Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

September 22, 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. Jeff Wynder, President Elect officiated the meeting. The powers that be forgot to record this episode of Rotary. The bulletin will have to suffice.

Pledge/Anthem:  Howard Richards played “America the Beautiful”

4-Way Test:  Steve Brummeler

Invocation:  Teri Donaldson

Most of us can afford to take a lesson from the oyster. The most extraordinary thing about the oyster is this. Irritations get into his shell. He does not like them. But when he cannot get rid of them, he settles down to make of them one of the most beautiful things in the world. He uses the irritations to do the loveliest thing that an oyster ever has had a chance to do. If there are irritations in our lives today, there is only one prescription; make a pearl. It may be a pearl of patience, but anyhow, make it a pearl. And it takes faith and love to do so.  ~Harry Eneron Fosdick

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Kassia Perpich

Calendar Winners September 22, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Sludge Hammer
Zackary Bowlers
Annie Hansen
P. Sunrise
Christy Kanine
P. Sunrise

Visiting Rotarians:  George Trowbridge, Past District Governor Grand Rapids appearing on Zoom

Guests:  Liz Eddington

Life Events:  None

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. 

Birthdays:  None


Elaine Keiser – 2 Years

Kristy Beyer – 20 Years

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards played Van Morrison 1970 “Moondance” and Smile


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!

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!!

Pedaling for Polio:  Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent Pedal for Polio and Walk to End Alzheimer's events. We very much appreciate your engagement and support!!

New name tags coming:  We are getting fresh name tags 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.

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.

Fall Festival event on Oct. 16:  Save the date! On Saturday, October 16 we're planning a 'fall festival' fundraiser at the Winter Sports Park, to highlight our centennial project. There will be music, games, food trucks, libations and more. We are actively seeking sponsors to help keep this event affordable -- please contact Nikki Devitt if interested. And stay tuned for a volunteer signup!

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

Roadside cleanup on Sept. 25:  This Saturday, September 25 we will do a fall cleanup of our three-mile stretch of 31. Meet at 9:00 AM at Walloon Lake Marina! Please click here to sign up.

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. Bob Waldvogel 96th president 2017-2018. He spoke about the years 1995 - 1999

PROGRAM  Crooked Tree Arts Center – Liz Erlewine and Megan DeWindt

Today we were joined by Liz Erlwine, the visual arts director of Crooked Tree Arts Center. Liz gave us a preview of upcoming exhibits in both Petoskey and Traverse City -- all of which have the theme of 'Recognize.' Through these exhibits, CTAC seeks to recognize diverse voices and the power art has to build understanding.

In Petoskey, Liz is especially excited for the opening of Kindred-Traditional Arts of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, which runs at CTAC from September 20 - November 27 and will fill two gallery spaces.

Every Thursday at 10:00 AM, there will be free presentations for the public concerning some aspect of the Kindred exhibit. Check it out! Visit for more details.

Next Week’s Program:  Greg Carpenter – Crooked Tree Breadworks