Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER 

June 15, 2016


4 Way Test:  Thank you Chris Etienne

PLEDGE/Anthem:  In keeping with annual international requirements the Club sang “Oh Canada”, to honor our Canadian Rotarians

InvocationStuart Fenton requested a moment of silence for those who died in the Orlando, Florida shooting. This was followed by a “Prayer for the World”  

Let the rain come and wash away
the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds
held and nurtured over generations.
Let the rain wash away the memory
of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and
fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of the sun heal us
wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog so that
we can see each other clearly.
So that we can see beyond labels,
beyond accents, gender or skin color.
Let the warmth and brightness
of the sun melt our selfishness.
So that we can share the joys and
feel the sorrows of our neighbors.
And let the light of the sun
be so strong that we will see all
people as our neighbors.
Let the earth, nourished by rain,
bring forth flowers
to surround us with beauty.
And let the mountains teach our hearts
to reach upward to heaven.
—Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

Calendar Winners:  Our lovely Sophie Cranney read the calendar winners today. Calendar winners can be found: 

Song:  Rotarians were “Feelin’ Groovy” after singing the 1966 hit, “The 59th Street Bridge Song”

Life Events:  Jack Benish’s grandson has been drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Very cool!

Visiting RotariansWelcome to Moose Dunn, Clearwater, Florida; Currie Andrews, Nashville, TN; Ken Farr, Los Chillos Milenio, Ecuador; Dick Chambers, Holland, MI; and Harvey Stone, Warren, PA, who is a District Governor


Flag ExchangeVisiting Rotarian Ken Farr, brought a flag from Los Chillos, Ecuador. President Dave presented one from us. Another beautiful flag to add to our collection

Officer Exchange:  The Officer Exchange will take place on June 28, 2016. It will be held at the Perry Hotel. Cocktails will be served out side on the terrace at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m. Sign-up sheets are circulating weekly

Crooked Tree Arts Center Summer Outdoor Concerts:  Liz Ahrens announced the schedule for music at the Bidwell Plaza. All concerts start at 12:30 p.m. A special thanks was extended to Marsha and Neil Bidwell for their continued support of the music. Also, don’t forget the Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park beginning at 12:00 p.m. For the schedule and line-up see:

Michigan Trails Council Barbecue:  Herb Carlson announced that our Diamonds & Denim partners from last year, have invited us to attend a thank you barbecue at the “Ultimate Trailhead” building. The event takes place on June 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Please try to attend

Bay Harbor Vintage Car & Boat FestivalJim Beno announced the 18th annual event will be taking place on June 25th, 2016. The Parade of Cars will take place at 10:00 a.m. with the awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the quality of life in the Little Traverse Bay Region. For more information please call 231.439.2700 or e-mail There is no charge to attend but a parking donation will be appreciated. Parking donations benefit the MANNA Food Project

President’s Board Report:  President presented the following summary from the June 16, 2016 Board Meeting:

  • Member changes – Matthew Breed’s nomination was approved by the Board

  • The remaining charitable fund balances were reviewed

    • $1,250 approved from President fund for media;

    • $250 approved for Petoskey Education Foundation;

    • $4,000 approved to support new ladder truck information campaign;

    • Remainder of president’s fund will be carried over until 2016-17 year to pay to digitally save many of the club’s historical records in anticipation of our 2021 100th Anniversary

  • New Membership Options Discussion - Board appointed a committee chaired by Dave Thomas to bring back a recommendation to the Board in line with 2016-2017 visioning exercise

  • Sidewalk Sales:  Rob Rogier, Board Director of Charitable Income, is looking for someone to take over the Sidewalk Sales Event. If interested please speak to Rob

  • New Board Member: Paul Schemanski will be filling the remaining term of John Calabrese


Bob Metzger introduced Maria Modelski, Principal of St. Michael Academy. Ms. Modelski was joined by students Elizabeth Forton, Colin Caldwell, Lucas Hoffman, Gillian Gagnon and Randy Trudell. The presentation was on St. Michael Academy. The Mission of the school is the belief “that the highest and best education develops the whole person - not just our intellect, but also our will, emotions, body and spirit. It helps us to understand the significance of history, nature and the world, to discover our unique gifts and talents, and teaches us how to live so that we find happiness – both in this life and the next”. St. Michael Academy offers a unique, yet time-honored approach to education through its Catholic Integrated Classical Curriculum. The program is based on the three pillars of classical education; integrated history and classical literature, a rigorous study of the natural world, and an appreciation of the visual and performing arts, all suffused with the light of the Catholic Faith.

As part of the mission to form the whole person, the academy is dedicated to instilling a sense of social responsibility and servant leadership. Throughout the study of history and literature we repeatedly encounter the idea that a truly great man or woman is, first and foremost, a servant of others

If you would like more information call 231.881.9025 or visit:

Next Week’s Program:  Dave Thomas: A celebration of what we have achieved

Two Week Notification:  Matt Brede begins his first of the two-week notification to join The Rotary Club of Petoskey