Notre Dame Professor, Robert J. Bernhard,
Addressed the Club
President Scott Puckett opened the meeting, followed by Bill Burton providing some inspiring words and leading the Pledge and Four Way Test.
Tom Eisele then introduced today’s guests:
Honorary Rotarian, Mr. Art Decio
Mandy Leazenby was a guest of Sherm Hansen
Parnasi Bandyopadhyay attended today’s meeting with her father, P.
We also welcomed for the final time this month, three Elkhart Memorial High School students: Romi Patel, Joe Smith and Diego Reynoso. Romi provided some thoughts and comments about what their experience has taught them.
Birthdays today: Tom Eisele and Darrel Peterson - - Happy Birthday!
Taste of the Garden Co-Chairs Brian Housand and Eric Garton, along with Taste of the Gardens' coordinator-extraordinaire Terri Rickel presented a brief report on the August 27 event, and presented a contribution check in the amount of $55,500 to Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The amount is the largest net return to Wellfield since the inception of Taste of the Gardens. THANKS TO ALL who contributed of your time, talents and resources to make it all happen.  This is a great fundraiser for Wellfield, and more importantly, an AMAZING community event enjoyed by thousands.  It's a true reflection of both Rotary's and Wellfield's missions to improve and grow our community.
Jeff New was today’s Sergeant and did a fine job extracting good funds for great causes that Rotary supports.
Dean Bergamen introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Robert J. Bernhard, who gave updates on Notre Dame's Research Department, as well as initiatives to encourage entrepreneurial endeavors in the region, including the formation of an Entrepreneurship Board, Entrepreneurship Ecosystems and activities that stimulate innovation and communication.
Robert is a Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, as well as a member of the President’s Leadership Council.  He is working closely with the executive leadership of Notre Dame, the deans of the colleges and schools, and the Board of Trustees to guide Notre Dame in all facets of its journey to fulfill its mission.
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And don’t forget, next week’s speaker is Jason Lippert! Don’t miss it.