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Welcome to the October Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Green Bay

October is here, and just a few days into the months a lots has already taken place. This past weekend....... I had not only the opportunity, but the distinct privilege, to spend the weekend with some of the most inspiring young people I believe I have ever met as part of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for District 6220.

We shared experiences, we laughed, we cried, we moved out of our comfort zones (yes a high ropes activity among other things), we learned, we developed an intense level of trust in a very short duration, we made lasting friendships. I can tell you if you have any doubts as to who will be our leaders of tomorrow - please rest assured we are in very capable hands.

At our club meeting today, October 6th we were thanked by Anne O'Connell-Engelbrekt-Bade for sponsoring her as a Rotary Youth Exchange student 29 years ago! She shared how much what the club had done back then changed her entire life, career path and all the choices along the way. This is a great example of how we do not know each and everyday what we do and who we touch, and whose lives we will change forever.

October 24th is World Polio Day.  We are in the process of creating an awareness drive for this event - Thanks to those that were at the meeting today and agreed to assist us.  Not only have our members agreed to participate but many leaders in our community have also including our Mayor Jim Schmitt, Troy Streckenbach our County Exec, Susan Finco and even our very own Green Bay Packer President and CEO Mr. Mark Murphy.  These images will become part of our new website.  We all know Rotary clubs are autonomous and undertake a wide range of service projects in our own communities, as well as in communities in need throughout the world. However, all Rotary clubs are united in working towards the common goal of global eradication of polio.  World Polio Day is an opportunity to celebrate the 99% of countries that have eliminated polio, and also to reaffirm our commitment to seeing the last 1% of cases eliminated.  Although polio has been eliminated throughout most of the world and cases have been reduced by more than 99%, no country is truly safe until polio has been completely eradicated.

Help us celebrate the fact that the four Rotary clubs in the Green Bay area have donated in excess of $100,000, since 2005 alone; we really are "This Close".
Yours in Service,
Ian Griffiths
Club President 2014-15
Rotary Club of Green Bay

Club Administration and Service

Upcoming Club Meetings for the month of October.....

Date: October 6th, 2014
Topic: Thank you.....
Speakers: Anne O'Connell-Engelbrekt-Bade
Upcoming Club Meetings for the month of October.....
Date: October 13th, 2014
Topic: Restoring Hope Transplant House
Speakers: Cindy Herbst
Date: October 20th, 2014
Topic: Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity Restore
Speakers: Chiara Boss
Date: October 27th, 2014
Topic: Ecumenical Center UWGB
Speakers: TBD










Did you know....To celebrate Membership Month in August, Rotary International asked Rotary members around the world to show their Rotary pride by changing their Twitter and Facebook profile pictures to the I'm a Proud Member graphic. And they did just that: The graphic reached 844,288 people and received 42,563 individual likes, comments, and shares.

There are many ways to join in the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started:

 Say it loud, say it proud! Let everyone in your social network know that you are a proud member by changing your Twitter and Facebook profile to the I'm a Proud Member, I'm a Proud Rotaractor, or I'm a Proud Interactor graphic. Copy and save the graphic as your profile picture.
Watch and share. Download RI President Gary C.K. Huang's video on membership from Rotary's Vimeo page. Watch it at your next meeting or club event to highlight the vital role membership plays in maintaining a strong and active club.
Exchange ideas. Do you have successful membership strategies that have worked well in your community? Share them on the Membership Best Practices Discussion Group.

We Are Rotary. Using the hashtag #WeAreRotary, post photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine of your club members at work in your community or abroad to show how Rotary makes a positive impact in the world.

Making a difference. Rotary clubs are known for the high-impact service projects they undertake locally and globally. Share stories about your service projects and how they improve lives on Rotary Showcase. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see what Rotary members around the world are doing to celebrate Membership Month.
What does Rotary mean to you? Rotary members have pushed polio to the brink of eradication, delivered clean water to those in need, improved their local communities, provided scholarships to the next generation of peacemakers, and continued to do good in the world.

Club History

  • Do you have Rotary Club related material, perhaps from a past stint as President,  committee leadership, or other Club leadership role, that is looking for a permanent home?  If you have material from the Club please reach out to our clubs contacts Steve Mastalir or Jim Schwartz they are in the process of recording this historical information.

Vocational Service

The concept of vocational service....

The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary's purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians.
The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to "encourage and foster":

  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society

We were fortunate enough for the last meeting of September to take our show on the road, as it were, and we visited the new Schreiber Headquarters located in the Heart of downtown Green Bay.  What an outstanding facility.  Nothing short of world class and remarkable.  The tour provided us fascinating insight into an industry we each probably knew very little about but the product of the industry we like to consume - Cheese.  Thanks to Larry Sarver and Mary Dennissen among others who helped organize this meeting event. Particular thanks goes out to Bob Bush for making this happen.  Bob you are an asset to not only our Club but to the local community.  Schreiber, on their website, provides a short insight into how they as a company and leader proactively practice vocational service...
 "We started our business in 1945, when L.D. Schreiber, in partnership with Merlin G. Bush and Daniel David Nusbaum organized the L.D. Schreiber Cheese Company in Green Bay, Wis.

Our company was formed around a single pledge: a pound of cheese would weigh just that - one pound. Not more. Not less. Why? Our founders believed being honest and trustworthy was unquestionably the right thing to do.

They were right. And today, we still use "16 ounces to the pound" as shorthand for two cornerstones of our character: unquestionable integrity and an ongoing commitment to quality."

Community Service 

This one is quite simple - EAT, DRINK & GIVE. 
This is a plug for the Packerland Sunrise Club that we sponsored a few years ago as a new club.
This event takes place on October 16th at the VanderVest Harley Davidson, located at 1966 Velp Ave. 
Price of admission to EAT, DRINK & GIVE is $40. 
Proceed will go to the Howard-Suamico.

International and Humanitarian Service

As I mentioned in last months newsletter we were delighted to have Hannah Warren as one of our recent speakers.  We have been in ongoing contact with Hannah since her visit and we have begun the discussions of a possible International Project which is very exciting for our club.  Hannah returned to India this past weekend and will be able to continue our ongoing dialogue and provide further details on how we can help.  I would encourage each of you to watch this video to get a better insight into the Jhoole story, particularly if you were unable to make her presentation at our club.



Hannah Warren tells the Jhoole story.

Youth Service

A quick shout out to John Kelly for his organization of the club sponsored participants in this past weekends RYLA conference in Boulder Junction, WI.  It was fantastic to have the family members of our Rotarians not only participate but to also see them in returning leadership Roles. 
Former club member Adam Loftquist (now in Minnesota) was one of the co chairs of this years conference and did and amazing job.


Meetings held every Monday at Noon at:

Hyatt Hotel, 333 Main Street,
Green Bay, WI.  54301

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