Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

November 10, 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. President Ashley Whitney officiated the meeting. If you did not get the chance to attend, you can watch it from this:  Recording

Pledge/Anthem:  Howard Richards led us in “America”

4-Way Test:  Bill Topham

Invocation:  Tim Dykstra

Today, in these times of high controversy and debate around our country, I would like to offer a couple observations about VOLUME for us to consider.

First, from a sign on the desk of a top administrator of an HBCU catering predominately to female students:

“Quiet women don’t make history.” 

And then from another perspective, an observation by one of our former poet laureates, Rita Dove:

“I still believe we listen more closely to a whisper than to a shout.”

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Jeff Wynder

Calendar Winners November 10, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Barbara Hoganson
Arlington, VA
Lake Orion Lions Club
Lake Orion
Renee Brown
Rachel Knepley
Lakewood, OH
Mary Jo Parker

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  Eli Godsey, Prospective Member

Life Events: 

Rotary Care List:  


Ron Snyder


Steve Brummeler – 21 Years

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards played Happy Birthday and Smile and 1962 Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack”


2022 - 2023 Slate of Candidates:  The Nominating Committee recently met to review upcoming leadership vacancies and recommend candidates to fill those positions. Their recommended slate of candidates is below. Our club will vote on this slate during our annual Club Assembly on Dec. 8. 

President Nominee:  Christian Smith
Board of Directors, Club Service:  Andrea Coronado
Board of Directors, International Service: Georgia Abbott
Board of Directors, Charitable Giving:  John Emley
Member at Large:  Judy Zorn

Congratulations to all nominees and thank you for your willingness to serve!

Thirsty Thursday on Nov. 11:  At long last, Rotary's Thirsty Thursday happy hours are back!!! Join us on Thursday, November 11 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the Noggin Room for beer & cheer. This happy hour has an optional sports theme -- please wear your favorite team's apparel. Please contact Doug Buck if you have any questions.

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!

Holiday Parade:  Would you like to volunteer and have fun? Join us for the Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade to be held on Saturday, November 27th. The theme this year is “Light up the Night”. The Sunrise Club has invited us to join the parade and perform in the Snow Shovel Show. It was promised that it will be more exciting than Santa?? Any questions, please contact Karen or Ashley.

Name Tags:  New name tags have been ordered and should arrive soon.

Toys for Tots:  Dave Thomas announced that Toys for Tots is back and he is requesting donations.  Items can be delivered to the Perry Hotel, unwrapped.  He suggested gifts in the range of $10.00-$20.00.Salvation Army Bell Ringing:  Mark your calendars for the annual bell ringing to be held on December 17th. A sign up will be sent out soon.

Community Grants:  Christian Smith announced that the Board approved three grants yesterday at the monthly meeting. The recipients include

Camp Daggett - $500.00

Northmen Den - $500.00

Top of MI Trails (Pedaling for a Purpose) $250.00

YMCA Announcement:  Director of YMCA Liz shared that the 5K Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving morning at 9am.

Veterans Day:  Betsy reminded us of Veteran’s Day and asked all veterans to stand for recognition. Thanks to all who have served.

Secret Santa:  Save the date! On the evening of December 13, our club will hold a Secret Santa gift exchange again this year, in the Reycraft Room of the Perry Hotel. There will be a monetary limit on gifts exchanged. Separately, there will be a $20/person cost to cover appetizers and drinks during the gift exchange. Email has gone out to sign up and you must sign up by November 30, 2021, in order to participate.

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. Ashley Whitney ½ 99th and 100th president 2020-2021. She covered the years 2011-2016.

PROGRAM  Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris. Dibby Smith presented the following:

In 1917 President Arch Klump started the endowment with the idea of doing good.

In 1928 the Rotary Foundation was named.

In 1947 Paul Harris passed away and 1.3 million dollars were donated.

In 1957 Paul Harris awards started

In 1980 Rotary committed to eliminating polio

In 2015 99.9% of all cases of Polio had been eliminated.

She then shared the in order to receive a Paul Harris you must donate $1,000 to the foundation. A person who donates $10,000 or more becomes a major donor. We had the pleasure of congratulating our very own Dave Thomas as the newest major donor.

Our club has 455 Paul Harris Fellows, along with 4 Certificates.

Donations have exceeded $1,771,305.00 to the Rotary Foundation

Our club proudly has 6 major donors.

Donations to eradicate Polio from our Club exceed 98,000.00. 

In the Paul Harris Pool, Bob Metzger donated $1,000 and wanted to honor his wife, Sue. Instead of doing a drawing it was decided that Sue receive her Paul Harris award.

Next Week’s Program:  Chris Struble – History of Petoskey part 2

Two Week Notification:  Sarah McDonnell was approved for membership to the Rotary Club of Petoskey by the Board of Directors on November 9, 2021. This is the first of her two-week notification for membership.

Members Leaving or Transferring Club Membership:  Steve Brummeler has transferred to the evening club.