Tuesday's, Club Meeting Notes
President Mark opened the meeting by welcoming his fellow Rotarians and any guests. That was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Masha Minervini then led the group in singing God Bless America.
Ramona Pleva offered the prayer of St. Francis for our thoughts of gratitude and reflection:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
The Kingsley Trio then helped us say goodbye to summer with a rousing rendition of Margaritaville.
Art Hoffman tried to help introduce visiting Rotarians or any guests, but it was all local members this week.
Jeff Hickman gave an update on Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps and Services. On September 21, the boards for both organizations will meet to select a slate of trustees. Both boards are accepting applications for trustee positions, which are 3-year terms, beginning in October. To be eligible, Rotarians must have been a member of any Rotary club for five years. An email went out last week with the application. Contact Stacey Foster with Rotary Charities ( with any questions.
It took us two tries to give away the 50/50 proceeds. Paul LaPorte eventually walked away with the winnings.
Warren Call then introduced our program. Matt McCauley is the CEO of Networks Northwest, which is a public agency serving ten counties in Northwest Lower Michigan (an area roughly the size of Connecticut, containing 190 units of government). Their programming focuses on helping our region achieve prosperity.
Matt helped us to better understand the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and its impact on Northern Michigan. The bill passed in March 2021 with a cost of $1.9 Trillion. The highlights from what the bill was designed to do:
-Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease the spread of the virus
-Replace lost revenue for the eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs
-Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses
-Address public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic
The direct assistance to units of government was a change from previous assistance packages.
Key elements of ARPA:
    -Expansion of unemployment benefits
    -Stimulus checks
    -Small business loans
    -Child tax credit
    -Pandemic response
    -Expansion of rural healthcare centers and Affordable Care Act subsidies
    -Rental and mortgage assistance
    -K-12 school reopening support
    -Aid to state and local governments
The aid to state and local governments was a focus of Matt’s presentation. $350 Billion was set aside for this part of ARPA. The State of Michigan’s share of that is $10.3 Billion. Grand Traverse County will receive a total of $18.1 Million, while other local units of government in the county are eligible to receive a total of $9.7 Million.
What Can’t ARPA be used for?
    -Pension contributions
    -Replenishing budget stabilization fund (rainy day fund)
    -Legal settlements
    -Outstanding debt
Then what Can ARPA be used for?
    -Response to a public health emergency or its negative economic impacts
    -Provide premium pay for essential workers, within caps
    -Provide government services to the extent of revenue lost
    -Make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
The funds must be obligated by 2024 and spent by 2026.
Matt ended the presentation by giving us some thoughts on the process going forward and the stimulus package’s implication on the national debt.
Warren presented Matt with the certificate for Wheels of Hope, noting the contribution made on Matt’s behalf.
President Mark led the group in reciting the Four-way Test and adjourned the meeting.
Welcome New Member Dr. John VanWagoner
Traverse City might know him as the fearless leader and problem-solver extraordinaire at TCAPS but we know him as one of our newest members!
After more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, school administrator, instructional specialist, high school redesign manager, legislative liaison for the Michigan Department of Education, and associate superintendent - Dr. VanWagoner took the reins here in Traverse City.
When he's not managing budgets, staffing, and pandemic challenges - he's spending time with his beautiful wife Sara and his lovely daughters.
Please help us welcome Dr. VanWagoner to the club!
Get to know this Rotarian: Charlie Hamlyn
Get to know this Rotarian: Charlie Hamlyn
Current occupation? Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Grand Traverse County. I’ve been with the office since 2013.
How long have you been a Rotarian? I joined Rotary in October 2020. I’m part of the ‘zoom’ class.
What made you interested in joining Rotary? I had been looking to join a community service organization for some time. My job is in the public service realm, but I wanted a way to give back to the community in a broader way. Rotary touches on so many aspects of the community and is such a driving force in the area that it seemed like a great opportunity. And what better time than a global pandemic to take the plunge?!
What do you love the most about Rotary? The people involved in Rotary. Every week is an opportunity to meet people who have a different, but important impact on the community. It’s really nice to be able to attend meetings in-person and sit down and share a meal/conversation with folks from diverse fields.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with Rotary to participate in? I’m very excited to be a part of the Rotary Charities Grant Review Team. COVID has really limited opportunities to get involved during my first year, but I’m looking forward to helping out as much as possible.
What are you currently reading? The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather. It’s about a Polish resistance fighter who sought to get captured by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz during World War II, so that he could report back on the camp.
What are you currently watching? Anything sports-related. And Ted Lasso -- Ted’s positivity and kindness have been a great inspiration over the last year and a half.
What is a fun fact about you? I was in the Marine Corps from 2002-2007. I attained the rank of Captain and deployed twice to Iraq. 9/11 happened just as I started my senior year at U of M. That event changed the trajectory of my life--hard to believe that it was 20 years ago.
We are always looking for new members to join us. At the Rotary Club of TC, all are welcome. For more info or to join rotary, visit:
***CANCELLED *** 2021 Rotary Golf Outing!
Due to extremely low participation, the Rotary Golf Outing for 2021 is not going to be held.
Hopefully, we can get better numbers for next year’s outing.
Thank you.

