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Two Rivers

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Lighthouse Inn
1515 Memorial Drive Hwy. 42
P.O. Box 272
Two Rivers, WI  54241-0272
United States
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Program:  Club Assembly -  Election of 2018-19 Officers and club activity update including final decision for use of Annual Dinner funds
Greeter:  Jim L.
Happy Bucks: Kim H.
Jeff Reed - 2017-18 District Governor   "Rotarians are People of Action. - I look forward to seeing you soon and discussing how District 6270 Rotarians as People of Action can MAKE A DIFFERENCE."
What it's like to ...
For the third consecutive January, The Rotarian magazine celebrates what happens when ordinary Rotarians find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Rotarians in their own words tell what it's like to survive an atomic bomb, chase your baseball dream, walk 27,000 miles for peace, live on $1.50 a day, and more.

January 9, 2018

January Theme: Vocational Service - Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service.  Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to: Aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation; Recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
In environment, RI President calls for planting a tree for each member by Earth Day on April 22, 2018 and for our future as an organization to improve our gender balance and lower the average age of our members.  2017-18 RI President is Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia.  2017-2018 District Governor is Jeff Reed of Fond du Lac.
  1. (Bob G.)  Pledge of Allegiance; Prayer led by Kim H; 4way Test
  1. (Bob G.) Thank you. Today’s Greeter is Brian J.; Pictures Bob G.; Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.
  1. (Bob G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s): Bridgett Klein (Director of Pupil Services, TR School District); Tanya Pautz (TRHS teacher)
Guests: Jr. Rotarians, Christin Mikeal (January FIRST MEETING) – career aspirations include becoming a veteran and a veterinarian (in that order).
  1. (Bob G.) Correspondence: multiple acknowledgments for financial support – Haiti Dental Project; TREP and CASA
  1. (Lauretta K-O.)  Adopt a Family for Christmas - deemed a success financially and emotionally.  Thanks to those members that stepped up to adopt a family member, shopping, wrapping and giving!
  1.  (Bob G.) Salvation Army Bell Ringing THANKS Tom F., Jim L., Colleen I., Jeff Z., Lauretta K-O., Tim W., Betty B., Brian J., Bob Gahl.  The Christmas music provided (recorded and live) seemed to stimulate giving!
  2. (Bob G.)  We are participating in the 1st Annual Car on Ice event. Tickets are priced at $10 with $3 going to the selling club.  The car placement is awaiting the formation of sufficient ice!  We need another polar vortex!
  3. (Bob G./Brian J.) GMRP mission THIS WEEK, January 11 to January 17 or to January 20, 2018.  Well wishes extended to Bob G for his safe travels…Brenda G will officiate the next meeting.  Thank you!
  1. (Bob G.) Input from December Board Meeting. A motion was made by Jim L and seconded by Tom F to approve $1000 from club coffers to support The Haven.  This will match another $1000 donation from our Club’s Foundation.  Motion carried.  Next Board Meeting January 24, 2018
  2. (Bob G.) Ideas for recipient of Annual Dinner funds. Not too early to begin solicitation of auction items. At our January 16, 2018 meeting, Adam Wachowski will talk about Ball Park Lighting as one possibility.
  1. (Bob G.) Idea for 5th Tuesday Social January 30th – Rick and Colleen Inman will host this gathering.  A sign up sheet will be passed over the next few weeks (or on-line).
  1. (Bob G.) Polar Express update – from the 230 pairs of pajamas to the 42 hours of club time donated to the $3000 District Grant, our club contributed much to this successful event that raised over $22,000 in support of CASA.
  2. (Bob G.) Next Meeting: January 16, 2018, Adam Wachowski- Ball Park Lighting. Greeter is Lauretta K-O.
  1. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks- Brian J.  facilitated and passed the buck to Steve R.
  2. (Bob G.) Rose Sale update – the totals are in with the club netting a $1400 profit from this important fundraiser.
