Iris Hammel, Facilitator at St. Joe CEO,
Spoke to the Club
President Scott Puckett opened the meeting and Tom Eisele provided some inspirational words, and led the Pledge and our Four Way Test.
Our guests were welcomed by the Fellowship table: Visiting Rotarian from South Bend (and our speaker today), Ms. Iris Hammel, Doug Grant from Wawasee, and Bea Phillips from Boling Vision Center, whose application for membership is pending (i.e. she won’t be a ‘guest’ for too much longer!).
Several visiting students from Elkhart Central High School were in attendance and had a few comments about what they’ve learned being involved with Rotary. Good stuff.
Birthdays were announced - - Wes Steffen, Kathy Grusy, Char Speicher and Pete McCown have birthdays coming up, and Rotary Membership anniversaries were announced - - the highlight being Doug Putnam, a member of our club for the last 53 years!
Guest Steve Brown, incoming president for the Elkhart Kiwanis Club, gave a brief promo for an upcoming community event benefitting the Boys and Girls Club, “100 Men Who Cook”, to be held October 8. Steve challenged our club to donate, which can be done online at or by check made payable to the Boys and Girls Club. A great event to support a great cause. To sweeten the deal, Steve even handed out samples of his delicious ice cream, his entry in the event for October 8. Don’t forget, several of our club members are Chefs in the event, too - - Kurt Janowsky, Bill Rieth and Bob Schultz. Support all you can!
Scott hoped everyone who participated in yesterday’s Elkhart River Queen cruise enjoyed themselves. 55 souls were on board.. most of them returned safely to the shore. Great food and drink from Matterhorn, good company and fun was had by all. The event raised over $800 for the Rotary Foundation.
If you haven’t signed up for the Golf Outing, contact Todd Yoder - -there’s still time!
Sherm Hansen mentioned a wonderful program sponsored by the Horizon Education Alliance that gets about 800 Elkhart 8th Graders into the community to explore opportunities in manufacturing.
Today’s Sergeant Dave Dygert fleeced the crowd for a good cause - - Bob Schultz, Scott Puckett, Jeff Wells, Susan Ginther, Elkhart River Queen guests, those who forgot where they parked, and a WHOLE LOT of college football fans paid for their allegiances. All for fun and a good cause.
TODAY’S SPEAKER: Ms. Iris Hammel, Facilitator, St. Joe CEO

Entrepreneurship education seeks to prepare people, especially youth, to be responsible, enterprising individuals who become entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial thinkers and contribute to economic development and sustainable communities. The CEO program is much more than a textbook course. Rather, students are immersed in real life learning experiences with the opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcomes. For more about the programs of St. Joe CEO visit: