Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting January 21, 2019; Today we welcomed speaker Marcus Winchester, Director of Language and Culture for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.

President Peter Norton opened the meeting and introduced Fran Conner, who provided inspirational words, led the Pledge and Four-Way Test. And a big welcome to all of today's guests!

Important announcements from January 21:

  • Doug Risser announced an upcoming Rotary event, inviting all to attend, celebrating the 100 Year Celebrations of both the Goshen Rotary Club and the Warsaw Rotary Club. The theme is "Bahamian Bash" and features Barry Rassin, Rotary International President. Party is scheduled for Friday, February 8 at the Spohn Ballroom 109 E. Clinton Street in Goshen. 6-7 pm is Social Hour and Silent Auction, 7-9 pm Banquet and Program. Casual-Island attire recommended! $35 per person, RSVP to srisserrn@gmail.com (Goshen Club) or christopher.harrison@amwater.com (Warsaw Club). For more info CLICK HERE. Come enjoy!
  • Peter Norton invited those interested in Rotary Club Leadership to contact him regarding a February 16 training opportunity. 
  • There will be a Grant Committee meeting on Tuesday at 4 pm, contact Ann McCuistion for more info.
Today's Sergeant was Matt Lentsch, who took the opportunity to provide some terrible jokes all in the name of FUN-draising. Everyone maxed out their fines quickly in order to stop the onslaught of amateur comedy, all in good fun! 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 Marcus Winchester, Director of the Department of Language and Culture for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Marcus provided a brief history of the Pokagon Band and his role in the department focused on preserving, protecting and promoting Potawatomi language, culture, spirituality, history and traditional ecological knowledge. And excellent presentation!

Each Indigenous nation has its own creation story. Some stories tell that the Potawatomi have always been here. Other stories tell of migration from the Eastern seaboard with the Ojibwe and Odawa Nations. The three tribes loosely organized as the Three Fires Confederacy, with each serving an important role. The Ojibwe were said to be the Keepers of Tradition. The Odawa were known as the Keepers of the Trade. The Potawatomi were known as the Keepers of the Fire. Later, the Potawatomi migrated from north of Lakes Huron and Superior to the shores of the Mitchigami or Great Lake. This location—in what is now Wisconsin, southern Michigan, northern Indiana, and northern Illinois—is where European explorers in the early 17th century first came upon the Potawatomi; they called themselves Neshnabek, meaning the original or true people....

For more information and a more detailed history, visit: http://www.pokagon.com/our-culture/history

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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Upcoming Meetings and Program(s):
  • January 28: Tom Gjelten, NPR National Correspondent, who covers issues of religion, faith, and belief for NPR News
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.