Today we were joined by Jack Colwell, political columnist at the South Bend Tribune and a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, for his analysis of the upcoming area elections... any predictions?..
President Peter Norton welcomed the club back to its typical noontime format, having been a week off for our 'Fifth Monday' dinner last Monday evening. Peter introduced Fran Conner who provided inspirational words, led the Pledge and Four Way Test.
Today's Guests (and their Rotary Hosts):
Gary Stoltz and Sue Neat (Tom Neat), Faye Murray and Jon Gard from the Elkhart Truth (Tom Shoff), Viv Schwarz (Irwin Larrier), and Jeanne Kern (Susan Bossung)
Today's Announcements:
Tom McArthur and Julie Cotton introduced an upcoming GAME to be played among our club... volunteer leaders were called... club members were divided into teams by number... What's to come of this?! Attend the next meeting to find out!....
Sergeant at Arms Kyle Hannon dealt some "fun fines" to club members. Rotary fines occur weekly and are pooled into a fund.  In the spring approximately $10,000 is distributed as grants to not for profit organizations around the county.
Today's Speaker:
Jack Colwell is a political columnist at the South Bend Tribune and a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Besides serving on the Notre Dame faculty, he is a newspaper columnist and frequent participant in public affairs and news programs on television. Colwell was political writer for the South Bend Tribune for over 38 years: from 1964 until retiring from full-time employment at the newspaper in 2003.

Jack continues to write a political column for the Tribune and online for Howey Politics Indiana. He has covered 20 national political conventions, sessions of the Indiana General Assembly and political campaigns from local to presidential. 
For more from Jack Colwell, visit his columns online:
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 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.
Upcoming Meetings and Program(s):
November 5: Brian Buckley, Elkhart Central High School Athletic director, with updates on impending merger
November 12: Jesse Sensenig, owner of Goshen Brewing Company
November 19: Dave Weaver, co-owner of Kem Krest
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.