Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

October 21, 2020

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Petoskey via Zoom on the world wide web. Jim Wibby, Acting 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 God Bless America

4-Way Test:  John Emley

Invocation:  Neil Bidwell

A quote by Roy Bennett....

Attitude is a choice.

Happiness is a choice.

Optimism is a choice.

Kindness is a choice.

Giving is a choice.

Respect is a choice.

Whatever choice you make makes you. 

Choose wisely.

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners October 21, 2020

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Fred Vander Breggen
George Alward
Michael Niederpruem
Teresa Brown
LaGrange Park, IL
Frank Kozlowski
P. Sunrise
Debbie Norris
Harbor Springs
Great Clips Petoskey
%Jerry Jones

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  None

Life Events:

Rotary Care List: 

Howard Richards led us in singing Happy Birthday & Smile


Geno D'Angelo

Tim Kaufman

Becky Philipp-Kranig


Bill Topham – 8 Years


PolioPlus is a Signature Program of The Rotary Foundation:  PolioPlus is Rotary’s priority program which supports global efforts to eradicate polio. It was launched in 1985, with the help of Dr. Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, as a worldwide program to protect children from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio.

As of 2018-19, The Rotary Foundation has raised over US$1.6 billion for polio eradication. By the time the world is certified polio-free, our contributions will make Rotary the largest non-governmental financial contributor to the global polio eradication effort.

You can help end polio by making a gift to the PolioPlus Fund at

Sunrise Rotary Event:  Venison stew dinner October 27, take-out at Bay View Country Club $20/ticket. Details: Link

Help spread positivity on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6:  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'd like to try it for ourselves! Make a sign with a positive message and join fellow Rotarians in People's Park next Friday, October 30 or Friday, November 6, anytime between 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Please contact Jeff Wynder to sign up for this ( 

Club election of board members:  In December we will be electing at least 3 new board members to begin 2-year terms in July 2021, a club president to serve a 1-year term beginning July 2024, and two members-at-large to spearhead the nominating committee next year. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Ashley Whitney ( The nominating committee will vet candidates and put forth a slate of board members for us to vote on in December. And speaking of 'voting,' we may need to seek an amendment to our club bylaws to allow for electronic voting.

Letter writing drive:  Thrive 45, a local young professionals networking group, is organizing 'Heartfelt Holidays,' a letter-writing drive for local senior citizens who may be experiencing isolation and loneliness in nursing homes and senior living communities. To participate, all you have to do is write a generic note with kind sentiments, and drop it off at the Petoskey Chamber before November 13. Thrive 45 is hoping to collect 1,000 letters. 

Calendar sales:  As you sell your calendars, you may drop off your calendar money to three locations: (1) Mail it to our club at PO Box 61, Petoskey, MI 49770. (2) Drop it off at Harbor/Brenn office, across the street from Culver's. There is a mail slot in the front door to slide your money through. (3) Drop it off at Karen Ragland's home. Please contact her first!


Today we were joined by Susan Evans, Program Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association - Michigan Chapter. Susan gave us a basic introduction to Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Warning signs include:

  • memory loss that disrupts daily life

  • challenges in planning or solving problems

  • trouble completing familiar tasks

  • confusion with time or place

  • trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

  • new problems with words or speaking or writing

  • misplacing and losing the ability to retrace steps

  • decreased or poor judgement

  • withdrawal from work or social activities

  • changes in mood and personality

There are four things we can do to help prevent Alzheimer's disease or dementia:

  • eat right

  • exercise

  • cognitive stimulation -- like taking a college class or learning a new language

  • Maintain social relationship

Next Week’s Program:  District Governor Visit Jon Catlin

Parting Shots:  Howard Richards closed with Guns & Roses; “I Used to Love Her.”