Rotary Meeting News
Mark Eckhoff called the meeting to order and administered the pledge. 
Sakura Takano offered thoughts of gratitude and reflection in which she gave thanks for all of those who care for the sick during this difficult time. That goes for nurses, housekeeping workers, care aides, other medical staff and medical administrators.
John Scott introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. 
Tawny Hammond introduced new Rotarian Jena Hullman. Find out about Jena here:
It was ELECTION DAY for the club board. Elected from a slate of 6 candidates were Carla Weaver, Kurt Rivard and Susan Kraus.
John Hall ran unopposed for a term as President-Elect and was elected.
Autumn Soltysiak introduced the students of the week, both from Traverse City West. Amy and Josh Amy, an AP student participates in the National Honors Society and Key Club as well as plays basketball. She wants to go to college to study political science and work in public service. Josh, who plays basketball and soccer and runs track, also participates in the National Honors Society. He hopes to attend MSU to study engineering. 
Carla Weaver said the club is looking for more members to join the Youth Exchange Committee. Contact her for details! 
Dale Chilcote reminded folks that now is the season to help out with Christmas baskets for families in need. You can help by donating money, shopping for a family, or both CLICK HERE to donate or shop! See him or Steve Wade for details.  CLICK HERE for Match Form to double your donation to the Christmas Basket Program.
Jean Derenzy told the club that the Rotary Square deal is now closed, bringing that project a huge step closer to reality. Demolition on the current building there (the bank across from the post office) should begin in the coming months, and there will be a community visioning process to determine what the final square will look like. DDA board member Scott Hardy thanked Rotary for supporting the project. 
Mark Eckhoff again asked for volunteers to help run the recording device for meetings. See him for details. He also told us that our beloved Kathy Bussell is leaving for another job. Anyone interested in applying for her position can contact Mark or apply on Facebook. 
Ken Weaver introduced featured speaker and 13th Circuit Court Judge Tom Power, who has been on the bench for about 30 years. Power gave an update on how Covid-19 has impacted the court system. Notable tidbits:
  • Most hearings and motions (basically everything short of actual trials) have been conducted via Zoom. This process has gone surprisingly well, Power said, and might be here to stay due to the increased efficiencies provided (Instead of driving to the courthouse, parking and going through security, things that turn a 10-minute hearing into a 90-minute process, those involved can now Zoom in from the comfort of their own homes or offices). 
  • Jury trials, which still must be held in person for a variety of reasons, are held at the Park Place, Leelanau Sands Casino and Shanty Creek to allow for the social distancing of the jury, witnesses and other participants.
  • E-filing of court documents has greatly helped the process of working remotely, allowing documents to be easily accessed. The county also bought laptops to enable court workers to work from home. 
  • Because most court procedures need to be public, there is a YouTube channel in which the public can watch these Zoom meetings and trials.
  • There is no case backlog, which is something Power is particularly proud of.
Rotary Club of Traverse City - Administrative Assistant - Job Posting
Rotary Club of Traverse City- Job Posting

