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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
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March 13, 2018

March Theme: Water and Sanitation: Rotary doesn’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.
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 Tim W., Bob G. For pictures, Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.
  1. (Bob G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s): Dana McLinn/Chad Bauknecht (Elementary Principals)..
Guests: Jr. Rotarians,); March, Isaiah Polich
  1. (Bob G.) Correspondence – Woodland Dunes’ trees arrive on May 3rd… planting plans pending.
  2. (Bob G.) Two Rivers Optimist club presentation on Human Trafficing  - Tim W. attended and gave a brief report.  A second meeting is being planned.  Tim will be our point with this initiative.
  1. (Bob G.) Karen White (honorary club member) has experienced complications from recent joint surgery…besides flowers and well wishes, we are exploring additional ways to communicate our support!   Karen is planning on attending our Annual Dinner.
  1. (Betty B.) Update on Annual Dinner. Names & addresses.  Signups were passed. PLEASE STATE PAYMENT METHOD (Check/cash, Charge Quarterly Bill).   Already have 55 signed up – we can comfortably hold 80.  Auction items are needed.
  2. (Bob G.) May 4-6, 2018 (Fri-Sun) Tri-Con District Conference, Wilderness Hotel, Wisconsin Dells  We will have good representation from our club.  Travel plans are being coordinated. 
  1. (Brenda)  Easter bags for TREP- from infant to age 12…108 bags are being prepared.  The shopping expertise from Colleen I. is appreciated. Thank you Brenda G for coordinating the project!
  1. (Betty B.)  (Bob G.) World Affairs Seminar – two students have been confirmed for participation.
  1. (Bob G.)  All invited.  Bring a guest. March 29, 2018 (Thu) 7:00PM- Manitowoc Rotary 5th Thursday Social at Petskull Brewing- 220 N. 9th St. Manitowoc. Beer Tasting, Snacks & Chatting
  1. (Bob G.) Next Meeting Betsy Benz to introduce.  Amy Wergin- Healthiest Manitowoc County Greeter is Jeff Z.
  2. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks- Michael D.  facilitated and passed the buck to Isaiah Polich (Jr. Rotarian)
  3.  (Bob G.) Program- Tim W. to introduce Dana McLinn/Chad Bauknecht (Elementary Principals).     United We Are!  The 4 C's of What Makes our Schools Work:  Curriculum/Communication/Collaboration/Celebrations and the consistent practices of each.  The result is 13 years and counting of recognition as  Blue Ribbon Schools. 
          An example of this philosophy at work is the implementation of the Balanced Literacy 
          Model of teaching -
  1. Last verse of America.
Coming Up:
Mobile app (ClubRunner) for iPhone and Android. 
                March 28, 2018 (Wed) 7:30 AM- Board Meeting at TR Family Diner.  Foundation to meet at 7:00AM
March 29, 2018 (Thu) 7:00PM- Manitowoc Rotary 5th Thursday Social at Petskull Brewing,- 220 N. 9th St. Manitowoc. Beer Tasting, Snacks & Chatting
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
2018-2019 Board Members:
President: Robert Gahl
                President-Elect: Robert Gahl
                Secretary: Colleen Inman
                Treasurer: Jeff Zimmerlee
                Past President: Brenda Georgenson
                Members at large: 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


Program:  Betsy B. to introduce Amy Wergin - Healthiest Manitowoc County
Greeter:  Jeff Z.
Happy Bucks:  Isaiah Polich (Junior Rotarian)
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."

Two Rivers Rotary Club celebrated its 95th anniversary in February. Many things have changed since 1923, but their pride and service to the community remain strong.

The club continues to serve the local community’s key service providers, all of which are vital in maintaining the hometown culture, while supporting the City of Two Rivers in finding ways to grow the community with innovative economic development strategies.

Past donations have allowed the club to support local and international projects. They include, but are not limited to, club members donating their time and talents (pharmacist and physician) through the Guatemala Medical Relief Project.

One of the club’s most recent highlights includes providing signs and docks for the developing Mishicot and Neshotah Water Trail for kayaks and canoes. The club delivers nearly 450 meals per year through the Meals on Wheels program.   

Their weekly club meetings include Junior Rotarians (high school juniors) who gain a better understanding of Rotary and build their public speaking skills, glean information from a variety of presentations, and learn the basic operations of a service organization.

