Clubs and Organizations

Posted on Aug. 20, 2008 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 20, 2008 at 4:26 p.m.


Twenty-five members celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the club on July 27. A carry-in meal with cards and bingo following was enjoyed by everyone. Socials are held the last Sunday of each month. Meet at Greencroft Senior Center, Goshen. Next social is Aug. 31.

Information: Call 534-2340 or 533-4673


The monthly business meeting was held Aug. 17 at Between the Buns in Osceola. Meeting are open to the public.

Information: Dale or Mary Swihart at 651-2111 or 276-6033. Website: parrotheadsinmichiana.org.


At the Aug. 5 meeting, club members learned that the Shelter is now giving away pet food to low income families who need the food for their pets. The Shelter is asking the public for help in donating food, especially Purina Cat Chow.

Aug. 23 will be the Strut Your Mutt dog walk/fundraiser at Bonneyville Mill County Park in Bristol. 31 animal-related vendors will be there as well as several animal groups doing various demonstrations. The food committee will serve a light lunch and all that is needed is walkers. Registration forms are available at the shelter, area vet offices, groomers and animal related merchants. Register online at www.elkharthumanesociety.org.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the library, 300 S. Second St., Elkhart.

Information: Call Dawn Braniff at 361-0561.


Aug. 12 the club met with Glenn Stutzman presiding as toastmaster. Dale Patten evaluated a speech given by Judy Moore, Terry Loutzenhiser was general evaluator. Sondra Resen led impromptu speeches as table topics master, timekeeper was Ron Robinson and lexicologist/grammarian was Chuck Kurk.

Meetings: 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, 232 S. Main St. Meetings are open to the public.

Information: Chuck Kurk at 533-3515.


John and Barb Allyn were greeters at the Aug. 5 meeting. Jim Norton announced that the pop can tabs cashed in brought $40 which was sent to Riley Children's Hospital. Special guests for the meeting were Peter and Erica Cook, who raise bison and buffalo.

Jon Morningstar greeted members and Kevin Deary called the meeting to order on Aug. 12. Guests were Claire and Conner, children of Dave McGuire. Denny Weldy thanked the many members who helped with the catering of the Goshen City employee picnic. Volunteers are still needed to help with the Back-Pack-A-Kid for the Boys and Girls Club.

Perfect attendance awards were given to Jason Lehman, Jeff Lund and Keith Neuenschwander.

Information: Kevin Deary at 534-5933.


Dan Steiner, co-owner of the New Horizons flight school, spoke at the Aug. 5 meeting about the different levels of flight school in preparing to get a pilot's license. Elroy Bontrager was given the handshake award, Moe Miller won the attendance drawing and Bruce Vanoster served as finemaster.

At the Aug. 12 meeting, Ora Troyer was given the handshake award and Bruce Vanoster served as finemaster.

Joe Guerrero, executive director of Community in Schools organization gave the program on how a caring adult can have a one-on-one relationship with a student that will help them have marketable skills when they graduate, a chance to give back to their community, and a health start.


The Aug. 11 meeting was held at Culp Fabrics. The next scheduled meeting "September Rush" will also be held at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 8 at Culp Fabrics, 4505 Wyland Drive, off C.R. 17. Everyone is welcome. If you are looking to get involved with the community and create new friendships, then plan to attend the next meeting.

Information: 214-3404.


At the Aug. 8 weekly meeting Peter Perkins' name was selected for the member drawing. Jane Allen won the trivia question and George Pietrzak won the weekly drawing.

Leon and Ginger Yoder, Good News Service, presented the program about the organization's efforts to raise money for the purchase of Bibles for Christians in Romania and the Ukraine. There will be a banquet on Sept. 20 to help raise money.

Information: E-mail middoptimist@yahoo.com.


The Aug. 4 club meeting was held at the home of Cheryl Baker with 15 members and two guest attending. Club members brought items for the Pack-A-Backpack for the Boys & Girls Club. Cheryl Baker gave an interesting lesson on the history of the cloth feed sack and its uses.

Eleanor Hawkins was the door prize winner. Discussion was held on the booth at the recent 4-H Fair, the point system, and the need for a volunteer to write an article for the Coffee Cup. Shari Graber received the friendship basket.

