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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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 Reading Is Fundamental kick off on Friday, March 1st at 2:30. 
As a reading partner with the Two Rivers' Public Schools, Rotarians 
are invited to help kick off the Reading Challenge Week...handing 
out books.



Program:  TBD
Greeter: Tim W.

Happy Bucks: Brenda G.
Kola Alayande, Ph.D. is our  District Governor 2018-19 - **Our service to other people is the rent we pay for the privilege of being alive.**

Business Meeting Agenda
February 5th, 2019
February Theme:  World Understanding Month. 2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration. RI President Rassin is Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas. Kola Alayande, Ph.D. is our District Governor 2018-19 - **Our service to other people is the rent we pay for the privilege of being alive.**
  1. (Bob G.)  Pledge of Allegiance; Prayer; 4-way Test
  1. (Bob G.) Today’s Greeter is Dennis S., Bob G. for pictures, Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.  
  1. (Bob G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s) Program: GMRP 2019 – Bob and Terry (quite appropriate as February’s Theme is World Understanding)
January Junior Rotarian: Cody Lewis (not present)
  1. (Bob G.) Correspondence:  The Haven is hosting their “Shamrock Event” March 16.  This is a beanbag tournament.  Can we get a few teams from the TR Rotary Club?
  1. (Bob and Terry G.) GMRP 2019 – Review and Reflections
Bob and Terry Gahl provided a summary of the 2019 Annual Guatemala Trip, titled “Bob & Terry’s Excellent Adventure”.  This team of 45 people served over 800 people during their time in Guatemala.  119 people were recommended to receive additional services throughout the year.  Bob served as an MD, Terry as one of eight generalists.  All involved were kept very busy providing a variety of services including medical, dental and vision.  They shared a variety of very humbling photos.  It was noted whether you could understand their language, you could easily ‘feel the love and appreciation’ for the services being provided.  A BIG THANK YOU to Bob and Terry for not only the presentation but for representing Rotary, we are blessed to have you in our club.
  1. (Bob G.)  Event Sign-up – pass the “binder” around – please review during breakfast, noting responsibilities/opportunities, sign up!  Please note program assignments and greeter assignments are posted through July 2nd.
  1. (Bob G.) Fifth Tuesday Recap – Thanks again to Michael D. for his hosting and hospitality!
  1. (Bob G.) Board of Directors Meeting Highlights:
A recommendation was made to the club to have the Painting Pathways Clubhouse Renovation Project be a recipient of proceeds from the 2019 TR Rotary Club Annual Dinner.  A vote was taken – all in favor; approved.
2019 District Grant will be used for a beach clean up project.  14 containers (that will display the Rotary log) will be provided to encourage people to keep the beach clean.  April 21, 2019 their will be a beach clean up project.  We need club members to actively participate in this event, as that is a requirement of the grant.
  1. (Bob G.) 2019 Annual Dinner and Auction … let the planning begin.  Date – April 7th.
Start thinking about what you would like to donate to the event for an oral or silent auction item.
  1. (Bob G.) 2019 Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon … we need a program chair to coordinate a process that is already well-defined.  Dinner Date – April 8th
  1. (Bob G.) Meals on Wheels (week 2– 2019) – February 12-15th…sign up either on-line or in the binder.  Tuesday and Wednesday have openings…
  1. (Bob G.) Reminder: collection box for recycling items for The Haven.  CLEAN plastic recyclable items are being collected.  In addition to our Club’s collection site, members can drop their personal collection at The Haven during normal business hours.
  1. Stanley has offered to coordinate the 2019 TR Rotary Scholarship.  If anyone is interested in assisting Stanley with reviewing the applications, please contact Stanley.
  1. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks – Stanley P. passed the buck to Brenda G. (2/12)
  1. Upcoming programs: City of Two Rivers Electric Utility Director – Ken Kozak
  1.  Tim W. is next up for greeter on February 12th
  1. (Bob G.) Last verse of America.
Coming Up: Check for possible inclusion in weekly agenda 
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September 2018 District Grant $2800, beach cleanup, recycling, education with TR 8th grade
May 27, 2019 Projected completion of 55 room Cobblestone franchise hotel
2018-2019 Board Members:
President: Robert Gahl
