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

Well, this last month has been a full one with a visit from our District Governor Tom Berkedal and his wife Laura.  I am happy to report that the club passed muster and we are good for another year! In all seriousness, we were commended for all the things that we do as a club, for the work se do as a foundation, for the implementation of the Rotary branding, for our club service and involvement and so much more.  I was pleased to be able to share YOUR efforts in making this club the exceptional club that it is.  Thank you for making the annual Governors visit an enjoyable one.

We were graced with the words and actions of John Wiley, a Rotarian for from the Appleton area, this past week also.  What a remarkable Rotarian, individual and Arch C. Klumpf Society member from our district 6220. The Arch C. Klumpf Society recognizes donors who give at least $250,000 to The Rotary Foundation in support of Rotary's life-changing work around the world.  I was captivated by Johns quiet tone and unassuming nature and his expression of truly being humbled to be a part of something so life changing as Rotary.
If you are a current contributor to the International Foundation thank you.
If you are not currently contributing to the International Foundation and would like to so, a  direct withdrawal from your account is a very quick and easy way to contribute regularly.  Simply click on the image to the right and you will be redirected to a PDF where you can complete all of your information very simply.

The efforts of the International Foundation are simply inspiring, but you have any doubt as to the impact you $ can have simply visit this link . If you would like to know more about the International Foundation and how you can contribute please do not hesitate to reach our to our resident expert in this Tom Guyette.
We also managed to squeeze in Thanksgiving, a little facial hair fundraising for men's health and the annual Wisconsin deer hunting season in to this past month also.
I trust that each of you had an enjoyable time with family and friends and that plans are afoot with each of you for the upcoming Christmas/holiday season. I personally would like to thank each and every one of you and wish you the very best as the calendar year comes to a close in a few weeks.  The end of the calendar year will mark the conclusion of my first 6 months as club president and I cannot believe how quickly this has passed and I am indebted to each of you for your support.  I feel blessed.
..And as always ......remember we are on Facebook at - please remember to "Like" us...

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

Club Administration and Service

Club Meetings for the month of December.....

Date: December 1st, 2014
Topic: The Rotary Foundation
Speakers: Tom Guyette and John Wiley
Date: December 8th, 2014
Topic: State of the County
Speakers: Brown County Executive - Troy Streckenbach
Date: December 15th, 2014
Topic: Doctors in Recital (Tentative) and "Pay as you go" update
Speakers: TBD
Date: December  22nd, 2014
Topic: Christmas Gathering @ Salvation Army Kroc Center
Speakers: None
Date: December  29th, 2014













New members Cheryl LeMere and Michael Martin shared their classification talks with us this month.  It always enjoyable to hear the reason behind their involvement in our club and the values that drives each of them each and every day.

We have again had a very active month in terms of new membership.  I am please to share that Greg Maass, President and CEO of Brown County United Way application has been reviewed and accepted by the board.  Greg is a former Rotarian in Oconomowoc WI 1998 - 2003 and Fond Du Lac, WI 2003 - 2008. Paul Martzke will serve as his sponsor.

Are you a "Red Badge" holder in our club? If so then our newly naturalized citizen Osmara Vielma is here to help!!  We have now placed a copy of the current copy of the Red to Blue Badge Checklist on our website for your convenience.  The red to Blue Badge process should only take 6 to 12 weeks to complete.  If you are in a Red to Blue badge quandary please reach out to us to assist you through the process.

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

Larry Sarver, our Rotary Vocational Service coordinator, had Knee replacement surgery this month.  I understand he is doing well.  We wish him a continued speedy recovery.  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

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.

The Salvation Army Bell Ringing.

Would you like to Ring bells for The Salvation Army at one of over 50 locations in Brown County to help ensure basic human needs are met all year round?  The Salvation Army's goal is to raise over 1 million dollars to continue to help fund emergency needs and enrichment programs in the Green Bay and surrounding areas in Brown County.
We have a current copy of the sign up sheet located here on our website.  To add your name to this list please contact Katie Quasius.
If you need additional information on specific location and details you can contact the Salvation Army via Email at or by phone at  920-884-3077

International and Humanitarian Service

The international committee will be hosting a fundraising event on February 9th.  The event will take place at the Taste of India located at 930 Waube Lane.  The event will be a collaborative effort between our club and a few of the other greater Green Bay clubs also.  The focus of the event will be to promote the work of Hannah Warren through Jhoole

Part of our fundraising will be the presale of these beautiful hand-woven silk scarves.

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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