Business Meeting Agenda

May 8, 2018

May Theme: Youth Services-Rotary’s programs are developing the next generation of leaders, providing funding to make the world a better place, and making peace a priority. And our programs are not just for club members. LEARN MORE

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 Kim H; 4way Test
  1. (Bob G.) Thank you. Today’s Greeter is Brenda G., Bob G. For pictures, Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.
  1. (Bob G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s): Craig Rysticken (Principal), Robotics Team-Travis Klein (Teacher) Ian Klein (Student), Nathaniel Dombrowski (Student)
Guests: May Jr. Rotarian; Owen Williams; Carol Wargin (Spirit of the Rivers)
New Rotarian: Debbie Pitsch – warm welcome extended!
Owen Williams introduced himself with a short bio – his accomplishments include recent awarded of
Eagle Scout and a future in health care.
  1. (Bob G.) Carol Wargin was presented with a $500 check representing our club’s contribution to the Spirit of the Rivers project.  The sculpture will be received July 1st with a dedication planned for Sept 16th following Ethnic Fest.
  2. (Bob G.) Highlights from May 2nd Board Meeting include the authorization for club “polo shirts” and the official designation of $12,500 from Annual Dinner proceeds to the Vets Park lighting project.
  3. (Bob G., Betty B., Dennis S. Steve R.) Input from Tri-Con District Conference, Wisconsin Dells…stores shared – relationships formed facilitated by the food/fellowship/programming provided by the Conference.  It was emphasized that this event is something all Rotarians should experience at least once.
  4. (Bob G.) Meals on Wheels - Next opportunity May 15th to 18th.  Need 1 volunteer for Friday May 18th.  
  1. (Bob G.) Trees have been received by Woodland Dunes – planting to follow.  There is an additional tree planting party planned for Sunday, May 13th 12 NOON – Still Bend (Michael D.) – refreshments to follow.
  1. (Bob G./Stanley P.) Scholarship awards night is scheduled for May 23rd.  Stanley P. will present the Rotary Scholarship award to a deserving graduate with plans to attend technical college.
  2.  (Betty B.) Update – Tom Finley is doing well following successful surgery.  A card was circulated to capture the wishes of our club.
  3. (Bob G./Michael D.) 5th Tuesday Social May 29th at the Frank Lloyd Wright house (3425 Adams).  Signup was passed for attendance and dish/drinks/dessert to contribute to the cause. 
  4. (Bob G.) Next Meeting- Cathy Green, Deputy Director & Curator WI Maritime Museum. Greeter is Kim H.
  5. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks- Jeff  Z. facilitated and passed the buck to Tim S.
  6. (Bob G.) Potential member (Kevin Boehm) will be contacted by Stanley P.
  1. (Bob G.) Program- Craig Rysticken and the Robotics Team.  Two Rivers High School's FIRST robotics team, STEMpunk 4531, presented their award winning 2018 experiences to our club.  Student led and run, they work with a material budget of over $5000 to design,construct and operate a robot in competition with similar groups from around the world.  Regional "tune-ups" included the Northern Lights Regional in Duluth where they received the Engineering Inspiration award and the Seven Rivers Regional in LaCrosse where they were recognized with the Judges award and a second place finish.  At the World Championships in Detroit, their team and robot, "Famous Dave", competed against over 400 teams.  They were recognized with the "Imagery" award - one of only 8 awards presented in their category.   FIRST is more than Robotics
  1. (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
(Tim W.) Two Rivers Optimist club’s held a presentation on Human Trafficking. A follow up meeting is planned.
(Kim H.) World Affairs Seminar – student update
(Bob G.) Any information on collection from Salvation Army Bell Ringing
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
                President-Elect: 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 Ditmer & 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