Elkhart Rotary Club June 17, 2024 - Non Profit Grant Distributions

 
On Monday we welcomed our community Not-for-Profit Grant Recipients. Each organization was invited to bring up to two representatives to join us for lunch. As our program, each presented a brief overview of their awarded project and handed a check. This year, our Donations Committee granted $14,500 to 17 local not for profits. The decision-making was challenging as 28 organizations had applied this year, seeking over $28,000 in funding. Rotarians raise 100% of these funds through donations from club members at weekly meetings through fun 'fines' assessed by the weekly 'Sergeant-at-Arms' volunteer. The Elkhart Rotary Club is proud to support the wonderful missions and efforts of local not-for-profit organizations who serve our community and region. 
 
This is a list of this year's recipients and the programs our grants help to fund:
  1. ADEC - Summer Camp for Children with IDD
  2. Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County - Social-Emotional Learning Initiative Program
  3. Cancer Resources for Elkhart County - Journey Through Treatment program
  4. Church Community Services - Micro Farm/Garden-Fence and Signs Project
  5. Council on Aging of Elkhart County - COA Care Fund
  6. Crossroads United Way - Books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
  7. Front Porch Foundation - Minds at Play program
  8. Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County - Purchase of Safety Harnesses
  9. Hearing the Call - Michiana - Funding supports reduced cost hearing devices and fitting for hearing impaired
  10. Heart City Health - HealthFest
  11. HUB (Hearts United for Bristol) - Summer Feeding Program
  12. Humane Society of Elkhart County - Pet Microchip Scanners
  13. Lexington House of Elkhart Clubhouse - Support for offsite Socials and Holiday Programming for members
  14. LoveWay, Inc. - Underwrite costs for students to participate in the Adaptive Riding Program
  15. Ryan's Place - Investment in musical instruments for therapy
  16. Tolson Center for Community Excellence - Music Together Babies
  17. Wellfield Botanic Gardens - Purchase of gardening tools and safety equipment for SPARK Program at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

RED RIBBON ROOKIES - - Call for Volunteers!
The Red Ribbon Rookies need our help this Saturday June 22 at 8 am at RETA, 116 W. Jackson in Elkhart. You'd be helping them move current store items and casework to prep for the indoor playground equipment installation for RETA's project. Contact Dustin Miller by email if you'd like to help and he can provide more info. Thanks!
 

Congratulations to those receiving recognition for their Paul Harris Fellow milestones.
Rotary Foundation Chair Howard Edwards and President Julie Cotton made presentations to:
(L-R) Tom Pletcher, President Julie Cotton, Sherm Hansen, Tony Warning, Bob Shultz, Don Rodda, Jeff Wells, and Dean Leazenby. 
To make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation visit: https://my.rotary.org/en/donate You can make a one-time donation online or create recurring donations. Paul Harris Fellow awards are recognized at $1000 increment of donation. The Rotary Foundation is recognized as one of the most effective and well-managed charitable organizations in the world, with 12 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator and an A-plus rating from CharityWatch.
 

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

 
  • 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 https://wellfieldgardens.org/groovin-in-the-gardens-2024/. 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

  • 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: Artisan. 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: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

 
Elkhart Rotary Club June 17, 2024 - Non Profit Grant Distributions Eric Garton 2024-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, June 10, 2024

 
 
The Elkhart Rotary Club gathered for lunch at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, which it proudly founded as a Rotary International Centennial Project in 2005. Wellfield Botanic Gardens Executive Director and fellow Rotarian Eric Garton provided the program: an update on the Events and Visitors Center Expansion Project and upcoming events at Wellfield.
 
 
Today's Sergeant was Jim Snodgrass, who provided some fun history on June 10th to receive fun fines from our club members to support our local not for profit grant awards.
 
 
The Events and Visitors Center Expansion Project is a $14m Project realizing four key master plan features—a new 12,000 sq.ft. Visitors Center with event capacity, Open Air Pavilion, relocation and repurposing of the existing Visitors Cottage, and increased parking capacity. These features will provide not only a transformational guest experience with necessary infrastructure and amenities, financial sustainability for the future, and increased mission-effectiveness, but also deliver increased quality of place and promote economic development of our area. The project is on schedule and DJ Construction's goal is to have the project turned over to Wellfield for occupancy by Thanksgiving of this year that Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights guests will be able to access the event through the new facilities. For more details visit: https://wellfieldgardens.org/whats-happening-at-wellfield/
 
After a short talk under the Event Garden tent, Eric invited Rotarians on a short walk to round out the meeting, highlighting visible external features of the project's construction including the Visitors Center western facade, the PermaDeck cast concrete boardwalk, and the beautiful wooden pavilion. 
 
 
 
Eric also provided a handout highlighting upcoming events at Wellfield and here's a quick reference list:
  • Groovin’ in the Gardens- Thursdays, June 13 through August 15 (no concert on July 4th)
  • Horticulture Class: Beginning Bonsai- Saturday, July 13th | 9-11 a.m.
  • Horticulture Class: Japanese Garden Design- Saturday, July 13th | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
  • Taste of the Gardens– Sunday August 25th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Bird Walks- April-September– 1st & 3rd Saturdays | 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Yoga in the Gardens- Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 a.m. | Wednesdays, 6– 7 p.m.
  • Tai Chi in the Gardens- Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. with Swan Mishler.  Dates: June 5, June 19, July 10, August 7, August 21, September 4, September
     18 This class is presented in partnership  with Beacon Health; if you are a Beacon Health member, please ask them about registering for these classes.
  • Wellness Walks- Thursdays through September 10-11 a.m. In partnership with  Beacon Health, we’re offering a chance to take a walk in the Gardens with a fitness
     instructor from Beacon. These walks are free with Wellfield or Beacon membership. 
  • Little Sprouts- Tuesdays through August 27 | 11:00-11:30 a.m. Free with admission or membership, these drop in activities are great for kids pre-K through
     early elementary age. If you’re an Elkhart County resident, admission is free on Tuesdays.
  • Stories in the Gardens with Elkhart Public Library- Tuesdays through August 27 | 5:00-5:30 p.m. Free with admission (or membership).
  • Evening in the Gardens– Thursday, September 19th, 6– 9 p.m. Our premier event acknowledging our donors and supporters! 
  • Garden of Villains– Friday & Saturday, October 4th & 5th– Our 3rd annual! In partnership with the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum. 
  • WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY LIGHTS RETURNS NOVEMBER 29, 2024 – AS ALWAYS, BIGGER AND BRIGHTER! More than 1.5 million lights this year!

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

 
  • 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 https://wellfieldgardens.org/groovin-in-the-gardens-2024/. 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: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

Elkhart Rotary Club at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, June 10, 2024 Eric Garton 2024-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary June 3, 2024 - Horizon Education Alliance - Triple P

 
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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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: https://elkhartcountyquiltfiberexpo.org/ 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 https://wellfieldgardens.org/groovin-in-the-gardens-2024/. 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: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

 
Elkhart Rotary June 3, 2024 - Horizon Education Alliance - Triple P Eric Garton 2024-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club May 13, 2024 - Diego Morales

 
Monday we welcomed Diego Morales, Indiana Secretary of State
Diego Morales is Indiana’s 63rd Secretary of State. Secretary Morales is the first Latino elected to a statewide office and is making history as an immigrant Secretary of State in our country. He previously worked in state government as an aide to Vice President Mike Pence during his tenure as Governor of Indiana. Secretary Morales brings extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to taking office,he was a proud small business owner. Secretary Morales grew up in Sellersburg, Indiana in Clark County. Later earning degrees from Indiana University, Purdue University and Tilburg University in the Netherlands and around the world. Secretary Morales also proudly served in the United States Army and National Guard. He’s been the recipient of numerous honors in recognition of his public service including the Kentucky Colonel and the Sagamore of Wabash. Diego resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sidonia, and daughter. The Morales family are members of Northside Christian Church in New Albany, Indiana.

Congratulations and THANK YOU Bob Homan for receiving a Paul Harris Fellow PLUS 3 Award through your ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation. Thanks as well to our own club President Julie Cotton for her achievement of PHF +2! Thank to ALL who support the Rotary Foundation. 
 
 

Thanks to the Elkhart Rotary Club contingent who delivered books to Garabito Satellite Rotary Club in Esterillos Este, Costa Rica. Elkhart Rotarians photographed include Ashley Bowen, Doug Risser, and Terri Rickel. Thank you for your service near and far!
 

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

 
  • May - Read United Volunteers needed in Elkhart Community School Classrooms: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/OkZA24IrVO Contact Natalie Evans.

  • Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Plant Sale at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The plant sale offers a variety of perennial and annual plants, vegetables, vendors, plant supplies and more! Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to Wellfield Botanic Gardens during the plant sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that day.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

  • 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: https://elkhartcountyquiltfiberexpo.org/ Contact: Susan Ginther.

  • 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: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

 
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Elkhart Rotary Club May 6, 2024

Today we had the pleasure of inducting a new member to our club, Elkhart Community Schools' new Superintendent, Dr. Larry Huff. Dr. Huff was sponsored by Jim Rieckhoff, President Julie Cotton and Membership Chair Eric Garton did the induction.

Dr. Huff assumed the role beginning March 1, 2024, when he succeeded interim superintendent Mr. Mark Mow, who is assisting in the transition through the end of June 2024. Dr. Huff is a former Teacher and Principal with a bachelor's degree from the University of Indianapolis, a Master's degree from Marian University in Indianapolis and a graduate of the Indiana Aspiring Superintendent Academy. He earned is doctoral degree from Oakland City University with a focus on school superintendency in December 2020. He is Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention and a 3-time recipient of the Pike’s Superintendent Above and Beyond Award. As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Huff has provided district-wide leadership for all aspects of teaching and learning for the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township near Indianapolis.  During his time as Chief Academic Officer, Pike Township experienced increased student performance in IREAD-3 and ILEARN student achievement. Additionally, Pike Township increased its graduation rate to 96.2% for the 2022-23 school year. Dr. Huff has been driving success in the Pike Township Schools by developing academic vision, curriculum, professional development of faculty, data analysis and compliance.  He collaborates with all departments to support principals and teachers in the area of instructional leadership. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Huff to our Rotary Club and to the community.
 

Congratulations, Tom Pletcher, for receiving a Paul Harris Fellow PLUS 8 Award through your ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation. Also receiving awards today, but not present: Dean Leazenby and Tina Weldy, each receiving their first Paul Harris Fellow award. Thanks to ALL who support the Rotary Foundation. 


Today we welcome Anthony Tocci, DACdb software and IGNITE App Trainer as we present our Elkhart Rotary Club IGNITE app rollout to members

IGNITE is an phone app for our new (still transitioning) customer relationship software called DACdb that will manage our membership. The IGNITE app provides ease of use for civic organizations by not only helping manage their organizations, but by making member engagement more accessible. Members can pay their invoices, make donations, log service hours, add service projects to their calendars, send service selfies and so much more from this simple and clean app. Leaders can communicate one on one or broadcast messages to an entire group. While at events, members can connect with each other by scanning QR codes to save contact information. Member engagement has never been so easy!

Here's a link to DOWNLOAD LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS for IGNITE APP - or you find them on the "Important Downloads" Section of the homepage: https://elkhartrotary.org/


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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

 
  • May - Read United Volunteers needed in Elkhart Community School Classrooms: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/OkZA24IrVO Contact Natalie Evans.

  • Friday May 10, 7:30 p.m. Oaklawn's Got Talent at The Lerner Judges have selected four finalists who will wow you while we raise funds for local mental health and addiction treatment – and YOU vote for who wins! - Elkhart Rotary President Julie is a finalist! - audience votes pick the first place winner! More info and tickets at https://oaklawn.org/ogt/. Contact: Julie Cotton

  • Saturday, May 11, Race starts at 10:30, events and festival through 3:30. Dogapalooza at Oxbow County Park. Join the Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) for a timed trail run/walk in a pleasant natural environment. Runners, walkers, and their dogs will be gathering to enjoy time together, activities, great music, and sharing with others. After the race is over, stay a while for Elkhart County Parks’ Dogapalooza! Enjoy dog-themed vendors and activities, great food trucks, a beer garden, and so much more! Info and registration at https://elkharthumanesociety.org/pfac-at-dogapalooza/ Contact: Rob LaRoy

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Saturday, May 11, Postal Food Drive “Stamp Out Hunger” Volunteers Needed to volunteer with United Way to collect food or help at Post Office with distribution to pantries: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/X7AJNJXPO2 Contact Natalie Evans

  • Thursday, May 16 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

  • Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Plant Sale at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The plant sale offers a variety of perennial and annual plants, vegetables, vendors, plant supplies and more! Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to Wellfield Botanic Gardens during the plant sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that day.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

  • 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: https://elkhartcountyquiltfiberexpo.org/ Contact: Susan Ginther. 

  • 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: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

Elkhart Rotary Club May 6, 2024 Eric Garton 2024-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club April 29, 2024

 
Today we welcomed Chris Stager, President & CEO of Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County. Chris shared development updates important to our region including the new Amazon Local Distribution Center which will likely be turned on in Quarter 1 of 2025 and the new Hyper Center in South Bend. The local Amazon distribution center will have 6000 robots and handle on 1,000,000 packages daily! Chris also shared a little of where we're at in the progression of the Five Industrial Revolutions—Industry "4.0"—headed steadily toward Industry 5.0 and the challenges we face getting there.
 
 
There are serious challenges in our way, primarily POWER. It's estimated that US power consumption will DOUBLE in the next 10 years and our ability to create that increased electricity is limited. The new Hyper Center in South Bend will need 256 megawatts. For comparison, 100 megawatts powers approximately 18,000 households. There was a great question about the potential of solar arrays to make up the difference... It takes 700-800 acres of space for enough solar receptors to create 100 megawatts. We face a challenge.
 
 
We really appreciate Chris' time spent at our club today. Here's more about the EDC:
  • EDC's Mission: Create an economically vibrant community by: Recruiting, retaining and strengthening our economic base, and being a catalyst for diversification, innovation and economic change. 
  • EDC's Vision:  The EDC will leverage our entrepreneurial spirit, expertise and regional resources to develop a more prosperous community through a diversified, resilient and knowledge-based economy. 
  • Who We Are / What We Do: EDC is a not-for-profit economic organization serving the community with the cities, towns, chambers of commerce, investor partners, and businesses of Elkhart County, Indiana. We are known as the “Concierge to Elkhart County Industry”. Our primary objectives are the retention and expansion of local businesses, attraction of new businesses to Elkhart County, and local entrepreneurial development. 
  • History of the EDC of Elkhart County: The EDC of Elkhart County (EDCEC) was organized in 2001 as a public-private partnership and lead economic development organization for Elkhart County, Indiana. With a mission to attract and retain diversified businesses both domestically and internationally, the EDCEC serves as a resource and advocate to cultivate the competitiveness and profitability of business locating or expanding to Elkhart County, Indiana. 
  • The EDCEC delivers an integrated approach to economic development strategy combining business attraction, expansion and retention activities, workforce attraction and development as well as strategic long-term planning. The EDCEC teams with the real estate development, land use planning and design professionals to present comprehensive location solutions to new and existing companies. The EDCEC provides confidential relocation and economic development services in close collaboration with regional and national partners to assist with site selection, community networking, workforce attraction and development, and navigation through the state and local incentives and regulatory process. 
  • The EDC of Elkhart County is a nationally recognized economic development leader in the State of Indiana. The EDCEC provides strategic vision and “whatever it takes approach” to ensure continued Elkhart County economic vitality while providing quality job opportunities, a diverse and inclusive quality of place and continued prosperity for the residents and businesses of Elkhart County.
For more details visit: https://www.elkhartcountybiz.com/

Today we inducted two new Elkhart Rotarians!
  • Chad Douglass is a returning member who left the club in 2015 and is able to return, he is sponsored by Sherm Hansen and works for Lake City Bank.
  • Zac Quiett is the new CFO at Elkhart Community Schools and is sponsored by Doug Thorne.
Thanks to membership chair Eric Garton and President Julie Cotton for doing the induction today, we're excited to get these new Rotarians engaged in our community!
 

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.
  • May - Read United Volunteers needed in Elkhart Community School Classrooms: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/OkZA24IrVO Contact Natalie Evans.

  • Friday May 10, 7:30 p.m. Oaklawn's Got Talent at The Lerner Judges have selected four finalists who will wow you while we raise funds for local mental health and addiction treatment – and YOU vote for who wins! - Elkhart Rotary President Julie is a finalist! - audience votes pick the first place winner! More info and tickets at https://oaklawn.org/ogt/. Contact: Julie Cotton

  • Saturday, May 11, Dogapalooza. Oxbow County Park. Join the Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) for a timed trail run/walk in a pleasant natural environment. Runners, walkers, and their dogs will be gathering to enjoy time together, activities, great music, and sharing with others. After the race is over, stay a while for Elkhart County Parks’ Dogapalooza! Enjoy dog-themed vendors and activities, great food trucks, a beer garden, and so much more! Info and registration at https://elkharthumanesociety.org/pfac-at-dogapalooza/ Contact: Rob LaRoy

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Saturday, May 11, Postal Food Drive “Stamp Out Hunger” Volunteers Needed to volunteer with United Way to collect food or help at Post Office with distribution to pantries: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/X7AJNJXPO2 Contact Natalie Evans

  • Thursday, May 16 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

  • Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Plant Sale at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The plant sale offers a variety of perennial and annual plants, vegetables, vendors, plant supplies and more! Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to Wellfield Botanic Gardens during the plant sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that day.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

  • 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: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

Elkhart Rotary Club April 29, 2024 Eric Garton 2024-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

April 22, 2024 CareerWise Elkhart County and Modern Youth Apprenticeships

 
Today we welcomed a team from Horizon Education Alliance and our presentation featured Sarah Koontz, Director, CareerWise Elkhart County and Rolondo Lopez, Advocate for Youth Apprenticeship. Sarah was introduced by Brian Wiebe, President/CEO of Horizon Education Alliance, and she shared about the CareerWise Elkhart County -- Modern Youth Apprenticeships, and was joined by Rolondo at the podium to share his own experience. CareerWise Elkhart County offers a two- to three-year apprenticeship designed by businesses and offered in partnership with schools, taking students out of the classroom and putting them in the workplace in meaningful, paid positions for 16-24 hours per week while earning high school and college credit. For details visit: https://www.careerwiseelkhartcounty.org/
 
 
 
 
For complete details and how to get involved, visit: https://www.careerwiseelkhartcounty.org/

J&K Kissinger Award Winner for 2024 - Terri Rickel
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS, Terri Rickel, the 2024 J&K Kissinger Award Winner for Rotary District 6540! The J&K Kissinger Award was established in 1987 by then District 6540 Governor Bill Heinhuis to honor Jack and Kay Kissinger for their many years of dedicated service to Rotary at the local, national, and international levels. Terri joined the Elkhart Rotary club in 2005 and was elected to the board in 2008. She has served in all officer positions on the Board and served as the Club president in 2015-2016. She continues to be very active on various committees within the club including the Caring Committee and Membership Committees, performing new member orientations and ensuring that new club members are up to speed on their responsibilities as well as being aware of their opportunities within the club. She and her husband Bob have attended four international conventions. Terri is especially proud to be a Paul Harris Fellow. Within our Rotary District 6540 she has served as Assistant District Governor for several terms working with Concord, Elkhart, Goshen, and Plymouth Clubs. Additionally, she has served on the Administrative Council and Membership Committee. Terri is currently the Rotary District 6540 District Governor Nominee Designate. The award was presented on Saturday at the District Conference by Elkhart Rotary Club President Julie Cotton. Congratulations, Terri!
On Saturday, April 20, our club members and INTERACT Students volunteered for our twice-annual County Road 6 trash cleanup!
Thanks to all who help make our community a better—and CLEANER—place to live, work, and play!
 
 

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.
  • April/May - Read United Volunteers needed in Elkhart Community School Classrooms: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/OkZA24IrVO Contact Natalie Evans.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 4-7 p.m. Goodwill's Little Black Dress Signature Event. An exciting evening of fashion, fun, and philanthropy at the Four Winds Event Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit Goodwill's programs to empower people to achieve their most abundant life. Ticket info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/goodwills-little-black-dress-signature-event-tickets-818952748717?aff=oddtdtcreator Contact: Monica Abair

  • Saturday, May 11, Dogapalooza. Oxbow County Park. Join the Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) for a timed trail run/walk in a pleasant natural environment. Runners, walkers, and their dogs will be gathering to enjoy time together, activities, great music, and sharing with others. After the race is over, stay a while for Elkhart County Parks’ Dogapalooza! Enjoy dog-themed vendors and activities, great food trucks, a beer garden, and so much more! Info and registration at https://elkharthumanesociety.org/pfac-at-dogapalooza/ Contact: Rob LaRoy

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Saturday, May 11, Postal Food Drive “Stamp Out Hunger” Volunteers Needed to volunteer with United Way to collect food or help at Post Office with distribution to pantries: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/X7AJNJXPO2 Contact Natalie Evans

  • Thursday, May 16 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

  • Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Plant Sale at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The plant sale offers a variety of perennial and annual plants, vegetables, vendors, plant supplies and more! Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to Wellfield Botanic Gardens during the plant sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that day.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber. 

  • 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: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

April 22, 2024 CareerWise Elkhart County and Modern Youth Apprenticeships Eric Garton 2024-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club April 15 - Indiana's Changing Climate

 
Today we welcomed Kyle Brown, National Weather Service Meteorologist
Kyle presented: "Indiana's Changing Climate" and covered topics including:
  • Winter 2023-2034
  • Great Lakes Ice coverage
  • 10 Indicators of a Warming World
  • Indiana Trends - what's happening here?
  • Took Questions and provided additional resources
 
 
What do rising statewide temperatures mean for Indiana?
  1. Hotter summers: Heat illness/stress
  2. Earlier Spring than a century ago (IN Climate Change Impact Assessment)
  3. Warmer overnight low temperatures
  4. Increased energy use (mainly summer; less furnace use in winter)
  5. Longer frost-free season: Has already lengthened by 9 days vs 1915. Could extend allergy season.
  6. Increasing ozone: poor air quality
  7. Warming winter could affect the types of plants that thrive in IN
  8. Warmer seasons could mean double-cropping in the north or a wider variety of crops planted
 

While the climate change conversation revolves largely around temperare data, because it is widely available, there are nine other indicators for a warming world. 
From the 3rd National Climate Assessment released in 2014, the 10 indicators are:

  1. A decrease in arctic sea ice
  2. An increase in air temperature over the oceans
  3. Increased humidity
  4. Decreased snow
  5. Increased temperature of the lower atmosphere
  6. Decreased glaciers
  7. Increase in sea surface temperature
  8. Increased Ocean heat content
  9. Increase in global sea level
  10. Increase in Air Temperatures over land
These National Climate Assessments are written by more than 300 scientists and experts, guided by a 60-person federal advisory committee. The fifth assessment was published late last year.
 
Summary:
  • Continental United State: This was our warmest winter on record
    • Indiana: Second warmest winter on record
    • Michigan: First warmest winter on record
  • Ten indicators of a warming world should not be ignored
  • We've had 47 consecutive years of an above-average global temperature
  • Resulting in an Earlier Spring, warmer nights, increased energy use, poor air quality
  • Rising precipitation: Number of 2” precip days increasing
  • Decreasing snow
So what can we do?
Learn more about how you can help. The Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University collaborates with Hoosiers and organizations throughout the region to better prepare Indiana and the Midwest for environmental changes that affect individuals, communities, businesses, and natural systems. View more here: https://eri.iu.edu/index.html
 
About Kyle: Kyle Brown began working at the National Weather Service, Northern Indiana office, in the fall of 2017. He has worked with the team to provide weather information to partners and the public for a variety of significant weather events ranging from ice storms to tornadoes. As a Chicagoland native and a graduate of Valparaiso University, these conditions are par for the course. Snow Is his favorite weather phenomenon. The most epic snow event he witnessed was the Chicagoland Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011, measuring nearly two feet of snow at his home in Brookfield. Outside of the office, baseball, car shows, car auctions, and car care are his hobbies; in which his 2-year-old son is taking some interest.
 

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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, April 18 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 IF THE WEATHER IS GOOD, Jackson Rooftop… If not, BRASS ELK. Contact: Peter Norton

  • Friday, April 19 Ryan's Place Annual Gala at the Crystal Ballroom. Theme: See You at the Movies - Info and registration at https://ryansplace.org/events/gala/. Contact Aileac Deegan

  • Saturday, April 20 beginning 8 a.m. Join us for our twice-annual County Road 6 Clean-up. Normally each section takes less than an hour. You’ll earn a meeting make-up credit and we’ll leave our world a little cleaner than when we found it. Meet in the parking lot of the Northland Corporation @ 3410 E. CR 6 to be given your trash bags, gloves, your road section assignment and a donut for fuel! Contact Bob Homan to signup.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 4-7 p.m. Goodwill's Little Black Dress Signature Event. An exciting evening of fashion, fun, and philanthropy at the Four Winds Event Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit Goodwill's programs to empower people to achieve their most abundant life. Ticket info here. Contact: Monica Abair

  • Saturday, May 11, Dogapalooza. Oxbow County Park. Join the Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) for a timed trail run/walk in a pleasant natural environment. Runners, walkers, and their dogs will be gathering to enjoy time together, activities, great music, and sharing with others. After the race is over, stay a while for Elkhart County Parks’ Dogapalooza! Enjoy dog-themed vendors and activities, great food trucks, a beer garden, and so much more! Info and registration at https://elkharthumanesociety.org/pfac-at-dogapalooza/ Contact: Rob LaRoy

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill 

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

 
Elkhart Rotary Club April 15 - Indiana's Changing Climate Eric Garton 2024-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club April 8, 2024 - Eclipse!

