Business Meeting Agenda

October 10, 2017

October Theme: Economic & Community Development.  Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members are urged to promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions.
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 Betsy B.; Pictures Bob G.; Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.
  1. (Bob G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s): Fire Chief, Scott Schneider & Assistant Chief Dave Murack
Birthdays: Tom F. (10/14); Stanley P. (10/22)
Anniversaries: Jeff Z. (12); Brian J. (24); Jim L. (52)
  1. (Bob G.) Correspondence:  As mentioned last week, Chris Eggert-Rosenthal resigned siting family issue and this week Jeff received a note from Racheal Markwardt resigned due to work conflict issue.  We need to increase our efforts to get new members.
  1.  (Bob G.) Meals on Wheels thanks you Lauretta K-O & Carl Olson, Tim W.& Dick Nitsch, Kim H. & Bruce Fehrman, Mike D. The last opportunity of the year is November 7th-10th.  2 volunteers needed for November 10th.  Sign up at the door or on line.
  1. (Betty B.) Volleyball Check is in the mail…in the amount of $1118.24!
  1.  (Bob G.) Follow up from last week’s Club Assembly. 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.  Further ideas are encouraged.
  1.  (Betty B.) Thanks to all those who participated in the Sunday Supper including those from Bank First National on Oct 8th at St. Peter the Fisherman. Kudos to Betty B for the outstanding food…favorable comments continue to pour in from participants.   With only 57 diners, there was plenty of food to send home with them – extra salad was gratefully received by TREP.
  1. (Betty B.) Magical Trolley Ride To The North Pole.  Many opportunities to support this great program and recipient of our $3000 grant. Sign up was passed.  All conductor needs have been met, however, we still have a need for 1-2 additional “Santas”  Brenda G is spearheading a pajama drive to outfit the kids…posters have been developed by the TRHS art department for use in pajama promotion.  Sizes infant to 14 are needed.
  1.  (Bob G.)  SAVE THE DATE, October 31st.  5th Tuesday Social.  Since this conflicts with Halloween tricking and treating festivities…we are considering other social opportunities.  These range from a club outing to the Forst Inn to a return visit to Bob Gahl’s place for fun/fellowship.  Stay tuned….
  1. (Dennis S.) Update on potential Outbound Student Program – two students have expressed interest following the information meeting.  As such, an interview/selection committee needs to be formed to advance one of these students to the district interview level.   Three club members have been selected.
  1. (Bob G.) Paul Harris Recognition:  Both Ned J and Dennis S. received this honor at the meeting (Dennis S at a 4+ level).  Congratulations!
  1. (Bob G.) Next Meeting: Jim Lester to introduce the White House Chief of Staff Greeter is Mike D.
  1. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks-.Ned Jacquart (trifecta!!!) facilitated and passed the buck to a fellow Paul Harris fellow, Dennis S. for next week/
  1. (Bob G.) At last, a more “sophisticated” joke was shared with the club!
  2. Program: Fire Chief, Scott Schneider and Dave Murack, Asst. Chief - Two Rivers Fire Department...oriented towards community service!

    Volunteer fire fighters in Two Rivers at the turn of the century housed their horse drawn equipment on the corner of 17th and Washington streets. The current fire station, built in 2001, is located on the corner of 22nd and Monroe streets in the same location our previous building was located.

    During the 1970's the department began providing emergency medical services to the community. Since then it has supplemented basic fire and EMS services with hazardous materials response, water rescue, high level rope rescue, paramedic level EMS, and numerous other services.

    Over the years extensive efforts have been made by the department to become an active community member. These efforts have a proactive approach focusing on emergency incident prevention. Since its inception the department's mission has evolved from basic fire suppression to comprehensive advanced emergency management.

    Today, the City of Two Rivers Fire Department is a combination department. Thirty-one members work to provide preventive and emergency response services to the city. Chief Scott Schneider is assisted by a full-time staff of two assistant chiefs/paramedics, three lieutenant/paramedics, three acting lieutenant/paramedics, nine fire fighter/paramedics, and one administrative assistant. The part-time staff includes twelve paid-on-call fire fighters.


    Fire Prevention Week (Oct 8-14)

    In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

    That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

    • FPW 2017 Escape Plan GridDraw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
    • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
    • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
    • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
    • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
    • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
    Coming Up:
October 31, 2017 (Tue) 5th Tuesday Social
December 8-9, 2017 (Fri-Sat), Magical Ride To North Pole. 2017-2018, $3000 District Grant.  Also need children’s pajamas. (Betty B,.)
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 ( 
March 2-4, 2018 (Fri-Sun) PETS, Itasca IL
March 18, 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.
2017-18-Rotary District Grant:
December 8-9, 2017 (Fri-Sat), Polar Express (Magical Trolley). 2017-2018, $3000 District Grant.  Also need children’s pajamas.
                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