Program December 11:
Students from the Youth Advisory Council of the Oceana County Community Foundation are talking about how they work with the OCCF to focus community support


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For many years, people wanting to support the philanthropy efforts of the Pentwater Service Club had only one option: walk up to the Club’s iconic “Bill Duncan Food Wagon” on the Village Green and buy a brat or hot dog, with all profits donated to worthy causes.

There’s now another way. The Club has created the “Pentwater Service Club Fund” (PSCF) to which anyone can now make a tax deductible gift, with all monies donated to area nonprofit causes. The Fund is one of the more than 100 "named funds" created by individuals, couples, families and organizations under the auspices of the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC)

The Club’s contributions committee considers where support should go with monies from member dues, food sales proceeds, and now, the Fund. And then the entire Club membership okays the giving plan.

“Many people don’t realize we meet weekly between September and June,” said Bill Maxwell, Club president. “We hear guest speakers talk about current and emerging topics, and point out opportunities where financial and volunteer support is needed. We stay informed about what’s going on in the community and needs that suddenly arise.” “At last week’s meeting,” added Ron Christians, “we heard that volunteers were needed to help a team from the Pentwater First Baptist Church install a wheel chair ramp at the home of an area resident who can no longer climb stairs. A total of 14 from the church, Artisan Center, and our club turned out. It was very gratifying.”

Besides volunteer outreach, the Club provides typically provides financial support to various Pentwater school activities such as scholarships, speech contest, book fair, student field trip to the state capital, Science Olympiad, electronic sign, yearbook, and media center lighting; Cub Scouts, recreation program, community fireworks, Village projects, Historical Society, Hart Performing Arts series, and Pentwater pre-school.

“Proceeds from food sales don’t let us contribute as often, or as much as, we’d like,” said Club member Ron Beeber, who recently joined the CFOC board. “This is a terrific way for Pentwater’s year-round and seasonal residents, and our wonderful visitors, to help make a great place even better. For anyone wanting to advance the best interests of our community, contributing to the PSCF at the Oceana Community Foundation lets them be a part of a supportive network of like-minded folks who want to make a difference here. Together, we can help keep Pentwater a great place to call home or visit for many years.”

There are several circumstances that can trigger a contribution to the PSCF Some make a gift part of their annual charitable giving. Others include a gift in their estate plan. People have honored a deceased friend or relative with a memorial gift. And for those who are unable to help the Club raise funds it donates, making a contribution to the PSCF is another way to provide personal support.

Checks payable to the Pentwater Service Club Fund can be mailed to CFOC, PO Box 367, Shelby, MI 49455. Or,you can charge the contribution to your personal credit card by going online to and clicking on “give” and then “online giving.” Enter “Pentwater Service Club.” Call the Foundation at 231.861.8335 for more info.

The Service Club meets between September and May at Pentwater Public School on Thursdays beginning at 11:15 a.m. Lunch is available at 12:15 p.m. The club warmly welcomes new members. More information can be found at or the Club’s page on Facebook.

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Photos and News submitted by Ron Beeber.

People with Poles Brave Wind & Snow to Hang Village Holiday Lighting!

The Downtown Development Authority decided to enhance the Village Green Holiday Decorations by adding lights and ornaments to the trees at the street level. Mary Stiphany, former President of the DDA, organized the work session and light purchasing. On Tuesday Nov. 25th, ten Pentwater Service Club members braved the 25 MPH winds and snow to get the lights hung on the trees at the top of the Village Green stairs. Mary has been delighted with the awesome support provide by members working on Village Christmas Decorations this year!

At the same time on Tuesday, the Village Crew was installing Christmas Decorations on Hancock Street light poles. The Village Green Band Shell was generously decorated by Jack Witt and the Snug Harbor Crew. Service Club members helped get picnic tables moved out of the gazebo on Wednesday November 26th to improve the ambiance.

There are a lot more lights and decorations this year and the Pentwater Service Club and the DDA hope you all enjoy them! Thanks to: The Village Crew, Mary Stiphany, Jilly Barnes, Mark Benner, Peter Bush, Ron Christians,Rand Gee, Chris Dunn, Dennis Houk, Doug Osborn, Dick Ouweneel, George Richey, Harry Waller, and Jack, Andrew, and John Witt for the help!
Pictures courtesy Rand Gee

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.
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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.

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

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