At the August 16th meeting, the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently recognized the 2016 Citizen of the Year. Citizen of the Year committee chairman Tom Moreau presented the award to Judy Maass after the following introduction:
As we all know, we have many very special people in our community that do good deeds but do not want any recognition for those deeds. One of your fellow Rotarians mentioned one of those special people to me recently and I would like to share her story with you. About 12 years ago, a friend of this special person passed away and was buried in the Denton Township Cemetery. The living relatives did not live here but they planted flowers and hung a flower basket at the grave site. This special person lived near by and is a very good gardener. She decided to water the flowers as otherwise they would have all died. As she began to look around the cemetery, she realized that there were many live flowers that no one was watering so she watered those too. She would pick off the dead blossoms and place Miracle Grow on them a couple of times during the summer. She also picked up flower pots that may have been blown over and any other debris as eventually; she was maintaining the entire cemetery. Needless to say, the Denton Township Sexton was and is very happy at all the attention and loving care this special person gives the cemetery.
A couple of years back, this special person had to have Rotator Cuff surgery and became very worried that she would not be able to water that summer. Fortunately, her husband (who is a retired State Trooper) has an ORV and they figured out a way they could mount a water tank to the back. They bought the water tank, mounted it to the back and her husband drove her to the cemetery daily to water the flowers with her good arm. This special person also figured out how much Miracle Gro to mix with the water and filled the water tank allowing her to continue to fertilize the flowers as well.
Last year, one of the Denton Township Trustees asked this very special person if she would help weed the flower beds at Trestle Park. She got her neighbor and spent the day making the Park look even better.
This special person never stays idle. When she is not looking after the Denton Township Cemetery and Trestle Park, she is crocheting lap robes and slippers to be given to homes for Veterans. Because this very special person is a retired RN, she also knows there is a tremendous need for knitted hats and receiving blankets for new born babies, which she makes and donates to area hospitals. She also makes round rugs out of strips of bed sheets in any colors and they can have multiple uses for the needy.
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.”