  3.  (Bob G.) World Affairs Seminar – plans are underway for the 2018 event with the theme “Social Justice” selected.  Our club can support up to three students with recruiting to be aimed more at the parents of students.  This week long program has proven to be life-changing for many of the past participants.
  1.  (Bob G.) Program: Tim W. to introduce Bridgett Klein (Director of Pupil Services, TR School District) and Tanya Pautz (TRHS teacher) – presented Employment First Program supported in part by a recent $2000 grant.
Employment First (EF) has been an active national movement for over a decade. EF works for the development of policy and practice that makes integrated employment the number one priority for all individuals with disabilities. EF advocates for states to adopt formal laws and policies that result in a significant increase in the number of individuals with disabilities in integrated employment. Currently 46 states are active in the EF movement and 32 have taken formal, statewide policy action.
EF is not just a philosophy, it is results focused. EF strives to achieve the following priorities:
  • Measurable increases in employment within the general workforce, earning minimum wage or higher with benefits.
  • Greater opportunities to pursue self-employment and the development of
  • Employment as the first and preferred option when exploring goals and a life path.
  • Employment within the general workforce, regardless of the severity of disability and
    assistance required.
  • Work experiences that are typical of other teenagers and young adults.
  • Employers actively recruiting, valuing, and including people with disabilities as an
    integral part of their workforce.
  • Increased incomes, financial assets, and economic wealth.
  • Greater opportunities to advance in careers, by recognizing and taking full advantage of
    individual strengths and talents.
  • Sufficient funding so that quality services and supports are available as needed for long term
    employment success.
  • Re-evaluating, on a regular basis, people’s decisions not to work and providing
    services for them to learn about integrated employment safely and with support.
Studies have demonstrated that high school age paid work experience is a key predictor of success in obtaining jobs after high school!  More business partners are needed locally.
  1. Last verse of America.
Coming Up: Check for possible inclusion in weekly agenda
            January 11-1/17 or 1/20, 2018 GMRP mission dates
Mobile app (ClubRunner) for iPhone and Android.
January 24, 2018 Board Meeting
January 2018, District Friendship Exchange to India
January 2018 Water Filters for Haiti - Ken Schumann Hartland Lake Country Rotary Club
January 2018, Guatemala Medical Resources Partnership (http://gmrp.org/) 
March 2-4, 2018 (Fri-Sun) PETS, Itasca IL
April 8, 2018 (Sun) TR Rotary Fund Raising Dinner (April 1, 2018 is Easter.)
April 22, 2018 (Sun) Earth Day- Tree planting goal
May 4-6, 2018 (Fri-Sun) Tri-Con District Conference, Wilderness Hotel, Wisconsin Dells
June 23-27, 2018 (Sat-Wed) RI Convention, Toronto Canada
2017-2018 Board Members:
                President: Robert Gahl
                Secretary: Colleen Inman
                Treasurer: Jeff Zimmerlee
                Past President: Colleen Inman, Brenda Georgenson
                Members at large: Tim Schroeder, Betty Bittner, Jeff Zimmerlee
Club Organization-Program Chairs:
Marketing- Michael Dittmer & Brenda Geogenson
New Members- Kim Henning
Community Projects- Fundraising- Betsy Benz & Tim Schroeder
Youth- Dennis Swetlik
International- Jeff Zimmerlee
                Membership: Increase by 2 (23 to 25 members) - Engagement: Increase by 17 (23 to 40 participations)
Communication:  Increase by 2 (4 to 6 socials) - Public Relations: Increase by 4 (2 to 4 media stories)
Have as much legal fun as possible
Plant at least 25 trees
Increase membership by 2
More sophisticated jokes
August social celebrating the beginning of summer in TR
Grant for 2017-2018
Add benefactor to Rotary Foundation
Look for dollars from outside TR
Create an alumni chair
Formalize club archivist
Joint venture with MTWC clubs
Encourage members to join fellowships
Think about starting fellowships of our college alumni
Investigate Rotary associate/shared/partial memberships
Encourage frequent visits to the RI website
Did I say have fun?
Continue 5th Tuesday socials
It's a fifth Tuesday - January 30th!
Rick and Colleen Inman will be hosting the food, fun, and fellowship!
Gathering at 5:30pm - 1818 30th St., TR, 794-1351



