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
Club News
Becky Yuncker, Director of the Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center (NMCAC) spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently about the outreach efforts that consist of providing body safety information to children in our community as well as increased education. Keeping children safe and preventing sexual abuse is a community effort. The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake presented Becky with a $1000 grant to assist with outreach efforts. Pictured is Rotary President Susan Tyer, NMCAC Director Becky Yuncker, and Rotary Treasurer Ben Elliott.
At the July 20th regular meeting, 2020-2021 Rotary President Rhonda Lamberg recognized Houghton Lake Rotarians Heather Marra and Cole Morison as Rotarians of the Year. Both Heather and Cole help keep the club active and viable through a difficult pandemic year with creative fundraising events including two online auctions and a corn hole tournament and frequent member and public relations though Facebook and virtual meetings. Pictured is Rotarian Cole Morison, Rotary Past President Rhonda Lamberg, and Rotarian Heather Marra.
2020-2021 Rotary President Rhonda Lamberg was recognized for her service to Rotary at the July 13th club meeting by 2021-2022 Rotary President Susan Tyer, Assistant District Governor Jackie Bertsch, and 2020-2021 District 6290 Governor Jon Catlin. Each recognized Rhonda for her leadership of the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake through one of the most difficult years for a community service organization that would normally rely on many public gatherings and regular in-person member meetings. Rhonda exemplified the motto "Service Above Self" and the "Four Way Test"and during her term as club president the club saw 7 new members and multiple fundraisers which helped the club provide $12,000 in  Rotary Grants to many local organizations. Susan also recognized Rhonda as a Paul Harris Fellow. Pictured are current 2021-22 Rotary president Sysan Tyer, Rotarian and Rhonda's spouse Bob Pacella, 2020-21 Rotary President Rhonda Lamberg, Rotarian and Rhonda & Bob's son Robert Pacella, Assistant District Governor Jackie Bertsch, and 2020-21 Rotary District 6290 Governor Jon Catlin.
It is Great to be a Rotarian! What a WONDERFUL Year that YOU Created to BENEFIT OTHERS! How Proud and Grateful I am for What You Have Helped to Accomplish During this Very Successful and Fun Year! A HUGE THANK YOU for Another Outstanding Rotary Year of Service to Others!  
Thank you so very much for your support and friendship through my Rotary Presidency!  My HOPE is that you will continue to feel the excitement that ‘service to others’ brings, experience the laughter that good friendships inspire, and share the gift of membership with others who have big hearts for active service to others!  
Congratulations to Rotarians of the Year, Heather and Cole! Your service, loyalty and devotion to the ideals of Rotary are deeply appreciated!
July 1 starts the new Rotary Year! Best wishes to Susan and the New Rotary Board Members for a Year of Great Collaboration, Leadership, Service, and Friendships! 
Here is Our 2020-2021 Rotary Club of Houghton Lake “Year in Review” (Please remember we did all this in a Pandemic!):
Club Programs & Celebrations:
Many Weekly Educational Speaker Presentations
District Governor Jon Catlin Visit & Club Officer and Director Induction Ceremony
7 New Member Inductions
3 Paul Harris Fellows
Club Modifications:
Improved Social Media Recognition 
Safety Protocol Implementation  
Buccilli’s Menus for Meals
Virtual Meeting Option Utilized for All Meetings
Club Assembly & Member Education:
Weekly Rotary Moments 
Facebook Education 
Rotary Foundation Education  
Vaccination Education 
Car Show Sponsorship-Member Assist
Election of Officers & Directors
Club Fundraisers:
August Facebook Auction
Car Cruise 
Corn Hole Tournament 
Christmas Live Sale on Facebook
Online Service Auction 
Social Events:
’Fun Nite Golf Outing’ at the Fox
’Friends Meet’ at the Back Door
‘Christmas Social Hour’ on Zoom
‘Club Social’ at the Frog Tiki
Service Events:
Literacy Speaker Book Donation Program-Books donated to Public Library in Honor of Speakers
Highway Trash Clean-ups (Multiple)
‘Restore the Store’ at the Historical Village 
‘Stuff the Bus School Supply Collection’ at Walmart
‘Packing Food Baskets’ at Roscommon Food Pantry
Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner ‘Meal Delivery’ 
Shop with a Hero ‘Assist’ at Walmart
Special Youth Support Offerings:
•Rotary Interact Club-individual member support of returnable cans/bottles for local and international projects
•Scholarship Program-provided scholarships to 5 local scholars from Club Funds & Club’s RCCF Memorial Endowment Fund
•Life Leadership Conference-funded 9 students to attend virtual conference
Club International Funding Project:
Polio Plus 
Club Local Specialty Fund Project
Winter Safe Highway Passages on M-55 
Club Local Grant Program: $12,000 donated
Mid-Michigan Honor Flight 2020 (in Sept. due to Covid Cancellation in June)
