Speaker Date Topic
John Frischie, District Governor Apr 19, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary District 6540 Governor John Frischie visits and presents to our club!
Rotary District 6540 Governor John Frischie visits and presents to our club!

The Elkhart Rotary Club welcomes current District Governor John Frischie!

John Frischie graduated from Purdue University in 1969 and began a 28-year career as an Agriculture Education teacher at South Newton High School. He served as Director of Secondary Education from 1997 until 2003. John was selected as an Administrative Assistant until his retirement in 2005.
 
Frischie enjoyed teaching and was recognized as the Indiana Young Farmer Teacher of the Year, Indiana Agriculture Teacher of the Year, Northern Indiana Junior Achievement Golden Achievement Award, Indiana FFA Honorary Hoosier Farmer, and was selected as a National Milken Education Foundation Educator in 1995. Frischie began a second career as the Project Leader for Team HOPE (History Opens Eyes), a US History Education initiative created by former US Secretary of Education William Bennett and other Milken Educators to develop accurate and cost effective text books and curriculum. John managed the 1200-page web curriculum and provided technical and customer support for the project.
 
Frischie helped form one of the first Community Networks (Midwest Prairienet) in Indiana, served on the Newton County Fair Board (President 1990-1995), South Newton Junior Achievement Board, and is currently serving as President of the Newton County Park Board. He was elected to the Kentland Hall of Fame in 2016. Frischie was awarded the Purdue University Agriculture Alumni Certificate of Distinction in 2018. He enjoys using his mechanical and technology skills to provide vocational service in the Kentland community.
 
John Frischie’s first experience with Rotary came when he was invited to bring FFA members to Rotary meetings when a speaker was not available. The youth demonstrated parliamentary procedure and practiced their speaking and leadership skills at Kentland Rotary meetings. Frischie joined the Kentland Rotary Club in 2006 and served as President in 2010-11, and Treasurer in 2012-13. He has been active on the Public Relations and Membership committees as well. Frischie served as District 6540 Rotary District Assistant Governor (2012-2015), District Assistant Governor Coordinator (2014-2017), District Trainer (2016-2018). In 2015, he received the Rotary International Vocational Service Award. He is a Paul Harris Fellow +8 and a member of the Paul Harris Society.
 
John and his wife Sue were married in 1970 and are blessed with two daughters and two grandchildren.

This will be a HYBRID MEETING - - you can attend IN-PERSON OR VIRTUALLY on Crowdcast here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/elkr-116-1?lmref=D4KclA

Whether we see you in-person at Matterhorn or see your chat broadcast on the screen, hope to see you there!  

Don't miss it!

Melinda Konrath-Fielding, Pres & CEO Apr 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Melinda Konrath-Fielding, Pres & CEO, and Leah Plank, Senior Director of Prevention at CAPS
Melinda Konrath-Fielding, Pres & CEO, and Leah Plank, Senior Director of Prevention at CAPS

Melinda Konrath-Fielding, Pres & CEO, and Leah Plank, Senior Director of Prevention at CAPS present: Child Abuse Prevention Month -- Elkhart County Edition

Our Story
Since its beginning over 40 years ago, CAPS has been the leader in preventing child abuse and neglect in Elkhart County. CAPS has worked diligently to protect our community’s children and strengthen families by offering diverse programs and services. Over the past 40 years, CAPS has adapted to the changing needs of children and families. Today, CAPS is equipping families with the knowledge, support and inspiration they need to thrive.

Our Mission
CAPS mission is to support families to ensure that every child lives a life free from abuse and neglect.

Our Values

  • Compassion - we meet people where they are and treat them with kindness and empathy.
  • Collaboration - We work with others to achieve our mission. 
  • Inclusiveness - We fully accept and support those we work with and serve. 
  • Integrity - We work honestly with each other and with the community.
  • Excellence - We continue to learn and improve to make measurable progress.

This will be a HYBRID MEETING - - you can attend IN-PERSON OR VIRTUALLY on Crowdcast https://www.crowdcast.io/e/elkr-117-1?lmref=D4KclA

Whether we see you in-person at Matterhorn or see your chat broadcast on the screen, hope to see you there!  

Don't miss it!

Dr. Steve Thalheimer, Superintendent May 03, 2021 12:00 PM
State funding for public education and upcoming referendum
State funding for public education and upcoming referendum

Elkhart Community Schools Superintendent Steve Thalheimer discusses state funding for public education and upcoming referendum