Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

July 22, 2020

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Petoskey via the world wide web and our fourth In-House Meeting in months! Liz Ahrens, President officiated the meeting. If you did not get the chance to attend, you can watch it from this:  Recording

4-Way Test:  Ashley Whitney

Invocation:  Jean Frentz

Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax during the ordinary. That’s just living a heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.

"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended.
Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you." 

Quotes by the author L R Knost

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners July 22, 2020

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Theresa Lane
Howard City
Kate Melby
Nick & Sarah Hewette
Harbor Springs
Janet Blair
Indian River
Donna Dominiak
Sarah Emley-Simplon
New York
Emerson Meyer
P. Sunrise

Visiting Rotarians:  Patricia Wimmer, Rochester, Minnesota

Guests:  Dennis Lindeman, Kathy Hegedus, Mary Beth Growney, Mary Collins, Angela Lasher

Life Events:  None

Rotary Care List:  None


Roger Winslow

Bob Banwell – Honorary Rotarian

Sarah Ulrich


John Mohler – 7 Years

Bob Banwell – 19 Years – Honorary Rotarian


John Hurd:  John is moving to Asheville, NC this weekend. We will miss you, John!!!

John Emley:  John recently welcomed a new grandchild. Congrats!

Neil Bidwell:  Neil invited Rotarians to attend a Spectrum Brass outdoor concert this weekend. Spectrum Brass is playing outdoors this Friday night, July 24 at 5:00 PM in Bidwell Plaza at Crooked Tree Arts Center. They are also playing Saturday at Bay View. According to current thinking, being socially distanced outdoors is considered lower-risk for COVID-19, so perhaps an outdoor concert could be a safer way to enjoy some in-person fellowship with Rotarians. Hope to see you there!

Kendall Klingelsmith:  Kendall updated us on the City of Petoskey's response to the recent storms that ravaged our area. Fortunately, nobody got hurt! The City had a full marina (144 slips) and full campground (78 sites), but everyone was okay.

There were some cars crushed, trees that fell on campers and of course trees that fell down in public greenspaces. But Kendall said he is thankful the conversation is just about property, not people. The City has been working nonstop to recover and restore things back to some sense of normalcy.

Upcoming Programs:  The Program Committee has been doing a fantastic job scheduling speakers for us these last few months. They now have some spaces to fill and could use your input! Please contact the committee (Stuart Fenton, Ben Slocum, Chuck Hayes) if you have a specific speaker, topic/issue, etc. that you think would make for a great Rotary program. Bear in mind that in this age of Zoom, speakers don't need to be local!!


Today we had a secret, surprise program!! Officially we said Rotarians were going to give a Rotary Foundation update...but unofficially today's program was actually to honor our very own Chris Etienne, who received a Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award!!!!!

This year the award was granted to only 42 Rotarians worldwide....just 42 Rotarians out of 1.2 million members...who have demonstrated an outstanding leadership and commitment to Rotary.

As Jane Millar said, "To be nominated for the award, a Rotarian needs to have accomplished at least 3 of 11 key objectives. Chris has done all 11!" Jane went on to highlight Chris's MANY accomplishments as a Rotarian -- raising funds, hosting scholars, traveling to Nigeria and India for national immunization days, participating in dozens of trainings and presentations, and so much more.

Jane said she had "the damnedest time cramming everything into the application" (which was limited to a certain length).

Chris was in tears as Jane made her remarks, and was then surprised by her husband, Dennis, who presented her with a crystal award and special pin.

Chris, we are so proud of you!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for all you've done, and continue to do for our club, our district, and for Rotary International overall. You are an inspiration!!!!

Parting Shots:  Howard Richards treated us to The Arrogant Worms “Assumption Song