - US Agency for International Development and Mike McGovern, Chair of Rotary International's PolioPlus Committee.
CLICK HERE to view. You might have to have a FaceBook account to view.
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Opinion: Stand on the right side of justice

Posted by Homer Nye on Jun 17, 2020

When I first became a Rotarian 36 years ago, it was a different day.

Rotary had simply adopted the mores of society: women weren’t allowed in the club and our rotary show had stopped performing in blackface only a few years earlier. Fortunately, Rotary realized that its actions were not consistent with its own four-way test and corrected the situation. The four-way test consists of four questions: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Reflecting on this time of upheaval and protest, it is obvious that for centuries the answer to those four questions has been “no” for black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). Systemic racism runs deep in this country. People of all color have continually been on the losing side of many systems: health, education, judicial. These systems need to be changed — for until change happens, we will continue to see outcomes such as we are now experiencing and have experienced for hundreds of years. Racism is a public emergency and we have the power to rebuild. The time has come to act. We have lived in complacency for far too long. But do we have the will to go beyond empty words and political games? If not, God help us all.

The recent killing of George Floyd has sparked anger and calls for long-awaited justice for BIPOC. I believe it is also catalyzing an awakening for white people and I want to stand with my fellow Rotarians to call out these injustices. White privilege needs to be acknowledged and we need to wake up and take the course of right action for communities of color.

Rotary’s motto of “service about self” seems most appropriate at this time. We are being called to ally with our brothers and sisters in our community and beyond. For years Rotarians have worked for peace, the eradication of polio, clean water and education across the globe. Right now, there are 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs around the world. Think about the power to serve others and affect change that would make our world fairer for everyone. To that end, I, on behalf of the Rotary Club board and myself, ask you to stand on the right side of justice.

Rotary Charities, our partner organization, has a resource where you can find many articles, videos and learning opportunities:

About the author: Rev. Homer Nye is the current president of the Traverse City Rotary Club. For 33 years he was the senior minister of the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. He and his wife Becky volunteer for Food Rescue, Next Step (a host program for homeless youth) and Generations Ahead (reaching out to pregnant and parenting teenagers).

CLICK HERE to view online 
Opinion: Stand on the right side of justice Homer Nye 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
6/16/2020 Program: Traverse City DDA 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

4th Quarter Good Works Grants


Great Lakes Children's Museum 

Need: UV Air & Surface Sanitizer 

Granted: $1,200


TART Trails Inc.

Need: Boardman River Trail

Granted: $2,000


Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Need: Next Chapter: Host Homes

Granted: $2,000


National Alliance on Mental Illness

Need: Ending the Silence Program

Granted: $2,000

NAMI Ending the Silence  is a presentation designed for middle and high school students, school staff and parents or guardians  of middle- or  high-school-aged youth. Audiences learn  about the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs.  


Hospice of Michigan

Need: Grief Support Services & Telehealth/Virtual Training

Granted: $2,000


Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region

Need: PPE

Granted: $1,400


Crooked Tree Arts

Need: Video Streaming Equipment

Granted: $1,200


Father Fred Foundation

Need: Freezer

Granted: $750


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Need: Books

Granted: $2,200


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Youth Exchange

Goodbye gathering for Ayl 
Saying goodbye... Arthur & Ayl
Arthur, Marsha & Ayl
The Vanslyke Family with Anna
The notes Anna left around the VanSlyke's house
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Club Meeting Notes from 6/9/20

Posted by Phil Murphy
President Homer Nye called the meeting to order with Kathy Bussell ringing the bell and leading the Pledge. President Homer’s moment of reflection came surprisingly from Elizabeth Taylor on the occasion of her receiving a Humanitarian Award for her work with AIDS.
Visitors and potential new Members Ralph Bednarz and Bernie Rubin joined us on Tuesday. Glad you joined in, and we look forward to them being a part of the noon club in the future.
Jeff Hickman Spoke about Rotary Charities and the Urgent Needs Fund. The fund has raised over $500,000 dollars to date. Charities gave an initial matching grant of $50,000 and has approved a second $50,000 matching grant. Rotarians can donate an additional amount up to $250 specifically for this fund over and above the matching grant program for any other charity you so desire. This makes the value of your matching donation of a total of $500 through this month. For details, Click Here for Match form or you always contact the Kathy, (231) 313-0253.
Steve Wade introduced today’s speaker: Fellow Rotarian Warren Call. He spoke about COVID-19 and the impact on Business and the things that are being done and the longer-term view of recovery from the perspective of Traverse Connect and the business community.
He reviewed the local Economic Development and COVID -19 planning and the work with their business partners such as Traverse City Tourism and the DDA among others with a goal toward building resiliency.
The two things he wanted us to take away were:
  1. The superb collaboration and teamwork experienced during this time and process.
  2. We look to build resiliency - coming back better and stronger than before.
The Key Topics are:
  • Community Coordination
    • Set Up Joint Operations Center
      This was originally set-up in March and worked 7 days a week in-person and remotely for 7 weeks. Now they continue to convene 3x per week. It is a broad Coalition of Non-profit, Educational, Governmental and Private Sector members
    • Emergency Support Function
      Under the auspices of Greg Byrd and the Emergency Management Office with a shout out to Chief Pat Parker for bringing the Warren and the Private sector to bear on this important issue.
    • Regional Partnerships
      Key was dealing with assistance to businesses through Loan and Grants to assist.
  • Public Policy
    • Policy Analysis: Executive Orders (more than 100) plus national, State and local regulations
    • Business Feedback Surveys
    • Regional Phased Reopening
  • Re-opening Process
    • Messaging
    • Contingencies
    • Resources
Business Preparation for reopening: Employee and Customer safety regulations; Sourcing, supply and proper use of PPE; Guidelines for safe opening and social distancing; Industry/sector-specific best practices, forums.
  • Long-term Recovery
    • Get back on track
    • Economic Diversity
    • Future of Work
    • Promoting Resiliency
Key areas of concern:
  • Economic Fallout 
    • Unemployment Rate over April Showed Michigan as 50th in the nation
      Leelanau fared better than the State as a whole, but Grand Traverse, Benzie, Kalkaska and Antrim all show higher unemployment than the State average.
    • Biggest Challenges
      • General Uncertainty
      • PPE/Safety Measures
      • Childcare
      • Customer Spending
      • Workforce Concerns
      • New Regulations
      • Access to Capital
    • Attracting Talent to the region
      • Childcare ranks the highest Interest in attracting people
      • Community Events and engagement, Placemaking through Arts and Culture (Quality of Life) Look for a “Creative Coast” initiative. This ranks 4th after the above, Job availability, and Where to live.
      • A keen look is ongoing into attracting a remote workforce
There was a lively question and answer segment that drilled down on some of these issues especially Childcare and Education. Pat Parker also gave a shoutout to Seth Johnson and Warren Call for the yeoman’s work they have done with Emergency Operations.  Good meeting!
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Roto Photo

Rotarians lined the street to remember the club's longest-serving Rotarian Jim Beckett.
Thank you Jim for your "Service above Self" to our community and our world.
Beth & Joe
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Wheels of Hope Update – June 2020

Wheels of Hope is a fully owned and operated Traverse City Rotary Club organization that reports to our Club Board just like every other committee in our club.  We are a 501c3, but only because we raise money from people outside the club who want their contributions to build wheelchairs to be tax-deductible.  Otherwise, we are just like every other committee in the Traverse City Rotary Club. You may recall that our club recognizes our weekly club presenters by “contributing to help build wheelchairs for polio survivors in Nigeria.” That is Wheels of Hope in action.

The Wheels of Hope Board (that is what we call our “committee”) began a revitalization program about 10 months ago with the goal of doubling our annual fundraising goal from $10,000 currently to $20,000.  Doing that would enable Ayuba Gufwan, our Rotarian partner in Nigeria, to build 133 more wheelchairs every year and give them to polio survivors free so they can go to school, get an education and a better job, get married, raise a family and live a life of dignity – Transform another person’s life for only $150.

Part of that revitalization has been to hire a local social media expert to ramp up our Facebook presence, making it a more productive fundraising tool.  The Coronavirus sort of got in the way of our revitalization program but our expertise has been very helpful over the past couple of months, anyway.  One of the ways to help make her work more productive is to have as many of our Rotary Community (That is YOU and all the members of the TC Rotary club) “LIKE” the Wheels of Hope Facebook page and “SHARE” the page with all your friends, asking them to “LIKE “ it too.  That’s the way Social Media works – it’s all about numbers.

So our request is that you “LIKE” our Facebook page  and SHARE it with all, or a large group of your personal friends.  The reason is simple.  As a Rotarian we “Do good in the world”.  One of the many ways our club does this is Wheels of Hope raises money to build wheelchairs for polio survivors in Nigeria.  Our web site is .  We are NOT asking you to ask your friends for money, we just want you and your friends to “like” our page and be aware of what wheels of Hope is doing.

Another part of our revitalization was to make a new video to tell our story – and to help us raise money.  Here is a link to our new 90 second video.  Hope you like it! We will be circulating this video as far and wide as we can, very shortly. We animated our logo, too. Did you see that in the beginning of this piece?

Thanks for your help and support to make Wheels of Hope more productive, and to help Ayuba build more wheelchairs to transform the lives of more polio survivors in Nigeria.


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Centennial Q & A Article

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Great Q&A article...Responses by our Rotary Club of Traverse City's Centennial Committee Chair Dale Chilcote. A special thank you to & Allison Jarrell for helping us share our awesome 100-year anniversary story.
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Rotary Club Zoom Meeting, May 26, 2020

Posted by Ramona Pleva

It was a beautiful post-Memorial day for a Rotary Meeting on May 26, 2020

President Homer opened the meeting and Kathy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Cindy Ruzuk offered up thoughtful words for our Gratitude and Reflection

Two new members were introduced to our club. 

Max Anderson introduced Seth Johnson. Seth is with the United Way and has settled in Traverse City after a few moves around the country. He is the son of a pastor and has a capella singing talents! He and his wife Ashley moved here last November. They have one daughter, Thea and two canines round out their family unit!

Lisa Pointe introduced Amber Dutton. Amber relocated from Nashville, TN a few years ago. She comes from a very service oriented family and has been actively involved with children with special needs and Make a Wish Foundation among others. Amber is an account executive with Michigan Broadband Services. 

Welcome Seth and Amber!! We graciously welcome you to our club and know that you will be great assets to our club. We look forward to connecting with you soon!


President Homer shared the news that Jim Beckett, our #1 Rotarian has been moved to hospice a few days ago. 

President Homer then introduced our speaker today Marjorie Rich from Generations Ahead. Generations Ahead helps connect teen and young adult parents to services and other resources in our area. 

In our area, the trend for teen pregnancy is lower than the state average. Of the five-county area included, Leelanau has the lowest rates of teen pregnancy with Kalkaska having the highest. In this area, we see about 75 teen births each year to a mother age 19 and younger.

Causes of Teen Pregnancy include:

  • Decreased access to birth control

  • Alcohol and drug use: 25% of high school students report using drugs or alcohol at time of sex

  • Multiple partners: 12% of high school juniors have had 4 or more partners

  • Lack of goals and aspirations: not encouraged to think about the future

  • Generation cycle: their mom was a teen mom

Consequences include:

  • Low high school graduation rate: National average is 40%

  • Housing instability: either they are kicked out of their home, “couch surf” or sometimes exchange sex for a bed for the night

  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Domestic violence occurs more often than sexual assault with pregnant teens.

  • Poverty: drop out of school, low wage jobs

  • Poorer health outcomes: late with prenatal care, increased rates of smoking and low birth weight

  • Children of teens: poorer educational and social-emotional outcomes

The Generations Ahead program has a 40-year history. It was initially called the Doula Teen Parent Program but recently changed its name. They are now incorporated and are seeking 501(c)3 status. They are supported by grants.

This is the only program in the Grand Traverse area that serves both young adult mothers and fathers. To qualify for their program, they must have had their first child by 19. 

Services provided range from:

  • Social workers and counseling services

  • Online support groups

  • Mentors for clients who are volunteers

  • Baby Pantry

  • Goal setting

Two videos were shared and featured teen parents and how they initially managed to have a baby while still in high school and also the benefits of the services that are available.

To learn more about Generations Ahead , you can also reach out to Marjorie Rich at 231.360.0053 or at

And with that, President Homer called it a day! Have a great week and we’ll see you soon on Zoom!

Rotary Club Zoom Meeting, May 26, 2020 Ramona Pleva 2020-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary celebrates a century of leadership, traditional and transformative

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Wonderful Rotary of Traverse City centennial story, Thank you Traverse City Record-Eagle. ...“The real value of ‘striking black gold’ was not just the money. The real value and lasting impact was the way a group of ordinary citizens responded to the opportunity and used it not for their personal benefit, but for the benefit of the entire region. I’d like people to feel motivated to do the same; think beyond themselves, think about the good of the whole and act in accordance with kindness,” Marsha Smith said #Rotarycharities #peopleofaction #rotarycluboftraversecity
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2020 NMC Virtual Barbecue

NMC 2020 Virtual BBQ CLICK HERE to learn more...

