Speaker Date Topic
Becky Bontreger, Owner Mar 04, 2024 12:00 PM
Middlebury Produce, Inc.
Middlebury Produce, Inc.

Family-owned, operated, and honest that's Middlebury Produce! Middlebury Produce has been part of our community since 1929 and prides itself in making sure our customers know they are more than just customers, they are family. Not only do we want the best for our customers, we want the best for their vehicles too! With skilled mechanics and fair prices, we'll keep your vehicle running smoothly. Experience trust, quality and care - visit us today!

Surf Internet and Quantum Corridor Mar 11, 2024 12:00 PM
Gene Crusie, Scott Franko, and Ryan Lafler share updates on fiber and quantum computing data
Gene Crusie, Scott Franko, and Ryan Lafler share updates on fiber and quantum computing data

Please welcome Surf Internet's Chief Executive Officer—and fellow Elkhart Rotarian—Gene Crusie, as well as fellow Rotarian and Surf Internet's Director of Business Development and Community Relations, Scott Franko, for this special joint presentation. Gene and Scott will be joined by their partners at Quantum Corridor, including Ryan Lafler, President and Chief Technology Officer. Surf will talk about the status of deployment, current grant opportunities and innovations that fiber optic broadband can unlock. Quantum Corridor will talk about the Quantum computing data center being developed in Hammond, IN as well as what Quantum Computing means for our region.

About Surf Internet:

Our Mission: We believe high-speed, reliable internet service is the great equalizer. We’re on a mission to transform the future of our region by building an unparalleled network and providing world-class customer service in the communities where we live, work, and serve.

Our Values

  • Reliability is ingrained in our business. It starts from the moment we begin designing a network and extends through installation and customer support. We’re intentionally at our best for the people we serve.
  • Integrity is the way we do business. We live in the communities we serve, so we put our principles into action and deliver on our promises. We’re going the extra mile to bring the internet to your door. 
  • Innovation is in the very origins of our business. Since 2001, we’ve been developing revolutionary, creative ways to connect people to the things they care about. We’re aiming to change the world. 
  • Illumination is the mindset through which we approach problems. We work to illuminate our customers and communities by providing expert service, resources, and support. We’re working to light up the communities we serve.

We’re Aiming to Change the World

Gene Crusie serves as the visionary leader of Surf’s mission to transform the future of the Great Lakes Region by providing an essential gateway to connectivity through fiber internet. He believes that high-quality, reliable internet connectivity is the great equalizer, with limitless potential to reshape economic and educational futures. Since the early 1990s, Gene has played a pivotal role in the successful development and launch of dozens of internet service providers around the United States. In the last five years under his leadership, Surf Internet has acquired six other businesses, expanded into three states and has grown to a team of more than 125 people. Gene and the companies he leads have earned multiple awards, including the Junior Achievement Technology Hall of Fame, Ceragon Top North American VAR, Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Business of The Year, and the 1 Mile Tower Construction Award.

For more visit: https://surfinternet.com/

Ken Himes, COO Mar 18, 2024 12:00 PM
Waste Away Group
Waste Away Group

Please welcome Ken Himes, Chief Operating Officer, Waste-Away Group, Ltd.

About Waste-Away Group:
Ownership of Waste-Away Group had originally been second generation brothers, Charles Himes II and Stephen Himes. Charles Himes, Sr, formed the company in 1940 when it began as a one-truck operation.  Today, ownership is represented by three members of the third generation; Charles Himes III, Christopher Himes and Kenneth Himes. The owners work together to manage and maintain the multi-functional company as the market leader.

Waste-Away Group - Who are We?
Waste-Away Group, Ltd. manages waste collection, transportation, and disposal, both to a Materials Recovery Facility and landfill facilities for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Having served Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan for over 70 years, Waste-Away Group, Ltd. is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana. Its affiliate companies, Borden Waste-Away Service, Inc., providing residential waste and recycling removal, Himco Waste-Away Service, Inc., serving our commercial and industrial customers for their waste and recycling removal, Integra Certified Document Destruction LLC, providing safe, secure destruction of sensitive material and hard drives, and Recycling Works, Inc., the Materials Recovery Facility that sorts and ships recycling commodities to the world market for reuse. Together, these companies making up Waste-Away Group, provide innovative, environmentally sound solutions while maintaining a leading market share in its core business areas.

