Stories

Volunteers from Sunrise Rotary of Petoskey did their part for Earth Day by doing trash pickup in three areas on Sat. April 23rd.  They cleaned their Adopt-a-Highway segment on US 131, a portion of the Little Traverse Wheelway, and a portion of Petoskey’s Bayfront Park. 

Petoskey Sunrise Rotary recently celebrated the induction of 7 new members to our club - pictured below along with the club members who recruited them are: (left to right) Bill Hanson with new member Zac LeJeune, Dave Meyer with new members Chris Parker & Hob Ingleson, Chuck Johnson with new member Tom Oelke, Carlin Smith with new member Carrie Klingelsmith, Jenny Brower with new member Lindsey Bur and Ben Slocum with new member Tyler Benson. (absent was new member Misty Langen - who we will feature at a later date).
 
What does 23 bunches of bananas, 28 bags of clementine oranges, 140 pears, 210 apples, 72 bunches of green and red grapes, a few bags of mini hershey bars + Meijer Grocery + an amazing Rotary Sunrise Crew equal?    Appreciation Fruit Boxes for 650 staff & teachers in 20 area schools!  Great fun and what a great cause!
Sarah George completed her year as Rotary Sunrise President in fine fashion and did a super job guiding our active club through the COVID Pandemic year.  We so appreciate your leadership and service to the club, our community and others.  Sarah lives the "Service Above Self" motto and is an inspiration to all.  Thank you Sarah!  (Pictured with Sarah is Past Club President Carlin Smith)

Let’s Have Some Coffee!

(pictured:  L-R:  Sarah George, Kathleen Chimco)  

Petoskey Sunrise Rotary Club President Sarah George presents a check to Beards Pub General Manager Kathleen Chimco to cover the cost of a new coffee maker.  The morning club meets weekly (pre-covid) at Beards and when Beard’s coffee maker finally died, the club decided to show appreciation for their hospitality by purchasing a new coffee maker.

Petoskey Rotary Sunrise has long supported the Manna Food Project.  Pictured are club members presenting an additional donation from proceeds from the Venison For Manna Venison Stew Dinner.  The Manna Food Project provides food to 37 food programs from Mackinaw City to Mancelona.  Pictured (L-R) Club President Sarah George (daughters Iris, Amelia), Club Treasurer Jeff Neill, Manna Exec Dir Kim Baker, Rotarian David Meyer, Manna Community Engagement Coordinator Jessyca Stoepker and Rotarian Andy Hayes
Our Venison For Manna Dinner Take Out Exceeded All Expectations!!! THANK YOU for supporting our club's event to the tune of 279 dinner sold this year - breaking all records - and we can only hope the money this raises for donated deer processing from our local hunters will all be used with record deer donations this year as well. Those in our community will enjoy this venison now more than ever as food needs are at their greatest in many years.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, September 26th, an energized team of Sunrise Rotarians gathered at Petoskey’s Bayfront Park East to support the City and clean up the waterfront. Powered by Johan’s Donuts (thank you Carlin!) we worked for over an hour, spreading out from Solanus Beach to the far reaches Bayfront Park West, clearing brush, dragging driftwood, and picking up trash washed up on the rocks. Thanks to the City Parks and Rec Department and Trailways Council for trash bags and pickers, and the stylish yellow Ambassador vests. A passerby asked Zac LeJeune if we were prison workers; he explained that we were just humble Rotary volunteers. Thanks for the great work: Diane Dakins, Sarah and Amelia George, Billy Hansen, Andy Hayes, Zac LeJeune, Dave Rynebrandt, Pat Ryde, Carlin Smith, Brian Wagner
Weekly Program Schedule
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Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency
Dr. Roger Geitzen
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WWH6
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Flag Day/4th of July Preview
Anja Angel
Jun 21, 2022
Community Resource Alliance
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Jun 28, 2022
Officer Exchange Night
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Jul 05, 2022
New Rotary Year!
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Jul 12, 2022
Mid Course Correction
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Jul 19, 2022
Alzheimer's Association
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NW Michigan Habitat for Humanity Foundations For The Future Campaign
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Bergmann Center
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District Governor, Rotary District 6290
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