Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

April 27, 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 Elect Jeff Wynder 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 America the Beautiful

4-Way Test:  Neil Bidwell

Invocation:  Neil Bidwell

What you notice, give attention to, talk about, get all worked up over emotionally is what you are inviting into your life, whether you mean to or not.

Catherine Ponder

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Reg Smith

Calendar Winners April 27, 2022

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Rylee Klosinski
Commerce Twp.
Pamela Cushing
Gloria Findling
David Jordan
Wheat Ridge, CO
Christie Grams
P. Sunrise

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  Bart English, Prospective Member;

Jeff Neill from Kiwanis joined us. He swears that he will be in a real service club in the future called Rotary. DJ Jones allowed him to slink into our club meeting today and he was also a guest of Jeff Wynder’s.

Life Events: 


Bob Howse


Becky Philipp-Kranig – 2 Years

Joe Taylor – 4 Years

Singing/Song:  We sang Happy Birthday, Smile and 1928 Irving Berlin “Puttin on the Ritz”


Spring Roadside Cleanup Last Saturday -- Thank You: Thank you to all Rotarians & friends who gathered this past Saturday to clean our 3-mile stretch along US-131. We had 17 volunteers (awesome turnout!) and collected a whopping 38 bags of garbage. In addition to the usual litter, Liz Ahrens found a complete deer skull and Betsy Newton found a Barbie dress.

Service Club day at Camp Daggett:  On Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Camp Daggett is hosting service club members for a day of volunteering at camp. Volunteers will be sweeping and cleaning out the cabins, touching up paint, and generally prepping Camp Daggett for a busy summer. We will grill out for lunch and coffee will be provided! Camp Daggett needs to know how many volunteers to expect ASAP. Please contact Christian Smith at if you'd like to help for all or part of the day.

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:  Thank you to all who have volunteered so far! 3 out of 4 shifts have been filled. We still need a few more people to help with meal distribution / event breakdown on Thursday, May 12 from 4:30 - 7:30 PM at the Grand Unity Center. 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.

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 received a presentation by our very own Rotarian, Dibby Smith, acting in her capacity as a volunteer with the League of Women Voters.

Dibby described a "Promote the Vote 2022" petition that is circulating statewide. This petition seeks to add a proposal to the November ballot. The proposal is to amend the Michigan state constitution to incorporate voting rights already in place -- but adding them to the constitution protects them from political pressures.

Language would be added to the Michigan constitution to:

- allow for voting without threat or intimidation

- allow military and overseas ballots be counted if they are *postmarked* on election day

- increase security measures for drop boxes and access to drop boxes

- provide for postage-paid absentee applications and ballots

- create a one-time application for an absentee ballot

- keep current voter ID laws in place

- require election audits to be public

- provide for an early voting period

- allow for voting over a weekend

- more transparency around who donates voting space/equipment

In order for this proposal to be placed on the November ballot, at least 10% of voters from the last gubernatorial election (approximately 425,000 people) need to sign the petition by July 11.

If enough valid signatures are received by then, it will be placed on the ballot in November. 

Visit to learn more.

Next Week’s Program:  Tom Day joining us via Zoom – Ice at the North Pole