Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

January 20, 2021

1921 – 2021         100 Years of Service Above Self

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Petoskey via Zoom on the world wide web. Ashley Whitney, 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 “Hail to the Chief” in honor of the inauguration today of our next president.

4-Way Test:  Chris Etienne

Invocation:  Lisa Hammond

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners January 20, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Zach Panoff
Cedric & Loren Murphy York
Ann Arbor
P. Sunrise
Becky Snyder
Austin, TX
Sharon Walker
P. Sunrise
Suzanne Erhart
Harbor Springs

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  Teri Donaldson

Life Events:

Rotary Care List:


Lyle Peck

Melissa Thompson

Kam Culbertson


Mike Spencer – 4 Years

John Van Etten – 4 Years

Paul Schemanski – 15 Years

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards led us in singing Smile


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.

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.

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!

Paul Harris Fellowship:  Dibby Smith drew seven names from four Paul Harris pools. Congratulations to the following members for earning a Paul Harris Fellowship designation:

  • 2016 pool -- Bill Hicklen, Bob Metzger, Michael Landi

  • 2017 pool -- Steve Brummler and John Doyle

  • 2018 pool -- Terry Newton

  • 2019 pool -- Reg Smith

it's now 2021 so we can start a new pool. As a reminder, participating in the pool means that for five years, you pledge to donate $50 per quarter to the Rotary Foundation. After five years have gone by, your donations total $1,000, for which you are then awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.


Terry Newton, who serves as Secretary for our club, gave a great overview of our website and also Club Runner (the special software we use to maintain club records.)

First, Terry walked us through some of the features on our club's website ( From our website you can access our club's bylaws, list of board members, our social media accounts, a history/timeline of club happenings, past club bulletins, a calendar that lists upcoming events and program speakers, general information from Rotary International and so much more!!

If you click 'Members Only' at the top of our website, you'll then be directed to log into Club Runner. 

When you log into Club Runner, you have access to even more members-only information and features --such as board meeting minutes, a member directory with contact information, your club attendance record and committee assignments, etc.

Please contact Terry anytime if you have questions about navigating our website or Club Runner. Between these two tools, which are regularly updated by Terry and volunteers, our members can feel confident that key information about our club is readily available and accessible to them.

Next Week’s Program:  Annie Olds--Small Business Development Center

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 second of our Club’s Two-Week Notification

Parting Shots:  Howard Richards closed with 1937 George Gershwin “A Foggy Day in London Town”

I was a stranger in the city
Out of town were the people I knew
I had that feeling of self pity
What to do, what to do, what to do?
The outlook was decidedly blue
But as I walked through the foggy streets alone
It turned out to be the luckiest day I've known

A foggy day in London town
Had me low and had me down
I viewed the morning with alarm
The British museum had lost its charm
How long, I wondered, could this thing last?
But the age of miracles hadn't passed
For, suddenly, I saw you there
And through foggy London town

The sun was shining everywhere

A foggy day in London town
It had me low and it had me down
I viewed the morning with much alarm
The British museum had lost its charm

How long, I wondered, could this thing last?
But the age of miracles hadn't passed
For, suddenly, I saw you there
And through foggy London town
The sun was shining upside-down!


Giving to The Rotary Foundation supports the many programs and projects around the world, and of course supports the continued effort to eradicate polio completely.

This Paul Harris Fellow Sustaining Member Pool will give you the opportunity to give to The Rotary Foundation on a quarterly basis along with other Rotarians in our club.

Each quarter, starting with the first quarter of 2021, you will make a $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation. Once a total of $1,000 has accumulated in the pool, one name will be drawn and a Paul Harris Fellow will be designated. This will continue until each person in the pool has paid the full $1,000 and all the names in the pool are drawn.

For questions, please contact Dibby Smith at 231-881-3804 (cell), or email

Yes, I, _____________________________________ would like to participate in the Paul Harris Sustaining Member Pool of the Rotary Club of Petoskey beginning with the 1st quarter of 2021. I agree to make a contribution of $50 per quarter to The Rotary Foundation until the names of all members of the 2021 pool are drawn.


Daytime phone:______________________ Evening phone:__________________

Email address:________________________________

Signature:_________________________________ Date:_________________

Please return to Dibby Smith at or mail to 5500 Lake Grove Trail, Petoskey, MI 49770

Please sign up no later than Wednesday, February 17, 2021