Rotary Club of Houghton Lake

Houghton Lake

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Buccilli's Pizza
2949 W. Houghton Lake Dr.
Houghton Lake, MI 48629
United States of America
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Heather Marra, Owner/Operator of Marra Photography (Facebook: @marraphotographyinc) and Bethany Leslie, C.M.A. and Munson Healthcare Prudenville Manager were recently inducted as members of the Rotary Club of Hougthon Lake. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake meets Tuesdays, noon at Bucilli's Pizza in Hougthon Lake. Rotarians are actively gathering items for the 21st Annual Community Service Auction to be held Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Columbian Home Hall in Prudenville. Information about the club can be found at the club web site www.hlrotary.org or on Facebook @HLRotary. Pictured are Rotarian and member sponsor Susan Tyer, New Rotarian Heather Marra, New Rotarian Bethany Leslie, Rotarian and member sponsor Diane Nielsen, and Rotary President Matt Nester.
 
Julie and Brian Hill of ACT NOW spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently regarding the Kids Helping Kids program which provides Christmas gifts and a Christmas party with a family-style holiday meal for foster children and their host families in Roscommon County. Members of local youth groups help shop and wrap the gifts for foster children and then serve as "elves" the night of the party. The program, which is in it's 11th year, is primarily funded by five major partners; The Rotary Clubs of Houghton Lake and Roscommon, the Interact Clubs of Houghton Lake and Roscommon and ACT NOW. Rotary President Matt Nester presented Julie & Brian a grant of $1,000 in support of the program.
 
Denise Stefanko, Owner/operator of Morning Glory Mercantile and Past president of the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake was recently recognized for her distinguished service leading as club President for the 2017-2018 & 2018-2019 club years. Denise led the club through local annual events and fundraisers like the Rotary Community Service Auction and the Pumpkin Run Car Show, $4,250 in scholarships to local students, and support for local organizations including:
Abundant Grace Assembly of God, Act Now / Kids Helping Kids & Grayson's Gift, American Cancer/ Relay for Life, Artesia Youth Park, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Children's Bereavement Network, Collins Weekend Backpack Program, Crawford/Roscommon Child Protection Counsel, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, HL Community Education (Alt Ed), Habitat for Humanity, Historical Village, Houghton Lake Library, Kirtland Youth Theater, Lions Halloween Party, Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve, NMCAC, Our Lady of the Lake Schools, Project Hope, River House, Roscommon County Community Foundation, Roscommon County Sheriff Project Present Patrol, Roscommon Literacy Council, Russ Graham/Matt Grover Thanksgiving Dinner, Safe Schools Boot Program, Sheriff K-9 Bullet Proof Vest, Shop with a Hero, Students Leading Students, UPS ED & Caren Christmas for Kids, Wertz Warriors/Special Olympics. Applications for grants can be found on the club web page at www.hlrotary.org. The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake meets Tuesdays, Noon at Bucilli's Pizza in Houghton Lake.
Pictured is Rotary President Matt Nester and Rotary Past President Denise Stefanko.
 
MSP Sgt. Scott Bates and Trooper Brian Koboldt spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently regarding the Shop With A Hero program. The program, now in it's 16th year, provides money to local children to purchase gifts. The children are given a police escort to Walmart where local volunteers and civil servant heros help the children purchase and wrap gifts. The children also receive dinner at the Subway restaurant. Pictured are Trooper Brian Koboldt, MSP Sgt. Scott Bates, and a delighted Rotary President Matt Nester presenting a $1,000 grant in support of the program.
 
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.
 
Rebecca Yunker, Executive Director of the Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake regarding the growth and impact of the NMCAC over the last 5 years. Rebecca started the NMCAC after moving to Roscommon county and finding that there was a lack of assistance to victims of child abuse and neglect.  The center has grown from part-time staff providing limited services to a fully staffed center providing victim advocacy, medical examination, forensic interviewing, and therapy to child victims of abuse and neglect across Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Roscommon, and Iosco counties. Rotary President Matt Nester presented Rebecca a grant of $1,500.00 in support of the NMCAC. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center at https://www.nmcac4kids.org.
 
Roscommon County Sheriff Ed Stern spoke to the Rotary Club recently regarding Project Present Patrol. The project started a few years ago when Rotarian Gordie LaFontaine asked Ed about wanting to help the Sheriff department do something for the community. The result was Project Present Patrol, where officers present a turkey instead of a ticket for minor traffic violations. Last year, 100 turkeys were presented. The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake donated $1,000 to help the project this year. Pictured is Roscommon County Sheriff Ed Stern and Rotary President Matt Nester.

The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake presented UPS Ed & Caren $1,500 at the Rotary Meeting Tuesday. This Saturday (11/23) will be the 30th Annual Christmas for Kids Auction presented by UPD Ed & Caren at the Columbian Hall in Prudenville, with proceeds used to purchase winter apparel for local children. Pictured is "UPS Ed" Piglowski and Rotary President Matt Nester.

 
Ben Elliott, agent at Diebold Insurance was recently inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake. Pictured is Rotary President Matt Nester, new Rotarian Ben Elliott, and Rotary President-Elect Rhonda Lamberg.
 
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently inducted Cole Morison, Chef at the Springbrook Inn (565 W. West Branch Road, Prudenville - SpringbrookInn.com) as the newest Houghton Lake Rotarian. Pictured left to right is Rotarian sponsor Anita Sheppard, Rotary President Denise Stefanko, and new Rotarian Cole Morison.  Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. 
 
The Rotary Interact Club ran the Hospitality Tent at Tip-Up-Town (TUT) this year allowing the student service club to help those attending TUT stay warm and Interact members share their stories of service to others, both locally and internationally. The students provided awareness of their service trip to El Salvador in March where they will build concrete homes for families in great need. The Tip Up Town Hospitality tent was very successful making more than the total money raised last year in just the first weekend. Other fundraisers include a can drive (returnable cans collected at Vic Bonds), t-shirts sales, and they will be running crafts at the Roscommon Winter Festival. The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake presented Interact with a $1,500 grant that will help build one new home during the Interact trip in El Salvador. Pictured are Interactor and 2019 Tip-Up Town Queen Sarah Barnes, Rotary President Denise Stefanko, and Interact members Kelli Ignat and Joey Peterson.
 
 
Membership
Paul Berg
Julie Brown
Ben Elliott
Dick Follrath
Gary Gandolfi
Rick Hacker
Stephanie Harris
Ron Homan
Gordie LaFontaine
Rhonda Lamberg
Dan McGinnis
Dan McGregor
Jeff McGurk
Tom Moreau
Cole Morrison
Matt Nester
Bob Pacella
Jamie Paille
David Patterson
Amy Peterson
Koreen Pray
Jim Raschke
Greg Robinson
Midge Rutter
Anita Sheppard
Barbara Souder
Phillip Spicer
Denise Stefanko
Susan Tyer
Jim VanSice
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Treasurer
Secretary
International Service
Immediate Past President
President Elect
Club Website Manager
Community Service
Public Relations Focus Leader
Life Leadership Chair
Scholarships
Foundation Chair
Rotary Interact Chairperson
Membership Focus Leader