The Traverse City Rotary Club Bulletin
July 14th, 2023

Our Next Meeting -

July 18th, 2023

We will be meeting at the Hagerty Center on July 25th.

Join the Zoom Meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 995 959 5468
Passcode: 42

The program for the day will be the Traverse City Horse Shows brought to us by Gary Howe. 

     _Gary Howe is the marketing and communications manager for Traverse City Horse Shows, where he joined the team this past spring. With deep local roots and a background in storytelling, he brings a fresh perspective to the horse shows that are in their 9th year. Despite being new to the equestrian sport, Gary is eager to share the exciting events happening at Flintfields Horse Park in Williamsburg. In his upcoming Rotary introduction, he will highlight why Traverse City Horse Shows is considered North America's premier summer equestrian event and the lasting impact it has on Northern Michigan.

Our Newest Rotarian
We inducted Michelle Czerwonka at our 7/11 meeting! 
     Michelle grew up in Northern California and visited Traverse City in the summers. After an
incredible 4 years in the US Navy she spent a year reconnecting with family in Traverse City. Upon graduation, she intended to return to the Navy, but life brought her back to TC to support family. Michelle and her family live in a 137 year old farmhouse in East Bay Township built by her great-great-great-great grandparents. She currently manages 76 of the original 160 acres - of the farm that started 160 years ago. Her philosophy in all has been life through service, and this is how she educated her children.
     Michelle actively volunteers everywhere she can. To include: Traverse Area District Library, Northern Michigan Homeschool Partnership, Tart Trails, Norte, Great Lakes Children's Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Music House Museum, Boardman River Clean Sweep, Coast Guard Spouses Association, TCAPS, 4-H, NMC, Greenspire Robotics Team, Festival of Trains, Old Town Playhouse, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and most recently (beginning with Rotary) - The National Cherry Festival and The Beer Tent! 

Exchange Student Farewell

It is nearing the time for our beloved exchange students to return home and we would love for you to join us at the airport to send them on their way.

The departures times for each student are:

Ida - July 19th @ 12pm
Noe - July 20th @ 6:09 pm
Saki - July 24th @ 6:35am 
Olivia - July 27th @ 5:46pm
If you have any questions please reach out to Carla Weaver at
Meeting Responsibilities
Weekly Meeting
DeGood, Chris
Gratitude & Reflection
Wood, Alex
Introduce Rotarians & Guests
Allen, Jason
Happy Bucks
Bukowski, Art
Blick, Ruth
Haskin, Steve
Tech Support
Noonan, John
Program Host
Roddy, John
The above duties are scheduled for the July 18th meeting.
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Meal Train For Miriam
Our very own Miriam Owsley and her family have welcomed a new baby. Let's show them some support in this exciting and busy time. Click the link below to deliver them a meal or to donate funds to spoil baby Violet! 
We are so excited for you Miriam!
Rotary Golf Outing
August 14th Join your fellow Rotarians for a 12:30pm shotgun start at Elmbrook Golf Course. It will be 18 holes with a cart for only $49 per person and dinner will be provided. Teams will be 4 people, but no worries if you're coming solo, we will pair you with some buddies and spouses are welcome. Come out and enjoy a sunny day of fun!
If you would like to sign up or have any questions please contact Dale Chilcote at 231-846-0096 or
Guatemala Service Trip 
September 23rd-3oth So far 9 people have committed to going and there is room for more! Our Rotary club has a longstanding history of service in Guatemala and our World Community Service Committee wants you to join. We will visit projects our club has been supporting and we will roll up our sleeves to serve in a variety of ways in the programs' schools and healthcare facilities. Here is a draft itinerary and fact sheet. 
Recent Events
The Rotary Boat Rally to Power Island was a success! A great group of Rotarians had a relaxing evening boating and kayaking out to the island with their captains to enjoy some picnic food and a dip in the water. Thank you to everyone who made the evening one to remember and check out the photo album link below. If you have other photos you'd like to share you can send them to Liz at
Photo Albums
Rotary Boat Rally 2023
Happy Birthday this week to:
Marsha Smith
Michele Howard
Steve Wade
William Anderson 
Herb Lemcool
Have a great week and eat some cake!

Upcoming Meetings & Programs

July 25th @ Hagerty - Traverse City Horse Shows
August 1st picnic @ NMC - NMC Foundation
August 8th @ The Great Wolf Lodge - program TBD
August 15th @ Hagerty - program TBD