Mike Meindertsma 932-2616 or

Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services are now accepting nomination forms for the Board of Trustees

The boards of Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services are now accepting nomination forms for the Board of Trustees. Terms will begin in October 2021 and end in September of 2024. Any Rotarian who has been a member of and active in the club for five years and is currently in good standing may apply (note: if the Rotarian transfers in from another club and has at least 5 years total between the two, or if they have served in the capacity of Presidential Designee, they are eligible to run).

Key Characteristics for Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services board members:

 Proven leadership

Strong community connections

Nonprofit board experience

Exemplary of the Four-Way Test

Objective, with no personal agenda

Respectful of differing opinions


Strategic thinker



 5-county perspective

The time commitment varies with each board, committee membership, and role. Both boards meet monthly for 1 ½ - 2 hours. There will be additional time for joint board meetings, legacy trustee meetings, committees/task forces, and grant meetings (Rotary Charities Board only). Plan on a monthly commitment of 5 –15 hours.

The application form for both boards are attached to this email, posted on the club website, and are also available from  Stacey Foster. Applications are due by September 13, 2021, and should be submitted via email to Stacey Foster,


At the September 21 st Rotary Club meeting, the Joint Nominating Committees will propose a slate of candidates for election. Additionally, nominations will be taken from the floor at that time. The election will take place at the annual meeting of Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services on September 28, 2021.

Questions may be forwarded to Stacey Foster,

Please CLICK HERE for the application 
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Rotary Club of Traverse City
ZOOM Only Club Meeting
You're welcome to check-in around 11:45 AM 
The start of the meeting is at Noon.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
(Same Meeting ID & Password) this will be the same every week)
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There is still time to sign up! 9/11 (Now)  Virtual Honor Run - Join US!

There is still time to sign up to participate or donate!

9/11 Honor Virtual Run 

CLICK HERE to Run, Walk or Donate

Good afternoon racers and volunteers,

It is with a heavy heart that we will be moving the in-person race this year to 100% Virtual, due to low in-person registration. With less than 30 days to the event, we don't have enough participants to cover the in-person race day expenses and donate to our Local First Responder Charity. However, we are shifting everything to 100% virtual so you can still participate and we can all honor our Local First Responders and the events of September 11th, 2001, twenty years ago. 

This was a very tough decision and one we don't take lightly. We want to thank everyone who has registered and volunteered throughout the years. We wish you will all come back in-person next year!

I want to give a huge shoutout to our sponsors who are in full support of the race and are still donating to keep the spirit of this day alive. A special thanks to the Kurt Rivard Baird Group, UpNorthLive/TV 7&4, Floor Covering Brokers and the TC Rotary Club for staying with us and generating awareness to always remember the September 11th attacks and supporting our Local First Responders. We couldn't do this without you. 

This time will be used to re-group with our local first responder leaders and see how we can best serve this community moving forward. Rest assured this event will remain committed to our mission of raising funds to support emotional wellness programs for our local first responders and honoring the lives lost on September 11th, 2001. We will never forget.

Participants have the option to switch to the virtual event, donate your fee to the race, or receive a full refund.

Thank you for your understanding. Please give us a few days to process the changes you request to your account. 

Race Director, 
Jen Casey
The 9/11 virtual run is to honor those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks, as well as Local First Responders. Proceeds will go to the Grand Traverse Region Public Safety Alliance. This non-profit fund was set up to recognize emotional wellness and develop programs for our first responders (Police, Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, 911 Dispatchers and Coast Guard).
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