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In the 1950's we held a pancake dinner in the St. Francis Church basement. The following year we tried a fish fry, and the next year was a spaghetti dinner. The Annual Spaghetti Dinner is still a yearly tradition.

With the start of Sidewalk Sales in Petoskey in the 1960's came the Bizarre Bazaar. Food and other items were sold on the street downtown. This evolved into a Brat & Corn tent.  Today, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers and French fries are sold.

 

Calendar Sales

One of the more successful projects for our club is the raffle calendar. Doubling as a raffle ticket, calendars are sold for $25.00. During the course of a year $36,650.00 in prizes are awarded.

 

Spaghetti Dinner

In the 1950's we held a pancake dinner in the St. Francis Church basement. The following year we tried a fish fry, and the next year it was a spaghetti dinner. The Annual Spaghetti Dinner is still a tradition and 2015 was our 63rd year of providing this event for the community while securing revenue to share with our community. It continues to be hugely supported and attended, by faithful attendees from the community, who come back year after year.

 

Sidewalk Sales / Downtown Street Sales

With the start of Sidewalk Sales in Petoskey in the 1960's came the Bizarre Bazaar. Food and other items were sold on the street downtown. This evolved into a Brat & Corn tent.  Today, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers and French fries are sold during the Friday part of the two day event.

Side Walk Day Sales

Ric Loyd and Tim Dykstra with Jim Wibby in the background

at the Sidewalk Day Sales.

 

Pedaling for Polio

The Rotary Club of Petoskey and the Petoskey Sunrise Rotary Club will join forces this fall to sponsor a fundraising event to assist in polio eradication efforts worldwide. The event, Pedaling for Polio, occurs each fall.

Local Rotarians and their families will be riding a distance of their choice, mostly along the Little Traverse Wheelway, and seeking sponsorships for their participation. Each club has their sights set on raising $2,000 during the course of the ride.

Pedaling for Polio demonstrates the the local Rotary club’s commitment to eradicating polio, said John Scholten, event organizer for the Rotary Club of Petoskey. “We are fortunate to have our health and live in such a wonderful part of the world where we can enjoy recreational activities, such as riding our bikes along the Little Traverse Wheelway,” he said. “Pedaling for Polio is one way our clubs can help those less fortunate who are dealing with life-threatening diseases, such as polio.”

Rotary International and the local Rotary Clubs in Petoskey have a long history of commitment to eradicating polio. In 1985, Rotary International created PolioPlus, a program to immunize all the worlds children against polio. Since 1985, Rotary has contributed $700 million and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries against polio. Since its inception, PolioPlus has reduced the number of cases of polio by more than 99 percent and the number of polio-endemic countries has fallen from 125 to 3.

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Rotarians John Scholten, Terry Newton, Nick White and Dianne Litzenburger Pedaling for Polio

 

Diamonds & Denim

Our largest fundraiser to date has been the new Diamonds & Denim event; designed to fund a large project locally. This event would be similar to the idea and activities which raised money for the Winter Sports Park several years ago. The first event was very successful and raised a large sum of money which will go towards the new athletic sports complex at the Petoskey High School.

Our next Diamonds & Denim event will raise money for the Top of Michigan Trails Council. The proceeds will go towards  purchasing a building which will house their corporate offices. The new building will act as a Chamber of Commerce for the Trails Council. Patrons of the trails will be able to stop at their location and secure trail maps, learn about trails located around the northern Michigan area, the future trails being planned and, to be able to rest on the lawn, park cars for trail access, procure fresh water from their drinking fountain, etc.

We are very excited to help fund and support this worthwhile event. This project will support the many communities around our immediate area as, the current trails go to Harbor Springs, Charlevoix and Alanson.

In the future there will be the Boyne City to Charlevoix route and the Alanson to Mackinac City route. There are current plans to build trails going from Charlevoix to Traverse City as well. The amount of money coming in to our areas with the existing trails is huge and a big boon to our area. We are highly supportive of these endeavors and view this as a great partnership.