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Immediate Past Pres.
Board Member (2017)
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Charitable Contributions
Program Chair
Rotary Foundation
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Rotary Paul Harris Fellow designations are awarded to those contributing $1000 to the Rotary International Foundation.  (clockwise beginning upper left) Sue Malone, Stephanie Baldwin, Sarah Darooge, Doug Brown.  This is an important designation as it enables Rotary to tackle many meaningful projects world-wide, ranging from water systems in third world countries to eradicating polio from the face of the earth.  Congratulations and THANK YOU!

In a bold move, the Petoskey Rotary Sunrise Club added two new players to an already strong team.  A rookie Jeff Neill of OsborneKlein Ameriprise Financial, and a veteran free agent Rob Straebel of the City of Petoskey.  Not new to Petoskey, but a new Rotarian, Jeff has visited for the past 5 weeks (better attendance than any member!) and even with that prolonged exposure, agreed to join the club. 
Rob has been a Rotarian in two other clubs (Charlevoix and Petoskey Noon) and brings a wealth of experience to the plate.
Wow! … did our club just get better!  WELCOME!

Petoskey Rotary Sunrise Club "Past Presidents" welcome their newest member, Stephanie Baldwin as she officially completes her term as 2015-16 Petoskey Rotary Sunrise President.  Pictured (L-R) Carlin Smith, Jim Connaughton, Jim Kan, Rod Niswander, Stephanie Baldwin, Jenny Brower, Joe Kanine, Tim Murphy, Sean Pollion, Dan Rasmussen, John Marshall and Andy Hayes.  Stephanie led a dynamic club of 45 members that were engaged in many local and international projects this past year.  

I decided that the best way to capture the essence of last night's Officer's Exchange Night was to do so in verse.  (check out all the photos from the event in the "photo album" tab above).  So here you go:
It’s the Rotary Party
Of which we all rave,
It was hosted by Cathy
And her husband Dave
We can’t miss Miss Cindy
For working with Picnic,
And Membership Dan
For our membership uptick
The cooking crew served us
Some crab legs and steak,
The dessert table featured
John Johnson’s wife’s cake
There was candy for Rod
Who goes out each week,
Delivering backpacks
‘Cross mountain and creek
The setting was perfect
With a tent to give shade,
Bring your ten bucks
If you haven’t yet paid
She gave out two more
To absentee guests,
They were Blood-Drive-Chair Tom
And Program-Chair Wes.
Our president doled out
Boxes of candy,
The first of which went
To fund-raiser Andy
There may have been others
That I may have missed,
I forgot to take notes
Or jot down a list.
Carlin got one for
His newsletter prose,
It’s not all that good,
But that’s how it goes
Thank you to Steph
For a job very well done,
And best wishes to Beth
For a new year of fun
There was one for Jim Kan
For getting our food,
For counting our money
She lauded Sara Darooge
Others might think that
We’re silly or strange,
But no club has a better
Officer’s Exchange!
Our Social Chair Dave
He’s such a good sport,
He’s also in charge of
Our make-ups report
Thanks to our hosts, Dave and Cathy Meyer, the food crew, the set-up crew, the clean-up crew, and everyone who contributed to such a fun night!
Respectfully submitted (or in this case, Regretfully Submitted)
Carlin Smith

Many hands make for light work, and the Sunrise Rotary Club proved this theory with the annual highway clean-up along US 131.  Club project leader John Johnson reported that 16-volunteers arrived to help, including exchange students and children of club members.  Together they collected 35-bags of trash along our 2 mile adopted section of US 131.  Pictured (L-R) are Rotarians Steve Hayes and Jim Shirilla.  

16 Teams from local businesses and organizations "had a ball" raising money for Rotary Sunrise projects and charities.  Check out the photo album for complete photos of the event!

Rotarians from the Petoskey Rotary Sunrise
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the Petoskey noon club
​ joined​
in the annual "Pedal for Polio" event to raise money to help eradicate polio from the face of the earth.  24 Rotarians and family members raised $4,036.00 in donations from friends and family as part of this annual effort to support Rotary International 's on-going efforts to eradicate polio from the planet.  Each year the two clubs have a "friendly competition" to see which club raises more and has more participation.  We are happy to report our club "kept the trophy" by raising over $3,000 and having 19 club members, family and friends participate. (yes... a bit competitive, but all in fun and for a GREAT cause!)

Here Petoskey Rotary Sunrise club member Rod Niswander delivers backpacks of food as part of the Manna Food Project Backpack program.  Food contents provide healthy food for the weekend for students on the reduced lunch programs.  Rod coordinates our club's participation and club members volunteer weekly to deliver the backpacks.  Each week, over 1800 backpacks are delivered to 40 program locations throughout Emmet, Charlevoix and Antrim Counties in Michigian.

Over 20 vehicles participated in the annual Petoskey Rotary Sunrise "Bring Your Cool Ride" event.  This has become the "premier" 45 minute car show in the area.  (Granted... it's the only 45 minute car show in the area...).  Its a fun event where club members and friends bring our "cool rides" to our club meeting that day.  Each year we have a great collection of cars, motorcycles, boats, campers and even a FRONT END LOADER! 

In the early hours of the morning Petoskey's G3 Robotics team gathered together and presented to our Sunrise Rotary club on their latest accomplishments and future competitions. All of the G3 team members had a chance to speak during a power point slideshow on different aspects of being part of the team and problem solving. The Sunrise Rotary club has been a proud sponsor for going on three years, and after the presenation handed the team another monetary donation.
The G3 Robotics Team won the State Championship in Marshall on Dec. 21.  They next compete at the Super Regionals at the University of Iowa, April 3-6.  They’re trying to raise $12,000 to cover the costs of the trip.  People can contribute through their crowd funding web site which can be accessed at   The team is comprised of 20 7th and 8th grade students from Petoskey Middle School.  They are learning skills in programming, building, design, and publicity. 


Petoskey Rotary Sunrise recognizes six “Rotary International Paul Harris Fellows”.  This designation is given to those Rotarians that donate $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation for international projects.  Many Rotarians earning multiple awards often designate others.  Recognitions were given to:  Dennis Kan (designated by his father Jim Kan); Diane Beever (designated by her sister Pat Ryde); Randy Galloway, John Johnson, Mike Malone and Bill Brower.




In the photo (L-R):  Jim Kan, Dennis Kan, Mike Malone, Pat Ryde, Randy Galloway, John Johnson.  Missing from the photo were Diane Weaver and Bill Brower.


Rotary International is the world's first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.

The Object of Rotary: The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
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Weekly Program Schedule
Aug 30, 2016
Del Ingalls
New PHS Athletic Director Dave Smith
Sep 06, 2016
Jim Kan
Fish Hatchery Tour
Sep 13, 2016
Sep 20, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
Oct 04, 2016
Oct 11, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
Oct 25, 2016
Nov 01, 2016
Nov 08, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
Nov 22, 2016
Nov 29, 2016
Dec 06, 2016
No Meeting
Breakfast for Champions
Dec 13, 2016
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