Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

April 20, 2022

1921 – 2021          100 Years of Service Above Self

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Petoskey via Zoom on the world wide web and in-person from here on out if God willing and the creek don’t rise. President Ashley Whitney officiated the meeting. If you did not get the chance to attend, you can watch it from this:  Recording

Pledge/Anthem:  Howard Richards led us in God Bless America

4-Way Test:  Matt Breed

Invocation:  Tim Dykstra

"One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others."

Lewis Carroll

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Liz Ahrens

Calendar Winners April 20, 2022

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Barbara McKaye
Julie Leister
Marinette, WI
N. MI Sports Medicine
Glenwood Custom Builders
P. Sunrise
Rose Woerner

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  Jim Harrington, Speaker; Amber Pettit, Prospective Member; Jessica Smith

Life Events: 


Nikki Devitt

Ingrid Flemming

Bill Collins



Singing/Song:  We sang Happy Birthday, Smile and 1971 Creedence Clearwater Revival “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”


Rotary Happy Hour Last Week -- Thank You:  Thank you to all Rotarians & friends who gathered at the Barrel Back Restaurant last Wednesday, April 13 to watch fellow Rotarian Jeff Wynder play live music for the first time in 20 years!! Jeff did an awesome job, no doubt fueled by the many smiling faces in the audience. Great to see everyone!

Spring Roadside Cleanup This Saturday, April 23:  Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up to help with this longstanding club tradition! As the old saying goes -- many hands make light work -- so we welcome anyone else who would like to join us. We're meeting at 8:00 AM at the usual spot at Walloon Lake Marina to spruce up our 3-mile stretch along US-131. Ric Loyd has kindly offered to bring us coffee and bagels. (Thank you, Ric!!) Check your email for the signup link or contact Reg Smith if interested in helping.

Save the Date - Exchange of Officers Dinner:  On Thursday, June 30 we will gather for dinner at the Perry to install our new Club President and board members. Details forthcoming! There will be NO regular Rotary meeting that week.

Volunteers Needed for Spaghetti Dinner:  Please consider signing up for the spaghetti dinner this year. There are three particular signups available. The first signup is sauce night where we need five volunteers. This is May 10th, 2:00 - 6:00 PM at The Bayview Inn. Signup here: Link. The second signup is Dinner Packaging at Bayview Inn May 11, 2:00 - 6:00 PM and we need 5 volunteers. Signup here: Link. The third signup is Set up & Distribute Meals at Grand Unity Center May 12th where there are two shifts from 1:30 - 4:30 PM and the second shift is 4:30 - 7:30 PM and we need 12 volunteers for both shifts. Signup here: Link. If you have any questions please email Christian Smith at

Volunteers Needed for 5k Runners Aid Station:  Volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 28 from 7:50 - 10:00 AM to cheer and provide water for 5K runners in the 2022 Stafford's Top of Michigan Festival of Races. Location this year is Magnus Park. A fun and easy activity! Click here to sign up. Contact Karen Ragland if you have any questions.

PRCCI Grants to be Awarded Soon:  Petoskey Rotary Club Charities Inc. (PRCCI) -- the charitable arm of our club -- met recently to review 22 applications it received for its annual grantmaking program. Funding decisions have been made and will be communicated soon.

Winter Sports Park Fundraising:  Kendall Klingelsmith welcomes anyone who would like to join a Winter Sports Park fundraising committee. Rotary has been a key partner in fundraising for the forthcoming roof over the hockey rink. Next Kendall would like to fundraise for additional hockey rink improvements to complement the new roof. Please contact him if you are interested. 

Voting in Emmet/Charlevoix County:  Jean Frentz reminded us that on May 3rd you can vote for the Char-EM Career Technical Education. Two questions on the ballot. Please get out and vote!!

Rotary District Conference May 12-14:  This year's District 6290 conference will be held in Elk Rapids (with lodging nearby at the Grand Traverse Resort). Please click here for more info.

Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) Activities:  Dibby Smith reminded us that a PHF match is now in place. If you donate $500 to the Rotary Foundation by June 13, the Rotary Foundation will match your gift, making you eligible for a PHF. Also, Dibby is looking for a few more folks to join the 2022 PHF pool. Please contact her if interested.

Jump for Polio:  Grand Haven, Michigan June 25, 2022 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. All District 6290 Rotarians plus family and friends are welcome to come to Grand Haven on June 25 to skydive to raise money to fight polio worldwide.

Our very own Betsy Newton has volunteered to jump as skydiving has been on Betsy's 'bucket list' for a long time. Please support her with a donation! If you also wish to join her in jumping, as we can have two jumpers per club in District 6290, please see our club president. We are seeking to procure donations of at least $1,000 per jumper.


Today we were joined by Jim Harrington from Bear River Health. 

Bear River Health is a treatment facility for Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Nearly half of all Americans know someone with a SUD. And drug overdose deaths have increased significantly during the pandemic.

The facility opened in 2016 to bring more treatment service options for people. Bear River Health has campuses in Boyne Falls (men's campus), Gaylord (women's campus) and Walloon Lake village. Bear River Health strives for an innovative, custom approach to SUD treatment. There is no "one size fits all" solution for recovery from SUD. They do mental health assessments for each patient as well as custom food plans for dietary needs.

Bear River Health is looking to expand post-treatment transitional sober living housing, employment opportunities for individuals in recovery, and healthy social activities.

Next Week’s Program:  Dibby Smith – League of Women Voters Promote to Vote Ballot Proposal

Two-Week Notification: Amber Pettit was voted into the Rotary Club of Petoskey on April 12th and this is the second of her two-week notification.