Rotary Meeting Notes, October 5, 2021
President Mark Eckhoff took a moment to recognize the passing of Bob Witkop with a moment of silence as he brought the meeting to order. CLICK HERE to view Bob's obituary which includes many of the reasons Bob was such an amazing Rotarian. 
Homer Nye shared the message of Gratitude and Reflection.
The New K.T. Singers (formerly the Kingsley Trio) led all in song with “Down by the Riverside” – Good to be singing again!
Katy McCain introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
  • Steve Alexander and Mark O’Reilly of the Sunrise club made announcement of their fundraisers they are in the midst of: Backpacks and Born to Read and Bicycles for Malawi. They are holding a fundraiser at the Country Club to raise money for all of them on October 14th.
  • Matt McDonough thanked all for the volunteers who came out last week for the East Creek Workday.
  • Alexis Juett introduced Committees and Chairs in a Community Service Round Robin Shout out:
    • Jen Casey and the 9/11 Run
    • Munson Manor and chair Benjamin Marentette  (prepackaged meals) rather than cooking and serving for the people whose family members are in Munson and are staying over in TC
    • Andrew Kohlmann – Stream sampling (aka Bug Count) with Watershed Center. Twice a year Spring and Fall – This Saturday is the Fall date.
    • Chris DeGood Kids free fishing day in June on Father’s Day weekend. Starting up again in 2022.
    • Christmas Baskets: Dan Rickard, Dale Chilcote and Steve Wade head up the committee which secures gifts and ‘adopt’ distressed and needy families at Christmas. Last year over 280 families. Best warm/good feeling thing Rotarians do each year!
    • Herb Lemcool: One Way Coat Day-bring in your winter wear items to assist those in need during our cold winters. This year is a little different as Herb is asking that we take the initiative to deliver them directly to Father Fred or a favorite charity.
  • President Mark brought up the Rotary Blood Drive on October 29th and championed by Ramona Pleva. Each donor gets a voucher for a complimentary pint of beer at a local Brewery – “A Pint for a Pint”
Bruce Finlayson (SCORE MENTOR) introduced Michael Caruso Chair and Mentor of SCORE - Speaker for the day.
Michael is excited by two things currently. Getting back to in=person meetings and not being Chair anymore! But before he steps down, he made this last presentation regarding the organization.
SCORE (Senior Corps of Retired Executives) exists to foster vibrant small communities through mentoring and education. Additionally, they focus on the entrepreneurial spirit and volunteerism.
SCORE has provided its services since 1064 serving more than 11 million business owners. It is the nation’s largest network of volunteer business mentors and is committed to helping any person succeed in business. All services are free and confidential. Everything from start-up through seasoned business. In 2020 alone more than 45,000 new businesses started with SCORE mentor engagement and more than 75,000 new jobs were created.
The Traverse City Chapter receives funding from the SBA and local sponsors. Receiving about $18,000 which in turn is primarily used to market services. There are virtually no other costs as everything is handled by volunteers. In fact, there over 10.000 volunteers in 300 chapters providing services to some 1500 communities. In 2020, our pandemic year, nearly 4 million hours of donated service accumulated.
Again, in 2020, SCORE served a diverse group:
  • 60% women
  • 46% minorities
  • 9% veterans
Traverse City has approximately 40 mentors some highly active across the business world and about ten who are highly specialized. All told they offer experience in:
  • Finance, Banking & Accounting
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Business planning & Ownership
  • Legal & Insurance
  • Technology, Human Resources…and more.
They maintain a strict Code of Ethics and Mentors receive training and are certified. SCORE is not a business development tool. A business mentored by an individual cannot be a client of that individual.
In Traverse City SCORE has stood for more than 30 years of mentoring, serving the five counties. 60% start-ups and 40% established businesses solving problems or seeking growth. They work one-on-one with two mentors in 1½ hour sessions and through seminars. Matching mentor skills to client needs, long-term business relationships are fostered with access to tools and resources. Confidential and always free to clients.
The dedication of the local chapter of SCORE has resulted in awards: they are in the top 10 of national chapters and have been for 8 consecutive years. Additionally, they were the Top Chapter in the Midwest region for client satisfaction in 2020.
Finally, Caruso gave his pitch for volunteers to join the mentors, and specialists, sponsors and mentees.
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
Passcode: 42
Seth Johnson - United Way
Get to Know These Rotarians...
Get to know this Rotarian and Current Club President: Mark Eckhoff
Current occupation? I am a commercial realtor for the last 8 years. I have had a couple of different occupations over the last 40 years, mostly banking.
How long have you been a Rotarian? 15 years
What made you interested in joining Rotary? There have been a lot of community efforts that Rotary has been involved in and I wanted to join in and contribute. Plus, the people that I knew that were in Rotary were fun people I wanted to spend time with.
What do you love the most about rotary? The weekly meeting are almost like going to a party because you get to see so many friends.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with Rotary to participate in? There are plenty. I always enjoy Tag Day because we are helping the Beckett Accessibility Committee but also because when people see it’s Rotary, they thank us for the great work we do in the community. It’s a “feel-good” moment for me. I also enjoyed cooking buffalo burgers at the NMC Barbecue shoulder to shoulder with fellow Rotarians.
What keeps you with Rotary? All of the above. The meetings, the friends, and the meaningful community commitment that Rotary embodies through our members.
What are you currently reading? “The Patriots”. It’s a book by Winston Groom about Hamilton, Jefferson, and Adams and how they contributed to the formation of our government. I usually read biographies.
What are you currently watching? Ted Lasso streaming on Apple TV.
What is a fun fact about you? I’m like the Tony Shalhoub character “Monk”, except he was really smart.

