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.
  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   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 (
June 23-27, 2018 (Sat-Wed) RI Convention, Toronto Canada
2018-2019 Board Members:
President: Robert Gahl
                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