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Welcome to our Club!

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:  Cathy Green, Deputy Director and Curator WI Maritime Museum
 
Greeter: Kim H.
 
Happy Bucks: Tim S.
 
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."
 
Rotary MAKING A DIFFERENCE
 
Business Meeting Agenda
 

May 8, 2018

May Theme: Youth Services-Rotary’s programs are developing the next generation of leaders, providing funding to make the world a better place, and making peace a priority. And our programs are not just for club members. LEARN MORE

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 Brenda G., Bob G. For pictures, Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.
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  1. (Bob G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s): Craig Rysticken (Principal), Robotics Team-Travis Klein (Teacher) Ian Klein (Student), Nathaniel Dombrowski (Student)
Guests: May Jr. Rotarian; Owen Williams; Carol Wargin (Spirit of the Rivers)
New Rotarian: Debbie Pitsch – warm welcome extended!
Owen Williams introduced himself with a short bio – his accomplishments include recent awarded of
Eagle Scout and a future in health care.
           
  1. (Bob G.) Carol Wargin was presented with a $500 check representing our club’s contribution to the Spirit of the Rivers project.  The sculpture will be received July 1st with a dedication planned for Sept 16th following Ethnic Fest.
     
  2. (Bob G.) Highlights from May 2nd Board Meeting include the authorization for club “polo shirts” and the official designation of $12,500 from Annual Dinner proceeds to the Vets Park lighting project.
     
  3. (Bob G., Betty B., Dennis S. Steve R.) Input from Tri-Con District Conference, Wisconsin Dells…stores shared – relationships formed facilitated by the food/fellowship/programming provided by the Conference.  It was emphasized that this event is something all Rotarians should experience at least once.
     
  4. (Bob G.) Meals on Wheels - Next opportunity May 15th to 18th.  Need 1 volunteer for Friday May 18th.  
 
  1. (Bob G.) Trees have been received by Woodland Dunes – planting to follow.  There is an additional tree planting party planned for Sunday, May 13th 12 NOON – Still Bend (Michael D.) – refreshments to follow.
 
  1. (Bob G./Stanley P.) Scholarship awards night is scheduled for May 23rd.  Stanley P. will present the Rotary Scholarship award to a deserving graduate with plans to attend technical college.
     
  2.  (Betty B.) Update – Tom Finley is doing well following successful surgery.  A card was circulated to capture the wishes of our club.
     
  3. (Bob G./Michael D.) 5th Tuesday Social May 29th at the Frank Lloyd Wright house (3425 Adams).  Signup was passed for attendance and dish/drinks/dessert to contribute to the cause. 
      
  4. (Bob G.) Next Meeting- Cathy Green, Deputy Director & Curator WI Maritime Museum. Greeter is Kim H.
     
  5. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks- Jeff  Z. facilitated and passed the buck to Tim S.
     
  6. (Bob G.) Potential member (Kevin Boehm) will be contacted by Stanley P.
 
  1. (Bob G.) Program- Craig Rysticken and the Robotics Team.  Two Rivers High School's FIRST robotics team, STEMpunk 4531, presented their award winning 2018 experiences to our club.  Student led and run, they work with a material budget of over $5000 to design,construct and operate a robot in competition with similar groups from around the world.  Regional "tune-ups" included the Northern Lights Regional in Duluth where they received the Engineering Inspiration award and the Seven Rivers Regional in LaCrosse where they were recognized with the Judges award and a second place finish.  At the World Championships in Detroit, their team and robot, "Famous Dave", competed against over 400 teams.  They were recognized with the "Imagery" award - one of only 8 awards presented in their category.   FIRST is more than Robotics
 
 
  1. (Bob G.) Last verse of America.
 
Coming Up: Check for possible inclusion in weekly agenda  
Event “polo” shirts. The TR Clothing Co. will be our vendor with details forthcoming.
Mobile app (ClubRunner) for iPhone and Android
(Stanley P.) Student Scholarships status
(Tim W.) Two Rivers Optimist club’s held a presentation on Human Trafficking. A follow up meeting is planned. https://www.wpr.org/shows/does-milwaukee-deserve-its-reputation-hub-sex-trafficking
(Kim H.) World Affairs Seminar – student update
(Bob G.) Any information on collection from Salvation Army Bell Ringing
June 2, 2018 (Sat) Presidential Peace Building Conference, Chicago South Shore Cultural Center (www.rotaryliteracy.org/)
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 Ditmer & 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 - May 29th   Reminder - there will be no regular morning meeting.
 
Michael D. will be hosting the food, fun, and fellowship at his home, Still Bend (3425 Adams St).
 
Sign up to bring a dish/drinks/dessert at upcoming meetings.
 

 

 
 
Rotary’s members are our greatest assets. When our membership is strong, our clubs are more vibrant, Rotary has greater visibility, and our members have more resources to help communities flourish.  Watch a recording of the presentation with narration on our Vimeo channel.
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”... Rotary's Vision Statement
 
Milwaukee has a reputation for being a hub of sex trafficking in the midwest. A new report from the Medical College of Wisconsin estimates that between 2013 and 2016, 340 people aged 25 and younger were victims of sex trafficking in the city. We consider the scope of this problem in Wisconsin’s biggest city, what’s being done to combat it and what needs to change.  Listen to the discussion in the following link:        https://www.wpr.org/shows/does-milwaukee-deserve-its-reputation-hub-sex-trafficking

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!

 

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.

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

 
 

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.

 

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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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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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION CENTENNIAL

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.

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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?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Mission

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.