Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

September 15, 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. Ashley Whitney, President officiated the meeting. If you did not get the chance to attend, you can watch it from this:  Recording

Pledge/Anthem:  Georgia Abbott led us in “America the Beautiful”

4-Way Test:  Bill Hicklen

Invocation:  Jean Frentz

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening

ear, an honest complement, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the

potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Steve Brummeler

Calendar Winners September 15, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Laurie Cellner
Ann Arbor, MI
P. Sunrise
John Whitaker
Calvin Schemanski
Ann Arbor, MI
Gary Lewinski
Lee Gerard
Okemos, MI

Visiting Rotarians:  Brian Wagner, Sunrise Rotary

Guests:  Kiwanis Club Members:  Darrel Shinn, Jeff Neill, Liz Eddington, Sarah Mulkey, Samantha Matz, Ted Teller, DJ Jones, Cameron Brunet-Koch, David Hartnett

Life Events: 

John Scholten:  John Scholten finished his bike ride out west! We look forward to hearing more about it.

Rotary Care List:  Member Teri Donaldson’s husband Mike was diagnosed with rectal cancer. He will begin a 6-week course of radiation and chemotherapy in mid-August. Thankfully, the Karmanos and McLaren oncology teams are optimistic, providing us comfort and relief. Please keep him and the family in your thoughts and prayers. 

Sharon Schappacher's partner Dan Anderson has stage 4 lung cancer and is undergoing treatment in a clinical drug trial at Cleveland Clinic. He is having his second transfusion August 9. Please keep him and Sharon in your thoughts and prayers.



Singing/Song:  We sang Happy Birthday and Smile and Queen 1977 “We Are the Champions”


Rotary board updates:  The Rotary Board of Directors held its monthly meeting on Sept. 14. The board approved a $500 donation to Government For Tomorrow following the wonderful presentation by its 16-year-old founder, Liam Dryer. The board also formalized a memorial policy for Rotarians who pass away. When we lose a Rotarian, our club will donate $250 to the Rotary International Foundation in memory of that individual. Please contact Ashley Whitney if you have any questions.

New Nametags Coming:  We are getting fresh nametags for all members. Please check in with Betsy Newton/Karen Ragland if you would like to update how your name and/or occupation are displayed.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra:  September 18 is the Chamber Orchestra A Night to Remember from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. For more information visit: Link

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!

Rotary Team Alzheimer's Walk on Sept 18:  Happening at 9:00 AM at the Festival Shelter at Bayfront Park. Click here for more details, to register and/or to donate!

Roadside Cleanup: 9:00 at the Walloon Lake Marina on Highway 31.

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 Pedaling for Polio Event on Sept. 19:  Save the date! On Sunday, Sept. 19 at 10:00 AM we'll meet at Petoskey Brewing for a charitable bike ride to raise money for polio eradication. Our ride should end around 11:30 AM at the same place we started (Petoskey Brewing) so stick around afterwards for refreshments!! We're asking for a $50 donation from each rider. If the weather is bad that day, we'll hold the event a week later on Sept. 26. Contact John Emley if you have any questions.

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

Fall Festival Event on Oct. 16:  Save the date! On Saturday, October 16 we're planning to organize a 'fall festival' fundraiser at the Winter Sports Park, for our centennial project. There will be music, games, food trucks, libations and more -- stay tuned for more details!! Ben Slocum is working with us to brew a special Rotary beer for our upcoming fall festival in October. Last week he collected input from Rotarians on what style the beer should be. "Rye, red and honey" were the most common descriptors. 

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 list and offer to pick up a shift or two. 

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. Deferred this week until next week.

PROGRAM  We began our program with a new member induction -- a warm welcome to Frank Schneider! Frank is the husband of Rotarian Lisa (Hammond) Schneider. He is originally from Cheboygan and has spent most of his career working in special education. We are excited for you to join us, Frank!

We then enjoyed an awesome presentation by Chris Hammond, on the history of Rotary collaborating with Kiwanis. Together our two service clubs have done many things for the community -- from the founding of Camp Daggett, to advocating for community tennis courts and repair of the breakwall, to developing the Winter Sports Park, promoting pasteurized milk, and even collecting milkweed during World War II to create paratrooper supplies! 

And of course, we've enjoyed healthy sports competition over the years -- with Kiwanis winning most of the grudge matches. Since we're the best service club in town :-) we suppose it's only fair to let Kiwanis one thing to boast about...

Next Week’s Program:  Crooked Tree Arts Center – Liz Erlewine and Megan DeWindt