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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:   Chair - Michael Dittmer
 
Greeter: Bob Gahl
 
Happy Bucks: Emilee Rysticken (our intrepid 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."
“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

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On Monday, April 30th, the Rotary Club of Two Rivers and the TR Senior Center will host the annual Senior Center volunteer recognition luncheon at the Lighthouse Inn. This will replace our regular Tuesday Rotary meeting!   If attending, please sit among the volunteers.

 

A huge thank you to Two Rivers Rotary and all of the local businesses who sponsor this annual recognition event!

 
Rotary MAKING A DIFFERENCE
 
Business Meeting Agenda
 
April 10th, 2018
 
April Theme: Maternal and Child Health: Rotary expands access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
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 Jim L.; 4way Test
 
  1. (Bob G.) Thank you. Today’s Greeter is Michael D.(again), 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): Club Assembly
Guests: Jr. Rotarians; April, Emilee Rysticken
           
  1. (Bob G.) Correspondence – well wishes from the club have been extended to Tom F.  “Get Well Soon!”
The TR Optimists Club is hosting another in a series of informational meetings concerning Human Trafficking with the goal to build ongoing awareness of this issue.  Tim W. has agreed to attend and lead our club’s interest in this area.
 
  1. (Bob G.) Sunday, 12 April, marks 61 years since the Salk polio vaccine was declared safe, effective, and potent. In that time, the number of polio cases has dropped by 99 percent worldwide.
     
  2. (Betsy Benz) Adopt a Senior; $12 for one and $20 for two. Sign-up was passed.  The luncheon is MONDAY April 16th at noon.  NO TUESDAY MEETING APRIL 17th 
    Kim H will represent our club as M.C. … Colleen has contacted Lighthouse Inn to inform them of the meal arrangements.
  3. (Bob G.) Meals on Wheels - Next opportunity May 15th to 18th.  Sign up was passed.
      
  4. (Bob G.) Next Meeting- Senior Luncheon.  Sit with seniors.  Greeter is Tom F (we need attendance). No Tuesday meeting.
     
  5. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks- Michael D. facilitated and passed the buck to our Junior Rotarian for the 4/24 meeting.
     
  6. (Bob G.) Program- Club Assembly.
    1. Club Assembly (Wrap up on dinner. Considerations for 2019) – A preliminary total of proceeds was announced as over $15,000!  Aside from the monetary metrics mentioned, rave reviews of the night followed.  Favorable comments included the excellent food and service; the processing of credit card transactions; and the fellowship facilitated by Bob G. Concerns were raised regarding the crowded conditions (in the bar as well as the dining area).   Ideas to address this included placing a cap on the number of tickets sold (75-80) as well as exploring other options for the event venue.  The prevailing opinion is that we should not “mess with success”.  While it was great to verbally highlight the activities generated by the money raised, it would have added impact if these were also summarized in the printed program.  It was nice to bask in the afterglow of yet another successful Annual Dinner.  Nice work!
    2. District Grant.  With a deadline of June 1st, the working concept for this year’s grant application is solidifying around a softer surface for the playground areas at Clarke and Magee schools.   Project quotes are being worked on with the understanding that we already have seed money in the form of $500 from NextEra.
    3. 5th Tuesday May 29th – Michael D. generously offered Still Bend for the venue – details to follow. Next Social-Picnic June 26th – the end of one year and the beginning of the next!  Park needs to be reserved.
    4. Plant Trees – trees will arrive on May 4th with Woodland Dunes coordinating the planting.  Contact Jenniferp@woodlanddunes.org   if you are interested in helping.  Future plans include expanding our interface with Woodland Dunes helping with trails/projects.
    5. Jeff Z reported that our “bills are in the mail”
  7. (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
April 22, 2018 (Sun) Earth Day- Tree planting goal
May 4-6, 2018 (Fri-Sun) Tri-Con District Conference, Wilderness Hotel, Wisconsin Dells
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:
                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
 
 
 

Two Rivers Rotary donates 108 Easter bags to Two Rivers pantry

Two Rivers Rotary recently donated 108 Easter bags to the Two Rivers EcumenicalPantry (TREP). The bags, to be provided to kids ages infant to 12 years, contained an age-appropriate reading book, an activity book, age-appropriate toy, toothbrush and toothpaste.

