Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on April 8, 2019; Today we welcomed the committee formed to propose an Elkhart Boat House, rowing program, and Portage Park located at the old Alick's property along the south side of the St. Joe River; namely: Tom Shoff, Tripp Bradford, John Banks, and architect Jeff Helman.

President Peter Norton opened the meeting and introduced Bill Rieth who shared inspirational words, led the Pledge, and our Four Way Test.

With a packed schedule and important program to get to, we had no announcements and guests were as follows: Stacey Legault (Sheila Sieradzki), John Borles(sp?) (Dick Brotherson), Libby Eisele (Tom Eisele), Veronica Acosta, Joshua Ekema, Robyn Loughram (Stu Basquin), Garret Lankford (Bill Burton), Heather Edds (Matt Lentsch), Melissa Kinsey (Eric Garton), and Debra Hughes (Tom Shoff).

This spring's third recipient of a Rotary Grant is Ruthmere. Bill Firstenberger, Executive Director, was introduced and received their check. Bill described how the Rotary grant will help with their education and exhibits. Thanks to Rotarians for their weekly contributions through fines and thanks to Ruthmere for their excellent programming that makes our community a better place.

Today's Sergeant was Jim Rieckhoff who found a majority of his material from our local newspapers - -plenty of Rotarians doing good in our community! Another great day of FUNdraising as Rotary fines are collected weekly and are pooled into a fund. In the spring more than $10,000 is distributed as grants to not for profit organizations around our county.

Here are some images from Today's Presentation about the Proposed Boat House for the Elkhart Rowing Club!


Today's program featured the committee formed to propose an Elkhart Boat House, rowing program, and Portage Park located at the old Alick's property along the south side of the St. Joe River. The committee is comprised of Tom Shoff, Tripp Bradford, and John Banks. Joining the committee today were Jill Sigsbee, who discussed the project as improvement in our quality of place, Libby Eisele who read highlights from letters of support for the project, and Jeff Helman from Helman Sechrist Architecture who provided both still and 3-D imaging of the proposed structures.

For more about the project, check out this story from the South Bend Tribune.

To learn more about the Elkhart Rowing Club and its plans, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/elkhartrowingclub/

About Rotary:

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, community leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and act to create lasting change – across the globe, in our local communities, and in ourselves. The Elkhart Rotary Club was founded in 1917 and serves its community through volunteerism, providing grants to not-for-profit organizations, sponsoring, and participating in service projects such as ringing bells for the Salvation Army, roadside trash collection, and are the originators and sustainers of Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Elkhart Rotary Club’s membership consists of approximately 150 dedicated individuals from various professional backgrounds and diverse interests. Membership in the Elkhart Rotary Club is by invitation. We welcome guests to attend any of our meetings and hear from our great lineup of weekly presenters.
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