Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

February 16, 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:  Andre Strydom led us in; “God Bless America”

4-Way Test:  Sarah McDonnell

Invocation:  Teri Donaldson

Our Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

So many years ago, Benjamin Franklin thought the same. After receiving a letter thanking him for having done a kindness, he replied:

“As to the kindness you mention, I wish I could have been of more service to you than have been, but if I had, the only thanks that I should desire are that you would always be ready to serve any other person that may need your assistance, and so let good offices go around, for mankind are all of a family.  As for my own part, when I am employed in serving others, I do not look upon myself as conferring favors, but paying debts.”

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Dave Thomas

Calendar Winners February 16, 2022

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Therese Dankert
Becky Knickmeier
Houghton Lake Heights
Lea & Dave Dietzel
Fred George
Grand Blanc
Jack Zlotow
P. Sunrise

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  Bart English, Jessica Smith

Life Events: 

Rotary Care List:  None

Birthdays:  None


Betsy Newton – 3 Years

Reg Smith – 13 Years

Bill Collins – 15 Years

Singing/Song:  Andre Strydom led us in 1971 Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” and Smile


Recent Rotary Charitable Donations from our Club:  At its February board meeting, our Board of Directors approved two donation: a $300 donation to Little Traverse Civic Theatre to support production of its "Into the Woods" musical this spring, and a $500 donation to Women's Resource Center for preschool classroom supplies.

Club Survey - Thank You:  Thank you to everyone who recently reflected & responded to President Ashley Whitney's call for feedback on our fundraising activities moving forward. There is still time to share your thoughts if interested! Rotarians are being asked to answer these questions below and email their responses to Ashley:

What have we done that you really like?

What have we done that you don't like?

Are there changes you would like to see to our charitable giving?

Are there things we should absolutely keep doing?

What have we done in the past that you miss?

What ideas do you have for the future?

Please email your thoughts directly to Ashley at

PRCCI Now Accepting Applications to Spring Grant Cycle:  Petoskey Rotary Club Charities Inc. (PRCCI) invites eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for up to $5,000 to support a project. Help spread the word! The application is available on our website, and is due by March 15.

Rotary Park Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications:  This year we have $88,394 to grant from the Rotary Park Fund. The deadline for nonprofits to apply is March 31. We hope to have volunteers on subcommittees to help vet the applications that come in. Contact Ashley Whitney if interested. We want to vet and approve applications by the May board meeting.

Rotary Foundation Raffle Drawing:  Tickets are $20 each, and are being sold until the end of February. Half of the raffle money will be donated to the Rotary Foundation and the other half will be raffle cash prizes. Please see Chris Etienne or Jane Millar if you'd like to buy tickets.

Alzheimer’s Virtual Event:  Melissa Thompson spoke about the following: Every 65 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. There is an urgent need for earlier detection, better recruitment for clinical trials, and expansion of treatment options. Join us for this virtual event, The Future of Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment, from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 24. The discussion will feature Rebecca M. Edelmayer, PH.D., Senior Director of Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association, and a panel of distinguished researchers from Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia talking about prevention; detection; diagnostics; treatment. Link

PROGRAM  Dave Thomas – Why I am a Rotarian & Support the Foundation

Today we were treated to another presentation by our very own Rotarian Dave Thomas, who spoke on "Why I'm a Rotarian." Through data highlights, book recommendations and thoughtful video clips, Dave shared his unique perspective on global progress and why he believes in the power of Rotary to support that. If you’ve never seen Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot you owe it to yourself to do so: Link

Next Week’s Program:  Monika Tomica – Borgen Project