Posted by Terry Newton on Dec 13, 2017

Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

December 13, 2017

Howard Richards led us in “God Bless America”     

Four Way Test:  Ric Loyd

Invocation:  Randy Evans read a poem he had written for the Madrigals

Madrigal Singers

December 13, 2017

by Randy Evans

Gathering before us, each face a candle light,

A choral symphony, a symphonic choir,

Brings us songs from unremembered ages,

To listen to what we used to sing ourselves,

God-made youthful voices,

The human voice more pure

than man-made instruments,

transcending with words

the realms of sound alone.

May these stringy, brassy, wood-windy, foot-tappers,

soprano, alto, baritone, and bass,

progress in sweet-sounding movements

From youth, to maturity, and old age,

Solo or in chorus, as madrigals of

Hope for those around them,

Clearing paths through life’s rubble,

Bringing peace out of every war,

Love out of every hate,

Singing the morning out of each night,

Building new worlds from fresh snow,

Ending long lives with a grand finale,

Music made life, and life made music.

Calendar Winners:  Peter Olson read the calendar winners: Link

Visiting Rotarians:  Patricia Wimmer, Rochester, MN; Andrew Martin, President Nominee Rotary Club of Cheboygan

 Visitors:  With the Madrigals being with us today we had many guests

Life Events:

Club Anniversaries:  BJ Shawn celebrates 18 years in our club this week

Birthdays:  Jeff Wynder had a birthday on Tuesday, so we sang to him. We sound much better accompanied by the Madrigals

New Member Induction:  Mike Snyder and Jane Millar presented Kam Culbertson as the newest member of our club.  Be sure to take time to meet Kam and his wife Kathy

Terry Newton presented our annual Nursing Scholarships to Nathan Willey and Nathan Pritchett Dick McMurray is doing well and would enjoy visitors. Contact Vern Osterlund to help schedule if you would like to visit him


Wreaths Across America:  Wreaths Across America is December 16th starting at 11:50 in Greenwood Cemetery. Any one from our Club that would like to can meet at JW Fillmore’s at 10:15 for breakfast prior to the ceremony

Christmas Party:  Santa will be with us next week. Be sure to let Christian know if you are bringing a guest

STRIVE:  Christian Smith let the club know that STRIVE met at the hospital this week and had a great presentation by the staff, giving our kids insight into the opportunities available in health care right at home


John introduce Julie Saunders and the Madrigal singers to our club. This is Julie’s 23rd year leading this amazing group. They presented a 20-minute concert that was exceptional 

New Member Notification:  The Board of the Rotary Club of Petoskey approved Kevin VarnHagen for membership and this is the first of a two-week notification

Rotary Club of Petoskey Elections

Elections Were held December 6th and the nominations were as follows:

President Nominee Reg Smith (2020/2021)

Kassia Perpich, Nikki LaDeur and Stuart Fenton for open board positions beginning July 1st

PRCCI:  Diane Litzenburger announced the slate for PRCCI:

Past President Bob Waldvogel

Member at Large T. Jones

Member at Large Melissa Colby