Rotary Club of Houghton Lake

Houghton Lake

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Buccilli's Pizza
2949 W. Houghton Lake Dr.
Houghton Lake, MI 48629
United States of America
MEET TUESDAYS AT NOON, EXCEPT ON THE LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH THAT HAS OFFSITE 6PM-8PM SOCIAL OR SERVICE EVENT, AS ANNOUNCED
Club News
 
Becky Yunker from the Northern Michigan Childern's Assestment Center (NMCAC) gave a wonderful presentation about her organization at our last club assembly. Many of us are so moved by the work her and the team at the NMCAC does to provide a safe space for our community's most vulnerable childern. The NMCAC provides victim advocacy, therapy, forensic interviewing, and medical examination for childern who are abused.
They are the super heroes of our community and without their center these childern would of otherwise have to be taken directly to a police station and then emergency room right after experiencing a trauma. This can be very scary to childern and having a center (the NMCAC) they can go to a safe and comfortable space with people who are trained to help them heal from a horrific experience. The NMCAC is best chance we can give these kids.
Our club was so proud to present Becky with a donation of $1,500 to the NMCAC. Becky was very moved and gracious for our donation, especially because they are in desperate need of funding this year.
Can you help the NMCAC this year?
To donate directly to the Northern Michigan Childern's Assessment Center please visit https://nmcac4kids.org/
Thank you Becky and the staff at the NMCAC for protecting and healing the childern of our community ❤
(Pictured: Rhonda Lamberg- HL Rotary President, Becky Yunker- Founder of the NMCAC, and Ben Elliott- HL Rotary Treasurer)
Suzanne Luck from the Roscommon County Community Foundation (RCCF) was the speaker for our program on 11/3 and our club presented her a donation of $2,379.50 to be added to the Thomas L. McNamara Memorial Rotary Parks Fund. Thomas's family was present during the this presentation and we enjoyed great fellowship together!
Thomas McNamara was passionate about building and enchancing the parks in our community. We are so proud to carry on his legacy through this incredible parks fund!
Visit www.myrccf.com and click donate now if you would like to make a contribution to this fund.
-Left to right is Erin Bemis (Thomas's daughter), Sherry Lahey (Thomas's widow), Suzanne Luck (Director of RCCF), Susan Bammert (Sherry's sister), Ben Elliott (HL Rotary Treasurer) and Rhonda Lamberg (HL Rotary President).
October 13th the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake presented a $800 grant to the Act Now Kids Helping Kids Committee to assist with the expenses for the Kids Helping Kids Foster-Care Christmas Program. Julie Hill (member of the Act Now Kids Helping Kids Committee), Rachel Sajdak (Rotary Interact Interim Secretary) and Chase Plott (Rotary Interact Interim President) accepted this grant from our president, Rhonda Lamberg.
We recently honored our amazing Rotarians, Susan Tyer and Jim VanSice for carrying out a fun and successful “Stuff the Bus” Program to collect school supplies for area schools! Thank you Susan and Jim for your hard work to organize this awesome program for the schools.
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake presented a grant of $100 for the NCACU Superhero September which benefits children of Northern Michigan who have suffered from abuse. Tracy Wilson accepted this on behalf of this amazing program from our president, Rhonda Lamberg.
At the October 6th meeting, the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake presented a $800 Grant for Shop with a Hero that will take place on December 9th, 2020. This wonderful program will benefit 50 underprivileged children (grades k-4th) from Roscommon County to spend $100 on items for Christmas! Without this program many of these children would otherwise not have gifts for Christmas. This is the 18th year this program has been offered to the community. Today, Sgt. Bates and Trooper Kobalt accepted this grant from HL Rotary President, Rhonda Lamberg.
We want to also thank our community for participating in the fundraisers we have had this year to help make this possible!
A HUGE Thank you to everyone who came out to play in our cornhole tournament September 27th!! We would like to recognize our awesome contributors for our 1st ever tournament ❤ Kathy at the
Springbrook Inn FrogTiki
for giving us a beautiful space for our tournament, and donating to our door prizes, to Matt Nester for your generous donation and helping organize the event, Mr. Hiser for the custom cornhole boards, UPS Ed for the lotto board, MJ's Eatery for gift cards, Marra Photography for a gift certificate, Anita Sheppard for your numerous donations for the bucket raffles/lotto boards, and to our other amazing Rotarians Susan Tyer and Heather Marra for your help with the event!!! A VERY SPECIAL thank you to our mastermind behind the tournament, Cole Morison, you worked so hard to make this a success! We had a great time while raising money for our community and everyone was so happy to be there, our participants walked away with cash prizes and many other items!
Welcome Clarence Harvey, who was inducted into our Rotary Club on August 18th. Clarence has been a Rotarian at several clubs and it is a honor to have him as the newest member for our Houghton Lake Rotary Club!
 
