Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting for December 3, 2018; we welcomed speaker Brent Hoober, Owner of Rise'n Roll on Cassopolis in Elkhart. And YES, there WERE free samples!!

President Elect Candy Yoder welcomed the club for absent and ailing President Peter Norton. Terri Rickel provided inspirational words, led the Pledge and Four-Way Test. Guests were introduced, including visiting Rotarians Judy Jankowski (South Bend) and John Place (Concord).

Important announcements from December 3:

  • Candy Yoder reminded the club that next week we will NOT be meeting on our normally scheduled Monday, but that our club will be joining the Kiwanis Club of Elkhart's holiday lunch meeting on TUESDAY, December 11 at noon. 
  • Mick Faloon reminded the club to RSVP with him if you plan to attend the Wednesday, December 12 Happy Hour Gathering at Artisan on Main Street. Cost is $10 per person, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Restaurant Fundraising is this Friday, December 7 - -contact Peter Norton if you'd like to join -- Proceeds raised benefit the Salvation Army. 
  • Saturday, December 8 is Rotary's day to ring bells for the Salvation Army of Elkhart. If you have not filled a volunteer slot, please contact Matt Lentsch directly. We could use EVERYONE's help in this important volunteer service benefiting our community partner.
  • Terri Rickel announced there will be a Membership Orientation for newer club members immediately following our club's meeting on Monday, December 17 at the Matterhorn; come learn about what being an Elkhart Rotarian is about!
  • Doug Risser announced a future service trip to Costa Rica in which volunteers will assist optometrists with diagnosing and helping residents of rural Costa Rican village with their vision - - if you're interested in attending, please contact Doug Risser
  • Eric Garton reminded members about Clubrunner and the Clubrunner App for your mobile device, and very handy way of keeping up to speed on upcoming events AND learning about fellow members. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Eric or Marketing Committee Chair Erin Wagler, or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com.
  • Julie Cotton provided updates on the Rotary Games, a fun way of keeping track of our collective volunteer hours in the months of November and December, and more importantly, promoting our efforts to the community, INSPIRING others to get involved, amplifying our efforts to make our community a better place. Currently, Captain Fran's team 1 is in the lead, while Captain Eric's team 4 is in second place.
  • Don't forget, fine limit raised to $10 the month of December to help with Salvation Army Fundraising.

Today's Sergeant was Brad Caniff, who extracted funds from club members through fun fines and facts. Rotary fines are collected weekly and are pooled into a fund. In the spring approximately $10,000 is distributed as grants to not for profit organizations around our county.

Today's speaker was Brent Hoober, Owner of the newest Rise'n Roll franchise in Elkhart - - just across the street from the Matterhorn on Cassopolis Street. Brent provided background on Rise'n Roll, how he became involved in the company through his franchise, and discussed (whether appropriately described or not) the legend of "Amish Crack", which are delivered fresh EVERY morning to Rise'n Rolls across the region from their central processing facility located in Middlebury. A little more info about Rise'n Roll:

  • Mission Statement - Satisfied customers are our passion. Rise’n Roll will deliver uncompromising quality in food and service. We will provide excellence, one customer at a time. Our dedicated employees will reflect our commitment to integrity and teamwork.
  • Rise'n Roll Story: In 2001, a young Amish couple established a bakery. These high quality baked goods, sold from their front porch at the time, gained a reputation for being high quality, preservative free, and amazingly delicious!In 2004, a small store front was established, and it was clear that, as the word began to spread, this was a product that was going to continue to grow in popularity! By 2008, they had outgrown this smaller facility, and it was again time to move. In early 2009, the young Amish couple decided to sell their business to a non-Amish family and moved it to a new facility. Then, in 2012 Rise’n Roll Bakery sold its first franchise, and a Nappanee location was opened. In 2013, the decision to continue with more franchises was made. In November 2014, a third store was opened in Southwest Fort Wayne. A fourth location quickly followed, opening in Mishawaka in May 2015. Quality is our first priority which we couple with excellent customer service to equal the Rise’n Roll way. We promise happiness in every bite!

  • To learn more about Rise'n Roll, including a short video, visit: https://risenroll.com/about/

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.
For more information on the Elkhart Rotary Club, visit elkhartrotary.org or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com. Like and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook/ElkhartRotaryClub to stay current on meetings, upcoming events or speakers, and initiatives in the community.
Upcoming Meetings and Program(s):
  • Joint Meeting TUESDAY December 11, 2018 12:00 PM: Annual Joint Meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club Elkhart
  • December 17: Salvation Army of Elkhart with Captain Shawn DeBaar
Join us for our next meeting:
All meetings are at noon on Mondays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St. in Elkhart IN, 46514. In months that include a FIFTH Monday, the Elkhart Rotary Club holds a dinner meeting (no presenter) at the same location.