RI president says planting trees shows long-term commitment to the community 

By Hank Sartin Photos by Alyce Henson

Ian H.S. Riseley issued a challenge last year. He wanted Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees – one for every Rotarian in the world – between 1 July 2017, when he took office as president of Rotary International, and Earth Day, 22 April 2018. Clubs around the world have embraced that challenge, and in his travels this year, Riseley himself has often been asked to pick up a shovel. 

Q: Why tree-planting?

A: Environmental issues have not featured highly on the radar of Rotary International in a corporate sense since 1990-91, when President Paulo Costa’s Preserve Planet Earth program inspired thousands of clubs to carry out environmental projects. I was keen to give Rotarians an incentive – and the opportunity – to show their concern for the environment. It’s important to me and it’s important to many other people. 

As part of 2017-18 RI President Ian Riseley’s tree-planting initiative, members of the Rotary International Staff Society planted eight trees in a bird sanctuary in Evanston, Illinois, USA. 

 

Why trees? Because anyone can do it, just about. If you can’t plant one yourself, you can still support tree-planting somewhere that needs it. From everything I’ve heard, people inside and outside Rotary have embraced this idea.

Q: Why do you think this idea has inspired such enthusiasm?

A: There’s something about planting a tree that speaks to people in a very primal way. It shows a long-term commitment to the community. Rotary does many wonderful community projects: We build playgrounds and clean up rubbish and many other things. But somehow, planting a tree captures the imagination. 

I’ve seen many examples of communities getting involved. The government of Romania heard about the initiative and said, ‘We want to plant trees too, but we don’t have the personnel to plant them.’ The government offered to donate trees that Rotarians would plant all over the country. So Rotarians are planting a million trees there.

Q: How do trees fit into Rotary’s areas of focus?

A: In some way, planting trees speaks to all of the areas of focus. Research has shown that trees are good for economic and community development – they increase property values. Planting a tree promotes peace simply by giving people a place to sit in the shade and contemplate the world. Trees are good for disease prevention and treatment, because the world is a healthier place with more trees to produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. You can make a case for trees relating to all our areas of focus. 

There are parts of the world where deforestation has caused significant damage. It’s not within the bailiwick of Rotary to redress that; we just don’t have the capacity. But we’d like to demonstrate the importance of having trees in our communities and the difference that they make to us. 

Q: The imagery of your presidential tie is the golden wattle, Australia’s national flower. Have you always been interested in plants?

A: I’ve been interested in growing native Australian plants since before I was a teenager. My father was keen on propagating plants. When my wife, Juliet, and I bought our first house, I wanted to create a garden that mirrored what used to occur naturally in the area, with plants that are indigenous to that particular part of Australia. When I was thinking about my presidential tie, it was a no-brainer to incorporate the golden wattle. It’s very colorful. I know some Rotary presidential theme ties have been relatively sedate, and I wanted mine to be slightly out there. 

Q: You’ve participated in many tree plantings this year. What have been some more memorable ones?

A: In Iceland, we planted a tree in the Friendship Forest, Vinaskógur, where visiting dignitaries and heads of state have planted trees. Queen Elizabeth II planted a tree there. I’d just note that Rotary’s tree is planted just a little bit higher up the slope than hers. 

An organization Rotary works with in South America wanted to plant a tree in Antofagasta, Chile, on the edge of the Atacama desert. I asked if it was practical to plant a tree in the desert. They showed me how they had set up a system to take water from the roof of their building when it rains. The tree can survive and thrive if they do it right. 

In Northern California, a massive 100-year-old oak tree had come down, and Rotarians wanted to plant something in its place. The tree we planted is a small thing now, of course, just a meter high. People there were talking about the role that trees will have in the restoration of the area where they had the wildfires last year. A forester I spoke to told me that planting trees helps to stabilize the soil so it doesn’t wash away when it rains. It was a strong reminder of the many benefits of trees – not just converting carbon dioxide to oxygen, but also halting erosion, providing habitat for animals, and so many other things. 

I’ve helped plant trees in Sardinia, in Latvia, in Australia. Everywhere I go, I get my hands dirty.

Q: Your tree challenge officially ends on Earth Day, on the 22nd of this month. Do you hope that clubs will keep on planting trees?

A: We want everyone to keep going. And it’s not just planting the tree. It’s nurturing the tree to ensure that it thrives. Planting a tree is a commitment to the future.  The Rotary Club of Two Rivers will be joining in this tree planting initiative on April 22nd. 

 

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!

 
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.

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.

 

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.

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.