About Ken Himes:
In 1990, Ken Himes began as a rolloff driver and he always provided top-notch service to his customers. This is the same outlook that Ken instills in all of the Waste-Away employees. He is an Indiana University graduate and also brings a strong background to the company in Public and Environmental affairs, as well as, technology and network design. Today, Ken is the COO and he is responsible for the overall operation of Waste-Away Group and its affiliates. As an active member of the National Solid Waste Management Association, Indiana Solid Waste Management Association, the Indiana Business Alliance, and the Independent Haulers Network, he is always seeking best practices in the industry. Ken is very active with his customers and he is committed to going the extra mile. Ken has been instrumental in carrying on the consistent reputation of the Waste-Away Group and increasing the customer base.

For more information visit: https://wasteawaygroup.com/

Medix Specialty Vehicles Mar 25, 2024 12:00 PM
Save lives as safely, effectively, and efficiently as possible
Save lives as safely, effectively, and efficiently as possible

Fill the gap. Then redefine it.
Medix was founded in January 2001 in Elkhart, Indiana by Thomas Moleski and Floyd “Lacey” Lowery.

What started as a market-responsive need to lower manufacturing costs has grown into a mission to deliver the ambulance industry’s highest performance value.

Nothing is safer, more effective, or more efficient than a first responder inside a Medix ambulance.

For more about Medix Specialty Vehicles visit: https://medixambulance.com/

Mike Green, RVMH Apr 01, 2024 12:00 PM
RV/MH Update
RV/MH Update

Please welcome Mike Green, fellow Elkhart Rotarian and RVHM staff, sharing an update about RV/MH.

Mission Statement
RV/MH Heritage Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the RV & MH Industries by providing a facility to preserve the history and honoring the pioneers who have made significant contributions to the good of the two industries. The mission has five parts:

  1. To maintain a Hall of Fame to honor the leaders of our Industries. Today we have over 480 members with their plaque displayed on the “Wall of Fame.”
  2. To archive our history. Today we have a great library with over 20,000 industry publications
  3. To create a display of historic products for both RV & MH Industries. Today we have a one of a kind RV museum starting with over 100 year old RV’s. Also in 2022 we opened the Scoular MH museum which a 21,000 square foot facility providing a walk through the evolution of the manufactured housing industry.
  4. To aid in promoting the RV/MH industries. Today we have the GoRving Hall highlighting todays world of RV lifestyle and three brand new Manufactured Homes displayed within the Scoular MH museum.
  5. To provide a first class event center. Today we operate the Northern Indiana Event Center ( N.I.E.C ) with over 58,000 sq..ft. of space available in eight different areas, plus over a million square feet of rally and parking accomodations.

In the past eight years we have made great strides in improving the financial stability of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation by becoming debt-free and increasing our net worth from a negative value to over $22,000,000 in assets over expenses.

RVMH Heritage Foundation has plans to build a 36,000 square foot event center early 2023 which will complete the vision for the 40 acre site.

Chris Stager, President & CEO of EDC Apr 08, 2024 12:00 PM
Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County: landing and keeping Amazon
Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County: landing and keeping Amazon

Please welcome Chris Stager, President & CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, discussing landing and keeping Amazon.

Our Mission
Create an economically vibrant community by: Recruiting, retaining and strengthening our economic base, and being a catalyst for diversification, innovation and economic change.

Our Vision
The EDC will leverage our entrepreneurial spirit, expertise and regional resources to develop a more prosperous community through a diversified, resilient and knowledge-based economy.

Who We Are / What We Do
We are a not-for-profit economic organization serving the community with the cities, towns, chambers of commerce, investor partners, and businesses of Elkhart County, Indiana. We are known as the “Concierge to Elkhart County Industry”. Our primary objectives are the retention and expansion of local businesses, attraction of new businesses to Elkhart County, and local entrepreneurial development.

