Signature Program
     Born to Read:
       It is never too early to start reading. Beginning at birth, early literacy experiences make a
       difference and through the support of many local organizations the Traverse Bay Twilight
       Rotary Club has adopted a new signature project Born to Read to promote community
       literacy through outreach to families with newborn babies.

International Involvement

  • Member Carolyn Collins went to Honduras to install water filters - we supported with money for the filters.
  • Member Marcia Billings went to Honduras to install mud stoves in homes & latrines.
  • Member Priscilla Bachman went to Honduras to install water filters. The club supported with money for a filter. (Cost of a water filter is $100/filter.)
  • Michael Collins (former Rotary member) went to Honduras with his son a few years prior to Marcia.
  • Sponsored an exchange student (Vitor) from Brazil.
  • Marcia also inspected the Hermanis Trust Grant recipients project in Africa, after the club awarded a Grant for this project to assist & educate new mothers on the care of their infants.
  • Provided funds for water filters in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, & Honduras. 

Local Involvement

  • Participated in annual Rotary Show and program sales
  • Father Fred summer and winter food drives
  • Served dinner to annual Thanksgiving Dinner attendees sponsored by Father Fred Foundation
  • Helped out at the 4th of July Parade
  • Clean up of the Boardman River and Kid's Creek
  • Constructed playground equipment for Cherry Knoll Elementary School
  • Boots for Kids support
  • Participated in Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids
  • NMC BBQ: Cake Walk tent volunteers,Children's tent volunteers 
  • National Cherry Festival community Share volunteers 
  • Volunteers at the ‘Kids Free Fishing’ day 
  • Collaboration with United Way for  Friday Night Live! book giveaway
  • Mock interview participation
  • Donated Paul Harris books to local libraries
  • Boardman River Restoration Project volunteers
  • Adopt a Highway Clean Up 
  • Adopted a Christmas Family to provide gifts to a needy family at Christmas
  • Munson Manor House - cooked dinner for guests

Grants Given

  • Donated to a combined Rotary grant proposed by the Exchange student from Argentina (Luciana). The grant was for the refurbishing of an old building in which to house abused women.
  • Our Club donated $500 towards the Varsity and JV baseball field renovation.  This donation was matched for a total of $1000 donation towards the project.


  • We hosted a ‘Texas Hold’em Tournament for several years
  • Bookmark Fundraisers at local grocery stores & local Bookstores
  • Calendar Raffle sales in coordination with the Petoskey Club
  • "Honor Boxes" at local businesses to sell various snacks (candy bars, chips, etc.)
  • 50/50 tickets and Happy Bucks at meetings