Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER 

June 22, 2016


4 Way Test:  Thank you Dave Thomas

PLEDGE/Anthem:  Pledge of Allegiance

InvocationRandy Evans recited a verse by the former U.S. Senate chaplain

You go nowhere by accident.
Wherever you go,
God is sending you.
Wherever you are,
God has put you there.
God has a purpose
in your being there.
Christ lives in you
and has something
he wants to do
through you where you are.
Believe this and go in the
grace and love and
power of Jesus Christ.
— Rev. Richard Halverson

Calendar Winners:  Winners can be found: Link   

Song: There was no singing today due to the length of the agenda

Slide Show:  Dave Thomas prepared a slide show emphasizing the Fun, Fellowship and Friendship Rotarians shared during his 2015-2016 term. The presentation is 12 minutes of beautiful photographs taken at a number of Club events. You can view the presentation on the Facebook Page

Life Events:  Congratulations to John Hurd who will be tying the knot on July 30th

Congratulations are also in order for Randy Evans who has published another book entitled; “Out of the Inferno: A Husband’s Passage through Cancerland”. The book came out on June 10th and has already met critical acclaim. Already a top seller on Amazon. The book can be purchased at McLean & Eakin as well as Between the Covers

Visiting RotariansWelcome to the following visitors: Steve Popper from Naples, FL; John Van Etten from Terre Haute, IN; Rex Dugan from Danville, IN; and Dick Chambers from Holland, MI


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. Please contact Jim Beno if you have not signed up. Also, contact Jim Beno if you are interested in a Vegetarian Meal. Summer/Visiting Rotarians are asked to pay at check-in, active Rotarians will be billed. Reminder:  There will be no Wednesday (June 29th) meeting this week

Location Change:  The July 6th meeting will be held at Bayview Association - Campus Club. This building is located between the brick post office and the library. Dave Russell will be giving a talk on aviation. Box lunches will be served

CROP Walk:  July 2, 2016 marks the annual Crop Walk. Registration begins at 8:30 (Bayview) and the walk begins at 9:00. The walk is 3 miles through Bayview and there will be motorized vehicles picking people up who do not feel they can do the entire stretch. The Club has donated $250.00 to the cause

Crooked Tree Arts Center Summer Outdoor Concerts:  Liz Ahrens announced the schedule for Music on 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: Link 

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 Festival Jim 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

Ground Breaking Great Lakes Center for the Arts:  Rotarians are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Great Lakes Center for the Arts on July 2nd at 5:00 p.m. Please try to attend and show support of our Diamonds & Denim partner.

Governor Snyder will also be in attendance


President David Thomas provided the program today as one of his last official actions. The Club heard just a few of the many accomplishments of his presidency due to Dave’s outstanding leadership. President Dave and his Board designed a Strategic Planning Process that will be used in years to come. The goals established and completed led to the Club’s attainment of the Governor’s Award, as well as, the Presidential Award (Bronze). These are indeed high and coveted honors. Membership & Service was also a high mark of Dave’s presidency. His emphasis on Fun, Fellowship and Friendship was beautifully documented through photographs in the slide show played during lunch. Dave also provided the Club with education on the ins and outs of the Rotary Foundation. The information gleaned helped the Club in assisting the earthquake victims in Nepal and also allowed more dollars to find their way to the STRIVE Program. The Club learned firsthand that the Rotary Foundation is much more than the Paul Harris Fellowship

President Dave presented his last Semper Fi Award to the Club as a whole

The Club thanked President Dave with a standing ovation

Next Week’s Program:  Exchange of Officers June 28th at 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.

Second Week’s Notification:  Matt Brede for becoming a member of The Rotary Club of Petoskey