For 64 years, we've gathered on the NMC campus to celebrate community and to support the learning created here at Northwestern Michigan College. This year we offer something different to celebrate this 65th anniversary with this virtual BBQ.

Explore the site, download the puzzles (CLICK HERE), enjoy the art and music, and share your own stories and photos via Facebook, other social media, and through email.

Consider what NMC means to our community — you can replace your BBQ tickets with a gift to support our students and programs in this time of great need.

Thank you for stopping by this virtual BBQ. We look forward to continuing to serve the students and meet the needs of our region. We are truly your community’s college, and together, we will Be What’s Possible!

Let's Be Social!

Even though we can’t connect in person, we’d still love to hear from you! Share your photos on our Facebook event and tag us on Instagram with your best backyard barbecue photo in Hawk Owl gear at #NMCVirtualBBQ! While we have spent more time at home, we hope you have enjoyed some quality barbecuing in your own backyard!

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Rotary Zoom Club Meeting Note, May 12, 2020

Posted by Phil Murphy
President Homer Nye called the Tuesday ZOOM meeting to order. Allison Beers rang the so-called bell but also led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Homer gave us a lesson in the proper use of the V for Victory sign.
Ross Childs introduced our latest new member, Janie McNabb. Say hello the first chance you get. Let her feel the great camaraderie Rotary offers – even in time of pandemic
Mark Eckhoff gave an update on behalf of Rotary Charities. Rotary Charities will enhance their match of $250 up to $500. The first $250 can be to your charity of choice. However, there is an additional $250 match for donations to the “Urgent Needs Fund.” Ask Kathy Bussell or Becky Ewing for more information.
Dan Buron from Goodwill Enterprises was our first presenter of the day. He spoke generally about Homelessness and interactions with Goodwill. The shelter is only one way in which they interact. There individuals in the Street Outreach (Unsheltered) Clients, and the Temporary Day Shelter at Safe Harbor. Combined these three met the needs last night of 181 individuals.
During the COVID -19 environment there is greater encouragement to remain sheltered as best they can. This has caused a need for some adjustments with staffing, including pay increases.
They are working with partners at Safe Harbor, Grand Traverse County, City of Traverse City, Traverse Health Clinic and the Coalition to ensure that adequate services are available to deal with COVID-19. They have testing options as needed and available and the means to quarantine/socially isolate if necessary.
Our second speaker was Ryan Hannon. He spoke about the people who have feet on the ground and are connecting with the homeless through the Street Outreach program.
Good Things learned through the current pandemic
  • Strengthened existing partnerships
  • Developed new Partnerships
  • Created a sense of urgency
  • Intentional communication
  • Humbleness and gratitude
  • Fostered meaningful conversations
Challenge: What is the balance, ethically and financially between today’s urgent needs, and the long-term viability of Goodwill as an entity?
The meeting was adjourned at 12:40
Rotary Zoom Club Meeting Note, May 12, 2020 Phil Murphy 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Paydirt and play: Preserving outdoors came soon after century-old club's founding

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Paydirt and play: Preserving outdoors came soon after century-old club's founding

  • By Peg Siciliano Special to the Record-Eagle
TRAVERSE CITY — Travel 20 miles southeast of Traverse City, and enter a world quite different from the town’s urban center.
Swaying stands of pines and oaks move in the breeze. Wildlife threads through forests, waters and marshland. Depending on the day, the excited cries of outdoor enthusiasts may echo through the woods.
This is Go-Rec (the Greilick Outdoor Recreation and Education Center), formerly Camp Greilick.
Managed by Rotary Camps and Services, it exemplifies Rotary’s intention to preserve and improve northern Michigan’s ecosystems, while at the same time giving all citizens abundant access to water, land and recreational opportunities.
Incorporated in 1955, Camps and Services is one of Rotary of Traverse City’s three branches.
The other two are the Rotary Club, founded in 1920; and Rotary Charities, founded in 1976.
Today Camps and Services manages over 1,700 acres. They include Go-Rec, the East Creek Reserve, and Camp Carvela in Grand Traverse County, and the Discovery Center – Great Lakes in southern Leelanau County.
Rotary’s encouragement of outdoor activity goes back almost as far as the Club’s founding in 1920.
In 1923 Rotary Club President Clarence L. Greilick led an effort to acquire 450 acres of land around Spider and Rennie lakes. That became the heart of today’s Go-Rec.
Originally used by the 4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts, in 1955 the area was leased to the Scenic Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America for the sum of $1.
In 1956 an additional near-400 acres on Bass Lake, known as Camp Sakakawea (today Camp Carvela), was leased to the Girl Scouts.
In recent years the management of both camps reverted to Rotary.
But through the decades thousands of young people explored the outdoors at both camps — many as generations of the same family.
John Hall and two of his sons, Chris and Jackson, were Boy Scouts at Camp Greilick.
“A summer week at Camp Greilick was always the highlight of my middle school and high school summers,” said Chris, now a mid-20s University of Michigan law student. “I loved spending time in nature with close friends and new acquaintances, and I developed an amazing range of life skills like fire-building, canoeing, first aid, lifeguarding, and marksmanship while at camp.”
His dad currently sits on the Rotary Charities Board of Directors, and in recent years headed the Camps and Services Board.
As a young scout, the elder Hall remembered oil wells dotting the landscape and wondering what they were all about.
As he learned later, by the time he noticed them, those oils wells had already struck pay dirt.
A free-flowing oil well discovered on the Boys Scouts Camp Greilick property in 1976, spurring $600 million in local grants through the present time, plus a $50 million foundation.
(Learn more about this in next week’s article exploring the history and future of Rotary Charities.)
Michigan Crossroads Council closed several area Boy Scout camps in 2016 for financial reasons, and the Girl Scouts vacated “Camp Saki” in 2018.
Go-Rec Director Jamie Lewis Hedges said that today his staff is focused on creating experiences for the general public regardless of age, and on teaching outdoor recreational skills.
The vision is for the area to become a destination space for the outdoor community, he said.
Go-Rec is only one of several areas managed by Rotary Camps and Services.
A comparatively new venture is Discovery Center – Great Lakes, located along M-22 in Greilickville, just over the Leelanau County line. The center was founded in 2007 following a generous donation of land by Mike and Rhea Dow, and expanded in 2016 when Rotary purchased the City of Traverse City’s coal dock.
This purchase allows the offering of a true “fresh water campus.”
For 70 years this stretch of land served the Traverse City community as an industrial waterfront, bringing fuel, roads salt and other commodities to the region. Its development into a recreational and educational hub is symbolic of the entire region’s ecological transition.
Discovery Center CEO Matt McDonough explained that the group’s aim is to connect people of all ages, needs and abilities to the Great Lakes through recreation, education, history, science and stewardship.
The center’s Board of Directors recently developed a 3-year strategic plan:
One goal is transforming the old coal dock into a pubic recreational asset, much like a park, with accommodations for people of all needs and abilities.
Another is to assess current structures and partnerships and adjust in ways that will best further the stewardship of this precious resource.
Currently, the center provides a physical home for several independent organizations, all of which focus on either stewardship, education or historical programs that link the community to the water. The center’s meeting facilities are also available to other public groups.
Other resources managed by Camps and Services include East Creek Reserve in the Boardman River Valley and Camp Carvela on Bass Lake.
In addition to land management, Camps and Services also organizes periodic service activities such as Kids Free Fishing Day, Work Bees to clean up various natural areas, and the Adopt-A-Stream program.
Also, in keeping with Rotary of Traverse City’s broader goal of enabling others to do good, Camps and Services has incubated several successful regional nonprofit organizations. These include the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Northsky Non-profit Network and Homestretch.
Rotary Camps and Services’ motto is “We Steward Land.”
It has certainly done so in the past and is firmly situated to do so well into the future.
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Rotary Club Meeting Notes, May 5, 2020

Posted by Ramona Pleva

The Rotary Club of Traverse City continued its virtual meeting on this Cinco de Mayo day. 

President Homer began the meeting and Kathy rang our ceremonial meeting bell with a resounding “tink”.  Rotarians joined in with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ramona Pleva had the Gratitude and Reflection today and couldn’t decide between a Wayne Dyer thought or a Maya Angelou verse so she let the President decide. He chose Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Normally when we meet in person, this is where we sing. (Insert crickets!)

Jamie Lewis Hedges from GOREC gave us an update on what they are doing amidst COVID-19 and connecting with others in meaningful ways. They are providing virtual experiences and digital content that is available on YouTube and their website:  These virtual outdoor experiences will also be shown on Facebook and Instagram and will feature interviews with other outdoor enthusiasts. Look for their “Bonfire and Brews” segments!!


President Homer reminded us that we have a virtual Happy Hour this Thursday at 5:30 pm. He and his wife Becky participated in Trivia Night and Homer states Becky is the smartest woman he knows and she is so kind-hearted that she shared ALL the right answers with everyone playing trivia! Make sure to catch the next Trivia Night next week. And thanks to Miriam Owsley for coordinating these evenings of virtual fun and fellowship!

Our featured presenter today was proud CMU alumni Jim Pavelka, Interim Superintendent for TCAPS. Here’s a long recap of TCAPS:

In Jim’s 27 years as a superintendent, he has never seen anything like COVID-19 and the impact it has had on education, our community and state. He states that the world of education has changed!

Schools have been officially closed for the 2019-2020 school year since March 13. TCAPS started planning for a potential shutdown three weeks prior to March 13 and was able to have contingency plans in place within 24 hours of the shutdown. 

Jim shared that the decisions that were made affected up to 30,000 lives within the district and praised all the partners and organizations that have worked together to make this transition as smooth as possible. The shift to a virtual learning environment was impressively implemented in one week. Teachers had to adapt their lessons and get the technology set-up while navigating through their own personal lives. This proved to be a bit of a challenge, but the teachers made it happen.

The current curriculum is not set up for virtual instruction. While 90-95% of families have technology, the school district needed to set up hotspots for internet connections and had a variety of tech issues. For those without home technology, the teachers are creating lesson packets and have it delivered every few days. The challenge is that homework cannot be turned in. The teachers then follow up with phone calls to the students.

Virtual classroom instruction can be a challenge with managing 20-25 students remotely. Keeping students on task can be much more challenging than an in-classroom environment. Some classes like music and labs have had to adapt to online learning in unique ways. It can be done, but it’s definitely not the same as in-person instruction. The virtual classroom may even replace the coveted snow days in the future!

Many families rely on school meals for their children. Through the dedicated staff at TCAPS, over 90,000 meals have been served to these families. Bus drivers deliver meals to students as well.

Graduation has been disrupted. How the pandemic evolves will determine how the district will honor graduating seniors. Traditionally the graduation ceremonies for TC Central and West are held separately at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Interlochen has been flexible with a contingency plan. With 300-400 students graduating at each ceremony, precautions need to be taken. They are working with the  Health Department Director to develop the best course of action. 

In the Fall, assessments will need to be made in regards to students having enough knowledge for their grade and remedial classes will be offered if needed. 

Moving forward to the 2020-2021 school year there are three possible scenarios for education. One is to return to the traditional school model, the second is a virtual learning environment with some changes. The third would be the most complicated and that would be to split students up where half come to school on one day, and the other half come the next. There are many external variables to consider.  It may be that in a few years, there could be more of a college format for classes, especially for juniors and seniors. 

Jim praised the school board saying that they have presented him with guidance and expectations yet are flexible on providing him what he needs to do the job that is necessary at this time. 

Overall the state budget for education is “not good”. Billions of dollars have been lost. The district has been working for the last six weeks on the budget and have different scenarios developed based on a variety of state funding situations. Jim stated that the “district is in a good state”. 


When asked if expenses for the district are decreasing with virtual learning right now, Jim said they are saving money with utilities and bus gas and can carry that into next year’s budget. Teachers are budgeted through mid-June. 

The search for a new superintendent has been narrowed to two candidates. Dr. Denise Hermann from Roseville, CA and Dr. John Van Wagoner from Alpena are the two finalists. Jim stated that based on what he has seen around the state, they are both superior candidates.  

So that’s it in a nutshell! Join us next week for another edition of “Rotary Gone Virtual”.

Rotary Club Meeting Notes, May 5, 2020 Ramona Pleva 2020-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

"Good Work' Grant IMPACTS

Rotary Club of Traverse City Good Works Fund TART Trails’ 2019 Grant Report: Vasa Pathway Skill-Building Trail Loops 

Impact Summary 

With funding from the Rotary Club of Traverse City, TART Trails and partners were able to construct two one-mile, single-track trail loops at the Bartlett Road Trailhead of the Vasa Pathway. We engaged 50 volunteers who served 265 hours to construct these trails. The single-track loops provide an entry-level experience for new mountain bikers, providing positive, healthy and safe outdoor experiences. CLICK HERE to view full report

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Rotary Club Centennial - In The News 

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Cheers: 05/02/2020

  • To the Rotary Club of Traverse City, which is celebrating 100 years of service to the region. It was chartered in May 1920, just 15 years after the first Rotary Club was formed in Chicago.