If you enjoy the process of creating and improving the way information is organized, serving others, and are an excellent communicator - this is the job for you.  
Job Responsibilities include: Effective and informative communications with all club members, Serving as communications hub, taking and keeping notes for club board members, Facilitate the organization of club events, Organize club documents, Continue to grow knowledge of Rotary International, and track member dues and contribution payments and billing.
Skills Required:  Experience working with and the ability to learn various computer applications, Active Listening, Effective communication verbally and in writing, Ability to establish and maintain trusting and respectful relationships.
Benefits:  Competitive hourly rate, flexible work schedule, remote work capability, independent work, and perform work that serves a purpose to better our world.
Job Details
Part-time  · $18 - $25 / hour
13170 S West Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684
Posted a day ago
Job Description
Traverse City Rotary Club Administrator – Part-time 20-25 hours/weekly
If Service Above Self is a motto you live by, this is a job for you. As the club administrator you will serve as the point person
for organization and communications keeping the mission of Rotary International in the forefront including service to
others, promote integrity, advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through fellowship of business, professional,
and community leaders.
If you enjoy the process of creating and improving the way information is organized, serving others, and are an excellent
communicator – keep reading and we look forward to talking with you!
Primary Job Responsibilities
• Effective and informative communications with all club members. Club members will know what is happening,
where to find information, who to call with questions, and have questions answered. Specific tasks include but
are not limited to: Weekly, monthly, and quarterly email newsletters.
• Point person for club board members. Duties include recording and distributing minutes at board meetings and
organizing/storing information for easy access.
• Facilitate the organization of club events including weekly meetings and some special events in support of event
• Organize club document record keeping, organization and communications across club committees. Serving as
the communications center point.
• Possess and continue to grow knowledge of the Rotary organization regionally, nationally and internationally.
• Serve as administrative liaison with Rotary Charities Finance team member. Duties may include entering
accounts payable and receivables. Includes tracking membership receivables and ensuring status is up to date.
Job Requirements
• Experience working with and ability to learn various computer applications.
• Customer service is a priority to include active listening, follow through, speaking, writing, and actively looking
for ways to help people.
• Effective communications with board members, club members, community at large on the telephone, in person,
written and email.
• Establish and maintain trusting and respectful interpersonal relationships.
• Competitive hourly pay rate
• Paid time off
• Flexible work schedule
• Ability to work independently and remotely, with approval
• Perform work that serves a purpose to better the world
Email resume and cover letter telling us why this position is for you: 
Consider applying for this role if you have any of the skills required for this job.
Flexible schedule
20-29 hours per week
Paid time off
Rotary Fund Match at the Community Foundation

The Rotary Fund at the Community Foundation provides a $1 to $1 match to gifts made by

Rotary members to eligible nonprofit organizations - Annually up to $250.00 

USE this amazing

opportunity, please & DOUBLE your donation

CLICK HERE to get the MATCH form

 December 1, 2021is the deadline for nonprofits to have the forms to the

Rotary Club office

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Sign-up
The Rotary Club will be Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army from Tuesday, December 14 through Saturday, December 18 at the Family Fare on 8th Street from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Sign up for shifts is available at Once at the site, you will have to click on Ringing with a Group. The code is “Noon Rotary” and it will pull up all the shifts. To sign up for a shift, you will have to set up an account so that you can receive reminders on your cell phone or e-mail.
You can also donate to the Rotary Club of Traverse City Bell Ringing Virtual Team by CLICKING HERE
Thank you,
Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army Chair Haider A. Kazim

Tuesday, Club Meeting Details - Hybrid

Rotary Club Meeting
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
At the Park Place Hotel & Conference Center 
(Same Meeting ID & Password) 
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 817 2758 9532
Passcode: 42
Program: TC Newtech 
Speaker: Jennifer Szunko

100th Anniversary Club Celebration Guidelines & Sign Up 

In keeping with the spirit of Service Above Self and based on the guidance of Rotary International asking that all clubs lead by example, The Rotary Club of Traverse City Board of Directors would like to move forward with the 100th Anniversary Club Celebration with the following guidelines:
  • We encourage and ask that all attendees to wear a mask when not eating and drinking.
  • We ask that you do not come if you have the following symptoms; fever, chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, congested or runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • We ask that if you are not vaccinated to wear a mask during the event.
  • We ask that if you have had a COVID exposure, please follow the CDC guidelines found here.
  • We ask that you report to Allison Beers if you have COVID within 7 days of the event so we may inform attendees.  Your name will not be used when informing attendees. 
  • We ask that you follow the Four-Way Test with all the above guidelines. 
In turn, we will help lead by example with the following methods for safety:
  • We will offer hand sanitizer at the entrance, guest tables and food tables.
  • We will space the tables out to provide ample room.
  • We will provide red, yellow and green stickers for attendees to wear to demonstrate their comfort level with closeness.
  • We will notify the attendees if any event attendees have contracted COVID after the event within 7 days. 
While refunds are not offered, you may transfer your ticket to anyone (Rotarian or non-Rotarian) you would like by emailing Allison Beers. 
Thank you,
Mark Eckhoff
Club President
Rotary Club of Traverse City
Rotary Club of Traverse City
100 Year Celebration 
CLICK HERE to get tickets 
Rotarian Highlights
Help us welcome our newest member Dr. Jena Hullman. While she may be new to the Rotary club, she is probably a familiar face to many of us who have been her patient at Big Beautiful Life - a chiropractic practice she opened 11 years ago. When she isn't helping others on their health journey, she is likely practicing yoga, walking her two adorable bulldogs or traveling to exotic places with her children (ask her about her trip to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand the next time you see her!) Welcome, Dr. Jena!

