Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

February 2, 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:  Karen Ragland

Invocation:  Lisa Schneider

In the Service of others,

One places another’s wishes and welfare

Before one’s own comfort

And personal preferences.

Ideally, there is

No thought of like or dislike,

No feelings of superiority or pride,

No thought of self-benefit,

Only the wish to help others.

Calendar Winners:  Read off by John Emley

Calendar Winners February 2, 2022

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Marilyn Winkel
Fond du Lac, WI
Grace Keiser
Harbor Springs
Jeff Burns
Boyne City
Colin Westgarten
Harbor Springs
Sharon Frost

Visiting Rotarians:  Sarah George - Petoskey Sunrise


Life Events:  Rotary Care List:  None


Sarah McDonald


Sharon Schappacher – 2 Years

Teri Donaldson – 9 Years

Gary Fedus – 28 Years

Jean Frentz – 33 Years

Roy Longworth – 55 Years

Singing/Song:  Andre Strydom led us in Smile and Mr. Rogers' song, "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"


Special Tribute from the State of Michigan:  President Ashley Whitney showed off a special commendation that our Rotary Club received from Senator Wayne Schmidt and Representative John Damoose, congratulating us on our 100th anniversary. 

Calendars - Temporary Volunteers Needed:  Karen Ragland seeks two volunteers to help with the calendar raffle over the next two months. All you have to do is arrive at 11:30 before our weekly meeting. One person draws the names from the raffle, and the other person records the names. Please contact Karen if you are willing to help with this. Thank you! 

Rotary Park Fund:  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.

PROGRAM   Today we were joined by Lisa Blanchard and our very own Rotarian Dibby Smith, both of whom were representing the League of Women Voters of Michigan. LWV Michigan is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that does not support / oppose political parties or political candidates. LWV Michigan does, however, occasionally take positions on legislative bills and governmental policy issues.

Lisa and Dibby described the "Secure MI Vote" initiative and why the League of Women Voters opposes this initiative. They described the various components of Secure MI Vote and why LWV Michigan believes the initiative is a form of voter suppression.

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Next Week’s Program:  Jim Wibby & Lisa Schneider – Club financials & our Charitable giving