Message from the President
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Traverse City,
In 1984 a friend asked me to join Rotary. At that time, I knew almost nothing about Rotary, but since have come to realize what a dynamic organization it is. “Service Above Self” is more than a motto. It is a core value and had changed the lives of millions of people, here in Traverse City and throughout the world. Twenty-five years later, I am proud to be a Rotarian and very glad that a friend asked me to join.
Rotary is a group of diverse individuals coming together to impact communities, locally and globally, by effecting positive change through service and philanthropy. Rotary also provides a framework for personal and business relationships, networking and fellowship.
Founder, Paul Harris and a small group of businessmen in the Chicago area started rotary more than 114 years ago. Since then, Rotary has grown into an international humanitarian organization with 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries. Rotary has led the way to eradicate Polio, feed the hungry, provide clean water and bring peace to the world. You can learn more about the history of Rotary by going to www.rotary.org.
Our club, formed in 1920 and has approximately 240 members. We meet every Tuesday at noon for lunch in Traverse City. Each week we take time for fellowship, fun, business and an informative and interesting program.
SERVICE ABOVE SELF is the motto of Rotary International and every Rotary Club in the world. It’s the driving force that makes Rotary one of the largest and most important service organizations in the world. Our club offers multiple opportunities to serve the club, community and the world through our various committees. Whether you are interested in the environment, youth services, music, technology, marketing and public relations, helping the less fortunate, social events or world community service, we have a committee that fits your passion.
If you want to make a difference in our community and are interested in joining our club, you may submit an application by clicking on the HOW TO JOIN tab on the left side of this page.
If you would like more information regarding the Rotary Club of Traverse City, feel free to contact our Club Administrator, Kathy Bussell at 231-941-5421.
2019-2020 Rotary Club of Traverse City, Club President
The President of the Rotary Club of Traverse City has been an important community leader for nearly 100 years. The list of past presidents contains many familiar names, old and new.