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News from area clubs and organizations
Posted on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.


Nov. 27 guests were Brian Wiebe, Doug Risser and Ross Swihart of the Elkhart Noon Club; Cliff VanGuilder of the Nappanee Club; Randy Myers; and Lisa Yoder.

The club would like to congratulate the music staff at Concord High School for a magnificent performance at the Lerner Theatre that evening. The Concord Singers were more than highlights of the show; their performance contained an energy that is unusual for a high school group of this type. It takes more than repetitive teaching for a group to perform with such force. The students are allowed to project their personalities as well as their talents and did a great job.

Steve VanScoik, sergeant-at-arms, quizzed members on subjects such as which state has the highest percentage of wooded area? Surprisingly, it is Maine at 89.8 percent woodlands, followed by New Hampshire at 88 percent.


The club met Nov. 15 at Adam’s Banquet Room in Concord Mall for its business meeting. Monarch Chevron Awards were presented to long-standing members Bruce and Judy Wells, Mike Dines, Jim Dinehart and Bob Markley.

The club had a booth at the Faith United Methodist Church bazaar on Nov. 10 and Salvation Army bell ringing at Concord Mall on Nov. 19.

Upcoming: Wednesday, Adopt-a-Family for Salvation Army; Jan. 3, meeting with speaker Bill Van Patton about “Radium Girls”; Jan. 4-5, Mid-Winter District Conference at Plainfield Community Middle School — Wayne Madden, Lion International president, will be the guest speaker; Jan. 17, meeting with speaker Kevin Kilmer from the Elkhart Public Library; Jan. 19, 3rd District Cabinet Meeting at Atwood Community Building.

Meetings are on the first and third Thursday of the month and visitors are always welcome.

Information: Call 875-5963


Thirteen members and one guest, Al Kidder from the Evening Optimist Club, attended the Dec. 4 meeting.

Abbie Albaugh serves as a host for Notre Dame football games and provided a program on proper etiquette while hosting dignitaries. Albaugh shared information from two books she relies on, “United States Protocol” and “Honor and Respect.” She talked about the position of Chief Protocol Officer of the United States and her duties and responsibilities. She also shared how all this protocol trickles down to how dignitaries are treated while they are attending events at the University of Notre Dame.

Gary Toland reminded members the laundry basket with cleaning supplies and the gifts for the two families need to be back by Monday.

Kidder talked about the Evening Optimist Club’s annual nut sales. He has order sheets available. He also asked for sponsorship donations for Bowling for Childhood Cancer. So far, his club has raised $1,500.

Upcoming: Tuesday, new member Chaffee will provide a program on Bashor Children’s Home; Dec. 18, club family Christmas party in the Athenian Ball Room; Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, NO MEETINGS because of Christmas and New Year’s; Jan. 19, Notre Dame hockey with supper at Beef O’Brady’s in Granger

Meetings are at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Pumpernickel’s.

Information: Prudy Holzhauzen, 264-7172


John Beck, Wakarusa Lion and an investment advisor with Edward Jones, focused his Nov. 28 presentation on the status of the economy, which is showing modest growth. He reviewed historical information on inflation, interest rates, international investments, the stock market and politics. Beck advised investing for the long term since the average investor bases decisions on fear and/or greed and thus ends up selling low and buying high. Owning a mix of investments and eschewing playing politics with them were recommended.

Emmett Manley, Lion tamer, invited members to attend a concert presented by the New Horizons Band at 7 p.m. Thursday at Elkhart Central High School. Brian Thomas, historian, shared information about the holiday musical revue to be presented by Premier Arts at the Lerner Theatre on Dec. 14, 15 and 16. Elkhart Lions are involved in both productions.

Upcoming events: Friday, Band Night; Saturday, Lions Tales Distribution; Jan. 3, board meeting; Jan. 4-5, Mid-Winter Conference in Plainfield; Jan. 19, cabinet meeting in Atwood

Upcoming programs: Wednesday, John Shoup, Elkhart Civic Theatre; Dec. 19, Sue Frost-Mayse, Premier Arts educational director; Jan. 23, Swinging Senior Saxes

Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at Christiana Creek Country Club and are open to the public. There will be no meeting Dec. 26.

Website: www.elkhartlions.org


On Nov. 27 Ross Miller introduced his guest, Eric Trotter, who is the head of the planning department in the City of Elkhart.

Jeff Drummond, fickle phantom of fellowship, distributed an ancient Exchange Club photograph that included Drummond, Tom Graber, Vic Lawson and Jim O’Brien as Exchange officers. He fined everyone who didn’t guess the relic photograph was taken in 1978.

Dr. Rob Haworth, the new Elkhart Community Schools superintendent, spoke, reflecting on the power of teachers, even in the small community of Paoli, where he is from. All have an interest in public schools. Children are our most precious gifts, and we entrust the schools to care for them. Haworth talked about educational leadership. He promotes “inside-out” leadership. Rather than let outside conditions affect you, inside-out leaders let their own beliefs affect how they behave. Inside-out leaders are needed in schools to take what comes and make the most of it. “Education leaders are servant leaders,” he said.

Upcoming: Tuesday, white elephant auction to benefit The Salvation Army. As a reminder to long-time members, and as a warning to new members, this is an expensive meeting to miss. People will bid for you if you are not there to defend yourself. There will be NO meetings on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.


The Dec. 3 meeting began with a five-piece brass serenade of Christmas music as members arrived. Terri Rickle gave a prayer remembering Rotarian Janice Ruszkowski, who had just passed away. Matt Pletcher, sergeant-at-arms, then worked the room to lift spirits and spirit away money for The Salvation Army by fining everyone about nearly everything.

Majors Steven and Jennifer Woodard reminded Rotarians about the mission of The Salvation Army and to thank them for their years of generous support this time of year. They showed a short video produced by WNIT, Jennifer sang a song and Steve finished by presenting numbers illustrating the lives The Salvation Army affected last year including 35,000 breakfasts served; 7,696 mobile meals; 437 families received utility payment assistance; 1,800 people were served Thanksgiving at the Matterhorn (1,500 in 2011); and 943 families (3,470 people) were “adopted” for Christmas in 2011. Steven said the need this Christmas will be as great as last year. They expect as many families will need to be adopted. He then thanked Rotary again by challenging it to meet past support levels of almost 15 percent of The Salvation Army’s total $450,000 holiday fundraising goal.

Upcoming: Saturday, Salvation Army bell ringing; Dec. 17, Stephanie Kroll, Humane Society of Elkhart County.

Meetings are at noon Mondays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Information: www.elkhartrotary.org, https://www.facebook.com/ElkhartRotaryClub, call Tom Shoff at 293-5530 or email tom@shoff.com


Members and guests were entertained Dec. 2 by Voices of Triumph of Bethel College. They are an a cappella ensemble whose repertoire includes spirituals, vocal jazz, hymns, madrigals, Broadway show tunes and pop classics. The Voices of Triumph was founded in 1996 by its director, Robert Ham, associate professor of music and chair of the department of music at Bethel College. Ham holds B.M.E. and M.M.E. degrees from Northern Michigan University. The Voices of Triumph sang for half of the program, followed by Ham’s wife, Marilynn, concert pianist and arranger. She is an associate professor and artist-in-residence at Bethel. She is a nationally recognized arranger and performer of sacred piano music. Marilynn played her own arrangement of Christmas music, which everyone enjoyed, followed by a Christmas sing-along directed by Robert.

Next program: April 3 at Christiana Creek Country Club. Bill Berloni trains shelter dogs and puts them in big-time Broadway shows.

Information: fourartsclub.com


Guests at the Nov. 27 meeting included Holly Yoder, Nicole Cairo, Joseph Borkowski, Rich Meyer and Kevin Terry. Dave McGuire awarded perfect attendance certificates to Bob Cross, Bryan Mierau, Bob Taylor and Rod Rowe. Chris Smith, Joel Richard and Rachel Kohn fulfilled their new member requirements.

Steve Norton reported from the International Committee on Committee Meeting Day. His committee arranges programs with an international focus. They also promote the Maternal Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) program with awareness and fundraising.

Jason Lehman described the MNT fundraiser. Kiwanis International harnessed all fundraising efforts to focus on one need. Babies can contract tetanus through the umbilical cord. It is always fatal if untreated. One baby dies every nine minutes from MNT. MNT has been eliminated in 20 countries, three in the last month.

Upcoming: Tuesday, Crimsonaires at Greencroft

Meetings are at noon Tuesdays at Maplecrest Country Club and are open to the public.

Information: Ben Williams, 596-4062


Brett Weddell, new Goshen City councilman, introduced guests and visiting Rotarians at the Nov. 30 meeting.

