Sheriff Ed Stern spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake about Operation Present Patrol. Three years ago, Gordie LaFontaine called Ed asking if he would like to help start a community project. Ed said "Sure, but what?". Gordie said "I don't know, you figure something out, I'll get you the money!", and from that was born Operation Present Patrol. This is the third year for the project where during a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas the Roscommon County Sheriff will issue a turkey instead of a ticket for minor traffic violations. Last year 60 turkeys were gifted. This year, they hope to supply 100 turkeys throughout the entire county. The first year of the program received national news coverage. Rotary Club of Houghton Lake President Denise Stefanko presented Ed with a $1,000 donation from the club in support of the project.