Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

April 28, 2021

1921 – 2021         100 Years of Service Above Self

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Petoskey via Zoom on the world wide web. Ashley Whitney, President officiated the meeting. If you did not get the chance to attend, you can watch it from this:  Recording

Pledge/Anthem:  Howard Richards Played “God Bless America”

4-Way Test:  Teri Donaldson

Invocation:  Neil Bidwell

“When I Live This Way”.

When I am kind, I don’t need an excuse for my behavior.

When I am gentle, I never have to apologize.

When I am patient, I rarely make the misunderstanding worse.

When I am generous, I never feel guilty.

And when I love, I never need to explain myself.

Sure makes my life simpler.

Taken from a column by The Rev. Michael Sanders that appeared in the Petoskey News Review

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners April 28, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Michael J. Kearney
Hinsdale, IL
Carolyn Beach
Danny Grieg
The Adam Cross Family
P. Sunrise
Paul Mahew

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  Doug Tippett; Speaker, Izzy (Jim Wibby’s granddaughter)

Life Events: 

Dr. John Stover died April 22, 2021, please keep Marilyn and his family in your thoughts and prayers. You can read his obituary here:  Link

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in John's name to the Rotary Club of Surf City at PO Box 4006, Surf City, NC, 28445.

Rotarian Pete Olson is retiring this summer from NCMC and is moving full time to Mackinac Island, so he has submitted his resignation to our club. We're very sorry to see you go, Pete, but excited for your next chapter of island living!!!

Rotary Care List:  Please keep Dave Thomas and his wife Carol in your thoughts and prayers as she is heading for a knee replacement and we wish her a speedy recovery.

Birthdays:  None


Becky Philipp-Kranig – 1 Year

Joe Taylor – 3 Years

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards led us in singing Smile.


100 Acts of Service:  This year our club aspires to complete 100 Acts of Service for our 100 years. If you did something to serve others in the last week, please be sure to record it in our online survey -- click here. Thank you!

131 Roadside Cleanup:  Save the date! On Saturday, May 1 at 9:00 AM we'll meet at Walloon Lake Marina to clean up our usual three-mile stretch of Highway 131. The rain date is May 8. Please contact Jeff Bodette if you have any questions. We still need about 6 more to sign up and you can do so by clicking on this:  Link

4th of July Festivities:  Sunrise Rotary has taken over Petoskey's annual 4th of July festivities. They are asking other service clubs to become involved -- cash contributions, or join the program committee to plan the parade, etc. In its monthly board meeting, the Rotary Board of Directors approved a $1,000 donation toward 4th of July festivities. Please contact Karen Ragland if you are interested in helping with this on behalf of Noon Rotary.

Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup:  Many thanks to the 20+ folks who volunteered at Petoskey State Park last Saturday for the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup!! Together we collected about 20 bags of garbage. 

Spaghetti Dinner:  Many thanks to everyone who helped with last Thursday's spaghetti dinner drive-thru event!! Christian Smith will share more details next week, but overall, it was a big success.

Scholarships:  Rotary's scholarship committee has met and selected recipients for this year. Our club will be awarding five $1,000 scholarships to local high school students. We need volunteers who would be willing to attend the high school scholarship award ceremonies and present the Rotary scholarship on behalf of our club. Dates for scholarship presenters: Petoskey High School May11 @7:00 pm, Pellston High School May 19 @ 6:30 pm, Harbor Springs High School May 29 ( time to be determined ) and Concord Academy Petoskey June 6 @ 2:00 pm. Please contact Mike Snyder if interested - 419-439-2356.

Rotary Swag:  Our club is once again partnering with Harbor Springs-based Carter's Imagewear to offer our members apparel and accessories featuring the Rotary Club of Petoskey logo. In addition to general logowear, there will also be a handful of 100th Anniversary edition products available. Stay tuned for more info!!

Paul Harris Fellowship Matching Opportunity:  For a limited time only, April 26, 2021 through June 08, 2021, on a first come first serve basis, Rotary International District 6290 is offering to match a new gift of $500 to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund, with 500 recognition points to name a Paul Harris Fellow. (Note: “new” means that the entire $500 contribution must be made within the program dates. Earlier partial donations cannot be counted towards the match.)

Please complete the form that was emailed to all members and send along with a $500 USD check payable to The Rotary Foundation to: (Please type or write clearly)

PDG Gernot Runschke

District Rotary Foundation Committee

1624 Gladys Circle

Grand Haven, MI 49417

Forms must be accompanied by a $500 USD check and postmarked no later than June 08, 2021. Questions?  Contact Gernot Runschke at 616 566 3815 or email Gernot @

Meeting in-person in June:  Save the date! On Wednesday, June 16 at 12:00 PM we will meet in-person at an outdoor location TBD. There will most like not be a Zoom option for this meeting. There will also not be a program, just social time.


Today we were joined by Doug Tippett from NCMC, who gave us a virtual tour of the College Central Network. This free, Web-based tool is designed to help students, alumni, and community residents connect with employers looking to fill a wide range of employment opportunities. Learn more at:

Next Week’s Program:  Suzanne Perry – Crypto Currency

Parting Shots:  Howard Richards closed with Songs from the 1922 Rotary Songbook...You Can't Get Loving Where There Ain't Any Love #125, That's How I Need You #134 Come After Breakfast #131