Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

September 30, 2020

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Petoskey via Zoom on the world wide web. Liz Ahrens, 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 America the Beautiful

4-Way Test:  John Emley

Invocation:  Howard Richards

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Bob Metzger

Calendar Winners September 30, 2020

Calendar Winner
Sold By
Pam Kirby
Olivia Blohm
Gerry Patten
Eugene Phillip Sharp
Nancy Noreen
Cedar Springs
Cedar Springs
Charles Smith
P. Sunrise
Steve Manning
Carol Nesbitt
Bay City

Visiting Rotarians:  George Trowbridge, Grand Rapids, MI; Carl Treleaven, St. Petersburg, FL

Guests:  None

Life Events:  None

Rotary Care List: 


Georgia Abbott

Inger Olson


Jim Wibby – 41 Years


Fall Leaf Walk next Tues. Oct. 6 at 3:00 PM -- Join NCMC and Little Traverse Conservancy next Tuesday, October 6 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM for a guided, one-mile walk through the Conservancy's newest property, the Offield Family Viewlands (located at 995 Hideaway Valley Drive, Harbor Springs--former site of the Little Traverse Bay Golf Club). This free event is open to the public. Let's safely gather together and have a Rotary presence! Please click here to register.

Winter Sports Park walk next Sat. Oct. 10 at 3:00 PM -- If you love walks, you're in luck! Following the Fall Leaf Walk next Tuesday, Rotary is organizing an informal gathering / walk around the Winter Sports Park next Sat. October 10 at 3:00 PM. This is the site of our Centennial Service Project! Come check it out, hike the hill, tour the facilities, etc. You are encouraged to meet with fellow Rotarians before or after the walk, for a socially-distanced lunch or cocktails.

Roadside cleanup update -- This past Saturday, Sept. 26 we had one of the largest turnouts for any cleanup we've ever had! 19 people -- thank you so much!! Together we collected 35 bags of trash and got our three-mile stretch of US-31 looking sparkling again. Hope we can do another cleanup in the spring.

Pedal for Polio update -- This past Saturday, Sept. 26 we had 6 riders participate in a Pedal for Polio bike ride. Thank you to all who participated and/or donated.

Calendar sales update -- 13% have been sold so far! Special recognition is in order for Jeff Bodette (has sold 28 calendars), Neil Bidwell (has sold 23 calendars) and John Emery (has sold 17 calendars). Thank you!!

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's 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 Carl Treleaven from sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. Carl is a Rotarian and leader of the Microfinance Empowerment Foundation (MEF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Petersburg. Check out to learn more.

Carl gave a very interesting and thought-provoking presentation on MEF's approach to international development projects. Traditionally, when Rotarians and other international aid groups step into a developing community to assist with a problem (ex: installing a water well), they do just that -- they arrive, fix the problem and leave...only to return months or years later to see the problem has resurfaced (the well is broken).

The problem with this approach is that it doesn't create any real buy-in from the beneficiaries. Nor does it train/educate beneficiaries on how to sustain the solution.

Carl's organization seeks to prevent this by focusing on 'empowerment' and making international aid / development as much of a business transaction as possible (not charitable), and making sure beneficiaries "have skin in the game." As such, MEF design products and services at a scale economically-developing populations can afford. 

MEF has a six-step empowerment model:

1) Local leadership

2) Local labor

3) Local training

4) Local funding

5) Micro-finance

6) Outside groups fill the funding gap

So what is the best role for non-profits in development? Carl suggested five things:

1) Provide training, education and scholarships.

2) Fund research.

3) Pilot ideas.

4) Network with people.

5) Not think/act like a charity.

Next Week’s Program:  District Governor, Jon Catlin

Parting Shots:  Howard Richards closed with Tom Lehrer; “When You Are Old and Gray” from 1959

Since I still appreciate you
Let's find love while we may
Because I know I'll hate you
When you are old and grey

So say you love me here and now
I'll make the most of that
Say you love and trust me
For I know you'll disgust me . . .
When you're old and getting fat!

An awful debility
A lessened utility
A loss of mobility
Is a strong possibility
In all probability
I'll lose my virility
And you your fertility
And desirability
And this liability
Of total sterility
Will lead to hostility
And a sense of futility
So let's act with agility
While we still have facility
For we'll soon reach senility
And lose the ability . . .

Your teeth will start to go dear
Your waist will start to spread
In twenty years or so dear
I'll wish that you were dead

I'll never love you then at all
The way I do today
So please remember
When I leave in December . . .
I told you so in May

Senior Rotarian Roy Longworth out on the Highway. No excuse for you youngins.
Ben Slocum and a Highway Prize
Another Highway Prize
Pedal for Polio John Scholten
Pedal for Polio Crew 2020