Shop with a Hero
Superhero September
Act Now Kids Helping Kids
Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center
Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner
Sheriff Present Patrol
UPS Charities Coats for Kids
Artesia Youth Park Auto/Small Engine Program
Illuminated Healing
Collins Backpack Food Program
Roscommon County Veterans Affairs-Family Enrichment Programs 
Rusty Nuts Car Club-Special Olympics
Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve- Educational Building Roof 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakes
Mid-Michigan Honor Flight 2021
2020 Emergency District Relief Grant
Funds for Roscommon County Food Pantry
District 2019-2020 District Matching Grant Project Dedication: 
Celebration of Sullivan Beach Improvement Project of ADA Equipment and Accessibility Enhancements
District 2020-2021 District Matching Grant Project: 
$7000 donated through Collaborative Dolly Parton Imagination Library Grant Project with Rotary Club of Roscommon
Roscommon County Community Foundation (RCCF)-Club Endowment Funding:
Thomas McNamara Memorial to Club’s Park & Recreation Fund
Giving Tuesday $1000 Match Collection Fund to benefit several funds at RCCF
Interest Earned to Support 2021 Scholarship Program and Future Club Projects 
Special Recognition Celebrations:
Renaming of Park & Recreation Fund to Honor Past Rotarian Thomas McNamara 
Honor Recognition of Event Key Members and Club Committees
Club Member Unsung Hero Recognition 
2020-2021 Board Service Recognition
2020-2021 Rotarian of the Year Recognition 
2021-2022 President and Board Induction 
Celebrate the Rotary Interact Club’s Accomplishments for 2020-2021:
•Election and Induction of 2020-2021 Officers and Directors
•Assist on Stuff the Bus School Collection Project with Rotary Clubs at Walmart
•Can\Bottle Drive at Walmart
•Leaf Rake Service Event
•Polio Plus $100 Donation
•Leaf Rake Fundraising Event
•Kids Helping Kids Christmas $300 Donated
•Kids Helping Kids Christmas Shop & Wrap Volunteer Event 
•Shop with a Hero Assist
•Christmas Care Cards Handmade for Kings Nursing Residents
•Coats for Kids Event- $270 in New Winter Outerwear Purchased & Donated
•Valentine Cards Handmade & Presented to Veterans
•Community Can/Bottle Collection Fundraiser
•2021-2022 Membership Drive for Freshmen 
•Election of 2021-2022 Officers and Directors
•Artwork Competition for 2022 Challenge Coin
YOUR SERVICE INSPIRES OTHERS TO SERVE- please keep being the role model of “service to others” for the betterment of humankind in our community and those throughout Our World!
In Gratitude and Friendship,
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently granted $250 to the Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve in Roscommon to assist in the support of a new roof needed on one of their educational buildings where visitors learn much about the nature preserve, the appreciation of the north woods and wildlife, and how to support the environment. Pictured are (L to R): Rhonda Lamberg, President of the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake, Tom Dale, Gahagan Board Chairman, and Tracy Bosworth, Gahagan Executive Director.
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake supports the 2021 Mid-Michigan Honor Flight Program through a $100 local grant to the Honor Flight’s Golf Hole Sponsorship at the upcoming Golf Outing Fundraiser on June 25. The Honor Flight Program allows Veterans the opportunity of a flight to Washington, D.C., free of charge, to visit the various memorials dedicated to World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The Veterans also visit Arlington National Cemetery to see the changing of the guards. Pictured are: Honor Flight Program’s Honorary Fundraiser Trooper Brian Koboldt of the Michigan State Police Post in Houghton Lake and President Rhonda Lamberg of the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake.
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently granted $400 to the Rusty Nuts Car Club in support of their Special Olympics Car Cruise & Car Show to be held on June 18 & 19, with proceeds to benefit Area 4 Special Olympics Projects. Pictured are (L to R): Rhonda Lamberg, Rotary Club President, Lloyd Bonzo, Chairman of the Rusty Nuts Car Club, and Ben Elliott, Rotary Club Treasurer.
Dr. Kyle Bates, OD, Optometrist at Lakeside Vision in Prudenville, was recently inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake. Kyle was proposed by his father, Rotarian, and Michigan State Police Sgt. Scott Bates. Pictured is Rotarian member sponsor Scott Bates, new Rotarian Kyle Bates, and Rotary President Rhonda Lamberg.
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the online Auction. Because of your generosity, we can continue to support great local and international projects!
At the April 20th Rotary Club meeting, Rotarians Diane Nielsen and Bethany Leslie educated attendees on the current available Covid vaccinations. Bethany is from Munson Healthcare and Diane is from Mid-Michigan, both health systems are currently offering the Moderna vaccine.
