The Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on October 8, 2018 featured two NEW Members, Paul Harris Fellowship awards, and a great presentation by NIBCO CEO Rex Martin.
President Pete Norton opened the meeting, welcoming Fran Conner to provide inspirational words and lead the Pledge and Four Way Test.
The Club had a large number of guests today, introduced by Kathy Geiger: Visiting Rotarians Judy Jankowski (South Bend) Becky Fletcher (South Bend) and Tammy Friesen (Goshen), along with Honorary Rotarian Art Decio. Guests of Rotarians included JT Jacobson (Scott Puckett), Kelsey Tyte (Sheila Sieradzki), Deb Osza (Candy Yoder), Claudia Stohler and Paula Turk (Don Stohler), Tina Fraley (David Toney), Jason Bryant – for the final time – (Doug Risser), Babara Miner and Veronica Donaldson (Monica Abair), Dana Pletcher (Tom Pletcher), Melissa Kinsey (Eric Garton), Tom Henry (Dean Bergeman), Kristy Sears Curtis (Bill Burton), Wayne Clayton (Julie Cotton), Allie Canniff (Brad Canniff)
Important Club Announcements:
  • A message from the Marketing Committee: continue to help our efforts to promote our great club - -like us on Facebook, share events and speakers, and engage our community!
  • Don’t forget our Dinner Meeting (the normal 5th Monday that we’re celebrating on the 4th Monday) on Monday, October 22 at 6 p.m. No speaker, just good social time enjoying a good dinner with Rotary friends.
  • County Road 6 Cleanup is THIS Saturday, October 13 – we still need volunteers; reach out to Tom McArthur if you can help out!
  • The one-week comment period has begun on member candidate Melinda Conrad-Fielding.
Paul Harris Fellowship presentations by Doug Risser:
  • Welcome NEW Paul Harris Fellows Lisa Carreno, Howard Edwards, and Eric Garton.
  • Tom Neat and Geoff Church are PHF+1
  • Andy McCaskey is PHF+1
  • Bob Shultz and David Lehman are PHF+3
Congratulations and THANKS to all Paul Harris Fellows for their support of Rotary’s Mission around the World.
Aileac Deegan presented new Elkhart Rotary Club Memberships to Aaron Clow and Jason Bryant. Welcome to the Club, Aaron and Jason!
Today’s Sergeant was Bob Shultz, who raised funds through fun fines issued to our club members. Fines raised at meetings throughout the year totaling approximately $10,000 support local not-for-profits through grants awarded in the spring. 
Today’s meeting featured Rex Martin, CEO of NIBCO. Rex provided a terrific overview of the company, from its humble beginning to how they have innovated technology leading NIBCO to the forefront of the flow control industry – and how Rex is doing his part to keep them ‘ahead of the flow’. To learn more about NIBCO, including the company’s history, executive biographies, and their Philanthropy in the community, visit:
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 Program(s):
October 15: Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, candidate for Congress
October 22: An EVENING Dinner for Elkhart Rotarians, 6 p.m. at The Matterhorn Conference Center (Please note this is regularly held on the FIFTH Monday of the month when it occurs)
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.