Rotary Club Meeting Notes 

President Mark called the meeting to order at noon and noted that 10/19 was an important day in history. In 1781, General Cornwallis signed the terms of surrender, ending the Revolutionary War. And in 1943, Selman Waksman discovered a compound that counteracted tuberculosis, leading to a vaccine.

President Mark led the group in singing God Bless America and in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Wendy Irvin offered our thoughts of gratitude and reflection.

Jason Allen, plate in hand and without skipping a beat, helped with introducing visiting Rotarians and guests.

Club Announcements:

Ramona Pleva reminded the group about the upcoming blood drive being held on October 29. The blood drive will be held at Kirkbride Hall once again. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome. Visit or call (866) 642-5663 to schedule an appointment. Donors will receive a limited-edition pint glass, while they last!

Ann Ralston let the group know about a great new volunteer project called Service Above Self. A group of our members partnered with the United Way to create an online portal that will link members with volunteer opportunities throughout the community. Please see the story in this newsletter for more details.

President Mark also had two announcements. First, the Gates Foundation is stepping up to help in Rotary’s fight against polio. They will match any donations 2:1 through 2023 (up to $50,000,000). Second, he shared the results of the recent poll about the frequency of future meetings. Over 60% of those responding wanted to return to weekly in-person meetings. Starting with the November 2nd meeting, in-person meetings will be held each week, with an option to join via zoom. The November 2nd meeting will be held at the Park Place and he’ll work to establish a permanent ‘home’ for us.  If anyone has any suggestions, please let him know.


President Mark then introduced the program. Paul Heidbreder, publisher of the Record-Eagle, and Nathan Payne, Executive Editor of the Record-Eagle, gave an excellent presentation on the state of local journalism in our area and throughout the country. 

The Record-Eagle is healthy, but local journalism more broadly faces struggles. Quality of ownership is one area that is important. Hedge funds and similar thinking entities are gutting the media companies that they run. Tribune Media is the most recent example. Locally, the newspaper in Petoskey was mentioned as an example. That organization is down to two reporters.  

The two discussed subscriptions services, the analog (home-delivery) versus digital divide, and revenue approaches (subscriptions and advertising).

The industry has faced tens of thousands of layoffs since 2008. The Record-Eagle has been successful in keeping the staff necessary to put out a quality product. Nathan mentioned that the Record-Eagle has roughly the fourth largest number of reports in the state. 

They discussed Report for America, as well. The organization will fund half of a reporter’s salary for underserved areas/beats. The Record-Eagle has two reporters funded through the program. One of those focuses on indigenous affairs and that is very unique.

The group had a lot of great questions for the two presenters and then President Mark presented both with the certificate for Wheels of Hope, noting the contribution made on their behalf.

President Mark led us in reciting the Four-way Test and then adjourned the meeting.

Paul Heidbreder & Nathan Payne
Rotary Club Tuesday Weekly Meeting ZOOM only Details 
Rotary Club Tuesday Weekly Meeting
This week is the ZOOM meeting ONLY
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Rotary Bell will ring at Noon to start the meeting
(Same Meeting ID & Password) 
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Meeting ID: 817 2758 9532
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Seth Johnson - United Way
Rotary Blood Drive Friday, October 29th
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Sign up to Volunteer in Our Community:

Sign up to Volunteer in Your Community:

TC Rotary is joining with the United Way of NW Michigan to make it easy to volunteer in our community.  This is a great thing for Rotarians who love to invest their time and energy in the community.  

We will also open our service activities to others in the United Way Volunteer Portal. What better way to recruit valued Rotarians than to enlist people who already love to volunteer!

How to get involved:

Follow this link to sign up:

Enter a little information about you, your interests, and your skills, and the portal will give you a list of upcoming activities.

Bonus for the club: We can easily track service hours! Did you know that the current value of volunteer time in the US is $28.54!  


Volunteer today. 

