Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

April 27, 2016


4 Way Test:  Thank you Randy Evans

Invocation:  Neil Bidwell shared Klein's 1914 speech combined with an attempt to summarize Gandhi's nonviolent doctrine and philosophy: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”

Life Events/RequestsHappy Birthday to Bill Collins

Calendar Winners:  Doug Caldwell shared the calendar winners

Song of the Week:  Steve Cross led us in the 1964 standard by Roger Miller “King of the Road”

Visiting Rotarians:  Visiting Rotarians this week were John VanEtten from Terre Haute, IN and from the Morning Club, Carlin Smith


Induction Jon Terry:  Jane Millar performed the honors of inducting Jon Terry to the Club. Jon grew up in Charlevoix and attended Calvin College with a major in Biology. He moved to Washington DC upon graduation and was hired by Congressman Fred Upton under whom he served as a government relations consultant for six years. As an advocate for non-profit organization that work with children, he served on the education committee. He subsequently became a lobbyist for the national YMCA to ensure the passing of good policies to support children and their families. The next step was to start his own business, which he called Capital Youth Strategies. He focused on hunger programs, tutoring, summer jobs and the like. Joining Jon for his induction was his wife Kristen, to whom he has been married for 20 years. Kristen is a mental health Counselor. The couple have two sons Gabe (who is a freshman in college) and Graham (who is a Junior at Harbor Light). Jon is now associated with BARR and is involved with developing school improvement strategies for low-performing schools. He is also involved with the Committee for Children, which focuses on social and emotional learning. Please welcome Jon to the Club

Paul Harris Pool DrawingThe winner from the 2013 Pool was Dibby Smith, the 2015 Pool Jim Beno and the 2016 Pool Christine Hammond. The 500 point award is still available for anyone offering a $500 cash donation. With this Paul Harris Award you can honor yourself, a loved one or the memory of someone close to you

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra:  Anne McDevitt announced a “Viva “Vivaldi” Program on May 1st, 2016 to be held in Harbor Springs at 4:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church. Tickets will be available at the door

Significant Achievement Award and Governor’s Citation:  Dave Thomas announced that last week at the District Conference our Club received these awards for the Diamonds & Denim Project

Bay View Association:  Melissa Thompson announced that the Summer Schedule is out. A few of the live performances this summer are Indigo Girls, June 30th; Paula Cole, July 8th; EVITA, July 14th; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, July 28th; and Rossini’s Cinderella on August 3-6th. Tickets are already selling quickly. To purchase tickets Click Here 

MANNA:  Deb Noblett extends her thanks for the work done by Rotarians last week. A lot of work was accomplished. Juice, Pudding and Apple Sauce Brigades did an outstanding job

Habitat For Humanity: Save the Date:  Our Club will be participating May 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to Noon in Alanson. Please sign up online for a work group. Also, liability forms need to be filled out for Habitat. Please fill them out and turn in to Tim Dykstra or Terry Newton. Twenty-one workers are needed

Top of Michigan Trails:  Jim Harrington provided more information on the event. This is the first year of the event and Jim thanked Stafford’s, Inc. for their sponsorship. The 10K walk or Run will start at the Trails Council Office and will end up in Harbor Springs. If you can place a poster at your business it will be greatly appreciated. Also the Timing System provided a few years ago by Rotary, will be used in the event. The Club will be sponsoring an Aid Station for the Memorial Week-end Marathon Event. The event is on May 28th from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

What we also need are a team of runners and walkers. 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. You will be receiving an e-mail to prompt your registration


Our speaker today was Carlin Smith, president of the Petoskey Chamber. His presentation was “A Thriving Petoskey”, a better community through better business. The crux of the talk was defining the concept of Conscious Capitalism. Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundation of a.) Capitalism, b.) Voluntary exchange; c.) Entrepreneurship; d.) Competition; e.) Freedom to trade and f.) Rule of law. These are essential to a healthy functioning economy, as are other elements of Conscious Capitalism including trust, compassion, collaboration and value creation.

There are four pillars guiding and underlying a business that practices Conscious Capitalism. Carlin gave a few examples in our own community: Dave Kring’s Chevrolet, Bill’s Farm Market, Kilwin’s, Harbor-Brenn Insurance, Grandpa Shorters and Sky’s the Limit. These businesses demonstrate:

  1. Higher purpose: Recognizing that every business has a purpose that is more than making money

  2. Stakeholder orientation: Knowing that a business needs to create value with its stakeholders

  3. Conscious leadership: Human social organizations are created and guided by leaders who are people who see a path and inspire others to travel along that same path

  4. Conscious Culture: This is the ethos – the values, principles, practices underlying the social fabric of a business

For more information on this business movement; click here

Next Week’s Program:  Matt Barresi from Wings Over Northern Michigan