Posted by Eric Garton on Dec 09, 2019
Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on December 2, 2019; Today we welcomed Carl Bossung, Co-Founder of Senior1Care, who addressed the growing needs and increasing challenges facing families caring for seniors

President Candy Yoder opened the meeting and introduced Susan Bossung who shared positive words, led the Pledge, and Four-Way Test.  

Welcome table volunteers were Aaron Clow and Jessica Benko, who introduced the guests including: Dana Pletcher (Tom Pletcher) and Honorary Rotarian, Marie Drake. This month's visiting Elkhart Memorial High School Students: Sean Hrame, Heather Hilliard, Alexis McNeely, Razel Martinez, and Mariana Villasenor. Welcome to ALL, we hope you can all join us again some other time!

Announcements and continuing club reminders for December 9:

  • REMINDER: Save the Dates from Peter Norton and Matt Lentsch - - Salvation Army Fundraising Chair
    • Friday evening, December 13: Restaurant Fundraising for Salvation Army 
    • Saturday, December 14: Ringing Bells for Salvation Army - - SIGNUP with Matt Lentsch directly at or his phone:  574-535-8679. Shifts are two hours, come help with this important fundraiser -- it's fun!
  • REMINDER: Rotary District 6540 Matching Gifts Campaign continues through January 31, 2020 your personal donation of $100-$5,000 to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation will be matched with FOUNDATION RECOGNITION POINTS. Your matching foundation recognition points can be used in several ways: 
    • For your own Paul Harris designation, at the first level or toward the next multiple. For example, your personal gift of $500 will be matched with 500 points for a total value of $1,000 to achieve designation as a Paul Harris Fellow.
    • To recognize another individual with a full Paul Harris Fellow designation or an initial contribution. For example, your $1000 check will be matched with 1,000 points to award Paul Harris Fellow designation to a relative, a community member, or another Rotarian. 
    • For multiple recognitions, any combination of points designations for yourself and/or other individuals, with a minimum of 100 points per designation. For example, your personal gift of $500 will earn 500 points. You can keep 200 points for yourself to attain the next level, and award 300 points to a deserving new member of your club to inspire future sustaining contributions to the foundation and a future Paul Harris Fellow designation. 
    • INSTRUCTIONS for the matching promotion:
      • Mail a personal check payable to "The Rotary Foundation" to District Rotary Foundation Chair, Judy Walker, including donor information and designating the beneficiary(ies) of the matching points if applicable. 
      • Mail to: Judy Walker, 8421 Manor Ave. #406, Munster, IN 46321
      • Questions? Voice or text 219-680-6557; email
      • Only those donations submitted per the above instructions will be matched
      • Club checks or online donations are not eligible for this offer
Today's Sergeant was Anthony Hunt. Nice job of FUNdraising today, Anthony! Rotary fines are collected weekly and are pooled into a fund throughout the year. In the spring more than $10,000 is distributed as grants to not-for-profit organizations around our county. Thanks, All, for your contributions!

Today's speaker was introduced by Eric Garton who welcomed Carl Bossung (pronounced 'boss-sing'), Co-Founder of Senior1Care, who addressed the growing needs and increasing challenges facing families caring for seniors.
Senior1Care's Mission:
Dedicated to providing EXCEPTIONAL, DEPENDABLE, and COMPASSIONATE care to individuals seeking to maintain independent living.
Senior1Care provides a variety of home care services:
These include personal care, companionship, meal prep, medication reminders, care management and light housekeeping as well as consultation and referral services.

Senior1Care Story: (pictured: Corey Bossung, Carl Bossung, Kyle Bossung, Patrick Broccolo)
A father and three sons founded Senior1Care after observing the unmet needs of the elderly. The Bossung family, long-time South Bend and Indianapolis, Indiana area residents, value and enjoy serving others and discovering where they can contribute to their community. The Bossungs’ personal experiences, as well as struggles they have witnessed through friends and family, revealed the desperate need for quality senior care services.
For over 10 years, Indiana has trusted the Bossung family, and Senior1Care, to provide support for family members who are looking to maintain independent living in the communities of South Bend/Elkhart and Indianapolis. As a family owned and operated business, the Bossungs have always focused on delivering the highest quality of care in the most personalized and responsive manner possible.
Thanks, Carl, for a very informative presentation and Q&A session. If you would like to learn more about Senior1Care, visit their website
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, twice-yearly roadside trash collection, and are the originators and continuing supporters 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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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 an alternative meeting or activity.