Elkhart Rotary Club met June 23 and new members Tim Balka and Crayvon Corpening were inducted as new members. Lt. Col. Kristen Janowsy of the U.S. Army told of her service time in Iraq.
At the June 30 meeting, outgoing club president Linda Rupnow passed the gavel to incoming president Greg Hinkle. The Honorable Judge Chuck Grodnik was sergeant-at-arms and showed off the beard he is growing for a contest in the fall.
Upcoming programs: July 14 the Boys & Girls Club expands to Elkhart; July 28 Global Access Point.
Next meeting: Noon Monday at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St.
Harrison Helpers met June 23 and heard Darrel Yoder give tips for taking prize-winning photos. Nikki Warstler shared her "littlest pets" collection and Erin Graber told about her parents' trip to Russia. Liz Vanderveer talked about her interests and activities so that club members would know a little more about her as she takes over as president next year. Ice cream sandwiches were provided by the Brubakers.
Elkhart Chapter of BNI met June 24 for breakfast. Special speaker was Lynn Chiu of Miller Norcen Insurance, who spoke on flood insurance and whether people need it. The educational moment was by Jeanne Wilson of Acorn Tax and Accounting Services. Visitors are always welcome.
Information: Anne Gary at 215-0765.
The Parrotheads in Michiana will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. July 20 at Between the Buns in Osceola.
At a past meeting the club discussed charitable events and setting the calendar for the remainder of 2008. Meetings are open to the public.
Information: Call 276-6033 or www.parrotheadsinmichiana.org.
The Exchange Club of Elkhart County met July 1 at Oaklawn's Goshen campus. Dave Parson won the attendance award. The handshake award was given to Byron Roth and Dale Wentorff, and finemaster was Byron Roth.
Doug Risser of Menno Travel discussed the history, challenges and future of the travel industry.
Next meeting: 6 a.m. today at Oaklawn in Goshen. The public is invited to attend.
Beta Chi sorority held its national convention June 26-28 at Boulevard Inn in St. Joseph, Mich. The $41,200 raised by the 10 active chapters goes to local and national charities. This year's donation went to Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Indiana University, for women's heart research. This year's theme was "Go Red" with the Red Dress Women's Heart Association.
Goshen Noon Kiwanis Club met June 24 with guests Chris Lauer and David Yoder in attendance. A thank-you note to Jerry Trolz, David Holderman and Tim Doyle for senior queen help and continued support was received. Bertha Stoltzfus spoke about her trip to Iran, including history, religion and the Mennonite connection.
On July 1 club members welcomed guests Dr. Marcille Royer. Lt. Gov.-elect Judd and his wife Betty were introduced. Mary Kay Beer and Karen Lee were greeters. Kevin Deary gave a report on the international Kiwanis convention in Orlando. Deb Jones and Deary were presented five-year perfect attendance pins.
4-H Fair president Bob Troyer showed a video of programs and entertainment for the 2008 Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
Kiwanis meetings are open to the public.
Information: Kevin Deary at 534-5933.
The Alpha Epsilon State Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International held training sessions for incoming committee chairmen and officers of the 75 Indiana chapters on June 21 at Columbus and June 26 at Wabash.
The Elkhart chapter was represented by Pam Housman and Joan Stiver.
Goshen Rotary Club met June 27 and welcomed Bill Hunt as its newest member. Brett Weddell presented an overview of the eyeglass mission trips to Mexico he has participated in for four years.
The July 18 meeting will be at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
Information: Jim Evans at 970-6742.
On June 15, three members of the Chapeau Rouge Chapter of the Red Hat Society of Union enjoyed the play "Arsenic & Old Lace" at the Bristol Opera House. Jean Ligocki, hostess for the meeting, presented those attending with a Red Hattitude flashing magnetic pin.
The Friendly Pioneers met June 11 at McNaughton Park with 28 members present. Six couples received gift certificates for a lunch buffet for celebrating more than 50 years of marriage.
Bruce Anderson and his family shared their 10-day trip to the Dominican Republic with a group of 27. The "SWAT" group (Soccer with a Testimony) played soccer games with the locals, shared their Christian faith and donated school supplies, uniforms, soccer balls and other items.
Next meeting: Noon Wednesday with a carry-in lunch. A code enforcement officer will be the speaker.