Some projects over the years: In 1989 Rotary took on the Park Place Hotel, completed a total renovation in 1991, and sold it to Regency Hotel Ventures. In 1997, Rotary started to fund and stabilize the State Theatre until 2012. Today, Rotary has 50 different committee projects ongoing.

Past Rotary Charities Executive Director Marsha Smith feels that outstanding leadership may be one of Rotary’s greatest gifts to the community. 

“I believe that the true legacy of Rotary and Rotary Charities has been the leadership it has provided to the community. And how Rotary leaders have served as role models to others in the practice of caring, committed, and balanced civic leadership,” Smith said.

There’s more to come, too, from the club and separate-but-related Rotary Charities said Executive Director Becky Ewing. The planned Rotary Square project will honor the club’s 100 years, and the foundation put $1 million toward making it a reality.

Club President Homer Nye said he’s proud of the difference the Rotary Club has made in Traverse City in the past century.

“It’s almost like a time for the club to come together and say, ‘By golly, good things have happened and we’ve been a part of it,’” he said


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Traverse City Rotary Club marks 100 years

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TRAVERSE CITY — Homer Nye can point to dozens of ways the Rotary Club of Traverse City has helped its hometown and beyond just in the 35 years since he joined.

Nye pointed to the many nonprofits the club helps through its Good Works Committee grants, the international projects its members organize and fund, one committee’s water quality work at Kids Creek and another committee’s efforts to help people with disabilities.

That’s just naming a few — the club does so much it’s not easy to recall it all, said Nye, now the club’s president.

There’s more to come too from the club and separate-but-related Rotary Charities Foundation, Executive Director Becky Ewing said. The planned Rotary Square project will honor the club’s 100 years, and the foundation put $1 million toward making it a reality... CLICK HERE to read the full story 

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'Service Before Self:' Rotary celebrates centennial

Posted by The Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — A centennial celebration could be just the thing to brighten these uncertain times.

As often happens in times of need, Rotary of Traverse City has just the answer: May marks its 100th birthday.

Over those years Rotary has more than lived up to its motto, “Service Before Self,” and in doing so has helped northern Michigan grow into the vibrant area it is today. Just as importantly, Rotary has positioned itself to continue that service far into the future.

Rotary’s story is a fascinating saga of service, full of accounts of dedication, vigilance, humor, the occasional controversy, and yes, even oil strikes.

In the next month the Record-Eagle will run a four-part series examining both the group’s past activities, and how it is evolving to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Today’s local Rotary organization is made up of three branches: The Rotary Club (“We do good work locally and internationally”), founded in 1920; Rotary Camps and Services (“We steward land”), formed in 1955; and Rotary Charities (“We help others do good work”), founded in 1976. Each branch has its own story — independent, yet intertwined with the other.

Each of the upcoming articles will focus on one of these branches...CLICK HERE to read the full article

Cherry Queen Mary Jean Nolan at a Rotary luncheon in July, 1966.

Special to the Record-Eagle/Traverse Area District Library Historical Archives

More Information

May 1, 1920 Grand Rapids Rotary Club sponsors Rotary Club of Traverse City's charter. Dry goods seller James T. Milliken is the president of the 24-member club.

1923 Shares sold to finance Camp Greilick Camp for youngsters, Rotary Camps is formed

1942 Rotary Show debut called "The Minstrel Show" to raise money for good works.

1940s Four-way test emerges from northern Michigan as a guiding principle for Rotary International: Is it the truth? Is fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

1952 Jim Beckett, longest-serving Rotarian joins the club.

1955 Rotary Camps and Services is founded to focus on conservation and land management

1976 A free-flowing oil well discovered on Boys Scouts Camp Greilick property, spurring $600 million in local grants through present time, and a $50 million foundation.

1977 Rotary Charities is formed as a tax-exempt organization, made up of rotating, elected club members. Projects include capital grants, incubation opportunities and conservancy.

1987 Rotary membership opened to women.

1989 Rotary took on the Park Place Hotel, completed a total renovation in 1991, and sold it to Regency Hotel Ventures 

1997 Rotary starts to fund and stabilize the State Theatre to 2012  

2004 Marilyn Fitzgerald is the first female president of Rotary.

Today, Rotary has 50 different committee projects ongoing, and plans in the works for a Rotary Square project in downtown Traverse City.

'Service Before Self:' Rotary celebrates centennial The Record-Eagle 2020-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Polio eradication call centre in Islamabad converted to fight COVID-19

As COVID-19 began to spread, the polio program helpline center in Pakistan responded by expanding the capacity to listen to people’s concerns, convey accurate information on the pandemic, and provide medical advice from onsite doctors. Read how answering more than 70,000 calls a day has turned this polio program resource into a vital support system for Pakistan’s COVID-19 response. [More]
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The Muha Family Rotary Story

The 2020 Centennial Rotary Show's Program was going to include many great Rotary stories about and written by fellow members. Here is the first of five stories we will share in the celebration of the Club's 100 year Anniversary. Enjoy!

In the Muha family, Rotary runs deep in the fabric of their individual lives and family time. It all started when Joe Muha joined Rotary in 1965 when membership was limited to business owners. Joe quickly realized the opportunity Rotary provides to support the community; and soon he was sharing his Rotary experience with his family.  This planted the community service seed deep in the hearts of his kids, and later they also joined the club; daughter Beth joined in 1994 and his son, Todd, joined in 2002

All the Muhas have been very visible in the life of the Traverse City Rotary Club and have always found time to serve the club. Joe and Beth are the only father/daughter members to each serve as club president (Joe in 1979 and Beth in 2010). Joe was the weekly bulletin editor when he typed on a manual typewriter at home every week, and Todd has become the go-to technology expert for the weekly meetings. If you ask them why someone might consider membership in Rotary a good investment, you get several answers:

  • the satisfaction you get from Rotary is the service you provide for others; it just makes our community a better place to be

  • it is inspiring to be part of a service organization with members all over the world

  • it’s a community-focused organization with an international flavor

The Muhas would encourage anyone and everyone to consider membership in a Rotary Club, because they believe serving our community through Rotary is wonderful. “It almost makes you feel important!”



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In  Memory...Dick Kennedy 

Long time Rotarian & Honorary Club Member Richard 'Dick' Kennedy passed away peacefully on April 23rd. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
CLICK Here to view his obituary. 
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Rotary Club Bonfire Happy Hour with  GOREC APRIL 30TH & Other LIVE Facebook & Instagram Events

Posted by Melissa Fri
Club Members Join in on Thursday, April 30th at 5:30 PM

Join Zoom GOREC BONFIRE HAPPY HOUR -Thursday, April 30th at 5:30 PM
Meeting ID: 270 736 845
Password: 804600
Monday, April 27 at 11:30am on Facebook and Instagram Live - Virtual #GetOutside 101: 3 Bin Wash (with Annie)
Tuesday, April 28 at 11:30am on Facebook and Instagram Live- Virtual #GetOutside 101: First Aid Kit (with Annie)
Wednesday, April 29 at 11:30am on Facebook and Instagram Live- Virtual #GetOutside 101: Compass Skills (with Jamie)
 Thursday, April  at 11:30am on Facebook and Instagram Live- Virtual #GetOutside 101: How to Plan a Backpacking Adventure (Annie)
Thursday, April 30 from 8:00 - 9:00pm on Zoom, Facebook and Instagram Live - Bonfire & Brews with Ty Schmidt
 Friday, May 1 at 11:30am on Facebook and Instagram Live- VIrtual #GetOutside 101: Facebook and Instagram Live Takeover with Special Guest
Saturday, May 2 at 11:30am on Facebook and Instagram Live - Virtual #GetOutside 101: Gear Storage (with Jamie):
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Zoom Club Meeting 4/21/2020


Zoom Club Meeting 


  • Ring Bell 

  • Good afternoon Rotarian and Guests.  Welcome 

  • Thoughts of Gratitude and Reflection word by Homer Nye

  • World Community Service - Emergency Request to Rotarians for Safe Passage - Susan Kraus 


Gregg Bird Emergency Management Coordinator, Grand Traverse County 
Nate Alger
Grand Traverse County Administrator


Grand Traverse County COVID-19 Joint Operations Center

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Zoom Club Meeting 


  • Ring Bell 

  • Good afternoon Rotarian and Guests.  Welcome 

  • Thoughts of Gratitude and Reflection word by Randy Kamps

Goodwill/Food Rescue - Taylor Moore

  • Goodwill Northern Michigan programs for people experiencing food insecurity and what they are doing during COVID-19 outbreak:

    • Food Rescue

    • Meal Services (preparing 6,000+ meals per week)

    • Meal Delivery (bringing daily meals to Street Outreach clients and TCAPS lunches to families in need who do not have transportation)

  • Collaboration: Food Coalition—what it is, how it works

  • COVID-19 impact on Food Rescue routes and operations (current routes/map of open pantries and meal sites)

  • Hopeful stories/local ag support (potatoes, farm program, chicken from Red Ginger/Burritt's/Superior)

Father Fred - Les Hagaman

  • COVID-19 impact on Father Fred operations

  • Impact on pantries

  • Impact on food supply chain

Questions and Answers in the Chat

  • Dan Buron

  • Taylor Moore

  • Les Hagaman




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Tuesday Club Meeting Zoom Details 

Posted by Kathy Bussell
Rotary Club of Traverse City
Club Zoom Meeting
You're welcome to join at 11:45 am for Zoom Break out Rooms to socialize with other Rotarians
Question of the Day: 
What song describes your life right now?
Please also join us & stay on Zoom right after the meeting 
to share your Rotary experience with the Christmas Basket Program or The Salvation Army Bell Ringing.
You're also welcome to just listen in and hear some "Good News"
IM Rotary will follow directly after at approximately 12:45 pm 
Click on the below link join Club Meeting
Meeting ID: 817 2758 9532
*** Passcode: 42 ***
Phone Dial-in number +1 646 558 8656 
Meeting ID: 817 2758 9532
Program: Stories from Rotary Charities & DIscovery Pier

Tuesday Club Meeting Zoom Details  Kathy Bussell 2020-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Let's Rotary Zoom Trivia - Tuesday, May 12th Miriam Owsley 2020-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
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Urgent Needs Fund - MATCH 

The Regional Community Foundation has established the Urgent Needs Fund to provide grants to local nonprofit, governmental, and educational organizations that are providing vital services and basic needs and will support efforts that are impacting and benefiting communities across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties.  Rotary Charities Board voted to make a $10,000 gift to the fund. In addition, they approved raising the individual Rotarian match from $250 to $500 for any gifts donations specifically for this fund between now and the end of the year. If you would like to make a gift, you can do so here:
If you would like to request the $1 for $1 match from the Rotary Endowment at the Community Foundation, for the Urgent Needs Fund please complete the MATCH FORM and submit it with your gift or send to or mail to the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation 223 Lake Avenue, Ste. B, Traverse City, MI 49684  
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Guidance for COVID-19

Grand Traverse County Health Department wants to keep everyone informed of major developments and specific guidance that affect each sector of our community as COVID-19 spreads in the United States.  In order to do this most effectively and as timely as possible,  please follow the link below to add your email and identify the group or “sector” with which you are most aligned.  This will enable us to work our way through very large guidance documents and other materials, and direct the needed information out to those who need it most.  Help us help you, stay informed!
Links to CDC Website for additional information:
Healthcare Professionals
Effective Disinfectants for Cleaning
Please feel free to forward within your agency or to contacts you think may want this important information.
Grand Traverse County Health Department
Wendy S. Hirschenberger, MPH, CPHA
Health Officer 
Grand Traverse County Health Department
Medical Examiner's Office- Grand Traverse & Leelanau Counties
2600 LaFranier, Suite A
Traverse City MI 49686
Office: 231-995-6100
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Rotary Club of Traverse City Update as of 3/13/2020

  • The Rotary Club of Traverse City's Board of Directors has voted to cancel our regularly scheduled  Rotary Club meetings throughout the month of March 2020. This would be to cancel the March 17th, March 24th, and March 31tst meetings as we are following the State of Michigan recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The Park Place will not be charging a cancellation fee or charging us for the meetings we are canceling. Members who are not Exempt Members will be credited $48.00 ($16.00 per meal) for meal costs for the three (3) missed meetings in the next quarters due. 
  • The Club Board of Directors are planning on discussing the Centennial Rotary Show and the next steps, if any, that may need to be taken on March 23rd during the Board of Directors meeting. This meeting will be held via teleconference technology.  
  • The Traverse Connect (Chamber) building, where the Rotary Club office is located, will be closed as of today 3/13/20 until 4/6/20. Kathy Bussell the Club Administrator, as well as Rotary Charities staff, will be working remotely. Please feel free to reach out to Kathy by email: or by cell: (231) 313-0253 
Thank you,
Homer Nye
2019-2020 Club President
Rotary Club of Traverse City Update as of 3/13/2020 Kathy Bussell 2020-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Charities Response to COVID-19

Dear partners, colleagues and friends:

We are reaching out to let you know that we are taking COVID-19 seriously and are centering the health of our team and those we come into contact with by following public health recommendations.

