Clubs and organizations, Oct. 27, 2013
Posted: 10/26/2013 at 1:15 am
Fourteen members and three guests, Patrick Yohn, Steph Patka and Cory White, were present at the Oct. 22 meeting.
Kathy Dardis, president, gave a report on the zone meeting held Oct. 17 at Signature Lanes.
Prudy Holzhausen reported on her conversation with the Woman’s Shelter Administration. They have a new director and, due to the changes, have not purchased the playground equipment.
Patka, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Elkhart County executive director, introduced White, who was recently named Big Brother of the Year. White joined BB/BS about four years ago and was matched with a 10-year-old named Blake. They have been together for about three years. Blake is the second-oldest of five children. He does not know his father, and his mother has been in and out of trouble. Blake has been living with his custodial grandparents. He is a very guarded young man who takes a lot of responsibility with his mom and siblings. Blake has been deprived of his childhood. As a Big Brother, White has given Blake a chance to be a kid, and they enjoy doing fun things together. Blake has become a part of White’s family. Big Brothers/Big Sisters has given White a chance to give back to the community. EBOC will get a chance to see White and Blake as guests of the club at the Notre Dame hockey game in January. For more information on Big Brothers/Big Sisters visit www.bbbselkhart.org.
Fines of $1 were given to those who sat in their “same ol’ seat.” (Dardis announced that it was “Pick Someone Else’s Seat Day.” Dick Griffen was fined for missing the last meeting to go to Hawaii. Jim Carrico fined Mike Whicker for taking the last cup of coffee as he was returning with sweetener and creamer to enjoy with his coffee.
Meetings are at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Pumpernickel’s.
Upcoming: Tuesday, Oct. 29, Judge Chuck Wicks and Tara Boocher-Whaley, Elkhart County Community Corrections; Nov. 5, Sue Dancer and her dog Punkin and aluminum can collection day; Nov. 12, Don French, Center for Community Corrections
Information: Prudy Holzhausen at 264-7172
ELKHART COMMUNITY LIONS CLUB
Eleven members attended the Oct. 15 meeting. Sandra Jacobs read communications about World Site Day, Lydic Lions Breakfast and Syracuse Lions Club.
Committee reports were given on White Cane Day by Mary Wagner; nut sales by Brian’s Trike Race and dictionary project by Diann Hoyt; Kid Site by Rosemary Miller; and membership by Connie Miller. Jacobs sent around a sign-up sheet for the craft show.
Sharon Stacker turned in money from recycling aluminum. The club voted on a photo taken by Hoyt to be entered in the photo contest.
New business discussed included District 25G cabinet meeting, Mid-Winter Conference and whether the club needs to set up a time and date for eyeglass washing.
Beverly Deter led several songs. Bessie Wenger gave the joke for the evening and Terri Longacre won the 50/50 drawing. Hoyt filled in as tail twister and fined several members who could not answer the trivia questions.
Upcoming: Nov. 5, regular meeting; Nov. 8, fish fry at the Bristol American Legion; Nov. 9, bazaar and craft show at Faith United Methodist Church; Nov. 16, cabinet meeting in Rochester
The club meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Greenleaf Health Center.
Information: Rosemary Miller at 269-641-5203
ELKHART COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
The Oct. 17 meeting was a webinar titled “Annie Moore of Ellis Island: A Case of Historical Identity Theft.”
The annual fall workshop will be Saturday, Nov. 2, with Karen Krugman at the Rush Memorial Center, 304 W. Vistula St., Bristol. Registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Cost: $35. Snacks and noon lunch included. The four lectures are Taking the Mystery Out of Your Mystery Ancestor, Chasing Your Elusive Ancestor on the Internet, STUMBLE – My Favorite Way to Find Ancestors and Finding That Ancestor You’re Not So Proud Of.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart. Theme: “Our Thanksgiving, Our Future.” Use east entrance, and bring a cherished photo or an inherited treasure to share. If you don’t have either of those, perhaps you have a story handed down from generations to share. There will be a group discussion on what you want to see for the future of the Genealogical Society, with several projects on the schedule for spring. The Society needs to become known and have more involvement with the community. Bring a friend. Members would love to build attendance and get more active members.
All meetings are free and open to the public.
ELKHART LIONS CLUB
Marty Juel reported Oct. 16 that nearly 4,400 people were served during the district’s recent eyeglass mission trip to Irapuato, Mexico. Diane Parker discussed plans for holiday giving.