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Two Rivers Rotary Club; 2016 – 2017 Annual Report
Community Service
  • Meals on Wheels; delivered 430 meals
  • Hosted seven (7) Junior Rotarian students at  weekly meetings
  • Participated in the ‘reading day program’ at Koenig Elementary School
  • Salvation Army: December Bell Ringing - $13,616 raised
  • Donated 105 Easter bags containing a reading book and other small presents to children of Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry (TREP) clients
  • Received a $3,000 District Grant to supply Narcan® and training to Two Rivers Police Department.  Narcan® is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency
    • Hosted a community medication collection event and an educational session
  • Submitted 2018 Rotary District Grant application; Lakeshore CAP Polar Express book
  • Rotary display and booth at TR Community Care Day event
Donated over $5,345 to various local and international projects throughout the year, including:
  • Donated two bicycles to the Two Rivers Optimist Club Bike Giveaway ($200)
  • Donated school supplies to TREP
  • St. Peter the Fisherman: Christmas adopt-a-family program.  Donated items for a family of eight
  • Happy Bucks from club meeting; $80 donated to The Haven
  • Donated $250 to TREP at Christmas
  • Contributed $350 to water filter project in Haiti
  • Donated $1,000 to the Guatemala Medical Relief Project (GMRP)
  • Donated $500 to Two Rivers Schools Reading Program
  • Hosted the Senior Volunteer Luncheon for 200 volunteers from the Senior Center
  • Awarded two (2) $1,000 scholarship to Two Rivers High School students
  • Sponsored a student to attend the World Affairs Seminar
  • Donated $250 to Badger Boys State
  • Sponsored a ‘Sunday Supper’ at St. Peter the Fisherman; serving 125 meals
  • Contributed $215 plus non-perishable food items to TREP; 5th Tuesday Social
  • Made a contribution of $500 to Salvation Army; Parkview Apartment Fire Victims Fund
Club Events
  • Held 42 club meetings
  • Held annual steak fry attended by 20 people
  • Held annual holiday social attended by 20 people
  • Held three 5th Tuesday Socials
  • Initiated quarterly club assembly; project updates and financial summary
  • Ten Rotarians and guests attended Manitowoc Sunrise Veterans Day Breakfast
Club Fundraisers
  • Held the Annual Dinner/Auction for the Rotary Pavilion, 70 people attended; with a profit of $16,188.65
  • Participated in the TR Volleyball Tournament with the two Manitowoc Rotary Clubs
  • Held the annual Rose Sale: sold 213 dozen roses for a profit of $1,634
Club Highlights
  • Brian Jensen and Bob Gahl traveled to Guatemala to participate in GMRP mission trip
  • Club members donated $1,875 to  Rotary International
  • Club members donated $1,405 to PolioPlus Fund
  • Paul Harris Fellowship awards were presented to one member
  • Enhanced presence on Facebook, 108 likes in July; currently 120
  • Published more than three press releases in the Herald Times Reporter
  • Developed committee chairs to spread responsibility across the club
  • Created a scholarship evaluation tool
  • Revised the Club Membership Application Form
  • Utilized Chamber advertisement opportunities
    • Chamber Notebook
    • Tuesday Tidbits
  • Created a ‘TR Rotary Club Elevator Pitch’ as a tool to increase membership
  • Developed and implemented the members survey to validate member satisfaction
  • Increased Club Membership; 23
Rotary Inauguration 2017-2018
Four score and fourteen years ago our Rotary Founding Fathers brought forth on this city a new service club conceived in social justice and dedicated to the proposition that service to local and global communities supersedes self-gratification. The foresight of the Founders of Rotary evolved to the belief that the abolition of polio benefits all nations, all religions, all economic levels; that Human Slavery in any form subverts the laws of God and nature.
We therefore stand here on the shoulders of those who have come before and paved the way not with an air of self-righteousness but with a sense of duty to others. We stand here with profound awe of those past presidents, those past district governors, and especially those countless, diligent Rotarians who work selflessly, silently to promote the goals of Rotary.
Let us therefore re-dedicate our lives to the advancement of Rotary’s ideals; to re-dedicate our lives to our God, to self and family care, to community service, and to the very principles that will make Rotary endure to the end of time.
                   Robert A Gahl MD
                   June 27, 2017
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The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Avenues of Service

For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity. 


The Four-Way Test

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.