Next meeting: Sept. 8 at the home of Virginia Mansfield.


The Aug. 6 meeting heard from Jon Brookmyer, Brookmyer Accountancy, on various accounting services, tax and payroll services. The vice president's report by Steve Oyer reported that the "Notable networker" for last month was John Huber with 21 referrals, Tim Short was second with 10 referrals, and Karen Smith came in third with nine referrals.

The Aug. 12 meeting at Maplecrest Country Club met with 15 members and two visitors present. Deb Baker welcomed the group. John Huber of Home Decorators was the speaker. Very much involved in the community and the Salvation Army, John was instrumental in setting up the online auction for the Salvation Army in May. The door prize was given to Denny Davis.


Club members sang from the new songbooks at the Aug. 1 meeting. Phil Straw introduced a number of visiting Rotarians and guests including 1988 GHS exchange student, Asne Vit Lode Kristoffersen, from Norway.

South Bend Rotarian Mike Charbonneau, NIPSCO executive, presented a program on NIPSCO history, present conditions and challenges for the future.

Sanford Miller led the meeting in the absence of the president on Aug. 8. Sharon Risser introduced visiting Rotarians Elvin Woods and Roger Neuman, and John Ulmer and Brian Mierau. U.S. Golf Association official, Bob Lee, shared his experiences and behind the scenes observations relating to professional golf.

Information: Jim Evans at 970-6742.


The club had its annual picnic at the FUMC pavilion on Aug. 7, with 17 members attending. Salads and desserts were enjoyed by all. Hostesses were Jennifer Prough and Linda Utley.

New officers: Helen Yoder, president; Mary Leach, vice president; Dian Wilkey, secretary; Lori Neff, treasurer.

Mary Leach reviewed lessons for the upcoming year and those present signed up for each lesson. The door prize winner was Rosemary Williams. She received a basket full of Tastefully Simple mixes.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Middlebury Library.


Regular weekly game winners for Aug. 9 were Rosealene Long, a first time winner at euchre, Max Myers runner-up. Martha Steinke won bridge and Shirley Hoover placed second.

Both clubs are open to area seniors.


Club met Aug. 11 and heard from Dale Schrock on health insurance for the self-employed.

The chapter meets from 7 to 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday morning for breakfast at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Visitor are always welcome.

Information: Contact Anne Gary at 215-0765.


The Aug. 7 meeting was called to order by President Nancy Cook. Bob Schlobohm and Eber Rice Smucker greeted members and guests. Jeff Frantz was the 50/50 winner, Bob Duell was finemaster.

September is guest month at the club. The food pantry at the Salvation Army and The Window are low in supplies. Members are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to the next two meetings.

All community members are invited to attend the 6:30 a.m. Thursday weekly meetings at the Salvation Army, 1013 N. Main St., Goshen.


Club met Aug. 4 at Greencroft Senior Center. Guest speaker, Brent Miller, water consultant for Dumor Water Specialists, shared the concerns and solutions to hard water, sulfur smell and drinking water.

Door prize winner was Cheryl Miller from Afflac.

Information: Jim Dillon at 243-5872 or www.bni-ni.com.


The club met Aug. 5 led by president Craig Walters. Char Stepp was guest. The program speaker, Mike Dawson, Regional VP for John Hancock, recounted being an eyewitness to history on 9/11/01.


Club met Aug. 13 with Ralph Collins greeting. Guests were Justin Buenger and Beverly Yoder. Bill and Beverly Yoder were the Meals on Wheels volunteers this week. Sue Purdue won the weekly drawing.

Elaine Harrison gave a report on the Aug. 21 social at Waterford Crossing; Roger Kisselberth reported on the Goshen Aktion Club; and Denny Robarge gave a report on the club's inter-club visits to Nappanee and Aktion Clubs.

Ezrah Sherck and Daniel Rife shared their experiences from a trip to Vietnam this summer.

Club meets every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church, 65975 S.R. 15. The public is welcome.


Aug. 14 winners were: Dick Hastings and Dean Duncan; June Glazer and Rosie Payne; Stan Ramsey and Tom Hebron; Lee Boser and Dave Mcnitt.

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