Tuesday July 13, 2021 Club Meeting Notes

President Mark Eckhoff kicked off his first full meeting as club president at the Great Wolf Lodge. 

A moment of silence was offered up for the passing of past Club President Tom Gartland and Al and Pat Bishop. Tom served as club president from 1999-2000. Al and Pat Bishop are Kathy Bussell’s parents. They both went into hospice last month within two hours of each other and then peacefully transitioned home within less than ten hours of each other on July 4 and July 5 CLICK HERE to view the Obituary. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gartland and Bishop families. 

The Pledge of Alliance was recited, Bob Stow led us in God Bless America and Jen Casey shared a moment of Gratitude and Reflection. President Mark introduced Rotarians and guests.


Jen Casey shared that the 9/11 Honor Run will take place on Saturday, September 11. A short ceremony will take place before the race kicks off at 8:46 am. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. You may sign up at:

The run has a few options: a 5K in-person run, a 5K virtual run and an 11-mile run.  Please see Jen for volunteer opportunities as well!!

Pat Parker offered up that the proceeds from the 9/11 Honor Run support our local first responders with emotional wellness through the Grand Traverse Region Alliance. 

Benjamin Marentette gave a Rotary Charities update. The strategic plan has accepted a new mission statement that provides the ongoing commitment to support local leaders while helping to address complex challenges in our community.   

Matt McDonough presented a Rotary Camps and Services announcement:

“Last Wednesday, Rotary Camps and Services was served with a Summons and Complaint – in other words, a lawsuit – by an attorney representing an organization called “Protect Rennie Lake, Inc.”.  Protect Rennie Lake Inc. is a recently formed organization representing landowners on Rennie Lake that are objecting to our proposed uses planned at GO-REC. Rotary Camps and Services held a special meeting this morning and we are working with our attorney, Jeff Jocks, at Sondee, Racine and Doren, to evaluate the lawsuit and begin our work defending Rotary Camps and Services.

About two years ago, GO-REC staff and leadership started communicating our intended plans to the area landowners. In September of last year, GO-REC and Rotary staff and leadership starting having conversations and met with lakefront property owners to explain our plans and attempt to alleviate their concerns. The landowners were apparently not satisfied and have instead chosen to try to stop the GOREC project through litigation.

If you have any questions, I ask that they be directed to Mark Newhouse, Rotary Camps and Services Board Chair. However, please know that his ability to answer questions will be limited due to the litigation.”

Alexis Juett announced that IM Rotary has taken a small hiatus and will be back with a revamped program in August.  New members who joined in 2020 -2021 will still have access to the 500 Paul Harris points for completing IM Rotary. 

Tom Petzold won $57 in the 50/50.


Katy McCain introduced our program speaker Jean Derenzy. Jean not only is a great Rotarian, she also serves as the CEO of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority. 

The DDA is currently moving forward with a strategic vision that looks at where we are, where do we want to be and what is the strategy to get there. Downtown consists of 195 acres and makes up 3.5% of the city’s landmass. 

Lessons from the pandemic helped drive innovation and creativity by assisting downtown businesses. 

This includes:

  • Buy local, give local fund
  • Giving Thanks Through Giving Meals
  • Downtown Relief Fund
  • Creation of additional outdoor dining and platform cafes.

Public outreach included:

  • Neighborhood Celebration Month
  • Neighborhood Association Presentations
  • Civic Organization presentations
  • Addition of a student liaison to the DDA Board
  • Projects and Visioning include:
  • Lower Boardman River Unified Plan - use and protect the available resources
  • Sara Hardy Farmers Market - every Saturday and Wednesday through October
  • East Front Street - reimagined as it needs attention
  • West End Parking Garage - space is better utilized when cars are stacked!
  • Future Plans - economic, environmental and social projects and looked at from a best practices perspective. 
  • Accomplishing these goals include:
  • Forming partnerships
  • Know the vision for downtown
  • Dare to be different
  • Be self-sufficient 

And after 25 years we will have Rotary Square as part of the downtown landscape!

Katy presented Jean with the Wheels of Hope certificate in honor of her presentation. 

President Mark reminded the membership that we are continuing to work with the hybrid meeting format and we are meeting every other week currently. He also pleaded to “bear with us” as we navigate through unchartered meeting territory. 

President Mark asked everyone to join him in reciting the Four-Way Test to end the meeting and with that were adjourned. 

See all y’all back here on Tuesday, July 27 and Tuesday 7/20/21 on Zoom!

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The start of the meeting is at Noon.
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Speaker Chris Uhl will present about community development and Financing 

We’re off and running again, with our new Rotary Club meeting format.  Here’s what to expect going forward:

DISTRICT DUES - are the same as before, $12.25

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DUES - are the same as before, $20.16.

CLUB DUES - these have increased from $33.59 to $92.  This increase is designed to cover to basic costs of the operation of the club, instead of relying on the financial benefit of non-exempt members missing meals for that same funding.

MEAL CHARGES - these have decreased from $208 to $110.50.  We will now be meeting bi-weekly, so the charge per quarter is for 6.5 meals at $17 each.  All members will now be billed in advance, instead of having exempt members billed in arrears.  We do not have any firm contracts at this point for meal charges.  The Park Place has not responded to our requests, so we are going with our recent experience at Great Wolf Lodge at $17.  That amount may change depending on circumstances.

Starting in the second quarter, you will see the quarterly meal charge offset by a credit of $15 for any meal missed or declined in the preceding quarter.

GUEST MEALS - will be assessed at $17 to the sponsoring member, and billed in arrears.

Makeup MEETINGS - if they occur in the same calendar week as one of our bi-weekly lunch meetings, a credit of $17 will be issued in arrears on the next quarterly invoice.

