Posted on Jun 28, 2016
$4,250 in scholarships were recently awarded to five Houghton Lake High School graduates. Hailee Akin and Chad Peterson received $1000 each for Rotary Club of Houghton Lake Service Above Self scholarships with Hailee planning to attend Saginaw Valley State University and Chad planning to attend the University of Michigan. Makayla Bowler, Taylor Perry, and Tristan Coburn received $750 each for Rotary Club of Houghton Lake Academic scholarships. Makayla plans to attend Calvin College, Taylor and Tristan plan to attend Central Michigan University. (Pictured are 2016-2017 Rotary President Jim VanSice, HLHS graduates Hailee Akin, Tristan Coburn, Makayla Bowler, and Taylor Perry, and 2015-2016 Rotary President Becky Yunker. Not pictured Chad Peterson.)
The last regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake 2015-2016 club year was busy with scholarship presentations, year in review, Rotarian of the Year recognition, club vote and change on meeting day, and passing of the gavel ceremony. 2015-2016 Rotary President Becky Yunker presented $4,250 in Scholarships to graduating Houghton Lake High School students, recapped a Rotary year that included ten new Rotarians, an auction that raised over $30,000, $10,000 in Rotary awards to the club ($5,000 to be used for an international project), and recognition as “Organization of the Year” by the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce. The club members also voted on a new meeting day with strong support to move the club meeting day from Monday to Tuesday. The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake will now meet on Tuesdays at the same time and location, Buccilli’s Pizza in Houghton Lake.
Becky recognized Anita Sheppard as Rotarian of the Year and thanked her for her support through the year before passing the gavel to 2016-2017 Rotary President Jim VanSice. The next regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Houghton lake will take place on Tuesday, July 12th – Noon at Buccilli’s Pizza in Houghton Lake.
Posted on Apr 25, 2016
The 17th Annual Rotary Club of Houghton Lake Community Service Auction raised over $32,000 Saturday, April 23rd! The largest fundraiser of the local service club was attended by 200 people at the Columbian Home Hall in Prudenville. Ticket raffles were won by Bob Bennett - $250, Michael Fossitt - $250, and Tom Bowman - $500 (Bob and Tom donated the money back to Rotary). 50/50 raffles were won by Michelle Jernigan and Larissa VanSice. Food was catered by The East Bay Grille, music was by Party Pam, Live Auctioneer was Matt Nester, and the evening activity was directed by Master of Ceremonies Bill Oliver. The live and silent auction included 236 items with a total value of nearly $30,000 procured by Rotarians throughout the year. “The Beatles Invasion” was the auction theme with Rotarians and guests dressed in their favorite Fab Four attire. A special Music Studio/Man Cave raffle that included a keyboard, Beatles music, and a Vizio 55" LED/LCD High Definition TV was won by John Winkler. Midway through the evening, Rotarian Gordie LaFontaine introduced representatives of local organizations who have received over $13,000 in donations from the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake this year including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center, Lions Halloween Party, Russ Graham & Matt Grover Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner, UPS ED’s Charity Auction / Coats for Kids, Act Now / Kids Helping Kids, Act Now /Grayson's Gift, Roscommon Literacy Council, Rusty Nuts Car Club - Wertz Warriors/Special Olympics, American Cancer Society / Relay for Live, Houghton Lake Library, Project H.O.P.E., River House Shelter, Shop with a Hero, Habitat for Humanity, Our Lady of the Lake Schools / Playground Fund, Houghton Lake Community Schools, and Roscommon County Sheriff / Secret Santa. Money for the Our Lady of the Lake playground donation came from the Houghton Lake Rotary Club Parks Fund and some of the money raised from the auction will benefit the Houghton Lake Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund (both funds are managed by the Roscommon County Community Foundation).
“Once again Rotarians and the community came together to exceeded all our expectations”, noted Rotary President Becky Yunker, adding “Thank You to the donors, attendees, and Rotarians for making this event a great success.”