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Clubs & Organizations, Jan. 27, 2013

Posted on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.


Breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 23 and March 23 at Ryan’s Steak House on C.R. 6. Anyone is invited to attend.


Richard Miller of the Goshen club, Dan Reiff (son of Kris Reiff), Ross Swihart of the Elkhart club and David Beverson of the Elkhart Morning club and speaker, were guests at the Jan. 16 meeting. The highlight of guests was Randy Myers, who was reinstated as a member.

Steve VanScoik gave the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test of the things members say and do. Gary Decker recited some quotes of words of wisdom in place of the weekly song. Rick Nelson, sergeant-at-arms, quizzed all on “How far is Elkhart” … from New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Indianapolis ... all in the very fun and special manner that only Sgt. Nelson can muster.

Dave Beverson’s profession by day is a banker at the local KeyBank. However, in his off time he has been working on his art of brewing beer. What started off as a way to pass time while his wife worked toward her degree, Beverson began to make small batches of homemade beer with beginner’s equipment. He then discovered a passion to unlock the flavor of the many different types of beer that are being manufactured today. Beverson has upgraded his equipment and has grown his passion into being able to copy most beers he can obtain as well as creating his own distinct brews. Beverson gave a demonstration using his equipment on how homemade beer is made. Originally, he used premixed beer solutions and then fermented that, which was a relatively simple process. Now he actually boils toasted barley kernels and adds hops and other spices to his brew. He then adds yeast and ferments the brew anywhere from a week to a month to produce a light or stronger beer or ale.

Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at Adam’s Catering and Conference Room in Concord Mall and are open to the public.


Randy Yohn served as greeter and opened the Jan. 22 meeting. There were 15 members and two guests in attendance. Robin Williams brought his mother, Shirley Reddricks. Kelly Sauder-Neff was the guest speaker.

Gary Toland provided more information on the Oratorical Contest scheduled for Feb. 10. Those who have volunteered should report to Grace Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. to help set up. Cookies will be provided.

There was a zone meeting at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery on Jan. 17. The meeting was long, but was packed with useful information about what other clubs are doing. There were four people there from the EBOC. Yohn won the 50/50 drawing of $30. (That was $20 after fines and costs.)

Yohn reported on the hockey game on Jan. 19. Everyone who attended had a great time. Notre Dame lost to Alaska 2-1. Abbie Albaugh reported that she was called to come in to work the game and host the Alaska student section, all seven of them. Randy and Liz Yohn stayed late so their granddaughters could get autographs from the cute ND hockey players. They didn’t want to make the not cute players feel bad, so they got autographs from all of them.

Sauder-Neff is the coordinator of the Community Mediation program at the Center for Community Justice. The program presents an opportunity for people in conflict to sit down, discuss their dispute and together discover their own solution. With the help of a trained mediator, many people can find common ground without the need for law enforcement intervention. Referrals can come directly from disputing parties, through a partnership with the sheriff’s department and Goshen Police Department, and through the small claims court. For more information on this program and others provided by the Center for Community Justice, go to the CCJ website:

Toland fined those who won money. Yohn was fined for winning the raffle at the zone meeting. Rich Horner was fined for not shaking Toland’s hand when he came in. Dale Stickel paid a buck for his fundraising letter. Others chipped in with miscellaneous fines.

Upcoming: Tuesday, Chris Anderson, election supervisor, will talk about voting centers, chip counting for the “Big Deal” at NIBCO is at 6 p.m. Feb. 10, Oratorical Contest; setup at 1 p.m. Feb. 12, monthly board meeting; March 2, Big Brothers/Big Sisters bowling;

March 9, Big Deal at the RVMH Museum.

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

Information: Prudy Holzhausen at 264-7172


Eleven members and one guest attended the Jan. 15 meeting at the Greenleaf Health Campus.

Terri Longacre read communications from Ann Haffner, district governor, and the Indiana Lions Foundation. A motion was made and voted on to purchase a memorial brick from the Indiana Lions Foundation.

Diann Hoyt gave a report on the nut sales and eyeglass washing. Connie Miller, Terri Longacre, Bessie Wenger and Rosemary Miller, president, reported on the seminars they attended at the Mid-Winter Conference. Mac Boyer reported on the Salvation Army collections, and Sharon Stacker reported what the committee for the 25-year anniversary party decided and asked for input from the members.

Margaret Miller, Beds and Britches, Etc. manager, was the guest speaker. The club holds a “shower” every year for B.A.B.E.s, and sent several bags and boxes filled with diapers, clothing, utensils and cash back with her.

The next meeting will be Feb. 5.

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Greenleaf Health Campus. Visitors are welcome.

