Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER 

September 21, 2016


4 Way Test:  Thank you Kent Cartwright

PLEDGE/Anthem:  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance

InvocationStuart Fenton recited a poem that he wrote specifically to honor Rotarians and the members of the club

Calendar Winners:  Winners can be found: Link   

Song:  Steve Cross led us in a round of, “The More we Get Together…” followed by “Smile.”  It was good having Steve back

Visiting Rotarians:  John Van Etten, Terre Haute, IN; Eric Breisach, Kalamazoo, MI; George Seifried, Elk Rapids, MI


Blast From the past:  Kent Cartwright received an e-mail from a 1995 visitor to the Club 

It reads as follows:

Greetings from Bhutan! My name is Karma Gyaltsen and I was privileged to visit your club and also attended Rotary conference at Grand Rapids in the year 1995. I was visiting US on a invitation by a Rotarian from your Club, Mr. John Carpenter, (late). I was also named the Paul Harris Fellow at your club.(Bay view Inn) during the fellowship. Almost after two decades, I am pleased to inform all the fellow Rotarian's of your club, that we finally have a Rotary club in Bhutan. ROTARY CLUB OF THIMPHU, District 3292 charted in the year 2012. I have enrolled myself as a member and I am the Sergeant at Arms of the club. A very important reason why I am writing this letter to the members of Rotary club of Petoskey is because, a part of my education was sponsored by Mr. John Carpenter, a very respected member of your club and the reason why I joined Rotary family is also because I was always asked by John to start a club in Bhutan and it was a dream come true that we finally have a club in our country. I would like to dedicate my membership in the name of Mr. John Carpenter and I wish he is still alive. May his soul rest in peace and I shall always pray for him. We carried out several community projects in partnership with other clubs. The latest one was an eye camp held in the rural Bhutan and distributed over 3000 free eye glasses. The eye doctors were from Rotary clubs from Arkansas and Missouri. Next, 10 member Rotary team, including myself, will attend the District 3292 conference in Nepal from 3rd of January to 5th.we expect to learn lot of new ideas as our club is very new and we fail to understand lot of things. These are all for your information and to share among the members of your club. Warmest regards and greetings from all the members of our club and will seek your assistance and help in the days to come. Rotarian Karma Gyaltsen (8476226) ROTARY CLUB OF THIMPHU DIST-3292

Pedaling for Polio:  John Scholten thanked the Rotarians who took part. $1500 was raised. John also referred the Club to a recent article regarding the fight against polio found in a recent edition of “The Rotarian” magazine

Friends of the Library Annual Dinner PartyRandy Evans will be the guest speaker at this event. The topic is “The Storyteller’s Secret”. The Party is October 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bay View Country Club. Tickets are $40.00. Please contact the Library or contact Randy Evans for more information. Reservations must be in by October 1, 2016

Diamonds & Denim:  Ingrid Flemming personally thanked the following Rotarians for their role in this year’s event: Terry Newton and Paul Schemanski for their heroic efforts in making a brand new system come alive; Dianne Litzenburger for always being on top of all communications and program deadlines; Dave Thomas for raising the bar on the dollars raised for sponsorships; Reg Smith for smoothing out the Auction process; Mike Snyder for applying the new system for ticket sales and table reservations; Bob Maldegen and Neil Bidwell for taking care of the libations; Angie Cranney for arranging the music; Melissa Thompson for her work as a “Committee of One” in decorating the facility; Bill Collins for his Auctioneer work and bringing in some fabulous totals; All Rotarians who donated for our “Instant Wine Cellar” and all Rotarians who attended the event and/or purchased items in any of the auctions. Another thank you to Kent Cartwright and he knows what it is for. Preliminary numbers look pretty good

Calendar SalesCalendars are ready for pick-up. Calendars must be sold by January 11, 2017. If you have any questions regarding the sales, please contact any one of the following Committee members:  Robert Rogier, Jeff Bodette or Melissa Thompson

YMCA Annual FundraiserKevin Christman announced that the event will be held Friday, October 7th at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and the tickets are $100.00. Dinner, auctions and music are slated for the evening. Proceeds are directed toward scholarships and summer camps to name just a few

Roadside Cleanup:  Is to be this coming Saturday. Thanks to the push for signing up by Rotarians, there are now 12 signed up which will make the work easier. It begins at 8:30, with parking at the Walloon Lake Marina on US 131. If you still wish to signup, click on the following Link


The speaker today was Dr. Elizabeth Del Buono, MD who spoke on the human health response to climate change. Climate change is the biggest public health problem facing us today due to the continued burning of fossil fuels. Dr. Buono referred to the Citizens Climate Lobby whose solution is that governments will respond to the will of the people provided we tell them what we want. And what is wanted is a livable world. The CCL work is to empower citizens to connect with and influence the members of Congress. By building constructive, working relationships with members of Congress the group seeks passage of the “Carbon Free Dividends”, a climate change solution that bridges the partisan divide.

Dr. Buono also referred to the involvement of The Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group

If anyone would like to hear more about this effort there is a meeting on October 8, 12:30 on the second floor of the Petoskey Library

Next Week’s Program:  Carla Zlotow on Unplanned Pregnancy Services