Rotary Club of Petoskey Sunrise

March 1st - 5:30-7:00 PM
Enjoy wine, beer, appetizers, and music as you mix and mingle with Rotary members from across Northern Michigan.
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Another successful year for the Petoskey Rotary Sunrise Venison for Manna Project.  Each year the club encourages area hunters to donate venison to the local Manna Food Project, which provides food to 37 area food agencies in Emmet, Charlevoix and Antrim Counties, Michigan, USA.

The goal was to gather 2,000 lbs., and when the dust settled, over 2,400 lbs. of venison was donated.  A critical part of the project are four local processors; Walloon Lake General Store, Jurek’s Meat Market, Carp Lake General Store and Krueger’s Meat Market.  They are the focal point and their staff’s play an important role in helping promote the program to hunters as they bring their deer in for processing. 

The club holds an annual Venison Dinner at the Bay View Country Club to kick off the program.  In addition, advertising is placed in the Petoskey News Review, posters and flyers are distributed and club members help spread the word. 

Jays Sporting Goods supports the project by donating a $500 gift certificate to the lucky hunter selected.  Each hunter gets one chance at the drawing for each pound donated.   Our 2017 winner is Michael Smith, Grand Blanc, MI.  Michael donated an entire deer.

This year we had 283 different hunters donate from youth to seniors.  79 hunters donated more than one pound and 21 “whole deer” were donated.  Of special note is Art Tebo from Walloon Lake.  Art and his hunting camp donated 11 whole deer to the program.

New this year was the addition of the annual youth hunt weekend.  As a result, 21 youth hunters donated 43 lbs. of venison to the program.

“This is such an outstanding club project, states club President Dave Meyer.  It’s fun, it’s worthwhile and hunters are a very generous group.  Our club loves this project and the families that receive the venison are very appreciative.”

What a fun club meeting!  Nothing like starting the day (7:30am) at Petoskey's newest "cool place", Beard's Brewery.  A great spot and it was fun hearing from co-owner and entrepreneur Ben Slocum tell the story of getting this successful business going!  Too bad the taps weren't on that early!  
Club members were excited and honored to have the District Governor for Rotary District 6290 visit our club.  DG Ed Swart and his lovely wife Carol (from Holland, MI) enjoyed a great breakfast with the club followed by an informative and insightful message about Rotary by the District Governor. 
In an epic move... successful club President Beth Simmons ended her amazing 12 month run as Club President, handing the gavel to in-coming President Dave Meyer.  All this was done in plain sight at our club's annual officer exchange night cookout.  As you can see, when club members were asked who the "best Rotarian was", in typical humble fashion, they pointed to other club members.  Thanks Beth for a job well done and congrats to Dave... we look forward to another great Rotary year with your leadership!
Sunrise Rotarian Sarah George and her helper, Jayden, taken at the work bee for the Alanson Playground!  The smile on Sarah's face says it all.  Thanks again to Sarah for taking the lead on the project, from requesting the donation for the bench from our Charities Chair Sean, ordering the plaque, and working the event!  Also shout-out to fellow Rotarian workers Pat Ryde and Bill Goldsmith!   Our somewhat small donation of around $500 will have a lasting impact on this small community project.
In an exciting event, our club landed new member Grace Ketchum.  Actually, to be totally truthful (4 way test…right?).  Grace is an experienced Rotarian and is new to our club.  As evidence of her commitment to service and the ideals of Rotary, she was turning in make-ups before she was even sworn in.  AND… she is recruiting Sunrise Rotarians and others for the annual Camp Daggett Spring Cleanup.  Talk about hitting the ground running!
Grace is the Development Director at Camp Daggett. She has been active in many community roles including her experience in Government and private sector management capacities. She is a former member of the Downtown Rotary Club in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Welcome Grace Ketchum… boy did our club just get a whole lot better!
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Board Member (2016)
Youth Exchange
Immediate Past Pres.
Charitable Contributions
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations/Marketing
Social Chair
Upcoming Events
Weekly Program Schedule
Tom Ritchie
Feb 20, 2018
Pat Ryde
Feb 27, 2018
Jim Shirilla
Mar 06, 2018
Steve Shuman
Mar 13, 2018
Beth Simmons
Mar 20, 2018
Carlin Smith
Mar 27, 2018
Stan Smith
Apr 03, 2018
Marilyn Smith, STEM Projects
Rob Straebel
Apr 10, 2018
Dick Tomlinson
Apr 17, 2018
Jack VanTreese
Apr 24, 2018
Lisa Watson
May 01, 2018
Manna Delivery Schedule
Jim Shirilla
February 20, 2018
Bill Goldsmith
February 27, 2018
Tom Ritchie
March 6, 2018
John Marshall
March 13, 2018
Lorraine Manary
March 20, 2018
Anne Pulaski
March 27, 2018
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