The Chamber building, which houses our offices, is closed through April 6th, subject to extend in this dynamic situation. We are working remotely and are available to connect with you via email and cell phone. We will reassess the possibility of spring programming and meetings after April 6th. Here are some resources for nonprofits as you consider your next actions.

Our thoughts are with those who are not able to work from home, children who are home from school, and our community organizations who are stepping up to support vulnerable populations. Know that we are here to support your efforts and will maintain communication as our community adapts. If you are a service provider and would like to share community updates or needs through our communication streams, please stay in touch or respond to this email.

Staying informed about the impact of COVID-19 is vital to the well-being of your community. Be sure to follow Michigan government updatesGrand Traverse County Health DepartmentWorld Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which include up-to-date guidance for gathering safely. 

Our team talked this morning about the importance of compassion and calm in this time. We offer a reminder that nothing about this virus is race-based. Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy encourage us not to project fears of the virus onto marginalized groups or spread unfounded associations. Take good care of yourself and your neighbors.

Take care,
Becky Ewing & the Rotary Charities team
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March 10, 2020 Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Ramona Pleva

It was a beautiful sunny day with hints of spring on March 10, 2020, at the Rotary Club of Traverse City.

President Homer rang the meeting bell and after God Bless America and the Pledge of Allegiance, Sakura Takano shared a moment of Gratitude and Reflection that focused on Women’s International Day from March 8. 

Bob Stow got us all in the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day with When Irish Eyes are Smiling and Heidi Wendell introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.

Lindsey Dickinson, a visiting Rotarian who is active with Youth Exchange, wore her ”NMC hat” today while introducing our Outstanding Student of the Week Daniela Castilla. Daniela is dual enrolled in TC West and NMC. She’s a busy student active in theater, chorales, National Honor Society and has been described by one of her NMC professors as “a phenomenal student”. Daniela was born in Mexico, is bilingual and has worked her way through half an associate’s degree and hopes to have a double major in college. A book that has been most inspiring to her is Half the Sky which opened her eyes to issues that women experience throughout the world. 

Marsha Minervini introduced our newest Rotarian Autumn Haag. Autumn is an Oregon native and through her dream of becoming a flight attendant, she met her husband Chad. Chad is a pilot with Delta airlines and they moved to Traverse City in 2009. Autumn has two beautiful daughters and works as a realtor with Remax. 

Greg Luyt provided an update from Rotary Charities. The Al Arnold scholarship is an endowment that awards a scholarship to a local student attending the University of Michigan Law School. Joseph Kessling has been a three-year recipient of this scholarship. Al Arnold was instrumental in negotiating the mineral lease for the Rotary property which as we know turned out to be a very, very good thing!

Cate Grail is an outbound exchange student to Taiwan and announced that the outbound exchange students will be hosting their fundraising dinner on April 7. Tickets are $50 and you’ll be dining at the Boathouse. This is an amazing dinner and an awesome cause! Get your tickets soon because they sell out!

Ad Sales Super Hero Max Anderson needs us to wrap up our ad sales because this is the last week. We have plenty of room to add to our $75,000 and it just requires some of us to follow up with a phone call or two (or more) to help us get to our goal of $120,000! Remember, this is the reason we do a Rotary Show - to raise money for Good Works. 

Al Bonney presented another polio update. He gave a little history on polio stating that in 1979 the Philippines began a five-year partnership to provide polio vaccines. It wasn’t until 1988 that the worldwide vaccination effort began. As of right now, two countries still have active polio and there are only 17 cases of paralytic polio in the world. 

President Homer - in his loveable style - called for any and all women to join the Rotary Chorus. Seriously, it’s not too late to join! He says that while the chorus needs women, they will also accept men as well! Truth be told, Homer is having a blast being the chorus and wants everyone to have the same amount of fun that he is having. And the music is so much fun!

Rotary Show posters are now available!! Please pick them up at our meetings and let’s paper the town with them! Tickets for the show are also on sale and you’d better get them quick because Al Zelinski is selling them faster than sanitizing hand spray!

Paul LaPorte walked away with $73 from the 50/50!

Dan Buron introduced our speakers today: Wendy Hirshenberger GT Health Officer and Mike Lahey, Emergency Preparedness Director. They gave us as much of an update on COVID-19 as they could. Updates on the Coranovirus occur every four hours.

Pandemic: where a majority of the population has little to no immunity to a disease, spread human to human. We are currently not at a pandemic level with COVID-19 but the World Health Organization is keeping a close eye since we are on the verge of one. These types of diseases are difficult to predict. It is a “rapidly evolving situation”.

Here’s the skinny:

  1. The fatality rate is higher among women, not sure why

  2. 114,632 cases worldwide, 4,029 deaths, 64,046 patients have recovered

  3. 115 countries have reported cases

  4. 755 cases can be linked to two cruise ships

  5. Symptoms include: fever over 100.4 degrees F with either coughing or shortness of breath or both

Health Department:

  1. Engaged with phone/conference calls with MDHHS and CDC

  2. Monitor travelers

  3. Maintain contact with doctors and respiratory panel testing for COVID-19. The capacity for testing is limited but may be covered by insurance.

  4. We have no reported cases in Michigan

Individual protection:

  1. Wash hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. 

  2. Hand sanitizers should be 60-95% alcohol

  3. Avoid sick people, stay at a six-foot distance

  4. Cover your mouth with coughing and sneezing (and then go wash your hands for 20 seconds!)

  5. Disinfect work and household areas with a bleach-based household cleaner


Mike spoke about personal protection equipment and non-pharmacological intervention:

  1. Face masks are only needed in high-risk circumstances, the CDC doesn’t recommend them.

  2. Self-quarantine if you’re not feeling well

  3. Community mitigation includes canceled events/schools

  4. Environmental mitigation: clean work surfaces, desks, phones, toys, school.

Some larger corporations are promoting telecommunicating, aka work from home. But the question remains, can you operate your business with half of your workforce down? Sick leave needs to be flexible and consistent with public health guidance. We are also seeing a decrease in the availability of sanitizing products so don’t be shaking hands. Do an elbow tap or tap someone’s ankle  - preferably without tripping them. 

Anyone who has travel plans should consult the CDC Traveler’s Health Notices. 

And with that, we were adjourned!

March 10, 2020 Club Meeting Notes Ramona Pleva 2020-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Career Network Day - 2021

Posted by Sakura Takano
Career Networking Day volunteers! Save the Date for Feb 2021 as we are taking a year off to accommodate Traverse City High School's busy winter schedule. Thanks for your past support and we look forward to seeing you next year!   
Career Network Day - 2021 Sakura Takano 2020-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Notes 2/25/20

Wendy Irving opened the meeting by encouraging us all to go through our days and live our lives with intention and gratitude. Following Marsha Minervini led us in a round of the rousing spiritual Down by the Riverside.

Our weekly slew of announcements began by congratulating Al Long as our newest IM Rotary grad. After, Max Anderson reported that we've raised more than $65,000 in Rotary Show ad sales, all of which will benefit the Good Works Committee. Al Bonney provided an informative and clinical look at the way the Polio virus spreads, and Karla Weaver reported on the success of the recent Rotary youth exchange open house.

Lisa Pointe gave an update on all the exciting activities planned at GOREC, including a mountain bike camp produced in partnership with Norte and an international tree-tent camping event in partnership with Three Tree Tent.

For those looking for more information on our upcoming club trip to Guatemala, please see the 2020 Club Trip Flyer and the 2020 Club Trip Orientation Packet.

Per our club bylaws, Chuck Korn won the 50/50 raffle.

Warren Call, CEO of Traverse Connect, introduced our guest speaker for the afternoon CEO of Grand Traverse Industries, Steve Perdue.  GTI provides advocacy, employment, and training support and services to persons with disabilities or other barriers to employment to help them achieve their highest level of independence. Their strength is their diversity, which supports a wide variety of work opportunities.

Steve began his career in vocational rehabilitation while studying at San Jose State University (go Spartans, apparently). Steve later served as the president of the Idaho Special Olympics. He has also served as president of the Idaho and Michigan State Trade Associations and the National Trade Association, where he remains an active board member. 

Steve was the 2007 recipient of the Sara Hardy Humanitarian of the Year award and the 2019 Traverse COnnect Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife remain devoted community members, and are preparing to welcome their 25th grandchild into the world this summer.

GTI was formed as a nonprofit in 1974 for the purpose of developing and providing comprehensive services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities residing in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties.

“Across my 40 some years, I can’t say enough about the welcoming attitude of this community toward people of differing abilities,” Steve proudly reported to our club members.

Over the past half-century, GTI has grown to provide vocational training, employment, and habilitation services to persons with any disability in the seven counties of Northwest Lower Michigan. They have grown from serving 10 persons with developmental disabilities to serving over 500 annually with a wide range of disabilities, needs, and services.

GTI now provides services in all of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, with its core services of Employment and Training provided in Northwestern Lower Michigan. GTI’s headquarters are in Traverse City with three training facilities, including two manufacturing plants and one training and manufacturing facility in Mancelona and a small custodial operation in Petoskey.

Over the years GTI has started and operated businesses in microfilming, recycling, commercial sewing, plastic bag manufacturing, vending, industrial assembly and packaging, and custodial.

Currently, GTI operates plastic manufacturing, industrial packaging and assembly, and custodial businesses. Throughout its history, GTI has had a major focus on the placement of persons with disabilities in competitive jobs throughout the community providing job development and placement throughout 5 counties in Northwestern Lower Michigan.

GTI’s businesses have led to wages paid to persons with significant disabilities exceeding $1,100,000.00, with over 2,000 persons placed in competitive employment.  They are accredited by CARF (The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission) and is a member of ACCSES – Voice of Disability Service Providers Nation Wide and a member of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.

GTI has a record of continuously providing needed services in the community which maximizes abilities and integration into society as a whole for all persons served. Their employment and training services along with Community Integration and skill-building services are obtained by referral for individuals who qualify by various agencies such as Community Mental Health, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, NeuroRestorative, Lighthouse Group, and private pay. 

If your business or someone you know has a workforce or assembly/ packaging need please reach out to them if you’d like to know more about the referral process and how you may qualify. 

Steve Perdue

Katy McCain

Lisa Pointe

Al Bonney


Winner, Chuck Korn


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2/17/20 Club Meeting Notes

Posted by Art Bukowski
Holy Homer Nye called the meeting to order.
Tom Petzold gave thoughts of gratitude and reflection. 
Greg Luyt led the music. 
Rick Vida introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. 
Awesome Allison Beers gave a Rotary Charities update - Charities was approached by Steven Lacy of Bellaire about making a gift to Rotary Charities in his father's name. Upon his passing, his father wished for the mineral rights he owned would be used to help people in our region. This is Rotary Charities' second unsolicited bequest gift, joining the $1 million bequest from Charles Fultz received last year.
Kurt Rivard told everyone to buy 50/50 Rotary Foundation tickets.
Max Anderson said we are more than halfway to our Rotary Show ad sales goal, and all sponsorships have been sold.  
I can't remember who won the 50/50 drawing. 
For the speaker, District Judge Bob Cooney introduced retired judge and prosecutor Linda Davis, of Families Against Narcotics. Linda gave a truly moving presentation about the dangers of opioid addiction. This issue impacted her personally when her daughter ended up addicted to heroin after first starting pain medication for routine knee surgery, a harrowing ordeal that spurred her to get involved in the fight against this major problem in our country. 
She expressed remorse for previously feeling that everyone with a drug problem that came before her during her time as a judge/prosecutor were simply people suffering from moral failures or people who made bad decisions. Addiction is a sickness, she said, not a crime, and therefore incarceration is not the answer. Without effective treatment, many of those with his disease end up dead. And many people who become addicted to opiates are good, decent people with no prior history of drug abuse. 
Families Against Narcotics is opening up a program in Traverse City. Contact Bob Cooney or Kathy Bussell for more information.
Hopes not Handcuffs  Grand Traverse Country Angel Training, Monday, March 16, 2020, 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm at the Traverse City Police Department,  contact Suzy CLine (231) 342-9969 
Rotarian Bob Cooney with the guest presenter (Ret.) Judge Linda Davis 
2/17/20 Club Meeting Notes Art Bukowski 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

ROTO Photo

Posted by Thom Paulson
Max Anderson - Program Ad Sales Chair
Kurt Rivard -  Foundation Chair
Welcoming visiting Rotarians & Guest Rick Vida
Chorus Manager - Vern Gauthier 
Lucky 50/50 Winner - Thom Paulson
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30 Years of Service ~ Thank You Stacey Foster  2020-02-10 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Phil Murphy

Joe Winoweicki, CFO of ATLAS Space Operations, a fast-moving, growing technology company focused on new satellite paradigms, was the speaker for the day – introduced by Jenn Casey.

