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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

Save the Date

What happened at the meeting of Monday, December 09, 2019

What happened at the meeting of Monday, December 09, 2019

Upcoming Meetings

  • Dec 16, 2019 WEC Energy Gorup Hear about the 1800 acres of solar panels planned in Manitowo County near the Two Creeks Nuclear Power Plant Noon at Hyatt 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)
  • Jan 06, 2020 noon at the Hyatt, Nicole Varant, Exceptional Equestrians
  • Jan 13, 2020 noon at the Hyatt, PR Committee, planning/work session with members
  • Jan 20, 2020 noon at the Hyatt, Mark Nicholas, Cup O Joy
  • Jan 27, 2020 noon at the Hyatt, Ken Braband, River Rafters trip (5 vet’s experience)

Welcome Visitors

Welcome VisitorsToday we were graced with the presence of our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Smile. She fiilled us in on what she has been up to since her last visit. Something new for her was Thanksgiving. She tells us her family “had so much good food” that she ate and ate and ate. Hmmm, sounds like she is fitting in with what we do.

After Thanksgiving she participated in that other holiday tradition, Black Friday Shopping. She said there were “lots and lots of people” in the stores. She purchased a couple of Green Bay “hoodies” to help her weather the cold weather. Being from Thailand, she has not experienced winter as we know it. Yet. She said when shopping she specifically stayed away from televiisions. Firstly because she does not need one, and secondly, because “it was like a war, all those people charging in for televisions”.

Smile, impersonating Rudolph

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If you will recall, last week, Kent Paulsen from St Norberts, and the Dudley Birder Chorale had attended our meeting and told us about the presentation they are putting on at the Weidner Center the weekend of December 20. So to remind you, the event is Friday, December 20 at 7:30 and Saturday, December 21 at 2:30. The music of the Christmas season, as sung by this group of 150 voices, from youth to adult, should put even the most Scroogiest of folks into good cheer. Tickets are available at
Who knows, even the Jolly Old Elf might make an appearance. Ho Ho Ho

Good News

Miranda Bonde has chosen the Brown County Suicide Prevention Coalition as the recipient of this quarters “Good News” dollars. President Steve led off with paying his fine for last weeks cell phone interruption during the presenter. He reminds us to put or phones on Do Not Disturb or on vibrate during meetings so as to avoid that fine. Others came up to share their good news with us. We hope to clsoe out the quarter next week with a final push toward the Good News pot, so please come to our meeting and share Your good news with the rest of us.

Club Business

President Steve reminded us that the District is looking to participate in a Rotary Fellowship Exchange. A RFE is a collection of Rotarian’s and spouses from the District that travel to a far off district to spend a week learning about another country’s culture, lifestyle and community. District Governor Steve Handrick and District First Lady Mary Handrick participated in a RFE when they went to the International Convention and reported the experience was enjoyable, enlightening and worthwhile. The pay off is when Rotarian’s and spouses from the District visited come here to spend a week to learn about life in the US. Please consider participating and sharing. The sistrict is looking to put together 5-6 couples for this exchange. If you need more details, please contact President Steve.

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.

President Steve met with Michael Schwartz to discuss his taking on the tracking of volunteering by club members. In the near future we will have a more coordinated system of tracking volunteer participation.

As Rotarians, we are all volunteering. We are looking to track the efforts of members volunteerism to be able to report it up to Rotary International. R/I will use this information, combined with other clubs doing the same, to create reports to show what Rotary can do with its member volunteers. Imagine 1,2 million members volunteering 6 hours of time per year (30 minutes per month). That equates to 300,000 24 hour days of volunteering. More details will be forthcoming on this initiative. We will encourage volunteers to join with a fellow Rotarian and family members, or friends, to share the load.

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People of Action Needed

Howard Hauser spoke about planning for the 2020 Free Enterprise Award event. He and Julia Walace are over-seeing the overall planning for this event. He said all Rotarians should consider assisting in some form. All members will be asked personally once volunteers have made their choice of service area. The best bet is to make your decision now, before a spot you might want fills up.


Our Presentation

This being the second Monday of the quarter, we had our Community Service Award presentation. With us at lunch today was Chief Andrew Smith, Captain John Balza and our recipient, Sergeant Brian Jordan. Thomas Shefchik read a short introduction from the nomination. Sergeant Jordan has a list of achievements as long as his arm, listing nearly twenty certifications and training efforts at the Police Department. Imagine being one of the trainers teaching fellow officer how to use a taser, for fire arms training, how to subdue and hold suspects, etc. Sergeant Jordan is an experienced martial artist who loves to teach. Having started his career with the Oneida Tribal Police Department, he took up a challenge issued by the Green Bay Police Department and since the mid 90’s has been integral to training of new officers, retraining of experienced officers and introducing new techniques and ideas to the force. He was truly humbled by his nomination. Following his acceptance, he took questions from the floor. No one seemed too anxious to leave as question after question was asked and answered. Congratulations Sergeant.

Rotarian Thomas Shefchik presents the Community Service Award to Sergeant Brian Johnaon as Brian’s nominator for the award, Captain John Balza looks on Sergeant Jordan’s plaque for the December 2019 Community Service Award

Following his presentation, Captain Balza and Sergeant Jordan picked the 50/50 winner (Smile) and Queen of Hearts (Tom Mamilton). Sorry Tom, the Queen remains in the deck.

I hope to see you all at Monday’s meeting. It will be our last of 2019.

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Steve Mastalir, Club President, 2019-2020
Attachment – volunteer opportunities Nov-Dec 2019

Volunteer opportunities Nov-Dec 2019

Green Bay Area Public Schools – Vision Screening Project

If help is needed arranging your volunteering, please contact Kim Shannock at (920) 448-2000

Salvation Army / Kroc Center

Kroc Center December final date, to be arranged.

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.

Volunteers need to fill out an application at the Salvation Army website. This allows them to run a background check, to coordinate dates, times and volunteers and enables volunteers to check the calendar for reminders and opportunities.


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

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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