Posted by Terry Newton on Aug 01, 2018

Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

August 1, 2018


Howard Richards led us in God Bless America

Four Way Test:  Del Andrews, past member visiting with his brother

Invocation:  Tim Dykstra

Augustine "Og" Mandino II (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996[1]) was an American author. He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over twenty-five different languages.  He offers us the following suggestion:

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.  Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.  Your life will never be the same again.”

With that in mind let’s enjoy our lunches, as we each remember our shared motto Rotary of Service above Self.

Howard Richards had the day off from singing as we enjoyed a duet from Bay View and their accompaniment from the play; The Marriage of Figaro

Austin Martin, Audrey Ballish and Mackenzie Marr did an outstanding job and they are pictured on our Facebook page

Calendar Winners:  President Steve called on Bill Hicklin to read the calendar winners: Link

Visiting Rotarians:  Rene Tolba, Aachen, Germany, Malte Brettel, Aachen, Germany; they were spouses and friends of an exchange student who was with our club 25 years ago (Joe tried to make her older than she is), Ben Mason, Norfolk, VA; Currie Andrews, Nashville, TN, Del Andrews, Past President and member of Rotary Club of Petoskey; Rene Lanier, Marietta, GA

Visitors:  Guests of Joe Blachy were Tanja, Tiu, Sophie, Aaron, Mathilda and Claudia Michalik; Elizabeth Newton; AmyCross, Adam Cross, John Cross, Dorthia Cross and Mary Cross 

Life Events:


Stafford Smith 80 today

Ric Loyd


Jeff Peters; 4 years

Jim Beno; 33 years


Bill Graham Update:  We had an update on Bill Graham; he is doing well but his immune system is still compromised so he is staying close to home and it may be several months before we see him again. Please keep him in your thoughts

Northern Community Mediation:  Jane Millar thanked the club and charities for their donations to Northern Community Mediation’s 25th anniversary

Rotary Club of Petoskey Ad:  Nikki LaDeur, after hip checking President Steve out of the way, showed us all the full-page ad run in the News Review about the Rotary Club of Petoskey. It can be viewed at the bottom of our page here or on our Facebook Page: Link


Melissa Thompson introduced Kassia Perpich for a TED Talk program on Grading in Schools, what does it really mean. After a little “normal” Rotary meeting technical difficulty the video was very informative

If you have other ideas for TED talk programs, see Melissa Thompson, our programs coordinator

Next Week’s Program:  Cheryl Bachelder, Servant Leadership