Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

January 13, 2021

1921 – 2021         100 Years of Service Above Self

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Petoskey via Zoom on the world wide web. Liz Ahrens, Acting 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:  Chris Etienne

Invocation:  Stu Fenton

A Happy New Year Poem

A Happy, healthy New Year, to you and yours this year,

May you live long and prosper, you and all those you hold dear.

Now, more than ever, do these words ring true,

As the threats are grave and widespread, to me and you.

As we are able, always let us give back, Rotarians are we,

Service above self, helping the community.

So, again, heartfelt wishes in 2021 for health and prosperity

Remember to always help others, for to know God is to give charity

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners January 13, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Sue McGlaughlin
Woody Young
STRIVE %Tim Dykstra
Dylan Klosinski
Commerce Twp.
Jennifer Cooper

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  Teri Donaldson, McLaren Northern Michigan; John & Louise Findley parents of Melissa Thompson, George Robson, today’s speaker

Life Events:

Rotary Care List:


Ron Broquet


Nikki LaDeur – 4 Years

Kassia Perpich – 4 Years

Melissa Thompson – 5 Years

Dennis Myers – 7 Years

Karen Ragland – 11 Years

Robert Howse – 17 Years

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards led us in singing Smile


Sad News:  Long time former Rotarian Ernie Mainland passed away last evening. I am sure Judy would appreciate a card from any of us. Her address is Judy Mainland, 810 Harbor Watch Dr., Petoskey, MI 49770. If you would like to donate to a memorial in his memory it is Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy P.O. Box 579 Walloon Lake 49796 for "The Guardian Fund" or the North Central Michigan College Foundation 1515 Howard Street; Petoskey, Ml 49770.

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

Volunteer with McLaren on Mondays:  McLaren Northern Michigan seeks our help to 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.

NCMC Update:  Dr. Finley let us know that students are back on campus and the center lobby is open for the first time in 9 months.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing:  Jeff Wynder thanked and let everyone know we raised $2,420.23 from the Salvation Army bell ringing before the holidays. They had a record year of just over $150,000.

Speaker March 10, 2021:  Jane Millar let us know that our presenter for our club meeting will be the past RI Director John Smarge about HANWASH.

ClubRunner and Bulletin Backup: Terry Newton brought up about the need for a committee to help with keeping the website current with its history and to learn ClubRunner for a backup in the event that something was to happen to him that someone else is trained. If interested please get a hold of Ashley Whitney or Terry Newton.

Calendar update:  96% of calendar sales turned in, which translates into $17,000 profit for our club. Thank you, Rotarians!! We still have about 6 members who need to turn in calendar money. 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!


George Robson – Bath School Bombing May 1927

Sharon Schappacher introduced our guest speaker George Robson who talked about the History of the Bath Massacre. The attacks killed 38 elementary schoolchildren and 6 adults and injured at least 58 other people. The attacks were perpetrated by Andrew Kehoe. Kehoe, the 55-year-old school board treasurer, was angered by increased taxes and his defeat in the April 5, 1926, election for township clerk. Prior to his timed explosives going off at the Bath Consolidated School building, Kehoe had murdered his wife and firebombed his farm. As rescuers began working at the school, Kehoe drove up to the schoolyard and detonated dynamite inside his shrapnel-filled truck. The truck explosion killed Kehoe plus four other people, and also injured bystanders. During the rescue and recovery efforts, searchers discovered an additional 500 pounds of unexploded dynamite and pyrotol in the south wing of the school that had been set to go off at the same time as the initial explosions in the north wing; Kehoe had apparently intended to destroy the entire school and kill everyone in it. Wikipedia sourced. 

Next Week’s Program:  Terry Newton on ClubRunner

Two Week Notification:  Teri Donaldson from McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital Foundation was voted into the Rotary Club of Petoskey at the January 12, 2021 Board Meeting. This is the first of our Club’s Two-Week Notification

Parting Shots:  Howard Richards closed with Duke Ellington 1953 “Satin Doll”

Cigarette holder which wigs me
Over her shoulder, she digs me.
Out cattin' that satin doll.

Baby, shall we go out skippin?
Careful, amigo, you're flippin',
Speaks Latin that satin doll.

She's nobody's fool so I'm playing it cool as can be.
I'll give it a whirl but I ain't for no girl catching me,

Telephone numbers well you know,
Doin' my rhumbas with uno
And that 'in my Satin Doll.