Posted by Eric Garton on Sep 23, 2019
Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on September 23, 2019; Today we welcomed Gregg Fore, Partner and Chief Revenue Officer for G & G Media Group and RV Business Magazine as he presents: "The State of the RV Industry"

President Candy Yoder opened the meeting and introduced Fran Conner who shared thoughtful words, led the Pledge, and Four-Way Test.  

Welcome table volunteers were Doug Risser, Paul Warning, and Guests were introduced by Donna Belusar and included Jay Riblet (Paul Warning), Erik Sholtz (Tom Shoff), Tony Harman (Andrew Harman) Chiemeogo Ekwenuya (Ann McCuistion), Justin Hicks (Anthony Hunt), and Laura Davis (Paul Gardner). Welcome to ALL, we hope you can all join us again some other time!

Announcements for September 23:

  • Dawn Fisher, chair of the International Services Committee introduced Susan Ginther, wo presented an Elkhart Rotary International Service Project Opportunity called "Dresses for Girls in Guatemala". You are invited to attend on Thursday, October 17 from 5-8 p.m. at 620 Verdant Drive in Elkhart, to participate in sewing dresses from kits that will be provided. Our goal is to have 30 dresses complete and ready to send by Christmas, delivered to the Guatemalan village of San Gaspar de Chajul. This effort can be a life changing experience for the girls who'll receive these gifts. And if you can't attend (or don't know the first thing about sewing), you're welcome to provide supplies from a wish list on the sheet attached below, or you can always provide a monetary gift to help with the cost of supplies or shipping. Thanks for your help with this international project.
  • Terri Rickel announced...
    • Consider attending the October 11 Rotary Zone 30/31 Luncheon and/or the October 12-13 Rotary Zone 30/31 Conference in Fort Wayne. Eric Garton and Eric Amt will be presenting about Wellfield in a Saturday afternoon session aimed at getting clubs to "Think Big" about their community and service projects.
    • Membership Committee and Board of Directors members should attend a luncheon at Perkins at 12 p.m. on Monday, September 30 to learn about district membership recruitment efforts and training.
  • Mick Faloon announced that RSVPs are still being taken for our Monday, September 30 - - the FIFTH MONDAY - - Rotary Dinner at Matterhorn, a special event in lieu of our regular Monday luncheon. Drinks and happy hour begin at 5:30 p.m. Musical entertainment provided generously by Steve Gruber, featuring songs of remembrance from our past. RSVP to Julie Cotton, along with your song requests and photos from the past for a special slideshow. Cost is $25 per person. AND, there are still two tickets available for October 4 Dionne Warwick Concert... any takers?
  • Jim Rieckhoff announced our planned October 14 Mayoral Candidate Forum with Dave Miller and Rod Roberson - - if you have questions for consideration please send them to moderator Jim Rieckhoff by October 7; there will continue to be slips of paper on the table for questions OR you can email Jim directly at
  • Doug Risser reminded the club about the upcoming friendship exchange that will take place March 1-14, 2020 to Sao Paolo, Brazil. For more information contact Doug directly.
Today's Sergeant was Dave Neeser who offered up another great round of Family Feud, 'Rotary Edition', challenging several members to visit him at the podium for some friendly Q&A. Nice job of FUNdraising today, Dave! 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 Moe Jacobson. Gregg Fore is the Partner and Chief Revenue Officer, G & G Media Group, RV Business Magazine. Gregg is a member of the RV Hall of Fame, his leadership as president of Dicor led to many new innovative products for the RV OEM and aftermakerts. He has distinguished himself during his 42-year RV Industry career as a highly successful businessman, community leader, National Industry Association volunteer executive, and RV Industry promoter. During Gregg’s term as RVIA Chairman he led the Association to be more inclusive of all interests in the industry resulting in much improved communication, cooperation and team effort leading to a much stronger RV Industry. 
Greg provided commentary on a number of industry statistics slides. 
Thanks, Gregg, for a very entertaining and informative presentation at our Rotary Club!
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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