Goshen Mayor, Allan Kauffman,
Addresses the Club
President Chuck Grodnik rang the bell calling to order the May 4th meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club. Nate Stemm offered the invocation and led in the pledge.
Chris Pollock introduced the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Students. Central students were: Olivia Haworth, Anna Hilliker, and Nicholas Carr. Memorial students were: Daniel Brummet, Cory Edwards, Ali Bailey, and Puja Patel. One student from each school gave highlights from the RYLA camp they attended at Camp Tecumseh.  They thanked Rotary for sponsoring them, allowing them to attend at no charge.
  • May 15th is the Oaklawn Spring Spectacular at the Lerner
  • Next Monday at 11:00 there will be a "Taste of the Gardens" committee meeting.
Gail Martin gave the foundation minute and talked about the things that have been made possible by foundation dollars:
  • Treated mosquito nets in Africa
  • Powdered milk in Mali
  • Wells in countries that need clean water sources
  • Polio immunizations
  • A park in Mumbai for seniors and children
  • Funds donated to Mother Theresa's orphanage in Calcutta
The Sergeant for the day was Jeff Peat, who exacted fines using the Star Wars theme since it was Star Wars Day, "May the 4th be with you".
The speaker for the day was Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman. He focused his remarks on Horizon 3.0.  The Horizon Project pulls key business, community, and civic leaders together to transform Elkhart County by reshaping the future of our community.  3.0 is primarily focused on addressing "Quality of Place" issues.  Some of the things that are part of the discussions and implemention are enhancing tourism, improving downtowns, and attracting quality people.  He credited Diana Lawson with being a driving force behind the initiative. You can visit the Elkhart County Horizon Project Facebook page for information.
President Chuck Grodnik asked the trivia question then adjourned the meeting.
Next week's program:  Amish Shah from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation