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Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Covid-19 Alert - Virtual Meeting
1515 Memorial Drive
P.O. Box 272
Two Rivers, WI 54241-0272
United States of America
Upcoming Events
May 2021
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
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Program Chair: Kim Henning

Happy Bucks: Connections featuring "Quips and Quotes" - sharing experiences from the past week. 
                         Please participate by both sharing “verbally” and noting your “donation” in the Zoom chat area for Jeff Z.
Craig Burnett  is our  District Governor 2020-2021
Rotary Opens Opportunities
Opportunity 2021 District Conference
  Special evening session -
  1.  (Betty B.) Welcome/Announcements – Detailed Zoom instructions/tutorial have been provided on our web site with links to tonight’s two sessions.   We had 12 in attendance.  “Very nice!”…providing an opportunity to communicate the business of the Club.
  1.  (Betty B.)  Member news…appreciation for the Club contribution in honor of Florence (Doll) Finley was received. Concern/well wishes were expressed for Jerry Juckem’s recent health challenges.  Bob G. shared a dinner “sighting” of Immediate Past DG , Steen Sanderhoff,  sending greetings to our Club.
  1.  (Betty B.)  Restoring “in person” meetings - The time has come for us to determine “rules of engagement” for resuming live “in-person” meetings.   A hybrid meeting format, combining in-person with distance technology capabilities, has been encouraged by District leadership.  An investment in equipment will be needed to address the viewing/recording challenges.
Initial discussions with the Lighthouse Inn have indicated a change in our meeting time will need to be considered. Options include – a. moving the morning meeting time back to 7:30am (from 7:00am, if you remember), b. changing our breakfast meeting back to a lunch meeting (high noon), or c. investigating other meeting venues if the 7am time slot is preferred. Member input is needed and a survey will circulated in the near future to capture this information.
We are also considering one outside meeting each month (probably just the warmer months)…featuring the courtyard at the Cobblestone Inn.
Quite a bit to consider – from arranging meals/time/venue to program technology. Stay tuned and engaged!
  1. (Betty B.) Board of Directors Report/Actions – a commitment has been made to support a Franciscan Garden project at the arboretum totaling $3800.  A more detailed report will be presented at our next meeting.
  1.  (Betty B.) Meal on Wheels – Thanks to those that served the last week of April  AND we are immediately queued up for next week – May 10-14.  We have openings for Thursday, May 13th.  A schedule will be sent to our members and the MOW coordinator on Friday.
  1. Opportunity 2021 District ConferenceEradicating Polio, Making History
The end of Polio and what that means for the world.  We are closer than we have ever been.
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.
There are parallels with COVID … the lessons learned and the infrastructure developed are being applied to the world’s pandemic needs today.
  1. (Betty B.)  Looking ahead…
  • Complete 2020 District Grant activity – a final report is expected within the next week.
  • Road Rally Reprise:  Let the planning begin…a “Fall 2021” event is in the works…let Jean A. know if you are interest in being a planning part of this tour de force.
  • Reserve park shelter for end of year celebration
  • Solicit board members/officers for 2021-22
  1. (Betty B.) District Activities –
  • Opportunity 2021 joint district conference sessions are being recorded and will be available on the You Tube channel.   A link to the Wednesday sessions, featuring the Rotary Foundation, will be sent to all Club members.
Rotary Youth Exchange students benefit from service
Rotary Youth Exchange students learn valuable skills and make vital connections when they have a chance to take part in their host district's service projects. While these projects have taken on a new shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs are still finding innovative ways to keep their youth involved. Also, for Youth Service Month, read a blog post about how to help your Youth Exchange students face the uncertainty of these extraordinary times.
As an ongoing supporter of GMRP, our Club has a connection to the people of Oliveros...through active team participation and ongoing financial commitment.  Included is another be continued.
The need is great and the people there are so incredibly grateful and are extremely disappointed that we aren't coming this year!
Flory's (our Oliveros touchpoint) Story...
Flory, our health care promoter in Guatemala, entered the hospital in Antigua on Thursday, April 15, after trying to fight Covid symptoms at home for some days. They tried several treatments, but on Sunday, April 18, they called me to say the doctors said she needed Remdesivir, as she was really struggling to breathe and nothing else had helped. Two of Flory’s sons, Jhonatan and Emilio, initially were able to obtain 2 doses of the medicine Remdesivir late on Monday, after a day of searching, in Antigua (where the hospital is and Emilio lives) and Guatemala City, with the promise of paying on Tuesday from our group. Meanwhile I was working frantically with our bank, trying to figure out a way to get money to them immediately. (Finally, Western Union, using a bank credit card, got the funds to them within a couple of hours.) They went to pay for the first 2 doses on Tuesday with our Western Union transfer of funds and found that they couldn’t get any more doses. This medicine is really working for whoever can get it, is in super-high demand and is very scarce. They couldn’t find anywhere in Antigua or Guatemala City that had the last 4 doses they needed, or that would sell it to private people. Late Tuesday night they got in touch with a doctor friend in Quetzaltenango who said he had two doses he could sell them. They left by car at 10:00 pm that night and got there at 1:00 am. They got the medicine, turned around and drove back, arriving in Antigua around 4:30 am. After grabbing a couple hours of sleep, Jhonatan dropped off the medicine at the hospital and headed off to work in the capital. Our funds have also paid for any other medicines Flory has used in the hospital, IV fluids, plasma and any other supplies. The actual stay and nursing care is free in national hospitals, but the family needs to be able to afford whatever supplies and medicines the doctors call for.
"I talked to Flory in the hospital Saturday night, April 24, for almost half an hour, and then she had a coughing fit and had to hang up. She was close to sounding back to normal, however she can’t do without oxygen yet. She said the doctors said the Remdesivir that we paid for and her sons were able to purchase saved her life."  She is eternally grateful! It is in very high demand there and usually only available for private hospitals that are really expensive. It is a real miracle that she was able to get it in time.

