News & Updates

Public Image Committee

We are excited to build a Public Image Team for our club. This team will work to build our club's brand as "People of Action" and tell the story of who we are and what we do. This team will focus on internal communication amongst club members as well as external marketing to our community. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please reach out to Kathryn Kroll (kathrynk@gbcc.me) or Nicole Virant (nvirant@greenbayhabitat.org).

One way or another

Our very own Rotarian, Sarah Sugden, president nominee and executive director of the Brown County Library, was recently featured in Insight Magazine discussing reading proficiency rates, the changing role of public libraries, future plans for the library system, and more. Check out the article here!

Welcome, Morgan!

We are excited to welcome Morgan Orlando to our club! Morgan was a Rotarian in the Cross Timbers Rotary Club in Texas and currently works in Business Development at IMA Select LLC. Please introduce yourself to Morgan at an upcoming club meeting and welcome her to our club!

Sunshine Committee

Tom H. and Tom G. have joined together to form a Sunshine Committee for our club. This committee will respond to and acknowledge events in our club members' lives, sometimes happy ones and sometimes sad ones. They may send flowers or cards expressing sympathy, joy, and everything in-between. If you are aware of club members needing or deserving acknowledgment, or would like to join the committee, please reach out to them.

Dentist Visit Becomes a Celebration

The amazing team at the Oral Health Partnership has helped a record 10,000 kids and counting this year have better oral health, less tooth pain, and more smiles! Our club, along with a dedicated group of community volunteers, helped form the Oral Health Partnership in 2005. Read the full story here.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Thank you to our club members who volunteered to ring bells for The Salvation Army this past weekend! If you missed out, there's still time to sign up to ring on The Salvation Army's Register to Ring website. Donations to the red kettle stay local – directly impacting the lives of our neighbors by helping them in their time of need. When you ring the bell, you’re making change happen!

Community Service Award

This quarter's Community Service Award recipients were Green Bay Police Department Evidence Technicians Nate Kolinski and Jean Rakers. Nate and Jean make up a cohesive team that is not only responsible for all evidence and property held at our main police department, but also manage a very large “off-site” facility that houses large items of evidence including vehicles and other items that require secure storage that cannot be accommodated at the police department.

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MLK Day of Service

Our club is participating in a pilot program with local Girl Scouts to collect items for formerly homeless people who are helped through the Ecumenical Partership for Housing on Martin Luther King Day weekend (January 13-15, 2023)  MLK Day is a national day of service that honors the memory of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King and provides us all with an opportunity to give back to a cause that was important to him (homelessness). At this point, we are looking for Rotary members who personally have a connection with a local Girl Scout Troop and an interest in participating in this fantastic opportunity. The time commitment will be a couple of hours and will be work hour friendly.  If this is you,  please email or text club member Wendy Woodward (wwoodward@hotmail.com or 847-814-5168) to move this initiative forward. 

Advancing Women and other underrepresented people in Green Bay

Club members Toni Loch and Wendy Woodward are working to organize affinity group activities that advance and support women and other underrepresented people groups within the Green Bay workforce. If being a part of these activities interests you, please let Toni or Wendy know. They would love to have you join the fun!

Holiday Card Project

Michael S. is coordinating a project to send Christmas and holiday greeting cards to nursing home residents at Woodside Lutheran Home. This can be a simple project if we all lend a hand!

To participate in this project: 
  • Purchase holiday cards or use cards you have. You can make cards or ask your children or grandchildren to help bring joy to others. 
  • Please write a message in the card. Whatever you say will mean so much. Please sign your first name and Rotary Club of Green Bay. 
  • Please bring your cards to the OHP office: 1245 Main Street, no later than December 20th at 5 p.m. Or, bring your cards to one of our club meetings.
  • Michael will deliver the cards to Woodside on December 21.


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Honoring K.C. Stock

K.C. Stock, 1999 Free Enterprise Award recipient, passed away on November 28th, 2022. K.C. was a strong, gentle man who loved the gift of life and business. He was a true entrepreneur. K.C. always believed in giving back to the community. One of his favorite sayings was, "You're only as good as the people you surround yourself with."

