Posted by Terry Newton on May 29, 2019

Petoskey Rotary Noon Club NEWSLETTER

May 29, 2019

President elect Liz Ahrens filled in admirably for short timer President Steve Cross

Howard Richards led us in “My Country Tis of Thee”

Four Way Test:  Stafford Smith, newly back from a warmer climate

Invocation:  Stuart Fenton

Singing/Song:  Howard Richards and Georgia Abbott led us in “The City of New Orleans” and “Smile”

Calendar Winners:  Read off by Sarah Ulrich

Calendar Winners May 29, 2019

Calendar Winner
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William Nikkel
Malcolm Archard
Sacramento, CA
Suk-Min Schemanski
Ann Arbor
Laverna Witkop
Traverse City
Traverse Bay Twilight
Susan Vick
St. Helen
Chris & Nora Zabik
Chagrin Falls, OH
Derrick Brown
Traverse Bay Twilight

Visiting Rotarians:  Robert Lyon, Wheaton, IL & Spouse Norma

Visitors:  Sara Couture, Megan Van Horn, Karen Cole and Caroline Smith

Life Events:  Stafford and Jan Smith are back for the summer and they brought the warm weather

Rotary Anniversaries:

Angie Cranney, 6 Years

Doug Basel, 35 Years


Bob Waldvogel, Ashley Whitney, Bill Winslow, Diane Litzenburger


Stafford’s Marathon:  Liz Ahrens, filling in for Jeff Wynder, thanked everyone who helped at the aid station for last weekend’s marathon

Installation of District Governor Dave Thomas:  Liz Ahrens spoke about Dave Thomas being inducted at Crooked Tree Arts Center on June 19th, 2019 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Excellent speaker and the public is invited. Click the following Link for registration

Big Water Creative Arts:  Georgia Abbott let us know about a Cocktail Party for Big Water Creative Arts on June 8. Go to for more information or to get tickets

Habitat for Humanity:  Stuart Fenton spoke of a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity on June 27 called; “Raise the Roof” at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. They are doing 4 houses this year and 5-6 next year. Tickets are $40.00 and available here

YMCA fundraiser:  Ashley Whitley let us know about a YMCA fundraiser on June 21 at Gabrielle Farms. Check the YMCA website for details: Link

Alzheimer’s Walk:  Melissa Thompson asks us to check out Alzheimer’s/Dementia website to sign up for the Alzheimer’s walk on September 14: Link

Officers Exchange:  Jim Beno made the announcement that the Officer’s Exchange Dinner will be June 26 at The Perry Hotel. Cost will be $38.00 per person; cash bar and hors d'oeuvres on the Veranda at 6:00 pm and inside for program at 7:00 pm. Sign up sheet will continue to go around for the next few weeks. Please see the ending of the newsletter for the flyer associated with the event. Once you are signed up, unless you cancel out by getting in touch with Jim, you are on the hook for the cost of the event

June 12 Meeting:  Roger Winslow let us know that the meeting on June 12 will be held at the Crooked Lake Yacht Club. Box lunches will be provided, and Crooked lake tours will be available. The club house is located next to Windjammer Marina 3708 US 31, Oden

President’s Report:  President Steve Cross let us know that we will be moving back to the Bay View Inn on July 3. Hopefully the construction will be done by then

He also let us know that the meetings on June 19 will be District Governor Dave’s installation; Link; and June 26 will be the Officers Exchange night

Program:  Melissa Thompson introduced Dr. David Finley, President of North Central Michigan College and club member, for our program today. He gave us the history and future plans for the college

Next Week’s Program:  Carlin Smith, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce turns 100

Two Week Notification:  This is the second of a two-week notification for Don Bastian who was voted into the Rotary Club of Petoskey at our May 14 Board Meeting


Outgoing president:  Steve Cross

Incoming president:  Liz Ahrens


Stafford’s Perry Hotel

$38 per person (tax & gratuity included)

Members will be billed.  Visiting Rotarians must pay at the door.




Appetizers complimentary of Reg – Thanks Reg

DINNER (7:15 PM)

(Move from the Rose Garden into the Perry Hotel at 7 pm)

Salad:  Green summer salad with cucumber, radish, carrots, red onions, tomato and sherry vinaigrette.

Entrée: Cider brined pork loin with piquillo pepper & orange gastrique, fresh apple & sage slaw.


Vegan/vegetarian Entrée: Mediterranean Linguine with garlic, shallot, kalamata olive, artichoke, spinach, roasted tomato with white wine mixed with feta.

Dessert: Trio of mini sweets, lemon bar, cheesecake & chocolate truffle & coffee or tea.

Sign-up Deadline at Rotary Meeting:  Wednesday, June 19th or RSVP to Jim Beno at by this date!

If you are signed-up for this event, you will be billed accordingly. No shows will be billed!