Rotary Club of Petoskey Sunrise


Petoskey Rotary Sunrise raises over $5,500 for local charities.  The annual Bowlapalooza event was as crazy as usual as teams completed for the four coveted trophies Best Spirit, Best Outfit, Best Score and Not the Best Score.  What's become the trademark of this fun and meaningful event is that teams dress in very creative bowling costumes, making the day even more fun.  Thanks to all for making the day fun and successful!


Welcome Billy Hansen! 

In another outstanding move by the leadership of the Petoskey Rotary Sunrise Club, William “Billy” Hansen has joined this already strong team.  Billy is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in Petoskey.  One of Petoskey’s own “native sons”, he is active as a volunteer with Petoskey Little League and is on the Petoskey High School Baseball Coaching staff.  He also finds time as a volunteer with the Fire Dept.  (pictured L-R. Club President David Meyer, Billy Hansen, Club Membership Chair Dan Rasmussen)

Last year Billy hit 36 HR’s, stole 56 bases and batted .325.  A solid producer and one that will certainly strengthen our club’s offensive production.  “As a past Little League standout myself, I recognize talent when I see it,” states Club President David Meyer.  “Welcome to the BIGS…Rookie!”

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!
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Board Member (2016)
Youth Exchange
Immediate Past Pres.
Charitable Contributions
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations/Marketing
Social Chair
Weekly Program Schedule
Doug Brown
Jun 26, 2018
John Calabrese, Emmet County Administrator
Bill Clutter
Jul 03, 2018
Jim Connaughton
Jul 10, 2018
Sara Darooge
Jul 17, 2018
Kristy Fralick
Jul 24, 2018
Randy Galloway
Jul 31, 2018
Sarah George
Aug 07, 2018
Manna Delivery Schedule
No Delivery
April 3
Tom Richie
April 10, 2018
John Johnson
April 17, 2018
Cindy Alexander
April 24, 2018
Joe Kanine
May 1, 2018
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