Today we welcomed a near-total eclipse of the Sun! Our scheduled presenter was unfortunately unable to attend due to illness so we had a fun time talking about the eclipse with today's Sergeant Anthony Hunt and had an impromptu session of "Do you know our Members Trivia" with Eric Garton. Always fun learning about our fellow Rotarians through stories and tidbits they've shared. We also had a more extended announcements session including updating our running list of Rotary Event Announcements - - events sponsored by our Rotary member organizations and volunteers - - Check out the full list below!


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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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, April 18 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, April 19 Ryan's Place Annual Gala at the Crystal Ballroom. Theme: See You at the Movies - Info and registration at https://ryansplace.org/events/gala/. Contact Aileac Deegan

  • Saturday, April 20 beginning 8 a.m. Join us for our twice-annual County Road 6 Clean-up. Normally each section takes less than an hour. You’ll earn a meeting make-up credit and we’ll leave our world a little cleaner than when we found it. Meet in the parking lot of the Northland Corporation @ 3410 E. CR 6 to be given your trash bags, gloves, your road section assignment and a donut for fuel! Contact Bob Homan to signup.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 4-7 p.m. Goodwill's Little Black Dress Signature Event. An exciting evening of fashion, fun, and philanthropy at the Four Winds Event Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit Goodwill's programs to empower people to achieve their most abundant life. Ticket info here. Contact: Monica Abair

  • May 10-18. Rotary International Service Trip. TENTATIVE ITINERARY HERE (v3-27-2024) Two service aspects: distribute eye glasses from an eye clinic now happening in San Isidro and also to work with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in connection with Dickerson Literacy Initiative in an area along the coast. The group will be limited to 12 participants, not all from Elkhart Rotary. Contact: Doug Risser for more details as the trip and costs develop.

  • Saturday, May 11, Dogapalooza. Oxbow County Park. Join the Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) for a timed trail run/walk in a pleasant natural environment. Runners, walkers, and their dogs will be gathering to enjoy time together, activities, great music, and sharing with others. After the race is over, stay a while for Elkhart County Parks’ Dogapalooza! Enjoy dog-themed vendors and activities, great food trucks, a beer garden, and so much more! Info and registration at https://elkharthumanesociety.org/pfac-at-dogapalooza/ Contact: Rob LaRoy

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill 

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

Elkhart Rotary Club April 8, 2024 - Eclipse! Eric Garton 2024-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary April 1 - ReCenter Indiana and Don Knebel

 
No Foolin! Today we welcomed Don Knebel, President, Board of Directors for ReCenter Indiana, a bipartisan organization focused on moving Indiana politics closer to the center and to bring more civility to political discussions. 
 
The Challenge: Divisive Indiana politicians don’t represent Hoosier values. 
For too long, the loudest and most extreme voices have drowned out sensible solutions. With faith in government at an all-time low, it's time to restore trust, respect, and accountability to our political system—by elevating candidates who represent the center, where most Hoosiers are.
 
 
Don shared that American's confidence in democracy has never been lower...
 
 
He shared several startling figures... including the fact Indiana ranks near the bottom of the states in voting participation. In fact, in the 2022 general election, Indiana ranked #50 of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) - -only West Virginia had a smaller percentage of their voters turnout. 
 
 
With overwhelming polling evidence showing a majority of Americans leaning one way on political issues but their elected representatives voting the other way, Indiana Representative Sue Errington, D-Muncie, recently stated:
“Is it any wonder that the people in this state are losing confidence in us to make laws that reflect their views?” she asked. “Is it any wonder that they are losing interest in voting when their legislators don’t listen to them after they have been elected? And when their legislators actually do the opposite?”
 
 
ReCenter Indiana aims to change this. ReCenter's Core beliefs:
  1. People over parties: Like candidates for any job, politicians should be judged on their record, character, and impact on those they serve, regardless of whether they lean left or right. 
  2. Results over rhetoric: Voters deserve to know where candidates stand on issues that matter and how we all can make a difference.
  3. Patriotism over politics: Our democracy is a precious gift that must be preserved for our children and grandchildren, and we must work together, despite our differences, to protect it. 
ReCenter believes that every Hoosier deserves: 
  • To be heard.
  • To have an equal voice. 
  • To choose, not be chosen by, their elected leaders.
  • To have real choices between at least two candidates who will work for everyday Hoosiers. 
  • To not feel like they’re settling for “the least bad option” or given no choice at all.
  • To be able to choose leaders who have integrity and who will work to earn and be worthy of our votes.
The path to a better democracy is in our hands. Change starts with creating alternatives to party extremes that drive most voters away. Together we can restore fair competition, voter confidence, and choice to Indiana political races.
 
About
Donald E. (Don) Knebel earned a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue and a law degree from Harvard. Don retired from Barnes & Thornburg LLP at the end of 2013 after 39 years as an intellectual property litigator. Since 2011, he has been an Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor at the Center for Intellectual Property Research at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, teaching antitrust law and patent litigation. He was recently recognized as the 2024 Adjunct Professor of the Year. 
Don has been active in many civic and charitable organizations. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre since 1986 and is now Chair Emeritus. He served as Civic’s Board Chair from 2017 to 2019, the third time he has held this position, and served as Civic’s interim Executive Director from 2015 to 2016. He was the 2010 Campaign Chair for United Way of Central Indiana, where he is an emeritus Board member. He was the co-chair of the 2013 Classical Fellowship Awards for the American Pianist Association and served on its Board. He was the moderator for the 2013 Ardath Burkhart Leadership Series and was on the Steering Committees for the first Festival of Faiths held in Indianapolis in October 2013 and for the visit of the Dalai Lama to Indianapolis in 2016. He was the founding Board Chair of Center for Interfaith Cooperation. He was the Board Chair of the Triangle Education Foundation between 2017 and 2019 and continues to serve on that Board. He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of Christel House International and the John E. Christian Family Memorial Trust Inc., which operates Samara, a Frank Lloyd Wright house in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is on the Advisory Committee of the Faith and Action initiative of the Christian Theological Seminary, on whose Board he also serves. He served as the inaugural president of the S. Jay Plager Intellectual Property American Inn of Court and is currently serving as the inaugural president of ReCenter Indiana, an organization seeking to bring the politics of Indiana closer to the center.
 
Don is passionate about the need for members of all religious traditions to have a better understanding of each other and speaks often to churches and community groups on comparative religion and religious history. He is a frequent international travelers and he speaks widely on topics related to that travel. He writes a weekly column on travel for the Current newspapers. His book, Flushed with Curiosity, includes 101 stories about his travel experiences.  
 
Don has received a number of awards for his civic activities, including “Outstanding Electrical Engineer” from Purdue University, “Interfaith Ambassador of the Year” from Center for Interfaith Cooperation, and the “Cap Henning Altruism Award” from Triangle Fraternity. On November 14, 2019, he was named Indiana Philanthropist of the Year by the Indiana Association of Fund Raising Professionals.  
 
For more about ReCenter Indiana visit: https://www.recenterindiana.org/
Elkhart Rotary Club Foundation Chair Howard Edwards and President Julie Cotton presented three Paul Harris Fellow awards to:
  • John Hill, Paul Harris Fellow +2
  • Tom Eisele, Paul Harris Fellow +3
  • Moe Jacobson, Paul Harris Fellow +7
 
Thanks to all for your continued support of the Rotary Foundation, doing good around our world.

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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, April 18 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

  • Saturday, April 20 beginning 8 a.m. Join us for our twice-annual County Road 6 Clean-up. Normally each section takes less than an hour. You’ll earn a meeting make-up credit and we’ll leave our world a little cleaner than when we found it. Meet in the parking lot of the Northland Corporation @ 3410 E. CR 6 to be given your trash bags, gloves, your road section assignment and a donut for fuel! Contact Bob Homan to signup.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 4-7 p.m. Goodwill's Little Black Dress Signature Event. An exciting evening of fashion, fun, and philanthropy at the Four Winds Event Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit Goodwill's programs to empower people to achieve their most abundant life. Ticket info here. Contact: Monica Abair

  • May 10-18. Rotary International Service Trip. TENTATIVE ITINERARY HERE (v3-27-2024) Two service aspects: distribute eye glasses from an eye clinic now happening in San Isidro and also to work with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in connection with Dickerson Literacy Initiative in an area along the coast. The group will be limited to 12 participants, not all from Elkhart Rotary. Contact: Doug Risser for more details as the trip and costs develop.

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

Elkhart Rotary April 1 - ReCenter Indiana and Don Knebel Eric Garton 2024-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club March 25 - Medix Specialty Vehicles

 
On Monday, March 25 we welcomed Rob Eichorst, VP of U.S. Sales for Medix Specialty Vehicles.
At Medix Specialty Vehicles, they save lives as safely, effectively, and efficiently as possible. Medix was founded in January 2001 in Elkhart, Indiana by Thomas Moleski and Floyd “Lacey” Lowery. What started as a market-responsive need to lower manufacturing costs has grown into a mission to deliver the ambulance industry’s highest performance value. Nothing is safer, more effective, or more efficient than a first responder inside a Medix ambulance. 
 
Rob shared an amazing story: Operation Air Train. Here is the article from The Wall Street Journal:
Operation Air Train had one mission. It sounded impossible.
Americans wanted to get ambulances to Israel during a war. That meant doing something they’ve always done in a way they’ve never done it.
Yoav Halper’s phone rang on the worst Saturday morning of his life with a call that he was expecting. It was a few hours after Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7 when Halper first heard from his contacts at Magen David Adom, the country’s national ambulance and paramedic organization. They needed as many ambulances as they could get as fast as they could get them—and they knew just the person to call. To continue to the full article visit: https://afmda.org/news/operation-air-train-had-one-mission-it-sounded-impossible/
 
 
Rob answered questions from the club and indicated that since the October 7 attack on Israel, over 100 ambulances have been delivered. There are 400 more on order!
Build time for different models of ambulances vary. Medix can build 12 Type 2 ambulances per week for Israel. Type 1 and Type 3 ambualances take longer, those are the box-style you're used to seeing here and are more complicated. 
 
Rob and his team brought an ambulance to Matterhorn for show and tell!
 
 
 
For more about Medix Specialty Vehicles visit: https://medixambulance.com/

Rotary Foundation Chair Howard Edwards and President Julie Cotton presented two Paul Harris Fellow awards today.
Tom Neat received two Paul Harris Fellow pins. One pin in honor of Thomas R. Forrest and one for Dr. Rita Forrest. 
Dick Brotherson received his Paul Harris Fellow+6 award posthumously. A single ruby indicates the 'Plus 6' distinction.
 
 

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

  • Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. The 4th Annual Fathers Matter Forum. DJ Construction and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County have partnered on a special event. We are bringing in, nationally recognized speaker and focus of the documentary, “Undefeated”, Bill Courtney, to discuss the fatherless epidemic in our country. Bill has shown that by stepping up and using your abilities, you can make a massive impact and change the trajectory of the lives of young people right in our communities. Bill’s story is inspiring, and we would love to invite you to come hear it. Information on the event can be found in the attached pdf. Putting a dent in the fatherless epidemic is DJ’s Community Impact Purpose and we would love to have you come, attend, and bring your friends to this event. This is a free event looking to raise awareness of the fatherless epidemic not a fundraiser with a monetary expectation. Contact: Dustin Miller. Here is a link to register if you would like to attend: https://djconstruction.com/fathersmatter 

  • Thursday, April 18 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, May 3, early afternoon exact time TBD. Celebration of Life for Richard "Dick" Brotherson at First Presbyterian Church followed by an Open House at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Dick was a 55-year Rotarian and loved Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Contact Eric Garton.

  • May 10-18. Rotary International Service Trip. Two service aspects: distribute eye glasses from an eye clinic now happening in San Isidro and also to work with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in connection with Dickerson Literacy Initiative in an area along the coast. The group will be limited to 12 participants, not all from Elkhart Rotary. Contact: Doug Risser for more details as the trip and costs develop.

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for CCS. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

Elkhart Rotary Club March 25 - Medix Specialty Vehicles Eric Garton 2024-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club March 18, 2024

Today we welcomed Kyle Woolsey, Vice President of Strategy and M&A, Waste-Away Group, Ltd.

Waste-Away Group - Who are We?

Waste-Away Group, Ltd. manages waste collection, transportation, and disposal, both to a Materials Recovery Facility and landfill facilities for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Having served Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan for over 70 years, Waste-Away Group, Ltd. is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana. Its affiliate companies, Borden Waste-Away Service, Inc., providing residential waste and recycling removal, Himco Waste-Away Service, Inc., serving our commercial and industrial customers for their waste and recycling removal, Integra Certified Document Destruction LLC, providing safe, secure destruction of sensitive material and hard drives, and Recycling Works, Inc., the Materials Recovery Facility that sorts and ships recycling commodities to the world market for reuse. Together, these companies making up Waste-Away Group, provide innovative, environmentally sound solutions while maintaining a leading market share in its core business areas.

Kyle gave a great overview of the vast services managed and available to the public including waste collection, state of the art recycling, and secure document destruction. 

There were a lot of questions related to recycling at the end.... perusing their website, one blog article jumped out to provide perspective about a frequently asked question: Is My Beer Bottle Recyclable With a Lime In It?

“People have been making glass for more than 4000 years, and it’s one of the few materials in the world that is perpetually recyclable. The same glass can be broken down and reused over and over again — theoretically, a million times over.

Since recycled glass melts at a lower temperature than new materials, it takes less energy to reuse. In fact, much of the glass in your favorite bottle of beer has possibly been in tens, if not hundreds of bottles of beer before.”

The glass from recycling facilities “goes through a mechanical crushing system that breaks it into tiny pieces called cullet. From there, the cullet passes through a series of magnets, screens and vacuums to remove any remaining metal, plastic, bits of labels, etc”….even lime wedges.

Although it is ideal for recycling centers to have clean, empty materials to sort and bale, some contaminants can be handled fairly easily while still rendering the recycling load as viable.

For more information visit: https://wasteawaygroup.com/


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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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, March 21, 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: Artisan. Contact: Peter Norton

  • Thursday, March 21 at 4 p.m. Celebration of Life Service to honor and remember Anne Melkus, daughter of our friends Dave and Susie Lehman at First Presbyterian Church In Elkhart. View obituary here

  • Saturday, March 23, Leprechaun Leap! A fun annual fundraiser for Cancer Resources of Elkhart County held at Re-Pete’s Simonton Lake Tavern, 51426 State Road 19, Elkhart. Gates open at noon, leaping begins at 2 p.m.. For info and registration visit: https://elkhartcancer.org/leap/. Contact: Peter Norton.

  • Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. The 4th Annual Fathers Matter Forum. DJ Construction and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County have partnered on a special event. We are bringing in, nationally recognized speaker and focus of the documentary, “Undefeated”, Bill Courtney, to discuss the fatherless epidemic in our country. Bill has shown that by stepping up and using your abilities, you can make a massive impact and change the trajectory of the lives of young people right in our communities. Bill’s story is inspiring, and we would love to invite you to come hear it. Information on the event can be found in the attached pdf. Putting a dent in the fatherless epidemic is DJ’s Community Impact Purpose and we would love to have you come, attend, and bring your friends to this event. This is a free event looking to raise awareness of the fatherless epidemic not a fundraiser with a monetary expectation. Contact: Dustin Miller. Here is a link to register if you would like to attend: https://djconstruction.com/fathersmatter 

  • Friday, May 3, early afternoon exact time TBD. Celebration of Life for Richard "Dick" Brotherson at First Presbyterian Church followed by an Open House at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Dick was a 55-year Rotarian and loved Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Contact Eric Garton.

  • May 10-18. Rotary International Service Trip. Two service aspects: distribute eye glasses from an eye clinic now happening in San Isidro and also to work with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in connection with Dickerson Literacy Initiative in an area along the coast. The group will be limited to 12 participants, not all from Elkhart Rotary. Contact: Doug Risser for more details as the trip and costs develop. 

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for CCS. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

Elkhart Rotary Club March 18, 2024 2024-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club March 11, 2024 - Quantum Corridor and Surf Internet

 
Today we welcomed Surf Internet's Chief Executive Officer—and fellow Elkhart Rotarian—Gene Crusie, as well as fellow Rotarian and Surf Internet's Director of Business Development and Community Relations, Scott Franko, for this special joint presentation. Gene and Scott were joined by their partner at Quantum Corridor, CEO Thomas P. Dakich. The team discussed the status of deployment, current grant opportunities and innovations that fiber optic broadband can unlock. Quantum Corridor shared information about the Quantum computing data center being developed as well as what Quantum Computing means for our region.
 
After brief remarks by both Gene and Scott providing a general review of Surf Internet, its services and an update on some of their progress in the region, Tom Dakich, CEO of Quantum Corridor was introduced. 
 
What is Quantum Corridor®?
  • Quantum Corridor® Inc. is an innovative technology and network communications company. Its next-generation coherent fiber-optic network creates the first real-world quantum communication that is fast, safe and secure at scale.
  • Quantum Corridor® is a cutting edge coherent optical network technology company that speeds business adoption of quantum computing, sensing and communications discoveries, enabling a Midwest ecosystem of public and private partnerships, world-class companies, researchers, and investors. 
  • Quantum Corridor® is America’s passage to defense, business, science and academic breakthroughs in quantum technology. The fastest and most secure fiber-optic network in the Western Hemisphere allows instantaneous communication between researchers and their collaborators. Accelerating their progress, Quantum Commercialization Centers™ (QC3s) provide lab space and resource hubs to develop and market their discoveries. Quantum Corridor® will attract the brightest tech talent on the planet to the Midwest, speeding decisive discoveries to market.
 
Moving at the Speed of Change
 
Trusted relays will be decisive in moving quantum communications beyond the lab and into the industrial heartland. Quantum Corridor® is the first public/private 40 Tbps network in the Western Hemisphere, 500 times faster than the blink of an eye, with speeds scalable to 1.2 petabits per second (Pbps). The network opens the door for partners such as Toshiba Systems, which is applying quantum key distribution (QKD) protocols along the Quantum Corridor® pipeline.
 
Quantum Corridor® has the speed and capacity to increase the velocity of change for many more academic and commercial partners. Our buildout of data centers across Indiana, south toward Purdue University and east toward Purdue University Northwest and the Ohio state line, will put more quantum breakthroughs within reach.
 
 
Curious about Quantum Computing?
 
Tom referenced a really informative YouTube video Companies, countries battle to develop quantum computers | 60 Minutes
 
For more about Quantum Corridor and this exciting project, visit their website: https://www.quantumcorridor.io/

 
Important News and Reminders
  • Reminder for Rotary Dues - - if you need your current balance/invoice sent to you, please let myself or Marie know so we can get our club's finances caught up. 
  • APRIL 1 is the deadline for Rotary Not for Profit Grants... Download here or visit our club's website (download from the "Important Downloads section of homepage)
  • Elkhart Rotarian Steve Eldridge, 79, of Elkhart, passed away Tuesday morning, March 5, 2024, at Elkhart General Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. Steve has been a Rotarian since 2005.
  • MARCH 29 is the deadline for our J&K Kissinger Award Nominations... Download here (also available on the homepage downloads section)

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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, March 21, at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in at 5 or later. Location: TBD.  Contact: Peter Norton

  • Saturday, March 23, Leprechaun Leap! A fun annual fundraiser for Cancer Resources of Elkhart County held at Re-Pete’s Simonton Lake Tavern, 51426 State Road 19, Elkhart. Gates open at noon, leaping begins at 2 p.m.. For info and registration visit: https://elkhartcancer.org/leap/. Contact: Peter Norton.

  • Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. The 4th Annual Fathers Matter Forum. DJ Construction and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County have partnered on a special event. We are bringing in, nationally recognized speaker and focus of the documentary, “Undefeated”, Bill Courtney, to discuss the fatherless epidemic in our country. Bill has shown that by stepping up and using your abilities, you can make a massive impact and change the trajectory of the lives of young people right in our communities. Bill’s story is inspiring, and we would love to invite you to come hear it. Information on the event can be found in the attached pdf. Putting a dent in the fatherless epidemic is DJ’s Community Impact Purpose and we would love to have you come, attend, and bring your friends to this event. This is a free event looking to raise awareness of the fatherless epidemic not a fundraiser with a monetary expectation. Contact: Dustin Miller. Here is a link to register if you would like to attend: https://djconstruction.com/fathersmatter 

  • Friday, May 3, early afternoon time TBD. Celebration of Life for Richard "Dick" Brotherson at First Presbyterian Church followed by an Open House at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Dick was a 55-year Rotarian and loved Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Contact Eric Garton.

  • May 10-18 (tentative). Rotary International Service Trip. Two service aspects: distribute eye glasses from an eye clinic now happening in San Isidro and also to work with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in connection with Dickerson Literacy Initiative in an area along the coast. The group will be limited to 15 participants not all from Elkhart Rotary. Contact: Doug Risser

Elkhart Rotary Club March 11, 2024 - Quantum Corridor and Surf Internet Eric Garton 2024-03-11 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club February 19, 2024—Weiss Scholarship Foundation

 
Today we welcomed Weiss Scholarship Foundation founder Brett Weiss, who shared information about ending poverty through the Weiss Scholarship Foundation's efforts. 
 
The Weiss Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to empower children in Kenya with the gift of education while we work to build a world where every child gets a great education. We have built a business model that we have begun to scale to help many more children. A key part of this model is we do much more than just pay school fees. We have a holistic model with trained staff on the ground who are totally engaged in the lives of our children to make sure where there to praise them on what they do well and help them to overcome the enormous challenges they face every day. Education is the only long-term, sustainable to solution to poverty. We are educating the students who will solve the problems Kenya, and the world face.
 
 
The Weiss Scholarship Foundation was created in memory of Bernard and Elsie Weiss. Both originate from the city of Chicago and grew up very poor during the Great Depression. In spite of their difficult circumstances, they worked hard to make sure their three sons had a great education—and therefore great lives. Bernard and Elsie were passionate about education and understood its importance in creating a successful life. That’s why Brett, their son, felt it was appropriate to begin this foundation in their memory. Inspired by Bernard’s and Elsie’s dedication and passion, we work each day to empower children by trying to create a world in which every child has the opportunity to receive a great education.
 

Brett spent twenty-three years in the software business, four years running a social services organization and eighteen years as a high school social studies teacher. In 2009 he made a volunteer trip to Kenya and spent most of three weeks in the tiny village of Dago. Little did he know then that these kind and hard-working people would become a major part of his life. In 2012 he created the Weiss Scholarship Foundation. In 2017 Brett "retired" so he could devote full time to this work. Brett has spent a lifetime studying how the developed world has been trying to help the third world and was frustrated that despite all of the money that was spent, not much really had changed. The Mission of WSF is to End Poverty and the only way we can do this is to make sure every student gets at least a high school education. To date WSF has already awarded 182 scholarships. WSF also has 7 staff people on the ground in Kenya whose job is to do everything possible to help our students be successful. WSF divides all money equally between girls and boys. Brett wrote a book about this work called, "Just Give Them A Hug...And The Rest Is Easy".  It is available on Amazon. Brett and his wife Christine are the parents of two and grandparents of three. Brett is a member of The Rotary Club of Naperville, Illinois.
 
For more details about Weiss Scholarship Foundation visit: www.weissscholarshipfoundation.org

Today we inducted two new Elkhart Rotarians!
Dr. Patrick Russell, sponsored by Dr. Larry Knight and Chris Cossin, sponsored by Dr. Tom Neat, were inducted by Membership Chair Eric Garton and President Julie Cotton. Please welcome Patrick and Chris and get to know them in the weeks ahead.
 

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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, March 21, at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in at 5 or later. Location this month: TBD. Contact: Peter Norton
  • Friday, May 3, early afternoon time TBD. Celebration of Life for Richard "Dick" Brotherson at First Presbyterian Church followed by Open House at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Dick was a 55-year Rotarian and loved Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Contact Eric Garton. 
  • Early May, 2024. In September, Rotarian Carl Dickerson of Dickerson Literacy Initiatives presented a program at the club about a project in Costa Rica in cooperation with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Rotarians have distributed books in recent years in connection with eye clinics from IU and the Goshen Rotary Club. We are considering doing a trip to Costa Rica in early May that would distribute books in connection with five Peace Corps volunteers and also distribute eyeglasses that will be made for people from a February 2024 eye clinic trip. If you wish to support such a trip or travel with the group, contact either Doug Risser or Ashley Bowen for more information.

Important Information and Upcoming Deadlines:
  • J & K KISSINGER AWARD NOMINATION FORM Deadline for Submission to elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com: Mar 29, 2024. The J & K Kissinger Award was created in 1989 by District 6540's then-Governor William H. Heinhuis to commemorate the Rotary life and service of John M. (Jack) Kissinger, a member of the Elkhart Rotary Club who served as District Governor during the 1963-1964 Rotary year.
  • ELKHART ROTARY CLUB - Grant Request Information and Guidelines 2024 As part of its mission of “Service above Self”, the Elkhart Rotary Club provides an opportunity for financial support for programs benefiting the Elkhart County community. Requests for donations/grants will be accepted by email until the end of day Monday, April 1, 2024. Grants normally range from $500-$1000. However, the Donations Committee will consider applications of exceptional merit requesting larger amounts. Funding of approved grants will occur Monday, June 17, 2024 at a regularly scheduled club meeting.
Did you know our Club Sponsors a scholarship for Elkhart High School students?
We established an Endowed Fund with the Community Foundation of Elkhart County in 2023 which will help grow our funds for the future, guaranteeing the continuation of the scholarship initiative. Why? Giving to the Community Foundation’s Elkhart Rotary Club Scholarship fund will make a difference now and the kindness will continue into the future. What are the benefits of giving to our Elkhart Rotary Club Scholarship Fund? The Community Foundation of Elkhart County will match gifts by 25% made to the Rotary Scholarship Endowed Fund. Your $100 gift will really be $125! And it’s tax deductible!
Download the instructions or CLICK HERE to donate!
Elkhart Rotary Club February 19, 2024—Weiss Scholarship Foundation Eric Garton 2024-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club February 12 - Rich Carlton, Aunalytics

Today we welcomed Rich Carlton, President of Aunalytics.