Dave Eisen, district governor, complimented members on the club’s activities and presented a district governors banner featuring Indiana Lions’ five state projects to Bill Lavery, president. Eisen spoke about the importance of recruiting new members and announced Barry Palmer, Lions Clubs International president, will be a featured speaker at the 2014 state convention in Columbus, Ind. In accordance with his theme “Together We Serve,” Eisen expressed his conviction that Lions succeed because they work together.
Eisen, Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Library director, was congratulated for the volunteer service award he will receive from the Indiana Library Federation.
Upcoming events: Through Nov. 12, Operation KidSight Screenings; Nov. 14, board meeting; Nov. 16, district cabinet meeting in Rochester
Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at Christiana Creek Country Club and are open to the public.
Upcoming programs: Wednesday, Oct. 30, Tammy Friesen, Council on Aging; Nov. 6, Marshall King, Let’s Eat; Nov. 13, Matt Stemm, investments; Nov. 20, Jacquie Rost, Elkhart Memorial athletic director
ELKHART LUNCHEON OPTIMIST CLUB
Craig Gibson, Premier Arts’ artistic and education director, provided an update on Oct. 20 on all of their projects and activities. “Annie Get Your Gun,” which was performed recently, included youth and adult performances. They were also the beneficiary of the 7,000 mums sold as part of the Mum Carpet recently completed in downtown Elkhart and Nappanee. Other ongoing Youth Educational Series projects include the 401K Third-Grade Kids Program, Children’s Choir and the Premier Arts Club (aka PACK) Ambassadors Group. Many more events are scheduled including holiday performances and a three-day Gallery of Trees event, Elkhart Is Special — A Remarkable Place, benefiting the Y and Premier Arts.
Meetings are at noon Thursdays at Pumpernickel’s Bakery Meeting Room and are open to guests.
Information: Ann Hughes at 533-8945
ELKHART NOON KIWANIS CLUB
Doug Ganger greeted 30 members and three guests at the Oct. 22 meeting.
During the last two weeks, eight members were recognized and given Legion of Honor awards for at least 25 years of service and up to 45 years of service to the Elkhart Noon Kiwanis Club.
Julia Gingrich from the Center for Community Justice was the speaker. CCJ has numerous programs rooted in the principles of Restorative Justice Practice. They work within the community to hold offenders accountable for their actions while taking into consideration the impact of crime on individual victims and the community at large, and encourage them to make their actions right in repairing the harm they have done. The mission is to strengthen community safety, provide support and compensation for victims, aid in the restoration of offenders and promote reconciliation among victims, offenders and the community.
Meetings are at noon Tuesdays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center and are open to the public. The organization’s goal is to help children in the local community.
Information: Kirk Elliott at 533-0573 or email@example.com
ELKHART WOMEN’S CONNECTION CLUB
On Oct. 1 Joanne Kaser of Josephiney Photography of Wakarusa shared her view from the photographer’s lens. She also displayed some of her photos. Cindy Skaggs set up a display on scrapbooking photos. A “photo booth” was set up and props were available for everyone to have a souvenir photo taken. Thanks to Dianne Chmidling for taking the photos.
The November 75th Birthday Celebration and annual auction will be Nov. 5 at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Bret Bachert will be the auctioneer. Guests are asked to bring baked goods or food and other gift items for the auction. Proceeds will be used for local projects as well as Stonecroft Ministries nationally. The local club has been in Elkhart 40 years.
Mary Thompson from Michigan will share “A woman on the move travels a difficult journey with hope and humor.”
The salad bar begins at 11:45 a.m. and a buffet lunch at noon. Cost is $10 inclusive. Complimentary childcare is provided. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 1, to Esther at 875-1955 or Linda at 522-3660. All women are invited
GOSHEN NOON KIWANIS CLUB
Rudy Stegelmann was recognized Oct. 15 for 31 years of perfect attendance. Tom Holtzinger, seven years, and John Borkowski, 10 years, were also recognized.
Members met in committee in lieu of a program.
Upcoming: Nov. 22, Salvation Army Pancake Day
Information: Dorothy Shirk at 533-1521
IAAP, MAPLE CHAPTER
The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Maple Chapter, held its monthly meeting on Oct. 17 at Everence in Goshen with 15 members and one guest, Linda Franks, in attendance. All enjoyed pizza, salad and dessert prior to the educational event.
Denise Goveia, Indiana Division IAAP vice president, presented the program “Getting to the Heart of the Matter.” The role of administrative assistants is changing, and one of the most important skills one can develop is “the ability to think critically and solve problems.” Goveia ended her presentation with a quote by Albert Einstein, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
A short business meeting followed the program. Marlene Slaubaugh, Maple Chapter president, installed Janet Froelich, an employee of IU Health, Goshen Hospital, as a new member.