CHARGES FOR JUNE 29, 2021 -  will be billed in arrears with the July invoice, and added to the quarterly advance meal charges.

OTHER CHARGES - if you are funding Every Rotarian Every Year or some other contribution via a charge to your account, that will appear as a separate item.

Celebration of Life for Bryon Hanson, July 26th at 3:00 PM
A service celebrating Byron’s life is planned for Monday, July 26, at 3:00pm. Services will be held outdoors at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

In lieu of flowers, Byron can be remembered through memorial contributions to Central United Methodist Church’s music fund, the Ann and Byron Hanson Camp Scholarship or the Byron Hanson Guest Teacher Endowment Fund at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Byron's family at his tribute page at Reynolds Jonkhoff.
Get to know these Rotarians 
Get to know this Rotarian: Dan Rickard
Current occupation: Owner of The Copy Shop on 8th and Woodmere
How long have you been a Rotarian? Since 1995, 26 years this summer!
What made you interested in joining Rotary? My father "suggested" I get involved in a service club. A friend invited me to a Rotary lunch and I found I knew quite a few Rotarians. I knew of the impact Rotary had on the local community and decided that I wanted to be a part of making the community a better place.
What do you love the most about rotary? Rotarians say YES to requests in the club and in their personal businesses and lives.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with rotary to participate in? There are 3 of us who have Co-Chaired the Christmas Baskets program for over 10 years. Since 1995, my first year when I was given a family and some money and told to make a family's Christmas better, I have been hooked. There is nothing better than giving someone joy person to person.
What keeps you with Rotary? Being part of a group that is focused on doing good and positive energy.
What are you currently reading? Between books so I am catching up on National Geographic’s.
What are you currently watching? The Stanley Cup playoffs.
What is a fun fact about you? I played competitive Rugby for about 13 years and another 5 years as an "Old Boy" and played in Golden Oldies tournaments in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and France!

Get to know this Rotarian: Beth Karczewski
Current occupation: Fundraising Consultant
How long have you been a Rotarian? 28 years
What made you interested in joining Rotary? Rotary runs in my family! Grandfather, father, uncle, brother…
What do you love the most about rotary? I love being part of an organization that makes our community a better place to live. And it keeps me informed.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with rotary to participate in? I’ve pretty much done it all, served on all the boards, and was even Club President, but some of my fondest memories have been participating with the Rotary Show production crew and performing on stage with my dad.
What keeps you with Rotary? Friendships. After all these years, the Rotary Club members are my peeps!
What are you currently reading? I’m on break….actually waiting for a book on hold for almost a month!
What are you currently watching? We have been watching several Korean (subtitled) series’ on Netflix.
They are quirky, culturally different, and extremely well done. Check ‘em on Netflix: Mystic Pop-up Bar, Vincenzo and Stranger.
What is a fun fact about you? Two fun facts: I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 50 years and I am an accomplished knitter!

Get to know this Rotarian: Marilyn Fitzgerald
Current Occupation: Clinical Psychologist
How long have you been in Rotary? 28 years! Hooray!
What made you interested in joining Rotary? After learning about the community and international service opportunities, I was so excited to join!
What do you love most about Rotary? I love the friendships that are born from a mutual interest to serve the world! In reality when you join Rotary you become a global citizen, we become acutely aware of community and world needs, so working together becomes necessary to help make the world a better place.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with Rotary to participate in? It was life-changing for me to serve as a Team Leader in Indonesia during the previous Group Study Exchange program. The team spent six weeks in fellow Rotarian homes in Indonesia. So many more international opportunities grew from that experience.
What keeps you with Rotary? The continuous opportunity for personal growth through service, has always inspired me. It is wonderful to experience the never-ending open hearts of fellow Rotarians willing to dedicate time, talent and treasure to build and create a better world. I find that positive energy contagious!
What are you currently reading? I am hooked on audiobooks! I am a big fan of Brene Brown and just finished Dare to Lead, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy.
What are you currently watching? Just finished Genius, a true story about Thomas Wolfe and am always inspired by Shark Tank.
What is a fun fact about you? In my 20’s I raced motorcycles, in my 40’s I owned two Harley’s, in my 50’s I saved my own life by giving up motorcycles and taking up boating. I predict I will live longer!!!

Get to know this Rotarian: Ken Osborne
Current occupation? I have been retired since January 31, 2019. Prior to retiring, I was an owner of a manufacturing company, BORIDE Engineered Abrasives, with 2 other partners for 25 years. Altogether I worked for over 45 years in manufacturing.
How long have you been a Rotarian? I joined Rotary in December of 1998.
What made you interested in joining Rotary? While attending U of D Jesuit High School in Detroit all students after their freshman year were required to participate in service projects as part of their curriculum. I participated on several volunteer boards throughout my career and Rotary was the next perfect step for me.
What do you love the most about rotary? All the great friendships I have made while participating in service programs in our club.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with rotary to participate in? Without a doubt is the work and participation in our annual Rotary Show. What a great way to raise money for our community and make friendships within our club.
What keeps you with Rotary? All the new people who continue to join our club. I especially enjoy the energy our new young members bring to our club.
What are you currently reading? “Reminiscences” by Douglas MacArthur. It is his personal memoirs of his life and family.
What are you currently watching? I am a sports junkie and enjoy watching live events.
What is a fun fact about you? I enjoy making different types of martini’s (and drinking them) and have a large collection of different types I make.
My son gave me a Martini Recipe book for Father’s Day this year so my list is growing.

A second fun fact is I had the nickname “Oz” growing up in Detroit. When my wife and I moved to Traverse City in 1981 and new to the area everyone called me Ken. When I joined Rotary my application asked if I had a nickname. I put “Oz on the form. Little did I know it would be on my ID Badge. It was fun having this resurrected by Rotary.
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