History of the EDC of Elkhart County
The EDC of Elkhart County (EDCEC) was organized in 2001 as a public-private partnership and lead economic development organization for Elkhart County, Indiana. With a mission to attract and retain diversified businesses both domestically and internationally, the EDCEC serves as a resource and advocate to cultivate the competitiveness and profitability of business locating or expanding to Elkhart County, Indiana.

The EDCEC delivers an integrated approach to economic development strategy combining business attraction, expansion and retention activities, workforce attraction and development as well as strategic long-term planning. The EDCEC teams with the real estate development, land use planning and design professionals to present comprehensive location solutions to new and existing companies. The EDCEC provides confidential relocation and economic development services in close collaboration with regional and national partners to assist with site selection, community networking, workforce attraction and development, and navigation through the state and local incentives and regulatory process.

The EDC of Elkhart County is a nationally recognized economic development leader in the State of Indiana. The EDCEC provides strategic vision and “whatever it takes approach” to ensure continued Elkhart County economic vitality while providing quality job opportunities, a diverse and inclusive quality of place and continued prosperity for the residents and businesses of Elkhart County.

For more details visit: https://www.elkhartcountybiz.com/

Kyle Brown, Meteorologist NWS Apr 15, 2024 12:00 PM
‚ÄčIndiana's Changing Climate
​Indiana's Changing Climate

Kyle Brown, National Weather Service Meteorologist presents: "Indiana's Changing Climate"

Sarah Koontz, Director, CareerWise Elkhart County Apr 22, 2024 12:00 PM
CareerWise Elkhart County -- Modern Youth Apprenticeships
CareerWise Elkhart County -- Modern Youth Apprenticeships

Please welcome Sarah Koontz, Director of CareerWise Elkhart County. Introduced by Brian Wiebe, President/CEO, Horizon Education Alliance. Sarah will present "CareerWise Elkhart County -- Modern Youth Apprenticeships."

CareerWise Elkhart County offers a two- to three-year apprenticeship designed by businesses and offered in partnership with schools, taking students out of the classroom and putting them in the workplace in meaningful, paid positions for 16-24 hours per week while earning high school and college credit. 

For details visit: https://www.careerwiseelkhartcounty.org/

Fifth Monday Fun Day Apr 29, 2024 12:00 PM
Join us for a social lunch!
Join us for a social lunch!
Elkhart Area First Responders Lunch May 06, 2024 12:00 PM
Our Annual Luncheon to thank our area's valued first responders!
Our Annual Luncheon to thank our area's valued first responders!

More details to come... 

Join us to show our appreciation for our Elkhart Area First Responders

Diego Morales, Indiana Secretary of State May 13, 2024 12:00 PM
Indiana Secretary of State
Indiana Secretary of State

Please welcome Diego Morales, Indiana Secretary of State

Diego Morales is Indiana’s 63rd Secretary of State. Secretary Morales is the first Latino elected to a statewide office and is making history as an immigrant
Secretary of State in our country. He previously worked in state government as an aide to Vice President Mike Pence during his tenure as Governor of Indiana. Secretary Morales brings extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to taking office,he was a proud small business owner. Secretary Morales grew up in Sellersburg, Indiana in Clark County. Later earning degrees from Indiana University, Purdue University and Tilburg University in the Netherlands and around the world. Secretary Morales also proudly served in the United States Army and National Guard. He’s been the recipient of numerous honors in recognition of his public service including the Kentucky Colonel and the Sagamore of Wabash.

Diego resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sidonia, and daughter. The Morales family are members of Northside Christian Church in New Albany, Indiana.

For more info and contact, visit: https://www.in.gov/sos/about-sos/about-the-secretary/

Karen Cripe - President May 20, 2024 12:00 PM
Label Logic
Label Logic

Please welcome Karen Cripe, President of Label Logic

Label Logic boasts over three decades of expertise in delivering top-notch product labels in various formats. Our package labels are indispensable for effectively identifying your products on store shelves. These custom labels elevate the appeal of your products while serving as powerful promotional tools. Whether consumers seek hair care essentials or preserves, their initial encounter with your brand typically transpires on the store shelf. Labels help customers comprehend the ingredients in the products they select.

