The Rotary Club of Frankfort, Michigan
2021 - 2022 Year in Review
In August 2021 the Frankfort Rotary Club returned to in-person meetings (bring-your-own-lunch) with a Zoom-in option.  Thanks to Bill Collin for his efforts setting up the Zoom option and keeping it going all these months! John Armstrong continued his amazing efforts to bring the club a roster of excellent speakers each week.  This is truly a key component of our club’s popularity and success.  Also in August the first annual Kurt Luedke Memorial Golf Outing was held at the Crystal Lake Golf Course, raising $11,339 to benefit student scholarships.  Thanks to Alan Luedke for making this happen.  Also in August Willoughby Rotary Foundation granted $13,000 in scholarships to Frankfort High School graduates (Alan).  $3,000 of the funds were provided by a matching grant from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Fund, which Pat Storrer arranged.
In October we hosted the annual “Pints for Polio” drive during Frankfort Beer Week.  With the Gates Foundation matching grant a total of $7,122 was raised to help end polio.  The December Annual Winter Warmth Project collected approximately 100 coats which were distributed by B.A.C.N.  Thanks to Pat Storrer for this initiative, which marked its 9th successful year.  Also in December Chris Porter and Stacy Pasche coordinated gifting dictionaries to Frankfort 3rd graders.
2022 began with the successful application for a collaborative grant between Frankfort, Benzie Sunrise, and District 6290 for $15,000 total to benefit The Garden Theater.  This grant was applied to the cost of the theater’s new front doors, part of the their renovation project, and very visible to the public.  Due to inevitable delays, the doors were finally installed in June, just in time for the busy summer season. 
In March 2022 we instituted the monthly Friendly Frankfort Rotary Social in lieu of the regular noon meeting on the last Wednesday of each month. The event has proven to be very popular, averaging 30 plus attendees.  It’s a nice way to get to know your fellow Rotary Club members, spouses and friends.  A new prospective member gets their first beverage on us!
In April and May 2022 we worked with Periwinkle Club members to clean and mulch Rotary Park in downtown Frankfort (thanks Pat for your intrepid support of this annual effort).   In May 2022 Jay and Judy attended the District 6290 annual conference in Acme, MI.  We learned a lot about activities in our district, and at the international level. 
During June 2022 we awarded a scholarship to one student to attend Rotary Life Leadership in July (Julie).  The top 10 FHS students were recognized by a special notice on their banner displayed on Main Street after graduation, and by an advertisement at the Garden Theater (John). 
We planned and participated in Frankfort’s  4th of July Parade, the first in two years (Jay).  Thanks to Jon Hawley, Judy Remmert, Anibal Pepper, Tim Foster, Cole Schindler, and Kate Peregrine, who rode in Jon’s Pontiac convertible, carried our banner, and threw candy to the kids.   
Overall:  The Club maintained eligibility for Rotary International Grants by reaching the required RI per capita donation level for yet another year.  These donations go to Rotary International’s charitable efforts.  In addition, members of our club submitted matching grant applications to Grand Traverse Regional Community Fund resulting in $10,000 being donated to local charities.
Our website ( (Jay), and Facebook page (Judy & Stacy) were maintained and updated, and Pat Storrer sent out regular email blasts to her expanded list, keeping members and friends informed about our activities and opportunities to serve throughout the year. 
We welcomed new members Aaron Chandler and Michael McCarthy, as well as transferring members Dale Charters and Beth & Joe Fitzsimmmons.  We said goodbye to members Bob McNabb, Dick Lutz, Duane Nugent, and George Marsh.  We started the 2021 – 2022 year with 51 active members, and finished with 52 active members.
I want to personally thank all of our members for your support and encouragement during my tenure as President.   It was a fun and invigorating experience for me, and never a burden.  I especially appreciate the opportunity of getting to know you all better, and to be of service this past year.   I encourage all of you to consider taking on the presidency of our club when the opportunity arises.  
Jay Peregrine, IPP
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