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Free Enterprise Award Dinner
Monday, May 11, 2020
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Green Bay

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What happened at the meeting of Monday, November 18, 2019

What happened at the meeting of Monday, November 18, 2019

Upcoming Meetings

  • Nov 22, 2019 Club Board Meeting Brown County Library – Main Branch 9:00 AM

  • Nov 25, 2019 Parker Wyngard Lower Fox River Monitoring Noon at the Hyatt on Main

  • Nov 28, 2019 Turkey Day (Thanksgiving). Please enjoy the holiday. No meeting, just best wishes to all

  • Dec 2, 2019 Vote on Board and President Elect Elect Positions Club Assembly – Committee Chairs speak Noon at the Hyatt on Main

  • Dec 9, 2019 Community Service Award Presentation (Green Bay Police Department) Noon at the Hyatt on Main

  • Dec. 9, 2019 Holiday Party Rock Garden, Bond Street 1951 West Bond Street 5:30 bar, 6:30 dinner $25.00 per person

  • Dec 16, 2019 WEC Energy Gorup Hear about the 1800 acres of solar panels planned in Manitowoc County near the Two Creeks Nuclear Power Plant Noon at Hyatte on Main

  • Dec 23, 2019 No meeting, please enjoy your Christmas Holiday

  • Dec 30, 2019 No meeting, please enjoy your New Year’s Celebrations (and send pictures)

News Update

President Steve spoke of a Thank You note received from one of the RYLA presenters from several weeks ago. This young lady was glad Rotary provided her an opportunity to attend this northwoods event. She indicated she will apply again next year to return as a Student Facilitator.

Good News

Miranda Bonde has chosen the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Green Bay as the recipient of this quarters “Good News” dollars. Numerous members told of Good News happening for them. We raised $22 today.

Mindi O’Neil told us about the Salvation Army “Costumed Caroler” event from last week. She was elated to see so many Rotarian’s in attendance. And she was surprised to see our own Jeff Mirkes as one of the Costumed Carolers. So, for all you Rotarian’s that need someone to come and serenade your children, grand children or whom ever, please give Jeff a call. The reviews on his caroling fall somewhere between Luciano Pavarotti and someone standing on a cat’s tail. Sorry Jeff, just kidding.

If you are looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit, why not attend the Dudley Birder Chorale. Take a friend or family member for an evening of enjoyable music. Club member Tom Hamilton, also a member of the Chorale, told us this will happen on Friday December 20, 2019 (7:30 PM) and Saturday, December 21, 2019 (2:30 PM) Come and hear the music of this “Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. Tickets available at

Student Visit

We had Smile in attendance with us today. She updated us on what she has been up to since the last time she was with us. Being from Thailand, she was talking with a friend back home complaining about the cool 71 degree weather. Smile said “girl, you don’t know cold until you come to Wisconsin”. Remember to include Smile in events you may have planned. She is here to learn about our culture and us. All you need do is contact either Mindi O’Neil (see member information on the club website) or contact the LaCombe family at (920) 309-1809 to arrange a schedule. Please remember, any overnite activities requires prior approval, so plan ahead.

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Smile telling us about her experiences

Rotary Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities continue to be available. Attached please find the current list. Please note that the list now includes opportunities at the YMCA, the Green Bay Public School District and the Salvation Army. For those of you with school age family members, why not consider getting them involved.

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Rotary People of Action Needed

Paul Martzke said the Nominations Committee has begun the process of finding a worthy recipient for this year. That committee will shortly be sending notices to prior recipients for possible nominations. He also asked members to consider a businessperson they know who might make a good candidate for this award.

Howard and Julia have begun the overall planning process and will likely be talking to all club members about what type of help each member can provide. This is our only fundraiser and we depend on members help to make this successful.

Ian Griffiths said that they have had a meeting with the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to think about a charity partner. He also indicated the committee and Foundation has considered variations on how we spend the money raised. This is an on-going discussion so any and all input is welcome. Please contact Ian directly to offer your support in the selection process.

Club Leadership

The Rotary Club of Green Bay annually has several positions on the Board of Directors that open up. Members interested serve for a three year term as a board member. One third of the board turns over each year. Last year Thomas Shefchik thought about it, not sure if he had enough experience within Rotary to put his hat in the ring. He did and today he encourages all members to consider serving on the board. We have a need for four (4) directors this year. Is it your time?

We also have a need for persons willing to serve as President. This year I serve until June 30. We have a President for 2020-2021 already in place. This is Howard Hauser. He attended PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) last March and has already begun planning for his year. Any Rotarian wishing to consider putting their name in the pool of names is encouraged to do so.

Elections will be held in early December for all positions.