You can send checks to T-M Rotary-GMRP 

PO Box 182 

Washington Island, WI  54246 

Or use the DONATE button  on our web page. 


Rotary Citations for Rotary Year 2019-2020

Congratulations to the following District 6270 clubs who earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for the Rotary year 2019-20. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, the clubs demonstrated a commitment to achieve their goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.

Gold- Milwaukee Amigos, Oshkosh on the Water, Sheboygan, Two Rivers, West Bend, West Bend Sunrise


GMRP – Service Above Self

The Guatemala Medical Relief Partnership began in 2003 with the vision of a Rotarian from Wisconsin to provide general/basic medical care to people who couldn’t otherwise receive care.

Positioned in Oliveros, Santa Rosa, Guatemala a team of around 40 individuals travel to offer a clinic with General Medical, Vision and Dental care.  While the "team" will not be travelling to 

Guatemala in 2021, our work continues.  Support for continuing care, food, education continues to be provided through the support of Rotarians and our Club!

Watch this video to learn more about GMRP ›››

Rotary Club of Two Rivers: 2019-2020 Annual Report
Actions recognized with a Citation Achievement Award

Community Service
  • Meals on Wheels; delivered meals & delivered a flower & note to each for COVID.
  • Hosted Junior Rotarian students at weekly meetings
  • Donated $500 to Koenig Elementary School so they could provide new books to students.
  • Salvation Army: December Bell Ringing the Friday before Christmas
  • Donated  Easter bags containing a reading book and other small presents to children of TREP
  • Donated School Supplies to TREP
  • Received $2800 from 2019/2020 District Grant to pay for the Let them Play project at Lester Library
  • Received $500 from Nextera to help fund the Woodland Dunes Expansion project
  • Received a District Grant $700 to purchase 2 UV Lights for the Two Rivers Fire Department
  • Donated 2 UV lights to the TR Police Department
  • Donated children’s pajamas and stuffed animals to Lakeshore Friends of Foster Families and $150
  • Sponsored a ‘Sunday Supper’ at St. Peter the Fisherman; serving 57 meals
  • Sponsored a Guatemalan Student for the year for $960
  • Beach Cleanup at North Pier
Donated over $20,000 to various local and international projects throughout the year, including:
  • Two bicycles to the Two Rivers Optimist Club Bike Giveaway ($210)
  • School supplies to TREP
  • $200 to the Two Rivers Senior Center for Thanksgiving meal
  • $250 to TREP at Christmas
  • $100 to Salvation Army at Christmas
  • $500 to Lakeshore Cap Polar Express
  • $1,000 to the Guatemala Medical Relief Project (GMRP)
  • $500 to Two Rivers Schools Reading Program
  • Donated $300 to the Two Rivers Fire Department to purchase a new washing machine.
  • Donated $250 for the TRHS Senior class banners on Washington Street
  • Donated $100 to the Treehouse Theatre renovation
  • Donated $1000 in restaurant Gift certificates to the TR Fire Department
  • Donated $350 to the Haven
  • Donated $100 to Backpack Buddies
  • Provided Christmas gifts and groceries to mother and her children
  • Donated $250 to Healthiest Manitowoc to help fund a campaign to stop Vaping
  • $300 to TRHS FBLA
  • $500 to Guatemalan Food Relief
Club Events
  • Held weekly club meetings
  • Held annual holiday social
  • Held 5th Tuesday Socials
  • Held a networking night for former & prospective members.
  • Held quarterly club assemblies; project updates and financial summary
Club Fundraisers
  • Had to cancel annual dinner but still collected donations & donated $10,050 plus to Woodland Dunes
  • Bands on the Beach
  • EVP Volleyball concessions $1088
  • Held the annual Rose Sale: sold dozens of roses for a profit of $1,327
Club Highlights
  • Brian Jensen traveled to Guatemala to participate in GMRP mission trip
  • Club members donated $1,525 to Rotary International
  • Club members donated $1,225 to PolioPlus Fund
  • Paul Harris Fellowship award was presented to several members
  • Enhanced presence on Facebook
  • Published press releases in the Herald Times Reporter
  • Utilized Chamber advertisement opportunities
  • Increased membership by 2 members
  • Received the Rotary Citation Award!



