Clubs & Organizations, Jan. 6, 2013

News from Elkhart County's service clubs and fraternal organizations
Posted on Jan. 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.


Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Ryan’s Steak House on C.R. 6. Anyone is invited to attend. Other upcoming dates are breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 23 and March 23.


Carl Grove, local alto saxophone virtuoso and world-class bicyclist, spoke Dec. 14 relating his experiences of being the 20-year alto saxophone soloist for the U.S. Navy Band. Since retirement from the Navy Band, Grove has worked for various Elkhart flute manufacturers and is a competitive bicycle rider. Thirty-six club members attended the annual Christmas luncheon party at the Elkhart Moose Lodge.

Monthly luncheon meetings are held for any former worker in the band instrument industry.

Meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at the Elkhart Moose Lodge dining room.


The club recently held a Christmas celebration at Eby’s Family Skate Center in Bristol. With more than 30 members in attendance, the club collected and donated more than 125 food items for the Northern Food Bank of Indiana. In addition to skating, many members and adults enjoyed laser tag and refreshments.

The first meeting of 2013 will be on Jan. 14. Officers will be installed, Survival Guides will be distributed and there will be information stations set up for many of the activities in which members can participate, such as Horse Bowl. All members are encouraged to enroll online immediately. New members and families are urged to attend a 6 p.m. meeting prior to the general club meeting that will start at 7 p.m. at the Sheep/Swine Arena on the fairgrounds.

Information: Mary Brookins at 202-1140


In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International, LCI led a successful effort to have 400,000 silver dollar commemorative coins issued in 2017. U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, one of the initial co-sponsors of the bill which was signed into law by President Obama on Oct. 5, expressed his admiration for the work of LCI. Sales of the coins will raise millions of dollars to support Lions’ global efforts to aid the visually impaired, disabled, youth and those affected by disasters.

Upcoming events: Jan. 19, cabinet meeting in Atwood

Upcoming programs: Wednesday, Paul Russell, Indiana Lions Cancer Control Project; Jan. 16, Superstorm Sandy Relief, Red Cross; Jan. 23, Swinging Senior Saxes; Jan. 30, Larry App, Rebuilding the Lerner Theatre organ; Feb. 6, Jim Smith, Notre Dame usher; Feb. 13, Gary Chastain, Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing Project

Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at Christiana Creek Country Club and are open to the public.

Website: www.elkhartlions.org


The club welcomed Central High School students Elliott Miller, Courtney Piazza and Marcy Simpson to the Dec. 27 meeting.

Steve VanScoik spoke about the Affordable Care Act, a very informative talk with timelines, fines, percentages and definitions.

Upcoming speakers: Jan. 17, club assembly, Extreme Bocce Planning.

Meetings are at 7 a.m. Thursdays at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk and are open to guests.

Information: Kristi Bly at 312-0822 or outdoorkristi@gmail.com


“An Old-Fashioned Christmas” luncheon was held Dec. 4 at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Marilyn Wolber played lovely Christmas music on the piano as the guests came in. The strolling carolers, Brittany and Andrea Clark, Trudy Halsey, Pam Mulinex and Dyalyn Brenneman, sang as the ladies were having their salad. The special feature after lunch was a candy demonstration by Lisa Gregory and daughter Hannah. Samples were passed out for all to enjoy. “Help, I didn’t sign up for this,” Barb Vanderhark of Larwill shared, in being interviewed by Bess Stetler of Goshen.

There will be no meeting in January. Kathleen Sly of Richland, Mich., will speak Feb. 5 about “Living a Humpty Dumpty Life.” Deb Stewart, Elkhart Public Library director, will speak on the topic “Beating the Winter Blahs: What’s new and available at the library.” The salad bar begins at 11:45 a.m., lunch at noon. All ladies are welcome.


Tom Kercher greeted 14 members and five guests on Dec. 27. Guests included an interclub from Lakeland as well as Frances Miller from Sunrisers.

Jim Kirkton led in prayer, Dean Devoe in song, Janet Gray the pledge and Gene Inbody “Who Are We.” Dean Mockler won the 50/50. Jim Gibson collected Happy Dollars. Many thankful dollars were given.

Phil Berkey and Duane Arnold presented a power-point presentation on their efforts in cleaning up and helping to rebuild homes from the spring 2011 tornado in Missouri. This effort was organized through Brethren Disaster Ministries.

Aktion Club’s next meeting will be a bingo night. Small prizes are needed. Bring them to the board meeting or the first meeting in the new year.

Tony Harl gave an update on the club’s adopted family for Christmas. The family included five children ranging in ages from 1 to 11 and one adult; donations included a gift certificate to Troyer’s for a free turkey or ham, a gift certificate to The Depot for clothing items and cash that was used to purchase at least two gifts for each of the children and food items for a Christmas dinner. Some additional gifts were donated through Holly Carlson by her workplace. Thanks to all who helped with this project.

Upcoming: 6:30 p.m. Monday, board meeting at the Goshen Salvation Army

Email: jkaylentz@aol.com Fax: 294-3895 Mail: The Elkhart Truth, Attention: Clubs and Organizations, P.O. Box 487, Elkhart, IN 46515 Drop-off: Elkhart newsroom, 421 S. Second St. Deadline: Noon Tuesdays With each submission please include: Brief recap of most recent meeting and details of scheduled events for members and the public Time, day, date and place for next meetings and whether meetings are open to the public

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