Posted by Terry Newton on Oct 18, 2017

Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

October 18, 2017

President Bob Waldvogel gave a heartfelt announcement about the passing of one of our own, John Jeffrey. He was a great man and will be missed

He then led us in the “Pledge of Allegiance”

Four Way Test:  Bill Collins

Invocation:  Anne McDevitt

Many years ago a Boston firm recently offered several prizes for the best essay on the subject. “What Constitutes Success?” It was stipulated that the essay must be under one hundred words in length.

A Kansas woman, Mrs. A. J. Stanley of Lincoln, submitted a definition of success in the contest. Mrs. Stanley was the wife of the county superintendent of schools in Lincoln county. Her husband also represented his county in the legislature of 1899. It was considered in competition with several hundred others from all parts of the country, and a few days ago Mrs. Stanley received a draft for two hundred and fifty dollars, with the information that she had won the first prize. Her definition was as follows:

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.”

I think these words embody John Jeffrey and his wonderful spirit. The only other comment I might make is that life is so short and that we don’t know what lies ahead so in that vein…

Let’s eat dessert first!!!

Enjoy your dessert and your lunch

Calendar Winners:  Even though Bob Waldvogel hesitated to give him the mic, Chuck Parks read the Calendar winners for this week: Link

Visiting Rotarians:  That time of year. No visiting Rotarians this week

Visitors:  Janice Smith, Judy Zorn and Pat Grams

In a first that I can remember for a sitting President and since both Howard Richards and Steve Cross were AWOL, President Bob Waldvogel led us in Smile. We were wondering who was torturing the cats as the howling was just awful

Life Events:

Birthday Celebration:  We sang Happy Birthday to John Hurd (October 20th)

Anniversary:  John Emley has been a member of our club for 3 years

Get Well Wishes:  BJ Shawn is still in the hospital but she is improving. Keep her in your Thoughts and Prayers

John Jeffrey:  There will be a visitation at Stone Funeral Home on Friday, October 27, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. John's memorial service will be held the following day, October 28, at The First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs at 11:00 a.m. with a one hour visitation prior to the time of service. Toby Jones will officiate

Paul Harris Fellow:  Jane Millar presented a Paul Harris Award to her longtime friend Pat Grams


Billy/Duff Cabin Outing:  Jim Beno thanked Stafford Smith and Bill Fedus for opening their cabin again for our fall Billy/Duff outing. There were about 60 that attended

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Performance:  Dibby Smith let us know that the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will be preforming the Harry Potter Suite this Sunday at the Middle School. There will be other surprises as well. It will be at 4:00 p.m.

Pedaling for Polio Ride/Walk:  John Scholten thanked Reg Smith and Gary Baxter for riding with him during our Pedaling for Polio event. The event generated $2,045 on the ride and walk locally…Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match $4,090 Total toward Polio Eradication is $6,135. Good Work Gang!

Wreaths Across America:  The board approved $120.00 donation to Wreaths Across America again this year. The event will be at Greenwood Cemetery on December 16th


President Bob Waldvogel called on Reg Smith to fill in when our scheduled program was unable to make it. Reg gave us a quick recap of our Diamonds and Denim event. The net will be in the $85,000 range. That nets the band in the range of $60,000 and the club $20,000. Final numbers are not in yet as we are still waiting on a few invoices

Next Week’s Program:  Jeremy McBain; Petoskey News Review