The Rotary donates to local schools, Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry and other non-profit organizations. They are a member of The Chamber of Manitowoc County and also collaborate with the two Manitowoc Rotary clubs. These service projects certainly support the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”

Projects are funded in part by the proceeds from their annual dinner. This year’s event will benefit Two Rivers Youth Sports by funding the replacement of overhead lighting of two ballparks at the Two Rivers Vietnam Veterans Park. 

The 2018 Two Rivers Rotary Annual Dinner/Fundraiser will be April 8 at the Courthouse Pub in Manitowoc. A cash bar and silent auction will be from 5 to 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6 p.m. The club’s president, Dr. Bob Gahl, will start the always-entertaining oral auction at 7 p.m. Cost is $75 per person, which includes appetizers and dinner served with a glass of wine and dessert. Register at www.tworiversrotary.org.

Two Rivers Rotary Club meetings are held on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. at Lighthouse Inn on Lake Michigan, Two Rivers. Come see what you’re missing!

5 ways to improve water quality and access to water

By Rotary Service and Engagement 

According to the United Nations, there are still 663 million people around the world that don’t have access to clean drinking water.* When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.

Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families.

During March, Rotary Water and Sanitation Month, take action to provide clean water and sanitation in your communities:

  1. Improve sanitation facilities by providing toilets and latrines that flush into a sewer or safe enclosure.
  2. Promote good hygiene habits through education. Proper hand washing with soap and water can reduce diarrhea cases by up to 35 percent.
  3. Implement rainwater harvesting systems to collect and store rainwater for drinking or recharging underground aquifers. Build wells to extract groundwater from underground aquifers.
  4. Provide home water-treatment capability through the use of filters, solar disinfection, or flocculants, to make drinking water safe.
  5. Promote low-cost solutions, such as chlorine tablets or plastic bottles that can be exposed to sunlight, to improve water quality.
Rotary Tri-Con Wisconsin 

A Collaboration of Rotary Districts 6220, 6250 and 6270 Tri-Con 2018, the multi-district Rotary conference for the entire state of Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the very best parts of Minnesota too!

TriCon 2018 Wisconsin is a Rotary District Conference for Rotarians in District 6220, District 6250 and District 6270.  All Rotarians from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and eastern Minnesota, with their significant others and families, and other Rotarians and friends of Rotary are welcome.
Who is organizing the event?
TriCon 2018 Wisconsin is a collaborative project of three Rotary Districts.   It is coordinated by District Governors Christine “Tina” Hall, D6220 (Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan), Joe Ruskey, D6250 (Western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota); and Jeff Reed, D6270 (Southeast Wisconsin); with the assistance of Conference Chair Barb Senn, Conference Treasurer Steve Handrick, and conference committees from the three Districts.
Our Goals are to

  •          Celebrate Rotary and benefit all three Rotary districts.
  •          Be family friendly.
  •          Connect with Youth and the young at heart.
  •          Present OUTSTANDING speakers and programs.
  •          Offer information, learning, and excitement to all attendees.

Register for TriCon 2018!

Don’t wait to book your spot, act NOW!


Before you know it, May will be upon us.

Now is the time to register for the May 4-6 TriCon 2018.


By registering now, you will be Making A Difference!


Registration for Rotarians and guests is only $30 for standard registration, which includes access to all sessions, speakers and events. Registration for Rotaract members is $10.


Powerful speakers are slated for the conference

  • Thom Cody, Making a Difference … Why YOUR Life Matters.
  • Shirley Grace, past District Governor 5230.
  • Marilyn Ann Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
  • Ed Futa, Past General Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
  • Brian King, Director of Membership Development | Rotary International
  • Ina Pinkney, Chef/Polio Survivor.
After registering for the conferenceCALL the Wilderness to book your hotel rooms (Reservations 800-867-9453).  The Conference Discount Code and information is on your Conference Registration e-mail confirmation.   Rooms are First Come - First Served.  Reserve your room early - once the block of rooms are all reserved, attendees may need to reserve in other parts of the resort.  Deadline to reserve a room is April 3, 2018
Options include the Double Queen Glacier Canyon Lodge Room or a 2-Bedroom Glacier Canyon Deluxe Suite.  Each room reservation includes four waterpark wristbands.

World Affairs Seminar 2018!

Innovation: Shaping the World You Will Inherit

The Rotary Club of Two Rivers has scholarships available to support the attendance of high school students
Contact a club member for more information...