Aunalytics is a data platform company that delivers managed IT and analytics services, providing the experts and technologies needed for you to get answers and achieve business outcomes. Aunalytics is a trusted partner in digital transformation. Digital Transformation is top-of-mind for organizations across various industries. But that doesn’t mean simply converting your systems into digital formats. Rather, it is an organization-wide shift to full utilization of data.

Aunalytics builds data platform to deliver answers. Turning data into answers with the secure, reliable, and scalable data platform deployed and managed—as a service.

  • Our Purpose: We use data and technology to improve the lives of others. Our purpose is the north star that guides our strategy and enhances our culture. We are passionate about our role in our community. Our sense of purpose motivates and inspires our people. Our purpose resonates with our midsized clients who are typically purpose driven.
  • Our Team: Everyone is a leader at Aunalytics. It’s in our DNA. Aunalytics believes an inclusive, diverse team produces the best work. At Aunalytics, we believe in being part of something bigger than ourselves.
  • Our Mission: Aunalytics gives back to our communities. At Aunalytics, our mission is to improve lives and communities and are proud to support many local organizations through participation in philanthropic activities—here are a few of the organizations Aunalytics and our team members devote time and resources to:

Aunalytics' data platform powers our answers through 

  • Managed Services
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Data Management
  • Enterprise Cloud

Aunalytics provides an end-to-end solution and access to technical experts so that you can concentrate on achieving business outcomes.

For more information visit: https://www.aunalytics.com/


Today's Guests and Prospective Members
Chris Garner and Sarah Farris from The HUB in Bristol, who have been accepted as members are awaiting their induction (along with Sarah Burton) scheduled for February 26.
We also welcomed prospective member Biran Hollowell from Schrock Commercial in Goshen, who's interested in joining the club.
We also welcomed (for the last time as a guest) Dr. Patrick Russell, who was recently approved as a member by the Board. He'll be inducted soon as is sponsored by Dr. Larry Knight. Also, Chris Cossin, sponsored by Tom Neat, was not present but will also be inducted soon!

Today's Sergeant, Jim Snodgrass, gave a little lesson in Patron Saints, as we celebrate St. Valentine's Day this week. Some fun quizzing of the tables yielded some good fines that support our not for profit partners in the community through our Donations Committee Grants. Eric Garton, Wellfield Botanic Gardens' executive director was asked about the Patron Saint of Horticulture... to which he confidently and accurately answered: Saint Fiacre! He was born in Ireland and sailed over into France in quest of closer solitude, in which he might devote himself to God, unknown to the world. He arrived at Meaux, where Saint Faro, who was the bishop of that city, gave him a solitary dwelling in a forest which was his own patrimony, called Breuil, in the province of Brie. There is a legend that St. Faro offered him as much land as he could turn up in a day, and that St. Fiacre, instead of driving his furrow with a plough, turned the top of the soil with the point of his staff. The anchorite cleared the ground of trees and briers, made himself a cell with a garden, built an oratory in honor of the Blessed Virgin, and made a hospice for travelers which developed into the village of Saint-Fiacre in Seine-et-Marne. Many resorted to him for advice, and the poor, for relief. His charity moved him to attend cheerfully those that came to consult him; and in his hospice he entertained all comers, serving them with his own hands, and sometimes miraculously restored to health those that were sick. He never allowed any woman to enter the enclosure of his hermitage, and Saint Fiacre extended the prohibition even to his chapel; several rather ill-natured legends profess to account for it. Others tell us that those who attempted to transgress, were punished by visible judgements, and that, for example, in 1620 a lady of Paris, who claimed to be above this rule, going into the oratory, became distracted upon the spot and never recovered her senses; whereas Anne of Austria, Queen of France, was content to offer up her prayers outside the door, amongst the other pilgrims.
 

THIRSTY THURSDAY, February 15 at Brass Elk! Come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in at 5 or later. Location this month: Brass Elk.  Contact: Peter Norton
Elkhart Rotary Club February 12 - Rich Carlton, Aunalytics Eric Garton 2024-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club February 5 - John McSorley - Overview of America's Private Retirement System

Today we welcomed South Bend Rotary Club visiting Rotarian John F. McSorley, Managing Partner with Guidance Wealth, LLC. John presented "America’s Private Retirement System". John is the managing partner and a co-founder of Guidance Wealth, LLC, Guidance Investment Advisors, LLC, and is a partner and co-founder of Guidance Tax & Accounting, LLC.  He has worked in the financial services/risk management industry since 2001. John heads Guidance Wealth’s Qualified Plan Development, working both as an advisory representative and as a fiduciary consultant to ERISA plans. John has been the primary architect and developer of the Guidance Asset Allocation Model Service which offers participants an added level of assistance with selecting or designing an appropriate retirement plan portfolio.  In addition to passing the FINRA Series 7 and 66*, he holds the specific pension industry designations of QPFC (Qualified Plan Financial Consultant) through the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary®) through fi360 and Center for Fiduciary Studies. ​John is a long-time resident of the Michiana area. Following his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of the State of New York, Albany, later earning his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. John and his family have been involved in service with community organizations, including varsity and club athletics, fine arts, and financial education assistance programs. He is a senior member of Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District’s Military Service Academy Nominations Committee, providing recommendations to our congressional representatives, for the young men and women seeking appointments to the respective service academies.  He also serves on the Finance Committee and Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Michiana, and the Investment Advisory Board for the National RMHC Investment Program.  
 
For more about Guidance Wealth visit: http://www.guidancewealth.com/

Today's guests included:
  • Prospective Member Chris Cossin, a guest of Tom Neat
  • Aaron Mishler, guest of Jamison Czarnecki, and
  • Visiting Rotarian from South Bend, Ella Williams

Rotary Foundation Chair Howard Edwards Made Presentations of Paul Harris Fellow Awards:
  • Andy McCaskey, PHF+7
  • Dave Lehman, PHF+7
  • Eric Garton, PHF+3
  • and Howard Edwards, PHF+2, presented by Past President Todd Stone
Thanks to all for supporting the Rotary Foundation and the good work it does around the world. To support the Rotary Foundation visit: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/ways-to-give

Peter Norton was today's Sergeant and we all learned a lot about Amelia Earhart! Did you know that her lost plane may be found?!
Don't forget, fines support local not for profits in our spring Grants. Know a not for profit that should apply for a grant, CLICK HERE

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

 
  • Saturday, February 10 Volunteer for the Frosty 5k. We have more participants signed up currently than we’ve had in the past 15 years of doing the race. Based on that, we are anticipating a record year and hoping to find 25 to 30 volunteers willing to face the cold weather to help with a variety of tasks (some are indoors even)! We are looking for volunteers for the Frosty to do the following: Packet Pick-up, Giving runners their packets/t shirts/bibs when they arrive, Course Monitoring, Standing on the course cheering racers on and assisting in giving directions, Water Stations, Handing water cups to runners, filling up waters, picking up discarded cups, Finish Line, Handing out waters to runners, collecting chips from bibs from runners. Here is the sign-up link for the Frosty 5 Volunteer Opportunities: https://signup.com/go/omsYWbH. Volunteers will at least get a frosty t shirt or coffee mug, snacks and drinks. Contact: Jamison Czarnecki

  • Thursday, February 15, at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in at 5 or later. Keep an eye out for the location announcement from Pete Norton. Contact: Peter Norton 

  • Early May, 2024. In September, Rotarian Carl Dickerson of Dickerson Literacy Initiatives presented a program at the club about a project in Costa Rica in cooperation with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Rotarians have distributed books in recent years in connection with eye clinics from IU and the Goshen Rotary Club. We are considering doing a trip to Costa Rica in early May that would distribute books in connection with five Peace Corps volunteers and also distribute eyeglasses that will be made for people from a February 2024 eye clinic trip. If you wish to support such a trip or travel with the group, contact either Doug Risser or Ashley Bowen for more information.

Elkhart Rotary Club February 5 - John McSorley - Overview of America's Private Retirement System Eric Garton 2024-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club January 29 - - Fighting Back Against Parkinson's

Monday was a packed day at the Elkhart Rotary Club: Fighting Parkinson's, a new Member, Curmudgeons Day, Remembering Ken Pletcher and Dick Brotherson, and more....
We welcomed Phil Miller of Rock Steady Boxing Michiana. Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) is a health and wellness program designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease, a neurological condition that affects balance, strength, walking, and especially confidence.
 
RSB is based on a foundation of non-contact boxing, and it’s very effective for improving all of the symptoms that people with PD typically experience. There are over 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s diagnosed annually and 1.5m people in the United States living with PD. Rock Steady Boxing was founded in 2006 in Indianapolis by former Marion County Prosecutor Scott C. Newman, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 40. The overarching mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to equip their affiliate RSB locations to empower the coaches to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease through a non-contact, boxing-based fitness curriculum.
 
RSB certification is perfect for various types of professionals, including personal trainers, boxing coaches, physical therapists, and other rehabilitation specialists who want to expand their offerings and help their clients achieve more. Rock Steady Boxing has grown into a thriving international nonprofit organization with more than 850 certified affiliates around the country and in more than a dozen countries worldwide. RSB has approximately 60,000 members around the world, including 71 currently in the RSB Michiana program. There are currently two locations; one in South Bend that offers classes Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays; and a location now in Elkhart that offers classes Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.
 
What Are the Physical Benefits of Rock Steady Boxing?
Many benefits are linked to the Rock Steady Boxing training methods. There’s a plethora of scientific research that supports routine exercise for people who live with Parkinson’s Disease. Regular RSB training sessions help people with Parkinson’s to experience less muscle stiffness and pain while generally improving their balance and capacity for motion.
RSB training is an effective training method that’s hugely beneficial for people in all stages of PD, including those who have just been diagnosed and those who have lived with PD debilitation for decades. Rock Steady Boxing helps Parkinson’s patients to move easier and safely while improving their posture, gait, flexibility, and resistance to injury. It opens the window to healing and happiness.
 
For the majority of Parkinson’s patients, increasing physical activity levels to a minimum of 2 1/2 hours weekly significantly slows down the decline in quality of life. RSB-trained professionals are uniquely able to customize fitness programs based on the individual needs of their clientele, to target specific impairments. Benefits include:
  • Improving confidence
  • Decrease the severity of PD symptoms
  • Experience reduced fear of falling down
  • Perform daily activities more efficiently with higher quality
  • Understand their physicality better and improve self-management
  • They will be able to perform activities that many of us take for granted, like climbing stairs, entering a vehicle, and simply standing up and walking across the room. Regular training sessions will improve every area of their lives.
For complete details about Rock Steady Boxing Michiana, visit their website: https://www.rocksteadyboxingmichiana.com/ and follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/rocksteadyboxingmichiana/

Today we inducted a NEW MEMBER, Mike Greene! Mike's membership was sponsored by longtime member Sherm Hansen.
Welcome to the Club, Mike, we look forward to you getting involved to support our efforts in the community and beyond. Mike was inducted by Membership Chair Eric Garton and President Julie Cotton. 

Today’s Sergeant, Deb Osza, turned to materials inspired by Curmudgeons Day, celebrated on January 29, raising a cheer to the lovable grumps who add a dash of comedy to our lives by honoring their cantankerous charm and embracing the laughter they bring! As it turns out, Curmudgeons Day can be traced back to American entertainer, W.C. Fields, as it is celebrated on the anniversary of his birth, which was January 29, 1880. Born William Claude Dukenfield, his stage name of W.C. Fields is well known for his comic acts where he portrayed antisocial, bad-tempered characters. In addition, Fields was also world-famous for his uncanny ability to juggle, even performing for Queen Victoria of England! 
Great job, Deb, and don’t forget, fun fines are pooled to provide not for profit grants to our community partners in the spring.. interested in learning more? DOWNLOAD the Not for Profit Grant Application HERE Applications are due April 1.
 

We remember longtime Rotarians Ken Pletcher and Dick Brotherson, who passed away recently.
 
Kenneth E. Pletcher, 93, of Goshen, passed away Monday, Jan. 22, 2024, at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born Feb. 9, 1930, in Elkhart County to Henry I. and Agnes L. Pletcher. He married Lois Jean Clementz on July 4, 1954. She preceded him in death on May 18, 2014. He married Thyra L. Metzler on Oct. 25, 2015.
Ken graduated from Wakarusa High School, Class of 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was at the atomic bomb blast at Ulta Flats.
Ken was the vice-president of manufacturing at NIBCO and spoke highly about being a team player. He would say God first, then family, then NIBCO. He was a member of Beulah Missionary Church where he served as chairman of the church board and lived his life by living the Bible. He was active in the community serving on numerous boards including Salvation Army, Youth for Christ, YMCA board. He served as president of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board and received the Indiana Hall of Fame Award.
Ken taught his sons the value of hard work, whether it was clearing brush and splitting firewood to shoveling manure and caring for sheep, cattle and horses. He loved to farm and used it to teach his sons responsibilities. He served on the Elkhart Redevelopment Committee and on several Ivy Tech Committees. Ken truly felt everyone should have the opportunity to achieve a greater education. He was a Paul Harris Fellow as a Rotarian and helped build a Habitat for Humanity home with the Rotary Club. He enjoyed his annual trips to Lake Oba in Canada. He also enjoyed being able to have a private pilots license to fly a single engine aircraft. He enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle and he also found time to do some farming! Ken's favorite quote was: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there." Surviving are his four sons, James A. (Karen) Pletcher of Middlebury, Mathew J. (Patti) Pletcher of Bristol, Jeffrey A. (Karen L.) Pletcher of Middle Brook, Virginia, and Michael J. (Tracy) Pletcher of Manchester, Missouri; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; and sisters Sandra Bergin of Charlotte, North Carolina, Esther McGowan of Cornwall, New York, and Jo Stein of Phoenix, Arizona. He was preceded in death by sisters Hilda Hahn, Dorothy Berkey, Marjorie Shirk, Pauline Motts, Wilma Stickel, Mary Jean Freed and Maxine Hisey, and brothers Ernest Pletcher, Donald Pletcher and Warren "Shorty" Pletcher. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46514, and one hour before the 11 a.m. service on Friday, Feb. 2, at Beulah Missionary Church, 57595 Old County Road 17, Goshen, IN 46528. Burial will follow at Olive West Cemetery, Elkhart.
 
Richard Willard Brotherson (Dick), 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Greenleaf Health Campus, in Elkhart, IN. Dick was born on May 4, 1930, in Mishawaka, Indiana, to Howard Christian Brotherson and Lucille Stackman Brotherson, and grew up in South Bend while spending his summers on Diamond Lake in Cassopolis, MI. He attended Thomas Jefferson school in South Bend through 9th grade, where he met his future wife, Patricia Kissinger Brotherson. At Thomas Jefferson he was a 4-sport athlete and voted the Most Outstanding Student and Most Likely to Succeed at his graduation prior to entering high school at John Adams. Dick graduated from John Adams in 1948 where he was on the golf team and a leader of the High Y Service Club. Dick attended University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1952 with a BS degree in Commerce, where he was in the Naval ROTC. He was also a founding member and Commodore of the Notre Dame Sailing Club. Dick and Pat were avid sailors, sailing Snipes early on and had the distinction of being the first non-residents of Eagle Lake to win first place in the Eagle Lake Regatta in 1951. Dick still had all his sailing trophies proudly displayed in his home before his passing. In addition to his parents and in-laws, John M. (Jack) and Kathryn Kissinger, Dick was predeceased by his wife of nearly 61 years, Pat, and son, James R. Brotherson, as well as a sister, Mary B. Hardig, and sister in-law, Sally K. Wilt. Survivors include his daughters, Susan “Susie” M. Swartz (Marshall) of Winston Salem, NC, and Nancy B. Banks (John) of Union, MI. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Patricia P. Brotherson of Elkhart, 6 grandchildren, Andrew “Drew” Brotherson (Linda), of Bristol, IN, Spencer Brotherson of Indianapolis, Brian Chappell (Alexandra) of Cary, NC, Maj. Adam Chappell (Kendra) of Yorktown, VA, Matthew Banks of Nolensville, TN, and Lindsay Borden (Nicholas) of Niles, MI, two bonus grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, a brother-in-law, James Hardig, of South Bend, a nephew and 7 nieces. After graduation from Notre Dame as a commissioned Naval Officer, Dick served in the Navy during the Korean War, and upon discharge, took a position with Phillips 66 in Indianapolis, beginning a 42-year career in the petroleum industry as a distributor. From Indianapolis, he moved to Bloomington, IN, and in 1959 the family moved to Elkhart, IN, where he went to work with his father-in law, John M. Kissinger, who owned J &K Oil Company. After the Kissingers retired, Dick and Pat took over J&K Oil, where they remained until retirement in 1996. Dick was a member of Kiwanis for 5 years, and later joined the Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and a member for over 54 years. It was through his service at Rotary that his love for the Wellfield Botanic Gardens began. This consequently led to his donation of the fountains in two of the ponds at the Gardens.
Dick was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Elkhart Career Center where he was President for one year. He was also a former member of the Elks BPO 425, Christiana Creek and Elcona Country clubs where he could enjoy golfing. Dick was also a member of First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart for over 63 years where he was a Deacon and a Trustee through the years. Dick loved golf and played until his late 80’s when his back told him it was time to put away the clubs. Their summer home at Diamond Lake was a gathering place for all the children and their friends until the late 1980’s and afforded fun family times where Dick could continue his love for sailing, this time sailing an MC. Dick and Pat loved to travel, having visited all the continents with the exception of Antarctica and Australia. Dick also made a solo trip to Thailand the year after Pat’s death and came home 20 pounds lighter due to his dislike of Thai food! Dick and Pat also loved antiques, buying and selling under J&K Antiques for a good portion of their married life. Dick never met a stranger and was known as a jokester, even when it was not entirely appropriate! He was most proud of his Honorary Sheriff’s Deputy badge, presented to him at Rotary many years ago. A Celebration of Life for Dick will be held in early spring. In the meantime, Dick would like for all to remember to “Be Good”, his favorite parting words to everyone who passed through his home in his later years.  Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wellfield Botanic Gardens, 1011 N. Main Street, Elkhart, IN 46514, The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60693, or the Notre Dame Sailing Club C/O University of Notre Dame, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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. 

 
  • Wednesday, January 31, Welcome Reception for Dr. Larry Huff, recently hired Superintendent of Elkhart Public Schools. This is a great opportunity to connect with Dr. Huff and learn about his background and his vision for Elkhart Community Schools. Please RSVP by January 26, 2024, to https://forms.gle/QTTbwSGDrpWn7SVR7 Contact Doug Thorne.

    • OPTION 1 Elkhart Aquatic Center, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Refreshments: 7:30-8:00, Remarks by Dr. Huff: 8:00

    • OPTION 2 St. James AME Church, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Refreshments: 4:00-5:00, Remarks by Dr. Huff: 5:00

  • Sunday, February 4, Elkhart County Symphony concert at the Lerner Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Our concert features Mr. Brian Major, Metropolitan Opera Baritone as guest soloist with the Symphony. Tickets available at the Lerner Box Office. Contact: John Hill

  • Saturday, February 10 Volunteer for the Frosty 5k. We have more participants signed up currently than we’ve had in the past 15 years of doing the race. Based on that, we are anticipating a record year and hoping to find 25 to 30 volunteers willing to face the cold weather to help with a variety of tasks (some are indoors even)! We are looking for volunteers for the Frosty to do the following: Packet Pick-up, Giving runners their packets/t shirts/bibs when they arrive, Course Monitoring, Standing on the course cheering racers on and assisting in giving directions, Water Station, Handing water cups to runners, filling up waters, picking up discarded cups, Finish Line, Handing out waters to runners, collecting chips from bibs from runners, Here is the sign-up link for the Frosty 5 Volunteer Opportunities: https://signup.com/go/omsYWbH. Volunteers will at least get a frosty t shirt or coffee mug, snacks and drinks. Contact: Jamison Czarnecki

  • Thursday, February 15, at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in at 5 or later. Keep an eye out for the location announcement from Pete Norton. Contact: Peter Norton

  • Early May, 2024. In September, Rotarian Carl Dickerson of Dickerson Literacy Initiatives presented a program at the club about a project in Costa Rica in cooperation with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Rotarians have distributed books in recent years in connection with eye clinics from IU and the Goshen Rotary Club. We are considering doing a trip to Costa Rica in early May that would distribute books in connection with five Peace Corps volunteers and also distribute eyeglasses that will be made for people from a February 2024 eye clinic trip. If you wish to support such a trip or travel with the group, contact either Doug Risser or Ashley Bowen for more information.

Elkhart Rotary Club January 29 - - Fighting Back Against Parkinson's Eric Garton 2024-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting January 22, 2024—Elections by the Numbers

 
 
Today we welcomed Amy Strycker, Voter Outreach Specialist with the Elkhart County Clerk's office and Voter Registration, who presented "Elections by the Numbers". Presidential Election year is always one full of decisions. It is important for every individual to protect their rights by making their voice heard on election day. Amy provided some great information on what it takes to for the community to come together on Election Day and how we can all support one another. You can find more information at 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Today we had a special guest, visiting Elkhart for the first time, Visiting Rotarian Julie Sherry, from the Roseville, CA Rotary Club.
Sherry brought a flag to exchange and made a few comments from the podium with President Julie.
 

Several very important announcements today:
  • Jim Snodgrass: Are you interested in helping with Tolson Center for Community Excellence Reading Program? We could use your help 3-4 pm the 4th Wednesday monthly. The reading program is in partnership with the Elkhart Public Library and is now a part of the Pre-k Program, which got its start at Tolson through the help of the Red Ribbon Rookies, led by Jim Snodgrass. Great work!
  • Sharon Hirstein: We need volunteers to do the invocation, lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Four Way Test... it's a simple task, is for the good of the club and we could use your help - please reach out to Sharon if you can and would like to get scheduled for a day. It's a 2-minute commitment -easiest volunteering you'll sign up for!
  • Priscilla Brown: So many dining options—at special prices—are waiting for you in Downtown South Bend during the 2024 Winter Restaurant Weeks. Locally owned restaurants are prepared to WOW your tastebuds with enticing menus and outstanding prices. Now is the time to find your new favorites. You’ll find something for everyone, from breakfast specials and award-winning burgers to fine dining, exceptional wine, cocktails, and so much more. It’s all here, in DTSB, January 22 through February 4. For more info visit https://eatdrinkdtsb.com/winter-restaurant-weeks-2024/. WHY? Approximately 10% of the proceeds for every meal purchased during Restaurant Weeks will be donated to Beacon Children’s Hospital.
  • Tom Eisele: Please keep Ken Pletcher in your thoughts.... Ken had a bad fall recently and fractured his neck in two places :(
    Partnership with the Library 

Pinch-hitting Sergeant-at-arms Peter Norton lightened everyone's pockets.... We need your fines to support grants for not for profits!
 
2024 Elkhart Rotary Club Grant Request Application--Due April 1, 2024
Download the form here. (the form can be found in the 'Important Downloads' section of our club's homepage. Please feel free to share with others.)
As part of its mission of “Service above Self”, the Elkhart Rotary Club provides an opportunity for financial support for programs benefiting the Elkhart County community. Requests for donations/grants will be accepted by email until the end of day Monday, April 1, 2024. Grants normally range from $500-$1000. However, the Donations Committee will consider applications of exceptional merit requesting larger amounts. Funding of approved grants will occur Monday, June 17, 2024 at a regularly scheduled club meeting. 
 
Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting January 22, 2024—Elections by the Numbers Eric Garton 2024-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club January 15, 2024 The Elkhart River Queen

Today we welcomed fellow Elkhart Rotarian, Project Manager for the restoration of the Elkhart River Queen, and one of the most community-minded individuals in Elkhart, Tom Shoff. Tom shared a great deal of history about the Queen, restoration efforts, and some stories of the restoration that you had to see to believe. 
 
For more of the history and updates on the project, visit: https://www.savethequeen.org
 
And stay tuned for a special Elkhart Rotary Club cruise we're lining up for later this summer!
 
 
New Members for Consideration
At this past week's Board Meeting, the Board approved the recommendation from the Membership Committee to admit:
  1. Individual Membership
    1. Mike Green, RVMH (sponsored by Sherm Hansen), and 
  2. A Corporate Membership for the HUB (Bristol), including: 
    1. Chris Garner, Exec Dir;
    2. Sarah Farris, Life Resources Dir; and 
    3. Sarah Burton, Food Resources Coord.
Today begins the 7 day comment period. Should anyone have any reason that these applicants should not be admitted to the club, please contact Eric Garton. If no comments are received, we'll induct the new members next week! Thanks!
 
 

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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, January 18, 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday at Artisan - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in at 5 or later. Contact: Peter Norton

  • Wednesday, January 31, Welcome Reception for Dr. Larry Huff, recently hired Superintendent of Elkhart Public Schools. This is a great opportunity to connect with Dr. Huff and learn about his background and his vision for Elkhart Community Schools. Please RSVP by January 26, 2024, to https://forms.gle/QTTbwSGDrpWn7SVR7 Contact Doug Thorne.

    • OPTION 1 Elkhart Aquatic Center, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Refreshments: 7:30-8:00, Remarks by Dr. Huff: 8:00

    • OPTION 2 St. James AME Church, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Refreshments: 4:00-5:00, Remarks by Dr. Huff: 5:00

  • Early May, 2024. In September, Rotarian Carl Dickerson of Dickerson Literacy Initiatives presented a program at the club about a project in Costa Rica in cooperation with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Rotarians have distributed books in recent years in connection with eye clinics from IU and the Goshen Rotary Club. We are considering doing a trip to Costa Rica in early May that would distribute books in connection with five Peace Corps volunteers and also distribute eyeglasses that will be made for people from a February 2024 eye clinic trip. If you wish to support such a trip or travel with the group, contact either Doug Risser or Ashley Bowen for more information.

