Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

January 22, 2020

Andre Strydom led us in America the Beautiful

Four Way Test:  Jim Beno

Invocation:  Jean Frentz

Singing/Song:  Andre Strydom led us in “Smile” and “Happy Birthday” (for Kam Culbertson and John Scholten)

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Judy Zorn

Calendar Winners January 22, 2020
Calendar Winner
Sold By
Jennifer Hoffman
East Jordan
East Jordan
Sheela Welch Allum
Mitchell Franseth
Izzy Wibby
Lake Orion Lions Club
Lake Orion
Steve Biggs
Steve Feinman
Visiting Rotarians:  None

Visitors:  Corina Burgeon, Lori Smith, Emily Bongiovanni, Becky Phillip-Kranig, Sandy Moser, Sharon Schappacher, Nikki Devitt

Life Events: 

Birthdays:   Kam Culbertson, John Scholten

Anniversaries:  Bob Waldvogel – 20 years

Care Committee: 

Please keep Angie Cranney’s teenage daughter, Sophie Cranney, in your thoughts. She recently had surgery and is having some complications post-surgery.

Please also keep Betsy and Terry Newton in your thoughts. Betsy’s father passed last week. She and Terry are in Minnesota with family.


Centennial Project: 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of our club. In celebration of that, we intend to champion a special “centennial project”—some kind of large capital undertaking that will enrich community life while highlighting the presence of our club. If you are interested in brainstorming project ideas / a special Diamonds & Denim event to fundraise for the project, please attend a meeting happening tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6:00 PM at the Perry Hotel-Reycraft Room.

Calendar Sales: We wrapped up calendar sales this week. Our club sold about 1800 calendars. Thank you, all!! Jeff Bodette is now “passing the baton” to Sue Metzger and Dave Thomas, who are looking into new designs for the calendar.

Spaghetti Dinner:  Happening Thursday, February 20. Mike Snyder is about to begin assigning volunteer roles. This dinner is an all-hands-on-deck event for our club! If you cannot attend, please contact Mike ASAP. Otherwise he will communicate your assignment shortly.


Getting to know Chelsea Platte

Chris Etienne made remarks on one of our newest Rotarians, Chelsea Platte. Chelsea transferred to our club from the Charlevoix club, after taking a new job as Executive Director of the NCMC Foundation. Chelsea was born and raised in Petoskey, studied at NCMC and then earned a degree from University of Michigan. She has held a variety of positions in the nonprofit sector. She lives with her husband, relator Pete Platte, a black German Shepard, and their one-year-old son, Bruce Emmet Platte---and yes, ‘Emmet’ as in ‘Emmet County’! Welcome, Chelsea!!

Georgia Abbott – Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Our very own Rotarian, Georgia Abbott, gave an interesting presentation on her work. Georgia is a business development consultant. She is currently working with clients in northern California to study the “entrepreneurial ecosystem” there. She helps her clients identify the area’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities with regards to entrepreneurs starting, growing and maintaining businesses.

Georgia said entrepreneurs care about DENSITY (being in a place with a sense of energy / innovation) and also CONNECTIVITY (being able to navigate available business resources with ease).

Next Week’s Program:  Chad McDonnald, Foster Care Regional Resource Team of Northern Lower Michigan

Two Week Notification:  Sandy Mosher and Gino D’Angelo are in their first of a two-week notification to the membership of their acceptance to the club at a podium board meeting held January 22, 2016