Information: Rosemary Miller, 269-641-5203



Corrie Stahly, a retired Concord Community Schools employee, has been a volunteer with the local Red Cross unit for nine years. She served with the measles initiative, worked at Falls Church, Va., during Hurricane Katrina coordinating phone calls, in emergency kitchens during the Pennsylvania floods, the Nappanee tornado and most recently helped with the kitchen work during Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. Lack of gasoline, electricity and very cold weather, coupled with the destruction caused by Sandy, made for an interesting story at a recent Lions meeting, filled with personal observations of people coming together, bringing much-needed physical relief to help clean up the destruction and compassion to give those affected hope to face the unknown that awaited them day by day.

Brian Thomas reported on the recent planning meeting for this year’s Flags from the Heart project. Success will take a commitment from every member — everything from a simple sale of one flag to a time commitment over the Memorial Day weekend.

More than 25 Lions and others from area clubs washed nearly 4,000 pairs glasses recently at the Concord Fire Station on C.R. 18. The glasses will be used in this fall’s mission in Irapuato, Mexico.

Hotie Platt and Dick Keen reported on efforts for this coming year’s newspaper project. A concentrated effort will be made to identify new advertisers as well as new member prospects.

Initial planning will begin soon for this June’s Rhapsody in Green project. Volunteers are needed to help lead this effort.

Several KidSight vision screenings are planned for February and March at local preschools. Lions who can spare an hour or so are encouraged to check the club’s website calendar and make arrangement to volunteer.

Upcoming events: March 9, District 25-G annual convention in Syracuse.

Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at the Elks Country Club.


Recent club activities included collecting toys for the Toys for Tots collection and ringing bells for Salvation Army at Walmart on C.R. 6. They also adopted a family from the Salvation Army. Their annual Christmas party was at Diana Perry’s snowman-decorated home, and they enjoyed a great bus trip to Chicago recently by taking two buses. The white elephant gift and cookie exchange were Dec. 20.

Andrew Collins, North Central Indiana Teen Challenge director, spoke Nov. 29. He was born in Michigan, raised in Spain for 15 years, but moved to Elkhart in 2010. During the years prior, Collins had grown up with missionary parents, went to church and learned all about God. But in the fifth grade, he started hanging out with the wrong crowd and got into drinking and drugs. While living in Michigan, he was involved with drugs and drug lords, and at some point he felt the urge to leave that life. Moving to Texas, he hooked up with his sister and started to clean himself up, but relapsed. During this time his father felt an urge to find him, and when they found each other Collins was finally able to clean himself up. It has been a long struggle, and while in Texas he moved into the Teen Challenge for a year. Collins then knew what he was to do — move to Elkhart and establish a Teen Challenge in this area. The home is located at one of the Bayer buildings, and anyone age 18 and older may live in the home up to one year. There is a $500 per month tuition, and donations are greatly appreciated. To learn more call 304-0829 or write

On Dec. 6, Shannon Petty spoke about the program she started a few years ago, Michiana Women’s Entrepreneur Alliance. Petty worked at Cook Heating for 10 years, left to start a family and has sold Partylite for more than 12 years. She has recently started back at Legacy/Cook Heating, allowing her to spend time with the program. The program is “Women Helping Women,” the motto is “To join forces with women of Michiana” and the mission is life coaching, business mentoring, exclusive networking events for members and more. The price is $50 per year and includes all networking events, free ad space on Facebook and the website. There is a monthly entrepreneur magazine that will highlight a member. To find out more, call Denise Fedorow at 831-5924, Shannon Petty at 320-4620 or check out the website at

Meetings are at noon Thursdays at Pumpernickel’s and are open to guests.

Information: Liz Fischler at 264-1129 or


Memorial High School students Cassie Klapp, Chirag Patel, Mallory Thomas and Michael Tripepi were welcomed to the Jan. 17 meeting.

There was a club assembly to plan for the upcoming Extreme Bocce Ball Tournament on June 27 at Central Park in downtown Elkhart. Setup will be in the morning, lunch will be at noon, shotgun start will happen at 1:30 p.m. The club will be looking for sponsors and teams; contact Kristi Bly if interested. The club will also have a Mixer on June 20, details will follow.

Upcoming speakers: Thursday, Eric Zell, Elk River Upcycle

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


Jim O’Brien was the fickle phantom of fellowship at the Jan. 15 meeting. He awarded the handshake dollar to Kathy Nobles for being foolish enough to bet $40 on Notre Dame in the National Championship game against Alabama. He then fined everyone who did not know the original name of Pepsi, which was “Brad’s Drink.”

Happy dollars were offered by Gary Secor for having celebrated his 52nd wedding anniversary, and by Nobles for having visited her son in Las Vegas recently. Nobles also had a crappy dollar for the fact that her dog is very sick.