ATLAS offers a simple solution for processing and analyzing data from space, through a global antenna network, powered by a revolutionary cloud-based software.

ATLAS Space Operations provides global communications and data services that leverage cloud-based intelligence to lower cost and deliver simple, secure, and scalable value-added solutions. 

Their cloud-based software interconnects and powers their globally expansive network of ground antennas to give the user the FREEDOM™ of unfettered access to process and analyze vast amounts of data from space-to-ground. With its set-and-forget automation, FREEDOM ™ simply and efficiently delivers lowered costs and increased effectiveness so you can get your data from space. 

Fast service from space to the user: supplying the data you need when you need it is what ATLAS does best. 

The Founders, Sean McDaniel, Brad Bode, Mike Carey and Mike Rendine moved the company here in 2017. 24 employees with 16 here in Traverse City, ATLAS expects to grow to more than 50 in the near future. The founders and key people are all leaders in the industry, some of them coming from the top echelons of government and the space program. They continue to work with the DOD and the Air Force as well as their many corporate partners.

They are creating a new paradigm with satellites no larger than an iPhone in many cases. These are tracked and monitored and are scalable to meet client needs throughout the world. With these systems, one can build and send a satellite into space for as little as $10,000 in some instances. 

Of particular interest is the company’s commitment to community involvement. They are already well at work with the schools in the area and the STEM programs throughout and GTACS First Robotics program. They also work with the Boy Scouts through their affiliate program ATLAS Space Explorers geared to those who are seeking further involvement in space technology.

Guest Presentor Joe Winoweicki
SPACE…THE FINAL FRONTIER Phil Murphy 2020-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting  Location

Posted by Kathy Bussell
Club Meeting will be at the
Park Place until April
Program: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease Information
Presentor: Wendy Hirschenberger, Grand Traverse County Heath Officer  

Meeting  Location Kathy Bussell 2020-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Last Day on Tuesday...DIstrict 50/50 Raffle to Benefit RI Foundation 

Posted by Kurt Rivard
Please let me know if you would like to purchase a ticket as we can charge your account.
The last day to purchase is Tuesday, March 3rd.

The Mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Most of us never read this mission statement all that closely, but it is true: Rotary Foundation does not DO anything – WE do the work of changing Communities, Rotarians do the work of changing lives, Rotary clubs do the work of making the world a better place, one community at a time.

That’s why we donate to The Rotary Foundation: because THEY aggregate the donations from Rotarians all over the world and make those donations available to Rotarians and Rotary Clubs to undertake projects that change the world, improve lives and make the world a better place.  You and me. Over $300 Million dollars a year in donations from Rotarians are given back every year into project grant funds that turn good projects into GREAT projects. And the Traverse City Rotary Club shares in these funds every year because of your generosity.

Lest anyone get confused, this is the ONLY thing that donations to the Rotary Foundation are used for.

So when we run a promotion, like the 50/50 raffle in which we are asked for our participation, it is to add to that $300M pot in Evanston that becomes the Rotary Matching Grant program every year.

It’s also a bit of fun, too.  Remember four years ago when Dan Jonkhoff won the first prize of $3,600, I think?  He had a bit of fun that year! 

The more tickets we sell across the district the more the prize money is for the six winners.  Half the money from the tickets goes to the winners and half goes to The Rotary Foundation . . . ..and what happens to that money?

Remember that thing we call per capita: the requirement to have club giving equal to $100 per member on average: $10 of your $20 ticket purchase counts towards our $100 per capita, too.

So: do some good in the world, have some fun and contribute to our club reaching it’s per capita goal . . . . . buy a ticket.  I bought 5 – how about you buy 5, too!

After the meeting we will be in the foyer – this week and for the next two weeks.  Cash, check or put it on your club bill.

Thanks! Al Bonney

Last Day on Tuesday...DIstrict 50/50 Raffle to Benefit RI Foundation  Kurt Rivard 2020-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Roto Photo

Posted by John Hall
Past President John Racine Pitch Hitting for Homer
Rebecca Teahen 
Anna and Carla 
Dan Buron
Max Anderson
Marsha Minervini
Roto Photo John Hall 2020-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

West Bay Beach Tomorrow

Posted by Kathy Bussell
The 1/28/20 Club Meeting will be at West Bay Beach the old Holiday Inn.
Our  speaker will be Rotarian and Traverse Connect President & CEO Warren Call 
West Bay Beach Tomorrow Kathy Bussell 2020-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

1/21/20 Club Meeting 

Posted by Nick Beadleston
This week's thoughts of gratitude and reflection were given by Goodwill's Dan Buron, who encouraged us to remember all the community-wide good works which our Rotary Show makes possible.
To get everyone fired up, Max Anderson belted out a full-throated--and conspicuously ad sales-centric--rendition of Bobby Caldwell's What You Won't Do For Love.
Following, exchange student Anna from Italy presented on her home. Lombardia is also a northern region of prominent lakes, notable vintners, and celebrity second homes. Marsha Minervini spoke passionately about her experience as a Rotary exchange host family and implored others to do the same.
If our members needed any more motivation to support foreign exchange students, Sakura Takano certainly provided it with her uplifting anecdote: recently, a 1976 Brazilian Rotary exchange student stopped by while in town to show his family where he spent a very formative year during his youth.
Dan Rickard proudly reported that last month our Christmas Baskets program was able to brighten the holidays of nearly 200 of our neighbors in need.
Dr. Ramona Pleva then took the stage to present the vision for our upcoming Centennial Rotary Show. Ramona explained that the goals for this special event are to raise a boatload of money for Good Works Grants; celebrate our Centennial; recruit new Rotarians with our inspiring entertainment;  and above all, thank TC for allowing us to be an integral part of our community.
Ramona also enumerated the exciting change to this year's show, including bringing back the Pre-Show, introducing a raffle, expanding the bar (including a new signature drink, and adding a photo booth.
Also, the show program will be printed in limed run numbers and is designed to be a collectible item, with articles and highlights from the past 100 years.
This year's show will feature several familiar faces in exciting new roles. Ben triple threat Whiting will be our new master of ceremonies. Chad Hall will be the new music director and Vern Gauthier will be the new Chorus Manager.
And speaking of music, this year's show will feature Rotary takes on Broadway tunes, like The Greatest Show, Magic To Do, Revolution of Love, and The Curtain Falls.
According to Ramona, the success of the show depends on the participation of everyone. This means helping bring in money for the show, selling tickets, promoting the event and getting involved, and of course, attending!
After Ramona, Max hoped back up to inform our club on this year's ad sales efforts.
This year, we've set an ambitious show fund-raising target of $120,000. However, prior to today's meeting, we have already raised nearly a 5th of our goal. With less than 100 days until our centennial show, the clock is ticking.
The program concluded very uncharacteristically; rather than with an orderly closing bell, this week the room erupted with explosions of confetti and commotion. Several stalwart club members stuck around to dutifully make their sales calls. while everyone else made a beeline for the nearest exit (though for those seeking to shirk their solicitation obligations, rest assured Mr. Anderson has your number... ) 
Reminder, this week we're meeting at West Bay Beach.
Ad Sales Chair Max Anderson, Rock's it out.
1/21/20 Club Meeting  Nick Beadleston 2020-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now - Rotary International Certificate of Appreciation  2020-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Smile

Posted by Al Bonney
Nikki Sobkowski and New Member Dave Russell
Welcome New Members Gary Faria  & Dave Russell with Homer Nye
Sid VanSlyke & Lee Torrey welcoming all to Rotary!
50/50 with a smile, proceeds go to area youth programs and service~ Thank you!
Rotary Smile Al Bonney 2020-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

January 14, 2020, Club Meeting Recap!

Posted by Ramona Pleva
It was a great day for a Rotary meeting on January 14, 2020! 
God Bless America and the Pledge of Allegiance opened the meeting. President Homer found inspiration from broken New Year’s Resolutions and the upcoming Rotary Show as he offered up the Gratitude and Reflection about angels taking up too much space. (You had to be there!) 
Al Bonney led a resounding version of King of The Road with Byron on the ivories and help from Vern, Tim, Marsha, Bob, and Greg. 
Tim Tate bellied up to the podium to welcome visiting Rotarians and guests. 
Two new members were added to the club. Nikki Subkowski introduced Dave Russell. Dave moved here last summer, owns three businesses and has a lovely wife and two beautiful children. Jeff Hickman introduced Gary Faria. Gary is an attorney from southeast Michigan and has lived in TC since 2015. In that time he has been instrumental in developing the VASA program. Welcome, Dave and Gary. 
Marcia Billings made a guest appearance as the Assistant District Governor for the Traverse Bay area. She presented a certificate of appreciation to President Homer for the club’s work in the End Polio Now campaign. On another note, since the Twilight club merged with the Sunrise club last October, the traditional Twilight Rotary club calendars were not created this year. Bummer! But if you need a 2020 calendar, they are probably dirt cheap by now. Also, Marcia put out a plea to any past presidents of our club. Her position as Assistant District Governor will be vacant come July 1 and, well...... she’s looking for someone to take over! So you past presidents just think about that. 
Our Students of the Week this week hail from Traverse City West Senior High. Mary Roth is a senior and is the proud granddaughter of our Gil Bogley. Mary is a percussionist in several ensembles. She also is active in Model UN and will go on to study Environmental Conservation in college. 
Carson Nowak overcame stuttering as a kid to become a fine public speaker! He has excelled in academics and is active with Student Senate. He plans to attend NMC (Go Hawkowls!) for one year and then will go on to earn a degree in engineering. 
A plethora of announcements followed: Phil Murphy: Rotary Show production meetings will start this Saturday, Jan. 18 at 9 am. Please meet at the Rotary office - 2nd floor of the Traverse Connect/TC Chamber building. BYOC.....Bring Your Own Coffee! Benjamin Marentette: Once a month our club serves a “home-cooked meal” (usually frozen lasagna and garlic toast) to the guests staying at Munson Manor. It’s a fun gig with lots of good karma and warm fuzzies thrown in. So get with Benjamin to help out with this carb-filled event! Carla Weaver: A Host Family Celebration evening is planned for Monday, Feb. 10 from 6- 7:30 pm at Kirkbride Hall (GT Commons). The evening is to introduce non-Rotarian families who are interested in being a host family to our fabulous Youth Exchange Students and share hosting stories from seasoned host families. Food will be served (hey, it might even be frozen lasagna!). Max Anderson: There was a Rotary Show Ad Sales Captian’s meeting after today’s meeting. Nick Beadleston: Our club will be doing a service trip to Guatemala in May. Nick was also hosting a meeting after the meeting with info for those interested and he was serving cookies. 
A whopping $74 when to Sophia Call, Warren Call’s daughter from the day’s 50/50 raffle.
January 14, 2020, Club Meeting Recap! Ramona Pleva 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
$14,320 was Matched in the Second 1/2 of 2019 to Area Nonprofits through the Rotary Endowment at the Community Foundation  2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Centennial Trip to Guatemala  Nick Beadleston 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Meeting Notes for 1/7/20

Posted by Art Bukowski
Holy Homer Nye called the meeting to order.
Miriam Owsley offered thoughts of gratitude and reflection.
Marsha Minervini sang some holiday songs since we didn't meet during the holidays.
Jeff Hickman introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.
The speaker, introduced by Scott Hardy, was WTCM's Ron Jolly, who gave a recap of the year's events, including but not limited to, and in no particular order:
  • The federal government shutdown over Trump's border wall
  • Getting a new governor in Michigan
  • A very very cold January forcing school closures
  • A frozen Grand Traverse Bay
  • Death of former Michigan governor Bill Milliken
  • West Bay Beach/Holiday Inn sold
  • Grand Hotel sold
  • VP Pence visit to Mackinaw Island
  • Cherry Capital's new flights to Florida, DC and elsewhere
  • Eighth Street redesign
  • TCAPS drama 
  • Larry Inman troubles
  • Pure Michigan funding cut
  • High water levels
  • Turkish cherry dumping
  • New leadership at NMC, Chamber, Film Fest, Munson and elsewhere
Thank you, Miriam Owsley, for sharing these great questions for gratitude & reflection 
Rotary Club Meeting Notes for 1/7/20 Art Bukowski 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Thom Paulson
SMILE!!! Thom Paulson 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

IM Rotary ~ 2/18/20 ~ This Tuesday 

Posted by Alexis Juett

New Member Orientation


2020 SCHEDULE New Members Save the Dates...

I M Rotary is a 6-month orientation program to the Rotary Club of Traverse City, Michigan.  

We want your experience with our club to be fun and rewarding, so it is an expectation of all new members that you participate in this program.  New members should plan to attend all 6 sessions.  The program is ongoing, so you can start as soon as you join and if you miss a session you can make-up later in the year when that topic is presented again.

