Upcoming Meetings
Doug Risser, Elkhart Rotary Club
Jul 15, 2024 12:00 PM
Sharing Service Trip to Costa Rica
Rotary Scholarship Award and RYLA Presentation
Jul 22, 2024 12:00 PM
Rotary Scholarship Award Presentation and Interact Club shares their RYLA experience
FIFTH MONDAY Fun Day! - - BYOL to the Park
Jul 29, 2024 12:00 PM
OFFSITE TBD - - More to come on the plans for this BYOL Fifth Monday Fun Day
Aubrey Danielson - Executive Director
Aug 05, 2024 12:00 PM
Five Star Life
Rod Roberson - Mayor, City of Elkhart
Aug 12, 2024 12:00 PM
'Aspire Elkhart 2024' and State of the City Update
Scott G. Thomas MD, FACS
Aug 19, 2024 12:00 PM
The Lifeline of Our Community: The Critical Need for Comprehensive Trauma Care
Adam Czamanske and Anne-Marie Williams
Aug 26, 2024 12:00 PM
Geenex Solar
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Meetings and Club Activities
 
Today we thanked Julie Cotton, officially, for her July 2023-June 2024 Rotary President's Year.
This year's new President Andrew Harman presented Julie with a plaque and a President's lapel pin as a token of appreciation for her excellent service and leadership this past year.
 
We also finished our election for immediate Elkhart Rotary Club Board Members to fill vacancies on the Board beginning at our first meeting of the new Rotary Year this coming Friday. THANK YOU to Ashley Bowen and Dawn Fisher, who were elected by a majority of the club's membership. Our sincere thanks to those who volunteered for our slate of board member candidates and we're confident we can get/keep you active in our volunteer service.
 
Andrew also shared THIS LINK to a survey this morning via email and seeks YOUR feedback as club members. This feedback will enable our club's leadership team to guide the club in a way that best reflects the goals of our members. 
 

District Governor Nominee Terri Rickel and our Club's Foundation Chair Howard Edwards presented about the Rotary Foundation, describing the SEVEN AREAS OF FOCUS outlined below:
 
 
Howard Edwards was happy to report that we met our Rotary Foundation Giving Target for the 2023-2024 Year, exceeding $25,000 raised from Club Members. Our 2024-2025 Goal is $25,000 that year started JULY !

Membership Chair Eric Garton gave a short presentation about HOW TO GIVE to the Rotary Foundation online at myrotary.org/donate. Steps are outlined here:
 
 
 
Congratulations and welcome the Elkhart Rotary Club's new 2024-2025 President, Andrew Harman! Andrew's first meeting was jam-packed with great information, great people from several clubs in our District 6540, District 6540 leadership—past, present, and future—and great fellowship among people living the Rotary motto: Service Above Self. Our club is grateful for Andrew's willingness to take on the leadership role for the Elkhart Rotary!

After a necessarily-lengthy introduction and welcome to the club's many guests by Jim Rieckhoff, the day's celebration began with the presentation of several Rotary Foundation awards, including a special presentation of Major Donor Level 2 to Aaron Clow by our District 6540's NEW Governor, Holli Seabury.
 
 
Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Awards were also presented to several club members by our club's (L-R) Foundation Chair Howard Edwards, DG Holli Seabury, and District Governor Nominee Designate Terri Rickel. Recipients included:
  • Andrew Harman, PHF+2, Elkhart Rotary Club President
  • Deb Osza PHF+1
  • Larry Knight PHF+2
  • Kathy Grusy PHF+3
  • Mel Jacobson PHF+4 & PHF+5
  • Bob Shultz PHF+5
  • Moe Jacobson PHF+8
  • Kurt Janowsky (accepted by Heide Bennett) PHF+8

Monday's program was provided by Rotary District 6540 Past District Governor (PDG) Dan Ryan, of the Demotte-Kankakee Rotary Club and Bob Gabrielse, Manager of Mobility Ministries, Inc. an Indiana affiliate of Mobility Worldwide https://mobilityworldwide.org/. Bob and Dan gave highlights of the Personal Energy Transportation (PET) Carts. These three-wheeled, hand-cranked wheelchairs are for those afflicted with polio and victims of landmines, who are otherwise relegated to often crawling from place to place and complete dependence on others in their daily lives. The PET carts provide independence and dignity for those in need.
 
Rotary District 6540 Past District Governor (PDG) Dan Ryan, of the Demotte-Kankakee Rotary Club introduced Bob Gabrielse, Manager of Mobility Ministries, Inc. 
 
 
Bob shared several videos of the difference this program has made in the lives of others, the PET Carts he'd brought to demonstrate and how they're manufactured, and a presentation describing the program from start to finish.
 
  
 
 
 

The presentation also included information about “Days for Girls” packs and “Baby Packs for Life” presented by Arla Gabrielse, the office manager of Mobility Ministries.
 