Rotary Club January 15, 2024 The Elkhart River Queen Eric Garton 2024-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year! Rotary December 8, 2024

Happy New Year, Rotarians! Our first meeting back in the new year was a great one as we welcomed Aileac Deegan, President & CEO of Ryan's Place—and fellow Elkhart Rotarian. Aileac, along with Ryan's Place founder Rex Gleim, shared the history of Ryan's Place and their plans for a nearly 20,000 sq.ft. NEW facility that will allow Ryan's Place to expand its services to meet an increasing need in the community. She shared drawings and designs from Ancon Construction, who Ryan's Place has partnered with on the project.
 
The location for the new center will be near Waterford Commons on Regent Street in Goshen. Ryan's Placed has already purchased the property necessary for the new project.
 
How the dream got started:
  • Their team visited several purpose built children's grief support centers
  • The project was inspired by a $10,000 gift from one of their volunteers
  • Ryan's Place officials spoke with other possible funders
  • They acquired 9.7 acress of land in advance
  • They secured Ancon Construction to be their builder
  • Ryan's Place has raised approximately $4.7m of the $5.99 budget goal needed to complete the project. They will also secure an endowment for future sustainability
  • The building size is just under 20,000 sq.ft.
What having a Ryan's Place House will mean:
  • All of Ryan's Place services (with the exception of school programs) will be under one roof.
  • Expansion of existing programs
  • New programs added, including comprehensive art, play, and music therapies
  • High energy room and recreation room will be added
  • More training space will be available, as well as patio areas, community, event, and admin spaces
  • Lots of room for outside expansion
  • Ryan's Place will no longer have to rent space, which saves the organization money annually.
Ryan's Place Vision, Mission, and History
  • Vision: We believe that no child or family should grieve the death of a loved one alone.
  • Mission: The mission of Ryan’s Place is to provide support in a safe environment where grieving children, teens and their families can share their experience as they move through the healing process. Ryan’s Place is dedicated to all children who grieve.
Ryan's Place co-founder Rex Gleim shared the brief history of the organization
  • History: What is it like for children and teens when someone close to them dies? Where do they go for help? Adults are often so overwhelmed with the death, that they are unable to provide the grief support children need. Ryan’s Place is named in honor of Ryan Gleim, who died in 1992 at the age of 20. Ryan’s parents, Rex and Nancy Gleim, were able to find a support group for themselves, but not for Ryan’s younger brother. This unmet need of a children’s grief center was also identified by therapists Don and Eunice Munn of Middlebury, Indiana, as they attempted to counsel grieving families. In April 1999, the Munn’s and the Gleim’s began the movement for a children’s grief center in the community. Ryan’s Place was founded in 2002.  Now, Ryan’s Place provides children, teens and adults with a safe, supportive environment where they can share their grief experiences. Children and adults meet in separate groups, where they gather alongside volunteers who choose to be companions on this journey. Since opening in January 2002, Ryan’s Place has served more than 19,000 individuals and now serves over 1,000 individuals each year through the Monday Night Program, School Based Groups, and Crisis Support provided to the community. For more information visit: https://ryansplace.org/

Thanks to our guests for joining us today:
  • Vonnie Trumble from the Community Foundation
  • Sarah Farris and Chris Garner from The HUB in Bristol, who have submitted their application for Corporate Membership!
Anthony Hunt was today's Sergeant - - remember, all funds raised help support our community partner not-for-profits with grants to be awarded in June of this year. Watch for the grant application to be available soon!
 
A HUGE THANK YOU to Jim for returning our symbolic brass Rotary plate, freshly shined and sparkling gorgeous! Way to work that Brasso, Jim! Look at this 'after' picture of the brass - - blinding!
Happy New Year! Rotary December 8, 2024 Eric Garton 2024-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club December 18 - Donate Life!

 
Monday, December 18 was our last regular meeting of 2023. As we reflect on a terrific 2023, we were reminded of the importance of life and the value of DONATING LIFE through organ, eye, and tissue donation. Did you know, more than 100,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant? Transplants rely on the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors, and there are not enough donors to meet the need. Today we welcomed Kari Frame, Community Outreach Coordinator for Donate Life Indiana, who shared how important being a donor is, how the process works, and more about Donate Life Indiana's mission.
 
Donate Life Indiana seeks to:
  • Raise awareness: We raise awareness and create opportunities for all Indiana residents to sign up on our official state registry.
  • Advocate: We engage Indiana communities about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
  • Educate: We provide public education opportunities and materials for organizations.
Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissues available to save and heal lives through transplantation while developing a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility. DLA owns, manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national logo and brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation. 
 
Kari Frame was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She currently lives in Lakeville, Indiana. Kari works full time at Indiana Donor Network doing Community Outreach. She holds her Associate’s Degree in Paramedic Health Science and is an American Heart Association CPR instructor. You will find Kari to be knowledgeable, energetic, eager to learn, and helpful. Kari is married to Tyler and is a proud mom of Evelyn and Josephine who are the pride and joy or her life. Spending time with family, enjoying a girl’s brunch, cycling outside, peloton workouts, cooking, and going to the lake are some of her favorite ways to make memories with those she loves! One of her passions is to help people live happier and healthier!
 
Join more than 4.2 million Hoosiers who have registered to become organ and tissue donors and ultimately save lives. Learn more about Donate Life Indiana and register to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor at https://www.donatelifeindiana.org/show-your-support/sign-up/

Our Rotary Brass Plate has been STOLEN! But it wasn't a Grinch, it was Jim Snodgrass! Jim has noticed, as many of us have, our plate is a bit tarnished. Brasso® to the rescue! Jim has graciously volunteered to clean the plate over the holiday, returning it to our club in January, fresh and clean for a fresh new year, 2024! Here's a "before" picture... can't wait to see the "after". THANK YOU, Jim!
 

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

 
  • THREE MORE NIGHTS! December 23, 26, and 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Bigger and Brighter than ever with over 1.4 million lights! You can purchase tickets at the gate when you arrive, or in advance at https://35522.blackbaudhosting.com/35522/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=5b77815b-9227-4b15-bfb7-fed9c934479e

  • Early May, 2024. In September, Rotarian Carl Dickerson of Dickerson Literacy Initiatives presented a program at the club about a project in Costa Rica in cooperation with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Rotarians have distributed books in recent years in connection with eye clinics from IU and the Goshen Rotary Club. We are considering doing a trip to Costa Rica in early May that would distribute books in connection with five Peace Corps volunteers and also distribute eyeglasses that will be made for people from a February 2024 eye clinic trip. If you wish to support such a trip or travel with the group, contact either Doug Risser or Ashley Bowen for more information.

Elkhart Rotary Club December 18 - Donate Life! Eric Garton 2023-12-23 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club December 11, 2023 - The Lincoln Highway

A packed Monday meeting! Lots of Rotarians and lots of great information. Today we welcomed Jeff Blair from the Indiana Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association. The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental road for automobiles in the United States, dedicated in 1913. It winds its way over 3,000 miles between New York City and San Francisco. The Lincoln Highway Association, originally created to promote the highway and good roads in general, is now dedicated to preserving and celebrating this important part of American history.

Learn more by visiting: https://lincolnhighwayassoc.org/ including information about the Association's June 23-29, 2024 Conference held in Elkhart. The Association will hold a kickoff social event at Wellfield Botanic Gardens the evening of Monday, June 24. 

Jeff Blair grew up in Goshen in the 60s, of course considered Elkhart his major enemy in several sports, graduated college in Indiana in the early 70s and went to work in the medical products industry. He spent 45 years in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility and in a variety of places across the country but always considered Elkhart County “home”. About 15 years ago Jeff and his wife Carol moved to Lake Tippecanoe and found their way into the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, a not-for-profit group dedicated to preserving the history of the first paved road across America and its impact on northern Indiana. He has served as its president for the last 8 years. Jeff and Carol have recently relocated to the Indianapolis area. The association is hosting the annual national conference of the Lincoln Highway Association from June 23 to 28, next year at the Hotel Elkhart. 

Jeff gave a great resource if you want to check it out, including a video about the history of the Lincoln Highway: https://after-ike.com/

Club Historian Shan White provided some great insight on the involvement of the budding Elkhart Rotary Club in the time leading up to its founding in August of 1917. A small group of those planning the establishment of the Rotary Club in Elkhart were tasked with helping to plan the route of the Lincoln Highway through Elkhart. And through a donation of land along what we call Highway 33 (also the Lincoln Highway), the highway was routed through Elkhart, Indiana!

Important Club information for Club Treasurer, Jim Story.

  • A friendly reminder to those who have not yet paid this quarter’s invoice to remit payment soon. Invoice reminders were emailed recently to those with outstanding balances so please check your Junk/Spam folder if you cannot locate the email in your Inbox. 
  • The Matterhorn Conference Center and the Club have worked to keep the price of our noon meeting meals down and while it will continue to be significantly below market value, the price of noon meeting meals will increase from $10 to $12.50 per person. Effective with your January 2024 invoice, meals will be billed at $150 per quarter which covers 12 meetings held per quarter on average. Guests and visiting Rotarians will be charged $13 when paying at the welcome table but Club members will be billed $12.50 for each guest meal they have billed. 
  • Provide your gifts to the Salvation Army directly but if you give through the Club, be sure to make your check payable to Salvation Army and note ‘Elkhart Rotary’ in the memo section. 
  • The former morning division/Elkhart morning members consistently raised funds and awarded scholarships annually. Many thanks to the former morning division members along with Tom Neat and his Scholarship Committee for their commitment to ensure the legacy of the former morning division will continue on for generations to come. The Elkhart Rotary Club has recently established a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation of Elkhart County with $15,000 opening balance, which consists primarily of funds from the morning division members. Anyone can now make a donation to the scholarship fund to help it grow and help the Foundation award even more scholarships in the name of Elkhart Rotary Club. Gifts are matched by the Foundation and may be tax deductible (consult a tax professional). Donations are to be made directly to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and please note ‘Elkhart Rotary Club Scholarship’ in the memo line of your check. Or DONATE ONLINE HERE
  • Enjoy the convenience of having your $100+ annual ‘Every Rotarian Every Year’ gift to the Rotary Foundation automatically included in your quarterly invoice. And now you have the option to give regularly to the Interact Club and/or Sergeant Fines by setting up a recurring charge on your quarterly invoice as well. Rotary Foundation gifts are to be $25 or more per quarter while gifts to Interact and Sergeant Fines can be as little as $5 per quarter. Your signature is required on the ‘Acknowledgement of Rotary Direct’ form which can now be found on the Club’s website. Find this printable form in the IMPORTANT DOWNLOADS section of our homepage or by contacting Treasurer, Jim Story at StoryJ@1stSource.com.
  • As we close out the year, let us remember as Rotarians, we can make a larger and lasting impact by giving generously and regularly to The Rotary Foundation, a 4 star charity (the highest level) that transforms our gifts into service projects that change lives close to home and around the world. If you haven’t yet given your $100 Every Rotarian Every Year donation or perhaps you’re just shy of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow or PHF+ member, consider making your gift today by visiting www.rotary.org/donate or access the Rotary Foundation Printable Donation Form on the Club’s website www.elkhartrotary.org.
Sergeant Bill Rieth
Bill did a great job of handing out some fun facts today to raise money for our Donations' Committee grants this coming spring. As many of you may know, Bill will be resigning from the Club at the end of this month. If you haven't had a chance to thank him for his service, both to United Way and to our Club, you'll have one more chance at next Monday, December 18th's meeting, where Bill will be recognized for his service to Rotary and provide a few parting words from the podium... will we receive some more great information or a corny 'dad joke'?... come to find out!
 
 
Rotary Foundation Chair Howard Edwards
Today, Howard presented Geoff Church with his next level of Paul Harris Fellowship. Thanks, Geoff, for your continuing contributions and support of the Rotary Foundation, making a difference around the world.
 
 
THANK YOU Rotarians and Interact Club Student Volunteers for your service to Salvation Army this past Saturday, ringing bells at locations around Elkhart. And our thanks to Paul Warning for organizing the day's schedules and the many volunteers needed for this important project that serves our community. For more pictures of our volunteers in action on Saturday, visit our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/ElkhartRotaryClub/
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS to our new board members who were elected today by our club for service on the board for our upcoming year, beginning July 1, 2024.
  1. Andy McCaskey - Returning Board Member
  2. Mandy Leazenby - Returning Board Member
  3. Breanna Allen - NEW Board Member!!
  4. Luke Lefever - NEW Treasurer!!
  5. Irwin Larrier - Returning Board Member and NEW VICE PRESIDENT for the 2024-2025 Rotary Year, in line for the President-Elect position in 2025-2026 and Club President in 2026-2027. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT, Irwin!
Elkhart Rotary Club December 11, 2023 - The Lincoln Highway Eric Garton 2023-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Joint Holiday Meeting of Rotary and Kiwanis December 4, 2023

 
Monday's meeting was the Annual Joint Holiday Meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club of Elkhart. This was Rotary's year to host, leading the meeting, but inviting Kiwanian leadership to make announcements and help with Sergeanting. Co-Sergeant's this year including Rotary's 'Captain' of the Sergeants, Anthony Hunt and Kiwanis' Steve Brown. Both raised fun fines supporting our November-December Salvation Army Fundraising. The meeting also welcomed visiting Rotarians from South Bend, Mishawaka, and Wawasee! Elkhart Rotary President Julie Cotton presided over festivities which included a performance by the Elkhart High School Madrigal Choir, led by Elkhart High School Choir Director Jeff Reinert. Students joined us for lunch and gave a terrific performance, entertaining the entire gathering of Rotarians, Kiwanians, and guests. 
 
The Madrigal Choir is an auditioned choir at Elkhart High School that sings music from the Renaissance Era and beyond, focusing on a-cappella repertoire sung without accompaniment. Students earn a spot in the Madrigal Choir through a competitive audition process. Students must be concurrently enrolled in a concert choir. The Madrigal Choir rehearses during the school day, with occasional after school rehearsals. The Madrigal Choir performs several times throughout the year, including the Fall Concert, Madrigal Dinner, the Wintersong Concert, and other community events, like Rotary Club Meetings! Our club's sincere thanks to Elkhart High School, Choir Director Jeff Reinert, and the student-singers who give of their time and passion to engage in the community!
 
 
 
 
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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.
 
  • November 24-25-26, December 1-2-3, 8-9-10, 15-16-17, 20-21-22-23, 26-27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Bigger and Brighter than ever with over 1.4 million lights! You can purchase tickets at the gate when you arrive, or in advance at https://35522.blackbaudhosting.com/35522/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=5b77815b-9227-4b15-bfb7-fed9c934479e

  • December 7, 1-4 p.m. Honoring Rotarian Bill Rieth’s contributions to Crossroads United Way. An open house to say hello and thank you to Bill for his many years of service as Executive Director as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. Location: Crossroads United Way offices. Contact: Bill Rieth. All Rotarians are invited to attend.

  • December 9, 9 a.m. start, Rotary Bell Ringing for Salvation Army. Contact: Paul Warning for signups.

  • Early May, 2024. In September, Rotarian Carl Dickerson of Dickerson Literacy Initiatives presented a program at the club about a project in Costa Rica in cooperation with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Rotarians have distributed books in recent years in connection with eye clinics from IU and the Goshen Rotary Club. We are considering doing a trip to Costa Rica in early May that would distribute books in connection with five Peace Corps volunteers and also distribute eyeglasses that will be made for people from a February 2024 eye clinic trip. If you wish to support such a trip or travel with the group, contact either Doug Risser or Ashley Bowen for more information.

 
Annual Joint Holiday Meeting of Rotary and Kiwanis December 4, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Welcomes U.S. Congressman Rudy Yakym November 27, 2023

On Monday we welcomed U.S. Congressman Rudy Yakym. Rudy is a fourth generation Hoosier who is proud to represent the people of Indiana’s Second District. A Christian, family man, and conservative, Rudy is working tirelessly to bring common sense, Hoosier values to Washington, D.C. Born and raised in South Bend, Rudy received a bachelor’s degree in business finance and administration from Indiana University South Bend. He later went on to earn an Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his election to Congress, Rudy served as Director of Growth Initiatives at Kem Krest, a company that specializes in removing friction from supply chains. Throughout his career in business, Rudy has held senior positions at various companies, helping them to develop effective growth strategies. Rudy and his wife Sallyann currently live in Granger, where they are raising their three wonderful children; Elle, Rudy IV, and Eliza. They worship at New Life Baptist Church, where Rudy serves the congregation as Head Usher.

Rudy shared highlights of his priorities, some current states of affairs in Washington DC and Indiana, and opened his presentation up to questions from our club. Among Rudy's priorities are:

  • Fighting Inflation and Creating More Jobs
  • Supporting our Veterans
  • Saving America from the Pelosi-Biden Failed Agenda
  • Supporting Law Enforcement and the Rule of Law
  • Balancing the Budget and Ending Wasteful Spending
  • Creating American Energy Independence and Lowering Energy Prices
  • Promoting Economic Opportunities for Working Families

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

 
  • November 30, 3-7 p.m. Tolson Center for Community Excellence GRAND OPENING EVENT! After years of planning & building it's finally time for us to CELEBRATE. Join us on Thursday, November 30th from 3pm-7pm at 1320 Benham Ave. Elkhart, IN 46516. Register by clicking the link: www.tinyurl.com/TCgrandopening. Contact: Breanna Allen

  • Continuing....December 1-2-3, 8-9-10, 15-16-17, 20-21-22-23, 26-27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Bigger and Brighter than ever with over 1.4 million lights! You can purchase tickets at the gate when you arrive, or in advance at https://35522.blackbaudhosting.com/35522/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=5b77815b-9227-4b15-bfb7-fed9c934479e

  • December 2, 4 p.m. Page to Stage, performance during Winterfest. Kindergarten to Second Graders, with help from local actor and improv expert Julie Cotton, will read a book and create a play based on it. Register at https://www.myepl.org/event/page-to-stage/2023-11-27/
  • December 7, 1-4 p.m. Honoring Bill Rieth’s contributions to Crossroads United Way. An open house to say hello and thank you to Bill for his many years of service as Executive Director as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. Location: Crossroads United Way offices. Contact: Bill Rieth. All Rotarians are invited to attend.

  • December 9, Shifts start at 9 a.m., Rotary Bell Ringing for Salvation Army. Contact: Paul Warning for signups.

  • Early May, 2024. In September, Rotarian Carl Dickerson of Dickerson Literacy Initiatives presented a program at the club about a project in Costa Rica in cooperation with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Rotarians have distributed books in recent years in connection with eye clinics from IU and the Goshen Rotary Club. We are considering doing a trip to Costa Rica in early May that would distribute books in connection with five Peace Corps volunteers and also distribute eyeglasses that will be made for people from a February 2024 eye clinic trip. If you wish to support such a trip or travel with the group, contact either Doug Risser or Ashley Bowen for more information.

 

Elkhart Rotary Club Welcomes U.S. Congressman Rudy Yakym November 27, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club - November 20, 2023

On Monday we welcomed Dr. Rebecca J. Stoltzfus, President of Goshen College, introduced by Elkhart Rotarian and Goshen College Vice President For Institutional Advancement, Todd Yoder. Stoltzfus presented a conversation about Higher Education in the context of Elkhart County and Goshen College.

Here are some slides highlighting Stoltzfus' presentation.

What do Americans think about higher education?

In fact, Americans’ confidence in all institutions is falling - Higher education falls at 36% on the graph.

Who's going to college?

How important is a college degree?

Goshen College is an award winning institution. An example....

For more information visit: https://www.goshen.edu/

 

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

 
  • November 24-25-26, December 1-2-3, 8-9-10, 15-16-17, 20-21-22-23, 26-27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Bigger and Brighter than ever with over 1.4 million lights! You can purchase tickets at the gate when you arrive, or in advance at https://35522.blackbaudhosting.com/35522/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=5b77815b-9227-4b15-bfb7-fed9c934479e

  • November 30, 3-7 p.m. Tolson Center for Community Excellence GRAND OPENING EVENT! After years of planning & building it's finally time for us to CELEBRATE. Join us on Thursday, November 30th from 3pm-7pm at 1320 Benham Ave. Elkhart, IN 46516. Register by clicking the link: www.tinyurl.com/TCgrandopening. Contact: Breanna Allen

  • December 2, 4 p.m. Page to Stage, performance during Winterfest. Kindergarten to Second Graders, with help from local actor and improv expert Julie Cotton, will read a book and create a play based on it. Register at https://www.myepl.org/event/page-to-stage/2023-11-27/

  • December 7, 1-4 p.m. Honoring Bill Rieth’s contributions to Crossroads United Way. An open house to say hello and thank you to Bill for his many years of service as Executive Director as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. Location: Crossroads United Way offices. Contact: Bill Rieth. All Rotarians are invited to attend.

  • December 9, 9 a.m. start, Rotary Bell Ringing for Salvation Army. Contact: Paul Warning for signups.

  • Early May, 2024. In September, Rotarian Carl Dickerson of Dickerson Literacy Initiatives presented a program at the club about a project in Costa Rica in cooperation with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Rotarians have distributed books in recent years in connection with eye clinics from IU and the Goshen Rotary Club. We are considering doing a trip to Costa Rica in early May that would distribute books in connection with five Peace Corps volunteers and also distribute eyeglasses that will be made for people from a February 2024 eye clinic trip. If you wish to support such a trip or travel with the group, contact either Doug Risser or Ashley Bowen for more information.

 

 

 

Elkhart Rotary Club - November 20, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting November 13, 2023

Monday we welcomed Kelli Liechty, Vice President of Access and Crisis Services at Oaklawn.

Oaklawn provides a full range of mental health and addiction services for children, adolescents and adults in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties. Their services include skills training and case management, individual and group therapy, psychiatric services, intensive residential programs for youth and inpatient treatment for adults. Across their locations, Oaklawn sees over 17,000 clients annually.

Kelli shared information about Oaklawn's continuum of care, their improved model of Open Access to serve more clients in a more effective manner, as well as their crisis centers and crisis response teams.

For more information visit https://oaklawn.org/

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

 
  • November 16, 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday at Brass Elk. Come join the fun to socialize before the District 6540 Rotary Foundation Dinner. Contact: Peter Norton.

  • November 16, 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:15 p.m. Dinner. District 6540 Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Crystal Ballroom in Elkhart. The event is seeking silent and live auction items, donations, and sponsors. Guest Speaker is John Smarge, Rotary International Director 2010-2012 and RI-USAID Partnership Steering Committee 2021-2024. For info and reservations visit: https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=143087f8-5964-49f5-b159-8a294378f529 Contact: Terri Rickel

  • November 24-25-26, December 1-2-3, 8-9-10, 15-16-17, 20-21-22-23, 26-27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Bigger and Brighter than ever with over 1.4 million lights! You can purchase tickets at the gate when you arrive, or in advance at https://35522.blackbaudhosting.com/35522/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=5b77815b-9227-4b15-bfb7-fed9c934479e

  • December 9, 9 a.m. start, shifts TBA. Rotary Bell Ringing for Salvation Army. Contact: Paul Warning for signups.

  • Early May, 2024. In September, Rotarian Carl Dickerson of Dickerson Literacy Initiatives presented a program at the club about a project in Costa Rica in cooperation with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Rotarians have distributed books in recent years in connection with eye clinics from IU and the Goshen Rotary Club. We are considering doing a trip to Costa Rica in early May that would distribute books in connection with five Peace Corps volunteers and also distribute eyeglasses that will be made for people from a February 2024 eye clinic trip. If you wish to support such a trip or travel with the group, contact either Doug Risser or Ashley Bowen for more information.

Rotary Meeting November 13, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Double Header November 6, 2023

Elkhart Rotarians are known to be very industrious! Monday's meeting was no exception as they welcomed speakers from both the OWLS Club of Elkhart and Rotary District 6540 District Governor, Ed van Wijk.
 
OWLS CLUB
First up, one of the OWLS Club founding members, Art Bowers, who provided a little history of the young club then introduced the OWLS Club Executive Director Maggie Okponobi who gave an organizational overview and took questions from the club. 
The OWLS Club is a private, community organization that exists to help aging adults in Elkhart County and surrounding communities thrive throughout their pre- and post-retirement years. Their mission is to improve the health and well-being of adults 55 and older through meaningful opportunities for service, lifelong learning, active play, and social connection. Their vision is to be an indispensable community asset for older adults as they navigate and embrace the entire aging process. They envision a community where every adult 55 and older will have access to programs and services in a welcoming environment that fosters wellness, encourages socialization, and promotes active aging. OWLS Club is located on the Trinity United Methodist campus at 2715 East Jackson Boulevard in Elkhart, Indiana. OWLS were founded In 2021 by a small group of seniors in Elkhart recognized a gap in services for the active-aging and committed their time, talents, and treasures toward making this center a reality. 
 
ED VAN WIJK, ROTARY DISTRICT 6540 DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2023-2024
Rotary District 6540 District Governor Cornelis Eduard “Ed” van Wijk is the pastor of Knightstown United Methodist Church. He preaches, teaches, manages, and is the spiritual leader of the congregation. Before Ed came to Knightstown, he served the DeMotte UMC for 7 years and the Kentland Trinity UMC for 9 years. While attending seminary Ed worked as the director of worship and education at Lowell First United Methodist Church. In a prior career Ed was a computer consultant and worked on the implementation and operation of enterprise management systems based on the Oracle relational database system. He specialized in the implementation of human resource management systems. Ed’s first career was in the Dutch Merchant Marine as a radio-officer traveling the world on freighters and passenger ships. His task as a radio-officer was to provide communication between ship and shore via telegraphy, telephony, teletype, and satellite. Ed holds the Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston Illinois, the Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis and Design from Purdue University and the Radio Officer degree from the Radio Holland Radio Officer School in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Ed was born and raised in The Netherlands and emigrated to the USA in 1991. Ed joined the Kentland Rotary Club in 2007 and was the club’s president in 2015/16. Since July 2016 Ed is a member of the DeMotte/KV Rotary Club and has served D6540 as AG from 2016 thru 2022. From 2022 through 2023 Ed served as district trainer. He is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute, a Paul Harris Society member, a major donor, a benefactor, and a member of the bequest society. In order to stay in shape, Ed runs and has completed 12 half-marathons. Ed loves to sing and play the guitar. Ed enjoys travel and hanging out with Rotary friends. Ed is the father of three grown children: a daughter and two sons.
 
