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Dunlap Lions member Sally Weirich bows her head in prayer during the opening of the club's meeting in this undated file photo. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)
Club and organizations, Feb. 16, 2014

Posted on Feb. 14, 2014 at 3:29 p.m.


The club is seeking nominations for the Book of Golden Deeds Award to be held at 6:30 p.m. May 1 at the Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center, 240 U.S. 20, Middlebury. This award will be presented to a worthy person or persons of the greater Middlebury community.

The Book of Golden Deeds Award is a club program that honors a worthy person or group that continuously donates time, talent and energy to help make the greater Middlebury community a better place. Many times, fine citizens of the community do numerous good deeds that go unnoticed. The club would like to publicly recognize these generous people. Please submit your nominations to the club by Feb. 28 to help give recognition to someone who is deserving of this award. Submit written nominations to Crystal Valley Exchange Club, c/o Dave Hawkins, P.O. Box 1189, Middlebury, IN 46540 or email Call Hawkins with further questions at 536-7359.


Twenty-one members and one guest, Karen Wesdorp, were present at the Feb. 6 meeting.

Wesdorp shared about her collection of antique bugles. She learned to play the bugle when she was in Girl Scouts, and her collection ranges from military bugles to a plastic bugle, and some of them were manufactured in Elkhart. She demonstrated a variety of bugle calls, starting with the famous “Rise and Shine” bugle call played at the opening of the Kentucky Derby, all of the bugle calls a soldier would hear throughout the day while on duty and played taps, which is played at military funerals to this day. She closed her presentation by playing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B."

Upcoming: Thursday, Feb. 20, Dr. David Britzke; March 6, membership guest night; March 7-9, district convention at Argos; March 20, “Good Bugs, Bad Bugs” by Len Harms; April 3, Premier Arts; April 11-12, CAPS Collection; April 12, eyeglass wash-a-thon at Concord Fire Department; April 19, Easter egg hunt at Concord High School.

Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Fairview Grange, 22482 C.R. 45, Goshen. The club meets on the first and third Thursday of the month. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Information: 875-5963


Fourteen members and two guests, Jeff Malcolm and Bill Cochran, attended the Feb. 11 meeting.

The oratorical contest was a good one. The winners will speak at an upcoming meeting before their next contest level.

Malcolm and Cochran tag teamed for Mosaic.

Upcoming: Tuesday, Feb. 18, Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy; Feb. 25, Steve Peterson; March 4, Peter Norton, United Cancer Agency; March 8, Big Deal; 2 p.m. March 9, oratorical zone meeting at Bristol United Methodist Church on S.R. 15; March 11, “Big Deal” recap; 1:30 p.m. March 15, BB/BS Bowl for Kids’ Sake at Signature Lanes; March 18, Alex Smith, Rise Up Farms, Elkhart Community-supported agriculture; March 25, Blake Dorriot, Elkhart County Surveyor

Meetings are at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Pumpernickel’s, 500 S. Main St.

Information: Prudy Holzhauzen, 264-7172


Seven members attended the meeting Feb. 4. Diann Hoyt brought up the suggestion that the club find a new service project.

Rosemary Miller, president, gave the joke for the evening and also won the 50/50 drawing, which she donated back to the club. Mac Boyer fined several members who could not answer his trivia questions.

Upcoming: Feb. 18, next regular meeting; Feb. 21, fish fry at the Bristol American Legion

Meetings are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Greenleaf Health Center.

Information: Rosemary Miller, 269-641-5203



Russ Bower from the Indiana Patriot Guard Riders spoke Feb. 5. A not-for-profit, the Guard’s priority and mission is to “show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes and veterans, their families and their communities.” Recognized by the U.S. Congress, Bower and his fellow riders and supporters of the Guard are all volunteers, and all donations go to the families of fallen heroes. The Elkhart Luncheon Optimist is proud to support their efforts.

Meetings are at noon Thursdays at Pumpernickel’s Pretzel Bakery meeting room, 500 S. Main St. Visitors are welcome.

Information: Ann Hughes, president, 533-8945


Jodi Spataro greeted 34 members and one guest at the Feb. 4 meeting.

After a couple months of voting, Ryon Wheeler and Stephanie Patka received awards based on their looks. If you happen to see one of them, ask them the name of the award.

Sueann Von Gunten also received an award for all the hard work she puts into the club and, more specifically, her work with the Action Club.

There was no formal speaker. The extra time was used for committee meetings to discuss what the club needs to do to better its members and the organization.

Meetings are at noon Tuesdays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St., and are open to the public. The organization’s goal is to help children in the local community.

Information: Kirk Elliott, president, 533-0573 or


Doug Risser gave the Rotary Minute at the Feb. 10 meeting, highlighting Rotary Foundation’s three funds: the annual fund, the polio plus fund and the endowment fund.

Samantha Strati, Kesse Shoemaker, Juan Gonzalez and Kane Rickey, student guests from Elkhart Memorial High School, were in attendance.

Kyle Hannon from the Elkhart Chamber was the guest speaker and presented information about the 500 Families Initiative. The goals of the program include continuing to serve those less fortunate and attract educated talent to the Elkhart community. The criteria for the families they are trying to attract include couples in the 20 to 40 age range who have a degree beyond high school and have or are starting families.

Objectives to achieving this goal: livability, housing, education, business and promoting assets.

The Chamber’s role is to endorse SoMa, to advocate by working with city government to support things that will help and oppose issues that are harmful to the Elkhart Community, to convene by pulling people together to help resolve redundancies and duplication of efforts, to communicate public awareness about things such as the website (, and to measure success.

Meeting are at noon Mondays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St.

