Jeff White, Vice President at the RV/MH Hall of Fame,
Addresses the Club
Vice President Scott Puckett welcomed the crowd on this fine Dyngus Day. He invited Darrell Peterson to the podium to provide positive thoughts for the day, lead the pledge and the Four Way Test.
VP Puckett thanked fellowship table volunteers Mike Lobeck, Chris Pollock and Josh Walker. Mike Lobeck announced our visiting Rotarians; Judy Jankowski from South Bend - - and soon to be converting to an ELKHART ROTARIAN; Benjamin Hedge from Vernon Hills/Mundelein, and Rick Stiffney from the Goshen Noon Club. Welcome, all! Glad you could join us.
Scott then announced the upcoming programs for the month of April - - there’ll be some great ones, don’t miss them, including April 11 when we honor our local Police, Fire, and Emergency Services personnel.
Kathy Grusy reminded the club about our Turkish exchange Rotarians - - some of which still need host homes while visiting Indiana; if you’re able and willing, please contact Kathy!
Dean Bergamen introduced our Memorial High School guests who’ve been with us the month of March; they each took a couple minutes to introduce themselves and say a few words about their future plans after high school. The future looks bright.
Today’s Sergeant-at-Arms, Lisa Schoetzow, ascended to the podium with a spring in her step to exact a plethora of fines from our club members. In honor of Lisa’s son, Bronson, turning 1-year old, she allowed us to ‘celebrate’ with her by sharing her pain over the festive party planned for her son. Those who have a Pinterest account, partake in blogs, and buy their children extravagant-but-unnecessary gifts fell prey to the Sergeant’s fines. In addition, both grandparents AND parents paid the price for not listening to the other’s valuable advice over the years. And apparently Costco got the best of dear Lisa, who made a couple trips to the Big Box in order to supply the party - - Costco Members: Pay Up!
Judy Jankowski introduced our guest speaker, Mr. Jeff White, Vice President of Operations at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum and Northern Indiana Events Center, whose mission is: Dedicated to preserving the history and honoring the pioneers and individuals who have made significant contributions to the RV and Manufactured Housing industries . . .
Jeff took the opportunity tell our club a little more about the RV/MH Hall of Fame, some of the misconceptions of the industry, and what the museum has to offer including a tremendous amount of event spaces. Did you know that in addition to a great exhibit of vintage and antique recreational vehicles, that the RV/MH Hall of Fame also boasts one of the largest research libraries on the RV/MH industry in the entire world? Did you know they have a Manufactured Housing demonstration home setup adjacent the main building that receives thousands of guests each year? There is a “Go RVing” section, a suppliers area, a theater space that seats 80, and conference and event spaces ranging from board rooms to the Grand Hall which seats over 900 guests for dinner? The Northern Indiana Events Center is a fantastic resource if you’re looking to host events of any size.
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