Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

November 18, 2020

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Petoskey via Zoom on the world wide web. Liz Ahrens, 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 the “My Country Tis of Thee”

4-Way Test:   David Finley

Invocation:  Jeff Wynder

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners November 18, 2020

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Patricia Anderson
Kelly Massey
Bart Arrigo
P. Sunrise
Jennifer Hoffman
East Jordan
East Jordan
David Thomas
Jane Bock
Edward Collins & Family
St. John, FL

Visiting Rotarians:  Patricia Wimmer, Rochester, MN

Guests:  None

Life Events:

Rotary Care List:  None

Howard Richards led us in singing Happy Birthday & Smile


Paul Schemanski

Liz Ahrens

Joe Blachy

Anniversaries:  None


Help spread positivity this Friday, November 20:  Our board of directors recently came across this news article about a Petoskey man who has been standing in the new 'People's Park' holding a sign that simply says "Smile" for folks driving by. Nothing political, nothing controversial, nothing negative....just good vibes! Inspired by his actions, we're trying it for ourselves! Join fellow Rotarians in People's Park (across from Family Video) this Friday, November 20, anytime between 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. You may bring a handmade sign with a positive message or hold up some Rotary-themed signs we had designed for this event.

Club elections on December 9:  The club's election will be on December 9th. The slate of candidates is listed below. When you vote, you will vote either 'yes' or 'no' to this entire slate. 

President Nominee:  Reg Smith

Board of Directors:  Christian Smith; Lisa Hammond; Karen Ragland

PRCCI Board of Directors:  Jean Frentz and Bob Waldvogel

Salvation Army bell ringing on December 18:  Save the date! We will ring the bell for Salvation Army. This year we will ring outside the Petoskey Chamber building at the corner of Mitchell & Howard (across from our old JC Penney location). We will also have one location at the north end of Walmart. Sign up sheet will be circulating soon!

Wreaths Across America on December 19:  Save the date! We will gather at Greenwood Cemetery to conduct wreath-laying ceremonies on veterans' graves.

Rotary Secret Santa gift exchange:  Let's add some extra holiday cheer to our club this year! Ashley Whitney is organizing a "Secret Santa" gift exchange. Details are still being worked out, but if you sign up you will receive the name of another Rotarian to buy a holiday gift for -- keep it under $25.00 please. At a later date, we will gather virtually to open our gifts and guess who our Secret Santa’s are. We have at least 22 Rotarians signed up so far!! Contact Ashley Whitney if interested.

Calendar update:  We're in the home stretch! Please turn in your calendar money sooner than later if possible. It makes it easier for the calendar committee to do year-end reconciliation.

Toys for Tots:  This annual toy drive is still happening! If you'd like to donate a toy for a child in need, please drop it off at the Perry Hotel. Or you can make a cash donation if you prefer -- simply write a check out to Toys for Tots and mail it to Dave Thomas's home address. Please contact Dave Thomas with any questions.


Today we were joined by Megan DeWindt, the site director for Crooked Tree Art Center's Petoskey location.

Crooked Tree Arts Center has been enriching lives through the arts since 1971. It will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021!! 

During the pandemic, Crooked Tree Arts Center remains focused on 3 priorities:

  • Fulfilling its mission

  • Caring for its employees

  • Maintaining short and long term fiscal responsibility

In order to do all these things, Crooked Tree Arts Center has been *extremely* innovative and adaptive -- it was inspiring to hear Megan talk about all the ways Crooked Tree Arts Center is boldly moving forward with its work!

For example, so much of their arts programming has transitioned to a virtual experience -- virtual lectures, artist meetups, the annual Dart for Art fundraiser....even its ballet class are virtual! Crooked Tree Arts Center offers 20 classes a week to 125 students.

Crooked Tree Arts Center is still open to the public for a few things though. Guests may stop by to view a current exhibit in-person, as well as shop Crooked Tree Arts Center's retail space for unique arts & crafts gifts.

During the pandemic, in partnership with the Mackinac Arts Council, Crooked Tree Arts Center began offering virtual arts experiences for Mackinac Island Public Schools as well.

Moving forward, Crooked Tree Arts Center is looking forward to offering a performing arts series, youth arts festival and new exhibits. To learn more about their programming, visit Crooked Tree Arts Center online at: 

Next week's program:  Tory Thrush Char EM ISD

Parting Shots:  Howard Richards closed with 1953 Tom Lehrer “I Got it from Agnes”