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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
United States
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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%
Business Meeting Agenda
January 15th, 2019
January Theme:  Vocational Service 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. (Brenda G.)  Pledge of Allegiance; Prayer led by Jim L.; 4-way Test
  1. (Brenda G.) Thank you to Brenda!. Today’s Greeter is Steve R., Bob G. for pictures, Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.  
  1. (Brenda G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s) Program: Karen Nichols – Manitowoc/Two Rivers Chamber of Commerce
Guests: Jean and Curt Andrews
January Junior Rotarian: Cody Lewis – it’s finals week.
  1. (Brenda G.) Correspondence:  shared a communication from Kola Alayande (District Gov.) concerning club growth with a chart passed around for review.
  1. (Brenda G.)  Event Sign-up – passed 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. (Brenda G.) January has 5 Tuesdays!  January 29th is being held open for an event…Michael Ditmer will open up Still Bend and host our club!  Details include arrangements for catered food and coordinated beverage provisions.  Plan on a 5:30pm start.  Be sure to sign up on line to help us determine quantities of food/drink.
  1. (Brenda G.) 2019 Annual Dinner and Auction … let the planning begin.  Tentative Date – April 7th.  More details will be discussed at next week’s club assembly.  No conflicts were noted. 
  1. (Brenda G.) – Upcoming Board Meeting (including a prioritizing of club activities)
  1. (Brenda G.) Meals on Wheels (week 1 – 2019) – January 8th-11th .  Thanks to those that helped.  Our next opportunity is February 12th – 15th.  Sign up on line….
  1. (Brenda 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. January Anniversaries - Czerwonka, Tom 39 years 1980; Inman, Colleen 16 years 2003; Ditmer, Michael 2 years 2017;  Romero, Steve 2 years 2017
  1. (Brenda G.) Happy Bucks – Jeff Z. facilitated and passed the buck to Tim S.
  1. (Brenda G.) Program – Karen Nichols – Manitowoc/TR Chamber of Commerce
Karen reviewed her 15 year tenure with the chamber…providing an update on activities/plans.  Membership is stable with over 500 active members.  Chamber buck sales have climbed to over $500,000 in 2018…keeping the business local.  Initiatives include:
  • Pursuing health insurance options for small business (through the WMC affiliation) building on the successful Chamber Clinic program.
  • Continuing Leadership Manitowoc County
  • Focusing on a need for workforce recruitment and retention
  • Conducting a number of educational events…increasing access via webinar technology
  1. (Brenda G.) GMRP updates….group arrived safely and the clinic is working well with pictures shared via social media
  1. Upcoming programs: Club Assembly – A reminder that program chairs should be prepared to give a brief report on activities (past, present and future).
  1.  Tim Schroeder is next up for greeter. 
  1. (Brenda G.) Last verse of America.
Coming Up: Check for possible inclusion in weekly agenda 
Mobile app (ClubRunner) for iPhone and Android
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



Program:  Club Assembly (reports plus planning for the 2019 Annual Dinner/Auction)
Greeter: Tim S.

Happy Bucks: Tim S.
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.**

We are pleased to announce that Betty Bittner will be our president for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. President-elect Betty has served on the board for several years and is the current chair of our Rotary Foundation. She has spearheaded numerous projects and played a major role with other dedicated Rotarians in fundraisers and functions.
As a club, we all need to help in picking up the many club/community activities that she has represented Rotary so well over the years!

As per Rotary rules, Betty will attend the President-Elect Training seminar this March along with other seminars and conferences in preparation for her Rotary year.

Please afford Betty our thanks for representing the Two Rivers Rotary in our community, our district, the foundation, and the global community at large!

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

January is the Vocational Service Month and so the focus is on how to make our Rotary lives intersect with our professional lives.
As Paul Harris was quoted to have said in his autobiography, "Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and his trade or profession."
Each of us, as Rotarians, have two obligations:
·         To appropriately represent Rotary to those we deal with in our vocations and activities
·         To represent and share our vocation to our fellow Rotarians
The two obligations connect to the Object of Rotary, which 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.
So as Rotarians, let us put always remember that as we interact between ourselves and as we transact business in our varied vocations.


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

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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.