Pamphlets were handed out that gave very good information about the Covid-19 Vaccine. There are some side effects like injection site reactions, and you may experience dizziness and fatigue. If extreme, call the place you received the vaccine from, or your healthcare provider.
Munson will start doing rapid testing soon. Sport clinics are now using rapid testing. Vaccines are free of charge but you may find they do collect your insurance information. There are free rides through the community bus transportation system to get you vaccinated.
Since the onset of Covid, there has been a decrease in childhood vaccines. If you know anyone, please encourage them to get their children in to get vaccinated. It is a safe environment.
Today (4/6/2021) the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake celebrated with the induction of our newest Club Member, Amanda Laskey along with the pinning ceremony for our other recent members Jay Jacobs and Ben Williams! Our club is thrilled to have 3 new members and we are excited to continue to serve our community together. Pictured is new Rotarian Jay Jacobs, Rotarian Member Sponsor Susan Tyer, new Rotarian Ben Williams, new Rotarian Amanda Laskey, Rotarian Member Sponsor Koreen Pray and Club President, Rhonda Lamberg.
At the April 6, 2021 regular meeting the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake presented the Roscommon County Veterans Affairs a grant for $750.00 in support of Veterans Recreational Programs. Pictured is Rotary President Rhonda Lamberg, Don Mraz, Tom Sheppard, Lori Darga, Director of the Roscommon County Veterans Affairs Heath Nemeth, and Rotary Treasurer Ben Elliott.
Heather Marra was inducted into membership of Rotary International through the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake in December 2019. She has selflessly engaged the object and the mission of Rotary, and has taken opportunities to serve in many ways! 
Hungry for action, Heather asked questions of club mentors and she utilized Rotary’s online information to educate herself and to share information with others. She quickly offered talent and creativity in designing event flyers and she became involved with our Rotary Club image on social media platforms. 
Heather has educated our membership in several capacities, from how to share posts of our Facebook site to the method of procuring an item for an online auction, with handout materials included. 
Her enjoyment of photography and her energy to impact others has been paramount in providing advertisements and in sharing outcomes for our projects and events, as well as her participation in them. This year, these include Restoring the Village Store, Car Cruise, Stuff the Bus Project, Facebook Auction, Member Bio Project, Thanksgiving Food Pantry Dinner Boxes, and Christmas Live Sale. Heather has volunteered as co-administrator of our upcoming Spring Online Auction site that will take place in April. She has kept our Facebook site updated with club and community information, and she serves as our club’s Public Image Chairperson and Sergeant-at-arms, as well as Director on our Rotary Board. 
Heather is unassuming and exemplifies ‘Service Above Self.’ Her bright smile and positivity are contagious as she brings hope to help meet the needs of our local communities and those throughout our world. She is our club’s Unsung Hero!
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake presents a $1200 donation to this winter’s “Coats for Kids” program, through a club grant toward the Dave Caffrey Memorial Fund. Pictured left to right are: Rhonda Lamberg (Rotary Club President), “UPS” Ed Piglowski (Director of the Coats for Kids Program), and Ben Elliott, (Rotary Club Treasurer). Donations of funds or new coats for “Coats for Kids” are being accepted through UPS Ed by calling 989-915-1377.
Houghton Lake Rotarians helped pack Thanksgiving food boxes for 18 families in our community at the local food bank! Lynda Hogaboom organized this donation to be distributed and the families met us here to pick them up. We had families of all sizes from a family of 3 up to 11!! Our fellow Rotarians Clarence Harvey, Ben Elliott, Koreen Pray, Heather Marra and President Rhonda Lamberg helped with this effort. We are so grateful to serve our community and provide food for those in need over the holidays. Thank you to Toni Tarrant and Nancy who also volunteered their time to put this together! (Pictured are Rotarians Koreen Pray and Heather Marra.)
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
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 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
Ben Elliott
Immediate Past President
Matt Nester
Director Jim VanSice
Director Gary Gandolfi
Director Koreen Pray
Cole Morison
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.
Kyle Bates
Scott Bates
Paul Berg
John Dougherty
Ben Elliott
Rhonda Fossitt
Gary Gandolfi
James Haacke
Clarence Harvey 
Jay Jacobs
Gordie LaFontaine
Rhonda Lamberg
Amanda Laskey
Bethany Leslie
Heather Marra
Dan McGregor
Cole Morison
Matt Nester
Diane Nielsen
Bob Pacella
Robert Pacella
Jamie Paille
Koreen Pray
Jim Raschke
Greg Robinson
Anita Sheppard
Barbara Souder
Phillip Spicer
Denise Stefanko
Susan Tyer
Rita VanScyoc
Jim VanSice
Ben Williams
Club Directors
International Service
Immediate Past President
President Elect
Club Website Manager
Community Service
Public Relations Focus Leader
Membership Focus Leader
Foundation Chair
Life Leadership Chair
Rotary Interact Chairperson