Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

October 13, 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:  The Club recited the Pledge of Allegiance

4-Way Test:  Liz Ahrens  

Invocation:   Jeff Wynder

Be kind to unkind people. They need it most.

Ashleigh Brilliant

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Christian Smith

Calendar Winners October 13, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Jeff Wynder
Harrison Rotary Club
Hailey Fedus
Victoria Roberst
Paw Paw
Lee Gerard

Visiting Rotarians:  Randy Evans, President, Sunrise Rotary

Guests:  Liz Eddington, Prospective Member; Sarah McDonnell, Prospective Member

Life Events: 


Congratulations to our very own Club President, Ashley Whitney, on her recent engagement!!!!

Dave Thomas invited Rotarians to attend Petoskey Masonic Lodge Euchre Nights. Happening at 405 E. Lake Street, Petoskey (above Dave's Boot Shop). Dates:  October 28 (Halloween theme); November 18 (hunting orange/camo theme) and December 30 (holiday sweater theme). Doors open at 6:00 PM, play begins at 6:30. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available. BYO alcohol drinks.

Rotary Care List:  Member Teri Donaldson’s husband Mike completed his radiation and chemotherapy therapy this week. It will take some time for him to heal and recover. A PET scan is scheduled for late December. We hope to celebrate the New Year cancer free. Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, and hugs. Teri 

Sharon Schappacher's partner Dan Anderson was diagnosed with lung cancer that had metastasized to the bone and liver on June 1. On Thursday this past week, they decided that the cancer is too far along and have stopped treatment and entered him into hospice at home. I have family staying with me during this time to help. Please don't hesitate to call or email me if you need something, I just may not be as quick to respond as usual.  

Birthdays:  None


John Emley – 7 Years

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards was absent today, so we sadly missed his wonderful piano playing.


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!

New Nametags Coming:  We are getting fresh nametags for all members. Please check in with Betsy Newton if you would like to update how your name and/or occupation are displayed. Athena Award Committee:  Awarded each year, the Athena Award recognizes an individual (male or female) who celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community. The Athena Award Committee is looking for additional participants and would like one representative from each service club. If you would be interested in representing our club, please contact Nikki Devitt. The time commitment is three short meetings to vet candidates and select the award recipient.

Call for Nominations to the Rotary Board:  Would you be interested in serving on the Rotary Board of Directors? The Nominating Committee has formed for this year and is preparing a slate of candidates to be voted on in our Club's annual meeting on December 8. Please contact Jeff Wynder to learn more.

Donation to Greenwood Cemetery:  During the Rotary board's monthly meeting, the board approved a $500 donation to Greenwood Cemetery in support of Wreaths Across America.

Polio Fundraising Update:  John Scholten announced that with his Oregon-to-Montana bike ride, plus our local Pedal for Polio ride, we've raised about $2,800 - $2,900 so far for polio eradication. Immediately after John's announcement, Randy Evans from the Sunrise Club presented our club with an additional $1,000 donation for the cause. Awesome!!! Thank you all for your support

Recruiting STRIVE Mentors:  We need 20 folks to serve as mentors to high school students! Commitment is October - May. Monthly meeting occurs on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Mentor training will be held in October with the STRIVE Leadership Team, Georgia Abbott, Lisa Hammond, Jeff Neill and Judy Zorn. Please click here to sign up.

2021 Holiday Parade:  Currently scheduled for November 27th -- should we consider entering something for Rotary? Contact Ashley Whitney if interested.

Assist Sophie Cranney:  Rotarian Angie Cranney's daughter, Sophie Cranney, continues to experience health issues following a car accident last year. Sophie has several medical appointments lined up this summer and needs help getting to/from her appointments.

Good news, Sophie has graduated from her eye therapy and no longer needs to travel to Traverse City. I have deleted those appointments but added a few more local appointments. Please consider helping, view the sign up. and offer to pick up a shift or two. 

Cookout at Camp Daggett on Oct. 21:  Camp Daggett's executive director, Andy Hayes, would like to organize a cookout at the camp for service club members. This is to honor the many meaningful ways that service clubs like ours have contributed to Camp Daggett over the years. Please contact Christian Smith if interested in attending.

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. None for this week.

PROGRAM  History Committee Jean Frentz – Past International Rotary Experiences

This week we enjoyed a FABULOUS program by our Centennial History Committee, focused on the history of our club's international service efforts.

Jean Frentz gave an overview of the first exchange student we sponsored for a study abroad in Japan, in 1974.

Then Jim Wibby and Dave Thomas talked about their experiences hosting international exchange students here -- students from Australia, South Africa and Japan. Herb Carlson spoke up and mentioned that in 1971 his family hosted the first exchange student here, from Brazil. Many other Rotarians have hosted exchange students over the years.

Then Jane Millar and Chris Etienne described their experiences in traveling overseas for Rotary humanitarian projects. For example, Jane went to Mexico in 2004 to help provide wheelchairs for disabled individuals. Chris has traveled to India, Nepal and Nigeria to administer polio vaccinations. 

It was awesome to hear everyone's stories and be reminded of the importance of international service in building a more peaceful and compassionate world.

Next Week’s Program:  Sarah George – Pellston Education Foundation

Two Week Notification:  This is the first of a two-week notification for Liz Eddington who was voted into the Rotary Club of Petoskey at the Board Meeting of October 12, 2021.