Information: Visit


Seventeen hardy Kiwanians and one guest were present at the Feb. 6 meeting. Francis Miller of Sunrisers Kiwanis was a guest.

Long-time club member Jim Kirkton was the speaker, bringing members up to date on the Horizon Education Alliance. After a few statistics showing educational needs of employers in Indiana and how far behind Elkhart County is, Kirkton described the Early College Program, now in place in the two Elkhart high schools. Since colleges in Indiana will no longer remediate students, students who complete the Early College Program will be qualified to do college work.

Meetings are at 6:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Goshen Salvation Army. Guests are welcome. Information: Jim Bare, 533-8942


Rudy Stegelmann introduced guests Nate West, Amanda Jamison and Mary Timmins at the Feb. 4 meeting.

Marshall King gave an eight-year perfect attendance certificate to Dorothy Shirk, club president, and an 18-year certificate to Denny Weldy.

Doug Von Gunten introduced speaker Marcy Dean, Potowatomi Zoo executive director. Dean knows her subject well and talked about the accreditation process they go through.

Dean noted Ancon Construction has helped in building several exhibits, including the North American River Otter Project. She told of her three trips to Kenya to learn firsthand about some of the animals that end up at Potowatomi. The Exotic Butterfly Exhibit ends this year.

Information: Dorothy Shirk, 533-1521


Sondra Resen served as toastmaster at the Feb. 11 meeting. Tim Lehman opened and closed the meeting. Evelyn Johnson gave a speech. Glenn Stutzman served as table topics master and Tasha Eizinger served as speech evaluator. Karen Bartow was lexicologist, giving the word of the day.

Mark Lindemood served as toastmaster at the Feb. 4 meeting. Tim Lehman and Evelyn Johnson each gave a speech. Mary Cripe served as lexicologist.

Toastmasters empowers individuals to become better communicators and leaders through overcoming their fears of public speaking and increasing their confidence. Anyone involved in sales, teaching and customer service would benefit from this club.

Meetings are from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. The public is welcome to attend.

Information: Mark Lindemood, 364-2701 or


Byron Shetler introduced visiting Rotarian Doug Risser at the Feb. 7 meeting. Guests Peter Solomon and Annette Reese were also present. Josh Bustos and D.J. Ambrose, Goshen High School Student Rotarians, were also introduced. With school closed that day, these were the only Student Rotarians who made it to the meeting. It is hoped the club will have the rest of the Goshen High School Student Rotarians at another meeting this month.

Larry Gautsche introduced Chris Kingsley of LaCasa, who presented the program concerning LaCasa’s financial capabilities program. Kingsley has been leading this program for the last three years. The goal is to assist Elkhart County residents in achieving financial success through informing, inspiring and empowering individuals to take charge of their finances. The financial capabilities program includes financial coaching and money for life workshops.

The Elkhart-Goshen metropolitan area has the highest percentage of production jobs in the country. The number is five times the average. Unfortunately, these positions pay less than the national, state and regional average, and less than five years ago. These financial statistics point to the need for the financial capabilities program and the benefits that can come from it.

The program is provided free of charge through United Way support. In seeking to assist individuals, the program helps to identify problem areas for finances. Financial problems can be the result of habits, bad influences, lack of information, faulty assumptions, lack of access to mainstream financial institutions, impatience and a lack of hope. Three specific financial services were identified as potentially leading to financial problems. These included sub-prime credit, rent-to-own services and paycheck advance services. The financial capabilities program focuses on providing individuals with good information, actionable strategies, access to mainstream financial services, support and accountability, and reinforcing improved financial behaviors.

Results achieved include positive habits, a renewed mindset, confidence, conscientious spending, increased savings, decreased debt, better utilization of financial services, a greater margin of error, decreased dependence and progress toward financial success. Last year, 240 households completed the financial capabilities program.

At the end of the program, Kingsley and Gautsche noted there is a state tax credit available for individual development accounts. If you are interested in making a donation, contact LaCasa.


Members met Feb. 3 at the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce offices. The January chapter performance was reviewed. Dean Hupp also shared information for the new reference books to assist clients in drafting their business plans.

Dick Kemper updated the group on the Goshen office activities. They are now in the newly renovated offices at the Goshen Chamber. They are also working with Goshen College, assisting them with mock interviews for their seniors to help prepare them for their actual job searches.

The marketing committee report was given. Letters to the local banks were all mailed in January. Members will follow up with the bankers to communicate the ability for SCORE to work with them for small business clients.

Jerry Eagon updated the group on a recent webinar he attended for Constant Contact, which can increase and streamline the chapter’s email communication with clients and other constituents. The system is free to all SCORE sites and has a unique set of templates and tools to import photos, videos or text copy using copy and paste or other import techniques. Eagon will work with the marketing committee to develop the chapter’s approach to using this tool.

Dean Hupp met recently with members of the Small Business Development Center and the South Bend SCORE office. The offices are working to create a more effective model to support the spectrum of small-business clients in the Northern Indiana region. Hupp also reported that SCORE is exploring the possibility of opening a new office in Warsaw.

The SCORE website has a library of workshops that have been developed and shared by offices all over the country. They are available to use for SCORE clients on an as-needed basis. Joe Gross will assess the various categories and provide a summary at the March meeting. A QuickBooks seminar will be scheduled in the late spring, after tax season. This will help clients in setting up their accounting system.

SCORE is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Activities will be planned to celebrate this important milestone.

SCORE is a non-profit organization dedicated to help small businesses start out, grow and develop sustainable success.

The next meeting is at 9 a.m. March 3 at the Elkhart Chamber.

Information: Joe Gross, or 596-2533





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