Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER –January 6, 2016
4 Way Test:  Thank you Georgia Abbott
Invocation:  Thank you Randy Evans for your well-chosen words to bring in the New Year
Life Events/Requests:  There were no announcements
Song of the Week:  Wonderful performance of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” led by Georgia Abbott and Steve Cross
Visiting Rotarians:  Jim Shrader from Finley, Ohio
Induction:  Steve Cross and Dee Kiel inducted their friend, Dylan Valade, into the Club today. Dylan was born and raised in Southern Michigan: Livonia, Okemos and Brighton. His family, though, has a third generation cottage on Mullet Lake and Dylan spent considerable time there in his youth. Dylan studied at John Carroll University in Cleveland and transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In college, Dylan started painting and playing hockey and decided, along with all of this, to open his first website design business. Dylan holds a degree in Computer Science, with a minor in Mathematics and Fine Art. Whether he is working on a website or a painting, his designs are technical and at the same time beautiful. His work comes together with painstaking precision all while maintaining an effortless elegance throughout. Dylan’s charming family were present today…wife Meghan and daughters Chloe and Ava. Dylan participates in Rotary’s Career Day at the middle school, he hires high school and college interns in Petoskey and mentors the Petoskey High School Robotics Team. Please welcome Dylan Valade to the Club
Foundation Raffle:  See Jane Millar to purchase a ticket for $20.00. This will enable you, as well as the Club, to win $5,000 in the drawing. For the Club to win, 101 tickets need to be sold
2016 Paul Harris Fellow Sustaining Member Pool:  This Pool will give you the opportunity to give to the Rotary Foundation on a quarterly basis along with other Rotarians in the Club. Each quarter you will make a $50.00 donation. Once a total of $1,000 has accumulated in the pool, one name will be drawn and a Paul Harris Fellow will be designated. For questions contact Chris Etienne or pick up a form. All forms should be submitted no later than Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
First Thursday:  This month we will meet at the Noggin Room
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Report:  This year we had our biggest collection ever…$3,723. The Board also contributed an additional $250.00 and Dave Thomas rounded it up to a grand total of $4,000. Thank you all for your participation
6 Month Graduation:  Congratulations Lucas Porath for meeting Club commitments as a new member
Spaghetti Dinner:  Save the Date for February 11, 2016
BOWLAPALOOZA:  Save the Date: Friday; March 18, 2016. We have been challenged by the Sunrise Club to form a team and assist them with their goal of collecting $5,000 for local charities
Calendar Sales:  We are challenged to sell 1500 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 are on the dining tables every week. All stubs and monies must be in by January 16, 2016 
Our speaker today was Andi Symonds and the topic was the Great Start Collaborative. ( vision of the State Initiative is a Great Start for every child in Michigan; safe, healthy and eager to succeed in school and in life. The purpose is to assure a coordinated system of community resources and supports to assist all Michigan families in providing a great start for their children from birth through age five. The mission of the Local Collaborative is to identify local needs, and implement research based strategies to assure a coordinated system of community resources and support for young children and their families. The Collaborative are representatives from businesses, health, education, human services, higher education, non-profit, court systems, philanthropy, and parents who are implementing a plan to address the needs of young children within our northern Michigan Communities. For more information on these programs please view
Next Week’s Program:  George Franklin from Starr Commonwealth
New Member Notification:  This is the first week notification of board approved member Rob Straebel, current city manager for the City of Petoskey