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.

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Program:  Chair - Bob G. to introduce Chris Hansen, DDS and Cheri Ertman - experiences/insights from their dental mission to Haiti
 
Greeter: Bill W.
 
Happy Bucks: Debbie P.
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.**

 
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Rotary MAKING A DIFFERENCE
 
Business Meeting Agenda
 

August 14, 2018

August Theme: Membership. It’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world.
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. (Bob G.)  Pledge of Allegiance; Prayer led by Jim L.; 4way Test
 
  1. (Bob G.) Thank you. Today’s Greeter is Dennis S., Bob G. For pictures,. Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.
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  1. (Bob G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s): Roger Russove, Director, Main Street Program
Guests:- Norman, our resident Happy Camper
  1. (Bob G.) Paul Harris “fellow” status updates – Betty B.  Paul Harris Fellow plus one; Kim H. Paul Harris Fellow plus three and Dennis S. Paul Harris Fellow plus six.
     
  2. (Bob G.) Betty B. commented on Tall Ships event – the hot weather drove the drink sales netting approximately $200 in proceeds.  Extra food/drink was donated to the tall ship crew and was appreciated.  One suggestion for next year included starting a bit earlier to capture the lunch crowd.
 
  1. (Bob G.) Meals on Wheels, August 28-31, 2018.  1 Volunteers needed. Sign up was passed
     
  2. (Bob G.)  Dennis S. needs our help identifying host families for the 2019-2020 school year.  It will be posted in the ‘Back-to-School Newsletter’ for the TR Schools.  The high school counselors were also contacted.
     
  3. (Bob G.) Tim W.  School supply drive continues.  Sign up was passed.  We are awaiting further updates/purchasing and distribution of cash/supplies collected.
 
  1. (Bob G.) A decision on Steak Fry will be made at the next board meeting.
     
  2. (Bob G.) Spirit of the River sculptures has arrived and is in place for the September dedication.  TR Rotary has a contributed $500.
     
  3. (Bob G.) Reminder of the collection box for recycling items for The Haven
     
  4. (Bob G,) Next Board Meeting is scheduled for August 22nd at the TR Family Diner 7:30AM
 
  1. (Bob G.) Next Meeting –Bob G. to introduce Chris Hansen, Cheri Ertman- Mission to Haiti.  Greeter is Bill W.   
 
  1. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks- Brenda G facilitated and passed the buck to Debbie P.
     
  2. (Bob G.) Given the consistent issues with AV equipment access/function, it is recommended that the club consider the purchase of our own equipment. 
 
  1. (Bob G.) Program- Brian J. introduced Roger Russove, Director, Main Street Program – provided an update of the program’s current status and a glimpse at the future direction.  New business development is highlighted by a 55 room hotel to be located on the Suettinger property.  Demolition and site preparation is starting with a projected hotel completion scheduled for next Memorial Day.  A local investor group is spearheading this Cobblestone Inn franchise.  Additional developments include at new art gallery, Brushstrokes with More; the expansion/relocation of the Two Rivers Quilt Shop; a new game shop and the opening of “Tapped on the Lakeshore”, a craft beer and activity center.  Interest in the area continues to increase with remodeling projects underway, i.e. Two Rivers Pub, and a budding entrepreneurial spirit in evidence.
 
The Two Rivers Main Street program was recently selected as one of three pilot sites to implement a Community Transformation Strategy.
Local examples of this philosophy in action include:
 
- Business recruitment to fit this local strategy with state level support
- Placement of informational kiosks
- Pop up shops (incubator)
- Small Business Saturday in conjunction with the Holiday Parade
 
 
  1. (Bob G.) Last verse of America.
 
Coming Up:
Mobile app (ClubRunner) for iPhone and Android
(Tim W.) Two Rivers Optimist club’s held a presentation on Human Trafficking. A follow up meeting is planned. https://www.wpr.org/shows/does-milwaukee-deserve-its-reputation-hub-sex-trafficking
September 2018 Spirit of the Rivers project: gave $500 for 8x16 brick
September 2018 District Grant $2800, beach cleanup, recycling, education with TR 8th grade
 
2018-2019 Board Members:
President: Robert Gahl
                President-Elect: Steve Romero
                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
 
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BE THE INSPIRATION THIS YEAR!
 
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.
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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

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Presidential theme

2018-19: Be the Inspiration

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RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”

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Two Rivers Rotary Club President Dr. Bob Gahl and member Betty Bittner presented Adam Wachowski representing Two Rivers Youth Sports with a donation to assist in replacing the lights at the Vietnam Veterans Park in Two Rivers.
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Rotary Food Tent  - the Rotary Club of Two Rivers and Manitowoc Sunrise Rotary Club
 
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Rotary wins Best Nonprofit Act for its polio eradication work 

Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues. 

The campaign is an initiative of PeaceJam Foundation and is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum, with the ambitious goal of inspiring a billion acts of peace by 2020. 

Each year, the campaign picks two finalists in each of six categories for their work to make a measurable impact in one of the 10 areas considered most important by the Nobel laureates. Winners are chosen by people from around the world. 

Rotary and Mercy Corps were the two finalists in the Best Nonprofit Act category. Rotary and the five other winners will be recognized at a ceremony on  June in Monaco. Betty Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for her advocacy for peace in Northern Ireland, will present the award. 

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Rotary’s members are our greatest assets. When our membership is strong, our clubs are more vibrant, Rotary has greater visibility, and our members have more resources to help communities flourish.  Watch a recording of the presentation with narration on our Vimeo channel.
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Two Rivers Rotary Club celebrated its 95th anniversary in February. Many things have changed since 1923, but their pride and service to the community remain strong.

The club continues to serve the local community’s key service providers, all of which are vital in maintaining the hometown culture, while supporting the City of Two Rivers in finding ways to grow the community with innovative economic development strategies.

Past donations have allowed the club to support local and international projects. They include, but are not limited to, club members donating their time and talents (pharmacist and physician) through the Guatemala Medical Relief Project.

One of the club’s most recent highlights includes providing signs and docks for the developing Mishicot and Neshotah Water Trail for kayaks and canoes. The club delivers nearly 450 meals per year through the Meals on Wheels program.   

Their weekly club meetings include Junior Rotarians (high school juniors) who gain a better understanding of Rotary and build their public speaking skills, glean information from a variety of presentations, and learn the basic operations of a service organization.

The Rotary donates to local schools, Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry and other non-profit organizations. They are a member of The Chamber of Manitowoc County and also collaborate with the two Manitowoc Rotary clubs. These service projects certainly support the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”

Projects are funded in part by the proceeds from their annual dinner. This year’s event will benefit Two Rivers Youth Sports by funding the replacement of overhead lighting of two ballparks at the Two Rivers Vietnam Veterans Park. 

The 2018 Two Rivers Rotary Annual Dinner/Fundraiser will be April 8 at the Courthouse Pub in Manitowoc. A cash bar and silent auction will be from 5 to 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6 p.m. The club’s president, Dr. Bob Gahl, will start the always-entertaining oral auction at 7 p.m. Cost is $75 per person, which includes appetizers and dinner served with a glass of wine and dessert. Register at www.tworiversrotary.org.

Two Rivers Rotary Club meetings are held on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. at Lighthouse Inn on Lake Michigan, Two Rivers. Come see what you’re missing!

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THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

 
 

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

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

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The secret sauce to Rotary growth in La Crosse

Members of the Rotary Club of Lacrosse-After Hours mug for the camera during a recent service event.

By William Pritchard, Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours, Wisconsin, USA

In La Crosse, Wisconsin, and neighboring communities, we have a high number of Rotary members and clubs for our relatively small population. There are eight clubs and 500 members for a population of less than 80,000. We are well-known in our community for the things we do, from planting trees and gardens, to building parks and playgrounds. But what truly makes Rotary special in the area is our ability and interest to work together – to keep the “walls” between clubs very low so it is easy to “step over” and work together on projects.

Some attribute this unique quality to the downtown club, which opened its arms to all the other area clubs to make its Foundation an area wide collaboration with representation from all clubs. Others point to community leadership that has developed projects like Kids Coulee, iFeed, and Rotary Lights that are larger than any single club. But whatever the secret sauce, Rotary clubs around La Crosse collaborate and work together in a Rotary Community kind of way.

STAR program
One of the ingredients is surely our method of bringing all our new members together for a shared education on the basics of Rotary. Each club maintains its own orientation to address traditions and functions. But every-other-month, all the new members in the eight-club area join together for a breakfast to learn Rotary 101. Our Specialized Training for Action in Rotary (STAR) program is a six-course curriculum that allows members to step in at any point during the year and pick it up quickly.

  • In July, all new members learn about the Rotary Year and theme, Rotary.org, a history of Rotary in the La Crosse region, and service opportunities.
  • In September, participants dive into club service, the structure of Rotary clubs, and a look at districts.
  • In November, they learn about The Rotary Foundation, our local foundation, annual giving, and legacy giving.
  • In January, we review the service projects in our community and how they can get involved.
  • March’s class teaches then about Youth ExchangeFriendship Exchange, Vocational Training Teams, and area International Service projects.
  • And in May we focus on vocational service, RYLA, and other area initiatives.

New members attend at no cost, their clubs are only charged the cost of the breakfast. At the end of the cycle, STAR program graduates are asked to give their classification talk at their home club and join a minimum of two committees with their home club. They are also offered the opportunity to transfer to a different area club if they desire.

Opting to transfer
A surprising number of our program graduates take advantage of this opportunity. They may have been asked to join a particular club by a friend. But in learning about all the other clubs and what they are doing, they find a different club’s focus speaks more directly to their passions. This single provision has significantly helped us collectively keep new members.

La Crosse Area Rotary clubs have created a special place where the clubs work collectively – tearing down the walls that separate – to make our communities a better place.

Give new members Rotary Basics, a comprehensive overview of Rotary, or order a copyfor club reference. Find other membership materials.

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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.

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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.

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Club Event Registration Procedures

 

 

 

1.        Log into Club Runner as a member

 

2.       “Click” on the event desired (left side of home page)

 

3.       “Click” on members …this will bring you to the registration page

 

4.       “Click” register me and confirm

 

You are now registered for the event!

 

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Posted by Brian Jensen on Aug 24, 2013

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?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Mission

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. 

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