Posted by Eric Garton on Nov 25, 2019
Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on November 25, 2019; Today we welcomed Shabbir Qutbuddin, Director of IT Sector Partnership at Ivy Tech Community College for the South Bend - Elkhart Region.

President Candy Yoder opened the meeting.

Today's guests were introduced including Larkin Garofalo (Stan Cohen), visiting ECHS students Christian DeSantos and Kyree Lewis (Paul Warning), and Kim Thompson (Stephanie Anderson). Welcome to ALL, we hope you can all join us again some other time!

Announcements and continuing club reminders for November 25:

  • Dave Lehman thanked the club for their generous donations for Thanksgiving Dinner at the Matterhorn - - $1400 was raised from Rotarians.
  • REMINDER: Save the Dates from 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!
  • The Welter Foundation has generously donated a table for 8 guests to the December 6 Salvation Army Gala in which the Elkhart Rotary Club is being honored. We'd love to have Rotary well-represented, if you would like to attend, please contact Candy Yoder directly. Spots are first-come, first-served, and can be for you and your 'plus one'. Don't miss this exciting event!
  • Elections for the next three Elkhart Rotary Club Presidents were conducted and announced as follows:
    • Bill Burton 2020-2021
    • Eric Garton 2021-2022
    • Todd Stone 2022-2023
  • Board Members: No Board Meeting in December
  • 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 speaker was introduced Peter Norton, who welcomed Shabbir Qutbuddin, the Director of IT Sector Partnership at Ivy Tech Community College for the South Bend - Elkhart Region.
A little about Shabbir:
Shabbir pursued his Master's in Human Resource Management from Purdue University and Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from India. His areas of experience include HR, Analytics, Business Development, Consulting, Branding, Graphics, and Technology. Shabbir loves Adventure Sports, Traveling, and Film Making.
What is IT Sector Partnership?
The IT Sector Partnership is a regional non-profit, employer-driven partnership between the Tech Industry, Education Providers, Regional Chambers, and Non-Profits that focuses on the workforce needs of the Information Technology Industry in the South Bend - Elkhart region. The goal is to identify and fulfill the need for IT talent in our region via building Career Pathways, providing Technical Skills Training, fostering Employer-Talent Connections, conducting Coding Events, and encouraging Community Engagement.
Our Administrative Partners comprises of Garatoni Family Office, South Bend Regional Chamber, Horizon Education Alliance, and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. The administration of the partnership is a collaboration of St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall County consisting of major cities such as South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Notre Dame, Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Plymouth, etc. We are financially supported through grants from the State of Indiana and Garatoni Smith Family Foundation.
Our initiatives are supported by the IT Sector Partnership Steering Committee. Commenced in April of the year 2018, it is an employer-driven Committee representing employers, education providers, non-profits, regional chambers, and entrepreneurs to provide reviews on our progress and guidance for the evolving process. Our supporting partners includes South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership, South Bend Regional Chamber, Greater Elkhart Chamber, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana Tech, WorkOne Northern Indiana, Goodwill Industries of Michiana, South Bend Code School, University of Notre Dame, Goshen College, Saint Mary's College, Bethel University, Purdue Polytechnic, and J2 Marketing.
Career Pathways
We are currently offering two Career Pathways i.e. Technical Support and Software Development. We will also offer Data Science & Data Analytics, Network & Systems Administration, and IT Security in the near future. Every Career Pathway consists of technical skills, career areas, job titles, and salary range.
IT Sector Partnership Training Programs
The IT Sector Partnership will offer Training Programs via 3 Education providers i.e. Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University South Bend, and Indiana Tech. We also have other regional Education Providers as our Partners who are currently offering Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Computer Science, Information Technology, and other similar areas.
Community Engagement
Learn more about our regional employers, non-profits, professional organizations, social organizations, civic organizations, and Summer Internship Program here.
Thanks, Shabbir, for a great presentation. For more information about IT Sector Partnership 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.
For more information on the Elkhart Rotary Club, visit or email Like and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook/ElkhartRotaryClub to stay current on meetings, upcoming events or speakers, and initiatives in the community.
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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.