Lori Faltynski brought up the letter all members have received from the Exchange Club district asking for a member to step up to lead the club as district president. If something doesn’t change, there is a good chance the district will need to merge with another one, maybe Central Indiana.

Trevor Wendzonka of Safe Kids Coalition described the partnership between Safe Kids and the county health department and their efforts to educate the community regarding safety issues, hopefully reducing the number of preventable injuries to children. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in infants to 18-year-olds. Some of the issues they will be addressing in 2013 are bike/pedestrian safety, safe sleep, car seat safety, home alone issues, new drivers, sports safety and internet safety.


“Beating the Winter Blahs” will be the theme at the Feb. 5 luncheon at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Guest speaker Kathleen Sly of Richmond, Mich., will share her “Humpty Dumpty Life” story. Deb Stewart, Elkhart Public Library director, will speak about what’s new and available at the library. Bring any book to trade. Salad bar starts at 11:45 a.m. with buffet lunch at noon. Cost: $10 inclusive. All ladies welcome; child care available. No dues. RSVP to Esther at 875-1955 or Linda Troyer at 522-3660.


Members met Jan. 15 for a 2013 planning meeting. Judy Cook gave an excellent program on Hellebores, their history, propagation, care and different varieties. All brought refreshments.

Amy Traxler, president, presided over the business meeting and announced the 2013 programs. Hostesses for the meetings and those giving Horticulture Minutes were signed up.

The fall Scholarship Auction was discussed, and it was decided to give additional money to the scholarship fund aside from that given at the end of last year. A committee will be formed to discuss changes to the auction for next fall. Also announced was the donation to Church Community Services. Members brought in their Christmas card fronts to donate to St. Jude’s, and may still bring them to the next meeting. Members will be collecting plastic bottle caps for the club and will need 400 pounds to get a bench. Ruth Middleton, plant sale chairman, updated members on the format and needed items. She will also take any packing Styrofoam brought to the next meeting for recycling.

The Feb. 19 program will be “Irish Gardens,” presented by Laura Stevens.

Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Bethel United Methodist Church. New members and guests are welcome.

Information: Amy Traxler at


The club has started preparations for its annual presentation of The Book of Golden Deeds to an outstanding citizen of Goshen. The award, which has been made by the club since 1967, is given to a citizen who not only has made significant contributions to the community but also has consistently improved the quality of life for those in contact with him or her. This award will be given May 9 at the Greencroft Senior Center.

Nominations by any individual or organization are welcome.

Letters requesting nominations for the award are also being sent to community civic and service organizations. Nominations are needed by March 11. A panel of locally prominent individuals has agreed to review the nominations and select the individual who, in its opinion, is most deserving of the award.

Information and forms for making a nomination can be obtained by contacting Roger Brockhoff, 21118 C.R. 26, Goshen, IN 46528, telephone 875-8117.


The club met Jan. 10 at Joanna’s restaurant, formerly The Old Mill restaurant.

Don Lukeman, president, read a letter of from CAPS thanking the club for its support and introduced Jim Schrock, Goshen Fire Department chaplain and assistant pastor of the First Baptist Church of Goshen

A volunteer with the fire department for 26 years, Schrock became a chaplain with the GFD five years ago. The department’s 24 members, the township’s 30 members and their families all can rely on the assistance of the chaplain. Chaplain duties include being called to all structure fires, suicides, deaths and trauma incidents. The chaplain gets the victims and families to their clergy, if available, and steps in to help where clergy is not available. Schrock explained his use of the term “diffusions and debriefing,” as his responsibility involves any traumatic event, especially involving children, which sometimes evolves into regular counseling.

In addition to job responsibilities, most firemen work one or two other jobs to supplement their income. In 2012, 3,992 calls were answered by the GFD, many of which were medical.

Schrock has also recently become the Goshen Police Department chaplain. The GPD answered 33,448 calls in 2012 that involved an officer response, which range from “My cable is out” to “Someone is breaking in.” The GPD has 58 officers and six clerical employees, demonstrating the understaffing of both GPD and GFD.

A community need is a counseling center for handling the homeless. They must resort to sleeping in parks and behind buildings. Bits and pieces are coming together.

Information: Chuck Drake at 596-2074


Dick Gingerich and Tom Snobarger greeted members at the Jan. 15 meeting. Guests included Rick Meyer and Brian Martin with Gregg Nussbaum and Jenny Rupp with Randy Christophel.

Dave McGuire inducted Holly Yoder, a former member who works at Menno Travel, and Rick Meyer, The Clubhouse director.