At WAS 2018, you will

  • Look at innovation from many points of view.
  • Take field trips to places where innovation
    takes place.
  • Work with fellow delegates to define issues and
    problem areas related to innovation.
  • Discover what you can do to make the changing world a
    better place.
  • Explore how traditional roles and new opportunities come together as
    international societies adjust to the needs of the future.
  • Learn how existing social systems are affected.
  • Ask what part individual personal behaviors play.

The 2018 World Affairs Seminar will include experts sharing insights and views ranging from cutting edge science to centuries old traditions. Your role is to distill information, identify priorities, and develop skills to both lead and collaborate with others from different cultures to reach conclusions.

Two Rivers Rotary supports Vietnam Veterans Park Facility Upgrade and Youth Sports

Two Rivers Rotary has chosen the Vietnam Veterans Park Facility Upgrade project to be a beneficiary of its annual fundraising dinner and auction, to be held on the evening of Sunday, April 8th, at the Courthouse Pub. With great food, an array of amazing auction items, and Dr. Bob Gahl as the lakeshore’s most entertaining auctioneer, this annual Rotary event has a great following.

If you wish to make a reservation, contact any TR Rotary member.

Two Rivers Rotary has generously supported many community projects and organizations throughout the years, including the Rotary Overlook on Mariner Trail, Rotary Pavilion at Neshotah Beach, Kayak Water Trail and donations to TREP, Painting Pathways and other great local groups.

As a Grand Slam Field Sponsor - The Rotary Club of Two Rivers has committed to raise $25,000 using proceeds from our Annual Dinner and Auction.  More important is the formation of a partnership to benefit youth sports for years to come.
Philosophy of Two Rivers Youth Sports
Two Rivers Youth Sports intends to provide all possible instructional and moral support to help the players reach their full potential in athletic talent. We truly believe these skills will produce positive role models and highly productive members of the community. In addition to a regimen of instruction for developing motor skills, strength and coordination for on-field mechanics, the coaches will incorporate a balanced curriculum with a focus on mental toughness, critical thought and sportsmanship. It is the combination of all these characteristics that yield healthy, competent, confident and resourceful young adults as champions on and off the field.



Our health is everything, yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.  Health care is everyone’s right. 


Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide.  That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to Rotarians.  We lead efforts both large and small by setting up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities that struggle with outbreaks and health care access.  We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients and governments to work together.  Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and of course polio.  Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.


Rotary members have hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time.  In Ghana we work with partners to provide more than 80% of its people with clean water to fight worm disease.  In Liberia, Rotary helps women get tested for HIV early in their pregnancies.  And of course the eradication of polio has created a system for tackling a myriad of other health issues such as Ebola.  To date $65 million in grants to fight disease has been given by Rotary.


Your donation to the Rotary Foundation allows this happen.  Thank you!  Click to DONATE NOW

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

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
Promote your club with new Rotary resources

How do you communicate with your community about your club? Are prospective members hearing about who you are and what you do? If your club is looking to promote its unique culture, events, and service projects, you can customize a club brochure. Edit the content or upload your own photos to make a distinctive promotional pamphlet. 

Use the Discover Rotary presentation and the Impact Begins With You prospective member brochure to introduce Rotary’s values and history, the benefits of membership, and what makes Rotary stand out.

Does your club sponsor an Interact or Rotaract club? You can customize your own promotional cards for Rotary’s programs for young leaders through our Brand Center. This is a great opportunity to show potential members all the ways they can get involved through Rotary.

Presenting Rotary to prospective members

What is Rotary all about? What do Rotarians do? Why should prospective members join your club? If you are looking for a presentation on the who, what, and why of Rotary, download the Discover Rotary PowerPoint presentation. This new resource touches on Rotary’s values and history, and highlights the benefits of membership. The slides can be customized to include information and images that reflect your club. This presentation, along with the Impact Begins with You brochure, is an excellent way to introduce Rotary to prospective members or at public events.


The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-17! Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide basic education — as well as the historic project dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide.

Rotary has released $35 million in new grants to support the global effort to eradicate polio. The funds will build on last year’s historic achievement of stopping transmission of the wild poliovirus in Nigeria and all of Africa. Just two countries reported wild polio cases in 2015, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary’s funds will go toward efforts to end the disease in those countries and seven others.


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.