In lieu of flowers, K.C. would be honored to have donations directed to one of his favorite charities: HSHS St. Vincent's Foundation. This provides Christmas presents to all the children in the Pediatric Oncology Unit. K.C. loved to do this and bring families a bit of joy and happiness during the holiday season. Our Rotary Foundation has made a donation in his honor.

You can read the full obituary here, or an article from the Press Gazette here.

Leadership Green Bay Speaking Team

Our speaker on August 15 was a team from Leadership Green Bay who received a grant from our club's Foundation. As their team project, they are renovating the program space for We All Rise, an African American resource center in downtown Green Bay. The vision of We All Rise is to create and help restore a vibrant African American community. Through uplifting, skill building, and intentionally targeting root causes of systemic oppression, they actively promote the healing of all. Click to learn more about We All Rise and Leadership Green Bay.

Speaker Monica McClure

Sunday, August 14, 2022 By: Kathryn A Kroll
Our speaker on August 15 was Monica McClure, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast WI. Monica discussed the great need their organization has for "bigs", especially men, as they have a large waiting list of "littles" looking for a match. Click here to learn more about BBBS and how you can get involved!

Speaker Sarah Sugden

Our speaker on Monday, July 11 was Sarah Sugden, Executive Director of the Brown County Library. It was easy to see the passion Sarah has for her work, and our community is lucky to have her at the helm of our library system. Sarah gave us a behind the scenes look at all the library does in our community and gave us the inside scoop on upcoming library projects. Click here to learn more about the Brown County Library.

Speaker Steve Dorosz

Our speaker on April 18 was Steve Dorosz, Director of Resource Development for NeighborWorks Green Bay. Since their founding in 1982, NeighborWorks has served Green Bay neighborhoods and the broader community with homeownership preparation services, down payment and closing cost assistance lending, community-interest real estate development, and other services.

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Speaker Lydia Davison

Our speaker on April 11 was Lydia Davison, Circles Recruitment Coordinator at Green Bay Community Church. Circles is an effective poverty reduction initiative that revolves around building intentional relationships across income lines. After 18 months, participants achieve an average 71% increase in their income.

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Speaker Denise Misovec

Our speaker on April 4 was Denise Misovec, Vice President for Program Services at Curative Connections. 

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Speaker Sarah Griffiths

On Monday, March 28 we heard from Sarah Griffiths, Staff Attorney at LOTUS Legal Clinic. LOTUS Legal Clinic empowers survivors of sexual violence and trafficking. They provide direct, comprehensive legal services, advocacy and community education, and they invest in survivors as change agents.
 

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Classification Talks - DeJuan & Anthony

Sunday, March 27, 2022This week we got to learn a little more about two of our newest club members - DeJuan Plummer Jr. and Anthony Tremblay.

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Speaker Mayor Boyd

Monday, March 14, 2022Our speaker on March 14 was City of De Pere Mayor, James Boyd. Mayor Boyd gave us the state of the city, with information and updates on the resiliency of the city throughout covid, the Mulva Family Cultural Center, Nelson Family Pavilion, significant business and residential growth, and of course discussion around the highly anticipated Southern Bridge project. 

Speaker Police Chief Chris Davis

Friday, March 11, 2022Our speaker on March 7th was City of Green Bay Police Chief Chris Davis. Chief Davis discussed his background, how he got into and why he has stayed in policing, and his vision for the Green Bay Police Department.

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Speaker Andrea Jorgensen

Monday, February 28, 2022Our speaker on February 28 was Andrea Jorgensen, Marketing & Communications Director for the Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity. Habitat's mission is seeking to put God's love into action. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

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Speaker Emily Tyner

Monday, February 21, 2022Our speaker on February 21 was Emily Tyner, Director of Freshwater Strategy at UW-Green Bay. Emily is currently leading an initiative to receive designation as a National Estuarine Research Reserve System, or NERR.

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Speaker Julie Cook

Sunday, February 20, 2022Our speaker on February 14 was Julie Cook, Freshwater Fisheries Volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala. 

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