Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

February 23, 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. We were treated today to Past President Jim Wibby having 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:  Jane Millar

Invocation:  Neil Bidwell

A quote by Eric Michael Leventhal:

" You invoke a new future when you envision your past in the light of your present."

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Elaine Keiser

Calendar Winners February 23, 2022

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Brett Keefe
Tim Tippett
Bethany Hedgepath
Doug Buck
Shawn Neff
Harbor Springs

Visiting Rotarians:  Suzanne Perry, Sunrise Rotary; Patricia Wimmer, Rochester, MN

Guests:  Bart English

Life Events: 

Rotary Care List:  None


Kendall Klingelsmith

Terry Newton


Liz Ahrens – 15 Years

Terry Newton – 24 Years

Bill Graham – 38 Years

Singing/Song:  Andre Strydom led us in Happy Birthday and Smile


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:  All tickets were sold. Thank you to those who supported this effort! $1,280 has been sent to the Rotary Foundation.

PROGRAM  Monika Tomica, a Michigander currently living in Denver. She is pursuing a Masters Degree in International Human Rights and is completing an internship with The Borgen Project. 

Monica told us more about The Borgen Project. It is a nonprofit organization that advocates for U.S. foreign policy to invest in global poverty reduction. Monica described why The Borgen Project believes global poverty reduction benefits the U.S.:

  • national security - global development is cheaper than military operations

  • international standing - maintains U.S. in global leadership role

  • economic growth - increases consumers and opens markets

  • handling overpopulation

  • decrease long-term spending -- reduction in foreign aid over time

Learn more at

Next Week’s Program:  Suzanne Perry - Metaverse