Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

June 16, 2021

1921 – 2021        100 Years of Service Above Self

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Petoskey via in-person at Bay View. Ashley Whitney, President officiated the meeting. If you did not get the chance to attend, there is no ability to see it on Zoom or any recording and you missed a heck of a lot of fun. It has been well over a year since we met face to face and a good time was had by all.

Pledge/Anthem:  Pledge of Allegiance

4-Way Test:  Reg Smith

Invocation:  Neil Bidwell

These thoughts are from Phil Morris of the Rotary Club of High Point, North Carolina.

It is good to recognize how different we are. Our talents, our dreams, our backgrounds, our occupations. When each of us were created, the mold was broken. No one is exactly like anyone else. Even our thumb print and voice track tell us how unique we are.  Yet we can take those differences and mobilize them for the good of Rotary and our community. In our differences we can think the same thoughts and move together toward a common goal. Thanks for our individuality and also for our common bond. Amen.

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Ashley Whitney

Calendar Winners June 16, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Louise Findley
Bill’s Farm Market
Holly Brown
Thomas L. Barnard
Traverse City
Flo Hajek
P. Sunrise

Visiting Rotarians:  Chris Shrader, Fairhope, Alabama; Bob Swanson, Birmingham, MI

Guests:  Linda Beno, Heidi Finley, Lori Moulton, Janice Smith, Donna Snyder, Scot Graden

Life Events:  None

Rotary Care List:  Sophie Cranney needs assistance getting to/from appointments as she is still going through recovery from her accident last year. These are three times per week and can be coordinated with Angie Cranney. Please get in touch with her and contact Karen Ragland for details.


Nikki LaDeur


Dibby Smith – 9 Years

Ronald Snyder – 29 Years

Singing/Song:  We sang Happy Birthday for Nikki.


Upcoming important date changes:

Zoom Meeting:  June 23rd.

Rotary Program Schedule:  No Rotary meeting on June 30th.

Officer Exchange Dinner: 7/1/21 at the Perry – signup will go out soon. 

In-Person Meetings:  In-person Rotary meetings beginning 7/7/21 at the Perry Hotel. Zoom Option will be available.

Outdoor Concert in Pennsylvania Park on June 18:  Join fellow Rotarians for live music and fellowship next Friday, June 18 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!!

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!

Jean Frentz:  Lots of great work going on with our Centennial Committee. The Centennial Club History committee is looking for Rotarians who participated with hosting Exchange students or GSE teams for the International presentation later this year. Also, any Rotarians who participated with International projects.

Walt Byers:  Good attendance at the Affordable Housing Forum at Bay View on June 15 with over 100 participants. 

The Crop Walk is Saturday, June 26 at 8:30 am at Bay View. Enjoy a 3 mile walk through the grounds while raising money for Manna and local food pantries.  Our club donated $500 to the Crop Walk.

David Findley:  A new footbridge is opening soon between the NCMC Natural area and River Road Sports Complex. Thanks to the City of Petoskey and NCMC for this long awaited new path!

NCMC is hosting an Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social on August 19 from 5-8.

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. Jim Beno was the presenter today and he spoke about the time period from the 1930’s. Club Meetings at the Hotel Perry and Bay View Country Club. Membership was 32. Annual dues $20. Depression had an impact on the club as very few activities were reported. 

4th of July Festivities: 

Join the Fun!  Volunteer for Petoskey’s Fourth!

To have a successful Fourth of July celebration in Petoskey, we need two things:  Money and Volunteers. The fund-raising is off to a great start thanks to the generous support from the community. Now it’s time to fill the many volunteer slots. It’s fun to volunteer and it gives you the satisfaction that you contributed to our celebration that is designed to be for the community, by the community.

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Parade Line-up

  • Set up at Bayfront Park

  • Perimeter Security for fireworks

  • Information Booth

  • Bucket Brigade (Fund Raising)*

  • Clean up Monday Morning

To volunteer, go to our Sign-up Genius form at: Fourth of July Volunteer Sign Up

*For security reasons, volunteering for the Bucket Brigade is limited to service club members only.  To be in the Bucket Brigade and help raise funds for Petoskey’s Fourth, use this Sign-Up Genius Form: Fourth of July Bucket Brigade Sign Up

Thanks for volunteering.  We look forward to seeing you at Petoskey’s Fourth.  For more details, visit

4th of July Parade:  Board discussed having a parade float in the fourth of July parade this year (or at least, decorate a cool-looking car) – who would like to participate? Who would like to coordinate it? If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Ashley Whitney.

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.


Socializing face to face with fellow Rotarians

Next Week’s Program:  Erping Zhang: U.S. China Relations