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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
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No --- this is not THE featured car for the joint Rotary Club fundraiser (Car on Ice).  
Just a sneak peak at what might happen next spring!  Details for the upcoming event to follow.
Business Meeting Agenda

December 12, 2017

December Theme: Disease & Treatment- Our health is everything. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care. We believe good health care is everyone’s right. Rotary leads efforts to set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access and design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.
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 adverage 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 Colleen I.; Pictures Bob G.; Brian J for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.
  1. (Bob G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s): Greg Buckley, City Manager  
Guests: Jr. Rotarians, Donny Heinsohn (November), Hannah Helling (December- FIRST MEETING) – Hannah is a member of the National Honor Society with an interest in ice hockey and pharmacy (connecting trivia – Pharmacy professor Phil Mendel was the voice of Badger hockey during the Bob Johnson era – “Good Evening, Hockey Fans”)
Birthdays: Ned J. (12/15); Jeff Z. (12/15)
Anniversaries: Tim W. (3 Yrs.); Ned J. (23 Yrs.)
  1. (Bob G.) Correspondence: 25 trees have been ordered for a Woodland Dunes planting event this coming Spring.
  1. (Bob G./Betty B.) Thanks to all those who volunteered as well as those who contributed PJs for the Magical Ride to the North Pole.  COMMENTS – described as fun pandemonium.  Our 42+ hours of manpower provided set-up, conductors and elf supporting roles.  Over 1200 tickets were sold in support of CASA.
  1. (Lauretta K-O.)  Adopt a Family for Christmas.  Need toys and clothes.  Sign up was passed. The wrapping party is scheduled for Tuesday at the “old convent” starting at 4pm.
  1.  (Bob G.) Salvation Army Bell Ringing December 22nd, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Two Rivers Piggly Wiggly.  ALL SLOTS ARE FILLED.  THANKS TO ALL. 
  1. (Bob G.)  Per by-laws, “at least one month prior to the annual meeting, the presiding officer shall appoint a nominating committee of three members” to identify candidates for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. They will be voted on at the Annual Meeting, January 23, 2018.  This year’s committee will include the last three club presidents.  Good Luck!
  1.  (Bob G.)  Participation in the 1st Annual Car on Ice event.  Tickets are priced at $10 with $3 going to the selling club.
  2. (Bob G./Brian J.)  GMRP mission January 11 to January 17 or to January 20, 2018
  1. (Bob G.) December Board Meeting is scheduled for December 20th.
  2.  (Bob G.) Ideas for recipient of Annual Dinner funds are still being solicited – a final decision must be made soon.
  1.  (Bob G.) Next Meeting:  Major Courtney Olsen – TR native and former exchange student.  Greeter is Ned J.
  1. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks- Dennis S. facilitated and passed the buck to Jim L.
  1.  (Bob G.) Program: Bob G introduced City Manager Greg Buckley.  Greg began by thanking the Club for the tremendous community support provided over the years…a small club that does big things.  He continued to highlight the accomplishments/challenges the city has seen in 2017.
  • Lincoln Ave Project
  • New Bike Trail to the high school
  • HFM Lakefront campus
  • Sepia Chapel (fine example of adaptive reuse)
  • Harbor Infrastucture work
  • Residential development (Rivers Edge condos/Washington Heights)
  • Manufacturing expansion (Riverside/WG&R)
  • Vets Park lighting
  • Hamilton Property development plans
Looking forward to the completion/dedication of the Spirit of the Rivers in 2018 – Ethnic Fest date
  1. Last verse of America.
Coming Up: Check for possible inclusion in weekly agenda
            January 11-1/17 or 1/20, 2018 GMRP mission dates
Mobile app (ClubRunner) for iPhone and Android.
January 2018, District Friendship Exchange to India
January 2018 Water Filters for Haiti - Ken Schumann Hartland Lake Country Rotary Club
January 2018, Guatemala Medical Resources Partnership (http://gmrp.org/) 
March 2-4, 2018 (Fri-Sun) PETS, Itasca IL
April 8, 2018 (Sun) TR Rotary Fund Raising Dinner (April 1, 2018 is Easter.)
April 22, 2018 (Sun) Earth Day- Tree planting goal
May 4-6, 2018 (Fri-Sun) Tri-Con District Conference, Wilderness Hotel, Wisconsin Dells
June 23-27, 2018 (Sat-Wed) RI Convention, Toronto Canada
2017-2018 Board Members:
President: Robert Gahl
                                Secretary: Colleen Inman
                Treasurer: Jeff Zimmerlee
                Past President: Colleen Inman, Brenda Georgenson
                Members at large: Tim Schroeder, 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
From the 10/3/17 Club Assembly
  • Input from club organization program chairs- The annual Rose Sale will start in November and will be as successful as our selling will make it.  Our club’s financial status remains strong.  Our dues structure allows the club to meet operating expenses with our “non-501(c)3” events such as the Rose Sale, Volleyball event, etc. allowing us to designate funding to community needs.   Major fundraising events (such as the annual dinner/lobster fest) provide support to our Foundation.  The club’s Foundation has a current balance of $17,079.04 with $14,280.00 committed to projects in 2017-18.  A detailed club treasurer’s report and foundation financial report were provided at the meeting.
  • Items from 9/27 board meeting: Donations from the general fund include $500 to the Spirit of the Rivers; $200 to Hope House and $200 to the upcoming Sunday Supper.  A donation to the Washington House is pended to allow for future project needs.
  • Annual dinner ideas/input - A number of “soft” need concepts were explored.  These included defined support for The Haven and Employee Assistance Program support benefiting school age families.  Please provide further ideas for consideration over the next few weeks.
  • Input from club officers - Bob G has reached out to area service clubs in an effort to understand their structure and agenda.  The hope is that we can collaborate on a local project bigger than any single club could achieve independently.  Stay tuned.
                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


