Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

January 29, 2020

Andre Strydom led us in America the Beautiful

Four Way Test:  Greg Somers

Invocation:  Leah Calllan

My dear,

In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.

In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.

In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.

I realized, through it all, that…

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

Truly yours
Albert Camus, The Stranger

Singing/Song:  Andre Strydom led us in “Smile” and “Happy Birthday” (for Melissa Thompson)

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners January 29, 2020
Calendar Winner
Sold By
Nancy DeFries
Harbor Springs
Northern MI Hardwoods
P. Sunrise
Tracy Fall
Brandi Vargo
Jessica Lovay
Boyne City
P. Sunrise
Marilyn Morehead
Patrick Sora

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Visitors:  Sharon Schappacher, Geno D’Angelo, Chad McDonald, Kathy Wilde, Andre Strydom

Life Events: 

Birthdays:  Melissa Thompson got missed last week by Liz Ahrens and Melissa will never let us live it down. We sang Happy Birthday 20 times during the meeting as a mea culpa (Not true but fun and a heartfelt apology nonetheless).

Anniversaries:  Bill Hicklen – 17 years

Care Committee: 


Jim Beno Announcement:  Jim announced that he and his wife went downstate and visited with Bob and Lee Maldegen. They are both doing well and Bob is now 91 years old and in good health and spirits.

Centennial Project:  2021 marks the 100th anniversary of our club. College renovations, Winter Sports Park or Dog Park are the three major projects being considered and this will be discussed in teams and brought in front of the club for further discussion and consideration.

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.

Program:  Chad McDonald and Kathy Wilde, Foster Care Regional Resource Team of Northern Lower Michigan. This is administered through a grant with Wellspring Lutheran Services which takes care of 21 counties of Northern Michigan. Chad is responsible for vetting and picking the foster care parents in Northern Michigan. Foster care is working with over 13,000 kids and there are over 300 who are looking for forever homes. Much of this recent need is being fueled by the opiate problem where parents have lost parental rights because of abuse and neglect. A lot of these kids have been traumatized and there are frequent special needs. You can look at some of the children up for adoption at: Link

You can also find out more about Wellspring Lutheran Services Foster Care at: Link

Next Week’s Program:  Still in progress

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