Volume 43 - Issue 5

March 30th, 2023

Our Next Meeting - April 4th, 2023

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, April 4th. 

The program will be Women's Resource Center and feature Carl Mormann, the Director of Advocacy, and Jamie Bell, the Development Coordinator. 

Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - March 28th

  • Homer Nye shared his plea to have an experienced singer with him in the Gala choir, then shared his thoughts of gratitude and reflection around this radio to tv program called You Bet Your Life. What secret word brings you happiness or fulfillment? What do you bet your life on?

  • David Ford welcomed our guests and several prospective members. Thanks for joining us. 

  • Al Bonney led a delightful round of Happy Bucks, a good return on PETS for Wheels of Hope, two grandbabies for Kathy, and pieces falling into place for Fred. Al Bonney also remarked on the incredible story in the most recent Rotary magazine about Women in Pakistan persisting through the difficulty of eradicating Polio. 

  • John Roddy reminded us of a wonderful opportunity for service to aid IPR by manning phones for their pledge drive on April 15th. More details are below but there will be cake. 

  • Goodworks has such an impactful legacy of community support through projects funded by our annual Rotary Gala. Since 2015, over $318,000 dollars have been utilized by worthy community members vetted by the Goodworks committee. Recent grants have been awarded for this past quarter. 

    Goodworks grants were approved at these levels:
    • Glen Arbor Players $400
    • United Way $500
    • Light House Center for the Arts $500
    • 5Loves2Fish N MI $1350
    • Goodwill N MI 1750
    • Step Up Northern Michigan $2500
  • Friends of the Boardman grants were approved at these levels:
    • Traverse Area Community Rowing $2,500
    • Discovery Center & Pier $1000
    • Sleeping Bear Wildlife Fund $2500
  • Marlene Bevan introduced our program speaker for recycling technology, Kelvin Shaw. Miriam Owsley then presented Sarna Salzman from SEEDS, a systems change organization that works to keep organic waste out of landfills so it can be composted and reused. Everyone can do their part by sorting organic and trash at home. 

  • Jon Randles won the 50/50 raffle pot of $50. 

Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Gratitude & Reflection
Irvin, Wendy
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Lapp, Laurie
Happy Bucks
Chilcote, Dale
Brady, Lisa
Powell, George M.
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Wade, Steve
Board of Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Community Service Director
Club Service Director
Fellowship Director
Youth Services Director
International Service Director
Advancement Director
Club Administrator
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Features Item - Electronics Recycling Fundraiser

Does your business have old tech that's just taking up space? 

eRecycling LLC is working with our Club to coordinate tech recycling pick-ups for a minimum donation of $25. The donation goes to the club and the tech gets recycled. Please fill out this contact form for your business and get that junk out of storage. Kelvin Shaw's team will contact you for a pick-up time OR bring a bin in for your business to have a tech collection. 

Items they can accept:

  • computers, laptops, iPads, tablets, readers, cell phones, office phones
  • networking equipment, servers, switches, routers, modems
  • printers, monitors, keyboards, mice, cables, cords, wires
  • DVD, CD, and VCR players, stereos, gaming systems
  • Any item with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery 
  • No other batteries can be accepted
Items they cannot accept:
  • TVs of any kind, old style or flat screen
  • old CRT monitors
  • appliances, microwaves, etc.
  • heaters, humidifiers, air conditioners, etc.
Please return the forms to and indicate the donation amount to be charged to your account. If you go directly to eRecycling, they won't know you're part of our fundraiser so just loop back here and I'll get your info to them. 
Let's keep precious resources out of our landfills!

Social and Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Marlene Bevan is going to be answering the phones for Interlochen Public Radio's upcoming Fundraising drive on Saturday, April 15 from 9 am - 1 pm. She needs about 5 more volunteers. 

    • Must be comfortable chatting with strangers on the phone, and have computer skills enough to make an online payment and navigate a website. If you have never volunteered for Interlochen Center for the Arts before you will be required to submit an application and be reviewed (in keeping with our licensing as an educational facility). 
    • Lunch is provided! Gratitude is promised. 
      More info at or call the station at 231.276.4400
  • The Traverse City Humanitarian Commission is accepting nominations for the 2023 Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award. The deadline to submit nominations is APRIL 6, 2023. You are welcome to email or mail your nomination to the Traverse City Human Rights Commission at OR 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan 49684. For more information, please visit the City of Traverse City website

  • Our exchange students are partaking in the CHS musical Into the Woods. The shows to see will be on April 21st and April 29th. More details to come.

  • The Mighty Rotary Chorus will be back for the Rotary Gala. "Shindigs in May... 18th's the day... so bring your cash and make your way... to the opera house for the Rotary Gala... come do Good Works! Sign Up Today!"

    • Contact Connor Miller to join the Chorus. They really need more Female Alto-singers but all ranges are welcome!
    • All rehearsals will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Kirkbride Hall (700 Cottageview Dr., Suite 200, TC)
    • Mondays: April 10th, April 17th, April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, and May 15th.
    • Thursdays: April 13th, April 20th, April 27th, May 4th, May 11th. 
  • Traverse City is hosting the District 6290 Outbound Conference on April 21st. We need homes for 16 kids for a night. They would need a place to sleep, breakfast in the morning, and then a ride to NMC. Please reach out to Carla Weaver if you'd like to be part of their Rotary send-off. 

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

  • If you want to see the difference we're making firsthand, the World Community Service Committee is planning a service learning trip to Safe Passage in the fall (last week of September or first week of October).  Talk with any WCS member for details or email Lorraine Beers at, Tom Petzold at, or Linda Racine at


All proceeds support the many good works of the Rotary Club of Traverse City

Silent & Live Auction - Raffles - Food & Drink - Rotary Chorus!

Willing to donate an item that could be auctioned? Email Kathy Bussell


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Upcoming Meetings & Programs

Apr 11th @ Park Place - Project Feed the Kids
Apr 18th @ Hagerty - CHS Musical 
Apr 25th @ Hagerty - Table Health
May 2nd @ Hagerty - How We Work
May 9th @ Hagerty - Epilepsy Awareness
May 16th @ Hagerty - Big Brothers Big Sisters
May 23rd @ Hagerty - MI Labor Market/Talent Strategy
May 30th @ Hagerty - 4-Day Work Week