Munson Manor Dinners

Munson Hospitality House 2006How can a Rotarian make a difference to a family dealing with a medical issue? One dinner at a time.

Munson Manor is a hospitality facility at Munson Medical Center that is based on the popular Ronald McDonald House concept. Once a month, members of the committee and their spouses/friends select a menu and do the shopping for a “home-cooked” meal to serve 20-30 out of town guests staying at Munson Manor while their loved one is hospitalized. The Rotarians prepare and serve the meal and mingle with the guests. This is a rewarding and heart-warming experience for all involved. Most committee members handle one meal per year, though some ask to participate more often. Time commitment is approximately three hours on the date of service, plus the pre-meal planning and shopping.

NMC Barbecue

Let’s all do the Barbecue! It wouldn’t be spring in Traverse City without the annual NMC Barbecue, a favorite tradition for many Rotarians. This “sign-up and show-up” event assigns members to coordinate with the NMC and Olson’s Store staff, grill buffalo burgers, and set up and tear down equipment and tables.

One Way Coat Day

To describe a man of great character, some say, “He would give you the shirt off his back.” The One Way Coat Day is an opportunity for Rotarians and their friends to give their gently used and new winter outerwear to those in need in our community. Coats, gloves, and other winter wear are collected over the course of three to four Tuesdays at the weekly club meeting. To date, nearly 5,000 coats have been donated and distributed to Father Fred, Salvation Army, Goodwill, TCAPS, and the Women’s Resource Center.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Bell ringing is a very important service project. Rotarians participate on an annual basis in December with filling kettles for the Salvation Army. Committee members will sign up members, organize assignments and participate in the collection.

The Rotary Show

The annual Rotary Show is the biggest and most complex project within the club. The show is a major fundraiser and “fun” raiser for our community. There are many opportunities to be involved in the show including selling ads, writing jokes, and singing in the chorus. Behind the scenes jobs include selling concessions, taking tickets and set up/tear down. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know other club members through club service.

The show is an annual tradition that dates back over 70 years and raises money to be dispersed through the Good Works Committee. Everyone involved experiences the joy of hearing nearly 1,000 people in the audience laughing loudly at the jokes and acts performed. Meeting times and frequency vary by the subcommittee.

Water Committee

Stabilizing East Creek bankThe purpose of the Water Committee is to integrate Rotarians into regional water-based activities, primarily through partnerships with area nonprofit organizations and government agencies. This committee works with partner organizations in a variety of ways with Rotarians’ time, energy, and talents. Uniquely, it is a committee made up of representatives from all three local Rotary Clubs. Projects range from work bees to protect our region’s water resources to various strategic initiatives, including Kids Creek Restoration, Adopt-a-Stream and Kids’ Free Fishing Day. The committee is staffed by Rotary Camps & Services and frequently organizes work bees on Camps properties, as well as other places in the region.

Christmas Baskets

The goal of this group is to help needy families celebrate Christmas with gifts of food, clothing, and toys. In early December, at two regular meetings, members contribute money that is allocated to the families by need. Family assignments are given to new members, who each contact their assigned family, determine specific needs, then shop, wrap items and make a personal family-to-family visit to deliver the baskets.

Friends of the Boardman Gourmet Dinner

This sumptuous annual dinner raises funds for the protection and preservation of the Boardman River. Committee members meet on Wednesdays at noon as needed and are especially active from July to October.