Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER – November 4, 2015
4 Way Test:  Thank you John Calabrese
Invocation:  Thank you BJ Shawn for sharing the poem “When Giving is All We Have.”  This is a poem of thanks to those who live lives of service. You can find the text by visiting:
Life Events:  No events were announced
Song of the Week:  “Jailhouse Rock” was released by the “King” on September 24th, 1957. This is the 67th most popular song of all time
Visiting Rotarians:  There were no visiting Rotarians this week
New Member Induction: Bill Collins and Neil Bidwell inducted Michael Landi. Dr. Landi retired in 2004 from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he served for fourteen years as Vice President for Research and Campus Manager of the Research Foundation of State University of New York, and later for three years as Vice President for Special Projects. Dr. Landi was responsible for research policy and planning, research support programs and contract and grant administration. Dr. Landi’s experience outside of the United States includes work in Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Germany, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico. Dr. Landi received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University as well as a M.S. in Management Science and a PhD in Operations Research and Computer Science.  Mike has been married for 42 years to Molly. They have 2 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Mike was a Bayview resident for 31 years and is now a permanent resident of Petoskey. His hobby is woodworking and being of Sicilian descent, he has an extraordinary spaghetti sauce recipe. Please take time to meet and welcome Mike
Foundation Minute:  Bill Collins reminded us that for more than 100 years, Rotarians have joined together from all continents, cultures and industries to take action in our communities and around the world. With a commitment to achieving lasting change, we work together to empower youth, enhance health, promote peace, and most important, advance the community. While Rotarians can serve in countless ways, Rotary has focused its efforts in six areas, which reflect some of the most critical and widespread humanitarian needs: 1): Peace and Conflict resolution 2): Disease prevention and treatment 3): Water and sanitation 4): Maternal and child health 5): Basic education and literacy 6): Economic and community development. Rotarians planning new service projects are encouraged to consider these areas and the many opportunities for innovative projects
Crooked Tree Performing Arts Series:  Saturday Nov. 7th at 7:30 p.m., Crooked Tree Arts Center will be presenting SONIC ESCAPE. This powerhouse trio pushes itself to the brink – singing, dancing and joking. For tickets and info: or call (231) 347-4337
Bayview & Habitat for Humanity:  Melissa Thompson requested volunteers for Blitzweek to be held in Alanson. For more information visit
First Thursday Fellowship:  November 5th is first Thursday. Please come for fun and fellowship at Leo’s Lounge; 5:30ish!
We Need Your Picture:  Would the following Rotarians please see Terry Newton to have your picture taken: Georgia Abbott, Dee Keil, Marie Law, Lucas Porath, Ron Snyder, Catherine Sommerfeldt, Gerald Stanley, Chris Struble, Cheryl Tallman, Ashley Whitney, Pete Olson, Elizabeth Stacy and Dave Zechman. Thank you in advance for your cooperation
Athena Award Nominations:  Chris Etienne announced the Chamber is looking for nominations for the Athena Award. Applications are due by November 12th. Please visit the Chamber website to download the application:
Calendar Sales:  Robert Rogier kicked off Calendar sales today. We are challenged to sell 1,500 calendars which will garner a $15,000 profit. This is the Club’s major fundraiser so please get out there and sell. (Try to sell 2 more if you can!) Envelopes for returns will be available next week. All stubs and monies must be in by January 16, 2016
Rotary Foundation Month:  Chris Etienne reminded the Club that November is Rotary Foundation Month. On Wednesday, November 11th, our program speaker will be a polio survivor who will be telling her story. All Paul Harris Fellows will be invited to this event so, please see that they RSVP
PROGRAM:  Petoskey City Manager
Rob Straebel, the new city manager of Petoskey, was the speaker for today. In a well-organized and informative presentation, Mr., Straebel touched on the following: the 2016 Proposed City Budget, 2016 Proposed Projects, 2016 General Fund Revenues and Expenditures, Parks, Recreation Programs, Public Safety, Water and Sewer, Electric, District Library, Downtown office and Awards and Certifications the city has received
New Member Proposal:  This is Week Two of required two week notice for Elizabeth Stacy
Special Announcement of this Year’s Slate of Officers:
The nomination committee has met and is putting forth the following ballot for this year’s Slate of Officers to be voted on at our December 2nd Meeting:
President-elect:  Bob Waldvogel
Board Member #1:  Bill Collins
Board Member #2:  Robert Rogier (2nd term)
Board Member #3:  John Hurd
Nominations committee member at large #1:  Roger Winslow (to keep continuity)
Nominations committee member at large #2:  Gary Fedus
Nominations from the floor are being accepted through Tuesday, November 10th, such nominations require the following in writing:
·         Name of member
·         Position being nominated for
·         Signature of two members of the club
·         Deliver to Kent Cartwright in .pdf or Word format in person or, via email, acceptable up to 11:59 p.m. on November 10th   at: