Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

October 20, 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 Elect Jeff Wynder 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 the Beautiful”

4-Way Test:  Judy Zorn

Invocation:  Neil Bidwell

A quote by John Wesley:

"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."

Calendar Winners:  Read off by John Scholten

Calendar Winners October 20, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Greg Benjamin
Harbor Springs
Dottie Remling
Clermont, FL
P. Sunrise
Jean Van Dam
Boyne City
Grayling Rotary Club
Master Ben Borus
Dallas, TX

Visiting Rotarians:  Sarah George, Petosey Sunrise and our speaker today.

Guests:  Liz Eddington and Sarah McDonnell, Prospective Members

Life Events: 

Bill Hicklin lost his jacket after last Wednesday's Rotary meeting. Please contact him if you know where it is!

Judy Zorn invited veterans to attend Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's upcoming concert on October 30, "Postcard From Vienna."

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 Donaldson

Dan passed away Sunday here at home right after his kids had left. Chris Bartlett and I were in the room with him, and it was very peaceful. I wanted to say thank you for all of the wonderful notes and messages I have received. We are going to have a memorial service on Saturday, November 6, at Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey. The gathering is at 1 p.m. and the service is at 2 p.m. Sharon Schappacher


Elaine Keiser

Geno D’Angelo

Becky Phillip-Kranig


Lisa Schneider – 3 Years

Lyle Peck – 33 Years

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards played Happy Birthday, Smile and Georgia Abbott accompanied him 1979 Van Morrison Bright Side of the Road


Fall Festival - Thank You:  HUGE thanks to everyone who volunteered at or otherwise attended Rotary's Fall Festival at Winter Sports Park this past Saturday. It was an amazing day and couldn't have gone better, especially for a first-time event. We had approximately 500 attendees!! Stay tuned for a more detailed recap.

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.

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. Please see John if you would like to give more at his presentation next Wednesday or before. 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. 

Centennial Gala on November 4:  Save the date! Our club will celebrate our 100th anniversary at the Perry Hotel on November 4.

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.

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.

PROGRAM  Sarah George – Pellston Education Foundation

Today we were joined by Sunrise Rotarian Sarah George, who spoke about the newly-formed Pellston Education Foundation.

The mission of the Pellston Education Foundation is to enrich the learning opportunities of students of Pellston Public Schools through scholarships and grants.
In April 2021, Pellston alumnus Blake Wagenschutz (class of 2011) passed away in a motorcycle accident. His parents, Mark and Kim Wagenschutz, longtime coaches and teachers at Pellston, started receiving memorial funds for Blake. Knowing they wanted to create a legacy in honor of their son, they decided the funds would be used for scholarships for building and trades students at Pellston. In determining how to hold, invest, and distribute those funds, an even bigger legacy emerged from that original vision--the Pellston Education Foundation--which will serve to enrich the education needs of Pellston students.

Next Week’s Program:  John Scholten – Polio Ride

Two Week Notification:  This is the second 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.