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

Well, October was a whirlwind of a month for me personally, which included a trip back to Wales to celebrate the life of my Grandmother who passed after many months of decline.  The time with family friends and reflection on her life was refreshing.  It was clear that she lived life to the fullest and had an impact on many people through her quick wit….. a family member described her as… “a rare person, and personality, to have as a grandmother! Indefatigable--with the hardiest of constitutions and a farmer's work ethic. Loving and big-hearted, in all her unique ways. Endearingly comical and positively game. She enjoyed a good laugh, a good story, and a good time. In her company, I usually took myself a little less seriously.”  How true… she was one of a kind.  I sincerely appreciate all the support from my friends at Rotary during this time.

I would like to thank Kari and Jim for taking the meetings to allow me to make the trip back.  Most sincerely appreciated.
This past month also saw the implementation of a mammoth project; the overhaul of our Club and Foundation website!!  I would encourage each of you to not only visit us to keep abreast of weekly meetings but visit the site at http://greenbayrotary.com/

Not only do we now have a refreshed website but we are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RotaryClubOfGreenBay - please remember to "Like" us...

We have a full month ahead of us with some excellent speakers at our meetings and a visit from our District Governor Tom Berkedahl!!

Below you find a letter from Past District Governor David Yeghiaian inviting nominations for DG for 2017-18  I would encourage each of you to read and consider this position if you do meet the appropriate qualification as outlined.  

Yours in Service,
Ian Griffiths
Club President 2014-15
Rotary Club of Green Bay

Dear Club President Ian,

This letter is to invite nominations for the position of District Governor 2017-2018

As the Immediate Past District Governor (PDG) of Rotary District 6220, it is my honor to Chair the Nominating Committee. As I reflect on my year as District Governor and the years I have served in Rotary, I am awed by the work we have accomplished both locally and around the world. Support for the Rotary Foundation and our efforts to eradicate Polio continue to inspire me.
As we each seek to become stronger Heart & Soul Inspired Leaders, I hope that our members will reflect on their service in Rotary and take this opportunity to engage fully. Service in Rotary not only changes the lives of those we serve, but also our lives as well; as Rotary has certainly changed my life. Serving at the District level District Trainer and then as District Governor have greatly enhanced my leadership skills. To continue that engagement, we need your help to identify our District future leaders.
The following qualifications are required before any Rotarian may become a District Governor. A District Governor; must have:

  • Completed seven (7) years of membership in one or more Rotary Clubs at the beginning of DG term on July 1, 2017;
  • Served a full-term as Club President prior to being nominated;
  • Served in a District leadership position or as an Assistant Governor prior to being nominated;
  • Obtained a letter of support from his/her home Club prior; and
  • Attended the Governor-Elect Training Seminar (GETS) and the International Assembly prior to beginning of DG term on July 1, 2017

The above referenced qualifications can be reviewed in both the District 6220's Manual of Procedure and the Rotary International Manual of Procedures. Please contact our District Secretary Mary Weed-Wheeler for a copy via email at mary.ww@ridistrict6220.org.

Please share this information with your Clubs and others you believe are Heart & Soul Inspired Leaders. Nominations will be accepted until January 15, 2015 via email to rotarydavid6220@gmail.com.

Club Administration and Service

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

Date: November 3rd, 2014
Topic: The Rotary Foundation
Speakers: Tom Guyette and John Wiley
Date: November 10th, 2014
Topic: State of the City
Speakers: Mayor Jim Schmitt
Date: November 17th, 2014
Topic: Visit from District Governor
Speakers: Tom Berkedahl
Date: November 24th, 2014
Topic: Local Foundation Grant Recipient
Speakers: SOAR Academy










Pay as you Go - You, the club, recently requested that the club leadership further review the option of "pay as you go" or similar model to address some of the circumstances and barriers we have seen to the onboarding of some potential new members as well as the transfer of other that were looking for more flexibility with their membership options.  I am pleased to say that we have a strong core group of members that are working on this and we expect to be able to report back to the club in the next month or so.

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

If you have ideas for where we can do other vocational service visits like we did at Schreiber foods recently please email Larry Sarver at Larry.Sarver@belr.com

Community Service 

Men's Closet
This is a plug for the Men's Closet  and for volunteers to assist Jim DeCoster and others in this ongoing effort.  This is a great partnership between our Club and the Salvation Army.
Feel free to reach our to Jim at any of our club meetings he will be more than happy to schedule you for a few hours.

International and Humanitarian Service

World Polio Day

As many of you know World Polio Day was held on October 24th and was a resounding success internationally.  More than 23,000 viewers in 24 countries tuned in to hear health officials give an update on the polio endgame and praise Rotary's polio eradication achievements. Ironman competitor Minda Dentler delivered a powerful personal account of her life with polio, and reggae star Ziggy Marley dedicated a song during a prerecorded performance. If you missed the Livestream, you can still view it.

Thanks to each of you also that participated in our own "this close" photo campaign - the images can all be found at Rotary Club of Green Bay Polio Page.  
A sample of some of the images...

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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