Members who attend all six meetings will be awarded 500 points (valued at $500.00) toward one of Rotary's highest honors: The Paul Harris Fellowship.  It will be up to you to match this award with your own funds to receive the Fellowship distinction.

We will typically meet on Tuesdays, starting at 11:45 am to 12:45 pm hour, at the Park Place Hotel in the small (B) conference room by the ramp before Rotary check-in. 

Please check in early with the Club Administrator Kathy Bussell and take your lunch with you to Conference Room B.

The following dates are currently set (but subject to change).  You will be notified of changes via email, and announcements at the general meetings and in the club e-bulletin.  

Meeting #2:  Community Service -February 18 

  • NMC BBQ, Bell Ringing, Christmas Baskets, One Way Coat Day &Munson Manor

  • J.J. Beckett Access-ABILITY Committee/Tag Day

  • Friends of the Boardman Watershed Dinner 

Meeting #3:  Rotary Charities March 17 

  • Rotary Charities, Rotary Camps & Services, Grelick Outdoor Recreation Center & Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes

IM Rotary ~ 2/18/20 ~ This Tuesday  Alexis Juett 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

CLUBRUNNER Directory App

Posted by Kathy Bussell
Our Club uses ClubRunner which has a great app for your phone.
If you don't have it yet you need it because it's AWESOME!   
To search for the app in your app store it is ClubRunner, it has a blue square with CR in white in the center.  You will need your ClubRunner password if you don't know it just let me know and I'll send it to you. 
To learn about the app CLICK HERE  
Right from your phone...
- Up to date Membership Directory - with  photos and the ability to email and call members right from the app
-Explore upcoming speakers and events
-Meeting locations and Club details.
Below are two screenshots from my phone...
CLUBRUNNER Directory App Kathy Bussell 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

IM ROTARY- New Member Orientation

Posted by Alexis Juett

New Member Orientation


2020 SCHEDULE (First 3 months) New Members Save the Dates...

I M Rotary is a 6-month orientation program to the Rotary Club of Traverse City, Michigan.  

We want your experience with our club to be fun and rewarding, so it is an expectation of all new members that you participate in this program.  New members should plan to attend all 6 sessions.  The program is ongoing, so you can start as soon as you join and if you miss a session you can make-up later in the year when that topic is presented again.

Members who attend all six meetings will be awarded 500 points (valued at $500.00) toward one of Rotary's highest honors: The Paul Harris Fellowship.  It will be up to you to match this award with your own funds to receive the Fellowship distinction.

We will typically meet on Tuesdays, starting at 11:45 am to 12:45 pm hour, at the Park Place Hotel in the small (B) conference room by the ramp before Rotary check-in. 

Please check in early with the Club Administrator Kathy Bussell and take your lunch with you to Conference Room B.

The following dates are currently set (but subject to change).  You will be notified of changes via email, and announcements at the general meetings and in the club e-bulletin.  

Meeting #1:  Club Service -January 21

Rotary of Traverse City overview

  • District 6290 & Rotary International

  • Fellowship Opportunities, ClubRunner, 

  • Bulletin, Technology,  

Meeting #2:  Community Service -February 18 

  • NMC BBQ, Bell Ringing, Christmas Baskets, One Way Coat Day &Munson Manor

  • J.J. Beckett Access-ABILITY Committee/Tag Day

  • Friends of the Boardman Watershed Dinner 

Meeting #3:  Rotary Charities March 17 

  • Rotary Charities, Rotary Camps & Services, Grelick Outdoor Recreation Center & Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes

IM ROTARY- New Member Orientation Alexis Juett 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You's

Walked was given by the Rotary Club of Traverse City's JJ Beckett Access-ABILITY Committee to a woman in need.
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Club Meeting Notes for 12/10/19

Posted by Art Bukowski
Holy Homer Nye called the meeting to order with God Bless America. 
Vern Gauthier led the crowd with a rousing rendition of the 12 Years of Rotary, a play on the 12 days of Christmas. 
Nikki Sobkowski introduced new Rotarian Dixon Gerber.
Jen Casey spoke about the 9/11 Honor Run and presented a $7,000 check to Grand Traverse Metro Fire Chief Pat Parker and others. Jen thanked all the Rotarians that were involved in last year's event and encouraged everyone to participate in next year's. The money will be used to help provide emotional wellness services to first responders.
Kurt Rivard was awarded his Paul Harris Plus 7 pin by Holy Homer.
Dan Rickard reported that due to the "extreme generosity" of Rotarians, the Christmas basket team will be able to support 40 families this year. Great work Rotarians!!!!
Holy Homer reminded everyone that there will be no club meetings on Dec. 24 or 31.
Marty Colburn won the 50/50 and promised he'd use the money to fund the removal of the Madison Street stop sign (I wish!).
Jeff Hickman acknowledged all the Rotary Charities grant recipients for the past cycle. Head here to check out the grantees.
Nikki Sobkowski with new transferring Rotarian Dixon Gerber
Club Meeting Notes for 12/10/19 Art Bukowski 2019-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Meeting Review for 12/3/19

Posted by Ramona Pleva

It was Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3 at the Rotary Club of Traverse City. (Isn’t it always Giving Tuesday at Rotary?) Here’s a mostly accurate account of what happened by Ramona. 

Past President John Racine was pinch-hitting again for the Rev. President Homer Nye. The meeting began in its usual flare with God Bless America and the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Randy Kamps led the Gratitude and Reflection moment that included audience participation.  Marlene Bevan was joined in song by the Kingsley Trio Plus Two and they sang a riveting version of Daddy Sang Bass.

Much to Bob Stow’s surprise, he was the one introducing visiting Rotarians and guests.

Tom Haase had the honors of introducing our newest Rotarian Chuck Webb, Commander of Coast Guard Airstation Traverse City. Chuck is a Michigan boy hailing from Muskegon. His military career began in 1992 with the U.S. Army.  After a stellar Army career, Chuck received his much desired selection into the Coast Guard in 1999. This isn’t Chuck’s first rodeo at Airstation TC. He served here early in his Coast Guard career and couldn’t be happier to be back in Traverse City. Lisa, his amazing and beautiful wife and he, have two sons Daniel and Austin. (And then the crowd went wild!! Standing Ovation!!) Welcome Chuck, we may have a place for you in the Rotary Show! 

Dan Rickard made the final call for Christmas Basket donations. Over the last few years, the need in our area has grown so our work is even more imperative. Those shopping for our adopted families will be able to collect the info on their family and the Christmas Basket later this week. Thanks for giving!!

Al Bonney announced the Rotary Foundation granted $6,000 to Wheels of Hope. The Ride for Polio was held the weekend before Thanksgiving and raised $2,675. Al also followed up on an article that the AP circulated regarding the spread of vaccine-derived polio. While the article was accurate, some info was not included. The issue that has occurred is the spread of polio in low vaccinated areas. The vaccine is excreted into the environment where herd immunity is low hence the spread. For more info, see Al!

Susan Kraus is already in the holiday spirit and is hoping you are too! Our Holiday Party with all TC Rotarians is next Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Traverse City Golf and Country Club. Please get your RSVP in pronto! They need to give a head count to TCGCC. This party does not replace our regular meeting and I’m pretty certain we don’t get a meeting make up for going! However, donations will be accepted that will go to Father Fred! So sign up with Kathy, bring donations and lets enjoy some holiday cheer!

Paul LaPorte rushed the podium and everyone held their breath - like they always do when Paul does that. He called up Lorraine Beers. Everyone was thinking, “Lorraine doesn’t do anything stupid, why is she being called up? Has Paul lost his marbles?” Well, we won’t answer that last question…… turns out Lorraine was a decoy for the real culprit of something stupid! It was Mack Beers! Turns out Mack backed out of his garage and somehow forgot to open the garage door. We’re not sure how this happened, but I’m sure the Peace Police will do a thorough investigation. And so followed the question to Mack, “What were you thinking?” And Mack was given his ration of Smart Pills!

Turns out handing out Smart Pills makes you win the 50/50! Eighty- two buckaroos went to Paul LaPorte!

Steve Wade had the honor of introducing our speaker today, Michele Howard who is the Library Director AND she’s a Rotarian!

Michele earned her bachelor’s from MSU - Go Green and then earned a bigger degree from U of M - Go Blue!

To start things off, Matt Wilford from the Library provided us with bookmarks that feature a winter scene of the library by Glenn Wolff. 

Michele provided a stimulating program of what the Traverse Area District Library offers our communities. The mission of the Library is to “provide dynamic resources and innovated services to stimulate intellectual curiosity, facilitate lifelong learning, promote literacy and nurture personal enrichment”. And if that isn’t enough: Patrons don’t have to buy anything, or believe anything to feel welcome!


Here are some facts:

  • Andrew Carnegie is the Patron Saint of Libraries

  • There are more libraries than McDonald’s

  • The Library has over 500,000 visitors per year

  • E-books and audiobooks only make up 17% of circulation

  • Programs are available for children, teens and adults

  • The Library has a plethora of lending items from musical instruments, STEM kits and a seed library

  • Digital resources are available because not everyone has a computer or electronic device!

  • Meeting rooms are available too! They range in size from 2 - 80 people

  • They have a Book Club program where you can check out 8 copies of a book for you and 7 of your reader friends. Keep them for up to 6 weeks!

  • All month long they are waiving any library fees. Just bring back what you borrowed. If you lost what you borrowed, then kindly replace it!

  • They have Foundation Directing - helps nonprofits find funding sources

  • The Library is super cool.


And with that, John called the meeting to a close! See you next week back at the Park Place for another round of “Rotary Giving Tuesday”.

Michele Howard receiving a Wheels of Hope certificate from Steve Wade

Rotary Club Meeting Review for 12/3/19 Ramona Pleva 2019-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Roto Photo 12/3/19 Club Meeting

Tom Haase with new member Chuck Webb
Christmas Basket Co-Chair Dan Rickard
Al Bonney
Paul LaPorte giving out Smart Pills to Mack Beers
Winner, Winner Paul LaPorte
Presentor & Rotarian Michele Howard
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A Cherry on Top -Industry optimism in the face of adversity

Posted by Carla Weaver
  • Kat Paye introduced Ben LaCross who spoke of the cherry industry in the U.S. Ben is a second-generation cherry farmer and his wife is a former Cherry Festival Queen. He spoke of industry optimism in the face of adversity: import pressure from other countries, inclement weather, and pests. Tart cherries are king in Northern Michigan with 2/3 of all acreage in tart cherries. The uses for both tart and sweet cherries were explained, along with the statistics that confirm Michigan is the cherry capital of the country. 

  • Ben also taught us about tart cherry dumping from Turkey (and now other countries). Turkey is selling tart cherries in the US for a price that American farmers can’t beat. This has driven down the price of cherries and cherry juice concentrate to far below the price of production. This causes TC cherry farmers to dump their cherries instead of being able to sell them. 

  • Ben asked what TC will look like in 10-15 years without cherries? There will be 15-18 thousand acres not being used for cherry growing. 

  • The Cherry Industry has spent $1.7 million in less than a year defending local cherries. Soon a 600-800% duty will be added to the import cost of Turkish dried cherries. The Industry also is working on finding new markets and products to use their cherries. Right now diversion (or dumping) is necessary.

  • The National Cherry Festival is important to the industry. It’s not held when the local fruit is ripe, because the Festival’s goal is to bring tourists to TC, and July 4th week is the best time to do that. 

  • Ben awarded two Cherry Fruitcakes to Al Long and Paul LaPorte when they answered quiz questions correctly. 

  • Kat Paye presented the wheelchair certificate to Ben. 

  • Allison rang the bell and adjourned the meeting.


A Cherry on Top -Industry optimism in the face of adversity Carla Weaver 2019-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

Roto Photo 

Susan Kraus & Lisa Pointe showing the donated goods for Father Fred also over $400.00 in cash was donated
Holiday Party Check-in Crew, Lisa, Kathy & Susan
Anna Bradford (Freya's Daughter) showing off the check given out to the Grand Traverse Regional Public Safety Alliance with the 9/11 Honor Run proceeds
Randy Kamps
Randy Kamps and Sid Lammers Ringing Bells for the Salvation Army
Ken Osborne
Bell Ringing Program Chair Vern Gauthier 
Welcome Transering Rotarian Dr. Dixon Gerber 
Discovery Pier - 12/19
More action at the Discovery Pier 12/19
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2019 Changemaker Survey - We Want To Hear From YOU! 2019-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

SMILE...Roto Photo

Posted by Al Bonney
Great Smiles, Great Rotarians Bob Stow & Elaine Wood
New Member Aaron Davenport with Rotary Sponsor Benjamin Mareentette and President Homer Nye
Transfering Rotarian Byran Price with Rotary Sponsor Nikki Sobkowski and President Homer
John & Rachel Roe, Aly's Host Parents
Vern Gauthier
Steve Wade sharing about the Christmas Basket Program
Tom Petzold thanking our speaker Chairman Sam McClellan
Theresa & Jeff Hickman at the District Burlap & Lace Gala 
Dale Chilcote supporting the Club at the TC Chamber Business Expo
Great support for Kathy from so many Rotarians and Rotary Staff.  Kathy finished with her radiation treatment on Wednesday!!!!
Thank you All! heart
SMILE...Roto Photo Al Bonney 2019-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Christmas Baskets Shoppers  Steve Wade 2019-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

November 12, 2019 Club Meeting 

CDR Charles Webb
Color Guards Presentation & Posting of Colors
President Homer Nye with an amazing backdrop
Great Food & Great Service
Tom Haase and CDR Chuck Webb
Art Bukowski CDR Chuck Webb & Sid VanSlyke
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Rotary Club Meeting 11/5/19

Posted by Ramona Pleva

President Homer rang the meeting bell followed by God Bless America and the Pledge of Allegiance. Dan Buron shared thoughts of Gratitude and Reflection with thoughts on civility.

Bob Stow led us in a call and response of The Bear Song.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests were introduced by President Homer.

Autumn Soltysiak presented our Students of the Week from. St. Francis High School

Karlee King is active in Key Club, the Cheer Team and has her sights set on attending Hope College to study elementary and special education. 

Isaac Lauckey is in the National Honor Society, Key Club and participates in a plethora of volunteer activities. He is dual enrolled at NMC and has aspirations of becoming a hematologist. The Student of the Week application asks to “list something unique about yourself”. What Isaac shared in his application (In which we only received a hint of during our meeting) is nothing short of incredible. He writes:

“My father arrived in the United States March 1994 as part of the University of Minnesota's Master's Degree Program in Agriculture from former Czechoslovakia (now known as the Czech Republic). He arrived with only a backpack of clothing. As part of this degree, he was placed on my aunt's father-in-law's cherry farm in Traverse City where he worked several summers. This is how my mother met and married my father.   

In order to understand who I am and what is unique about me, you have to understand my lineage. I look and my personality is very similar to my father. My father, in turn, looks and his personality is very much like his father’s. All of us look and have the same thought process as my great-grandfather, Stanislav Laucký, who perished at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp during World War II in 1943. 

Although he was not Jewish but rather Czech, Stanislav Laucký’s job was for the Czechoslovakian Postal Service. He was 6’ 10” and loaded large, heavy bags of mail onto trains. During World War II, he was part of a network of people along the railways to sneak anyone that the Nazis were looking for into the large mail bags, load them on the train as if they were mail, and transport them to a country where they would be safe. Somewhere along with the network, someone was caught. They disclosed the names of the rest of the network, and the Nazis showed up at Děda (grandfather) Stanislav’s place of work and arrested him and sent him to Mauthausen in 1942. Word spread to my great-grandmother, Anna Laucká, and she quickly hid my grandfather, Vlastislav, and his brother, Stanislav, who were five- and three-years-old at the time, at an aunt’s house. They hid in a cellar under the floorboards of the aunt’s kitchen. The Nazis came and arrested Babička (Grandma) Anna and she was sent to the Gross-Rosen concentration camp in Poland. My grandfather has shared stories with us about hiding while the Nazis looked for him and his brother and how his aunt had to sneak them food. 

Babička Anna returned in 1945 after almost three years at Gross-Rosen. She raised my grandfather and his brother by herself. My grandfather, Vlastislav (who my middle name is after), took care of Babička Anna until she passed. 

Dedication, tenacity, integrity, and determination are keywords to describe the Laucký men, including me. I am typically a private person, but this information may help you to understand my background and what makes me unique.” 

WOW! What an incredible story. Isaac has already grown into an exceptional gentleman and will no doubt create a life of service to others.


Al Bonney shared that November is Rotary Foundation Month and explained how the monies given to the Rotary Foundation have a huge impact around the world. He shared a video that highlighted some of the important work Rotary does around the globe. 

Sakura Tako announced that the 50/50 today would be going to the Traverse City High School’s Interact Club. And to get a look at what the students do there, there is coffee and snacks available for a small donation next Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 7:30 am - 9:30 am. Stop on by and show some Rotary support for the good work these students are doing!

And speaking of 50/50, Mike Caruso walked away with a whopping $110. We haven’t seen a pot that big since…… never!!

Next week’s meeting is at the US Coast Guard Station for our Veteran’s Day tribute. You won’t want to miss this! The food is always great and the Coast Guard crew are gracious hosts!

Sakura Takano
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 “Where are you going to sleep tonight?” 

Posted by Ramona Pleva

Today’s program was introduced by Becca Binder. November is Homeless Awareness Month. She was joined by Tina Allen from Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness, Ryan Hannon from Goodwill Northern Michigan and Ashley Hallady-Schmandt from Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency. 

Tina opened the presentation with a question, “Where are you going to sleep tonight?” It’s a question that haunts hundreds of people who are homeless in our five-county area. Homelessness has five different categories: youth, families, veterans, chronic homelessness and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Tina spoke of the collaboration of the different organizations that are addressing these issues.

Ryan shared the community support for the homeless in our community and the importance of street outreach. Street outreach helps to qualify people for housing. The Goodwill Inn and Safe Harbor serve part of this need. 

Ashley touched on the need to make homelessness a rare, brief and one-time occurrence. Her organization serves as an access point for services and support which can include healthcare. 

The Goodwill Inn has a call center for those facing homelessness. They can be reached at 1-844-900-0500. With the homeless youth population, the approach to finding housing is a bit different. Host homes are the most ideal situation for those who are ages 14-24. 

Becca highlighted that supportive housing has rental subsidies available. Many times these units are scattered around the area with individual landlords. They can also serve as an advocate for those with disabilities, substance abuse and mental illness.

Please click on the link below for a video presentation for Northwestern Michigan Coalition.

Becca Binder
Ryan Hannon
 “Where are you going to sleep tonight?”  Ramona Pleva 2019-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

New INTERACT Club - Please Share!

Posted by DeAnna Hess
Exciting stuff, please share...We are also looking for student recommendations and your children/grandchildren are Exactly the candidates for the INTERACT Club of Traverse City we are looking for.  Students ages 12-17. This is a different and a new club from the INTERACT Club of Traverse City High School Club.
The below email was sent out by our Club Rotarian DeAnna Hess...
I am excited to announce that we have a day and time for our first INTERACT meeting. 
This Saturday, November 9th – 1 pm- 2:30 pm
13170 SW Bay Shore Drive Traverse City
(just past the Great Lakes Children’s Museum)
AGENDA for the first meeting:
  • Get to know one another
  • Learn more about INTERACT and set primary goals/objectives for our TC Interact Club
  • Determine future meeting times
  • Discuss Leadership positions within the club
  • Brainstorm ideas for membership growth
Please email me back and let me know if you are able to attend and how many will be joining you.   I have also included a link below to a video from an Interact Club in Vancouver CA.  I think you will find it inspirational and hopefully get you excited about the types of things we can do with our club.
I look forward to meeting you all this weekend!
Please feel free to call me with any questions prior to our meeting.
Best Regards!-
DeAnna Hess
New INTERACT Club - Please Share! DeAnna Hess 2019-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary International Foundation Month Kurt Rivard 2019-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Our TC High School Interact Club's Fundraiser 

Posted by Sakura Takano
Won't be able to make it...No worries you can 
bring your extra dollars on Tuesday, November 5th
as the Club's 50/50 proceeds will go directly to support this fundraiser!
Our TC High School Interact Club's Fundraiser  Sakura Takano 2019-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
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Action packed meeting on October 15, 2019 for the Rotary Club of Traverse City

Posted by Ramona Pleva

After President Homer’s welcome and Pledge of Allegiance, Past President Sid “the philosopher” Lammers provided thoughts of Gratitude and Reflection.

Marsha Minervini provided an eerie “Halloweenesque” song of “Have You see the Ghost of John?” Personally I have not seen John’s Ghost but apparently he doesn’t have any skin and I’m fairly sure I would have remembered that!

And as Wally Schroth introduced visiting Rotarians and guests, the Ghost of John must have taken over the microphone because we had issues. (What’s a Rotary meeting without a few technical difficulties!?)

Our club membership grew by two today. Steve Wade introduced Michele Howard. Michele is with the District Library and received her undergrad at MSU but then trumped that with a master’s degree from U of M. Becky Ewing introduced transfer Rotarian Kathryn Glancy. Kathryn comes to us from Ludington and unlike Michele, she kept her educational loyalties green receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from MSU. Welcome Michele and Kathryn!

We have three new graduates of the IM Rotary program. Alexis Juett bestowed 500 Paul Harris points to Alex Wood, Linda Racine and Carla Weaver. 

Speaking of Carla, she’s totally rockin’ it as the new Youth Exchange Officer and provided us with our exchange student’s wish lists for this year! Please include our inbound students on your family adventures while they are here!! You will LOVE spending time with them. Reach out to Carla to connect with the students!

Speaking of students, Arthur from Brazil  AKA “Handsome Boy” shared a little about  his homeland. If he was nervous, it didn’t show. He is as smooth of a talker as he is handsome! He hails from Araguari, Munas Gerais. He claims they make amazing cheese bread. But can Brazilian cheese bread complete with the pizza bread from Gallagher’s Farm Market!? I think a taste test is in order along with a visit to Brazil!

Mike and Jessica Caruso shared a few thoughts on their experience hosting 11 exchange students! They recently traveled to Thailand and with careful planning brought 5 of their exchange students together from various countries! Talk about an awesome holiday photo card! Their family tree includes: Vrata, Joao, Eva, Carmen, Valeria, Sungto, Vanessa, Nicole, Sidonie, Apolline, and “Handsome Boy” Arthur.

Did you notice the temps have dropped outside?! That means it’s time to clean out your closet and find coats and other cold weather items to pass along for One Way Coat Day. Herb Lemcool will be collecting winter apparel next week at our meeting. And if you could give him a hand with this, that would brighten his day!

Jeff Hickman presented a beautiful and articulate tribute to Elaine Wood, Rotary Charities longest serving board member and current chair. Elaine was gifted a Paul Harris pin for her dedicated service to Rotary Charities! Congratulations Elaine!

President Homer announced that on Oct. 29 we will be electing new officers for our club board. Board directors serve a two year term and the candidates include: Jen Casey, Meghan Daigh, Page Graves, Steve Haskin and Thom Paulson. Running for secretary for a three year term is Connor Miller. And slated as our club president for 2021-2022 is Mark Eckhoff. The fun just never ends!

Next week we are at the Hagerty Center for our weekly meeting.

George Powell walked away with $81 from the 50/50.
Action packed meeting on October 15, 2019 for the Rotary Club of Traverse City Ramona Pleva 2019-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Meeting Notes 10/1/19

Posted by Art Bukowski
Mike Rossman introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. 
Autumn Soltysiak introduced the outstanding students of the week: Aiden Griggs and Katherine Kiessling both from TC West. 
Andrew Kohlmann said he's still looking for folks to help out with stream sampling in Kids Creek this SUNDAY, OCT 6. The event is in partnership with the Watershed Center. Contact him for details: This Sunday, BUG COUNT starts at 9 am – meeting at Kid’s Creek trailhead between Kohl’s and Michael’s. It will be done before noon.
Chris DeGood wants a few good men and women for the Jim Van Workbee this FRIDAY, OCT. 4. You should have received a separate email with all the details. 
Steve Wade announced the results of a survey of club members regarding club speakers/programming. The oversimplified result? People generally like what's been going on. Tony Anderson's heartfelt marathon talk was a crowd-pleaser, Wade said. But was that just recency bias, he pondered out loud?
Susan Kraus said to save the date for the holiday party: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Country Club. 
Tom Haase is looking for drivers to ferry the exchange students back and forth between the club's lunch and their schools. See him to help out (and check your email for a separate email with more details. 
Art Bukowski won the 50/50 raffle despite former president Awesome Allison Beers spending big on tickets....again.
The speaker was Mary Gruman of Birchbark Counseling, introduced by her husband, Lowell "Jep" Gruman. Mary gave an informative presentation about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on both the children involved and society as a whole. ACEs include having someone in the house with mental illness or substance abuse problems, emotional or physical neglect, and emotional, physical or sexual abuse, among other items. Some not-so-fun facts
  • ACEs are common and interrelated and are directly correlated with neurological, biological, social and psychological issues later in life
  • Almost 2/3 of adults reported at least one ACE. When once ACE occurs, there are usually others
  • ACES have been conclusively shown to have a lasting effect on behavior and health as children become adults
  • 7 of the 10 leading causes of death correlate with high ACE scores
  • A child with a higher ACE score is 32 times more likely to have issues at school
  • The lifetime cost of ACEs are estimated at $124 billion in expenses tied to the criminal justice, health, special education and child welfare systems combined with a loss of productivity
So what can you do? Even one positive adult influence on a child can be transformative, Gruman said. Try to be there for the children you interact with in any way. 
Rotary Club Meeting Notes 10/1/19 Art Bukowski 2019-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Friends of the Boardman Watershed Gourmet Dinner  2019-09-23 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting Photos 2019-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes, 8/20/19

Posted by Philip R. Rosi
The Tuesday Meeting was called to order by President Homer with a song, a pledge and then a prayer by Sakura Takano. Greg Luyt proceeded to “Take us Out to the Ball Game” in song, right before Ramona Pleva introduced our visiting Rotarians and guests. Tom Haase kept his pitch alive for more volunteers for upcoming Tag Day, Mike Mindertsma informed us we could still get into the chock full Golf Outing coming up Monday and Susan Kraus had everyone geeked for the Power Island Boat outing! A very big Shout out to Jenn Casey and the Annual 9/11 Honor Run for making a splash in the Rotary International Magazine this month! Woo-hoo! Lisa Pointe is taking over Sakura Takano’s position on the Camps and Services Board as Sakura has taken a position with Rotary Charities, which constitutes a conflict of interest for her. By the time you all read this our new Exchange Student, Anna from Milan will have arrived.
Winner Winner Chuck Korn!
Meeting Notes, 8/20/19 Philip R. Rosi 2019-08-26 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Charities is seeking our next round of Rotarian Volunteer Reviewers

Rotarians from the five-county area have volunteered to review grant applications for decades and their expertise has shaped our region. Last fall, we shifted our grantmaking strategy, created new criteria and questions. 

