July 12, 2022 Meeting Report

Today's program speaker was Abby Abbet, director of Hope House of Manitowoc County. The organization helps families and individuals experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence.

July is New Leadership Month

The 2022-23 Rotary International President Jennifer Jones is using the Theme, IMAGINE ROTARY. Mike Phillips is our 2022-23 District Governor


This morning, we welcomed as our guest Mike Mathis, the new Parks and Recreaction Director, and a prospective Rotarian.

The club received a thank you acknowledging our 1st installment of the Central Park West 365 commitment.

Betty B. announced a call for Sunday Supper help supporting St. Peter in conducting this program.  Contact Betty if you are interested.

Today's Program

Lisa VanLannen invited Abby Abbet, Director of the Hope House of Manitowoc County.
Hope HouseThe organization is dedicated to helping families and individuals experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable independence.

Vision Statement
  • All families and individuals in Manitowoc County would experience safe, stable, accessible, affordable housing through their own long term success and support systems.
  • Hope House is a shelter program serving families, couples and individuals experiencing homelessness throughout Manitowoc County.
What We Do
  • Develop individualized plans to identify and address any barriers that may be getting in the way of living independently.
  • Link guests to community agencies that will assist them as they move toward self-sufficiency once again.
  • Assist guests in establishing safe, stable housing arrangements.
  • Help guests in locating and securing suitable employment.
  • Work with guests in identifying problems related to financial management.
  • Provide life skills training to better equip guests for successful independent living.
  • Supply resources to complete basic GED/HSED education or higher education.

Club Operations

📰  Check the program schedule for your next chance to contribute to meeting programming. You can find the program schedule on the home page of the website in the downloads section toward the bottom of the page. (Direct link to the program schedule)

Board of Directors Report/Actions. Of note, the Club is looking for two (2) members for the Board. These include an “at large” member and a "place holder" for the President-elect position on the board. The board meets the 4th Wednesday of each month and provides the opportunity to both better understand and impact the activities of our Club.

📀 Rotary Club digital repository. Systems for centralizing the storage of/access to Club documents are now operational, facilitating the storage and ready retrieval of these documents.

Joint Lakeshore Club Picnic. Organizers provided a brief debrief stating that the event was enjoyed and will be continued annually.

World Affairs Seminar. Our Club funded attendee will be contacted for a future program.
Rotary Storage Unit. Recognizing the growing cache of stuff that our Club is collecting, plans are percolating for procuring a storage locker.  Most immediate is the need to move meeting stuff from the Wood Type Museum. Thanks to Jean for handling this detail!
⚙️Rotary's ideal of service is based on the Five Avenues of Service – Club, Vocational, Community, International and New Generations – that comprise Rotary International's philosophical cornerstone.  Our Club is grateful for the service to our Club’s operation provided by our leadership.   Colleen’s mentorship of Deb worked so well that Deb will be going solo as Club Secretary.  Thanks!
Changing of the Guard Picnic Plans. A Pot Luck Picnic is planned for Tuesday, July 19th starting at 5pm at the Neshotah Beach Shelter (behind the concession stand). Beverages, chicken and pulled pork (thanks to the Inmans) will be provided. Please bring a dish to pass (appetizer, side dish, salad, dessert).

Club Events / Service Opportunities

🍽 🚗  Meals on Wheels, July 11th-15th all positions were filled. Thanks to all of those who have stepped up to serve our community’s most vulnerable citizens

💰 District Grant (2022-23) Our winning concept is for a Peace Pole project at the Two Rivers High School. Upon completion, the location will invite students to gather, reflect, and find peace. The idea will also be part of a larger Rotary peace initiative.  Rotary funds, Club labor and student artistic contributions will be needed to complete this project. The project will be related to having Two Rivers being designated an International City of Peace (there are no others in Wisconsin). Breaking news: our grant application was approved for the maximum amount of $3000.  Not only was it approved, it was approved with accolades and plans were made to promote this project! We are aiming for completion by the end of August to allow for a dedication with the start of the academic year.
🎸 🏖 Bands on the Beach 2022  Online signups for members are active. Upcoming dates include 7/31; 8/6; 8/14; 8/21 and 8/27.  Please consider the opportunity to share the positive vibes of this event, both helping and enjoying.
🍎 Applefest 2022 is scheduled for October 8th. The Lions Club wishes to transfer “ownership” and control of this annual event to another community organization.  
  • Gerald Schmidt, from the Lions Club, has agreed to serve as our Club’s tutor as well as providing access to the needed equipment.  
  • Erin G. has stepped up to provide leadership for our Club … Thank you!  
  • Three (3) meetings have been held thus far with vendors (food/craft/apple) and invitations have been sent
  • The next planning meeting is scheduled for June 15th at the Fire House
  • A website and Facebook Page are ready to launch
  • Interested members are encouraged to engage to make this a success in 2022 and beyond
Multiple meetings have been held thus far with vendor (food/craft/apple) invitations sent. The next planning meeting is scheduled for 7/14 at the Fire House.  A website and Facebook page have been launched  Interested members are encouraged to engage to make this a success in 2022 and beyond! 
Exploring Two Rivers (our weekly update) – News you can use.  The official City of Two Rivers site has been opened for promotion of our Club’s activities. Yet another way to increase awareness of “the small Club that does big things.”

Looking Ahead...

🛟 Annual Steak Fry (August 30th) at the Manitowoc Yacht Club.  The $25 cost includes steak and all the 'fixins.  A dish to pass will help to round out the meal.  Online signups are available.
And, looking way ahead. Interest was expressed in resurrecting the idea of a Rotary Float as a highlight of the 2022 Christmas Parade. This would be a fine idea to kick off our Club’s Centennial Year! We can check and see if the Rotary Rose Parade float is available for our local use 🎅🏻 🎄

District Activities

💵. Happy Bucks gives us the opportunity for each member to share their personal “quips and quotes” of experiences over the past week.
  • Highlights included appreciation for the District work of Dennis S. as well as our successful grant award and other Club activities.
Birthday and Anniversary Report

Dan Gray 7/14 🎂

Tim Wester 7/16 🎂

Todd Nilson 7/17 🎂

Tom Czerwonka 7/15 🎂

Kim Henning  (34 years) ⚙️

Stanley Palmer (8 years) ⚙️

Deborah Brotcke (1 year) ⚙️

Peter Crabbe (2 years)⚙️

  Next week’s program leader will be the Changing of the Guard Picnic 
2021-22 Board Members:
President: Michael Ditmer
Secretary: Deborah Brotcke
Treasurer: Jeff Zimmerlee
Past President: Steve Denzien
Members at large: Betty Bittner, Jeff Zimmerlee, Steve Romero