Program November 13:
Mark Benner will talk about the Club’s Brand, Reputation, and Role in the Community,


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Service Club Programs Set Through End of Year

Pentwater Service Club program chair Rand Gee has lined up some interesting speakers in the weeks ahead. On Nov. 13, club member Mark Benner will talk about the club’s reputation and role in the community, and potential to do even more. On Nov. 20, Shelby Gem Factory President Larry Kelly will provide an overview of his company’s products, customers and opportunities.

On Dec. 4, the Club will hold its monthly business meeting to review its community outreach efforts and plans for 2015. The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s Youth Advisory Council will be the topic at the Club’s Dec. 11 meeting. Members will hear how young people from five Oceana schools and home school students help solve problems affecting their peers by reviewing grant proposals from agencies serving area youth.

And on Dec. 18, Club members and their spouses will enjoy the Pentwater School Band’s annual holiday music program to which the public is invited. Guests wishing to stay for lunch ($6) should make a reservation with Club president Bill Maxwell.

Between September and June, members meet every Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at Pentwater Public School Library, with lunch following at 12:30 p.m. The Club has added a number of new members in recent months, and enthusiastically welcomes more. Come join us! For more info, check out the remainder of our website.

Pentwater Service Club Members Assemble Village Holiday Decorations!

The Downtown Development Authority decided to enhance the Holiday Decorations that hang on the village light poles. The fomer President of the DDA, Mary Stiphany, said, "The holiday decorations take a real beating from the weather. They have to be rebuilt every year. We called on the Service Club to help knowing that we'd get all kinds of support!" And support they got. Eight memebers and some spouses worked diligently to assemble half of this year's decorations. Assembly work continues this week.
Holidau Decorations 1   Decorations2
Heads Down and Hands Working. Chris (L) and Dean (R) Assemble Greens.   Claudia from DDA and PSC Members in background add lights.
Pictures courtesy Mary Stiphany

Katahdin Saved by the Pentwater Service Club and the Historical Society!

When the Pentwater Historical Society (PHS) needed to move its largest and heaviest, and one of it’s oldest donated artifacts, who did it call upon for help? Not Ghostbusters.

They called in muscle from the Pentwater Service Club to help move the “Katahdin,” (pronounced ka-tah-din) a 30-foot, 3,000 pound, wood boat that resembles, and some say once served as, a tour boat that operated on Pentwater Lake some 100 years ago. The boat was donated to the PHS earlier this year by Garth Larson, owner of Ace Hardware in Hart, whose grandfather purchased her many years ago.

On Friday, Oct. 17, 18 volunteers from the two community organizations joined forces to move the prized artifact from what was once Larson's grandfather's barn near Hart, where it sat untouched for nearly forty five years. Katahdin’s temporary new home is Charlie's Marina in Pentwater, which has generously agreed to store the boat until plans for her permanent display by the PHS are put into place.

“The move was a lot trickier than we thought it would be, but we pulled it off in about 90 minutes because of all the volunteers who turned out to help,” said Glenn Beavis of Pentwater, who headed up the planning and execution of the move.

Volunteers who helped move the boat included Doug Bacon, Glenn Beavis, Ron Beeber, Ed Bigelow, Norm Booth, Ron Christians, Chris Dunn, Nick Fekken, Dan Filius, Bill Gardy, Gary Hickman, Jim Howell, Larry Hulburt, Dick Johnson, Dave Kidder, Bruce Koorndyk, Roger MacLeod and Dick Warner.

Said Beavis, “We had to carefully slide the Katahdin out of the barn, turn her around, and roll her onto a specially-built trailer without ripping up the bottom of the 100-year-old boat.” The trailer used was actually fashioned by Doug Bacon of Pentwater from two boat trailers donated by Patterson Marine and West Coast Marine, both of Pentwater.”

“Now we need to find out the history of the Katahdin, and we really hope there are folks out there who can shed light on where she spent her first 50 years,” added PHS President Dick Warner.
Pictures courtesy Ron Beeber

Athletic Boosters Want Your Help!

The Boosters asked for help in staffing their food operation. No long prep to do, no cooking to do, no clean-up to do! Just help them serve food, take paymerns, and have some fun for a great cause. Check out their Booster Calendar for opportunities to help.

Fund Raising Again in September!

The crew on Saturday and Sunday, 27-28 September at the Fall Festival Arts and Craft Show, did a fantastic job and may have set a record for weekend sales! We're awating final profit tabulations.
The Crew   The Cook   Lunch Time
The Crew   The Cook   Lunch Time
The Line   Step Right Up   Mustard
Brat Line-up   Step Right Up   More Mustard?
Sandwichboard   The President Likes Brats   Popcorn Boy
Sam Raises Awareness   Club President Likes Brats   I Can Have My Own Bag?!
PTW Service Club Logo   Carmel Corn   MAKING A
    Caramel Corn Sold Out 1st Day    
Photos Courtsey Ron Beeber        

Breaking News!!!
Dr. Dave Roseman Honored as Citizen of the Year!    
Pictures + Read All About It!

Geoff Hansen (L) and Jon Bumstead (R) present Dave Roseman (Center) with his Citizen of the Year Certificate

Photos Courtsey Ron Beeber

Highways Spruced Up Again!

The Service Club has been supporting the Adopt-A-Highway program for over 7 years. Ron Christians has been heading the effort! THANK YOU to Ron and all of this September's volunteers who cleaned up our section of Route 31!

Our members and your friends and neighbors
receive instructions and assignments for highway cleanup
Photos Courtsey Ron Beeber

Service Club Raises Over $2,900 for Fireworks!

Service Club Members and volunteeers - spearheaded by Ron Beeber - walked the Homecoming Parade Route to solicit
donations for the Pentwater Fireworks. Headed by Amy and Ron Beeber, the team collected
over $2,900 or about 25% of this year's fireworks cost. Congratulations to the Service Club for a job well done and to all of the Parade-Goers who generously donated!


(L-R) Val Valentine, Michele Dolle, Kevin Dolle, Kathy Grohn, Glenn Beavis, Kyle Nelson, Karen Nelson, Bill Maxwell, Judy Dunn, Amy LaBarge, Terry Valenzaro, Jim Howell, and Deb Valentine.
Photos Courtsey Ron Beeber    

Sand Sculputre Contest Huge Success!

The Service Club sponsored the Sand Sculpture Content at the Mears State Park Beach on Friday August 15th. 250 Teams entered and create awesome sculptures. See a Time Lapse Video of sculptures being created.
 Sign-Up  Sunglasses   Easter Island  Monster
Photos Courtsey Ron Beeber

Help Us Raise Awareness: Honor Flight
Help us spread the word! Honor Flight of Western Michigan wants to contact WW II vets to offer them an opportunity to be honored for their war service. Honor Flight flies vets to Washington D.C. and pays their expenses. If you know a WW II tell them about Honor Flight. The June flight from Western Michigan was well attended and deeply appreciated by the Vets!

For more information, see the Honor Flight website: or e-mail

Honor Flight
Bill Bluhm spoke to Service Club members about Honor Flight, and in this photo, greets original Service Club member Ralph Kayler, who is among the vet guests going to D.C. on June 24.
Photo Courtsey Ron Beeber

Want to Be More Connected to the Community? Join Us!
We are always interested in having people join our club to help support the community. Being a member is a fantastic way to get to know many of the influential people in town, experts with fantastic skills and know-how, and people who are friendly and always willing to help a neighbor. Joining is easy! Check out our Membership Page today.

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