Dr. Jim Brenneman, President of Goshen College,
Addresses the Club about the Roots of Goshen
College in the City of Elkhart
What a fabulous Monday to be a Rotarian! Blue skies, warm air and the great food and community comraderie. Greeted by the friendly faces of Andrew Harman, Monica Abair and Ann McCuistion upon entering, how could that not bring a smile to your face.
President Terri Rickel kicked off the meeting with a brief welcome before turning it over to Susan Ginther for some wonderful, inspiring words of reflection, our Pledge and Four-Way Test.
Ann McCuistion introduced today’s visiting Rotarians and welcomed Rotarians to introduce their guests:
Assistant Governor Nancy Keller visited from the Concord Club, while today’s speaker, Dr. Jim Brenneman was unofficially introduced as visiting from his Goshen Club.
Dave Gunn introduced his guest and grandson, Seth Flatt; David Toney introduced his lovely wife, Victoria Toney; Todd  Yoder introduced Richard Aguirre and Fran Conner welcomed Jan Hooten to the meeting.
Announcements from the floor included Terri Rickel - - Remember there is NO MEETING on Memorial Day Monday, May 30; And the June 20 meeting will be held at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Tony Warning reminded everyone about placement advertising opportunities (just $265 an ad, which supports Interact) and Terri concluded with announcement of the Rotary Foundation’s recent grant to Wellfield to restore shoreline habitat, improving the water quality for the entire community, as well as this Saturday’s avenue of service, volunteering at Wellfield from 9-11 a.m., which’ll earn you a makeup!
Sergeant at Arms Doug Thorne extracted fines from Terri Rickel, those who believe the Elkhart Truth’s story about the Aquatic Center, those who didn’t purchase lemonade on Lemonade Day, Tom Pletcher, those sitting at any Sergeant’s table, Pete Norton, Don Stohler, David Toney and anyone who had a cell phone miscue at this or any past meeting (shame on you!).
Bill Burton introduced today’s distinguished speaker, Dr. Jim Brenneman, President of Goshen College. Dr. Brenneman is, himself, a graduate of Goshen College and represents just one of many successful students who continue to give back to their community long after graduation. Goshen College’ current enrollment is approximately 1000 students, with a total capacity of approximately 1500. Goshen College has its roots in Elkhart, founded as an ‘institute’ in 1890, with an enrollment of nearly 300 by 1902. It was in 1902 that a group of successful Goshen businessmen brought the college to its current location in Goshen  - - with a land grant and $10,000. It’s the oldest and only liberal arts college in Elkhart County and promises several things: A top notch education, top notch outcomes, strong core values and a commitment to improve and strengthen city-county-college relationships for years to come. For more about Goshen College visit: https://www.goshen.edu/
For more about Dr. Brenneman, visit: https://www.goshen.edu/about/leadership/president/