A HUGE Thank You to all of our volunteers, sponsors, rotarians, road commission, police force and participants for putting on a successful and fun Pumpkin Run this year! We had nearly 90 cars registered and approximately 500 spectators located all around our beautiful lake to watch the cruise. We raised $1,600 that will be donated back into our amazing community.
Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Houghton Lake Rotary President
Rhonda Lamberg
, who was officially sworn in today by District Governor, Jon Catlin.
Congratulations to all of our 2020-2021 Houghton Lake Rotary Officers and Directors, who were also sworn in today by District Governor, Jon Catlin.
We all look forward to another wonderful year serving our AMAZING COMMUNITY!
President Rhonda Lamberg
President Elect
Susan Tyer
President Nominee TBD
Treasurer
Ben Elliott
Immediate Past President
Matt Nester
Director Jim VanSice
Director Gary Gandolfi
Director Koreen Pray
Director
Cole Morison
Director
Heather Marra
Sgt. at Arms TBA
Membership Koreen Pray
Public Relations Gary Gandolfi, Heather Marra
Rotary Foundation Rhonda Lamberg
Interact Advisor Rhonda Lamberg
Local Service Cole Morison, Heather Marra
International Service Rhonda Lamberg, Ben Elliott
Weekly Program President and Rotarians
 
Houghton Lake Rotarians celebrated the 90th birthday of active Rotarian and club charter member Dick Follrath. Dick explained that he was a member of the Rotary Club of Greenville, MI prior to moving his family to Houghton Lake. Roscommon Rotarian Jeff Nester helped start the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake in 1987 which included charter members Dan Anderson, Terry Anderson, Charlie Berg, Lou Boggs, Tom Bowman, David Buys, Larry Cavanagh, Jim Deamud, Dick Follrath, Jeff Fossitt, Steve Hunter, John MacKenzie, Allen Methven, Darrell Milner, Tom Moreau, Marv Myers, Dick Northcutt, Bruce Sandera, Randy Seymour, Dennis Stegall, Al Stein, and John Walkley. Of the original charter members from 32 years ago, Dick Follrath and Tom Moreau remain active members. The club wished Dick many more years of active service.
 
 
Membership
Paul Berg
Julie Brown
Ben Elliott
Gary Gandolfi
James Haacke
Rick Hacker
Stephanie Harris
Clarence Harvey
Gordie LaFontaine
Rhonda Lamberg
Bethany Leslie
Heather Marra
Dan McGregor
Jeff McGurk
Cole Morrison
Matt Nester
Bob Pacella
Jamie Paille
Koreen Pray
Jim Raschke
Greg Robinson
Anita Sheppard
Barbara Souder
Phillip Spicer
Susan Tyer
Jim VanSice
Club Directors
President
Treasurer
Secretary
International Service
Immediate Past President
President Elect
Club Website Manager
Community Service
Director
Public Relations Focus Leader
Life Leadership Chair
Membership Focus Leader
Foundation Chair
Rotary Interact Chairperson
Scholarships