Brian Edwards, General Manager of Lippert Components,
Spoke to the Club
President Ann McCuistion opened the meeting, provided inspirational words, led the Pledge, and Four Way Test
Shawn DeBaer announced our guests, including Honorary Rotarian Art Decio, and his own guest, Terry Lilley. Other guests included Lauren Thurston (Glenn Peterson), Ben Mikesell (Eric Garton) and Aille Conniff (Brad Conniff).
Doug Risser, representing the Rotary Foundation, awarded Monica Abair her first Paul Harris Fellowship Award. Congratulations, Monica!
Scott Puckett reminded the donation committee there will be a meeting next week immediately following our regular meeting.
Matt Lentsch concluded announcements with a special presentation of a check to the Salvation Army. Matt thanked ALL who rang bells and collected funds, those who participated with Peter Norton on restaurant fundraising evening, as well as everyone who contributed to support the Salvation Army through their own donation. Shawn DeBaer accepted the check, and Art Decio was also recognized personally for his significant support. Special thanks to Heritage Financial for the use of their facility, as well as Kurt Janowsky/Navarre Hospitality for their support in keeping everyone fed during the event.
We inducted a new Rotarian today! Aileac Deegan provided a brief induction ceremony for James Davis, who is the COO at La Casa in Goshen. Welcome, James!
Today’s Sergeant at Arms was Dave Dygart - - all proceeds go toward funding deserving not-for-profit projects throughout Elkhart County. All fun for good causes.
Today’s Speaker: Brian Edwards, General Manager, Lippert Components window facility in Goshen. Brian has been with LCI for over 8 years and shared a short program detailing: “How We Incentivize Our Employees”.  Brian described the Dream Manager Initiative, which has three parts:
  1. Helping employees achieve their dreams and goals by empowering them to make wise decisions.
  2. Taking care of their customers - - by creating a 95% on-time delivery goal. That’s what customers want.
  3. Building better relationships with the community, by initiatives such as the 100,000 hours of community service provided last year by their employees.
At Lippert Components, Everyone Matters. Our purpose as a company is to make lives better through developing meaningful relationships with our co-workers, customers and community. Our goal is for our team members to feel a deeper purpose at LCI and to continue to build a better work environment by aligning our cultural and business strategies. We measure success by how we touch the lives of people inside and outside our four walls. We feel it is our awesome privilege and responsibility to be stewards of the lives of the men and women that make this company what it is. What's more, is that we live this out every day where most companies just talk about it. Thanks for all who have joined us on this journey and have taken an active leadership role in making LCI a better place. We are going to play a role in the way the world thinks about work culture and as a result we feel we can help change the world for the better. We are LCI - 8200 family members strong and growing! For those of you who aren’t familiar with LCI but share these same passions and core values, we invite you to join us on this journey!
For more information, visit their Acts of Service website: