Volume 43 - Issue 4

March 25th, 2023

Our Next Meeting - March 28th, 2023

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, March 28th. 

The program will be SEEDS and Recycling old Tech. 

Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - March 21st

  • Thoughtfulness through Ramona's recap of Ted Lasso's mostly famous life lessons: Challenge is like riding a horse, if you're comfortable you're doing it wrong. Be Curious - not judgmental. Believe! 

  • Tony Anderson welcomed our guests, some new faces, a very soon-to-be-inducted John Ried, and a long-time no-see Katy McCain. 

  • Paul LaPorte led Happy Bucks with poetic precision. There were many supporters of Go Green. And who couldn't be happy that Spring is here? (well hopefully after this snowstorm) Captain's Quarters is getting a new hire within the rotary family. There are some fantastic pieces at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, and another Miniverini is going into Historic Renovation. 

  • There is now a bonus for the ladies joining Carla Weaver and Connor Miller in the Mighty Rotary Chorus! Specifically, Altos singers are eligible for a buy-one ticket to get one free. 

  • Max Anderson went over some items they would accept, basically anything, they'll take a house if you have it. Let Kathy Bussell know if you have any ideas/items. Beth Melcher geared us up for the wine swap that will take place at the Gala. Members can bring bottles to donate at any meeting leading up to the Gala, just look out for the wine hats.  

  • Carla Weaver is so impressed with our exchange students who 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.

  • Laurie Lapp announced the opening of the Administration position to allow for some internal Club recommendations. The position is for 25 - 30 hrs a week for $20-$23. The personnel committee will make a public post on April 4th. Please contact Laurie Lapp or Andy Robitshek if you have questions. 

  • John Roddy mentioned 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. 

  • Our program speaker was introduced by Steve Wade. Our very own Rotarian Trevor Tkach, the president of TC Tourism, presented the many ways they are promoting and collaborating our community into a true 4 season destination. This ideally spreads the demand over the entire year and drives commerce to keep the little shops open. TravelMI or PureMI always aims to respect - connect - celebrate our beautiful area and community. 

  • Mike Wills won the 50/50 raffle pot of $57. 

Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
Brady, Lisa
Pleva, Ramona
Gratitude & Reflection
Takano, Sakura
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Ford, David
Happy Bucks
Bonney, Al
Watkins, Mike
Zelinski, Al
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Bevan, Marlene
Board of Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Community Service Director
Club Service Director
Fellowship Director
Youth Services Director
International Service Director
Advancement Director
Club Administrator
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Social and Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Volunteers are needed to answer the phones for Interlochen Public Radio's upcoming Fundraising drive on Saturday, April 15 from 9 am - 1 pm.  

    • 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

  • 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 4th @ Hagerty - Women's Resource Center
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