Posted by Eric Garton on Nov 11, 2019
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.

President Candy Yoder opened the meeting and introduced Matt Lentsch, who shared positive words, led the Pledge, and Four-Way Test.  

Welcome table volunteers were Jessica Benko, Jim Rieckhoff, and guests were introduced by David Damerow and included guests of Rotarians: Blake Doriot (Chuck Grodnik), John Petrofsky (Joe Gold), ECHS visiting students Christian DeSantos and Kyree Lewis (Paul Warning), and Rod Roberson (Ron Ringenberg). Also welcome Matt Werbiansky, Assistant Principal at Elkhart Central High School, accompanying the student group today. Welcome to ALL, we hope you can all join us again some other time!

Announcements and continued reminders for November 11:

  • Save the Dates from Matt Lentsch - - Salvation Army Fundraising Chair
    • Friday evening, December 13: Restaurant Fundraising for Salvation Army
    • Saturday, December 14: Ringing Bells for Salvation Army - - SIGNUP with Matt Lentsch, first come, first served.
  • Dave Lehman: Bring $20 next week if you'd like to support Thanksgiving Dinner at Matterhorn, presented by Salvation Army and Kurt Janowsky
  • ROTARY DISTRICT 6540 Matching Gifts Campaign, a Limited Time Offer from November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020 your personal donation of $100-$5,000 to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation will be matched with FOUNDATION RECOGNITION POINTS. Your matching foundation recognition points can be used in several ways: 
    • For your own Paul Harris designation, at the first level or toward the next multiple. For example, your personal gift of $500 will be matched with 500 points for a total value of $1,000 to achieve designation as a Paul Harris Fellow.
    • To recognize another individual with a full Paul Harris Fellow designation or an initial contribution. For example, your $1000 check will be matched with 1,000 points to award Paul Harris Fellow designation to a relative, a community member, or another Rotarian. 
    • For multiple recognitions, any combination of points designations for yourself and/or other individuals, with a minimum of 100 points per designation. For example, your personal gift of $500 will earn 500 points. You can keep 200 points for yourself to attain the next level, and award 300 points to a deserving new member of your club to inspire future sustaining contributions to the foundation and a future Paul Harris Fellow designation. 
    • INSTRUCTIONS for the matching promotion:
      • Mail a personal check payable to "The Rotary Foundation" to District Rotary Foundation Chair, Judy Walker, including donor information and designating the beneficiary(ies) of the matching points if applicable. 
      • Mail to: Judy Walker, 8421 Manor Ave. #406, Munster, IN 46321
      • Questions? Voice or text 219-680-6557; email
      • Only those donations submitted per the above instructions will be matched
      • Club checks or online donations are not eligible for this offer
​​​​​​​Today's Sergeant was Anthony Hunt who provided some great educational information, including about our November 11 Veteran's Day. Nice job of FUNdraising today, Anthony! Rotary fines are collected weekly and are pooled into a fund throughout the year. In the spring more than $10,000 is distributed as grants to not for profit organizations around our county. Thanks, All, for your contributions!
Today's speaker was introduced by club member Erin Wagler:  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. As academic director, she leads the team that manages both the Master of Nonprofit Administration degree program and the Nonprofit Certificate programs. Angela joined the College in the summer of 2013. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education and philanthropy, with a particular focus in the areas of education and diversity. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of Toledo, a Master of Business and Organizational Leadership from Defiance College, and is the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has a new initiative aimed at increasing gender diversity on nonprofit boards. The BRITE Women Project (Board Readiness Initiative to Empower Women Project), sponsored by Mendoza’s Nonprofit Professional Development, seeks to equip women with the skills they need to provide transformational nonprofit board leadership that benefits their communities. “Diversity of thought and perspective helps nonprofit boards and their associated organizations serve their communities better when all the voices are around the table,” said Dr. Logan. Many women have extensive professional leadership experience that would be a great asset to a nonprofit board, yet they may be uncertain about how to leverage those skills to obtain a seat at the table. The objective of BRITE is to help women broaden their understanding about nonprofit boards and how they might participate.
In addition to offering educational opportunities to women, the BRITE Women Project is working to launch a resource to connect nonprofits seeking female board members with women who are interested in serving. 
Here are some slides from Dr. Logan's presentation:
How much did American's donate in 2018?
Diversifying your fund development strategies
Here are some upcoming training opportunities:
Dr. Logan shared her contact information:
Thanks, Angela, for a very informative presentation. If you would like to learn more about BRITE Women Project initiatives, including upcoming events and workshops you can be involved in, visit their website
About Rotary:
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, community leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and act to create lasting change – across the globe, in our local communities, and in ourselves. The Elkhart Rotary Club was founded in 1917 and serves its community through volunteerism, providing grants to not-for-profit organizations, sponsoring, and participating in service projects such as ringing bells for the Salvation Army, roadside trash collection, and are the originators and sustainers of Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Elkhart Rotary Club’s membership consists of approximately 150 dedicated individuals from various professional backgrounds and diverse interests. Membership in the Elkhart Rotary Club is by invitation. We welcome guests to attend any of our meetings and hear from our great lineup of weekly presenters.
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All meetings are at noon on Mondays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St. in Elkhart IN, 46514. In months that include a FIFTH Monday, the Elkhart Rotary Club holds an alternative meeting or activity.