John Fetter introduced the program, given by Lance Swank, whose company has invested in, built and managed affordable housing projects for many years. Fetter said Swank and his father are the only father/son team to both win a prestigious award from the National Association of Home Builders. Swank talked about the oil boom in western North Dakota and his company’s collaboration with another group to build apartment complexes in the Williston, N.D., area. He said the oil deep underground in North and South Dakota and Montana has become accessible due to new techniques for extracting it from the ground. Thanks in large part to the reserves in the Williston Basin, the United States is expected to become the world’s largest oil producer by 2017. Swank said the basin contains more than eight times the amount of oil in Saudi Arabia. There are currently 7,000 working wells in the area, but that number will grow to 60,000 eventually, and it is estimated the oil will last from 30 to 100 years.

The oil boom has created a huge demand for housing as workers flock to the area to look for jobs. The unemployment rate in the area is between 1 percent and 2 percent, and housing is scarce and expensive. RV parks have sprung up, and some companies have built barracks-like buildings for their workers. Pay is good, averaging $70,000 per year, but the average cost of a three-bedroom apartment right now is $3,400 per month.

Swank and his partners have bought 50 acres of land and plan to build a complex of apartment buildings in two phases over the next five years. The complex will have amenities such as a clubhouse and cyber café, he said, and the business plan calls for the property to be sold in about eight years.


Members met Nov. 27 at Carol Larson’s home for an educational on fire safety presented by Kent Stouder, Elkhart Fire Department arson inspector. Those present were given tips on smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors; what to do in case of a fire; how to use a fire extinguisher; and how you can increase your chances of survival when trapped. These suggestions were interesting to hear, and not all had been thought of by everyone.

As an arson inspector, Stouder shared some of his experiences as well as the causes and techniques used by inspectors when called to burned-out business or residences. Stouder conducts an excellent presentation. His fire safety programs in the school systems are well-known, and inquiries from groups are welcome. Larson and Susan Yoder served refreshments.

The next meeting will be the Founder’s Day dinner Tuesday at the Elks Country Club.


Members met Nov. 15 at the Middlebury Town Hall. Judy Markham introduced speaker Judy Cook, North Central District president. The program “Winter Landscaping” challenged members to look at lawn and garden landscapes with a new perspective. Planting for a year-round effect, trimming and pruning to give new interest, using garden art are all ways to enhance the landscape. Markham shared many pictures and numerous types of tree and bush branches and growth, and gave suggestions for adding interest and color.

Michelle Miller, Middlebury Elementary School nurse and coordinator of the Coordinated School Health Program, was a guest and presented a proposal for a curriculum-based school garden at MES. A request was made to have a garden club representative on the committee, which will help with specific goals and planning. Miller shared a copy of the proposal with club members.

Markham, co-president, officiated at the business meeting. A donation will be sent to the Land Trust/ Nature Conservancy, in addition to the many other donations that have been sent to other groups this year. Betty Bellaire, co-president, shared correspondence with the members.

The next meeting will be Dec. 6, when members will attend a luncheon at the Legendary Grind in Middlebury, followed by a program given by Shirley Shoup in her home. The topic of the program is “Souvenirs of Christmas.” Shoup will accompany a songfest by the group as she plays her piano


Ten members met for dinner Nov. 27 at the Corner Cafe in Wakarusa. Members were to write some unknown fact about themselves and then had to guess who it described. This caused surprises and laughter. Marilyn Whetstone was the winner. Mary Hackman and Rosie Zirkle won door prizes of bud vases filled with acorns and fall foliage.

The Christmas party will be Tuesday at the Murphy Guest House in Bristol. Members are to bring food items for the Elkhart Truth’s backpack collection for children on Christmas vacation. Marilyn Whetstone and Karen Litwiller will be hostesses.


Thirty-two members attended the Nov. 18 meeting at the Sports Time Pub and Grill in Elkhart. Also in attendance were three guests, Janet Outman and Dan and Donna Cavanaugh. The final tally wasn’t complete, but roughly $3,200 was raised for the Real Services Senior Nutrition Program from the club’s Oct. 27 Empty Bowls and Bread Dinner.

Other discussion was that pledges will be taken from members for the Adopt-a-Family project, and donations were asked for, in addition to the club’s donation of $500 for the Christmas Commandoes.

The board has decided to table the Trivia Night in February for now. Information on the Barefoot Children in the Sand Parrot Head Weekend at the Silver Beach Hotel in St. Joseph, Mich., were discussed. The event will be in partnership with the Lake Michigan Land Sharks Parrot Head Club and will be held Jan. 18,19 and 20, with monies being raised for the Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Berrien County.

Upcoming: Friday, club Christmas party at the VFW Post 360 in Mishawaka.

The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Sports Time Pub and Grill, 56199 Parkway Ave., Elkhart.

Information: Carey Bert, 320-2957 or cber1202@aol.com

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