Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER – September 23, 2015
Four Way Test:  Thank you Jane Millar
Invocation:  Thank you John Jeffrey for your remarks on Words Matter. We will all try to remember to use words well
Life Events:  Today is John Jeffrey’s birthday. Send him birthday greetings if you were not part of the singing today
Song of the Week:  “Let There Be Peace on Earth” The Club sounded great!
Visiting Rotarians:  John Van Etten – Terre Haute, IN   
Calendar Winners:  Read off by Dee Kiel.
Welcome Back:  We are pleased to have Dee Kiel back in the fold. You were missed
New Member Induction:  There wasn't an induction this week
Road Side Clean-Up:  Paul Schemanski asked that we meet Saturday, September 26th, 8:30 a.m. at the Old Town and Country Building; (Now Walloon Village Marina)
New Program Chair:  Christian Smith has graciously accepted the position of Program Director. He will be meeting with those persons who have proposed programs to “firm” them up 
Grant Opportunity:  PRCCI has funds to distribute, despite what has been going on in the stock market. Applications are being accepted for $6,000 in the pot. Grants have a maximum of $1,000 and you must have 501c(3) status to apply. Please see Steve Brown for more information
Annual YMCA Fundraiser:  Celebrate the Magic of the YMCA, October 2, 2015 at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club from 6-11 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and there will be dinner, dancing and an auction along with an open bar. For more information visit
Meijer Simply Give:  Tim Dykstra extended a thanks to all Rotarians that used the Meijer Match Card for Manna. $31,230.00 was collected thanks to all those who participated in our community
Diamonds & Denim:  The event was a huge success and all appropriate Rotarians were thanked. After the Club Meeting on September 30th, there will be a debriefing.  Everyone is invited to attend to draw up our lists of what went well and what are the areas we need to improve upon. Please try to attend
Semper-Fi Award:  The award went to Cindi Bauer for her tireless work as Chair of this year’s Diamonds & Denim Event. Thanks ever so much Cindi
Rotary Foundation Update:  Chris Etienne gave a summary of dollars our club has contributed. Donations to the Foundation were $14,134.00; which averages to $144.22 per member. $2,045.00 was donated to Polio Plus and there was an endowment of $386,481.05 for a total amount of $402,660.05. This is something we should all be proud of
United Nations Talk:  Gary Baxter announced for those interested in a non-Fox News type discussion of the workings of the United Nations, come to the North Central Michigan College Conference area of the Library on September 29th at 1:00 p.m.
Our guest speakers today were Pete Palles and Dave Wellman representing Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve or, ESGR. The staff and volunteers of ESGR, a Department of Defense office, seek to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR does this by advocating mutually beneficial initiatives; recognizing outstanding employer support; increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies; resolving potential conflicts between employers and their Service members; and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within the Department of Defense. For more information and some wonderful tools, click on
Next Week's Program:  John Scholten: Update on the Athletic Complex