December 04, 2013
Program: Citizens Academy - John Calabrese and staff
Rotary Club Volunteers Assist with Manna's Backpack Program
Members from the Rotary Club of Petoskey volunteered at the Manna Food Project by helping stuff backpaks for the "Food 4 Kids Backpack Program." The program targets local elemenary schools and offers children a backpack of food to take home for the weekend. Foods include cereal, dried fruit, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, juice and milk. The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program aims to not only combat hunger but provide nourishment to school children which will, in turn, reflects in better grades.
To see more photos from the recent volunteer day, visit our facebook page.
Nearly $110,000 in grants awarded for community projects
The Rotary Club of Petoskey proudly announced a round of grant funding to help seven community groups with capital projects. Funds for these grants come from an endowment the club created after its sale of Rotary Park across from the old Holiday Inn (currently the Odawa Hotel) on US 131 about eight years ago.
This year marks the largest amount of money the club has granted in one year. Recipients this year include: Crooked Tree Arts Center granted $17,000 for lighting improvements for the Ross Stoakes Theater; Petoskey Youth Soccer Association received $45,910 for constructing a permanent pavilion at teh Click Road soccer complex); Petoskey High School's Cross Country program was granted $6,000 toward purchasing a chip-based timing system for use in running events; Women's Resource Center was awarded $5,000 to fund security features for their main office in Petoskey; Pellston Public School was awarded $6,918 for replacing their auditorium curtains; Petoskey Department of Parks and Recreation was granted $5,400 toward replacement fencing at the Winter Sports Park's hockey rink and a public address system for the park; and St. Francis Xavier School was granted $23,500 for a project to reconfigure the school's playground and new playground equipment.
The Rotary Park Fund Grant program invites grant requests from nonprofit groups in Emmet, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan counties. Only those applications which seek funding for capital needs can be considered.
Petoskey Rotary Charities awards 6 grants
The Petoskey Rotary Club Charities Inc. (PRCCI) recently awarded grants to six worthy area organizations. PRCCI Chair and Rotary Club of Petoskey member Chris Etienne (far right) distributed the grants to (from left) Bill Broadwick of Good Samaritan Family Services in Ellsworth, $1,500 for the new Dads Center to reconnect children born to single mothers with their father; the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Wood of YMCA of Northern Michigan, $1,000 for the first Lego League Robotics Program for Petoskey area students ages 9-14; Steve Biggs of Top of Michigan Trails Council, $1,000 for bicycle racks for Straits Regional Ride buses; Dibby Smith of Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, $1,000 for their music director search, including program performance interviews; Kathy Hart of Manna Food Project, $1,500 for the Cooking Matters program providing families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals; and Peggy Seamon of North Country Kids in Harbor Springs, $1,257.97 for outerwear for children involved in the Fair Weather Outdoor Exploration program. PRCCI awards grants twice a year with proceeds largely collected through the annual calendar sales conducted by Rotary Club of Petoskey members.
Dee Keil becomes our newest member
Dee Keil (left) was inducted into the Rotary Club of Petoskey on June 12, 2013. Dee is the Executive Director of the American House Senior Living Community in Petoskey and was sponsored by Ruth Bellisimo (right). PDG Jane Millar led the induction ceremony. Dee has jumped right in and has already accepted the position of Blood Drive Coordinator for our club. Welcome aboard Dee!
Welcome New Members!
Angie Cranney (center) was inducted into the Rotary Club of Petoskey on May 29. The owner of Archer Full Throttle based in Harbor Springs was sponsored by Bill Collins (right). PDG Jane Millar helped introduce Angie to the club. We welcome Angie as our newest Rotarian!
Gregg Somers was also inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Petoskey on May 15. Gregg works in Real Estate Property Management for SAE Financial & Housing Corporation and was sponsored by Jack Waldvogel. PDG Chris Etienne welcomed Greg to the club.
We are "This Close" to ending Polio.
When and where we meet
FALL and WINTER
The Rotary Club of Petoskey meets each Wednesday at 12:15pm at Stafford's Perry Hotel, H.O. Rose Dining Room. The Perry Hotel is located on the north side of Petoskey's Historic Downtown Gaslight District.
Stafford's Perry Hotel
SPRING and SUMMER (April 17 - October) The Rotary Club of Petoskey meets each Wednesday at 12:15pm at Stafford's Bay View Inn. Stafford's Bay View Inn is located just north of Downtown Petoskey on US 31. Stafford's Bay View Inn
SPRING and SUMMER (April 17 - October)
The Rotary Club of Petoskey meets each Wednesday at 12:15pm at Stafford's Bay View Inn. Stafford's Bay View Inn is located just north of Downtown Petoskey on US 31.
Stafford's Bay View Inn