The Indiana Division Educational Conference (IPEC) will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Crowe Horwath IIP, South Bend. Registration is open until Nov. 8. Contact Kelly Drexler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maple Chapter will hold its next educational program at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 21 at Everence, 1110 N. Main St., Goshen. Cathie Beasley, IU Health, will talk about volunteer opportunities. Administrative professionals are encouraged to attend. For additional information contact Marlene Slaubaugh at 533-9515, ext. 3248, prior to Nov. 12, or visit www.iaap-maplechapter.org.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF ELKHART COUNTY
Members met at noon Oct. 16 at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Cathy Martin of Save the Dunes was the speaker. She presented information about the Enbridge Pipeline going through Michigan and Indiana, the advantages of the pipeline and its considerable environmental impact. An intense question-and-answer time followed.
The next meeting will be at noon Nov. 29 at the Matterhorn. Brad Shepard of Elkhart Community Schools will speak about the Common Core requirements. Meetings are open to the public. Reservations for the luncheon may be made at 262-8291.
ROTARY CLUB OF GOSHEN
Sharon Risser introduced visiting Rotarians Stu Barb, Don Stoller and Doug Risser at the Oct. 18 meeting. Cullen Stanger was also a guest.
Brett Weddell reminded members of the current major project for the Mill Street Park. The goal of the fund drive in October is to raise at least $30,000 for park and playground equipment. He said almost $15,000 has already been pledged. Regardless of amount, the expectation is for 100 percent participation. Checks should be written to the City of Goshen Park Department or turned in to Brett Weddell, Chad Gascho, Laurie Nafziger or David Birky.
Gina Leichty, Downtown Goshen Inc. president, can take credit for starting First Fridays in Goshen. She is also the Goshen Theater Inc. president. The program centered around the Goshen Theater and plans for its renovation. Leichty said the original theater was built in 1905, at about the same time the Carnegie Library, Goshen High School and the first dormitory at Goshen College were built. At that time, Goshen had a population of approximately 8,000 people. The cost to build the original theater, known as the Jefferson Theater, was approximately $75,000. Only a year later, the theater suffered a fire and was burned to the ground. It was reconstructed within a year. The theater was remodeled in 1948 and was renamed the Goshen Theater. The final major movie showing occurred in 1986 with “Hoosiers.” The Goshen Theater was purchased in 1992 by Word of Life Church and subsequently transferred to Downtown 808 in 2000.
In 2012, several major studies were conducted, including an architectural study, market study and feasibility study for a renovation. It appears the building needs many improvements including seating, bathrooms, concession areas, an elevator, lighting, audio equipment, power enhancements, mechanical and technical needs, and many other repairs. The study recommended mixed-use for the renovated theater with an anticipation of being used 233 days a year. Approximate costs for the renovation range from $6.5 to $7 million, as well as an additional several million for an endowment. The hope is to acquire grants and private donations to accomplish the project.
Upcoming: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Goshen Schools Foundation Trivia Night at Maplecrest Country Club; no meeting Nov. 29
SCORE CHAPTER 592
SCORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small businesses start out, grow and develop sustainable success.
Members met for their monthly meeting Oct. 7 at the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce office.
The September Chapter Performance for the month and YTD were reviewed. Dean Hupp shared the key statistics for the fiscal year just completed, including 118 counseling
sessions, 12 workshops and 781 counseling hours. SCORE works with current and prospective new business owners on how to successfully start and sustain a growing business.
Sally Klopper, counselor, was recognized for her hospitality in hosting the SCORE reception at her home in September. Hupp also thanked those who worked at the
recent Chamber Business Expo.
Jim Welz reported on activity during August in the Goshen office. The Goshen Chamber LaunchPad for new businesses is up and ready for clients.
Dick Kemper reported for the marketing committee. The billboard campaign is underway, with the Elkhart billboard phase completed. The Goshen billboard was to be placed Oct. 14 on U.S. 33 between Goshen and Elkhart. Kemper also reported on other activities under consideration by the committee, including advertising in local papers and increased utilization of social media.
SCORE is conducting the Fall Workshop on Thursday nights, which began Sept. 26 at the Elkhart Chamber. The focus this year will be “The Simple Steps for Growing Your Business.”
The periodic SCORE Chapter Review was conducted Sept. 10. The chapter earned a Silver Rating for the year.
The next meeting is planned for 9 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Chamber.
Information: Joe Gross, email@example.com or 596-2533
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