Rotary Club
Traverse City 
Rotary Club Meeting 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Meeting Start Time: 12Noon

Park Place Hotel and Conference Center

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Meeting ID: 817 2758 9532
Passcode: 42
Program: Local Courts during the Pandemic
Speaker: Honorable Thomas Power

The club board elections will take place this Tuesday 11/16/21 at our meeting. You will be able to vote either on Zoom with an electronic ballot or in-person with a hard copy ballot. The in-person meeting will be at the

Park Place Hotel this week.

Please see below for the six Club Board of Director Nominees
running for three open positions
Kat Paye
Kat was raised in Traverse City and joined Rotary in 2011 with her service as a Rotary Chorus Member, Ticket Sales Chair, Youth Exchange Committee Member and Proud Host Mom to Lana from Croatia (2016) and Filip (2017) from Slovakia. In 2016 she accepted the position as Executive Director of the Festival Foundation which organizes four large community events including the National Cherry Festival.  She is a Founding Board Member for Impact 100 TC, Michigan Festival and Events Association and the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA) where she is currently a member of their Foundation Board and the Traverse City Boom Boom Club. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in her local community planning events, serving at Bayview Church in youth ministry and teaching 2-year old, Andrew about cherries and the world around him.
Autumn Soltysiak 
Autumn Soltysiak joined Rotary in 2013.  She currently serves as the outstanding student program chair, good works committee, program committee, Rotary Charities Grant Review volunteer, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. 
Her favorite Rotary volunteer activities are the ones she can include her 8-year-old daughters in like the Rotary Show performances (they are “Rotary Girls” too), the semi-annual bog count, and Kid’s free fishing day and hosting a Rotary Exchange Student.    
Outside of Rotary Autumn is a business owner and Certified Financial Planner.  She speaks nationally on business development, organizational structure, and wealth management strategies.  She is a board member of Impact 100 TC and loves to adventure with her family
Rebecca Teahen
Rebecca was appointed as Executive Director for Resource Development and the NMC Foundation in July 2011. She began her career in fundraising / non-profit development as the Development Coordinator for the Grand Traverse Conservation District and Boardman River Nature Center, often working with Rotary Camps & Services and Rotary Charities in those roles. Rebecca served for many years on the board of directors for Oryana Natural Food Cooperative, is a member of the Traverse City Economic Club, and serves on the board for the Northport Promise. A Traverse City native, Rebecca is passionate about our regional natural resources and nurturing our community. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Rebecca lives with her husband Ben Purdy, three children, a dog, chickens, and horses on a small farm
in Northport.
Kurt Rivard
Kurt joined Rotary in February 2003 and is currently Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Committee. He has served on multiple committees within Rotary. In addition, Kurt and his wife Sally have hosted multiple Rotary Exchange students. He has participated over the years in many Rotary functions including the Rotary Show, outdoor workbees, Tag Day and the NMC BBQ among others. Kurt enjoys being a Rotarian for the good we do in our community, the great friends he has made and the positive impact Rotary makes throughout the world.
Carla Weaver
Carla is a second-generation Rotarian (her dad, Ken Weaver, has been an amazing Rotary mentor for her and her sister!) and she has been a Noon Club member since 2018 – although she’s been in the Rotary Chorus since 2010. She is the Club’s Youth Exchange Officer, working with the Inbound Rotary International Youth Exchange program for Traverse City. Both Carla’s children went outbound, and she has hosted and been an exchange sister for many Inbound students. Carla has been involved in the Friends of the Boardman Dinner, Rotary Show Ticket Sales, the Membership Committee, Rotary Show Chorus, Bell Ringing, Christmas Baskets, and writes the occasional Club Bulletin. Carla is a University of Michigan graduate and taught elementary school for 20 years. She now owns EB2 Vintage, a TC destination for vintage home décor and furnishings. She is on the Board of the North Boardman Lake District and is enjoying helping this section of Traverse City blossom.
Susan Kraus

In my BTC (Before Traverse City) life, I moved from my hometown of Detroit to the East Coast, spending 25+ years in Washington, DC, and New York City.  I headed up global communications in the telecommunications field during a period of merger mania, handling the communications strategy surrounding several of the largest mergers in U.S. history.  

I “retired” early, but never stopped working – I just don’t get paid for it anymore.  Since moving to Traverse City in 2006, I’ve involved myself in the community in a variety of ways, including as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), president of my condo board, political volunteer, membership at the GTYC, Impact 100 TC and the TC Economic Club, TC Friends of Safe Passage (in Guatemala), board member of Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS), chairing its annual fundraiser for the past three years.  And, of course, Rotary.

As a member of Rotary for the past nine years, I’ve been active in many of its programs and committees – Tag Day, Munson Manor, the NMC BBQ, World Community Services Committee, Christmas Baskets, Career Day, the Rotary Show. And how could I forget getting a bucket of cold water poured over me for the ALS Bucket Challenge?  Or hanging with Rotarians at the Cherry Festival beer tent?  

Heading up the Social Events Committee has been rewarding for many reasons. We’re creating wonderful fellowship opportunities, helping the club with its membership retention, and having lots of fun while we’re at it.  

All compelling reasons to be a Rotarian -- the more you put into it, the more you get back. 

2022-2023 President-Elect
John Hall
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