Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

December 2, 2020

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Petoskey via Zoom on the world wide web. Liz Ahrens, 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 “Oh Beautiful”

4-Way Test:  David Finley

Invocation:  Tim Dykstra

For today a couple observations, one a bit on the heavy side, the other not so much.

Albert Pike was a well-known American author, poet, orator and jurist in the 19th century.  Even though he was a senior officer in the Confederate States Army, he did share an observation that even today helps us to understand why our Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” is so wise and significant: 

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;
what we have done for others and the world
remains and is immortal.”


And now a COVID-19 quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners December 2, 2020
Calendar Winner
Sold By
Mark Hartman
Michelle Ambrozaitis
Jim Massaroni
Lisa Gravelyn
Stafford C. Smith
Josh Richert
Dolores Mitchell
Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  Karin Leland, Physical Therapist and her student Jacquelyn Harbin

Life Events:

Rotary Care List:

We have three people in our club we need to be thinking about. 

Neil Bidwell is currently in the hospital recovering from surgery.

Nancy Byers has just recovered from COVID and getting stronger each day.

Ron Broquet is struggling with sciatica which is causing him intense pain.


Chuck Hayes

Angelia Cranney

Andrea Coronado

Dibby Smith

Reg Smith


Peter Olson – 5 Years

Dave Thomas – 31 Years

Walt Byers – 36 Years

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards led us in singing Happy Birthday and Smile


Bylaw amendment to allow for electronic voting:  We had a quorum present at today's meeting, so we pursued a vote to amend our club bylaws to allow for electronic voting this year. There was unanimous consent. Speaking of which...

Club elections on Dec. 9:  The club's election will be on December 9th. The slate of candidates is listed below. When you vote, you will vote either 'yes' or 'no' to this entire slate. 

President Nominee:  Reg Smith

Board of Directors:  Christian Smith; Lisa Hammond; Karen Ragland

PRCCI Board of Directors:  Jean Frentz and Bob Waldvogel

Please Click on the following link to VOTE in this Election

Zoom meeting with past RI president Ravi Ravindran:  We have finalized the evite for our Rotary Zoom meeting featuring Ravi Ravindran on Thursday, December 10th from 12:00-1:15pm EST. Link to register for this event

Salvation Army bell ringing  on Dec. 18:  Save the date! We will ring the bell for Salvation Army. This year we will ring outside the Petoskey Chamber building at the corner of Mitchell & Howard (across from our old JC Penney location). We will also have one location at the north end of Walmart. Sign up sheet is circulating in ClubRunner. Please sign up for your preferred time slot(s). There are still 11 slots to be filled.

Wreaths Across America on Dec. 19:  Save the date! We will gather at Greenwood Cemetery to conduct wreath-laying ceremonies on veterans' graves.

Rotary Secret Santa gift exchange:  Thank you to the 22+ people who signed up! This is going to be fun. Ashley Whitney recently sent all participants instructions for how we will exchange gifts and guess who our Secret Santas are.

Calendar sales: We're in the home stretch!!  As you sell your calendars, you may drop off your calendar money to three locations: (1) Mail it to our club at PO Box 61, Petoskey, MI 49770. (2) Drop it off at Harbor/Brenn office, across the street from Culver's. There is a mail slot in the front door to slide your money through. (3) Drop it off at Karen Ragland's home. Please contact her first!

Toys for Tots:  This annual toy drive is still happening! If you'd like to donate a toy for a child in need, please drop it off at the Perry Hotel. Or you can make a cash donation if you prefer -- simply write a check out to Toys for Tots and mail it to Dave Thomas's home address. Please contact Dave Thomas with any questions.


Today we were joined by Karin Leland -- a physical therapist at Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center.

Karin gave an informative presentation on vertigo, particularly how physical therapy can be used to treat it. All too often people are prescribed medications to manage their vertigo, but rarely do those medications address the underlying causes.

Symptoms of vertigo include spinning dizziness, loss of balance, instability,  and lightheadedness. It can be caused by calcium crystals moving around in your ears, or by nerve damage, hearing loss or blood pressure changes.

To combat vertigo, physical therapists will employ crystal repositioning maneuvers, as well as lead patients through balance retraining and/or other compensatory strategies.

Next Week’s Program:  Club Assembly and Voting                                                                                                                                        

Parting Shots:  Howard Richards closed with:


(Written by Melinda Root / Fannie Zollicoffer)

Sleigh bells ring and I'm listening,

But I'm turning and twisting.

'Cause I'm itching up here,

And I'm scratching down there,

I'm walking in my winter underwear.

Now, the front is all battered,

And the back is is all tattered,

But, when I'm cold to the core,

I walk through the "trap door",

And up into my winter underwear.

Vell, I don't care if it rains or snows or freezes.

I yam so warm I yust don't give a hoot.

I put on all the stockings I can locate,

And I wear two pair of trousers with my suit.

But then I start to perspire

And then it sets me on fire.

'Cause I'm itching up here,

And I'm scratching down there,

I'm walking in my winter underwear.

Vinter snow is white and glistening,

But I'm turning and twisting.

I gotta scratch a little here,

I gotta scratch a little there.

I'm walking in my winter underwear.

I put my bathing suit away in moth balls,

And now I've got to adapt to snow balls.

Then I can't scratch my back;

I throw myself all aback.

I'm walking in my winter underwear.

Through rain and snow and ice I do not worry.

The winter come, I yust don't give a hoot.

My coat and hat and earmuffs keep my cozy

And I wear two pair of trousers with my suit.

But then to cope to other clothing,

Vell, the thing that I am loading,

Is when my face turn blue,

And contortions I go through,

Walking in my winter underwear.

They're from Sears-Rooobuuuck....

Walking in my winter underwear!