Today we welcomed Horizon Education Alliance's Leah Plank, Senior Director of Parent and Family Systems and Director of Triple P Elkhart County. 
Leah presented "Triple P -- Positive Parenting Program of Elkhart County" Triple P is a population-level, public health approach to parenting support that has been proven to reduce rates of child abuse and neglect and improve children’s mental and behavioral health. Triple P is designed for “every parent” with multiple levels of support available in locations across the community. Triple P was launched in Elkhart County in 2015 and has provided thousands of Elkhart County parents with evidence-based parenting support.

Today we inducted a NEW MEMBER, Shelly Rubo! Shelly is the Executive Director of Women of Valor in Training. WOVIT is a Christian non-profit organization that believes everyone in society deserves a chance to succeed in life. Women between the ages of 18 and 30 are some of the most neglected individuals in our population when it comes to receiving help. Often times, circumstances beyond their control prevent them from becoming self-sufficient, productive members of the community. They find themselves moving from one house to the next, developing unhealthy relationships with men for survival purposes, or resorting to illegal activities so they can provide for themselves and their family. Regardless of whether it is based on bad choices, a lack of family support, or numerous other factors, WOVIT strives to empower these young women by providing support in all areas of life. Shelly was an RN for over 20 years, she has always had the desire to serve others. She worked for  Goshen Health in ICU for 15 of those years. Over the past 5 years  she has mentored young women who are struggling with life skills  Feeling that many were not progressing because they were living  in unsafe environments, she, with her husband Mike, founded  WOVIT. Shelly is becoming a certified Trauma coach to further help these young women. Shelly has 2 grown children and lives in Goshen with her husband, Mike.  
Scholarship Committee News from Dr. Tom Neat. Sincere thanks to our departed Rotarian friend, Kenneth E. Pletcher. His family made a significant gift to the Elkhart Rotary Club endowed student scholarship fund that has been entrusted with the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. His memory and friendship will continue to impact the Elkhart Rotary Club.  

Running List of Rotary Event Announcements. Rotarians are an integral and engaged part of our active community! Here’s a list of upcoming events represented by Rotarians from the Elkhart Rotary Club. If you’d like more information, contact the Rotarian listed for the event or email and your message will be forwarded to them. Are you a Rotarian with an event to share? Put it in the format below and email to Eric Garton, he’ll add it to the list.

  • Thursday-Saturday, June 6-8, Elkhart County Quilt and Fiber Expo Thursday & Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for full details visit: Contact: Susan Ginther.

  • Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8, 44th Rhapsody Arts and Music Festival at Island Park. Seeking a handful more volunteers for the weekend! If you are interested in volunteering to be a bridge greeter on Friday or Saturday, please sign up to do so at our registration site or contact Jamison Czarnecki.  You'll receive a free meal and t-shirt for your time. 

  • Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15; Groovin’ in the Gardens – Summer Concert Series at Wellfield. The concert lineup features a variety of musical styles by popular artists including Dave Bennett, local favorites High Life and Memphis Underground and special guests, the Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction! See details and purchase tickets at Gates open at 6 p.m., concerts begin at 7; get your space on the lawn, on the Event Plaza, or anywhere you’d enjoy listening! Contact: Eric Garton

  • Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Elkhart County Stand Down; Elkhart County Military Veteran Stand Down presented by Goodwill and Community Partners. Join Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Veteran Affairs, Goshen City Parks, Elkhart City Parks, Elkhart County Health Department, and the Elkhart County Parks in a resource fair for veterans and their families. Veterans will be able to connect with VA resources, talk with their county veteran service officer, and learn more about what the community has to offer, including fun activities for kids and families. Location: Schrock Pavilion in Shanklin Park, Goshen. Contact: Monica Abair

  • Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in 5-6 p.m. Location TBD Contact: Peter Norton

  • Friday, August 16, The Great Cardboard Boat Race. Registration Opens May 1! Volunteers needed for August 15 Set Up & August 16 Race Day Volunteers Needed: Contact: Natalie Evans