Get to know Kat Paye
Current occupation? Executive Director of the Festival Foundation which organizes the National Cherry Festival, Iceman Cometh Challenge, Leapin Leprechaun 5K, CherryT Ball Drop
How long have you been a Rotarian? 11 years
What made you interested in joining rotary? Actually it was the Rotary Show, I grew up watching it and loved that there was a group of people having fun and raising money for great community causes.
What do you love the most about rotary? The people I have had the privilege to meet while attending several district 6290 conferences and the direct involvement in our community.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with the rotary to participate in? The Rotary Youth Exchange program has been a highlight over the years and I LOVED being a host parent to two exchange students over the years, Lana from Croatia and Filip from Slovakia.
What keeps you with the rotary? The people and the volunteering. I love working with my fellow Rotarians on the greater good of our community.
What are you currently reading? Reading? You mean besides any book involving Lightning McQueen? ( I have a 2.5-year-old son, Andrew) Thursday is the New Friday: How to work fewer hours, make more money and spend time doing what you want. Written by one of my local mentors Joe Sanok. It might not be Cars, but the moral of the story is just as good. 🙂
What are you currently watching? Nothing that I should be... Thomas the Train and Paw Patrol anyone?
What is a fun fact about you? I have random fun facts like I have been 5 different mascots including one in college! I own 11 pairs of red shoes (converse tennis shoes all the way to red boots)

Get to know Regina Jaeger
Current occupation? Vice President and Senior Trust Relationship Manager for Greenleaf Trust
How long have you been a Rotarian? I joined in 2017
What made you interested in joining rotary? For more than 110 years Rotary has had a deep seeded commitment to community, locally and globally. The motto “Service Above Self” speaks to me deeply. I have always had the heart of a servant for others, and Rotary embraces and understands that personal value statement.
What do you love the most about rotary? Collaborating and interacting with those that have a shared mission.
What has been your favorite program or volunteer opportunity with rotary to participate in? My favorite has been cooking dinner for residents of Munson Manor. A close second has been serving at the NMC barbeque.
What keeps you with rotary? The desire to continue to give back to our community in a meaningful way.
What are you currently reading? I am a ravenous leisure reader but don’t get to spend enough time doing it! I just finished reading “The Dictionary of Lost Words” by Pip Williams.
What are you currently watching? My sister has encouraged me to watch “The Crown” so I’ve started the first series.
What is a fun fact about you? I am the youngest of nine children and all of our names, including my mom and dad, start with either the letter “D” or “R” 😊
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:
Sign up to Volunteer in Our Community:

Sign up to Volunteer in Your Community:

TC Rotary is joining with the United Way of NW Michigan to make it easy to volunteer in our community.  This is a great thing for Rotarians who love to invest their time and energy in the community.  

We will also open our service activities to others in the United Way Volunteer Portal. What better way to recruit valued Rotarians than to enlist people who already love to volunteer!

How to get involved:

Follow this link to sign up:

Enter a little information about you, your interests, and your skills, and the portal will give you a list of upcoming activities.

Bonus for the club: We can easily track service hours! Did you know that the current value of volunteer time in the US is $28.54!  


Volunteer today. 

Questions? Ann Ralston: or mobile, WhatsApp, Text to 614-561-5273

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President Mark Eckhoff
Sakura Takano
Outstanding Student 
Outstanding Student Josh Hirschenberger
Jean Derenzy - Celebrating the closing for Rotary Square Park
Scott Hardy
Dale Chilcote
Ken 'OZ' Osborne with his lucky cash
Honorable Tom Power
Honorable Tom Power and Ken Weaver giving him the Wheels of Hope Certificate 
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