 

For complete information about Mobility Minstries visit their website at https://mobilityworldwide.org/affiliates/indiana-demotte/
 
On Monday we welcomed our community Not-for-Profit Grant Recipients. Each organization was invited to bring up to two representatives to join us for lunch. As our program, each presented a brief overview of their awarded project and handed a check. This year, our Donations Committee granted $14,500 to 17 local not for profits. The decision-making was challenging as 28 organizations had applied this year, seeking over $28,000 in funding. Rotarians raise 100% of these funds through donations from club members at weekly meetings through fun 'fines' assessed by the weekly 'Sergeant-at-Arms' volunteer. The Elkhart Rotary Club is proud to support the wonderful missions and efforts of local not-for-profit organizations who serve our community and region. 
 
This is a list of this year's recipients and the programs our grants help to fund:
  1. ADEC - Summer Camp for Children with IDD
  2. Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County - Social-Emotional Learning Initiative Program
  3. Cancer Resources for Elkhart County - Journey Through Treatment program
  4. Church Community Services - Micro Farm/Garden-Fence and Signs Project
  5. Council on Aging of Elkhart County - COA Care Fund
  6. Crossroads United Way - Books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
  7. Front Porch Foundation - Minds at Play program
  8. Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County - Purchase of Safety Harnesses
  9. Hearing the Call - Michiana - Funding supports reduced cost hearing devices and fitting for hearing impaired
  10. Heart City Health - HealthFest
  11. HUB (Hearts United for Bristol) - Summer Feeding Program
  12. Humane Society of Elkhart County - Pet Microchip Scanners
  13. Lexington House of Elkhart Clubhouse - Support for offsite Socials and Holiday Programming for members
  14. LoveWay, Inc. - Underwrite costs for students to participate in the Adaptive Riding Program
  15. Ryan's Place - Investment in musical instruments for therapy
  16. Tolson Center for Community Excellence - Music Together Babies
  17. Wellfield Botanic Gardens - Purchase of gardening tools and safety equipment for SPARK Program at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

RED RIBBON ROOKIES - - Call for Volunteers!
The Red Ribbon Rookies need our help this Saturday June 22 at 8 am at RETA, 116 W. Jackson in Elkhart. You'd be helping them move current store items and casework to prep for the indoor playground equipment installation for RETA's project. Contact Dustin Miller by email if you'd like to help and he can provide more info. Thanks!
 

Congratulations to those receiving recognition for their Paul Harris Fellow milestones.
Rotary Foundation Chair Howard Edwards and President Julie Cotton made presentations to:
(L-R) Tom Pletcher, President Julie Cotton, Sherm Hansen, Tony Warning, Bob Shultz, Don Rodda, Jeff Wells, and Dean Leazenby. 
To make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation visit: https://my.rotary.org/en/donate You can make a one-time donation online or create recurring donations. Paul Harris Fellow awards are recognized at $1000 increment of donation. The Rotary Foundation is recognized as one of the most effective and well-managed charitable organizations in the world, with 12 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator and an A-plus rating from CharityWatch.
 

Running List of Rotary Event Announcements: Rotarians are an integral and engaged part of our active community! Here’s a list of upcoming events represented by Rotarians from the Elkhart Rotary Club. If you’d like more information, contact the Rotarian listed for the event or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to them. Are you a Rotarian with an event to share? Put it in the format below and email to Eric Garton, he’ll add it to the list.

 
  • Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15; Groovin’ in the Gardens – Summer Concert Series at Wellfield. The concert lineup features a variety of musical styles by popular artists including Dave Bennett, local favorites High Life and Memphis Underground and special guests, the Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction! See details and purchase tickets at https://wellfieldgardens.org/groovin-in-the-gardens-2024/. Gates open at 6 p.m., concerts begin at 7; get your space on the lawn, on the Event Plaza, or anywhere you’d enjoy listening! Contact: Eric Garton

  • Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in 5-6 p.m. Location: Artisan. Contact: Peter Norton

  • Friday, August 16, The Great Cardboard Boat Race. Registration Opens May 1! Volunteers needed for August 15 Set Up & August 16 Race Day Volunteers Needed: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

 
 
On Monday we celebrated our community's First Responder's, welcoming those who put our community's safety as their top priority. We welcomed members from various departments and agencies including:
  • Elkhart Police Department
  • Elkhart Fire Department 
  • Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department 
  • City of Elkhart 911 Dispatch
  • Elkhart County 911 Dispatch
  • Indiana State Police Post District 21          
  • Osolo Fire Deptartment
  • Concord Fire Department
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Elkhart Mayor's Office
 
The meeting was brought to order by President Julie Cotton, her final meeting as President this Rotary Year. Congratulations, Julie!
After introductions of visiting Rotarians and guests, Elkhart Police and Fire Department Honor Guard Presented the Colors.
 
Our invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, and Rotary Four Way Test was presented by Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Chaplin Jennifer Lansen.
 
While enjoying a delicious lunch provided by Navarre Catering and Events, we heard remarks from:
  • Elkhart Police Department Chief Dan Milanese 
  • Elkhart Fire Department Chief Rodney Dale, and
  • Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson made concluding remarks for the meeting before adjournment by Julie Cotton.
 
