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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 16, 2019

What happened at the meeting of Monday, December 16, 2019

Upcoming Meetings

  • Dec 17, 2019 Membership Committee 7:30 AM, Copper State Come have a cup of coffee and find out what the committee has in mind
  • Dec 18, 2019 FEA Planning Committee 8:00 AM at Berners Schober (Pine Street) If you are a part of one of the committees, please attend as this is the early planning process update.
  • Dec 20, 2019 Club Board Meeting 9:00 AM, Brown County Library, Main Branch
  • 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 Programs Committee 11:00 AM at Hyatt lobby
  • Jan 20, 2020 noon at the Hyatt, Mark Nicholas, Cup O Joy
  • Jan 21, 2020 Membership Committee 7:30 AM at Copper State Brewing
  • Jan 27, 2020 noon at the Hyatt, Ken Braband, River Rafters trip (5 vet’s experience)

A Recall

President Steve told all present about the Christmas Party last Monday. The club had been well presented with a total of more than 30 people (members and guests). There was lively discussion prior to the dinner, followed by a good meal and then a bit of holiday foolishness. Please keep an eye out for a suplemental newsletter that will highlight some of that foolishness.

A good time seemed to be had by all.

Good News

Miranda Bonde has chosen the Brown County Suicide Prevention Coalition as the recipient of this quarters “Good News” dollars. Tom Hamilton reminded everyone about the upcoming Dudley Birder Choral event at the Weidner Center this weekend. The event is Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 2:30 PM. Tickets are available at

Interspersed throughout the meeting, President Steve told three, yep, THREE of the FUNNIEST jokes we heard in a long time. Everyone was roaring as he told these. So if you missed the meeting, you will have to ask one of those in attendance about them. What was your good news? Was it about UW-Whitewater returning to the Div-III NCAA national championship game for the 14th time in 20 years? Or was it about where to find GREAT Christmas gifts for a coffee drinker on your list (see below)? Or did you mention a couple celebrating 80 years of wedded bliss? What ever it was, thank you for sharing.

Club Business

The District still has room if you want to participate in a Rotary Friendship Exchange. You, as a Rotarian, and a guest, will travel as part of a 5-6 couple team to a far away place to spend a week learning about your place of visit. You will be hosted by a Rotary couple that will come to visit the district several weeks/months later. This is a great way to share Rotary and learn about other cultures, history and live in other places. If interested, please contact President Steve.

President Steve said that his guest from several weeks ago, Marcos Pintar (Brazil Rotarian) has sent him some information on a possible International Project. The information will be presented to the Club Board at Friday’s meeting for consideration, and if decided to continue, to the club in January. This would be a wonderful way to start out 2020 and to help improve a community in Brazil. Details will follow after the board discusses and decides to continue or pass.

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.

rotary green bay news Rotary Volunteering Opportunities

Our Presentation

Today’s presentation was put on by our own Ross Barrette. Ross filled in for one of his counterparts who had a conflict arise. His topic was the current installation of solar panels in the Two Creeks area in Manitowoc County. There are as many as 1700 acres of land that could be covered with solar panels in the next few years. Construction has already started on phase I.

Ross indicated that our electric needs are met primarily by coal and natural gas fired plants The utilities are moving away from coal to a more environmentally friendly source. That will take time as coal and natural gas currently make up more then 90% of electricity produced. The current use patterns show demand starting lower in the morning, then ramping up through late day, before declining in the evening. Solar energy enters the system around mid day to late day, helping to supply alternatives to the coal/NG options of today.

The cost of solar has fallen over the past ten years, now making solar generation more economically feasible. Ross stated that solar costs will run in the $1.50 / megawatt range, compared to what had been $10-12.00 per megawatt just ten years ago. Coal and NG plans are in the $5-8 / megawatt range. This is net of subisidies, but with continued investment in solar equipment, it is expected that costs will continue to fall, though not as drastically.

There were a number of questions, following the presentation, ranging from where is the equipment manufactured, how efficient is this, what is the long term thought on additional alternative sources, etc. Ross answered 10-15 questions

Ross answering club member questions following a well done presentation.

ross answering club questions

The 50 /50 raffle was won by Larry Sarver. Congratulations Larry, hopefully it is enough to buy Mrs. Sarver something extra special for Christmas.

This is our last meeting of 2019. I want to say thank you all for a great first half of my President’s year. I look forward to a SUPER FANTASTIC 2020 with all of you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year May you all enjoy the company of family and friends. And my the joy of the season by yours.

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

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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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