Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

July 14, 2021

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. 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 “America the Beautiful”

4-Way Test:  Chelsea Platte

Invocation:  Teri Donaldson

I thought this appropriate for this week as the 149th Open is being played at the time treasured Royal St. George’s in Kent, England.  Even if you do not play or watch golf, I hope you are as inspired by these words as I am.

Earlier in May, a PGA professional golfer had this to say:

I’ve failed many times in my life and career and because of this I’ve learned a lot.  Instead of feeling defeated countless times, I’ve used it as fuel to drive me to work harder.  So today, join me in accepting our failures.  Let’s use them to motivate us to work ever harder.

Two weeks after posting this tweet, Phil Mickelson, at the age of 50, became the oldest golfer in history to win a major.  Even more impressive, he beat a talented group of golfers, some who were less than half his age.   And yes, I was cheering for Lefty and celebrating his victory on Sunday.

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Reg Smith AKA Luigi

Calendar Winners July 14, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Sally Jansen
Rossman Eye Care
Mike Vargo
By West
Harbor Springs
Tim DeMoines

Visiting Rotarians:  Jim Shrader, PDG Findley, Ohio; Dick Chambers, Holland, Michigan; Bob Swanson, Birmingham, Michigan

Guests:  Scott LaDeur, Jessica Pray

Life Events:  None

Rotary Care List:  None


Sharon Schappacher                          

Bill Topham                             

Doug Buck                               

Betsy Newton                                               


Dianne Litzenburger – 31 Years

Jim Beno – 36 Years

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards played Happy Birthday and The Turtles 1967 “Happy Together”



Bill Hicklin shared that his granddaughter, Haley Hicklin, was selected to join the U.S. women's lacrosse team, to compete in the summer 2024 Olympics in Paris. Congrats!! This will be the very first time that lacrosse is played at an Olympic competition. 

Upcoming important date changes:

In-Person Meetings:  In-person Rotary meetings beginning 7/7/21 at the Perry Hotel and thereafter with a Zoom option available.

Timing of Rotary meetings:  Now that we are back to in person meetings, and attempting a zoom option, I wanted to update everyone on the timing of meetings. During Covid we started the zoom meetings at 11:30 to allow for chit chat time before "ringing the bell" at noon without a break to eat lunch. Our meetings typically ended by 1pm. Now that we are back in person, we are adjusting back to our normal meeting schedule. This means, we will attempt to start the zoom meeting at noon, but the bell won't ring until 12:15pm for invocation & Howard's patriotic song.  We will then break for lunch and start the actual meeting portion around 12:35. Feel free to log in at noon and chit chat amongst yourselves, but you can also choose to log in closer to 12:30.  Our in person meetings will end closer to 1:15/1:30pm, with the presenter starting around 12:50 - depending on announcements. If you need to leave early for the press of business, please leave $1 at your table as we have done before. 

Outdoor concert in Pennsylvania Park on July 23:  Join fellow Rotarians for live music and fellowship next Friday, July 23 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the Pennsylvania Park gazebo. Free!! This is part of Crooked Tree Arts Center's summer concert series. Bring your own lawn chairs & lunch & relax with us!! President Ashley Whitney is bringing her whole Harbor/Brenn crew.

100 Acts of Service:  This year our club aspires to complete 100 Acts of Service for our 100 years. If you did something to serve others in the last week, please be sure to record it in our online survey – click here. Thank you! Also, our PR folks would love to help tell Acts of Service stories. Please consider submitting a photo of any group service projects, or a photo of the result of your good deed if appropriate. Thank you!

Updated lunch prices:  As we resume our in-person lunch meetings at the Perry Hotel, there has been a change to lunch pricing. Moving forward members will be charged $16.00 per lunch and members' guests will be charged $20.00 -- all billed quarterly to members. This change is in part to help cover the expense of the many free lunches we offer our speakers, award recipients, etc. throughout the year. Remember, you may also attend Rotary meetings *without* buying lunch, should you prefer that.

District Governor:  Gary Chenoweth will be joining the club on 7/21 – July board meeting will be at 11:00 am that day downstairs. 

Calendar sales:  The calendar committee is "getting the band back together!" They welcome members to join and help out with this key fundraiser for our club. If you would like to help with planning and administration of the calendar sales, please contact Karen Ragland.

Assist Sophie Cranney:  Rotarian Angie Cranney's daughter, Sophie Cranney, continues to experience health issues following a car accident last year. Sophie has several medical appointments lined up this summer and needs help getting to/from her appointments. Please consider signing up to provide Sophie transportation. Click here for details and available shifts.

Past President Centennial Updates:  Starting now, over the next 4 months, 19 past Presidents of our club will take turns giving a historical overview of club happenings in 5-year periods (until we reach 100 years). They will make remarks on what was happening in the world, in Petoskey, and in our club. Jane Millar 84th president and PDG 2005-2006. She talked about what happened between 1950-1954.

Possible Disc Golf Match Against Kiwanis:  Let Ashley Whitney know if you are interested in helping.

Music Committee:  Music committee getting back together; Georgia, Melissa & Howard.


Today we were treated to a presentation by our own Rotarian, Nikki LaDeur, who works for SmartRecruiters. She spoke about "Candidate Attraction in 2021."

The pandemic accelerated the talent shortfall. It didn’t cause it. 3 forces sped up by the pandemic:
1) Mass workforce exodus of Baby Boomers
2) Huge decline in births
3) Lowest labor force participation rate of working aged people

Employers need to think long-term when making your value proposition to a prospective employee. 
It is a candidate market. Think of candidates as consumers. Understand their motivations and needs and design a working experience for them. If you can figure out how you stand out from a product/service perspective, then figure out how you stand out from an employment perspective.
How do you compete for talent? You can go from a cost perspective (higher wages, better benefits, perks) or a differentiation perspective (defined brand/culture, business passion). Nikki feels like a cost perspective will only get you so far. Today's workers value professional growth & enrichment opportunities.

Links from Program:

State of Internal Mobility 2021

Diversity Hiring Assessment

Hiring Success Masterclass

Definitive Guide to Hiring Success

SmartStart Free ATS


Create a Free Candidate Profile

Hiring Success Book

Next Week’s Program:  District Governor Gary Chenowith