Greetings, fellow Rotarians!

I am so honored to serve as your president this year. We have important work ahead of us at Rotary, and we are going to have a lot of fun as we do it.

Last year, we launched our five-year Action Plan to build a stronger future for Rotary. We are working to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The last several months have shown that we — as Rotarians and Rotaractors — can realize these goals as we forge a new path for the future.

Without question, COVID-19 has posed new and previously unimaginable challenges for Rotary. But within every challenge is perhaps an even greater opportunity. And while I could not have known what lay ahead when I selected my theme for the year, Rotary Opens Opportunities has even greater relevance as we begin our new Rotary year.

I am incredibly inspired by how our members have adapted and responded to COVID-19. This global pandemic has made it difficult for many of our clubs to operate as usual, but we persevered, and over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors in a new way: by visiting hundreds of clubs from my home. It’s been fun to attend so many meetings virtually. If you haven’t already, I encourage your club to try an online meeting or add an online component, like hosting a guest speaker from a Rotary or Rotaract club located in a different part of the world.

As we build a stronger future for our organization, it’s good that we are reaching out to new people and introducing them to Rotary. It’s important that our clubs reflect the communities we serve. More diverse voices in our clubs and in our leadership will help Rotary stay in touch with a changing world.

So let’s find every opportunity to show we value each and every member. Let’s seize this moment to build on what we’ve learned, to embrace our new reality, to welcome new faces, and to find additional ways to shine. This is how we will have a continuing impact on the world. And if you need assistance along the way, Rotary offers many resources that can help you reach your goals.

Rotary means different things in different parts of the world, but we are all united by our core values and by The Four-Way Test. Rotary may change, but our values remain constant.

I look forward to hearing about how you’re finding new opportunities to engage and make an impact in your club and community. Rotary Opens Opportunities, both for the people we serve and for ourselves.

Thank you.

Holger Knaack
RI President, 2020-21


In light of COVID-19 mandates, The Rotary Club of Two Rivers will be hosting virtual meetings on Tuesday mornings until further notice.

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The virtual greeter will provide either the thought, a Rotary minute, share a family moment or a cultural tradition ... anything they would like to start off the day positive.

Upcoming program chair assignees:

  • Opportunity 2021 Joint District Conference - evening session (6pm-7:50pm)
  • Kim Henning (5/11)
  • Colleen Inman (5/18)
  • Brian Jensen (5/25)
  • School District - Bridgett Klein (to replace Gina Krahn) (6/1)

Note: If you are unable to act as "program chair" assignee when scheduled please arrange for your replacement.



While some are familiar with Zoom, there are others for which this will be an opportunity to experience something new

Helpful Resources:

It's as easy as one-two-three. Honest! (You may want to check off the first two steps in advance of the meeting start time)

  1. Device connected to the internet - Check
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  3. Click "Join Meeting" button below - Check

The “waiting room” will open at 6:50 AM with our meeting starting at 7:00 AM. Attendees should mute themselves when not speaking, or if they have background noise. Attendees can communicate with one another through the “Chat” icon. 