Questions? Ann Ralston: or mobile, WhatsApp, Text to 614-561-5273

Rotary  Good Works Grant  Report – NAMI   System or Remote Teaching Support Groups

NAMI Grand Traverse received a $1,000.00 grant from Rotary towards our development of a hybrid offering of classes and support groups to the families we serve in the NW Michigan area. Our ability to reach families and people affected by mental illness has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and we desired to get the equipment to offer support by Zoom and other remote technology.
With the monies given, we were able to purchase 2 laptops, equipped with the technology and programs to run our meetings and class offerings.  Further, we purchased a large screen TV.  We now conduct our weekly family and peer support groups more personally with this technology.  For a while we were able to do this both in person and via Zoom; however, with policy changes in our building, we now must only use zoom.

These laptops and TV monitors allow our organization to function well within the restrictions of COVID. 
We, the Board of NAMIGT, and the hundreds of people and their families affected by mental illnesses we serve, thank you for your generosity and commitment to serve our community.
Pat Nuffer
NAMI GT Board member
Get to know these Rotarians
Get to know Andrew Kohlmann
Current occupation? Owner/Operator of Image360 Traverse City – we design, produce and install custom signage, graphics and displays for businesses and organizations across the state.
How long have you been a Rotarian? May of 2016.
What made you interested in joining Rotary? Allison Beers and Mike Meindertsma strong-armed me! Just kidding (kind of). Once they actually got me to a meeting and I was able to better understand the impact and connectedness the group has and makes to our region, it solidified my interest.
What do you love the most about rotary? The amount of impact Rotary has on the lives of others is amazing – from Traverse City to around the world. The camaraderie is uplifting and energizing.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with Rotary to participate in? Stream Sampling (also known as the Bug Count!). I love the outdoors and little critters – and have a passion for doing what I can to preserve our natural resources for generations to come. A bonus: My young daughters really enjoy it – great bonding experience.
What keeps you with Rotary? The food! Just kidding. It all goes back to the social impact and bonds with members. There’s nothing like it.
What are you currently reading? Guide books to Costa Rica for my upcoming family vacation!
What is a fun fact about you? I’ve only had one other job in my life – unless babysitting counts – which was bagging groceries at Oleson’s when I was 15. From there, I got a job as a production worker with a little sign company called Signs Now back in 1996. I’ve been with the same company since. In 2008, my wife and I were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase the business and, since then, have experienced growth like we never expected. From 2 to 20 employees, 1400 sq. ft. to 10,000, a name change and lots of other milestones; TC Chamber Small Business of the Year 2017 and Top 50 Michigan Company to Watch to name a few. It’s been a wild ride.
Get to know Regina Jaeger
Current occupation? Vice President and Senior Trust Relationship Manager for Greenleaf Trust
How long have you been a Rotarian? I joined in 2017
What made you interested in joining Rotary? For more than 110 years Rotary has had a deep-seated commitment to the community, locally and globally. The motto “Service Above Self” speaks to me deeply. I have always had the heart of a servant for others, and Rotary embraces and understands that personal value statement.
What do you love the most about Rotary? Collaborating and interacting with those that have a shared mission.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with Rotary to participate in? My favorite has been cooking dinner for residents of Munson Manor. A close second has been serving at the NMC barbeque.
What keeps you with Rotary? The desire to continue to give back to our community in a meaningful way.
What are you currently reading? I am a ravenous leisure reader but don’t get to spend enough time doing it! I just finished reading “The Dictionary of Lost Words” by Pip Williams.
What are you currently watching? My sister has encouraged me to watch “The Crown” so I’ve started the first series.
What is a fun fact about you? I am the youngest of nine children and all of our names, including my mom and dad, start with either the letter “D” or “R” 😊
We are always looking for new members to join us. At the Rotary Club of TC, all are welcome. For more info or to join rotary, visit:
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Welcome future Rotarian baby Maeve Loretta Bukowski she was born on October 9, 2021
Mommy Allie, Daddy Art and big sister Nora are all doing well.
Rotarian Trevor Tkach with new U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City's Commander Wright at the Tuesday Rotary Club meeting.
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