The many members of the Elkhart Rotary Club and our families are grateful for the service of ALL of our community's first responders. Their many sacrifices—including long hours, missed holidays with families, and the constant threats they face in service to othersë—are truly appreciated. We honor their service.
 
 
The Elkhart Rotary Club gathered for lunch at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, which it proudly founded as a Rotary International Centennial Project in 2005. Wellfield Botanic Gardens Executive Director and fellow Rotarian Eric Garton provided the program: an update on the Events and Visitors Center Expansion Project and upcoming events at Wellfield.
 
 
Today's Sergeant was Jim Snodgrass, who provided some fun history on June 10th to receive fun fines from our club members to support our local not for profit grant awards.
 
 
The Events and Visitors Center Expansion Project is a $14m Project realizing four key master plan features—a new 12,000 sq.ft. Visitors Center with event capacity, Open Air Pavilion, relocation and repurposing of the existing Visitors Cottage, and increased parking capacity. These features will provide not only a transformational guest experience with necessary infrastructure and amenities, financial sustainability for the future, and increased mission-effectiveness, but also deliver increased quality of place and promote economic development of our area. The project is on schedule and DJ Construction's goal is to have the project turned over to Wellfield for occupancy by Thanksgiving of this year that Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights guests will be able to access the event through the new facilities. For more details visit: https://wellfieldgardens.org/whats-happening-at-wellfield/
 
After a short talk under the Event Garden tent, Eric invited Rotarians on a short walk to round out the meeting, highlighting visible external features of the project's construction including the Visitors Center western facade, the PermaDeck cast concrete boardwalk, and the beautiful wooden pavilion. 
 
 
 
Eric also provided a handout highlighting upcoming events at Wellfield and here's a quick reference list:
  • Groovin’ in the Gardens- Thursdays, June 13 through August 15 (no concert on July 4th)
  • Horticulture Class: Beginning Bonsai- Saturday, July 13th | 9-11 a.m.
  • Horticulture Class: Japanese Garden Design- Saturday, July 13th | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
  • Taste of the Gardens– Sunday August 25th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Bird Walks- April-September– 1st & 3rd Saturdays | 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Yoga in the Gardens- Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 a.m. | Wednesdays, 6– 7 p.m.
  • Tai Chi in the Gardens- Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. with Swan Mishler.  Dates: June 5, June 19, July 10, August 7, August 21, September 4, September
     18 This class is presented in partnership  with Beacon Health; if you are a Beacon Health member, please ask them about registering for these classes.
  • Wellness Walks- Thursdays through September 10-11 a.m. In partnership with  Beacon Health, we’re offering a chance to take a walk in the Gardens with a fitness
     instructor from Beacon. These walks are free with Wellfield or Beacon membership. 
  • Little Sprouts- Tuesdays through August 27 | 11:00-11:30 a.m. Free with admission or membership, these drop in activities are great for kids pre-K through
     early elementary age. If you’re an Elkhart County resident, admission is free on Tuesdays.
  • Stories in the Gardens with Elkhart Public Library- Tuesdays through August 27 | 5:00-5:30 p.m. Free with admission (or membership).
  • Evening in the Gardens– Thursday, September 19th, 6– 9 p.m. Our premier event acknowledging our donors and supporters! 
  • Garden of Villains– Friday & Saturday, October 4th & 5th– Our 3rd annual! In partnership with the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum. 
  • WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY LIGHTS RETURNS NOVEMBER 29, 2024 – AS ALWAYS, BIGGER AND BRIGHTER! More than 1.5 million lights this year!

Running List of Rotary Event Announcements: Rotarians are an integral and engaged part of our active community! Here’s a list of upcoming events represented by Rotarians from the Elkhart Rotary Club. If you’d like more information, contact the Rotarian listed for the event or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to them. Are you a Rotarian with an event to share? Put it in the format below and email to Eric Garton, he’ll add it to the list.

 
  • Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15; Groovin’ in the Gardens – Summer Concert Series at Wellfield. The concert lineup features a variety of musical styles by popular artists including Dave Bennett, local favorites High Life and Memphis Underground and special guests, the Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction! See details and purchase tickets at https://wellfieldgardens.org/groovin-in-the-gardens-2024/. Gates open at 6 p.m., concerts begin at 7; get your space on the lawn, on the Event Plaza, or anywhere you’d enjoy listening! Contact: Eric Garton

  • Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Elkhart County Stand Down; Elkhart County Military Veteran Stand Down presented by Goodwill and Community Partners. Join Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Veteran Affairs, Goshen City Parks, Elkhart City Parks, Elkhart County Health Department, and the Elkhart County Parks in a resource fair for veterans and their families. Veterans will be able to connect with VA resources, talk with their county veteran service officer, and learn more about what the community has to offer, including fun activities for kids and families. Location: Schrock Pavilion in Shanklin Park, Goshen. Contact: Monica Abair

  • Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in 5-6 p.m. Location TBD Contact: Peter Norton

  • Friday, August 16, The Great Cardboard Boat Race. Registration Opens May 1! Volunteers needed for August 15 Set Up & August 16 Race Day Volunteers Needed: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans