Rotary Club of Houghton Lake
Houghton Lake

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Buccilli's Pizza
2949 W. Houghton Lake Dr.
Houghton Lake, MI 48629
United States of America
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Club News
 
It's the Fun & Fabulous 27th Annual Houghton Lake Rotary Pumpkin Run Car Cruise and Show!

Car Cruise - FRIDAY, AUGUST 16th
Cars will gather from 5 PM-6:30 PM at Don Nester Auto Group - 7566 W. Houghton Lake Dr. Houghton Lake, MI.
The 26-mile Cruise around Houghton Lake begins at about 6:30 PM.

No Cost to Enter Cruise. Food supplied by R&J’s Best Choice Marketplace of Houghton Lake (for 1 Car Owner & 1 Guest ONLY).

Large car cruise signs will be at every turn of the entire route.

We encourage the Cruisers do the entire route as we will have Judges on Iroquois to pick the Best Cruise Car and Cruise Truck. We have Specialty Trophies for both winners that will be presented at Saturday’s Car Show at Wal-Mart.

Car Show - Saturday, AUGUST 17th at Wal-Mart of Houghton Lake
Registration is 8 AM-11 AM $20 fee.
Awards Ceremony starts at 3:30 PM
63 TROPHIES! T-SHIRTS! MULTIPLE FOOD TRUCKS! 50/50 RAFFLES!
Thank you to all of the incredible volunteers for your hard work at Shop with a Hero December 13th and all involved with planning this wonderful event! This program allows 50 children in our community the opportunity to shop for themselves and their families who might otherwise not have a Christmas. This is the 21st year of this program and was started by Rotarian, Scott Bates. We are grateful to be able to support this program and it is one dear to our hearts! After the kids are done shopping, all of their gifts are wrapped, they visit with Santa and all were treated to Subway with their Hero.
We love to support wonderful programs like Kids Helping Kids and presented a $1,500 check to Act Now in effort to bring Christmas to Foster Families. Our Houghton Lake Interact Club participates in this program by shopping and wrapping gifts for the 34 foster kids in need. Supporting foster families is so important and we are grateful for the efforts of this program! Pictured is 22-23 Club Past President Heather Marra, Julie Hill Administrative Clerk at Ferris Township Police Department, Jodie Perkola of Roscommon & Ogemaw County DHS and Club Treasurer Ben Elliott.
The Houghton Lake Rotary Club is so proud to support the efforts of the Roscommon County Food Pantry and presented a $500 grant towards Holiday Food Baskets that were distributed to families in need before Thanksgiving. As the needs increase for the pantry to serve over 500 families we encourage all who can afford or gather items to donate to them! Visit Roscommon County Food Pantry - pictured 22-23 Past Club President Heather Marra, Kim and Chris Ashcraft Director of the Roscommon County Food Pantry, and Club Treasurer Ben Elliott.
 
Today (Nov 15, 2023) we hosted the Rotary 6290 District Governor, Jeff Coil and also had 5 interact students who attended for the presentation from the District Governor.
 
Brian Koboldt and Mark McCauley from the State Police received a grant for $1,000.00 for the Shop with a Hero program which will be held on December 13, 2023. A total of 50 students (20 from Roscommon Elementary, 20 from Collins, and 10 from Charlton Heston) will shop at WalMart with either a first responder or a member of the Armed Services. This marks the 21st year for the program which started with Scott Bates. To date they have raised $4,300.00 .
 
At our last meeting, we presented the Roscommon Literacy Council with a $1000 grant to support the efforts of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Roscommon County. There are currently 518 children from the ages of 0-5 who receive one book per month in the mail for a total of 60 books! Pictured is Rotary Club President Rhonda Fossitt, Michelle Ewar from the Roscommon Literacy Council and Rotary Club Treasurer Ben Elliott.
 
Ed Piglowski - UPS ED is being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow through a contribution that the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake has made to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Ed has demonstrated a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation and receives this recognition as an expression of appreciation from our club.
A world of peace and goodwill comes closer to reality today as Ed Piglowski becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. In becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, Ed joins a remarkable company of persons throughout the world. They are recognized for their devotion to the ideal of good will, peace and understanding...a goal of Rotarians and one that Ed clearly shares. We congratulate you, and we thank you for your commitment to our community and the world! Please join use in Congratulating Ed!
 
Tom Moreau was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow +3! Tom has demonstrated a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation through his humanitarian work with our club and in the community. Tom first became a Paul Harris Fellow on June, 11th in 1997. The Paul Harris Fellow +3 was presented to Tom as a expression of appreciation from our club. A Paul Harris Fellow +3 displays 3 Sapphires in the pin and represents $4,000 in total that has been given to the Rotary Foundation through his personal contributions over the years plus a recognition contribution from the Houghton Lake Rotary Club. Please join us in congratulating Tom and thanking him for his commitment to the programs of The Rotary Foundation, our community, and the world. Pictured is Houghton Lake Rotary President, Rhonda Fossitt, Tom Moreau and Tom's wife Patti Moreau.
 
We are honored to support the Artesia Youth Park for their Halloween Event with a $500 Local Grant! This event is free to the community and is expected to draw 400+ participants - don't miss it this Saturday at Artesia from 4-7pm. Pictured HL Rotary President Rhonda Fossitt, Andrew Thompson of Artesia Youth Park and HL Rotary Treasurer Ben Elliott.
 
Congratulations Gordy! Gordy LaFontaine is being recognized for contributing to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. A world of peace and goodwill comes closer to reality today as Gordy LaFontaine becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. It is because of gifts such as this that The Rotary Foundation can carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world: Improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled. In becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, Gordy joins a remarkable company of persons throughout the world. They are recognized for their devotion to the ideal of good will, peace and understanding.
 
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake presented an $800 local grant to Roscommon Township for the Roscommon Township Cemetery to install Veteran’s Memorial Benches. Diane Randall accepted the grant on behalf of the township and shared that she has ordered the benches in hopes they will be here before Veterans Day. Pictured from left to right is Houghton Lake Rotary President Rhonda Fossitt, Roscommon Township Supervisor Diane Randall and Houghton Lake Rotary Treasurer Ben Elliott.
 
The Houghton Lake Rotary Club granted The Collins Weekend Backpack Program a $1000 local grant at our July 19th meeting. The Collins Weekend Backpack Program was started 11 years ago by Gail Haenlein and her husband to provide food on the weekends for students at Collins. The program now uses bags donated by R&J's Best Choice Marketplace of Houghton Lake and Family Fare for the food from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. The program receives food twice a month from October through May. Last year they were able to provide food for 48 students through this wonderful program. Anna and Brian Helpap will be taking over this program in the fall. Pictured are Houghton Lake Rotary President Rhonda Fossitt, Gail Haenlein of the Collins Backpack Program and Houghton Lake Rotary Treasurer Ben Elliott.
 
 
Membership
Kyle Bates
Scott Bates
Rob Bonkoski
John Dougherty
David Duncan
Ben Elliott
Rhonda Fossitt
Gary Gandolfi

Rhonda Lamberg
Heather Marra
Dan McGregor
Matt Nester
Diane Nielsen
Bob Pacella
Robert Pacella
Anita Sheppard
Barbara Souder
Phillip Spicer

Susan Tyer
Rita VanScyoc
Jim VanSice
Ben Williams
Club Directors
President