Program:  Major Courtney Olson
What makes Major Olson special above her service to our country?  She is from Two Rivers.
What makes Major Olson different from other military personnel from Two Rivers?  She was an outbound exchange student sponsored by the Two Rivers Rotary Club.
Greeter:  Ned J.
Happy Bucks: Jim L.
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."
We are adopting a family again this year.  This is a family of 4 (3 children and a single mom).  We are looking for individuals to adopt a family member. Please indicate the individual you have chosen. If not, you can’t adopt an individual but are willing to contribute please say so in your response.  Our support will include the purchase of food for a Christmas meal.
There will be a wrapping party in mid-December.  
Adopt a Family
Mom,  Daughter-3, Daughter-2, Daughter - 11 months
Daughter - 3 years old
·         Clothing- size 6x/7 pants, 7/8 shirts 
·        Barbies, Barbie clothes and any other toys a 3 yr old may like
Daughter - 2 years old
·         Clothing- size 4T pants, 4T shirts 
·         Puzzles, baby dolls and any other toys a 2 year old may like
Daughter - 11 months
·         Clothing - 18-24 month pants and shirts
·         Any learning/educational toys/books/etc.
Mom - early 20s (she made the request to cover her children first)
·         Clothing - 2X pants, 3X shirts
·         size 7 women's shoes
·         Cleaning supplies
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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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Two Rivers Rotary Club; 2016 – 2017 Annual Report
Community Service
  • Meals on Wheels; delivered 430 meals
  • Hosted seven (7) Junior Rotarian students at  weekly meetings
  • Participated in the ‘reading day program’ at Koenig Elementary School
  • Salvation Army: December Bell Ringing - $13,616 raised
  • Donated 105 Easter bags containing a reading book and other small presents to children of Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry (TREP) clients
  • Received a $3,000 District Grant to supply Narcan® and training to Two Rivers Police Department.  Narcan® is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency
    • Hosted a community medication collection event and an educational session
  • Submitted 2018 Rotary District Grant application; Lakeshore CAP Polar Express book
  • Rotary display and booth at TR Community Care Day event
Donated over $5,345 to various local and international projects throughout the year, including:
  • Donated two bicycles to the Two Rivers Optimist Club Bike Giveaway ($200)
  • Donated school supplies to TREP
  • St. Peter the Fisherman: Christmas adopt-a-family program.  Donated items for a family of eight
  • Happy Bucks from club meeting; $80 donated to The Haven
  • Donated $250 to TREP at Christmas
  • Contributed $350 to water filter project in Haiti
  • Donated $1,000 to the Guatemala Medical Relief Project (GMRP)
  • Donated $500 to Two Rivers Schools Reading Program
  • Hosted the Senior Volunteer Luncheon for 200 volunteers from the Senior Center
  • Awarded two (2) $1,000 scholarship to Two Rivers High School students
  • Sponsored a student to attend the World Affairs Seminar
  • Donated $250 to Badger Boys State
  • Sponsored a ‘Sunday Supper’ at St. Peter the Fisherman; serving 125 meals
  • Contributed $215 plus non-perishable food items to TREP; 5th Tuesday Social
  • Made a contribution of $500 to Salvation Army; Parkview Apartment Fire Victims Fund
Club Events
  • Held 42 club meetings
  • Held annual steak fry attended by 20 people
  • Held annual holiday social attended by 20 people
  • Held three 5th Tuesday Socials
  • Initiated quarterly club assembly; project updates and financial summary
  • Ten Rotarians and guests attended Manitowoc Sunrise Veterans Day Breakfast
Club Fundraisers
  • Held the Annual Dinner/Auction for the Rotary Pavilion, 70 people attended; with a profit of $16,188.65
  • Participated in the TR Volleyball Tournament with the two Manitowoc Rotary Clubs
  • Held the annual Rose Sale: sold 213 dozen roses for a profit of $1,634
Club Highlights
  • Brian Jensen and Bob Gahl traveled to Guatemala to participate in GMRP mission trip
  • Club members donated $1,875 to  Rotary International
  • Club members donated $1,405 to PolioPlus Fund
  • Paul Harris Fellowship awards were presented to one member
  • Enhanced presence on Facebook, 108 likes in July; currently 120
  • Published more than three press releases in the Herald Times Reporter
  • Developed committee chairs to spread responsibility across the club
  • Created a scholarship evaluation tool
  • Revised the Club Membership Application Form
  • Utilized Chamber advertisement opportunities
    • Chamber Notebook
    • Tuesday Tidbits
  • Created a ‘TR Rotary Club Elevator Pitch’ as a tool to increase membership
  • Developed and implemented the members survey to validate member satisfaction
  • Increased Club Membership; 23
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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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.


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.