Ed provided an overview of his goals this year within our District, as well as the shared goals of Rotary International President R. Gordon R. McInally, to:
  1. Promote Peace
  2. Focus on Mental Health, and
  3. Help unlock the power of girls
As part of his goals this year, Ed asked club members to support efforts to outfit a medical center at Bashor Children's Home, home to a new residential program for teen-aged girls who’ve been trapped into sex trafficking.
 
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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.
 
  • November 16, 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:15 p.m. Dinner. District 6540 Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Crystal Ballroom in Elkhart. The event is seeking silent and live auction items, donations, and sponsors. Guest Speaker is John Smarge, Rotary International Director 2010-2012 and RI-USAID Partnership Steering Committee 2021-2024. For info and reservations visit: https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=143087f8-5964-49f5-b159-8a294378f529 Contact: Terri Rickel

  • November 24-25-26, December 1-2-3, 8-9-10, 15-16-17, 20-21-22-23, 26-27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Bigger and Brighter than ever with over 1.4 million lights! You can purchase tickets at the gate when you arrive, or in advance at https://35522.blackbaudhosting.com/35522/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=5b77815b-9227-4b15-bfb7-fed9c934479e

  • December 9, 9 a.m. start, shifts TBA. Rotary Bell Ringing for Salvation Army. Contact: Paul Warning, stay tuned for more info and signups.

  • Early May, 2024. In September, Rotarian Carl Dickerson of Dickerson Literacy Initiatives presented a program at the club about a project in Costa Rica in cooperation with Peace Corps volunteers to distribute books in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Rotarians have distributed books in recent years in connection with eye clinics from IU and the Goshen Rotary Club. We are considering doing a trip to Costa Rica in early May that would distribute books in connection with five Peace Corps volunteers and also distribute eyeglasses that will be made for people from a February 2024 eye clinic trip. If you wish to support such a trip or travel with the group, contact either Doug Risser or Ashley Bowen for more information.

Rotary Double Header November 6, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club October 23: Keeping it REAL

Great meeting today as we welcomed special guests from Quilts of Valor: In the Bend Chapter members Mary Ann Lienhart Cross and Elkhart Rotarian Susan Ginther. They honored our very own Jim Rieckhoff with a beautiful quilt for his service to our country in the Vietnam war. Quilts of Valor®: In the Bend is a chapter of the Quilts of Valor® Foundation in South Bend, IN. They make and award Quilts of Valor to Veterans and Service Members in our area. In the Bend QoV started in 2015 in South Bend when Pam and Alan Camren and Darlene Seufert met with Erica Broecker to ask if Erica’s Craft & Sewing Center would partner with Quilts of Valor. Having known several Vietnam vets, she readily agreed. They started having monthly meetings to sew in the classroom. More volunteers joined as the months went on. Erica picked out a quilt to teach those who were interested in learning more. They meet most months of the year on a Friday and Saturday to work on quilts that they are are honored to wrap around veterans to offer comfort and thank them for their service. The Chapter has more than 30 members now and welcome anyone in the area who would like to sew at the church, or in their own homes, to further their mission. So far, the Chapter has awarded over 200 quilts.
 
 
Today's speaker was Sandra Chambers, Manager of Volunteer Services at REAL Services. REAL Services assists in establishing a community in which those we serve can maintain their independence to the maximum degree possible and find meaning and satisfaction throughout their lives. We offer services in 12 counties across Northern Indiana, including Elkhart, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, Starke, and St. Joseph. REAL Services will be recognized as the trusted and valued community resource for Aging Adults, those striving to become financially self-sufficient, those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia as well as those who care for them. REAL Services provides programs that promote nutrition, self-sufficiency, education, and protection for 30,000 people in northern Indiana each year. Created in May of 1966 as part of the planning division of United Way, REAL Services was established to develop a service network to meet the needs of older adults in St. Joseph County. 1967, REAL Services received the first federal grant in Indiana from the U.S. Administration on Aging (AOA) for Research and Development. This grant funded the Information, Counseling, and Referral (ICR) program, which originally sent interviewers door-to-door with questionnaires to determine the immediate needs of the elderly in the community. With this information, REAL Services could then refer seniors in need to the appropriate health, welfare, employment, housing, legal aid, and other relevant community services. As a result of the ICR project, a directory of community services for older adults was prepared and distributed, and new programs were developed to meet any unmet needs. In 1968, REAL Services designed the first program in the entire United States to set up nutrition sites to provide meals and socialization for older adults—a program which has served as a model for nutrition assistance across the country. REAL Services has since established itself not only as a state-wide leader, but as a national example in effectively serving the senior community through innovative ideas, competent management, and sound financial guidance. Without REAL Services, more than 5,000 older adults each year would have to move to nursing homes to receive the care they need, and 2,000 people in the community would not have access to food each day. The staff and volunteers at REAL Services work tirelessly to help people of all ages, races, nationalities, and income levels to maintain their integrity and independence, and to achieve satisfaction in their lives. To do this, REAL Services runs more than 20 distinct programs that promote nutrition, self-sufficiency, education, and protection for 30,000 people in northern Indiana each year.
 
For more information visit: https://realservices.org/
 
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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.
 
  • October 25, 4 p.m. “Read With Me’ session with the Red Ribbon Rookies. Location: Prairie Street Mennonite Church, 1316 Prairie Street, Elkhart. We could ALWAYS use more Rotary Readers! Contact: Jim Snodgrass

  • October 30, 12 p.m. It's the Fifth Monday Fun Day! In lieu of a regular meeting at Matterhorn today, bring your lunch to High Dive Pavilion, where we'll enjoy a casual lunch with Rotarians. Location: 500 E Beardsley Ave, Elkhart, IN 46514. Contact: Julie Cotton

  • November 16, 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:15 p.m. Dinner. District 6540 Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Crystal Ballroom in Elkhart. The event is seeking silent and live auction items, donations, and sponsors. Guest Speaker is John Smarge, Rotary International Director 2010-2012 and RI-USAID Partnership Steering Committee 2021-2024. For info and reservations visit: https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=143087f8-5964-49f5-b159-8a294378f529 Contact: Terri Rickel

  • December 9, 9 a.m. start, shifts TBA. Rotary Bell Ringing for Salvation Army. Contact: Paul Warning, stay tuned for more info and signups.

Elkhart Rotary Club October 23: Keeping it REAL Eric Garton 2023-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Mtg October 16, 2023

Today we welcomed Greg Conrad, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County. Greg addressed a number of known observations: Elkhart County has a housing shortage. The cost of housing is rising much faster than incomes. The “affordability gap” is widening. He defined ‘affordable housing’, in which the occupant pays no more than 30% of their gross income for housing costs, including utilities. Greg also addressed why home ownership is important and gave an affordability illustrations, including the model used by Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County.

Habitat’s mission brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County has been part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put God's love into action by building homes, communities, and hope.  Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

For more visit: https://www.habitatec.com/

Thanks for everyone who came early today to assemble dog treats for the Humane Society. Thanks to Humane Society staff person Maria Waldensdorf for being our guest and helping to coordinate our hands-on volunteers.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Check out our 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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

 
  • October 19, 5 p.m. at Elkhart Rotary Club Thirsty Thursday! Location: Artisan. Contact: Peter Norton

  • October 21, 9 a.m. Elkhart Rotary Club County Road 6 Cleanup! Meet in the parking lot at 3414 Co Rd 6, Elkhart, IN 46514. Signup with/Contact: Tom McArthur or Luke Lefever

  • October 21, doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) invites you to the Restorative Justice Award (RJA) Dinner, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Victim Offender Reconciliation Program in the United States. Location: Matterhorn Conference Center. For more information and tickets visit https://www.centerforcommunityjustice.org/ Contact: Irwin Larrier

  • October 25, 4 p.m. “Read With Me’ session with the Red Ribbon Rookies. Location: Prairie Street Mennonite Church, 1316 Prairie Street, Elkhart. We could ALWAYS use more Rotary Readers! Contact: Jim Snodgrass

  • October 30, 12 p.m. It's the Fifth Monday Fun Day! In lieu of a regular meeting at Matterhorn today, bring your lunch to High Dive Pavilion, where we'll enjoy a casual lunch with Rotarians. Location: 500 E Beardsley Ave, Elkhart, IN 46514. Contact: Julie Cotton

  • November 16, 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:15 p.m. Dinner. District 6540 Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Crystal Ballroom in Elkhart. The event is seeking silent and live auction items, donations, and sponsors. Guest Speaker is John Smarge, Rotary International Director 2010-2012 and RI-USAID Partnership Steering Committee 2021-2024. For info and reservations visit: https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=143087f8-5964-49f5-b159-8a294378f529 Contact: Terri Rickel

  • December 9, 9 a.m. start, shifts TBA. Rotary Bell Ringing for Salvation Army. Contact: Paul Warning, stay tuned for more info and signups.

Elkhart Rotary Club Mtg October 16, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

October 9 Rotary Meeting with Levon Johnson

Great day for an Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting! Today we welcomed Levon Johnson, President & CEO of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.
Levon presented a Chamber Update on Downtown Elkhart, indicating that in order to continue to grow our desirability for people to live here, we need to focus on our downtown, creating more density and vibrancy. A complicated task, but we're grateful to have our Chamber working as a part of a larger community working toward this goal.
 
 
AS President & CEO, Levon oversees research, development, and implementation of strategic planning to address the priorities as identified by the Board of Directors. He directs operations of the Chamber to carry out programs of work to meet the members’ needs and acts as a chief spokesperson for the Greater Elkhart business community in areas that are supported by Board and Council policies. Levon also serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors.
For more about our Chamber visit: https://www.elkhart.org/
 
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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

  • October 13-14, 7:30 p.m. and October 15, 3 p.m. Premier Arts “The Wizard of Oz” at the Lerner Theater. Info and tickets at: https://www.premierarts.org/show/the-wizard-of-oz/ Contact: Julie Cotton (aka the “Scarecrow”) 

  • October 14, 7 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony and Goshen Theater present the concert version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man". For more information and tickets visit https://elkhartsymphony.org/ Contact: John Hill

  • October 16, 11:15 HANDS ON SERVICE PROJECT to help the Humane Society of Elkhart County. Join us before our regular club meeting to help make treats for dogs at the Humane Society. No special equipment needed, just come and help us help the Humane Society.

  • October 21, 9 a.m. Elkhart Rotary Club County Road 6 Cleanup! Meet in the parking lot at 3414 Co Rd 6, Elkhart, IN 46514. Signup with/Contact: Tom McArthur or Luke Lefever

  • October 21, doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) invites you to the Restorative Justice Award (RJA) Dinner, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Victim Offender Reconciliation Program in the United States. Location: Matterhorn Conference Center. For more information and tickets visit https://www.centerforcommunityjustice.org/ Contact: Irwin Larrier

  • November 16, 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:15 p.m. Dinner. District 6540 Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Crystal Ballroom in Elkhart. The event is seeking silent and live auction items, donations, and sponsors. Guest Speaker is John Smarge, Rotary International Director 2010-2012 and RI-USAID Partnership Steering Committee 2021-2024. For info and reservations visit: https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=143087f8-5964-49f5-b159-8a294378f529 Contact: Terri Rickel

October 9 Rotary Meeting with Levon Johnson Eric Garton 2023-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club October 2 Meeting

Today we welcomed Chris Garner, Executive Director and Sarah Burton, Food Resources Coordinator from The Hub—Hearts United for Bristol, a non-profit organization that serves the community of Bristol.

Executive Director, Chris Garner, took over as the director of the Bristol Community Food Pantry approximately 5 years ago. After his first couple of years, he recognized the need for a more comprehensive assistance program to be available for the residents of Washington Township. Once his vision was shared with the food pantry board, community leaders, area churches and businesses; The HUB was established. With its new name, Sarah Burton was hired part time to assist with most aspects of the food pantry side. She heads up food resourcing – finding and comparing/ordering food from different locations. She also coordinates food drives as well as pantry volunteers, particularly for non-pantry days and for food deliveries. The first expansion of The HUB, outside of the pantry, was Life Resources. In early 2023, Sarah Farris was hired as the Life Resources Director. Her role is to meet with individuals and families who are in danger of eviction or disconnect of their utilities. Working in partnership with the Washington Township Trustee, she determines eligibility of financial assistance. Once determination is made, she meets with area property managers to pay portions of rent or pays utility companies. She also connects individuals with other area resource offices if their needs do not fall under the parameters of what The HUB provides. Ultimately, a third wing will be established in the future that will be called The Exchange. This expansion will provide assistance to families in need of home and/or appliance repair. Chris and both Sarahs work independently as well as together to continue to spread awareness of The HUB and how local businesses, churches and families can become connected through volunteering and/or financial support. Our ultimate goal is to bring Hope, Healing and Wellness to Bristol.

The HUB's MISSION:
Bringing hope, healing and wholeness to Bristol.

CORE VALUES: 

  • Building a connected community through relationships
  • Showing mercy and compassion by caring for people right where they are
  • Supporting and walking alongside others by providing resources and guidance to help in all areas of life
  • Providing a way to give resources and time through serving and gap - assistance

For more visit: www.thehubbristol.com

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Marketing Chair, Rob Hartzler, introduced Zoe McDuffee, a student at the Elkhart Area Career Center. Zoe will be our club's marketing intern this year. We're excited to have her on board and please make her feel welcome, she'll be joining our meetings on a weekly basis. 
  • Tony Warning announced the annual campaign to sponsor our placemats. Spots are $325 and all proceeds support the Interact Club's trip to Costa Rica in the spring, where they provide service to the David Kitson Libaray during their week's stay. Each student's trip costs about $2500, the Placemat Fundraiser helps to offset some of that cost, reducing the cost that each student/family must pay. Contact Tony if you'd like to renew or reserve your spot on our placemat.
  • Sharon Hirstein coordinates the weekly invocation... She's got opening the next three weeks, October 9, 16, and 23. If you're willing to help please let Sharon know. 
  • Several events were highlighted in verbal announcements, each can also be found below!

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 elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com 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.

  • October 6-7, 6-9 p.m. Garden of Villains. Heroes and Villains invade Wellfield! Presented in partnership with the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum, this Halloween-themed event combines the natural beauty of Wellfield with your favorite superheroes and villains and the fun of trick-or-treating. Full details and tickets at: https://wellfieldgardens.org/garden-of-villains-at-wellfield-botanic-gardens/ Contact: Eric Garton
  • October 7, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Freedom Walk. Join the Goshen Rotary  as they partner with Destiny Rescue to walk our way to rescue kids from sexual exploitation and human trafficking and help them stay free! Location: Goshen High School Track, 401 Lincolnway East in Goshen. Info and registration at https://freedomwalkgoshen2023.funraise.org/ Contact: Terri Rickel
  • October 8, 2-4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Reception for Jim and Vernease Pyles - long term Elkhart residents and Morning Club Rotarian charter member. The Pyles are moving to North Carolina after a long and distinguished career as part of the Elkhart community, Jim with Miles Laboratories, and Vernease with Elkhart Community Schools Medical staff. Friends are hosting an informal reception in their honor. 200 East Beardsley Ave.  (adjacent to Ruthmere Mansion). Contact: Andy McCaskey
  • October 13-14, 7:30 p.m. and October 15, 3 p.m. Premier Arts “The Wizard of Oz” at the Lerner Theater. Info and tickets at: https://www.premierarts.org/show/the-wizard-of-oz/ Contact: Julie Cotton (aka the “Scarecrow”) 
  • October 14, 7 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony and Goshen Theater present the concert version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man". For more information and tickets visit https://elkhartsymphony.org/ Contact: John Hill
  • October 16, 11:15 HANDS ON SERVICE PROJECT to help the Humane Society of Elkhart County. Join us before our regular club meeting to help make treats for dogs at the Humane Society. No special equipment needed, just come and help us help the Humane Society.
  • October 21, 9 a.m. Elkhart Rotary Club County Road 6 Cleanup! Meet in the parking lot at 3414 Co Rd 6, Elkhart, IN 46514. Signup with/Contact: Tom McArthur or Luke Lefever
  • October 21, doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) invites you to the Restorative Justice Award (RJA) Dinner, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Victim Offender Reconciliation Program in the United States. Location: Matterhorn Conference Center. For more information and tickets visit https://www.centerforcommunityjustice.org/ Contact: Irwin Larrier
  • November 16, 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:15 p.m. Dinner. District 6540 Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Crystal Ballroom in Elkhart. The event is seeking silent and live auction items, donations, and sponsors. Guest Speaker is John Smarge, Rotary International Director 2010-2012 and RI-USAID Partnership Steering Committee 2021-2024. For info and reservations visit: https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=143087f8-5964-49f5-b159-8a294378f529 Contact: Terri Rickel
Thanks for your service to our community!
Elkhart Rotary Club October 2 Meeting Eric Garton 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Books, Beards, and Being a Bright Spot in our Community - Elkhart Rotary Club September 25

It was a great day to be a Rotarian, welcoming fellowing Rotarian Carl Dickerson from the Cantonment Rotary Club in Florida. Carl founded Dickerson Literacy Initiatives and shared about Rotary International Projects in Costa Rica.
 
 
Dickerson Literacy Initiatives, LLC (DLI) is a specialized consulting company that designs literacy projects. We work with individuals, businesses, literacy foundations, churches and civic organizations to create and develop literacy projects which benefit children. Our projects support literacy, encourage a love of reading, raise awareness, strengthen and inspire community unity through collaboration. DLI donates well written and beautifully illustrated new books to support the reading initiative set forth in each literacy project. Age and culturally appropriate titles are carefully selected and approved for donation to school libraries, classrooms and given directly to children to create home libraries.  
DLI projects include: 
  • Reading to and with children 
  • Encouraging a love of reading
  • Creating opportunity and special memories with role models
  • Strengthening the communities we serve
  • Collaborative structure and design to make a significant impact
  • Initiatives to raise awareness and create unity
  • Sustainability
  • Fun and memorable presentations
  • Improving reading proficiency 
  • Promoting the continued growth of Rotary through collaboration
  • Marketing for our sponsors and all those involved
  • Preventing the Summer Slide
  • Special events around National holidays with educational resources
  • Donating new, high quality books to support a reading initiative
  • Investing in our most precious resource, children

Today's illustrious Sergeant was Bill Rieth, raising funds that support our local not for profit partners through Rotary Grants made in the spring.

Bill shared some incredibly important information about some September holidays... Including:

  • Beard Day! For thousands of years guys all had beards. There were no shaving kits or shaving cream. The idea of shaving didn’t start until around 4,000 B.C., when a rudimentary form of shaving cream was developed by Sumerians in Mesopotamia (located in present day Iraq.). The cream was made from animal fat and ash!
  • Fortune Cookie Month! Fortune cookies most likely were created by a Japanese man named Makoto Hagiwara in 1914 in San Francisco. Hagiwara owned what is now called the Golden Gate Park Japanese Tea Garden, where he served tea and fortune cookies.  
  • National Stupid Question Day! Teachers say there is no such thing as a stupid question.... but maybe there are exceptions. In honor of National Stupid Question Day, enjoy these thought-provoking ponderances:
    • Why do people push harder on a remote-control button when they know the battery is dead?
    • Why do they call it “getting your pet fixed” if afterward, not everything works any more for your pet?
    • If a kid refuses to sleep during nap time, are they guilty of resisting a rest?
    • If you try to fail, and succeed, - which have you done?
    • What is another word for “thesaurus?”
    • Why is it that if you donate a kidney, people love you.  But if you donate five kidneys, they call the police?
    • Do zombies eat brains because they’re hungry for knowledge?
    • If corn oil is made from corn and vegetable oil is made from vegetables. What is baby oil made from?

Rotarians are an integral and engaged part of our community! The following is a running list of events represented by Rotarians from the Elkhart Rotary Club. If you’d like more information, contact the Rotarian from the event or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to them.

  • September 27, 4 p.m. Life Enhancement-Literacy Link “Read With Me’ session with the Red Ribbon Rookies. Location: Prairie Street Mennonite Church, 1316 Prairie Street, Elkhart. We could ALWAYS use more Rotary Readers! Contact: Jim Snodgrass
  • September 28, 6 p.m. Page to Stage District 6540 Grant Project with the Elkhart Public Library! We will be performing at the Elkhart Public Library Atrium. Come watch the show for FREE or maybe come early to help us set up as we transform the Library into a Magical Garden Set for these talented youth to edu-tain us all! WE REALLY NEED VOLUNTEERS  for this event: 3-4 people to help with set up, handing out programs, and selling concessions (5-6:15 p.m.) and another 3-4 people to help sell concessions and tear-down/clean up (6:15 – 7:30ish). Those interesting in helping should contact Lisa as soon as possible.Contacts: Julie Cotton and Lisa Guedea-Carreno
  • September 29, gates open at 4 p.m. Five Star Life presents Horses & Heroes. Bust out your cowboy boots and get ready for an evening full of equine demonstrations, live music, food, drinks, face painting, crafts for the kids, and more! Bring your kids, grandkids, family and friends! All proceeds raised will support Five Star Life's Equine Program. Location: Summit, 14260 US 12, Union, MI 49130. For more info and to RSVP visit https://form.jotform.com/232145026918151 Contact: Larry Knight
  • October 6-7, 6-9 p.m. Garden of Villains. Heroes and Villains invade Wellfield! Presented in partnership with the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum, this Halloween-themed event combines the natural beauty of Wellfield with your favorite superheroes and villains and the fun of trick-or-treating. Full details and tickets at: https://wellfieldgardens.org/garden-of-villains-at-wellfield-botanic-gardens/ Contact: Eric Garton
  • October 7, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Freedom Walk. Join the Goshen Rotary  as they partner with Destiny Rescue to walk our way to rescue kids from sexual exploitation and human trafficking and help them stay free! Location: Goshen High School Track, 401 Lincolnway East in Goshen. Info and registration at https://freedomwalkgoshen2023.funraise.org/ Contact: Terri Rickel
  • October 8, 2-4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Reception for Jim and Vernease Pyles - long term Elkhart residents and Morning Club Rotarian charter member. The Pyles are moving to North Carolina after a long and distinguished career as part of the Elkhart community, Jim with Miles Laboratories, and Vernease with Elkhart Community Schools Medical staff. Friends are hosting an informal reception in their honor. 200 East Beardsley Ave.  (adjacent to Ruthmere Mansion). Contact: Andy McCaskey
  • October 14, 7 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony and Goshen Theater present the concert version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man". For more information and tickets visit https://elkhartsymphony.org/ Contact: John Hill
  • October 21, 9 a.m. Elkhart Rotary Club County Road 6 Cleanup! Meet in the parking lot at 3414 Co Rd 6, Elkhart, IN 46514. Signup with/Contact: Tom McArthur
  • October 21, doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) invites you to the Restorative Justice Award (RJA) Dinner, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Victim Offender Reconciliation Program in the United States. Location: Matterhorn Conference Center. For more information and tickets visit https://www.centerforcommunityjustice.org/ Contact: Irwin Larrier
  • November 16, 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:15 p.m. Dinner. District 6540 Foundation Fundraising Dinner at the Crystal Ballroom in Elkhart. The event is seeking silent and live auction items, donations, and sponsors. Guest Speaker is John Smarge, Rotary International Director 2010-2012 and RI-USAID Partnership Steering Committee 2021-2024. Contact: Terri Rickel
Books, Beards, and Being a Bright Spot in our Community - Elkhart Rotary Club September 25 Eric Garton 2023-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary September 18, 2023 - Mark Mow, Interim Superintendent ECS

On Monday we welcomed Mark Mow - Interim Superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools. The School Board approved Mow as interim superintendent in July. He replaces ECS superintendent Steve Thalheimer, who departed the district in June. Mow previously served as the district’s superintendent form 2002 until his retirement in 2012. He began with Elkhart Community Schools in 1970 as a middle school science teacher and served in multiple administrative position before becoming superintendent in 2002. Mow also served as interim superintendent for the district from July to December 2018. 
Mark shared the district is beginning their search for a new superintendent, the challenges and opportunities we face not only a school district, but as a community.
 
Today we welcomed two NEW ROTARIANS to our Club!
Priscilla Brown of Beacon Health Foundation and Natalie Evans of Crossroads United Way were inducted and provided brief introductions of themselves from the podium. We look forward to getting to know Priscilla and Natalie better and thank them in advance, for their service to our community.
 
