July 26, 2022 Meeting Report

Today's program was led by our new Club President, Michael Ditmer.

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



The Rotary “ivy tunnel” is looking a bit weedy these days.  If out walking at the arboretum, please consider a visit to tend the Rotary area.   Be sure to note the difference between a weed and an ivy before pulling.


Today's Program

Today's program featured our new president, Michael Ditmer who led a discussion about 2022-23 Club goals.  While ambitious, they bring to mind a Lombardi quote from his first team meeting.  “We are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well that we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence.”
The District Directed goals include:
  • Club Membership – goal 40 (currently 29), a goal inspired by a number of District Assembly presentations
  • Service Participation goal: 21 members, from Applefest to Bands on the Beach, the upcoming year will present a number of opportunities
  • New Member Sponsorship goal: 12…consistent with membership growth goals
  • Leadership Development Participation goal: 5…includes both district conference attendance and specific programs aimed at leadership
  • District Training Participation goal: 3
  • Annual Fund Contributions goal: $10,000…last year’s total was $4600
  • PolioPlus Fund Contributions goal: $1200
  • Major Gifts (single donations of $10,000 or more by individuals associated with our Club) goal: 1
  • Service Projects goal: 6. This should be a “piece of cake” for the little Club that does big things.
  • Interact Clubs goal: 1. Explore the resurrection of this outreach into the schools
  • Outbound Youth Exchange Students goal: 1
  • Strategic Plan goal is to review historical documents, revise and tailor to meet Club/Community needs
  • Online Presence website and social media goal is to continue to build a dynamic structure that communicates and promotes the essence of our Club
  • Social Activities goal: 6. Building a sense of esprit de corps
  • Media Stories about Club Projects goal: 3. Highlighting the Peace Pole and Applefest as a starter
  • Stay tuned for Club Specific goals to be revealed at upcoming meetings


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.
  • Update: Thanks to Tim Schroeder for agreeing to fill the “at large” member slot!  Formal approval is pending board action at Wednesday’s meeting.
Changing of the Guard Picnic – This was a “cool” event with 22 in attendance. Kudos to Colleen for her leadership (and food)!
Rotary Storage Unit – Recognizing the growing cache of stuff that our Club is collecting, plans are percolating for procuring a storage locker.  A 10 x 15 unit has been found and is awaiting action by the board.


Club Events / Service Opportunities

🍽 🚗  Meals on Wheels, August 22nd-26th.  An invitation has been sent with sign ups available on line.

💰 District Grant (2022-23) Our winning concept is for a Peace Pole project at the Two Rivers High School.  Upon completion, this will allow students to gather, reflect, and find peace and will be part of a larger Rotary peace initiative.  Rotary funds, Club labor and student artistic contributions will be needed to complete this project.  We are aiming for a completion by the end of August to allow for a dedication with the start of the academic year.  Please contact Betty B. with interest in helping.  A planning meeting is scheduled for this week.
Get the Community Back in our Schools – an opportunity for our Club to build student connections.  The suggestion has been made to allocate the remaining money from our Scholarship Fund to meet student supply needs.  This will be considered at the upcoming board meeting.
🎸 🏖 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 🎅🏻 🎄
💵. Happy Bucks gives us the opportunity for each member to share their personal “quips and quotes” of experiences over the past week.
  • Highlights include continued Colleen kudos for her service to the Club/District and the picnic.
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 Jeff Zimmerlee.  Jeff has invited Barry Nelson to talk about his time over in Ukraine…This should be a good one – be sure to attend! 
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