Our speaker(s) November is Foundation Month

As speakers today we had club member Tom Guyette, our representative to the International Foundation and club member Ian Griffiths, chair of the local foundation, make presentations on these two organizations..

Tom started with a short history of the International Foundation. The initial Foundation donation was $26 back in 1917. Todaythe foundation is a multi-billion dollar organization, doing good throughout the world. Tom explained how donations we make today come back to us in three (3) years (50% of the donation). Those funds can be used for district and club needs with matches available from International. So essentially, we can get 100% of what we donated back for projects. Where else can you find that?

Ian spoke of the local foundation. As mentioned above, our fund raiser is the Free Enterprise Award ceremony. This event has allowed the foundation to donate back to the community more than $1,000,000 in the last 20 years. This includes the $25-30,000 we spend locally each year on grant requests plus the FEA charity we donate to after the event. Please take pride in this achievement. There are not a lot of organizations that can do what Rotary does, and this is largely because of what our Foundations allow us to achieve.

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Ian Griffiths (left) and Tom Guyette talk about
the two Foundations that make so much possible

Following their presentations, Tom Guyette presented a Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Cheryl La Mere. A Paul Harris Fellowship means this Rotarian has donated a cumulative $1,000 to the International Foundation. Tom told us this is the 37th club member of current membership to receive this citation. Congratulations Cheryl. We hope you continue to see the value of this donation and we look forward to presenting you with additional PHF award(s) in the future.

Are you giving to the Foundaion?

Smile was given the opportunity to draw our tickets. Larry Sarver won the 50 / 50 raffle and President Steve had his ticket pulled for the Queen of Hearts. The card he pulled was red, and a heart, but not a queen. The pot continues to grow.

Thank you all for being Rotarians.
Steve Mastalir, Club President, 2019-2020

Green Bay Area Public Schools – Vision Screening Project

Jefferson Tu 10/08/19 8:00
Chappell We 10/16/19 8:45
Leonardo da Vinci We 10/23/19 7:45
Wilder Tu 11/12/19 8:15
Howe We 11/20/19 8:00 Brent Roubal
Martin Th 11/21/19 9:00
If help is needed arranging your volunteering, please contact Kim Shannock at (920) 448-2000

Salvation Army / Kroc Center

Kroc Center Sa 09/28/19 Kroc Kids Triathalon assist participants with sports transition (from running to swimming to biking) and navigating the designated course route

Lambeau Field Sa 10/05/19 Spooktacular at Lambeau manage games at Lambeau’s Halloween event with the Salvation Army

Kroc Center Su 10/06/19 Kroc Log Rolling Tournament
log rolling judges for the event (training day of event)

Kroc Center 10/03/19 Coats for Kids Interviews
10/10/19 assist with qualifying families for eligibility for the Coats
10/14/19 For Kids program. Determine number of kids in the family
10/19/19 and eligibility for new or gently used coats.

Kroc Center 11/07/19 unloading and unpacking Coats for Kids inventory
11/08/19 setting up retail spaces for Coats for Kids
11/09/19 assist with family shopping for Coats for Kids

Kroc Center December final date, to be arranged.
This is the Toys for Tots program run in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corp that provides Christmas gifts for families that may not otherwise have the means to provide Christmas gifts for their children (details to follow)If you wish to volunteer at the Salvation Army and have never before done so, the best way to enroll is by calling Renee Main at (920) 593-2375.

If you have previously enrolled at the Salvation Army for volunteering, at the Salvation Army website (, click the “Volunteer In This Community” spot on the red line (left side of page). On the next page, click on the “Click Here” link for previously enrolled volunteers.


Blessings in a Backpack Backpack food program for at risk students for weekend meals.
Thursday’s 4:00-5:00

Baird, Beaumont, Doty, Eisenhower, Howe & Sullivan Elementary Schools

Learning with Legos Mentor This requires a 6 week commitment of 1-1/2 hours per week. Become a mentor to 2nd-3rd graders through use of Lego’s toys to learn science and math

Eisenhower Elementary
3:45 P.M. to -4:45 P.M., Tuesdays Oct 29, 2019 thru Nov 26, 2019

Baird Elementary
4:20 P.M. to 5:20 P.M. Tuesdays, Jan 7 202 to Feb 4 2020

Beaumont Elementary
4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Wednesdays Feb 19, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 (except Mar 15, 2019 – spring break)

Senior Wellness Helper Assist Y staff in set up and take down of chairs, tables, supplies. Must be able to
lift 30 pounds and be willing to interact with adults 55+. Requires a minimum 6
month commitment of 1, 2 or 3 days per week
Broadview YMCA Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Contact Yeng Xiong at either
(920) 436- 9693

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