Rotarians are an integral and engaged part of our community! The following is a running list of events represented by Rotarians from the Elkhart Rotary Club. If you’d like more information, contact the Rotarian from the event or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to them.
  • September 21, 5 p.m. at Elkhart Rotary Club Thirsty Thursday! Jackson Rooftop. Contact: Peter Norton
  • September 21, 3-6 p.m. “Demystifying Digital Transformation” Bring Technology to Your Operations. Join manufacturing and technology experts as they break down the myths and obstacles to integrating Industry 4.0 technologies into your organization. It is easier than you think! This event is open to all manufacturers and entrepreneurs, regardless of size and capabilities. To learn more, visit: https://loom.ly/WvhKiaU3-3:30 p.m.: Networking; 3:30-5 p.m.: Presentations from industry experts; 5-6 p.m.: Cocktails and Q&A. Location: LEX 530, 530 E. Lexington Avenue, Elkhart. Depending on your organization, the right attendee might be: -Decision maker of factory floor production; -Company leadership; -Plant/Operations manager; -Technology specialist. Contact: David Damerow.
  • September 23, 9 a.m. 2nd Annual Larry Roberts and Bob Lindahl Bike Ride; location: Studebaker Park, 1020 McDonald St, Elkhart, IN 46516; Help raise awareness and money for a cure for Multiple Myeloma. The ride goes along the new River Trail to the Maplehart into Goshen connecting with the Pumpkinvine to Mooys, an Amish Ice Cream shop located about 6 miles northeast of Goshen on the Pumpkinvine. Total distance is about 36 miles but shorter rides are also an option. Contact: Don Stohler
  • September 27, 4 p.m. Life Enhancement-Literacy Link “Read With Me’ session with the Red Ribbon Rookies. Location: Prairie Street Mennonite Church, 1316 Prairie Street, Elkhart. We could ALWAYS use more Rotary Readers! Contact: Jim Snodgrass
  • September 29, gates open at 4 p.m. Five Star Life presents Horses & Heroes. Bust out your cowboy boots and get ready for an evening full of equine demonstrations, live music, food, drinks, face painting, crafts for the kids, and more! Bring your kids, grandkids, family and friends! All proceeds raised will support Five Star Life's Equine Program. Location: Summit, 14260 US 12, Union, MI 49130. For more info and to RSVP visit https://form.jotform.com/232145026918151 Contact: Larry Knight
  • October 7, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Freedom Walk. Join the Goshen Rotary  as they partner with Destiny Rescue to walk our way to rescue kids from sexual exploitation and human trafficking and help them stay free! Location: Goshen High School Track, 401 Lincolnway East in Goshen. Info and registration at https://freedomwalkgoshen2023.funraise.org/ Contact: Terri Rickel
  • October 8, 2-4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Reception for Jim and Vernease Pyles - long term Elkhart residents and Morning Club Rotarian charter member. The Pyles are moving to North Carolina after a long and distinguished career as part of the Elkhart community, Jim with Miles Laboratories, and Vernease with Elkhart Community Schools Medical staff. Friends are hosting an informal reception in their honor. 200 East Beardsley Ave.  (adjacent to Ruthmere Mansion). Contact: Andy McCaskey
  • October 14, 7 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony and Goshen Theater present the concert version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man". For more information and tickets visit https://elkhartsymphony.org/ Contact: John Hill
  • October 21, doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) invites you to the Restorative Justice Award (RJA) Dinner, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Victim Offender Reconciliation Program in the United States. Location: Matterhorn Conference Center. For more information and tickets visit https://www.centerforcommunityjustice.org/ Contact: Irwin Larrier
Rotary September 18, 2023 - Mark Mow, Interim Superintendent ECS Eric Garton 2023-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club at ETHOS - Monday, September 11, 2023

Today we took the show on the road to ETHOS Innovation Center! The club gathered for a brief business meeting and delicious boxed lunches from Matterhorn before learning about ETHOS Innovation Center and their ETHOS in a Bag program, culminating in a hands-on project to help stock the ETHOS in a Bag kits. And to #CelebrateCommunity, today we also welcomed members of the Elkhart Luncheon Optimist Club who joined us at ETHOS and our service project in order to further a spirit of cooperation and community among our area service clubs.
 
ETHOS' Core Values: 
  • Entrepreneurship: ETHOS fosters a culture of STEM innovation and healthy risk-taking to allow for success.
  • Innovation: ETHOS believes in staying curious, adventurous, and creative in all pursuits. 
  • Community: ETHOS is focused on being a asset in promoting STEM learning and careers in our community​.
  • Relationships: Relationships are key in helping learn, play and connect STEM to the world.
 
Megan Baughman, CEO, presented a thorough overview of the ETHOS in a Bag program, complete with handouts on the tables.
 
ETHOS in a Bag is a take-home STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) series aimed at families with children between K-6th grade. Each bag contains activities that expose children to STEM concepts in real life and the community, by following along with videos on Youtube Live!
 
After lunch, club members volunteered to help prepare ETHOS in a Bag kits in their expansive onsite warehouse.
 
 
 
Elkhart Rotary Club at ETHOS - Monday, September 11, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

August 28, 2023 - Cory Hildebrandt and Matthew Anderson - AI/ChatGPT

 
Today we welcomed attorneys Cory Hildebrandt, Associate, and Matthew J. Anderson, Senior Associate from May, Oberfell, and Lorber and they shared some of the challenges and strengths of AI/Chat GPT. 
 
AI is not a single technology. It exists in many different forms through different functions and applications. Some examples of AI include:
  • Natural language processing (NLP), Logical AI/inferencing, which creates decision trees based on user input, such as online tax preparation programs.
  • Machine learning, which is AI that learns from its past performance, such as predictive text.
  • Artificial neural networks, for instance, used in image recognition technology.
  • Machine perception and motion manipulation, for instance, used in industrial robotics.
  • Generative AI technologies, such as ChatGPT, that often utilize large language models (LLMs)
AI technologies can be used to perform various functions, including:
  • Content generation, including text, video, audio, and computer code/
  • Expertise automation.
  • Image recognition and classification.
  • Speech-to-text and text-to-speech conversion.
  • Text analytics and generation.
  • Voice-controlled assistance (like Amazon Echo and Google Home).
  • Language translation
CHALLENGES
A recent case, Cruz v. Raymond Talmadge d/b/a Calvary Coach, involved a GPS device, which is a common AI-driven device. In Cruz, the plaintiffs were injured when a bus struck an overpass. The plaintiffs brought claims against the manufacturers of the GPS devices used by the bus driver based on traditional theories of negligence, breach of warranty, and strict liability. The plaintiffs alleged that the devices were defectively designed because they:
  • Directed the driver to follow a route under an overpass that was too low for the vehicle.
  • Failed to warn the driver of the dangerous situation created by driving underneath the overpass.
  • The plaintiffs claimed that their injuries were foreseeable because faulty directions onto height restricted roadways by GPS devices have resulted in numerous bridge strikes. Additionally, plaintiffs claimed that feasible alternative designs existed because the device manufacturers had the data necessary to give users information about height restrictions. 
The Cruz plaintiffs based their claims on traditional product liability principles. Given the semi-autonomous nature of the GPS devices at issue, the plaintiffs' claimed injuries could be traced back to:
  • Design components that were developed by specific companies and substantially unchanged from the time the devices left the companies' control.
  • The companies' alleged failure to adequately warn about foreseeable dangers of their products.
However, applying product liability concepts is less straightforward when the product at issue incorporates more fully autonomous AI technology. For example, in cases where fault cannot be traced directly back to a human actor, the law must determine
  • Whether to consider the AI product itself to be the actor and, if so, the applicable standard of care governing the AI (for example, a reasonable human versus a new "reasonable machine" standard).
  • How to treat foreseeability when an AI product is intended to act autonomously. The use of AI raises questions not only about what is foreseeable for AI, but also whether humans might eventually be held to a different standard, especially in cases where AI was available to perform the task.
Creating and using AI and related technology, such as computer hardware, can present unique intellectual property (IP) issues regarding:
  • Protection of AI through IP
  • Ownership of AI IP
  • AI IP infringement 
About May, Oberfell, and Lorber
Based in Michiana since 1856, the full-service law firm of May Oberfell Lorber provides a broad range of legal experience. From individuals, to companies large and small, to firms outside Michiana needing an accessible local partner, we use a responsive team approach at competitive rates. Blending a passionate commitment to the local community with a full spectrum of legal services, we fulfill our promise of principled, professional service to our clients.
 
About our Speakers
Matt joined May Oberfell Lorber in 2020. For over fifteen years, he has handled all phases of litigation in large markets, including Chicago and Indianapolis, and has successfully argued for reversals in the appellate courts of Indiana, Michigan, and the Seventh Circuit. Matt has extensive experience in personal injury matters, appellate law, litigation, medical malpractice, and domestic and family law and continues to focus his practice in these areas: Personal Injury, Litigation, Appeals & Appellate, Medical Malpractice, Labor, Employment & Worker’s Compensation, Family & Domestic, and Professional Affiliations. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, St. Joseph County Bar Association. Matt has a B.A. in French and Russian from the University of Notre Dame, cum laude 2000, a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, 2003. He is a South Bend native, Adjunct Professor at IUSB, and has Studied abroad in France, Russia, and Singapore
 
Cory joined May Oberfell Lorber in 2021 as a summer associate. While attending Michigan State College of Law, Cory worked as an intern in the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office and took part in the Fresh Start Fridays expungement clinics. Prior to attending law school, Cory received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and worked professionally as a Relationship Manager for several years. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the world with his wife and their two kids. His practice areas include: Corporate and Business, Banking and Finance, Litigation, Labor, and Employment & Worker’s Compensation. Cory's Professional Affiliations: Indiana State Bar Association, St. Joseph County Bar Association. Cory has a B.S. in Finance, Indiana University Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, 2016 and J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, 2022. Cory is a South Bend native, a proud father of twins, and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and grappling sports.
 
August 28, 2023 - Cory Hildebrandt and Matthew Anderson - AI/ChatGPT Eric Garton 2023-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club August 21 - Tami Hicks, Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County

 
Today we welcomed Tami Hicks, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County.
 
Hicks joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County with more than 17 years’ experience in the field of public education. She was the principal at Model Elementary School in Goshen, where she led professional development, developed a social media presence for her school to increase community engagement and served on the district safety committee. During her tenure, she worked collaboratively with her team in the creation of the Kid Mayor program for all fourth-grade students in partnership with the City of Goshen. In 2021, Hicks was named Indiana Elementary School Principal of the Year for District 2. Prior to being principal at Model, she was assistant principal at Goshen Middle School and an instructional coach and teacher for Goshen Community Schools.
 
As CEO, Hicks replaced Kevin Deary, who retired after serving in his role for 28 years. Hicks’ responsibilities include leading the organization’s strategic direction, oversight of organizational operations, financials, programming, brand reputation, talent recruitment, resource development and stakeholder relationships. The CEO also serves as the organization’s primary ambassador and lead communicator.
 
About the Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County began operations in 1956. The Clubs offer programming and service opportunities for children & teens to reach their full potential within the community. Each day, the Clubs provide powerful relationships with the youth they serve and open avenues of opportunity for young people across their community by offering safe places where young people can learn, grow and succeed.
 
Each day, they welcome more than 1,500 youth between the ages of six and 18 to their Clubhouses. As soon as our club members walk through our doors, they enter an environment of stability, consistency, and physical and emotional safety. Each day they build deeply powerful relationships with the youth they serve and open avenues of opportunity for young people across our community. B&GCs offer safe places where young people can learn, grow and succeed. They provide a quality Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters their doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, equipped with the skills needed to have a successful life, and demonstrating good character and citizenship.
 
 
Rotary Foundation Chair and Club Secretary Howard Edwards presented Honorary Rotarians Mike and Jenny Nolan with Paul Harris Fellow awards. Mike and Jenny have been Interact Club liaisons for many years in service to the Elkhart Rotary Club and the many high school students who's participated for the past years, including chaperoning the club's annual trips to Costa Rica. 
 
 
 
Elkhart Rotary Club August 21 - Tami Hicks, Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County Eric Garton 2023-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club August 15: Holy Cross College President Marco Clark

 
Today we welcomed Holy Cross College President Marco Clark.
He talked about the tri-campus community and the role Holy Cross has in the tri-campus and Michiana communities and how the College prepares its students to be a force for good in this world. 
 
Marco Clark, Ed.D. has been the President of Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana since July 1, 2022. Dr. Clark is the first president of the College who is not a Holy Cross brother or priest. Dr. Clark comes to Holy Cross College from St. Edward’s University, sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross, Moreau Province, located in Austin, Texas and has worked for over thirty years as a Catholic educator and leader in higher education and secondary schools sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross. He succeeded Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., who retired.
 
Dr. Clark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, a Master’s in Education in Guidance and Counseling from Bowie State University, Maryland, and a Doctorate in Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University, Nebraska. He has spent the entirety of his 33+-year career as a Catholic educator, 25 of those years serving alongside the Brothers of Holy Cross.
 
He and his wife Peggy, a Catholic school math teacher, have three grown children and five grandchildren. As a former Division I student-athlete (Football) and coach, Marco is also an avid sports fan. He loves to bike, kayak, hike, spend time with his family, travel, relax on the beach, and play golf.
 
 
Are you ready for the Cardboard Boat Races?
Join us Friday afternoon, August 18 at LaSalle Bristol Pond
 
This will be the largest fleet to date with 64 boats participating. Grab your crew and come cruising with our "CRUW" as we sail the seas to our favorite travel destinations.
11am-3pm: Food trucks, bountiful beverages, & adventurous activities
3pm - 5pm: The cardboard boats set sail
The Great Cardboard Boat Race is the official kickoff of CRUW's annual fundraising campaign that culminates with a must-see race of handmade cardboard boats. Will they sink? Will they float? Join us to find out on August 18.
This year's race features a Cruisin' with the CRUW theme! Represent your favorite travel destination as we sail the seas in 2023. Mediterranean Getaway... Australian Down Under... Caribbean Cruise... California Dreamin'... you get the idea! Show us your best dream vacation!
 
 
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BOAT - (ours) by making a donation at https://fundraise.givesmart.com/vf/VOTEBR23/team/Elkhartrotary
 
 
 2nd Annual Larry Roberts and Bob Lindahl Bike Ride
Sep 23, 2023 9:00 AM at Studebaker Park
1020 McDonald St
Elkhart, IN 46516

On Saturday September 23 at 9:00 a.m., the 2nd Annual Larry Roberts and Bob Lindahl bike ride to raise awareness and money for a cure for Multiple Myeloma begins at Studebaker Park. The ride goes along the new River Trail to the Maplehart into Goshen connecting with the Pumpkinvine to Mooys, an Amish Ice Cream shop located about 6 miles northeast of Goshen on the Pumpkinvine.  Those riders going that far can purchase ice cream, sandwiches etc.  We then turn around and repeat the ride back to Studebaker Park in Elkhart.  Total distance is about 36 miles but shorter rides are also an option.
 
Please email or text Don Stohler to register or with questions. donstohler@comcast.net / Cell 574-286-2386
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting July 24, 2023

Lots of fun stuff today at the Elkhart Rotary Club! In case you missed it....
 
We inducted a NEW MEMBER—Dustin Miller—to the Club. Dustin is a lifetime Elkhart County community member and Manager of Project Development with DJ Construction in Goshen. President Julie Cotton conducted the induction and Membership Chair and former club president, Eric Garton, passed along the hardware. Dustin provided a brief intro of himself from podium - - Please make Dustin feel welcome in the club!
 
 
Today's Sergeant, Peter Norton, extracted fun fines from club members with the theme of 'The Open Champtionship' and trivia surrounding it. That's GOLF for those keeping score. Brian Harman stunned the golf world by capturing the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday, finishing 13 under and won the Claret Jug by 6 strokes, which tied for the second-largest margin of victory by an American golfer in the storied tournament's history. Tiger Woods won by 8 at St. Andrews in Scotland in 2000.
Nice job, Peter! Remember, fines collected support our not for profit grants in the spring.
 
 
Julie Cotton reminded the club that NEXT MONDAY, July 31, we will be meeting for lunch and our regular noon Rotary Meeting OFFSITE at: 
The Historic Roosevelt Center, 215 E Indiana Ave in Elkhart.
After lunch and business we will tour Tolson at 1320 Denham. Rotarians can either walk over or we can shuttle those needing assistance in cars.
We had 47 people RSVP, there will be 50 lunches provided by the Matterhorn in case a couple folks forgot to let us know you are coming. Please let Julie know if you're coming, if you have not already. Thanks!
 
 
During lunch, we shared some photos of this past Saturday's Rotary Kayak Adventure down Christiana Creek, coordinated by member Jamison Czarnecki. Thanks for arranging, Jamison, looked fun! Here are the happy paddlers.
 
 
Eric Garton, Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director, shared an update on the Events and Visitors Center Expansion Project. The Project realizes four key master plan features—a new 12,000 sq.ft. Visitors Center with event capacity, an Open Air Pavilion, relocation and repurposing of the existing Visitors Cottage, and increased parking capacity. As outlined, these features will provide not only a transformational guest experience with necessary infrastructure and amenities, financial sustainability for the future, and increased mission-effectiveness, but also deliver increased quality of place and promote economic development of our area.
Since its founding by the Elkhart Rotary Club in 2005, over 20 beautiful garden spaces and numerous special features have been installed at Wellfield. These major capital projects have been made possible by the vision and generosity of community leaders in the Elkhart, Indiana area. Wellfield is poised for its next transformational stage of development to meet an increasing need as we grow.
 
Eric shared that Elkhart Rotarian Marly Rydson (now living in Florida), inspired the project through a generous lead gift committment in April 2021 in honor of his wife of 59 years, Laura Rydson, one of the original Board of Directors of the Community Foundation (and first woman on the board), who passed away in August of 2021. Marly's gift to help build the Visitors Center also engaged support from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. 
 
 
 
 
To learn more about the project visit: https://www.wellfieldproject.com/
 
Following his brief presentation about Wellfield's project, Eric also shared some funny Member Trivia in his role as Membership Chair.
DO YOU KNOW which Rotarian?....
  • ...was born in 1964, attended high school locally, is 1986 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, a 1991 graduate of IUSB, graduated 1995 from IUSB with two Masters degrees and in 1999 graduated with a third masters degree? OR
  • ...had Hall of Famer Bill Fitch as his college basketball coach? AND was the Student host to Louie Armstrong when he visited his college campus? AND spent 3 hours visiting Pete Rose shortly after his baseball career ended? OR
  • ...who once rode a motorcycle, solo, to Guatemala on a whim for charity without any spanish language aptitude? AND whose art was described by a newspaper review of his gallery's opening as "Ugly Bathroom Art"?
These are just a FEW of the tidbits that you learn at Elkhart Rotary Club meetings... we'll continue the Member Trivia - - keep sending your interesting member facts to Eric Garton for more fun later.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting July 17, 2023

Today we welcome Jenny McGee, Founder and Executive Director of the Starfish Project. 
 
Their Purpose
At Starfish Project, we help exploited women and girls experience freedom, establish independence and develop careers.
The Story of the Starfish Project:
We began in 2006 as a small group of friends who could no longer simply walk by the women and girls we observed being exploited around our city in Asia. None of us had a business or jewelry design background. What we shared was a desire to restore hope and bring freedom. We never imaged that today our jewelry brand would be loved by women all around the world who share the same vision.
 
2006: Young girls sitting in windows under the red lights called us to action. We began by visiting brothels and building relationships with the women and girls we met. Little by little, we’d find a commonality, like our kids or our favorite food, and a conversation would begin. Week after week, we’d return to the same places. Our awkward chats slowly turned into coffee dates, throwing birthday parties for the women and even giving English lessons. As the women began to trust us, they shared their stories. Many were tricked by people they loved and even sold into brothels.

The following year, during an Easter party we held in the red light district, five women made the incredibly brave decision to escape their lives of exploitation. Knowing that leaving the brothel was only the first step in experiencing freedom, we launched full force into starting a business that would offer employment to our new friends — some of whom had never been to school a day in their life. Inspired by our vision to celebrate the value and beauty of each woman, our jewelry company was born. We rented a bright and cheery two-bedroom apartment with a hilarious orange sofa, and this space became our shelter and production area. The women made their first pairs of earrings around the dining room table.
 
By the end of our first year in business, we completed our first large wholesale order of 60,000 pairs of earrings! By June, we outgrew the orange sofa apartment and upgraded to a larger space as the women joining Starfish Project more than doubled! Equally as exciting were the birth of the first Starfish Project baby and the first Starfish Project wedding. It’s astounding how we, a group of women from vastly different backgrounds and stories, became a family.
 
2011: Five years later, we had established the only safe house and training facility for women escaping exploitation in our city in Asia of over 20 million. With more and more women wanting to join us, we poured ourselves into developing high quality, on-trend jewelry, ready for the international market. To employ more women and offer fair wages, we needed to sell a lot of jewelry because more sales equals more women hired. During this time, we were approached by another group of women seeking to replicate the project in a different part of Asia. We hopped on a train and met the women who shared our dream. After hearing their hearts and seeing their wonderful tenacity, we expanded Starfish Project, and the Riverside Branch was launched.

The women in our headquarters were so excited to go on their first business trip to the branch office that you’d have thought we were actually buying them a plane! It was a powerful moment seeing women that came to Starfish Project broken, with less than third grade education levels, going across the country to train up new staff at the Riverside Branch.
 
As we continued to grow, we saw the potential for women on our production line to develop careers in fields like photography and accounting. We had the incredible privilege to encourage and equip our friends with skills that could take them far beyond Starfish Project. The life transformations were, and still are, incredible! It’s a privilege to work alongside each woman, not only to make jewelry, but also to dream of a future for her and her family.
 
 
2022: Though we started as a small group of women hoping on behalf of others who had lost all hope, Starfish Project has grown into a highly successful jewelry brand. We are featured in household-name stores and fair-trade businesses all across America. We are proud that our jewelry business, now mostly run by women who have escaped human trafficking, is leading the way in on-trend designs and industry leading quality for ethical fashion.
Yet, there are still many women and girls in exploitation today. We desire to see each one experience freedom. With your help, we can!
Your purchases are an investment into this powerful mission to see women and girls experience freedom, establish independence and develop careers that will transform lives for generations.

For more information visit: https://starfishproject.com
 
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Congratulations and Thanks to Tom Pletcher, whose donations have earned a Paul Harris Fellow+7 Recognition at today's meeting, presented by immediate Past President, Todd Stone. To learn more about Paul Harris Fellow recognition by giving to the Rotary Foundation, click here.
 
 
Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting July 17, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club July 10, 2023: It's a NEW ROTARY YEAR!

A terrific day to be an Elkhart Rotarian!
 
As our first meeting in July because of the July 4 holiday, this was the official 'passing of the gavel' meeting in which 2022-2023 President Todd Stone said his presidential farewell and handed the gavel to our NEW 2023-2024 club President, Julie Cotton! THANK YOU, Todd! THANK YOU, Julie!
 
 
Todd thanked the many members of the club who helped make our 2022-2023 a great year, including Board Members who'd just completed a three year term, including (L-R) Dawn Fisher, Paul Warning, Peter Norton, Andy McCaskey, Eric Garton, and Tom McArthur. Todd presented each with a token of his appreciation of his own creation. 
 
 
Julie shared her inspirations for the year upcoming, including the new Rotary Theme and Flag for 2023-2024:
 
We inducted a NEW MEMBER to the Club today! While she's been attending our Club as a 'visiting Rotarian' for several months, Mary Kaczka has now officially transferred her Membership from the Valparaiso Club to the Elkhart Rotary Club. Mary shared a few of her many experiences with Rotary, including several international conventions she's attended and her Rotary leadership experiences - - she's been a member of four Rotary Clubs, is a Past President, Assistant District Trainer, and was a Group Study Exchange Team leader on a trip to India!
 
 
 
Tony Warning introduced our guests, members of the Elkhart High School Interact Club, who made a now-annual spring service trip to Nosara, Costa Rica:
  • Nick Hardy (parents, Nicole and Nick Hardy)
  • Gianni Lucchese (mom, Heather Ek)
  • Kaden Kennedy (parents, Amanda and Pat)
  • Gavin Sommer (mom, Carrie)
  • Savannah Tully (mom, Mindy)
  • Emily Davis (parents, Tricia and Matt)
  • Chaperones: Jenny and Mike Nolan, Mary and Jason Kuehne)
  • Not in attendance: Addi Millslagle and Mom and chaperone, Brandi Millslagle 
Tony reminded and thanked the club for our placemat advertising campaign that helps pay for this trip each year, including a monetary donation to the David S. Kitson Library.
The Elkhart Rotary Club is a Partner of the David S. Kitson Library. Every summer vacation since 2005, students from the Elkhart, Indiana Youth Rotary Outreach Program have spent a week during their summer vacations visiting Nosara and working to maintain the Library building. Over 245 volunteers have served the Library through this partnership.
The Library's Mission: To promote reading, learning, and cross-cultural understanding.  And Vision: Fundación Biblioteca David Kitson enriches and empowers the people of our community by encouraging the lifelong habit and love of reading; providing welcoming spaces that offer collections and resources that inform, inspire, enrich, empower and entertain; promoting educational and training opportunities as an integral part of the community; creating a link between cultures that builds local and global awareness through cross-cultural understanding and friendship.
 
The students presented a short video compilation of their trip and shared stories about the experience.
 
 
 
Jenny and Mike Nolan has been working with the Interact Club for 7 years, since 2016! 
  • They've Chaperoned the Nasara, Costa Rica/David Kitson Library trip 5 times - missing 2 years due to covid.
  • For Interact, they typically have 10-12 kids per class so that's 40+ kids every year that they are keeping engaged. They meet every month at the Nolan's house.
  • Service projects include Taste of the Gardens, Salvation Army bell ringing, Habitat for Humanity, Dollars for Scholars, CR 6 cleanup, Aquatic Center, Church Community services & others.
Thanks to all who attended including our many guests. Thank you for helping to make our community a better place in which to live, work, and play!
Elkhart Rotary Club July 10, 2023: It's a NEW ROTARY YEAR! Eric Garton 2023-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Meeting June 26, 2023

 
Thanks for all who joined us for our final meeting of the Rotary 2022-2023 fiscal year under Club President Todd Stone. Our next meeting will be Monday, July 10, we're off on July 3 in observance of Independence Day.
 
A busy agenda for today, beginning with the awarding of three Paul Harris Fellow awards for individuals' contributions to the Rotary Foundation. As pictured L-R:
  1. Dave Dygert, Paul Harris Fellow+2
  2. Sherm Hansen, Paul Harris Fellow+5
  3. Robert Peterson, who passed in May, posthumously awarded his Paul Harris Fellow pin, held by President Todd Stone, and
  4. Howard Edwards, our Club's Foundation Chair. 
 
Today, we also welcomed three not for profit representatives to receive their Spring 2023 Grant awards:
  • Whitney Miller, Area Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County
  • Jamison Czarnecki, Elkhart Parks and Recreation Superintendent (and fellow Rotarian)
  • Peter Norton, Executive Director of Cancer Resources for Elkhart County.
Thanks to everyone who gives generously of their weekly fines, which support the Donation Committee's awarding of 14 local not for profits with nearly $13,000 in funding this year. And thanks to the weekly Sergeants and their Captain, Anthony Hunt, for coordinating the schedule. 
 
