Posted by Terry Newton on Nov 27, 2019

Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

November 27, 2019

Howard Richards led us in My Country Tis of Thee

Four Way Test:  Reg Smith

Invocation:  Neil Bidwell

“Many, many millions in the world today are hungry. It’s not your fault, but you woke up from a warm bed, you were able to have a shower, you put on clean clothes, and you were in a home that is warm in the winter. Now just think of the many who are refugees who wake up in the morning, and there’s not very much protection for them against the rain that is pelting down. Perhaps there is no warmth or food or even just water. It is to say in a way, yes, it is to say really, you do want to count your blessings.”
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards led us in “It's a Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood” and “Smile”

Calendar Winners:  Read by Walt Byers

Calendar Winners November 27, 2019

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Linda Beno
Eve Fisher
Drew Smith
Arlington, VA
Tim Birchmeier
Adam Caron
Harbor Springs
P Sunrise
Darren Thomas
Russell Law

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Visitors:  Trevor Whitney, Taryn Whitney, Izzy LaDeur, Ryan LaDeur, Scott LaDeur

Life Events:  None

Birthdays:  None

Anniversaries:  None

Care Committee:  None


Little Traverse Bay Walk to End Alzheimer’s:  Melissa Thompson thanked Rotarians for their support of this recent event. They are having a post-walk celebration/thank you gathering next Wednesday, December 4 in the loft at Beards Brewery. Please join!

Doug Basel:  Steve Brown described his recent visit with Doug Basel, who is in hospice care in Cheboygan. Doug has been a faithful member of our club for decades and Rotary is like family. Please take time to call or pay him a visit if you can

Toys for Tots: Please bring a toy or cash donation to an upcoming Rotary meeting, to brighten the holidays for a child in need. Contact Dave Thomas with any questions. Dave recently looked in the bin and counted over 50 books, 7 toys and 249 stocking stuffers. Thank you!!

Pints for Polio:  Next Thursday, Dec. 5 head to the Noggin Room at 5:00 PM for “Thirsty Thursday.” John Scholten will discuss his recent bike ride across the country. Plus, Noggin Room will donate 15% of sales that night to Rotary’s PolioPlus program. Remember, every dollar raised for polio eradication will be matched 2-for-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Eat, drink and be merry!!

Wreaths Across America:  Save the date for this event – December 14

Salvation Army Bell Ringing:  Happening on December 20. Jeff Wynder will provide more details and circulate a sign-up sheet soon

Calendar Sales:  All calendars must be sold by January 15, 2020. When filling out the calendar sales form, write YOUR NAME in the “sold by” line. Some folks have been incorrectly writing our club name

Program:  Pete Wallin from Emmet County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Pete Wallin has been law enforcement since 1981. He was first appointed sheriff in 2002. He gave a great overview of what the Sheriff’s Department is mandated by law to do: from operating the county jail (which can hold up to 103 prisoners) and enforcing county ordinances—to removing people with infectious diseases and investigating animal cruelty. However, they are not charged with managing stray cats. Sorry, friends!

Sheriff Wallin gave us a bit of history, including a story of when county prisoners used to be allowed to go home for Christmas, as long as they agreed to return!!

The Sheriff’s Department has 48 full-time and 3 part-time employees, plus many kind volunteers who staff the Victim Services Unit

Next Week’s Program:  Tory Thrush from Char-Em Career Technical Education

Slate of Officers for 2019 Elections which will be held December 11th at our Club Meeting

Rotary Club of Petoskey

2019 Elections


President Elect for the year 2022-2023                Vote for one (1)

Jeff Wynder


Board Members for the year 2020-2022               Vote for Three (3)

         Stuart Fenton

         Nikki LaDeur

         Kassia Perpich


Nominating Committee Members at Large         Vote for two (2)

         Ben Slocum

         Lisa Hammond


PRCCI Board Members                                                Vote for two (2)

         Dianne Litzenburger

         Gary Fedus

If you need an absentee ballot please notify Terry Newton by email; ASAP and one will be sent to you to be mailed back to: Terry Newton P.O. Box 61, Petoskey, MI 49770