Iris Hammel, Director of St. Joe CEO,
Addresses the Club
Club President Scott Puckett, rang the bell calling to order the May 8, 2017 meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club.
Dawn Fischer led the invocation and 4 way test. 
Dian Evans – United Way
Char Speicher – Taste of the Gardens Committee
Connie Caiceros and Bill Templin
Dawn & Rob Fischer’s Anniversary
Nanci Wert – 6-year anniversary with Rotary
Eric Garton mentioned that admission to Wellfield Botanical Gardens was $5.00 per person but during Goshen at the Gardens Saturday, May 13th admission would be free due to sponsorship by Goshen News.
Sherm Hansen spoke about perfect attendance recognition being stopped a while back but wanted to recognize Dr. Ray Waldman and Shannon White for perfect attendance for 50 years.
Upcoming programs:
May 15th, Luncheon will be at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, 12 pm. Cart service will be available beginning at 11:30 for those in need. 1 pm tour of new projects for those that would like to attend.
May 18th, 5:05 pm at 505 Main Street, Artisan – Thirsty Thursday.
No meeting May 29th.
June 5th – Menessah Nelson, Executive Director, JALD Elkhart County.
June 7th – SB Cubs.
The Sergeant for the day was Bob Shultz, fines were based upon the following questions:
  • Cubs fans – should be charged a buck every week.
  • World news – Who won the French Election and who did they beat?  Emmanuel Macron and he defeated Marine Le Pen.
  • Who won the Kentucky Derby and who came in second?  Always Dreaming won and Lookin At Lee came in second.
  • When was Mother’s Day first celebrated and who invented it?  First celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia and it was created by Anna Jarvis.
  • What is 5, 11 and 1?  Trifecta payout at The Kentucky Derby for $8,297.20.
Special Speaker:  Shannon White
Shannon White spoke to fellow Rotarians about his membership with the Rotary and what it meant to him.  Shannon joined Rotary in 1964 and was our Historian for several years.  Shannon said he missed Rotary, he drove from Goshen the last 10 years and when he didn’t do it any longer, he didn’t like it.
Shannon said if he doesn’t know you, he will make a special effort to.  We are proud to welcome Shannon back!
Guest Speaker: Iris Hammel, Director for St Joe CEO
Dean introduced our guest speaker, Iris Hammel, Director for St. Jo CEO, which was developed from the Regional Cities Initiative.
CEO is “fostering relationships, people, culture and resources supporting a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem across the 47 smart connected communities in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan”.
Iris spoke of their new website: SB/Elkhart and the Business Expo Tuesday.  She has been working closely with Amish Shah to start a CEO Program in Elkhart County in 2018.2019, startups usually take 9 months.
This program sells itself, these are young professionals, juniors and seniors invested in their communities, and they are not just High School students. CEO is deep, diving and intense every day, they have mentors and launch a real life business and learn from their failures and successes.
Most have changed their college plans after participating in CEO because they can see how they can make a change and give back to their community through entrepreneurial creativity.  Ie – jewelry makers, candle makers, designing applications to streamline processes, a young man that cares for his grandmother invented an application that reminded him when to give his grandmother her medication, he is also in the process of designing a pill box with an alarm.  Our lifeblood comes from our community!!!
BE CEO is a Business Expo featuring 23 startup businesses from the CEO Class of 2017.  Learn more about the business, purchase products being offered, and discover what 33 students have worked towards over the past year!  Tuesday, May 16 2017 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Headquarters at Ignition Park, 460 Stull St., South Bend IN.  RSVP online at :
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