Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER – February 17, 2016
4 Way Test:  Thank you Bob Waldvogel 
Invocation:  Stuart Fenton played the beautiful song “Let it Shine” from the “Joyful Noise” production
Life Events/Requests:  Today we had a held a moment of silence to honor the memory of fellow Rotarian Patrick McGee who passed away this week. Dibby Smith also led us in “Auld Lang Syne” as a final tribute to Patrick
Calendar Winners:  Chris Etienne, Past President 1997-1998, announced this week’s calendar winners. Chris also shared a few of the events that happened during her term: “Show Rotary Cares” theme, the chartering of the Sunrise Club, the group study exchange to Bali, the Lobster Dinner Fundraiser and the Dude/Dudette ‘du Jour’ program to name but a few.
For a listing of the calendar winners see:
Song of the Week:  Also in commemoration of Black History Month, the Petoskey High School Madrigal Singers performed “Glory” the Academy Award winning song from the civil rights film “Selma”. The song was moving and beautifully sung. Thank you to Julie Saunders and the Madrigals!
Visiting Rotarians:  There were no visiting Rotarians this week
Spaghetti Dinner:  Mike Snyder announced the winner of the pool, Neil Bidwell. 868 dinners were served and $8,000 was collected. Thanks to all Rotarians to making this such a successful event
Habitat For Humanity:  Save the Date. Our Club will be participating May 7, 2016, 9:00 am to Noon in Alanson
Foundation Raffle:  See Chris Etienne or Jane Millar to purchase a ticket for $20. This will enable you, as well as the Club, to win $5,000 in the drawing. For the Club to win, 97 tickets need to be sold
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. The team is being organized. Please contact John Calabrese for more information or to sign-up
Northmen Nights:  See John Scholten to purchase a raffle ticket for $50.00 in order to win an all-terrain vehicle and support Petoskey Sports
Top of Michigan Trails:  The Club will be sponsoring an Aid Station for the Memorial Week-end Marathon Event.  What we also need are a team of runners! See Angie Cranney to sign up. Logo T-shirts will be provided
Beach Bums:  Save the Date of June 11, 2016 to attend a ball game in Traverse City. Cost will be $8:00 and we need 25 people to go. More details to be provided regarding transportation
The award winning author and teen advocate, Kyle Prue, was the speaker today. Kyle is the 19-year-old author of The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy. Kyle is a devoted advocate of the theory that reading for pleasure improves literacy rates, prevents dropouts, and changes the future for that young person. Kyle is a very sought after speaker in middle schools and high schools for his ability to inspire teens to read, write and follow their dreams. Realizing his school visits were having a powerful impact on at-risk teens, Kyle founded a non-profit organization, “Sparking Literacy” which organizes book clubs in schools, hosts author events, donates books, develops audiobooks to help kids with learning disabilities learn to read. There are not enough words to explain what a dynamic speaker this young man is. I strongly recommend viewing the video clips at:
Kyle Prue will be teaching a workshop and lecturing at Crooked Tree Arts Center on May 5, 2016. The time will be after school ends for the day and please check with Crooked Tree prior to the actual date for a more definitive time of the event
Next Week’s Program:  Bob Bleyeart will be doing his annual State of the Economy predictions
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