Tuesday, Club Meeting Details - Hybrid
Rotary Club Meeting
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
At the Park Place Hotel & Conference Center 
(Same Meeting ID & Password) 
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Meeting ID: 817 2758 9532
Passcode: 42
Program: Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region
Speaker: Chief Executive Director Wendy Irvin
***CANCELLED *** 2021 Rotary Golf Outing!
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

The Rotary Club of Traverse City Meeting Notes

President Mark called the meeting to order, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Marlene Bevan offered up thoughts of Gratitude and Reflection on the art of forgiveness. 

Announcements included:

Jen Casey announced that the 9/11 Honor Run will be completely virtual this year. Race attendance is down throughout the country, and she had to make the tough call to have a virtual run. You can sign up for the race, run or walk it either on 9/11 or another day. Here’s the link:

Fellow Rotarian Kurt Rivard will continue as one of the main sponsors of the event. Proceeds of the 9/11 Honor Run go to support our First Responders. 

President Mark will be acknowledging all the new Rotarians who joined our club during the Zoom era of our club. All new members are asked to attend next week’s meeting at the Great Wolf Lodge. 

Marlene Bevan announced that at 1:30 today, Rotarians are asked to show up at the Mitchell Creek Preserve to “Stomp the Preserve”. Bring your cell phones and take photos of all the unique aspects of the Mitchell Creek Preserve. 

Our program today featured Kate Kerr from Hope Not Handcuffs. Bob Cooney introduced Kate. Kate lives in Lake Ann, MI, attended Albion College and has been in nonprofit work for 12 years. 

Hope Not Handcuffs is an initiative started by Families Against Narcotics (FAN) aimed at bringing law enforcement and community organizations together to find viable treatment options for individuals seeking help to reduce dependency with heroin, prescription drugs and alcohol. Over 100 police departments in 16 counties in Michigan participate in Hope Not Handcuffs and over 6,000 people have been helped since February 2017.  

A person who is struggling with any substance use disorder can come to any participating police agency or community organization and ask for help. In Traverse City, The PORCH at Addiction Treatment Services is a drop-in location. They receive compassionate support and respect. If a person has health insurance, they will be guided in the available treatment options. If they are uninsured or on Medicaid, they will be directed to the local Office of Substance Abuse for placement. 

Once someone approaches the police department, an Angel volunteer is contacted and sent to the station, usually within 20 minutes. The Angel volunteer collects information from the participant and then makes a connection to the appropriate agency where the best treatment option can be determined. 

During treatment, the participant is assigned a FAN Peer Recovery Coach. Family members are also eligible for these services as well. After completing treatment, the participant can apply for a sober living scholarship. 

Support staff remains in contact with participants for up to one year after recovery services. The participants may reach out for help if they stumble on their way to recovery. All services are free of charge due to a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

Peer Recovery Coaches are individuals who have at least two years of continuous sobriety. Family Recovery Coaches are family members who have had a loved one struggle with substance abuse. 

When a participant presents to the police station for help, they are provided an Angel Kit. This kit contains items such as a blanket, water, snacks and iPad and a document binder. 

For those seeking help who do not wish to go to a Police Department, they are encouraged to call the HOPE line 24/7 at 833.202.4673. 

To become an Angel volunteer, one must complete a training and a background check. Upcoming trainings are:

Monday, August 23 at 6:30 pm 

Living Hope Church

3050 W. South Airport Rd

Traverse City, MI 49684

Thursday, August 26 at 6:30 pm

Elk Rapids Police Department

321 Bridge St.

Elk Rapids, MI 49629

To reach out to Kate Kerr, Regional Angel Coordinator: or 586.764.9379 

Kathy Bussell contributed to the presentation as well. Kathy serves as the administrative assistant for Families Against Narcotics. She presented stats that there has been a 30% increase in substance abuse death in 2020 due to the isolation and disconnection from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Two additional events are coming up with Stronger Together and Overdose Awareness Day.

Stronger Together is having a Monthly FAN Forum on September 2, 6pm at F&M Park. All are welcome.

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

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).
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