                President-Elect: Betty Bittner
                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
Paul P. Harris (Rotary International Founder) once said, “Fear and Hate Must Go! And they will go when nations have goodwill based on understanding.” For the world to have peace, we must have mutual understanding; we must share mutual respect; we must have compassion for one another, and we must listen to one another with open minds. As Rotarians, we are part of the bigger world so what we do within our homes, immediate network, and local communities has ripple effects on the world. Let’s seek and strive for peace in our homes, networks, and communities each day. Let’s embody the 4-way test to be the basic guiding principles in our thoughts, and deeds so that there will be peace around us.
You are all aware that the registration for the DualCon 2019 (Annual District Conference) went live on January 1st and the early bird registration discount that ends on February 28th. Please remember to use the discount code - DUALCON2019 when registering to get the discount. Please visit the website (http://www.dualcon2019.com/) for all the details with regards to the event!
Our district attendees for the International Convention currently number 48 and we are having a District 6270 dinner in Hamburg, Germany on June 2nd at 8 pm. If you are still planning on attending the International Convention and want to participate in the District 6270 dinner, please contact either Dana Kohlmeyer (Dana.Kohlmeyer@Rotary6270.org) or Sebastian Schmidt (schmidt414@gmail.com) who is coordinating the dinner.
Club Growth for District #627001-Jul31-Jul-1831-Aug-1830-Sep-1831-Oct-1830-Nov-1831-Dec-18
Club Name (#)2018 - 2019 #  % Growth #  % Growth #  % Growth #  % Growth #  % Growth #  % Growth
Berlin (2724)14140%140%140%140%140%140%
Milwaukee North Sunrise (2746)172018%2018%1912%2124%2124%2124%
Kenosha (2736)42420%5019%5019%5019%5019%4814%
Wautoma (2767)43455%467%467%479%4812%4812%
Port Washington-Saukville (2755)37370%383%383%4214%4111%4111%
Fox Cities Morning (Neenah, Menasha) (82984)20200%200%200%2210%2210%2210%
E-Club of North East Wisconsin (28193)11110%129%129%129%129%129%
Mukwonago (27197)32320%320%320%320%359%359%
Milwaukee Northshore (2745)36360%360%35(3%)386%398%398%
Sheboygan Early Birds (22545)39390%415%415%415%415%428%
Menomonee Falls (2743)14157%157%157%157%157%157%
Plymouth (2754)29290%317%317%317%317%317%
Sheboygan (2760)94940%962%962%973%1006%1017%
Elkhorn (2730)5554(2%)597%597%597%585%585%
Manitowoc-Sunrise (28131)21210%210%210%210%210%225%
Elmbrook (Brookfield) (2731)84851%862%874%874%874%874%
Slinger-Allenton (2762)25264%264%264%264%264%264%
Waukesha Sunrise (21301)28280%280%280%294%294%294%
Manitowoc (2741)60600%612%612%623%623%623%
Oshkosh Southwest (2753)94951%940%962%984%984%973%
Milwaukee (2744)3683680%3783%3803%3824%3834%3752%
Waukesha (2766)7776(1%)76(1%)75(3%)770%76(1%)781%
Burlington (2726)48480%492%45(6%)480%47(2%)480%
Fond du Lac (2732)131129(2%)130(1%)130(1%)1310%1310%1310%
Green Lake (2734)27270%270%270%270%270%270%
Hartford (2735)37370%383%395%395%395%370%
Kenosha West (2737)56560%54(4%)55(2%)55(2%)560%560%
Mitchell Field (Milwaukee) (2747)23230%230%230%22(4%)230%230%
Thiensville-Mequon (2763)44440%452%452%452%452%440%
Wauwatosa (2768)35350%34(3%)33(6%)32(9%)350%350%
West Allis (2769)45450%450%44(2%)44(2%)450%450%
Oshkosh (2752)7271(1%)70(3%)68(6%)70(3%)70(3%)71(1%)
Ripon (2759)67681%681%670%66(1%)670%66(1%)
Walworth-Fontana (2765)52520%520%520%520%51(2%)51(2%)
West Bend Sunrise (27074)5352(2%)52(2%)52(2%)50(6%)52(2%)52(2%)
Fond du Lac-Morning (27684)8887(1%)87(1%)87(1%)86(2%)85(3%)85(3%)
Whitewater (2772)31310%30(3%)30(3%)30(3%)30(3%)30(3%)
Lake Country-Hartland (2739)8379(5%)81(2%)80(4%)81(2%)81(2%)80(4%)
Montello (2748)19190%190%18(5%)18(5%)18(5%)18(5%)
Neenah (2749)56560%55(2%)55(2%)55(2%)55(2%)53(5%)
Oconomowoc (2751)60600%600%600%59(2%)58(3%)57(5%)
Racine-Founder's (22662)112105(6%)106(5%)107(4%)105(6%)105(6%)106(5%)
Two Rivers (2764)22220%220%220%220%21(5%)21(5%)
Delavan-Darien (2729)18180%180%180%180%180%17(6%)
Milwaukee Amigos After Hours (82637)16160%176%176%176%176%15(6%)
Menasha (2742)15150%14(7%)14(7%)14(7%)14(7%)14(7%)
Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise (27051)54540%552%552%540%540%50(7%)
Wauwatosa-Mayfair (22803)2320(13%)20(13%)20(13%)20(13%)20(13%)21(9%)
West Bend (2770)48480%47(2%)47(2%)47(2%)44(8%)43(10%)
Lake Geneva (2740)18180%180%180%180%180%16(11%)
Mequon-Milwaukee Afterhours (86490)1716(6%)186%186%186%2018%15(12%)
Whitnall Park (2773)30300%300%29(3%)27(10%)27(10%)26(13%)
New Berlin (2750)1615(6%)15(6%)13(19%)13(19%)13(19%)13(19%)
Cedarburg-Grafton (2727)6863(7%)54(21%)53(22%)54(21%)54(21%)54(21%)
Total Member Count For District #627027242706(1%)27330%27230%27401%27491%27230%