Hope to see you Tuesday!

View outside our meeting room - taken before our March 17th Meeting.
In the absence of our regularly scheduled meetings, club communication will use group e-mail, eBulletin, website, and facebook tools.   
and remember...."let's be careful out there"


Rotary Million Dollar Journey Reaches its Goal… and Continues

After reaching a $1,000,000 fundraising goal early, Rotary International Districts 6220 & 6270 extend the goal deadline and dollar amount to support the Rotary Foundation during trying times
A joint effort between the Wisconsin & Michigan Rotarians of districts 6220 and 6270 to raise $1,000,000 for the Rotary Foundation by October, 2020 reached its goal four months early. With that success, and with even greater need, the districts will continue the journey by raising more funds, and a new conclusion in April, 2021.
A bit over one year ago, on the recommendation of Rotary International District Governors Steve Handrick and Steen Sanderhoff, their respective districts embarked on a path to collectively raise one million dollars of new gifts to the Rotary Foundation; a Million Dollar Journey. With many generous gifts – each in excess of $10,000 – from both districts, the goal was reached early, in July of 2020.
When the Journey launched, the districts planned a celebratory dinner for all of the contributors along the fundraising pathway, to have taken place in November 2020. The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic will make that celebration impossible at that time, and the districts agreed that it should be postponed until April 29, 2021.
Seeing the postponement as an opportunity, now past-governors Handrick & Sanderhoff and current district governors Scott Knaffla and Craig Burnett agreed that the districts should continue the Journey’s effort, and have set a new goal of $2,000,000 to be reached by April 1, 2021.
As with the first part of the Journey, the minimum amount of gifts within the journey is $10,000 to qualify for attendance at the celebratory dinner. Gifts may be made in a number of ways:
  1. Outright gifts of cash or appreciated securities
  2. A three-year pledge of cash or appreciated securities
  3. A Life income agreement funded with cash, appreciated securities or real estate, including charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, or pooled income funds.
  4. A bequest commitment via a will, life insurance policy, revocable trust, or a retirement plan
Each district has a team of Rotarians who stand ready to discuss the continuing campaign, give a presentation about the journey, or to interact directly with a potential donor. Donors or clubs are encouraged to contact PDG and Endowment/Major Gifts Advisor Nancy Rhodes to discuss the opportunity to add needed funds to the Rotary International Foundation during this time of pandemic and worldwide economic challenge.
Rotarians and others are encouraged to join in this important Journey at a time when it is truly needed.
Program presentations are available:
1.  Rotary Foundation ... the $1 Million Journey - see Betty B. for details
2.  Matthew Johnson Marsy's Law for Wisconsin-Political Director Phone: 715-919-3169 Email:
3.  End Polio Now - web based program
4.  Groundbreaking Workforce Education - Julie Mirecki | Vice President-Outreach LTC
Office: 920.693.1193| Mobile: 920.946.3552 Email:
5.  Robert Beezat has spoken to over 125 Rotary Clubs in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois about his book in relationship to Rotary's motto and Four Way Test. The name of his book is Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness. You can find out more about him, his book, and the presentations he has made to other Rotary Clubs at his website for the book: He would be delighted to have the opportunity to speak to our Rotary Club.  Robert Beezat 630-747-5028 (C)
6.  The "Emerald Hills" Arboretum Project - see Betty B. for details

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The Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support our strategic priorities by completing certain activities. Clubs have the entire Rotary year to achieve the citation’s goals. Rotary can automatically verify many of your club’s achievements as long as you keep your club and member information up-to-date in My Rotary. To be eligible for the Rotary Citation, clubs need to begin the year as active clubs that are in good standing and remain so throughout the year. Achievements will be compared with membership figures from 1 July 2019 and will be recognized after the 1 July 2020 numbers are final, on 15 August 2020.
UNITE PEOPLE  Achieve the following goals:
l Appoint an active club membership committee comprised of no less than five members and report the chair to Rotary International
l Achieve a net gain in membership
l Maintain or improve your club’s retention of current and new members: ¡ Improve your club’s retention rate by 1 percentage point or ¡ If your club’s retention rate was 90 percent or more in 2018-2019, maintain it
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l Increase the number of members involved in service projects
l Contribute at least $100 per capita to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation
l Hold an event to raise funds for, or to increase awareness of, Rotary’s work toward polio eradication
l Conduct a significant local or international service project in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus
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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.