Volume 44 - Issue 4

April 28th, 2023

Our Next Meeting - May 2nd, 2023

Will be held at the Hagerty Center on Tuesday, May 2nd. 

The program will be the Traverse City Pit Spitters and feature Jacqueline Holm the general manager since 2022. 


Join the Zoom Meeting HERE


Meeting Recap - April 25th

  • Over Zoom, Cindy Ruzak shared her gratitude and reflection on springtime and encouraged everyone to go find their own special place to reflect in. Spring feels good because it reminds us how deeply we need variety and vividness in our surroundings. Great things are waiting beneath the surface. Only when the flowers bloom do we realize the potential that existed beneath our feet all this time.

Cindy's special place  NC Arboretum. 

  • We inducted two new members into the club. Ramona Pleva introduced Nav Dhami and Jon Randles introduced Matt Waligorski. Welcome to the club!

  • Mark Newhouse introduced our visiting Rotarian and the other guests who joined friends for lunch.

  • The bucks are always happier when Paul LaPorte leads Happy Bucks. He's happy it's outdoor painting season, John Roddy was happy to have Rotarians at NPR's phone-a-thon, Inland Seas has new sails on, And Wheels of Hope got 2 new board members. 

  • Our club has the opportunity to help foster the next generation of Service Above Self with the creation of an Interact Club at Greenspire High School. Michelle Gallagher will be the main contact but she could always use a few helpful and inspiring minds if you decide to help out. 

  • Our program was introduced by Madison Ford ironically as an insurance man welcoming medical care ideology that dislikes insurance. Dr. Vince is able to work with patients in a way similar to traditional primary care just without the hassle of insurance. Instead, his patients pay a monthly fee and are able to see their primary care doctor directly for checkups or concerns. Direct-primary-care is beneficial to the doctor as well because it takes away the burnout of coding files properly and instead allows them time to get to know their patient rather than just their issues. The need for more extensive insurance is still there but having a more accessible and affordable safety net for your loved ones makes sense to me. See if Table Health is right for you. 

  • Al Zelinski announced the winner of 50/50 also gets a free spot on the Lawn Chair Drill Team but also the winning pot of $51. The lucky winner was Al Bonney. 

Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Gratitude & Reflection
Wood, Alex
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Van Slyke, Sid
Happy Bucks
DeGood, Chris
Brady, Lisa
Takano, Sakura
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Beers, Allison
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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Featured Item - 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


Social and Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Our exchange students are partaking in the CHS musical Into the Woods

    • Get your tickets for the last showing on the 29th at 7 pm by going to
  • Help send our outbound exchange students out by attending their Dinner & Fundraiser at Boone's Prime Time Pub, on May 10th at 6 pm.  Tickets or donations can be purchased online here!

  • 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. 

  • "Got Committees?"

    • The Social Events Committee is in need of 3 new members to plan fun outings for the club to network and socialize outside of normal meetings. Please contact Susan Kraus to join in on the fun planning. 
    • The Program Committee has been led by Steve Wade magnificently for 7 years. He is looking for someone to partner with him this upcoming year to learn the ropes and pass on new leadership.
  • Wheels of Hope still may need...

    • Treasurer – to replace Jim McWilliams – Accountant is nice but not required if you have some
      understanding of rudimentary accounting.

  • 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: May 1st, May 8th, and May 15th.
    • Thursdays: May 4th, May 11th. 
2023 Rotary Fundraiser Gala 
Beth Melcher will be collecting bottles of wine (at least a $25 bottle) for the Gala's wine pull at meetings leading up to the event. Tickets will be bought for mystery bottles of wine and all proceeds go towards Good Works in the community.

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

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
June 6th @ Hagerty - How to Write a Book
June 13th @ Hagerty - RC Spring Grants