Get to know this Rotarian: John Roddy
Current occupation? Corporate Sponsorship Manager at Interlochen Center for the Arts
How long have you been a Rotarian? 3 Years – joined in August 2018.
What made you interested in joining Rotary? Interlochen & Rotary are both organizations that have a tremendous impact on the quality of life in the region and it seemed a natural fit to be involved with both organizations.
What do you love the most about rotary? I love the comradery of the club and that we can have a good time while doing good things.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with rotary to participate in? Initially, it was the Christmas basket program but since I’ve been on the Wheels of Hope committee board, I’ve really enjoyed helping move that effort to the next level.
What keeps you with Rotary? Knowing that by working together we can make a difference both here and around the globe.
What are you currently reading? Non-fiction: Ageless, the New Science of Getting Older without Getting Old by Andrew Steele and Fiction: The Great Glorious Goddamn of it All by Josh Ritter.
What are you currently watching? Miggy’s pursuit of 3,000 hits, Premier League football & Season 1 of The Wire.
What is a fun fact about you? I’m a National Champion golfer – having won the National Cherry Festival Hole in One Contest in 1997.
Both Online and In-Person Club Meeting Start Times Will Now Be at 12 Noon
We will now be ringing the Rotary bell and starting both in-person and online Rotary Club meetings at 12 Noon.
Rotary Photos - The 15th Annual Jim 'Van' Work Bee
Rotary Fund Match at the Community Foundation

The Rotary Fund at the Community Foundation provides a $1 to $1 match to gifts made by

Rotary members to eligible nonprofit organizations - Annually up to $250.00 

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opportunity, please & DOUBLE your donation

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 December 1, 2021is the deadline for nonprofits to have the forms to the

Rotary Club office

Our Club Sponsored a Championship Baseball Team
Our Club Sponsored a Championship Baseball Team
"Thank you so much for sponsoring our American Legion Junior baseball team this year. Your team consisted of mainly Covid seniors that did not get to play their senior year of high school ball. 
We ended up winning the championship this year thanks again"
Coach Lee Cobb
Rotary International Article - The miracle of the oil and fishes
Please CLICK HERE to view the article 'The miracle of the oil and fishes' that was featured in Rotary International Magazine.
Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club Fundraiser
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