A Rotaractor ventures deep into her native Uganda with a polio vaccination team as part of Rotary’s newest virtual reality film, Two Drops of Patience

One year ago, your Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new vision statement, reflecting our aspirations for our organization and its future. It reads, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take
action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended — across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves — not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves. A quotation attributed to French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry goes: “If you want to build a boat, don’t begin by collecting wood, cutting boards, or assigning tasks. Begin by awakening in the souls of your workers a longing for the vast and boundless sea.” Each of us came to Rotary because we had a longing — to have an impact, to make a difference, to be part of something larger than ourselves. That desire, that vision for a better world and our role in building it, is what drives us in Rotary. It’s what made us become members, it’s what motivates us to serve, and it’s what led me to choose our theme for this Rotary year: Be the Inspiration. I want to see Rotary Be the Inspiration for our communities by doing work with a transformational impact. It’s time to start moving forward, by removing the barriers that are holding us back. Let’s make it easier to make adjustments in our clubs or start new clubs that suit different needs. Let’s work to strengthen Rotaract and smooth the transition from Rotaract clubs into Rotary. Let’s give all Rotarians the flexibility to serve in the ways that work best for them, so that every Rotarian finds enduring value in Rotary membership. Truly sustainable service, the kind of service we strive for in Rotary, means looking at everything we do as part of a larger global ecology. This year, I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration for sustainable service by addressing the impact of environmental issues on our work. The environment plays a key role in all six of our areas of focus, and that role is only becoming greater as the impact of climate change unfolds. It’s time to move past seeing the environment as somehow separate from those six areas. Clean air, water, and land are essential for healthy communities — and essential for the better, healthier future we strive for. Be the Inspiration — and together we can, and we will, inspire the world.
Be the Inspiration in 2018-19

During the 2018-19 Rotary year, RI President Barry Rassin wants us to Be the Inspiration for positive change, inspiring our clubs, our communities, and our organization to face today’s challenges with courage, optimism, and creativity.

To achieve all that Rotary can, Rassin encourages Rotarians to think differently about their role in Rotary and Rotary’s role in the world. He asks us to put more emphasis on our public image and, in doing so, build our membership and attract partners so we can “scale up our service.” And he wants us to focus on larger projects that have a lasting impact on communities.

The Haven Beauty Brigade, E-Waste Brigade, and Drink Pouch Brigade Recycling Fundraisers

Beauty Brigade Recycling Info - The Haven now collects used personal care packaging to send in for reimbursement. Please help collect and ask others to collect as well. 

A collection box will be available at each Rotary Meeting.

Accepted waste includes:

1. Hair care packaging such as shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray bottles and triggers, and hair paste plastic jars and caps.
2. Skin care packaging such as lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, face lotion bottles, tubes, and plastic jars, body wash containers, soap tubes and dispensers, body lotion dispensers and bottles, shaving foam tubes (no cans), and hand lotion bottles and tubes.
3. Cosmetics packaging such as lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging and bottles, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils.

Make your own collection box and collect items at any business, school, church, or high traffic location. Drop off at The Haven.

Click on the following links for more information regarding the E-Waste Brigade and Drink Pouch Brigade:
E-Waste Brigade
Drink Pouch Brigade



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!

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.

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.