Posted by Terry Newton on Nov 14, 2018

Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

November 14, 2018

President Steve Cross opened the meeting on a partly sunny, November day

Howard Richards led us in “God Bless America.” We sounded good!

Four Way Test:  Dibby Smith    

Invocation:  BJ Shawn

Plain Old Oyster
There once was an oyster, whose story I'll tell who found that some sand had gotten into his shell.
It was only a grain, but gave him great pain, for oysters have feelings, although they are plain.
Now, did he berate the harsh workings of fate, that had brought him to such a deplorable state?
“No”, he said to himself, “Since | cannot remove it”, I'll lie in my shell, and think how to improve it’.
The years rolled around, as the years always do, And he came to his ultimate destiny .... stew.
Now the small grain of sand that had bothered him so, was a beautiful pearl all richly aglow.
This tale has a morale, for isn’t it grand, what an oyster can do with a morsel of sand?
Think...what could we do, if we'd only begin, with some of the things that get under our skin.
Unknown Author

Singing/Song:  Georgia Abbott and Howard Richards led us in singing “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” written by Robbie Robertson and recorded by The Band. We then sang “Smile”

Calendar Winners:  President Steve Cross called on Mike Spencer to read the calendar winners for the week: Link

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Visitors:  Shawn Stressman, who did his Fireside Chat today, Elizabeth Newton, and Mike Reaves

Life Events:

Birthday:  We sang “Happy Birthday” to Nick Liebler

Rotary Anniversary:  John Scholten 13 years


President Cross told us a story, maybe it was a joke

Calendar Sales:  Jeff Bodette told us 609 calendars have been sold through November 14th. New Rotarian, Lisa Hammond stated calendars are easy to sell

STRIVE Update:  Georgia Abbott reported there are 20 STRIVE students and mentors.  Yesterday they toured NCMC

Toys for Tots:  Dave Thomas told us the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program runs through Christmas. Toys or cash donations are accepted

Paul Harris Fellow Presentation:  Joe Blachy presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Lorraine Washburne. She told the story of the County seat being moved from Harbor Springs to Petoskey. It had a humorous bent

PHF pool winners were Kent Cartwright (2015) and Doug Caldwell (2016)

President Reports:  President Steve told us at the Board meeting yesterday, approximately $106,000 was approved to be awarded to nine organizations

Matt Breed had major back surgery performed Monday at University of MI Hospital 

President Steve also told us a longtime friend, Steve Neal is experiencing serious health challenges


Terry Newton introduced Tom Renkes our program presentation today. Tom told us about the Little Traverse Literary Guild, a non-profit seeking an endowment to support local potential authors

Next Week’s Program:  Matt Killman a wine maker at Walloon Lake Winery