Our presenter today was Eric Garton, the Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director at Wellfield Botanic Gardens who provided an update on the Events and Visitors Center Expansion Project. The Project realizes four key master plan features—a new 12,000 sq.ft. Visitors Center with event capacity, an Open Air Pavilion, relocation and repurposing of the existing Visitors Cottage, and increased parking capacity. As outlined, these features will provide not only a transformational guest experience with necessary infrastructure and amenities, financial sustainability for the future, and increased mission-effectiveness, but also deliver increased quality of place and promote economic development of our area. Since its founding by the Elkhart Rotary Club in 2005, over 20 beautiful garden spaces and numerous special features have been installed at Wellfield. These major capital projects have been made possible by the vision and generosity of community leaders in the Elkhart, Indiana area. Wellfield is poised for its next transformational stage of development to meet an increasing need as we grow. Here are some images from the presentation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club Meeting June 26, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting June 12 Welcomes New Member Luke Lefever

Our Monday, June 12 meeting had a bit of change in the program with a canceled speaker. But it did not limit our ability to induct a new member. Welcome Luke Lefever to our membership! Sponsored by Rotarian Burne Miller, Luke Lefever was invited to join Rotary about ten years ago but at the time could not commit the time due to family obligations. As his schedule has allowed, Luke felt it was time to make the jump to Rotary, and we're thrilled he has. Luke has much community involvement, having been a past board member of several community organizations including of the Osolo Little League, Elkhart Education Foundation, Elkhart City Historic Review Board, and the Northern Indiana Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors Association. Currently, Luke is a board member of the Upper Room Recovery Community in South Bend. Luke is a financial advisor and Director of Client Experience for Pathway Asset and Tax Advisory. 
 
Members, please welcome Luke and help him get involved with our club. 
 
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club June 5, 2023

Rod Roberson celebrates Elkhart's quality of place in 2023 State of the City address
WVPE 88.1 Elkhart/South Bend | By Marek Mazurek Published June 5, 2023 at 4:08 PM EDT

For Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson, quality of place is the concept driving the city forward as it looks to build on the momentum of the past three years.
Speaking at a meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club on Monday, Roberson delivered the annual State of the City address, touting the city’s strong housing market and focus on entertainment.
 
“The dynamics of quality of place simply overwhelm almost everything else local governments do,” Roberson said. “Young people are the future of growth and they’re mobile. What’s going to make them put down roots? Quality of place.”
 
Roberson said all aspects of city government play a role in quality of place, but he highlighted the completion of the River Greenway Trail and city’s recently announced plans to build an 8,000 seat amphitheater as recent successful initiatives.
 
“To make quality of place work, we must capitalize on the things that are uniquely Elkhart,” Roberson said.
 
The mayor, who’s ending his first term at the end of this year, also cited a report from the Wall Street Journal, which has named Elkhart one of the nation’s best emerging housing markets for the third time in two years. Since late 2021, the city has created more than 600 jobs and $85 million in investments through economic incentives for business, according to Roberson.
 
Roberson also credited the Elkhart Police Department, which reported an 11% decrease in violent crimes in 2022, as another component in creating a good quality of place. Use of force complaints are declining and staffing levels are rising, Roberson said, which are signs of the department’s shift away from the negative culture created under past administrations and police chiefs.
 
Monday’s State of the City marked Roberson’s fourth address and the mayor took a moment to celebrate what he sees as the city’s progress in those four years.
“If you remember [in 2019], Elkhart was coming off of a massive flood. The police department was being viewed as an embarrassment. Tolson Youth Center was being closed and the city’s administration and council were at war with each other. We’ve come a long way,” Roberson said.
 
Roberson is running for re-election and is so far not opposed by either party.
 
The mayor also touted the city’s 311 system as a successful way to engage neighborhoods in the city and emphasized the importance of of public-private partnerships in addressing housing and other issues.
 

 

Elkhart Rotary Club June 5, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club May 22, 2023 - The Matamba Project

On May 22 we welcomed visiting Rotarian from the Concord Rotary Club, Andrew Hicks. Andrew has been an attorney with Warrick & Boyn since 2007 and was inspired to help a remote hospital in Tanzania through mission work he'd done in the area over 20 years ago. Andrew shared how his personal life experiences inspired his support of the St. John's Hospital in Matamba,Tanzania. Matamba is in the region of Njombe in with a population of approximately 10,600 people and is one of the largest places in Tanzania. Andrew currently spearheads fundraising efforts for the project through St. Thomas Church here in Elkhart, which began in 2021 with a gift of $1700 to the hospital. Since that time, fundraising has increased and there is goal to raise $10,000 annually for support of the hospital, which makes a big difference to the lives of those in the area. Andrew's recent fundraiser, Bottlecaps & Corks, raised $5000 for the hospital. The Matamba Project is also proposed for a Rotary International Grant, supported by both Concord Rotary Club and Rotary International. Here are some highlights of slides from his presentation.
 
If you're interested in supporting the efforts, visit: https://www.osvhub.com/stthomaselkhart/giving/funds/the-matamba-project
 
To learn more about the project, contact Andrew - - catch him at an upcoming meeting of the Concord Rotary Club, Wednesdays at Noon at the Concord Martins' supermarket - - upstairs above the deli.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elkhart Rotary Club May 22, 2023 - The Matamba Project Eric Garton 2023-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club - May 15, 2023

On Monday we welcomed fellow Elkhart Rotarian and Executive Director of Elkhart Education Foundation, Charmaine Torma!

Charmaine shared information about EEF, educational challenges faced by our community, and how EEF is addressing those challenges.

EEF, a 501(c)(3) organization, manages and expends funds received from donations that support the mission, vision and goals of the Elkhart Community Schools. EEF provides funds for innovative teaching practices, education programs and activities – Athletics, Arts, Academic Clubs/Service Organizations – that are outside of the parameters of the traditional operating budget for Elkhart Community Schools. The funds provided by EEF will be used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence, and to cultivate community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations.

For more about EEF visit: https://www.elkhartedfoundation.org/

Welcome back former member and longtime Rotarian Scott Franko! Scott and his wife are relocating back to the Elkhart area after several years away and are excited for the new adventures ahead. Scott was inducted back into our club membership on Monday.

Elkhart Rotary Club - May 15, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club May 8, 2023 - Lifeline Youth Ministries

 
On May 8 we welcomed fellow Elkhart Rotarian and Lifeline Youth Ministries executive director Darrell Peterson to share updates about lifeline, including their new expansion project, the Lifeline Hub, a place that provides a safe, family-like atmosphere for youth from 1st-12th grade. The Hub will comprise 36,000 square feet, is centrally located near Prairie and Hively, and will serve over 1,000 kids per year. 
 
 
Lifeline's mission is to share God’s love by providing inner city youth with caring role models, teaching basic life skills, developing student leaders and connecting students to their local schools and churches. Lifeline is a full-cycle of engagement ministry that provides a safe, family-like atmosphere for youth from 3rd-12th grade. While at club, youth can enjoy a variety of activities: gym time, games, tutoring and the friendship of others. They receive a Bible lesson and participate in a small group interaction as it relates to the lesson. Club members also get the opportunity to earn points redeemable for prizes. Prizes can be anything from a bag of Takis up to Bikes. It all depends on how motivated they are.
 
 
For more information visit: https://www.elkhartlifeline.com/ and for for more information about The Lifeline Hub, visit https://www.elkhartlifeline.com/the-hub
Elkhart Rotary Club May 8, 2023 - Lifeline Youth Ministries Eric Garton 2023-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club, May 1, 2023 — enFocus

Today we welcomed Andrew Wiand, Executive Director of enFocus. enFocus is a nonprofit with a novel approach to talent attraction and community development. They intentionally match graduates to high-impact projects with regional organizations to provide meaningful professional experiences. To date, they have employed over 1,000 Fellows and Interns on over 250 projects. These collaborations not only deliver innovative solutions for local organizations, they inspire young professionals to stay in our region.

Andrew provided an update on the organization's growth across sectors, projects, and retention of recent graduates in Elkhart County. 

For more information visit: https://en-focus.org/

For Andrew's bio visit: https://en-focus.org/team

Our club's Rotary Foundation Chair, Howard Edwards, presented FOUR Paul Harris Fellow recognitions to dedicated donor Tom Neat, who continues to give to the Foundation in the names of his family members. THANK YOU, Tom, for your continued support of the Rotary Foundation and all of the great work Rotary does around the world.

Sergeant's Chair Anthony Hunt gave a master class in enunciation and tongue-twisters from the podium for today's fun fines. A reminder, your fines support local not for profits through grants from the Donations Committee. Give early, give often, your support furthers the missions of local organizations who expand our ability to make our community a better place in which to live, work, and play.

Elkhart Rotary Club, May 1, 2023 — enFocus Eric Garton 2023-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting April 24, 2023

Indiana Youth Institute’s 2023 "State of the Child" Presentation

 
Today we welcomed representatives from the Indiana Youth Institute:
  • Tami Silverman, President & CEO 
  • Taylor Johnson, Policy & Data Advocacy Manager
  • Chelsea Naylor, Northwest Outreach Manager

Tami and Taylor presented the Indiana Youth Institute’s 2023 State of the Child. We learned about the key data on Hoosier youth well-being from the newly released Indiana Youth Institute 2023 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book and County Dashboard. IYI's 2023 KIDS COUNT® Data Book examines the overall well-being of Indiana kids, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and continuation of racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes across four domains, Family & Community, Health, Economic Well-Being, and Education. 

IYI’s President & CEO, Dr. Tami Silverman and Taylor Johnson, Policy & Data Advocacy Manager, highlighted the most recent information and trends in the Elkhart area. Access to reliable, high-quality data and resources empowers and equips leaders, policymakers, youth workers, and advocates with a go-to, trusted source to create positive change for Indiana youth.

Dr. Tami Silverman, DPA
After being raised in Bloomington, Indiana by a family of educators and having 25 years of experience managing teams to create positive impact and lasting change, Tami Silverman leads the vision of the Indiana Youth Institute by constructing and implementing strategies to fulfill IYI’s mission of statewide child success. Tami serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson, advocating for programs, innovations, and policies that benefit children and youth. Tami brings to IYI a clear understanding of the challenges faced by many children and families through her experience in family violence prevention and youth leadership and service. It was while working with thousands of homeless, often traumatized children that she confronted first-hand how some children face seemingly insurmountable challenges while others are born with immense resources and support. This has sparked her passion for equity, ensuring that all children can reach their full potential. She currently serves on the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Cabinet Youth Committee, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Partnership Pentagon, the Indiana Criminal Justice Authority’s Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group, the board of directors for the Center for Sports Transformation and Indiana University’s Society of Aeons.

Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting April 24, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club at Five Star Life's Summit Campus in Union, MI

 
Today club members braved the spring(?!) weather [aka snowstorm] to venture north of the state line to Union, Michigan for a visit to Summit, Five Star Life's 350-acre leadership training center. We heard from Aubrey Danielson, Executive Director and several of the organization's staff who provided insight and information about their varied programming. At Summit, Five Star Life integrates the soft skills kids develop through character, mindset, and leadership curriculum with a variety of specific hard skills (equine, archery, nature education, adventure, art, etc.). Summit provides the perfect on-ramp for kids to pursue and develop these hard skills, an introduction to a new world of possibilities, while also focusing on mindset development. Programs offered include:
  • Equine Learning and Horsemanship
  • Adventure Learning (high ropes course, rock wall & team building )
  • Target Learning with Archery and Hatchet Throwing  (in partnership with USA Archery/US Junior Olympics)
  • Nature Education (fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, gardening, birds of prey, botany, & more)
In 2005, Five Star Life embarked on a journey to fight the silent epidemic: the student dropout rate. 7,000 kids were dropping out of school every school day based on the Department of Education’s figures. Condoleezza Rice said we were in the middle of creating a two-class society: the educated and uneducated. Five Star Life’s mission is to change the face of culture by changing the mindsets of kids. Research shows that at the core of each person’s success or failure is a mindset.  Research also shows that kids drop out because they do not value education and ultimately do not value themselves.  Five Star Life attacks this root issue by infusing our proprietary curriculum that teaches kids how to develop successful mindsets which is the beginning of their transformation!
 
Thank you, Aubrey and the Summit crew for hosting our club today!
 
On July 15, the Elkhart Rotary Club has scheduled a fun Leadership Day at Summit that will include options including: Equine, Hatchet Throwing, Boating, Archery, Fishing, Elk Experience and the HIGH ROPES Course. Look for more information coming soon or check with club President Elect, Julie Cotton. 
 
 
For more information about Five Star Life and Summit, visit: https://www.fivestarlife.org/
 
Elkhart Rotary Club at Five Star Life's Summit Campus in Union, MI Eric Garton 2023-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting April 10, 2023

 
Monday we welcomed author Tom Rose, who discussed his book, "Balloon In A Box—Coping with Grief". Grief over the death of a spouse, child or loved one leaves you broken and wounded. Your heart aches and you experience a wide variety of emotions. This book is about how to handle these emotions. Tom shared his journey of grief as well as memories, good and bad. Tom described how to control the “balloon in your box” and move forward in life with your loved one, not without them. Even if you are not grieving you will find this book to be a thought provoking read.
 
 
About Tom
Thomas L. Rose, was born in Peru Indiana, to Norman and Donna (Hipskind) Rose. He has two younger sisters Jacquelyn (Rose) Roberts (deceased) and Jill (Rose) England.
The family moved in 1953 from Peru to Goshen, Indiana where he still resides. He attended St. John's Parochial School and Goshen High School graduating in 1958. He attended St. Joseph, Ball State and Goshen College. He married Joyce Grissom in 1962. Their son, Brock, was born in 1964. Brock and his wife, Rose, have a daughter Amanda (Rose) McMahon who with her husband lives in the Goshen area. Tom worked in advertising and marketing most of his life and actually still does today with his son, at Rose and Rose Associates. Tom and wife Joyce coauthored two cookbooks, Cooking Together Chinese Style and Cooking Together Quick and Easy. They also hosted a cooking segment on the local Fox TV affiliate for 13 years. During that time they toured the Midwest teaching cooking classes. After his wife's death, Tom, with help of his son, authored a third cookbook, Cooking Together Revisited, which is dedicated to Joyce with the proceeds going to the families Breast Cancer Support Projects. Tom along with his family produce a YouTube cooking show, Cooking Together Generations, to help promote their Breast Cancer Support Projects. for more visit: www.cookingtogether.com.
 
Happy Birthday, David Damerow, who was nice enough to provide some thoughtful words along with leading the Pledge and Four Way Test after being showered with a group singing to celebrate his day.
 
 
REMINDERS
Monday, April 17 our regular noon meeting will be at Five Star Life's Summit Camp in Union, Michigan.
The address is 14260 US Highway 12, Union, MI 49130. When you pull into Summit, drive past the green lodge and red horse barn, up to the big yellow building on the right (Goodwin Hall). It will be best to park along the side where the race track is and then form a second line, if needed. 
Please sign up to make sure have enough boxed lunches for all attendees, if you have not done so. Please reach out to Eric Garton directly if you have not already, or signup online at https://elkhartrotary.org/event/five-star-life---lunch-field-trip/
Our shortened business meeting will begin at noon, but you're welcome to arrive as early as 11:30; lunches will be available at 11:45. After the shortened business meeting, we'll take a tour of Summit with our host, Aubrey Daniels, Five Star Life executive director. You can walk or ride on their people mover; we'll finish up by 1:15. 
Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting April 10, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club April 3, 2023 with Julie Cotton

Today we welcomed fellow Elkhart Rotarian and President-Elect, Julie Cotton for some belated April Fool's Day fun, presenting "April Fool's Improv... No Foolin'".
Aside from being our club's current President Elect (among many roles in our club's leadership), Julie is the creator and founder of Next Level Improv. Today she shared her passion for engagement and boundless enthusiasm by getting our club members up and active! In the category of "a picture tells a thousand words", enjoy the fun photos of our club members from today...
 
 
 
About Next Level Improv:
IN Fall of 2016, Next Level Improv, LLC was born. In the midst of a 3-year project with a Recovery and Mental Health Center in South Florida. One of the Owners- a dear friend of mine, Phil Diaz, approached me about bringing Improv into one of his facilities as supplemental programming for clients undergoing in-patient treatment.
We started once a month while other modalities were also being sampled by the patient populations as to their efficacy, benefit to staff and clients as well as overall enjoyment. Of the other disciplines introduced, Improv was one of the favorites! We soon bumped up to once a week. Staff, Therapists, Students, Caseworkers all noticed improved communication and self expression both individually and peer to peer.
During this 3-year period, I also began training to be a Transformational Leadership Trainer and saw direct correlations between Accelerated Learning Techniques, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Transformational & Personal Development Distinctions and the Technology of Improv. Next Level Improv was created out of this union. I saw clearly the synergy between disciplines and Founded a vehicle to carry the vision out to the world.
A statement from Julie: "When I was 9 years old, a troupe of touring Actors came into my middle school in Phoenix, AZ and transported me to a world of Make Believe- sets, costumes, music, characters and transformed my school gymnasium into a whole world of possibilities! That day I declared, “I wanna do THAT when I grow up!” Twelve years later, I worked for THAT company and toured with them for 5 seasons bringing theater arts into the lives and minds of youth all over the Southwest! I saw the tangible power that confidence, clear vision, creativity, and unlocking the imagination of my inner child could have in my life! When do we stop allowing that inner child to create worlds on our behalf? My vision is to inspire people to DREAM and PLAY again- specifically by putting practical tools into their hands, hearts and minds that connect them directly to their most creative inner Self. How I do that is through Improv Technology."
Elkhart Rotary Club April 3, 2023 with Julie Cotton Eric Garton 2023-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting March 27, 2023

Today we welcomed Brett Bauer, CFO of 1st Source Bank, discussing interest rates, inflation, the economy, and banking industry.
 
 
 
 
 
Brett Bauer initially joined 1st Source Bank as a Corporate Trainee in 1999 before becoming a Trust Investment Analyst in 2000. In 2006, he started managing the Bank’s fixed income portfolio until he was promoted in late 2012 to Chief Investment Officer. At this time, he also assumed the responsibilities for managing 1st Source’s funding and treasury functions, bank liquidity, municipal and large CD pricing and services, a $1 billion-plus investment portfolio, as well as setting and managing the Bank’s asset liability policy and approach. He has played a key role in vetting tax equity investments in 1st Source’s solar financing business. In 2020, he also took over responsibility for the company’s Financial Analysis unit and was promoted to Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer a year later. Prior to his tenures with 1st Source, Mr. Bauer worked for Bear Stearns Japan Ltd. in Foreign Securities Operations and later served as a Vice President in the Government Securities Portfolio Management area for Bear Stearns. Mr. Bauer graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Business Administration in 1994 and obtained an MBA from the University in 2013.
Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting March 27, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Meeting March 20, 2023 - The Elkhart Area Career Center

Spring has sprung as we welcomed Brandon Eakins, Director of the Elkhart Area Career Center. 
 
The Elkhart Area Career Center (EACC) was started in 1972 and serves juniors and seniors from twelve Indiana school districts and one Michigan school district, totaling sixteen public and private high schools. Traditionally, over 1000 high school students enroll in half-day programs at EACC. Students are able to gain real experience and earn college credits through Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University that can be transferred to other colleges and universities. Opportunities for juniors and seniors at EACC are unmatched anywhere else in the area!
 
 
In addition, EACC students have the opportunity to earn industry recognized certifications to give themselves a better opportunity for their futures in their chosen career fields.  Students set themselves up to earn more income and start at higher levels upon graduation. All programs also offer work based learning opportunities such as job shadowing, clinicals, and internships.  Students can transfer their experiences into long-term careers or continue on in the summer.
 
EACC hosts an employability panel within the career clusters hosted by panels of industry leaders, a job fair where students actually apply for available positions, and open mock interviews that are often real interviews.  The opportunities for the juniors and seniors at EACC are unmatched elsewhere. All students can accomplish much more than a high school diploma, and that is exciting!
 
Students who choose EACC become motivated, focused, career and postsecondary oriented, and end up becoming valuable and productive young citizens who craft their futures.
For more information visit: For more visit: https://myeacc.org/
 
CLUB REMINDERS
  • Deadline for Submission for the J & K Kissinger Award is March 28, 2023. The J & K Kissinger Award was created in 1989 by District 6540's then-Governor William H. Heinhuis to commemorate the Rotary life and service of John M. (Jack) Kissinger, a member of the Elkhart Rotary Club who served as District Governor during the 1963-1964 Rotary year. Find the application and information HERE.
  • Deadline for this year's Rotary Grants is April 1. As part of its mission of “Service above Self”, the Elkhart Rotary Club provides an opportunity for financial support for programs benefiting the Elkhart County community. Requests for donations/grants will be accepted by email until April 1, 2023, and normally range from $500-$1000. Funding of approved grants will occur June 19, 2023.  Find the application and information HERE.
 
Elkhart Rotary Meeting March 20, 2023 - The Elkhart Area Career Center Eric Garton 2023-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting March 13, 2023

Today we welcomed David Parkinson, volunteer and coordinator with the Electrifying Engineers robotics team and members of the team. The Electrifying Engineers are a part of FIRST®, a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. For 30 years, FIRST has combined the rigor of STEM learning with the fun and excitement of traditional sports and the inspiration that comes from community through programs that have a proven impact on learning, interest, and skill-building inside and outside of the classroom.  FIRST engages PreK-12 students in exciting, mentor-based, research and robotics programs that help them become science and technology leaders, as well as well- rounded contributors to society.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting March 13, 2023 Eric Garton 2023-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting March 6, 2023 Juve­nile Deten­tion Alter­na­tives Ini­tia­tive (JDAI)

Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Noon Division meeting for March 6, 2023 as we welcome Juve­nile Deten­tion Alter­na­tives Ini­tia­tive (JDAI) new program coordinator Brad Miller & former program coordinator Ray Caples 
 

 
Indiana joined the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) in 2006 and JDAI was added to Elkhart County in 2011.
JDAI is a bipartisan effort with public, private and community partnership for juvenile justice system improvement. The initiative focuses on the reallocation of public resources from mass incarceration toward investment in youth, families, and communities. This reinvestment provides an opportunity for lasting improvement to public safety.
JDAI is the most replicated juvenile justice system reform effort implemented nationwide.  For over 25 years, JDAI has proven that the juvenile justice system’s dual goals of promoting positive youth development and enhancing public safety are not in conflict and can be greatly strengthened by eliminating the unnecessary or inappropriate use of secure detention. Indiana is one of approximately 300 JDAI sites in 40 states and the District of Columbia to implement the Eight Core Strategies to enhance and improve their juvenile justice systems. These sites are home to approximately 30% of the nation’s youth ages 10 – 17.
 
By the numbers: 
Marion County joined the JDAI in 2006, becoming the first JDAI site in Indiana. By the end of 2016, the County had reduced admissions to detention by 66.4% and the average daily population in detention had fallen by 40.8%. During this same period of time, IDOC commitments were decreased by 52.5% and the number of felony petitions filed has also been reduced by 59.6%. The County has saved millions of taxpayer dollars previously used for incarceration, through the use of less expensive and more effective community-based alternative supervision programs for youth. In 2009 and 2010, four (4) additional Indiana counties became JDAI sites—Johnson, Lake, Porter, and Tippecanoe. Three (3) more sites were welcomed into Indiana’s JDAI expansion in 2011 and 2012—Clark, Elkhart, and Howard counties. In 2014, the Indiana JDAI expanded to include an additional 11 counties.  These counties include:  Allen, Bartholomew, Boone, Delaware, Henry, LaGrange, LaPorte, Madison, Monroe, St. Joseph, and Wayne.
 
Ray and Brad shared Elkhart County's numbers from 2011 (when JDAI began in Elkhart County) through 2022:
 
ADP = Average Daily Population; ALOS = average length of stay; IDOC = Indiana's Department of Corrections numbers of juveniles incarcerated; and F-Petitions = Felony Petitions
 
 
Congratulations and THANKS to President-Elect Julie Cotton for receiving her Paul Harris Fellowship award at our meeting today, presented by President Todd Stone.
 
 
And thanks to Tom McArthur for returning a club flag to our meeting from his travels in Florida, where he visited the LaBelle Rotary Club. LaBelle is located along the Caloosahatchee River and not far from Lake Okeechobee. LaBelle is known for its Curtis Honey House, country architecture, citrus farms, and Swamp Cabbage Festival.
 
Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting March 6, 2023 Juve­nile Deten­tion Alter­na­tives Ini­tia­tive (JDAI) Eric Garton 2023-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting February 27, 2023 - Breanna Allen, Executive Director, Tolson Center for Community Excellence

Today we welcomed fellow Elkhart Rotarian and Executive Director of Tolson Center for Community Excellence, Breanna Allen as she shared both the history and future of Tolson as an exciting new project for our community. The Tolson Center for Community Excellence builds off the foundation established by Herbert and Ruth Tolson and carried forward by the City of Elkhart for decades. A true community partnership—built on the feedback from residents—is creating a revitalized Tolson Center rooted in South Central Elkhart, reaching across generations and cultures to serve all of the Elkhart community and beyond.
 
Breanna shared the history of the community center.
 