In the realm of RFID technology, every project comprises three vital components: Endpoints (tags), Hardware (Readers), and Software (facilitating the connection between readers and host systems while processing tag data). At Label Logic, we possess the capability to seamlessly insert, print, and encode RFID tags and labels in-house. Moreover, we offer tailored RFID technology solutions, encompassing cutting-edge hardware like RFID reader scanners and the accompanying software for tag data interpretation. Our comprehensive approach covers every facet of the RFID integration journey, from conceptualization and construction to rigorous testing and seamless implementation, all under one roof.

Over the course of the past 25 years, we have consciously evolved to become the premier one-stop-shop for all of your labeling needs. This translates into reduced lead times, hassle-free ordering, and utmost confidence that will make you proud of the decision that you made in choosing Label Logic.

Whether you are a Fortune 500 company, or a small local business, you will be pleased at the level of service and quality that we offer you. We are leading the way with bleeding edge industry software that automates planning, organizes and controls resources, procedures, and protocols to ensure your projects are managed efficiently.

For more information visit: https://www.label-logic.com/

---Memorial Day Holiday--- May 27, 2024
No Meeting Today
No Meeting Today

No meeting today.

Here are some facts and history on the holiday:

  • The day was originally set aside to remember Union soldiers who died during the Civil War, but following World War I, its scope expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. At the end of the Civil War, many US cities held their own memorial observations for their hometown heroes.
  • The idea for a specific holiday came in 1868 from Illinois Senator John Alexander Logan, a former Union general and keynote speaker at one early observation. Logan used his position as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization of Union soldiers, to issue a proclamation for a national “Decoration Day” to be observed on May 30 of that year by decorating the tombs of Union soldiers.
  • The name “Memorial Day,” started cropping up from time to time. The new name became more common after World War II, and in 1967 was declared the official name by Federal law.
  • Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30 until 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, moving 4 holidays — Columbus Day, Presidents’ Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day—to designated Mondays in order to create the ever-popular three-day weekends. (Veterans Day eventually reverted to its traditional November 11 date, which mirrors Armistice Day and Remembrance Day celebrations in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations).
Leah Plank, Horizon Education Alliance Jun 03, 2024 12:00 PM
Triple P -- Positive Parenting Program of Elkhart County
Triple P -- Positive Parenting Program of Elkhart County

Please welcome Horizon Education Alliance's Leah Plank, Senior Director of Parent and Family Systems and Director of Triple P Elkhart County

Leah will present "Triple P -- Positive Parenting Program of Elkhart County"

Triple P is a population-level, public health approach to parenting support that has been proven to reduce rates of child abuse and neglect and improve children’s mental and behavioral health. Triple P is designed for “every parent” with multiple levels of support available in locations across the community. Triple P was launched in Elkhart County in 2015 and has provided thousands of Elkhart County parents with evidence-based parenting support.

For more information visit: https://heaindiana.org/

Eric Garton, Robert & Peggy Weed Exec Director Jun 10, 2024 12:00 PM

Meet at Wellfield!

We'll have boxed lunches and a brief meeting followed by an update on the Events and Visitors Center Expansion Project by Eric Garton, executive director. We'll take a brief tour of the space for those who'd like to do so.

For details at what's happening at Wellfield visit: https://wellfieldgardens.org/whats-happening-at-wellfield/

Not-for-Profit Grants and Scholarship Recipients Jun 17, 2024 12:00 PM
Rotary Grant Awardees give brief presentations and we Award our Elkhart High School Scholarship
Rotary Grant Awardees give brief presentations and we Award our Elkhart High School Scholarship

Today we welcome our community Not-for-Profit Grant Recipients. Each will present a brief, 3-minute overview of their awarded project (applications were due April 1, 2024) and be presented with their funding. 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. 

We will also award our 2024 Elkhart High School Scholarship.


THANK YOU, Julie Cotton Jun 24, 2024 12:00 PM
A celebration of Julie Cotton's Rotary Year Accomplishments :)
A celebration of Julie Cotton's Rotary Year Accomplishments :)