Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

December 23, 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 “My Country Tis of Thee”

4-Way Test:  Chelsea Platte

Invocation:  Neil Bidwell

This is the season of light. Light from the festive glow of the Menorah, warmth from the yule log fire, radiant beams from the tender face of the babe born in Bethlehem.

In this, the darkest of months, we give thanks for light. We are grateful for the light the Petoskey Rotary Club has shed, throughout its long history, on so many others, both here at home and throughout the world.

We ask that we be nourished by this fellowship and reflection on our past....and energized to convey light.....forward into the future.  Amen.

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners December 23, 2020
Calendar Winner
Sold By
Ami L. MacDonald
Grand Blanc
Joe Otto
Terry Carling-Kelly
Dubuque, IA
Millah Nikkel
Denver, CO
Nick Fulton
James Shirlla
P. Sunrise
Ron & Carol Rojeski
P. Sunrise
Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  Sal Page, Rachel Fenton, Izzy

Life Events:

Rotary Care List:


Steve Brummeler

Walt Byers


Steve Brown – 36 Years

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


Salvation Army bell ringing:  Thank you to all who volunteered last Friday!! Great job!

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!

McLaren volunteer opportunity:  Recently Tami Frampus, nurse liaison with the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation, visited our Rotary meeting to highlight a new volunteer opportunity. In a nutshell, this is to help provide blue plastic hospital isolation gowns to hospital staff, which protect them when they go into isolation rooms. The gowns are manufactured locally by Petoskey Plastics. They arrive as rolls, with perforations. They need to be torn off the roll and folded. McLaren is asking Noon Rotarians to please volunteer on Mondays at the Hospital Foundation (which is a totally separate building from the hospital itself.) Small groups of people (5 is ideal) are needed for two-hour shifts. Each person will be placed at a "gown station" to tear and fold gowns. Before entering the Hospital Foundation, everyone will be screened for COVID symptoms and issued a hospital mask. This is a volunteer opportunity for adults only, particularly adults who are comfortable with physical movement. Please contact Tami Frampus at 231-487-7128 if you are interested in signing up for a time slot with names of the people in your group or if you have any questions.

Crooked Tree Arts Council:  This year's CTAC School of Ballet Nutcracker online this year! Streaming Dec 19 - Jan 30 :):  Link


Today we were treated to a wonderful musical program involving many talented Rotarians.

Stuart Fenton (on violin) and his friend, Sally Page (on piano) played a rendition of Leonard Cohen's song, "Hallelujah."

Next we enjoyed a cello-violin duet featuring two Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra musicians. Then Judy Zorn joined them for a second piece, lending her gorgeous vocals to "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire."

Our very own piano virtuoso, Howard Richards, closed the program with a beautiful medley of "Charlie Brown" holiday tunes, "Oh Christmas Tree" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." He was accompanied with some stronger-than-usual vocals by his dog, Willow.

The program brought lots of holiday cheer and smiles to everyone's faces.

Next Week’s Program:  Member Check-in                                                         

Parting Shots:  Howard Richards closed with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” with a great accompaniment from Willow who loves to sing.