Dr. Mark Smucker, Goshen Heart and Vascular Center director, gave a very interesting program. He has made it a personal mission to bring comprehensive heart treatment to Goshen. They are using a multi-disciplinary approach that is bringing together doctors of different specialties such as surgeons, neurologists, radiologists and cardiologists in the same room taking care of the patient. The approach is not done in very many hospitals, but is proving a success. They are getting patients from outside the area and have received national recognition for this approach.

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

Information: Ben Williams at 596-4062


The fickle finger of fate changed hands, and baby boomers in the audience Jan. 18 found out a few things about themselves and their generation.

Rob Cripe introduced guests with what is rapidly becoming a Rotary tradition: a Top 10 list. Visiting Rotarian Gavin Miller of Nappanee was a visitor, as well as Cheryl Kroemer. Also in attendance were the senior students from Fairfield High School who visited earlier.

Mark King gave a very entertaining salute to Rotarians with January birthdays and introduced speaker Tim Stair of MHS Alliance Consulting, who gave a very interesting presentation on demographics and how they are rapidly changing in this country. Stair has assisted non-profit organizations with market assessments, marketing plan development and strategic planning for more than 20 years.

Using an example from his own life on how he and his wife decided where to build a home, he said members of the baby-boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) make decisions based on highly individualized criteria. He at least partially debunked the notion that boomers will bankrupt Social Security as they move into retirement. “There is much more population coming behind the baby boomers than was originally anticipated,” he said.

He presented statistics that show how demographics are changing. The percentage of the population described as white was 80.2 in 2000, but will drop to 58.5 by 2050. Meanwhile, in that same time frame, the Hispanic population will go from 7.1 to 19.8 percent, the black population will go from 8.5 to 11.9 percent and the Asian population will increase from 3.3 to 8.5 percent

Anyone attempting to market products or services to baby boomers, he said, needs to follow 10 suggestions: individualize, present emotionally meaningful concepts, not just facts and figures; be positive; more information is better; tell a story; understand changing values; make it relative to each person; plan in the gray area; use life stage, not age; learn, baby, learn. Stair also talked about the marketing report he prepared for Greencroft and answered questions.


Members met Jan. 16 at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Sally LaRocca introduced speakers Greg Losasso, Elkhart General Hospital president, and Patty Gremaux, Community Outreach director. Losasso discussed the importance of being involved with the community in reaching people before they need hospitalization and in wellness and prevention programs. He also shared some of the hospital’s goals in the near future. As part of the Affordable Care Act, all non-profit hospitals must take part in a community health needs assessment. Gremaux shared the various community organizations that participated and the results of the assessment. Obesity, smoking, and affordable physical and mental health care were seen as the most important health needs for Elkhart County

The next meeting will be Feb. 20 at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Richard Horner, Medicare consultant, will speak. Contact Bev Wiemeri at 206-0732 to make reservations. Meetings are open to the public.


Fourteen members and one guest attended the Jan. 17 monthly meeting at Everence in Goshen.

Mary Coursey, Everence Human Resources Training and Development director, presented “Mental Toughness – the Path to Extraordinary Success” based on the book by Larry Koenig. The presentation included steps on how to get started, action needed and motivational consequences that keep you from achieving your goals.

Marlene Slaubaugh, chapter president, conducted a new-member welcome for Linda Rouch, Goshen College administrative assistant.

Maple Chapter will hold its next educational program at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Everence. The presentation will be on time management, using thoughts from Steven Covey’s book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.” Administrative professionals are encouraged to attend. For additional information contact Marlene Slaubaugh, 533-9515, ext 3248 prior to Feb. 19 or visit


The club met Jan. 22 with John Johnston opening the meeting and John Bippus presiding as toastmaster. Sondra Resen, Tasha Eizinger and JoEllen Eisenhour practiced speeches that are to compete in the regional competitions. The winners of this competition will advance and could qualify for the International Speech Contest later this year. Johnston, Dennis Wenzel and Glenn Stutzman evaluated the speeches. Susan Disch was grammarian for the day and Tim Loutzenhiser was timekeeper.

Meetings are from 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, where they practice speaking, listening and thinking skills, and learn techniques for public speaking. Meetings are open to the public.

Information: Timothy Loutzenhiser at 862-1962, or visit the website:


Members met Jan. 17 in the Middlebury Library to choose officers and plan educational and social events for the coming year.

A thank-you from Ryan’s Place was received and was available for review. They would also be grateful for the club’s participation in the future.

Updates regarding the yearbook and Bonneyville herb garden were given.

Newly elected officers are Betty Belaire and Judy Markham, co-presidents; Sally Beane, secretary; and Joyce Miller, treasurer.

The next scheduled membership meeting is March 21 at the Middlebury Library. Bluebirds will be the topic presented by Leona Yoder. Sharon Busenburg is the scheduled hostess. Visitors are welcome.


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