We now have 2 new grant areas to be considered during the annual cycle. We continue to support community asset building and capital campaigns through our Assets for Thriving Communities grants. We've widened our scope to fund comprehensive solutions to complex community problems through our Systems Change Accelerator grants.

It's time to bring our volunteers up to speed, including those with experience and new volunteers. All volunteer reviewers for the 2019 season – including those who have volunteered in the past – must follow the requirements listed below to participate. We invite you to participate in the training and review process – your perspectives, questions and commitment to impact help us make great grant decisions!

  • Becky Ewing, Executive Director, Rotary Charities of Traverse City

What do reviewers do, exactly? 

During grant review season October-November 2019:

  1. Review & comment on grant applications that have made it through the first round of staff and board review.

  2. Participate in a 1.5 - 2-hour in-person interview with applicants and the review team.

  3. Help the review team come up with a recommendation that goes to the board for the final decision in December 2019.

What does it take to become a volunteer?

  1. Email Stacey Foster to let her know you’re interested in volunteering to review: Direct any questions to Freya Bradford: or 231.941.4010 ext. 209

  2. Attend this May’s Grant Training for applicants, or watch the taped session, available in June. 

    • Grant Training for Applicants – REGISTER HERE
      May 29th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
      Hear exactly what we share with potential applicants. Please indicate you're registering as a Rotarian Grant Reviewer when prompted.  

  3. Required reading/watching

  1. Look out for the Rotarian Grant Reviewer Training

    • TBD date in September 2019
      Prepare for in-person grant reviews with finalists

Optional Training

Systems Thinking for Social Change

May 21st - 22nd

A two-day workshop with national experts highlighting new skills and mindsets that are at the heart of our new direction.



Rotary Charities is seeking our next round of Rotarian Volunteer Reviewers 2019-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
THANK YOU'S to the Rotary Club 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Phil Murphy

A little over two years ago, Ty Schmidt of NORTE spoke to us about organization and introduced to a number of their initiatives, among them were Safe Routes to School - Empowering elementary and middle school students to actively transport themselves to school, and Pro Walk/Pro Bike Advocacy - Advocating for more people on bicycles in Traverse City. These two, in particular, played well into his presentation on Tuesday. 

Becky Ewing introduced Schmidt as he is a recent recipient of one of Rotary Charities newly developed collaborative grants. These grants are specifically looking at systems and are predicated on the various collaborator looking to find new and innovative systemic solutions to the problems that have been identified. In this case, it is a collaboration between NORTE, the School Systems and their administrations (TCAPS, GTACS, Trinity Lutheran) and City and County Administrations. 

The Safe Routes to School initiative has grown and now has over twenty school partners on board and is currently working with Traverse City, Long Lake and East Bay on key infrastructure projects. As Schmidt points out in a weighty, well-prepared and researched presentation, the Rotary Charities grant has catapulted this project forward and has the many participants all focused on the systemic changes that need to take place to insure safety for all, not just our kids – now and in the future. The benefit extends to those who also choose to walk and only aids the overall health of the region going forward. One of the side goals is to bring the region and the State higher in health rankings nationally.

It all sounds good. More importantly, it shows the efficacy of the new grant-making efforts of our sister organization as it redirects how it funds non-profits.

Ty Schmidt

ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ – KEEP THEM DOGGIES ROLLIN’ Phil Murphy 2019-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Club Meeting @ THE PARK PLACE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER  Kathy Bussell 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Committee Assignments Confirmation

Posted by Dale Chilcote
To assure the Directors and Chairs of each committee have a current list of members, please follow the steps below to check your listed committees.
  • Click on Member Login   (upper right)
  • Enter your User Name and Password
  • Click on Member Area  (upper right)
  • Under the heading – My Clubrunner, click on My Commitments
  • Go down to your list of Current Committees.  Check to make sure your committees are correct.  If they are correct, let Dale Chilcote know you have no changes.  If they are not correct, let Dale know and he will assist in making the required changes.
  • To contact Dale regarding your committees, or if you would
like a list of all club committees, please see him at the Tuesday meeting, or email him at
It is common for a new member (1 year or less) to not have any committees listed.  If you are participating in 1 or more committees and they are not listed, relay that info to Dale Chilcote.
Thank you.
Annual Committee Assignments Confirmation Dale Chilcote 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
The one the only Rotary Lawn Chair-y Precision Drill Team  2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Opportunities at GOREC 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Notes, 6/25/19

Posted by Art Hoffmann

President Awesome Allison Beers opened the meeting ☹ Her last one):

  • God Bless America / Pledge of Allegiance 

  • Invocation: Nikki– Sobkowski  Our Thought’s of Gratitude and Reflection

  • Music by: Ramona Pleva– A wonderful song Tribute to President Awesome Allison Honoring her year-of-service. Ramona also presented Allison with a special white monogrammed Sash “Best Boss Ever”

  • A very special occasion was an HBD Rotary Tribute to Jim Beckett- 97 years-young this week

  • Introduction of visiting Rotarians & Guests – by  Miriam Owsley

  • IM Rotary Certificates by Alexis Juett to Roddy - + 500 Paul Harris points:

  • Peter the “Pin Man” was present to offer 2019 Cherry Festival pins @ $5.00 (everyone hoping for the Gold one) since he is the biggest/longest seller ever

  • Art Bukowski received a “Onesie” for his little girl Nora

  • Announcement for Camp GOREC volunteer opportunities to assist in urgent projects required for this season. Contact US @ (231)946-4263 or Info@Greilick.Org.; Friday, July 12th, Monday, July 29th, Sunday, August 25th and Saturday, September 14th

  • 50/50 raffle + $120.00 to Art Bukowski

2019-2020 Rotary Club of Traverse City Club President Homer Nye with his sweet Rotary President Theme Tie!

Main Program: Formal Transition of the TC Rotary President

  • Thanks to the Board & Officers of the now former Awesome Allison Regime

  • Introduction of the new Cabinet members

  • Rotary 99 year presentation PIN to Allison

  • Traditional former Presidents offering incoming Homer Nye advice based on their experience and service

  • New President Homer Nye – Spoke to all Rotary members relative to his Rotarian Service and the meaning and importance of being a Rotarian. 

  • Making Lifelong Choices – Dedication to the Greater Community & Charity

  • Rotary represents Fellowship & Service

  • Rotarians can and do: “Change the World”

  • New President Homer Nye is a true Rotarian and we are honored to serve with him.

Club Meeting Notes, 6/25/19 Art Hoffmann 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

No Lunch Club Meeting on Tuesday, July 2nd

Posted by Kathy Bussell
No Lunch Club Meeting on Tuesday, July 2nd
What: Rotary Network Night
When: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ~ Tuesday, July 2nd
Where: National Cherry Festival Beer Tent
No Lunch Club Meeting on Tuesday, July 2nd Kathy Bussell 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0


Paul Harris Fellows – first time

Pictured, from left to right:

Alexis Juett

DeAnna Hess

Tony Anderson

Lori Schmeltzer

Sakura Takano

Allison Beers

Not pictured:

Ashlea Walter

Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran

Caroline Hufstader

Jeanna Anne Michalek

Autumn Chalker Soltysiak

Lou Anne Ford

William Meyers

Tom Petzold

Sarah Kime

PHF +1 


Rev. Homer Nye

Robert Dean, Jr.

Ken Osborne

Pat Heintz

Not pictured:

Martin Colburn

Dale Chilcote

Marsha Minervini

Paul Harris Fellows +2


Byron Hanson

Wally Schroth

Lorraine Beers

Not pictured:

Beth Karczewski

Dennis Muth

Paul Harris Fellow +5


Kurt Rivard

Paul Harris Fellow +6


Mack Beers

Paul Harris Fellow +7

Not Pictured:

Bob Witkop

Welcome Home Adrian & Amelia!!! 2019-06-14 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations! 2018 Perfect Attendance 

First NameLast Name2018
George M.Powell16
Todd J.Muha10
Robert C.Stow9
Kenneth H.Musson5
Sharron H.Zimmerman5
Congratulations! 2018 Perfect Attendance  2019-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

Invite to Club Members for the Change of Command Ceremony 

The Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District

cordially invites you to attend

the United States Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

Change of Command Ceremony at which

Commander Nathan E. Coulter

will be relieved by

Commander Charles E. Webb

Monday, the Eighth of July at Ten o’clock A.M.

at United States Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

1175 Airport Access Road Traverse City, Michigan

R.S.V.P. by 28 June 2019
Military: Tropical Blue w/ Combination Cover  
Civilian: Business Casual  
Dessert reception following the ceremony
Invite to Club Members for the Change of Command Ceremony  2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Project Peanut Butter - A family Giving Back 

Posted by Ramona Pleva

Andy Kempf introduced our speaker today, Dr. Glen McPherson. Dr. McPherson serves as a flight surgeon with Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City. His life of service includes the Peace Corps and in August 2018 he and two of children Emma and Alex traveled to Malawi to help address the struggles of malnutrition.

Malawi is the 6th poorest country in the world and food security is a major healthcare issue. Childhood malnutrition can lead to decreased fertility rates, lower IQ, government instability, famine vulnerability and economic stagnation.

Most malnutrition occurs with children age 6 months to the age of five and can lead to diarrhea, malaria, acute respiratory infections and Marasmus. One way to assess for malnutrition is an upper arm circumference measurement. The measurement is easy to perform and is not influenced by body type or edema.

To address the malnutrition challenge, Project Peanut Butter was formed. Peanut butter packets are distributed to Malawian children. The packets contain precisely constructed nutrients, require no refrigeration or mixing with water, no heat is required for preparation, and can be eater with minimal assistance. Every two weeks children are assessed at a local clinic. If a child is not thriving, food distribution and health of the child are reviewed.

The peanut butter packets are made by Malawians with mostly locally sourced food. They are manufactured in Malawi which helps provide sustainability for the program.

The peanut butter is held to European Union standards for cleanliness. Approximately 600 metric tons are produced each year. Project Peanut Butter is expanding to Sierra Leone, Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

Both Alex and Emma articulately shared their thoughts regarding their experience of traveling to Malawi. Alex sees himself serving in the Peace Corps. Emma transcended the language barrier and connected with the children by drawing sketches of them and sharing her paper and pens.

To learn more about Project Peanut Butter please visit:
Project Peanut Butter - A family Giving Back  Ramona Pleva 2019-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Notes, 4/16/19

Posted by Ramona Pleva

It was a Peanut Butter kind of day at the Rotary Club of Traverse City on April 16, 2019.

President Awesome opened the meeting, Homer Nye offered up a moment of silence for each to reflect on the many gratitudes that have been bestowed on us.

The Kingsley Trio - which could be named “Marsha and the Boys” - led us in Down By the Riverside.

Ramona Pleva introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.

President Awesome made the announcement that we will be staying at the Park Place for our weekly meetings. We will have full use of the parking lot during our meeting times. Also, she reminded us that we need to kick up our ticket sales for next week’s Rotary Show. Seriously people, the president is always judged on how well the show does. It does not behoove President Allison to have a small showing since she will be rocking the stage with another fabulous parody song that she has become world famous for! WE NEED YOU TO SELL LOTS OF TICKETS! Selling them on April 28 won’t do us any good!

The Access- ABILITY committee had a meeting after the meeting today.

Congrats to our own Paul LaPorte. He won a recent competition where his artwork was selected to serve as the label for a fine Pinot Grigio from Bower’s Harbor Winery. A portion of the sales of this wine will go to support the Old Mission Lighthouse.

Deana Hess announced that we have a new Rotary feeder program! Yes, now we can integrate our Rotary ideals with students ages 12-17. An Interact club is forming at TC Central! Should have you have a student in mind for this club who does not attend Central, please let Deanna know and she wi