Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

September 29, 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. Past President Liz Ahrens officiated the meeting. If you did not get the chance to attend, you can watch it from this:  Recording

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

4-Way Test:  Tim Dykstra

Invocation:  Chris Hammond

We are in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15 - so it is fitting that today's invocation taps the wisdom of Nobel Prize winning novelist, short-story writer, and journalist Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  

Marquez writes:

"It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old,  they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."

Marquez also wrote, "A true friend is the one who holds you hand and touches your heart."

Keep dreaming, my Rotarian friends.

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Howard Richards

Calendar Winners September 29, 2021

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Harrison Rotary
Joanie Reid
Norm Wells
Madison, AL
Deborah Vidmar
Teresa Brown
La Grange Park, IL

Visiting Rotarians:  Jill Durnen, Saline Rotary; Becky Pazkowski, Ann Arbor Rotary

Guests:  Liz Eddington, Prospective Member, Deanna Klosinski, Lisa Hicklen, Greg Carpenter

Life Events:  None

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 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. 


Georgia Abbott


Chelsea Platte – 6 Years

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards Happy Birthday and Smile and then Georgia Abbott and Howard Richards played and sang Joseph Kozma & Jaques Prevert 1945 “Autumn Leaves” The best version is from Eva Cassidy. Check it out on You Tube


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!!

Roadside cleanup - thank you:  Tim Kaufman thanked everyone who participated in the Roadside Cleanup last Saturday. A mighty crew of 9 cleaned our three-mile stretch on 131. As always, there were plenty of "treasures" to be found. John Scholten found a hotel key. Karen Ragland found a dollar bill. And Tim proudly held up the strangest items of all: a pair of handcuffs and a sledgehammer. Yikes!

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.

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.

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. 

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  Greg Carpenter – Crooked Tree Breadworks

Today we were joined by Greg Carpenter, baker and owner of Crooked Tree Breadworks -- which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month! Greg reflected on the various milestones and lessons learned in 25 years of professional baking.

Overall he offered these pearls of business wisdom:

(1) Quality products endure.

(2) Buy good equipment for your business. If you can't afford good equipment, save up until you can.

(3) Believe what you see happening in your business, not what "experts" tell you is supposed to be happening.

(4) Treat your employees well.

(5) Change is constant.

Next Week’s Program:  Joe Blachy – gentle exercise to stay healthy