Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

April 1, 2020

Liz Ahrens officiated a Virtual Meeting today on Zoom. Many thanks to Ashley Whitney who hosted the meeting on her company account. Our gratitude for all who joined us today and it was great to see all your lovely faces.

Four Way Test:  All joined in reciting

Invocation:  Lisa Hammond


If you only carry one thing throughout your entire life, let it be hope. Let it

be hope that better things are always ahead. Let it be hope that you can

get through even the toughest of times. Let it be hope that you are stronger

than any challenge that comes your way. Let it be hope that you are

exactly where you are meant to be right now, and that you are on the path

to where you are meant to be...Because during these times, hope will be

the very thing that carries you through.

Nikki Banas

Singing/Song:  We sang Happy Birthday to our birthday celebrant; Jane Millar and we sang an off-key version of “Smile.” Really helps to have Andre Strydom or Howard Richards on the piano to keep us on key. Howard Richards did join us today on the piano and we sang; “Take me out to the Ballgame.”

Calendar Winners:  Read by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners April 1, 2020

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Matt Verkerke
Robert Moran
East Jordan
East Jordan
Bud Kloosterman
David Thomas
Devan Adams
Gerald G. Carvey
Stacy Stocking

Visiting Rotarians:  Thank you for joining us today: Gary Voison, Cheboygan;

Life Events: 

To those that need a reminder:  Link

Rotary Care List: 

Ron Broquet - recuperating

Bill Graham - back home - will return to Mayo Clinic for follow-up April 10th

Lynn Van Etten - still suffering chronic pain from truck accident last year (sent card)

Heard from John Van Etten last week that she has been cleared to return to active participation in all events.

Bill Collins gave an update on his grandson Luke who has been diagnosed with a Neuroblastoma yet to be determined. He has been scheduled for treatment protocols of low dose chemotherapy and two calcium infusions over span of two months.


Jane Millar


Chuck Hayes 1 year

John Parker 59 years

Stafford Smith 59 years


Liz Ahrens:  Rotary Club of Petoskey is donating money and amounts to:

$5,000 to United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

$3,000 to Manna Project

$1,000 to Women’s Resource Center

$1,000 to Salvation Army 

Additional $10,000 will be donated in coming weeks as we determine community needs.

Jane Millar:  Jane let us know that they are working on having on line mediation soon

Member Check-In: 

To all members who could not make it we encourage you to do so next week and we also encourage all of you to continue to be safe so that we can see you in good health when we can next meet together at a regular Rotary meeting in the not too distant future.

Program:  Nikki Devitt

Nikki Devitt discussed Petoskey Strong which is dedicated to the Chamber helping the community with getting help and resources during this challenging time. You can get a hold of Nikki through her Chamber email address at and you can visit the website at

See you next week! Our program will include Kim Baker from Manna Project