Posted by Terry Newton on Aug 15, 2018

Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

August 15, 2018

Howard Richards led us in; America the Beautiful”

Four Way Test:  Bob Waldvogel

Invocation:  Neil Bidwell stood in for BJ Shawn who was to do the invocation, but her health did not allow her to be here today. Neil read a poem from the book entitled “an American Mural” by Harold Norris who was a professor at the Detroit College of Law and BJ’s father

We are the configuration
Of a nation,
Bridged by the reach of care.
Peninsular not insular, we dare
To span the inward port of call
With all,
And find identity;
Michigan is the geography
Of our mind
And time.
Part of the continent of Man,
Part water and part land.
Part of every heart and hand,
With dreams hurting and chilling,
With hope still free willing,
We engulf the weathering dance
Of leaping waves upon the shores of chance.
Let every hand within us reach,
Let every heart within us teach,
Let every voice within us sing,
Michigan is our state of being.

Calendar Winners:  Winners were read by Dave Thomas: Link   

Song:  Georgia Abbott and Howard Richards performed the Dooley Wilson standard “As Time Goes By

Visiting Rotarians:  Currie Andrews, Brentwood, TN; Jeff Lantis, Hillsdale, MI; Dick Chambers, Holland, MI

Paul Harris Induction:  A most touching presentation was given to Tom Smith by his ten grandchildren. The tribute was recited by Trent Stark, Tom’s grandson. Trent affectionately remarked on all that Tom has done for his family, community and the world at large. A Canadian television news story was shown which told of Tom’s efforts and financial support for A Syrian Kurd family. As the United States is not allowing refugees in the country from Syria, Tom worked with Canada. One member of the family needed a corneal transplant in order to save his vision. This was also accomplished

Trent remarked that Tom taught all the grandchildren that “Family is the most important thing in life” 


Walk for Alzheimer’s:  Jeff Wynder asked that we save the date September 15 for the Walk for Alzheimer’s. This event will be held along with the Sunrise Club.

Diamonds & Denim:  Tickets will be sold before and after each club meeting for those persons not wanting to purchase on line. Bring your checkbooks and buy your tickets soon.

Kayak for a Cause:  Please see John Scholten to donate to this event. This is in partnership with Camp Daggett

Rotary Leadership Institute – Leadership programs for all Rotarians will be held on October 13 and 27th in Sault St Marie. See Dave Thomas for more information or check the website for the institute: Link


District Governor Brian Robertson was our speaker for today. The central message of his talk was membership and the need for Rotarians to seek out members in the community. One good tip was how we approach a perspective member. “Would you like to be a Rotarian” Not; “Do you want to join Rotary?” The difference is subtle but distinct

The District Governor also reminded the Club that the District Conference will be held May 2019 in Sault St. Marie, Canada. Mark your calendars

Next Week’s Program:  David Roland Finley, Ph.D. New President at North Central Michigan College