Volume 45 - Issue 4

May 26th, 2023

Our Next Meeting - May 30th, 2023

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, May 30th. 

The program will be How We Work and feature Joe Sanok, a writer, podcaster, and business consultant. 


Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - May 23rd

  • Our thoughts of gratitude went out to the successful fundraiser gala we put on for the community. Tom Petzold shared his reflection on Deepak Chopra's book Ageless Body - Timeless Mind and offered advice for active mastery with autonomy over your life and circumstance. When you stop growing as a person, that's when you become old. 

  • Dale Chilcote was happy to share his first adventure on a sailboat and celebrate National Maritime Day on Monday. Other Happy Bucks were about the Pitspitters season to start on Monday, Linda is happy to be back from Guatemala and excited to share more details next week. Lil Anderson was thrilled to be a part of their 1st Gala ever and Beth Melcher thanked everyone for selling out the 64 bottles of wine.

  • The Interact club is starting to gain momentum, Lini Czerwonka introduced herself and updated the club on the project based highschool Greenspire, and the 10 students who are ready to join already. Let's help foster the next generation of Rotarians. 

  • Chris DeGood detailed the upcoming Camps & Services events and the great activity the Discovery Center has stirred up. First up will be Discover Fishing at the Pier on June 10 to learn practical fishing knowledge, they also host 10 programs to explore careers in the Marine Technology field and host All Aboard for iBBS, Single MOMM, NES, Arts for All, LIFT Tenn Center, Disability Network, GT County Court so they have a chance to experience the water up close.

  • On a similar waterway, Andrew Kohlman stated June 11th will be this year's Bug Count which is crucial to help monitor the invertebrates and test water quality. Kids' Free Fishing Day is almost here,  please come out and help set up this fantastic event, allowing kids to learn to fish in an interactive way. 

  • Al Zelinski marched on up to promote the Chair-y-fest Drill Team which will lead the entire parade on Saturday, July 8th. Al Bonney will be your Drill Sargeant and practices will start when he's finally in shape from his long bike ride. It's a fun time for the whole family and the Al's will certainly convince you of such. 

  • Many thanks went out to all the people, partners, and sponsors that added to a successful Gala. Max Anderson and Miriam Owsley personally thanked the individuals that made it all possible. The grant total of money raised to go towards Good Works was $40,000. Hundreds of hours, hundreds of phone calls and emails, and the mighty chorus made it truly possible. Thousand thanks for your support.

  • Warren Call introduced our program speaker Kerry Singh from the MEDC.  The current climate of demand requires a shift to onshoring critical supply chains and removing barriers to education so we can innovate. According to census data, Michigan is not growing as quickly as other areas and our state is a childcare desert. The key is to cultivate talent - retain diversified talent - attract new talent. Some studies show that "game"ified learning modules are much more effective in grades below 5th grade to introduce STEM. Partnering with test schools to match job offers directly with their graduates may be a key way to retain talent from our schools. 

  • The winner of 50/50 was George Powell who took home $60. 

Featured Item - RSVP and come see Rotary Square 

Rotary Square Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Reception on JUNE 9th

- The event will begin at 6:30 pm with comments from Rotary Club of Traverse City President Marlene Bevan, Chair of Rotary Charities Board of Trustees Greg Luyt, CEO of the Downtown Development Authority Jean Derenzy, Chair of the Downtown Development Authority Gabe Schneider, and Community Assistance Specialist at Michigan Economic Development Corporation Dan Leonard.

- Immediately following the ribbon cutting, invitees will enjoy a reception with a champagne toast and light refreshments.
- At 7:30 pm, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra will perform the first concert of their summer series at Rotary Square.
This event is a wonderful way to commemorate the Rotary Club's century of service to the Traverse City community.
Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Gratitude & Reflection
Pleva, Ramona
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Anderson, Tony
Happy Bucks
Bonney, Al
Sitkins, Fred
Zelinski, Al
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Meindertsma, Mike
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 

  • STRIVE is our student-centered committee and needs a group of 5 more members to participate in the Central High School Sophmore Mock Interview and Career Fair on May 31st from 8 am to noon. It's a great way to meet students and possibly help them find summer jobs. Please contact Sakura Takano to join the team in building up the youth of our community. There will be lunch provided. 

  • Discover Fishing at the Pier is a hands-on program aimed at helping youth discover the joys of fishing in GT Bay, for your youth aged 9 - 14. Register online for June 10th either at 9am or 1:30pm and the cost is free but space is limited. 

  • Kids' Free Fishing Day will be held Saturday, June 17th.

  • Munson Manor Dinners are back and we need your help to prepare meals. Give back in a wholesome way by feeding people and giving them a night to relax and unwind. Don't worry if it's your first time, Ben Marentette would join you and show you the ropes. Members sign up directly through the electronic calendar link and let Ben Marentette know when you do so for tracking purposes. 

  • The World Community Service Committee has planned a Guatemala Service Learning Trip. Join us this fall (September 23-30) as we visit projects our club has been supporting, meet with local leaders and Rotarians, and serve in a variety of ways in the programs’ schools and healthcare facilities. 

    • Safe Passage - Our club has been involved with Safe Passage for many years--this short video provides a great overview of this life-changing program!

    • Planting Seeds - Our club contributed to the construction of a new community center opening in July.  Read more

    • Coyolate Health Clinic - The clinic provides medical care, medicines, and health education. Learn more

    • If you are interested in learning more, please contact John Cox, Lorraine Beers, or Linda Racine

Upcoming Meetings & Programs

June 6th @ Hagerty - How to Write a Book
June 13th @ Hagerty - Justice for our Neighbors
June 20th @ ParkPlace  - Club Celebration
June 27th @ Hagerty - Presidential Transfer
July 4th @ BEER TENT - no meeting
July 11th @ Hagerty - Artificial Intelligence Technology
July 18th @ Hagerty - TC Whiskey Company