Then Breanna shared what's coming! The NEW Tolson Facility will include:
  • 30,000 sq. ft
  • 2 Indoor Gymnasiums
  • Dance and Art Room
  • Computer Room
  • Childcare Room
  • Community Care Room
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • Soccer Field
  • Park 
  • Beautiful Landscaping
  • Indigenous Plants
 
 
For more about the Tolson Center for Community Excellent, including how you can become involved or support the project, visit: https://www.tolson.org/
 
More about Breanna: 
Born and raised in Terre Haute, Breanna earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminology & Criminal Justice and African & African American studies from Indiana State University. Allen continued on to earn a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University. Allen recently earned an Education Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from Northcentral University.  Allen is a mother of four and resides in South Bend with her husband and family. Breanna’s professional career brought her up to Michiana to work as a Student Affairs Specialist at Harrison College. Gaining experience supporting at-risk college students, fostering an environment to increase student engagement, and assisting with Career Development prepared Allen to transition to Ivy Tech Community College Elkhart County Campus, as the Director of Career Development for three years. While working in higher education, particularly with adult learners, Allen recognized gaps in the alignment of the workforce and education. Furthermore, there was a significant disconnect amongst minorities with college graduation rates low and the struggle of securing a high wage high demand job. This realization empowered Allen to begin pursuing her Doctorate of Education Degree in Higher Education Leadership, from Northcentral University, in San Diego, California. Allen’s dissertation focus is “The effect mentoring programs at Community Colleges have on Minority Males Success”. Prior to entering her new role at Tolson Center for Community Excellence, Allen worked for a non-profit organization, Horizon Education Alliance. While not working, she is serving her community in a variety of capacities, including as a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Mu Omega Chapter in South Bend and serves as the President of the chapter. Breanna is also the secretary of the Inclusive Procurement Board with the City of South Bend and is a '40 under 40' recipient. Servant leadership drives every move Allen makes, knowing that giving to the community only makes it stronger. She has a personal investment in serving minority and women entrepreneurs and the youth, as they are our future. 
Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting February 27, 2023 - Breanna Allen, Executive Director, Tolson Center for Community Excellence Eric Garton 2023-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting February 20, 2023 - Jennifer Sager, Sleep in Heavenly Peace

What a great day to be an Elkhart Rotarian! Thanks to those who joined us in person for the President's Day edition of our Club Meeting at Matterhorn Conference Center. 
 
Today we welcomed Jennifer Sager, Chapter Co-President of the Elkhart Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a private, not-for-profit dedicated to providing beds for children. Sleep in Heavenly Peace believes that all children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. Across the US, too many boys and girls go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and health. That’s where Sleep in Heavenly Peace comes in. They're a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. Our organization has grown steadily over time, and we’re working on opening more chapters in different states to serve more people.
 
Jennifer shared that the Elkhart Chapter began in 2018 and since that time has delivered over 550 to the local community. Their chapter is entirely made up of volunteers (currently 8) and they receive support and operating funds from the community as donations of funds as well as in-kind donations - - like bedding and other supplies. On average, one single bed + mattress + bedding = $300 to construct using volunteer labor. Volunteer days might make 10-20 beds (10 bunkbed sets) by 30-40 volunteers, maybe 3-4 hours to complete. To learn more about the Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Elkhart Chapter, or to find out how you can help visit: https://shpbeds.org/chapter/in-elkhart-co/
 
Announcements Today:
  • Keith Sarber put in a plug for community theater! Murder is coming down the tracks to the Bristol Opera House... February 24 – March 5. Elkhart Civic Theatre will present Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express starting February 24 for a two weekend run at the Bristol Opera House.  The play is based on Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name. About the play: Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed multiple times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. Keith Sarber stars as Monsieur Bouc! For more info and tickets visit: https://elkhartcivictheatre.org/murder-on-the-orient-express-opens-february/
  • Jim Snodgrass, on behalf of the Red Ribbon Rookies, thanked those who contributed ideas for the committee's inaugural 2023 project. The committee has chosen to partner with Tolson Center for Excellence and their literacy initiative AND Council on Aging, who will help supply volunteers for that initiative. We look forward to hearing more about this project - -great job, Red Ribbon Rookies!
  • Julie Cotton announced:
    • Junior achievement volunteer training is upcoming - New Volunteer Training and Kit Pick ups are Tuesday 2/21 11:00-12:30. These  will take place at JA BizTown 1025 N Michigan St, Elkhart. Please note you only need to come to training if you are a completely new volunteer.  There will also be a virtual training on Thursday March 2 at 10am  you will need to arrange kit pick up prior to the training. Get inspired with a quick video about JA volunteer opportunities: https://youtu.be/qrj5Hu9qmpM
    • Join our upcoming wellness challenge, or "couch to 5k" as we prepare to help out as 'Sparkle Runners' in support of the Girls on the Run Michiana Elkhart 5k run scheduled for Saturday, May 13. You can walk or run to support the participants. More info to follow...
    • May 29 we'll have a fifth Monday social - no regular meeting; We'll also coordinate participation in Elkhart's Memorial Day Parade - -more info coming soon!
    • Sunday, June 11: South Bend Cubs game! Signup at https://elkhartrotary.org/event/southbend-cubs-game-1/
 
Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting February 20, 2023 - Jennifer Sager, Sleep in Heavenly Peace Eric Garton 2023-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club—February 13, 2023: Sean Lanier, Resolve Solutions

Today we welcomed Sean Lanier, Founder and Executive Director of Resolve Solutions, a nonprofit in Virginia that works to provide a local solution of identifying undiscovered talent of future global leaders to address the manpower shortage critical to the National Security of the United States of America. Resolve Solutions' Mission is: Providing educational and financial support along with early college preparation. For more about Resolve Solutions and how you can support their efforts, visit https://resolvesolutions.org/
 
 
Today's meeting began as President Todd Stone introduced Candy Yoder to give some thoughtful words. Along with leading the Pledge and Four Way Test, Candy shared a timely, brief history of Black History Month for February: President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Today, Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions and legacy of African Americans across U.S. history and society—from activists and civil rights pioneers such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks to leaders in industry, politics, science, culture and more. 
 
Important Announcements, Dates, and Deadlines:
  • Peter Norton reminded club members that this Thursday, February 16 at 5 p.m. is Thirsty Thursday at Artisan. Come as you are, enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians. 
  • March 28 is the deadline for nominations for the J & K Kissinger Award, to be presented to District 6540's 'Rotarian of the Year' by President Todd Stone at our district event in April. For more about the award and to find the nomination form, CLICK HERE
  • April 1 is the deadline for grant applications for not-for-profit organizations in our area. Download the application here.
  • June 11: Join us for Sunday Funday with the South Bend Cubs vs. the Lansing Lugnuts! Where: Four Winds Field in the Owner's Suite
    When: Sunday June 11th, Game time is 2:05PM, (the Ballpark is open prior to the game if you and your family would like to take advantage of their many Game Day experiences.) Who: All Elkhart Rotarians, families and friends welcome! Cost: $40/person includes ticket for admission, rental of the owner's suite, hat, T-shirt, and lunch! Register online here - - don't miss your chance, this event will sell out! 
  • Today, we welcome Elkhart High School senior Shea Hull, who'll be joining us weekly in February. Today, Shea introduced herself from the podium said she looks forward to returning next week to learn more about what Rotary has to offer in the community.
 
Elkhart Rotary Club—February 13, 2023: Sean Lanier, Resolve Solutions Eric Garton 2023-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

February 6 - Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting

Another great meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club, welcoming Chaunte Calbert, Administrative Manager, Youth Advocate Program of Elkhart County as our speaker.

Chaunte discussed the overall purpose of Youth Advocate Programs. Youth Advocate Programs— YAP for short— is a national nonprofit advocating for and delivering evidence-based services in homes and communities as a more effective and racially equitable alternative to youth incarceration, congregate child welfare, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities placements, and neighborhood violence.

YAP recognizes that generational poverty and structural racism and bias have contributed to educational, employment, health, and other disparities in communities across the U.S. and globally. Among these disparities are the disproportionate numbers of youth and adults of color who are incarcerated or living in other out-of-home facilities, such as group homes, residential treatment centers and others.

By redirecting justice, child welfare, behavioral health, and other social services dollars from youth prisons and other residential facilities to communities where our program participants live, we are helping our systems partners achieve racial equity in their service delivery and outcomes, which are strengthened with our evidence-based model.

For more visit: https://www.yapinc.org/

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Today, we also elected new board members!

Congratulations to Rotarians elected to a 2-year term: Andy McCaskey, Tom Neat, and Monica Abair. 
Congratulations to Rotarians elected to a 3-year term: Rob Hartzler, Paul Warning, and Irwin Larrier

Thanks to all who are volunteering to serve in the club's leadership!

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Next week's meeting: February 13, 2023

Feb 13, 2023 12:00 PM
Sean Lanier - Founder and Executive Director of Resolve Solutions

Please welcome Sean Lanier, Resolve Solutions, a nonprofit in Virginia that works to provide a local solution of identifying undiscovered talent of future global leaders to address the manpower shortage critical to the National Security of the United States of America.

Their mission: Providing educational and financial support along with early college preparation.

For more visit https://resolvesolutions.org/

February 6 - Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting Eric Garton 2023-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Elkhart Rotary Club Grant Requests are being accepted through April 1, 2023

 
The Elkhart Rotary Club is now accepting grant applications through April 1, 2023
 
As part of its mission of “Service above Self”, the Elkhart Rotary Club provides an opportunity for financial support for program and services benefiting the Elkhart County community. Requests for grants will be accepted by email until April 1, 2023, and normally range from $500-$1000. However, applications of exceptional merit requesting larger amounts may be considered. Grant requests will be evaluated by the Club's Donations Committee volunteers in the weeks following the deadline and awardees will be notified. Grants will be awarded in person on June 19 at the Club's Monday Meeting.
 
The funds distributed on an annual basis are raised directly through donations from Elkhart Rotary Club members at weekly meetings. A rotating roster of 'Sergeants' extract fun 'fines' from club members. The process takes about 5 minutes each meeting and is a fun way to learn about fellow club members and their activities in the community, as well as through trivia or celebrating memorable member milestones. The 'fines' are collected each week and comprise the total available funds that Donations Committee volunteers award to requesting organizations. 
 
Criteria the Donations Committee will consider for measuring proposed projects include: 
  • Does the project address the greatest needs in Elkhart County? 
  • Does the project address youth or youth-oriented needs? 
  • Does the project or the proposing organization have a broad community impact? 
  • Does the project empower girls and women? 
Applicants will be contacted within six weeks of the deadline with a decision. Grant recipients must be in attendance on Monday, June 19 at 12 p.m. to receive a check and provide a brief, 3-minute overview on the project being funded to our club at Matterhorn Conference Center in Elkhart. 
 
The grant guidelines and application can be found on the Elkhart Rotary Club's homepage (look for "Downloads" section) or CLICK HERE for the application.
Download the application and return by April 1 for consideration by the committee. The Elkhart Rotary Club is proud to support the wonderful missions and efforts of local not-for-profit organizations and their dedicated staff and volunteers who serve our community and make Elkhart County a better place to live, work, and play.
 
 
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January 30 - Trina Harris, City of Elkhart Development Services

Today we welcomed Trina Harris, Economic Development Specialist for the City of Elkhart's Development Services, introduced by Irwin Larrier.
Trina described the three areas of focus:
  1. Economic Development
  2. Community Development, and
  3. Redevelopment
 
Trina shared a great video showing some results of the City's Small Business Continuity Program grants.
Clink this link to view the video. https://youtu.be/kmBHZQ-2Kzg
 
Thank you, Trina, for visiting and sharing more about the City's Development Department.
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January 23, 2023, Noon Division Meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club

Today we welcomed Dan Funston, Superintendent of Concord Community Schools. 
Dan shared updates about the growth of the district as well their strategic planning for the period 2023-2027. 
He shared their 'Portrait of a Graduate' and the details of their Strategic Plan Pillars:
  1. Student Engagement and Academic Success
  2. Student Wellbeing,
  3. Thriving Staff, and
  4. Community Building

For a video introduction, view this video: https://youtu.be/_cq7MF13gbY

 
Todd Stone presents Tom Neat the Rotary Foundation's Major Donor award for Tom's generous donations over the years.
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January 16, 2023, Noon Division Meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club

Jan 16, 2023: A full meeting today!
 
“If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.
--Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1968
(excerpts from his final speech before his assassination in April 1968, nearly 55 years ago)
 
Brad Rogers, Elkhart County Commissioner and the Hon. David C. Bonfiglio, Judge. Commissioner Rogers and Judge Bonfiglio presented an update on the Elkhart County Consolidated Courts project. For full details visit: https://elkhartcounty.com/en/news/county-courts-groundbreaking/
 
Charmaine Torma introduced our January Elkhart High School Students, who will be attending the remaining meetings in January. Students are (picture L-R) Maurice 'Mo' Harris, Diya Patel, and Emily Holtz. Please make them feel welcomed and get to know them!
 
Our club's heartfelt condolences to longtime Elkhart Rotarian Linda Rupnow and her family, who's husband (and longtime Lion's Club Member), Stan Rupnow passed away on Friday, January 13. Here is a link to Stan's obituary and arrangements at Billings Funeral Home:
 
 
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Irwin Larrier - Center for Community Justice Eric Garton 2023-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
Get to Know Fellow Rotarians Andy McCaskey 2021-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Economic Development Corp Projects Andy McCaskey 2020-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
LaCasa 2021 Outlook Andy McCaskey 2020-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
RV Industry Update Andy McCaskey 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Three Kinds of Journalism Andy McCaskey 2020-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Diversity in Rotary Andy McCaskey 2020-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Elkhart Industry Perspective Andy McCaskey 2020-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
Potawatomi Zoo Revitalization Andy McCaskey 2020-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Ribbon of Hope Andy McCaskey 2020-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Hotel Elkhart Project Andy McCaskey 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
Kem Shield: a Covid 19 Story Andy McCaskey 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Wellfield Gardens Event Plans Andy McCaskey 2020-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome to Morning Division Andy McCaskey 2020-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
District Grant-Community Foundation-Return to Matterhorn Andy McCaskey 2020-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
The Crossing Andy McCaskey 2020-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Wellfield Japanese Garden Project Andy McCaskey 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
Inovateus Solar - Commercial Solar Projects Andy McCaskey 2020-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox and Guatemala Dress Project Update 2020-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Elkhart General Hospital COVID-19 Response Andy McCaskey 2020-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Bank and Accountant View of PPP Andy McCaskey 2020-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Indiana Youth Institute Andy McCaskey 2020-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting March 9, 2020

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on March 9, 2020; We welcome Terry Mark, Director of Communications and Public Relations for the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, who discussed the CVB's work over the past several years leading to Elkhart County's new 'destination brand', "Well Crafted", launched in January.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting March 2, 2020

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on March 2, 2020; Today we welcomed Krista Bailey, Director, IUSB Center for a Sustainable Future, presenting: Sustainability: What, Why, How
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting February 10, 2020

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on February 10, 2020; Today we welcomed John McSorley - Managing Partner, Qualified Plan Development, and ​Financial Advisor from Guidance Wealth, LLC.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting January 20, 2020

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on January 20, 2020; Today we welcomed Community Foundation of Elkhart County President (and fellow Elkhart Rotarian!) Dr. Pete McCown and Elkhart Greater Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Levon Johnson as they presented the planning work they have been co-leading related to the future of the Tolson Center and Park.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting December 16, 2019

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Welcome to a special meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on December 16, 2019; Today we welcomed our friends from Tuesday, the Elkhart Kiwanis Club to join us in a meeting of holiday friendship, live music, and fellowship.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting December 9, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on December 2, 2019; Today we welcomed Carl Bossung, Co-Founder of Senior1Care, who addressed the growing needs and increasing challenges facing families caring for seniors
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting November 25, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on November 25, 2019; Today we welcomed Shabbir Qutbuddin, Director of IT Sector Partnership at Ivy Tech Community College for the South Bend - Elkhart Region.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting November 18, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on November 18, 2019; Today we welcomed Elizabeth Keiling who shared about her upcoming experience with TeachBeyond. Soon, Liz will be embarking on an adventure to Chiang Mai, Thailand, serving students as a science teacher.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting November 11, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on November 11, 2019; Today we welcomed Angela Logan, PhD., associate teaching professor of Management & Organization and the St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development (NPD) at Notre Dame.
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting November 4, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on November 4, 2019; Today we welcomed new Ivy Tech Chancellor Dr. David Balkin as he presented Ivy Tech updates from the campus to the community.
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting October 28, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on October 28, 2019; Today we welcomed Michael Patton, Co-Founder and Senior Pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Cathedral located in South Bend. Michael presented information about Cross Community, Inc. - - South Bend Northwest Affordable Housing Project.
 
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting October 21, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on October 21, 2019; Today we welcomed Susan Tybon, President and CEO and Aaron Bradford, Director of Development for the of YWCA North Central Indiana.
 
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting October 14, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on October 14, 2019; Today was a very special day at Rotary that included the presentation of an award to a local hero as well as a forum to learn more about our Elkhart Mayoral Candidates Dave Miller and Rod Roberson.
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting October 7, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on October 7, 2019; Today we inducted two new Rotarians into our Club; Jessica Benko and Dean Leazenby, and welcomed fellow Elkhart Rotarian and President and CEO of ADEC, Donna Belusar, PH.D., for a presentation of udpates and news from ADEC!
 
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Gathering September 30, 2019

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Welcome to a special 'News and Notes' edition of our weekly E-Bulletin. In the absence of a regular Monday lunchtime meeting, we'll take the opportunity to review our special, Fifth Monday dinner meeting on Monday, September 30 as well as things to remember and upcoming events.
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting September 23, 2019

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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"
 
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting September 16, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on September 16, 2019; Today we welcomed Richard Pfeil of Pfeil Innovation Center, as he presented "Demographics of our Population at the National, State, and Local levels projected through 2050"
 
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting July 29, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on July 29, 2019; Today we welcomed both the Interact Club AND Rotary Peace Fellows Sarah and Jonathan Nahar. A special fifth-Monday 'double feature' presentation.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting July 15, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on July 15, 2019; Today we welcomed Wayne Stubbs, President of the Board of Directors of the Elkhart County Symphony Association (ECSA), as well as ECSA Co-Executive Directors Karen Braden and John Hill, a fellow Rotarian.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting July 1, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on July 1, 2019; Today our new 2019-2020 Club President Candy Yoder presided over her first meeting of the new year and we welcomed our District 6540 Governor Alfred Brothers, Jr., to give us an update on the state of the district and share plans and initiatives for this coming 2019-2020 Rotary year.
 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting May 20 , 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on May 20, 2019; Today we welcomed Iris Hammel, Executive Director of Regional Innovation and Startup Education. Iris is a creative problem solver and lifelong learner with a passion for helping others to unleash their potential through connecting people, resources and ideas. Iris’s unique background consists of over ten years of both business and education. This experience includes being a co-founder of Connected Classrooms and TeachMe3D.org as well as starting an entrepreneurial middle school. Iris wants to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a lasting impact on our community.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting May 13 , 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on May 13, 2019; Today we welcomed Brooke Ammerman from the University of Notre Dame Department of Psychology, speaking on "Suicide Prevention in Our Community – What You Can Do". Professor Ammerman’s research examines the spectrum of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors, including non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts; she works from the framework that self-injurious thoughts and behaviors serve as an extreme means of emotion regulation.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting May 6, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on May 6, 2019; Today we welcomed speaker Bryan Ritchie, Ph.D., M.B.A. and vice president and associate provost for innovation at the University of Notre Dame. In this role, Ritchie leads the University’s new IDEA Center initiative and coordinates the University’s innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship programs. 
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting April 29, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on April 29, 2019; Today we welcomed speaker Dr. Jessica Payne from the University of Notre Dame, whose presentation title was: "Sleep on it! There's More to it that Just the Old Adage". Dr. Payne’s research focuses on how sleep and stress influence human memory and psychological function.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting April 15, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on April 15, 2019; Today we hosted a special meeting to conduct a civil debate between contested mayoral primary Democratic candidates Ashley Boling Molyneaux and Rod Roberson.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting April 8, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on April 8, 2019; Today we welcomed the committee formed to propose an Elkhart Boat House, rowing program, and Portage Park located at the old Alick's property along the south side of the St. Joe River; namely: Tom Shoff, Tripp Bradford, John Banks, and architect Jeff Helman.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting April 1, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on April 1, 2019; Today we welcomed members of our own club: Erin Wagler, Andy McCaskey, Anthony Hunt, Jason Bryant, and Eric Garton as they presented the Marketing Committee's primary tools for promotion and community awareness; namely our elkhartrotary.org website, Clubrunner, the Clubrunner app, FaceBook, and the rotary.org website.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting March 25, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on March 25, 2019; Today we welcomed Dr. Jann Joseph, Chancellor, Indiana University South Bend, and her guests Jennifer Essig, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor and Dr. Dennis Cleary, OTR/L, Associate Professor, the Program Directors of the IUSB Speech-Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy programs.
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Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting March 11, 2019

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Welcome to the Elkhart Rotary Club Meeting on March 11, 2019; Today we welcomed Tami Silverman, President and CEO Indiana Youth Institute, as well as her colleague Charlie Geier, Impact, Data Solutions & Statewide Advocacy Vice President for IYI.
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Interact News

Rotary Interact Group Assists in a Build
For Habiat for Humanity
 
 
Several members of the Rotary Interact group particpiated in a build for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, April 21st.  Included among the group were: Will Nolan, Bryan Ramirez, Henry Gatzemeyer, Elley Kuehne, Abi Downs, Austin Arbaugh, Abraham Hill and John Rehmels. 
 
See more pictures by clicking the link below.
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Club Meeting Recap--Februrary 13, 2017

Annual Grant Committee Awards Announced
 
(more details available in from the "read more" link below)
 

The Grant Committee met recently to review 26 applications from well deserved non-profit agencies in our community.  A total of $28,800 in funds were requested from these to support positive results for within their agency and our community.  

This year our club was able to support grant requests to non-profits for a total of $9,000.   The recipients for the 2017 year include:

ADEC = $500

Church Community Services = $750

Council on Aging = $500

Jr. Achievement & Lemonade Day = $500

LoveWay = $456

Renew = $1,500

Roosevelt STEAM Academy = $400

Ryan's Place = $750

United Cancer Services of Elkhart = $1,000

Wellfield Botanic Gardens = $850

WVPE = $1,000

YWCA North Central Indiana = $800 

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Club Meeting Recap--December 13, 2016 2016-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
For All Elkhart Rotarians 2016-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
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Special Event:

 
 
 
Join us this Saturday,
 
August 27, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 
at Wellfield Botanic Gardens
 
Elkhart Rotary's Signature Event!
 
(Click here for detailed information)
 
 
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Club Meeting Recap--August 1, 2016

Posted on Aug 05, 2016
Rotarian, Doug Risser, Speaks About His
Recent Rotary Friendship Exchange
Trip to Turkey
 
 
Former Rotary President, Terri Rickel, Presents
Greg Anders and Cindy Lindahl with a
Distinguished Service Award
 
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Wellfield Botanic Gardens Presents:
 
Groovin' in the Gardens
(rain or shine under the big tent)
 
Thursday, August 4th, 7:00 p. m.
 
Featuring "Harmonious Wail"
 
(click above for a musical sample)
 
 
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Thank You, Marie Drake!

Our Club Secretary, Marie Drake, is Presented with an
Award Honoring Her Many Years of Dedicated Service
Thank You, Marie!
 
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Club Meeting Recap--June 6, 2016

Posted on Jun 09, 2016
Doug Risser is Presented with the Lifetime Achievement
Award, "Avenue of Service Citation" by
District Governor, Roger Simms
 
 
Karen Sommers, Director of the Dean Ornish Program
for Beacon Health System, and Knoll Yarger, a Program
Graduate, Tell the Club About the Program
 
  
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Club Meeting Recap--May 2, 2016

Posted on May 04, 2016
Matt Miller, President of Newmar Corporation,
Tells the Club about the Manufacture
of High-End RVs
 
 
Our Club Exchanges Flags with Visiting Rotarian
Ondrej Tuma from the Czech Republic
 
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Club Meeting Recap--April 11, 2016

Elkhart Rotary Honors Our First Responders
 
 
The April 11th meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club was a special day for the public safety officers of our community.  Elkhart Rotary honored the men and women of the 911 Center, Emergency Management, Elkhart Fire and Elkhart Police Departments.  Over 100 officers for the respective agency’s attended the luncheon and listened to presentations by Dan Shaffer of 911, John Faigh of Emergency Management, Police Chief Ed Windbigler and Fire Chief Chad Carey. Mayor Timothy Neese made closing remarks.
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Volunteer Saturdays

"Volunteer Saturdays"
at Wellfield Botanic Gardens
(We need YOU!)
 
Come out and volunteer at Wellfield Botanic Gardens horticultural area, beginning Saturday May 14, 9:00am - 11:00am.  All club members will receive one make-up credit when they volunteer to help.  Volunteer Saturdays will be on the 2nd and 4th of each month through October.   Bring your family and friends, (children should be 10 and older), and dress appropriately to "dig-in" and help make our gardens grow!
 
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Rotary Foundation Fellowship Event

 
 
YOU'RE INVITED!
 
Rotary Foundation Fellowship Event
February 12, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Peddler's Village Event Center
 
Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs from Elkhart, Goshen, and Concord
 
(Click here for more details and to register)
 
 
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In Memory of Jim Brotherson

 
Longtime Elkhart Rotary member, Jim Brotherson, passed away on December 18th.  Jim was a Rotary member since May 1, 1979 and past president of Rotary 1993–94. In April of this year the Elkhart Noon Rotary presented Jim with the J & K Kissinger award for his 36 years of service in civic and community affairs.
 
(please click below for more about Jim)
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Club Meeting Recap--December 7, 2015 2015-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

Interact in Action!

Posted on Dec 01, 2015
Interact Students Ring Bells for Salvation Army
 
 
 
Pictured above are  Alexx Freshour and Michael O'Toole
(more below)
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Rotary in the Community

Posted on Nov 06, 2015
Interact Students Assist with CR 6 Clean-up
 
 
Pictured above are: Gabi Nolan, Taylor Sotebeer, Emily Decker, Brandon Ball, and Trevor Piazza 
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Congratulations, Elkhart Rotarians, on Perfect Attendance! 2015-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
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