Information: Joe Palmero at 294-3344.
Heart City Kiwanis Club met June 27. Ted Stanley, recently appointed development director of Church Community Services, discussed the organization and its mission in the community with the Food Pantry, Direct Assistance and Soup of Success. There is a greater need now than ever before for financial help. To make a pledge or for more information, contact Ted at 361-9910.
Next meeting: 6:50 a.m. Friday at Perkins Family Restaurant, 107 Northpointe Blvd., Elkhart.
Middlebury Optimist Breakfast Club met June 27 at the Essenhaus. Jim Hiatt was selected for the member drawing. Sue Ann Von Blon was challenged by the trivia question and the weekly winner was Chad Troyer.
Master Gardener Linda Mayberry presented the program on the history of plants and herbs.
Next meeting: 6:30 a.m. Friday at the Essenhaus.
Fairfield Extension Homemakers Club met June 23 for a meal at the extension office as guests of the Busy Homemakers Club. Margaret Weybright conducted installation of officers for both clubs. Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross shared information from several early Rural Club organization booklets and the need to be open to those of other religions.
The two groups conducted individual club business. Carol Kauffman talked about the club's trip to Auburn, visiting shops and taking a tour. The club also discussed increasing membership numbers.
Next meeting: 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Waterford Crossing.
Maple City Kiwanis club met June 26 and were greeted by Bob Scholbohn, Pat Thatcher and Dave Rhudy. Lonnie Troyer won the 50/50 drawing. Jeff Franz was fine master.
Announcements: Mowers are needed in August at the Salvation Army. See Jeff or John about Interclubs. The Goshen Grill Out is Friday and Saturday.
Cindy Hill introduced special speaker Deb Bishop, who gave an informative and humorous talk on stress.
Next meeting: 6:30 a.m. Thursday at the Salvation Army, 1013 N. Main St., Goshen.
At the Middlebury Senior Center on June 22, euchre was won by the Myers family. Max and Elaine had identical scores and split the winnings. Euchre meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Bridge winners were Marilyn Robbins, first place, and Elaine Myers, runner-up. Bridge meets at 1 p.m. every Wednesday.
The June 24 Michiana Master Gardeners meeting was attended by 50 members in the Ag Hall at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. Andrew Westfall, extension office educator, presented the program. Committee reports were given. Applications are being taken at the extension office for the Master Gardener course in August. Tickets are available at area garden stores for the club's annual garden tour on Saturday. Carol Miller won the door prize.
Next meeting: July 14 for Elkhart County 4-H Fair setup.
The Career Women's Guild met June 25 at Maplecrest Country Club and awarded Gretchen Hess Lund the 2008 Woman of the Year award and Alisha Alaniz the 2008 Scholarship award. Gretchen is the Goshen City Court judge and received her law degree from Valparaiso School of Law. Alisha received the $500 scholarship and is an LPN taking classes at Ivy Tech and working at Eastlake Nursing and Rehab Center.
Elkhart Duplicate Bridge Club championship winners for the second quarter are: Hugh Metzger, Ruth Minish, Tom Rossow and Virginia Stipp. Runners up are: Lee Boser, Dean Duncan, Dick Hastings and Rosemary Zonker.
Eta Chapter of Delta Theta Chi sorority enjoyed dinner at the Dakota Restaurant during its June 24 meeting. A short meeting followed with a pledging ceremony for Mary King. Officers for 2008-09 installed were Anna Kridler, president; Sandy Pixey, vice president; Carol Larson, recording secretary; Thelah Mosier, educational director; Mary Morgan, corresponding secretary; Noreen Penney, treasurer; and Karen Wyres, sergeant-at-arms.
Next meeting: July 13 at the home of Betty Nelson-Wenger.
Maple City Toastmasters met June 24 with Glen Stutzman presiding as toastmaster. Dennis Wenzel, Division A governor-elect, was guest speaker, with Dale Patten evaluating. During the meeting of food and fun, Kay Schmucker was the "ah" counter.
Chuck Kurk was presented the advanced communicator bronze award on June 17 by Sondra Resen. The award is given when a member achieves a competent communicator award and has completed two advanced communication program manuals.
Next meeting: 12:10 p.m. today and every Tuesday at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, 232 S. Main St., Goshen.
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