Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

December 14, 2016


Four Way Test:  Thank you Robert Rogier

Invocation:  Thank you Randy Evans for the invocation

President Kent Cartwright led us in the Pledge of Allegiance

Calendar Winners:  To see the weekly calendar winners click the following: Link

Visiting Rotarians:  John Van Etten, Terre Haute, IN; Walt Byer, Saline, MI  

Other Visitors:  There were many visitors for this special meeting

Life Events:  Chris Etienne presented the following Paul Harris + Pins

Dave Thomas +2

Jim Erhart +4

Bob Metzger +1

These are members who have given more than one Paul Harris award


Toys for Tots:  Dave let us know that today was the last day for Toys for Tots and if you didn’t bring a toy they do accept cash

Salvation Army Bell Ringing:  Jeff Wynder let us know that bell ringing will be on Friday December 16th. This is a great time and we need all of our members to sign up to ring the bell

Salvation Army Request:  If any Rotarians are available to help next week on Wednesday December 21st during the day please contact Justin at (231)-373-0072

You can help an hour or all day

Messiah By Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra:  Anne McDevitt let us know that “The Messiah” will be shown at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey on Thursday, December 16th and Friday, December 17th, at 7:30 p.m.

Donation:  Randy presented $76.00 to Strive from the sale of his 2 books. Thank you Randy for your great and continued support of the Strive program

Northmen Night:  John Scholten has raffle tickets for Northmen Night, 3 Person watercraft and trailer. Get yours soon

He also presented a check to Chris from the Tin Man and Iron Man (you can assign the title to the man of your choice) for Pedaling for Polio for $4,000. With the Gates match this will total $12,000. Great Job John and Kent

Paul Harris Pool:  Chris Etienne let us know that a new Paul Harris pool will start in January. The form will be attached below

Wreaths Across America:  Bob Waldvogel let us know that Wreaths Across America will be the 17th at Greenwood Cemetery. Breakfast at Filmore’s at 9:30 a.m. and the program starts at 11:45 a.m.

Crooked Tree Arts CenterLiz Ahrens let us know that the Nutcracker will be this weekend as well

North Star Reach:  BJ Shawn let us know that next week’s program will be from North Star Reach, a camp from Pinkney. This is a great outreach and will be an excellent program so please try and be here

Strategic Planning Session:  President Kent let us know that all club members are invited to attend the Club’s Strategic Planning Session, scheduled for Monday, January 30, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Village of Bay Harbor’s Conference Center. If you are interested in attending, please email Kent Cartwright at so we can make sure we have enough food and refreshments available. The intent of this session is to build upon last spring’s Visioning Exercise, and turn this good work into an actionable long-range Strategic Plan for our Club

Rotary Club of Petoskey

November 2016 Club Assembly

Questions and Answers

Q.       With PRCCI earning between $15,000 and $20,000 from calendar sales, what are the proceeds spent on.

A.       We created a savings account balance of around $10,000 to $15,000 in order to have the cash available to pay the bills we receive every fall, when the calendars are printed.  We expect that amount needs to remain in the savings account in order to pay our bills in a timely manner. 

Annually, calendar sales provides PRCCI profit around $15,000 to $20,000.  This profit is reinvested in our community through grants.  Below is a summary of the grants given over the past two years:

For 2015 the following grants were issued:

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society              $  1,000.00

Camp Daggett                                                 $  1,000.00  

Petoskey Public Schools, Athletic Complex        $25,000.00

Voices Without Borders                                              $      500.00 

Manna Food Project                                         $  1,000.00

Northern Community Mediation                                  $     677.00

Petoskey Public Schools                                   $  1,000.00

               2015 Total                                                 $30,177.00

For 2016 the following Grants were issued:

McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation            $  1,000.00

Petoskey Public Schools                                   $  1,204.28

2016 Total                                                     $  2,204.28

 Q.       Why are the meetings longer than 1 hour?  The meetings going longer than 1 hour make it difficult for working members to balance work with attending our weekly Club meetings

 A.       This came up during the club issues and input exercise last spring, when Chris Etienne and Dianne Litzenburger worked with our Club to provide feedback, ideas, and input into strengths and weaknesses of our club.  You may recall the red and green paper slips, and the bags to place your ideas in, where we asked for things we wanted to start, stop, or continue doing.

These ideas were then brought to the Visioning Exercise in May 2016, where a group of approximately 30 club members analyzed and discussed the issues that were raised.  After careful discussion and debate, the group almost unanimously voted to keep the current meeting times and length.  However, the group did emphasize the need for the President to start the meetings on time, and work diligently to end them at 1:30 

New Members Two Weeks Notice:

The following were voted in at the past Rotary Board Meeting held December 13th:

Walt Byers (Transfer)

John Van Etten (Transfer)

Gretchen Carroll

Robert Denton

Kassia Perpich

This serves as the first of two weeks notice


We had the Madrigal Singers today.  This is one of the amazing programs from our High School.  32 awesome kids put on a great concert for all of us.  Plus the debut of the Rotary costume in honor of all of our support for this group over the last 40 years.  Thank you Julie and the kids.

Kent - Great job on keeping the meeting on Schedule!

Artist's rendition of "The Rotarian", a Madrigal costume made in honor of the support from Rotary Club of Petoskey
Patrick McGeehan is seen here wearing "The Rotarian" at the Madrigal performance December 14th, 2016

Next Week’s Program:  North Star Reach is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located on 105 acres in Pinckney, Michigan. As a provisional member of the Serious Fun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman, North Star Reach serves children with chronic and life-threatening health challenges free of charge


 Rotary Club of Petoskey


2017 Paul Harris Fellow Sustaining Member Pool

Giving to The Rotary Foundation means supporting the programs of OUR Foundation that we as members of the Rotary Club of Petoskey have participated in for years, including humanitarian and educational grants and programs. 

This Paul Harris Fellow Sustaining Member Pool will give you the opportunity to give to The Rotary Foundation on a quarterly basis along with other Rotarians in the Club.

Each quarter, starting with the 1st quarter of 2016, you will make a $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation along with other Rotarians participating in the pool.  Once a total of $1000 has accumulated in the pool, one name will be drawn and a Paul Harris Fellow will be designated.  This will continue until all names are drawn.

For questions, please contact Chris Etienne at 347-5007 (home), 838-2031 (cell), or email


Yes, I, ____________________________, would like to participate in the Paul Harris Fellow Sustaining Member Pool of the Rotary Club of Petoskey beginning with the 1st quarter of 2017.  I agree to make a contribution of $50 per quarter to The Rotary Foundation until the names of all members of the pool are drawn.

Address:  ___________________________________________________________

Daytime phone: ____________________         Evening phone: __________________

Email address: _______________________________

Signature: _________________________________          Date: _______________

Please return to Chris Etienne at or mail to 860 Evergreen Court, Petoskey, MI  49770. 

Please sign-up no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2017