Monday, February 8, 2016

Clubs and Organizations

Posted on Feb. 13, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 13, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.


Members met Jan. 29 at Greencroft Goshen.

Agency reports

Boys & Girls Club, Goshen: The club is averaging more than 350 kids a day. The Youth of the Year program was held, and a girl who has had a very tough life was chosen. She will compete against the other clubs in Elkhart County, and the winner will go to state competition. The club is getting many college volunteers.

LaCasa Inc: January got off to a typical slow start. There are several volunteers in the offices, as well as the regulars from the JOBS program, helping with construction in Elkhart. They are gearing up for Alternate Student Break groups from Boston University and Northwestern University in March.

Purdue Extension: Officer training for 4-H clubs is Tuesday. Each club is encouraged to send officers. 4-H leaders will meet the same evening. They are accepting orders for their geranium fundraiser: $1.25/plant; available in red, white and pink; delivery on April 24. 4-H enrollment is open on the Purdue Extension’s website at

IU Health Goshen Hospital: The auxiliary hosted a chocolate sale Feb. 13 and 14 in the hospital lobby. Karla Beasley, AVP member, received her CAVS (Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services) credentials after passing a national exam for healthcare professionals.

Oaklawn: Oaklawn Psychiatric Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities at the Goshen, Elkhart, Mishawaka and South Bend locations. Some involve direct patient contact, and others have minimal contact with patients. You can choose the type of job that feels most comfortable for you. If you have a talent or skill you would like to share contact Volunteer Services at 283-1236 or Download the volunteer brochure at

Big Brothers/Big Sisters: The organization is gearing up for its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake on March 1, 2, 8 and 9. Registration is available online at, or call 875-1039 for more information.

Harbor Light Hospice: HLH provides hospice services in Elkhart, St. Joseph, LaPorte, Kosciusko and Marshall counties. Hospice is required to utilize volunteers. Each month, 5 percent of all patient contact needs to come from volunteers. Currently it is in need of volunteers in the Goshen and New Carlisle areas.

Next meetings: March 26, LaCasa Inc. (Roosevelt Center, Elkhart) and May 21, IU Health Goshen.


Breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and March 23 and dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 13 at Ryan’s Steak House on C.R. 6. Anyone is invited to attend.


Sarah Emberton and Stacy Walworth of CAPS, Gene Stutsman and Adam Fleming of the Goshen club and Sarah Burkhart, a prospective new member, were guests at the Feb. 6 meeting.

Steve Vanscoik, sergeant-at-arms, quizzed the group by asking them to stand and individually sing “obscure” Rotary songs.

Adam Fleming, Epic Life Studios, LLC life coach and president, spoke. Fleming’s vision is “coaching at the crossroads of business, creativity and spirituality for whole-life growth. Dreams into goals, Goals into plans, Plans into reality.” He tries to coach for people to be able to set a “SMART” goal and tries to help people make their goals attainable by making them achievable and within reach. Fleming also stresses your achievements should be measurable and you should be able to quantify your results. Also, an important aspect is for the goal to be specific.

Upcoming: 7 p.m. March 23, annual play sponsorship of Elkhart Civic Theater’s production of “9 to 5” at the Bristol Opera House.

Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at the Conference Room y the interior JC Penney entrance at Concord Mall in Dunlap. Visitors are welcome.


The club is seeking nominations for the Book of Golden Deeds award. This award will be presented to a worthy person or persons of the greater Middlebury community on April 25. The event will be at the Middlebury Church of the Brethren, 507 Bristol Ave.

The Book of Golden Deeds Award is an Exchange Club program that honors a worthy person or group that continuously donates time, talent and energy to help make the greater Middlebury community a better place. Many times, fine citizens of the community do numerous good deeds that go unnoticed. The club would like to publicly recognize these generous people. Submit your nominations to the club to help give recognition to someone who is deserving of this award. Nominations are due by Friday.

Submit written nominations to Crystal Valley Exchange Club, c/o Dave Hawkins, P.O. Box 1189, Middlebury, IN 46540 or email


The club met Feb. 7 for its regular meeting. Doug Hernley, general manager at The Depot MCC Thrift Shops in Goshen, spoke. The Depot is in its 20th year of operation and sees a high volume of business in any given week. Donated usable items of clothing and household goods are received and processed continuously with a full staff of volunteer workers.

Timothy and Rachel Kidd were inducted into the membership of the club.

Upcoming: Thursday, Wayne Stubbs, Concord Community Schools superintendent; Saturday, Eyeglass Wash-a-Thon at Dunlap Fire Station; Feb. 28, District 25-G zone meeting; February and March, Kidsight eye screenings at eight area preschools and day cares; March 7, Membership Guest Night, speaker Lion Sally Weirich, “History of the Dunlap Lions Club”; March 9, district convention at Syracuse Community Center; March 30, Easter egg hunt

Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month. This Thursday’s meeting will be at Fairview Grange Hall, 22482 C.R 45, Goshen. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Information: Call 875-5963


Twelve members and one guest attended the Feb. 5 meeting at the Greenleaf Health Campus.

Sandra Jacobs read thank-you notes from B.A.B.E., Women’s Center, Church Community Services, Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Diabetes Awareness.

Diann Hoyt gave committee reports on the nut sales and the dictionary project. Connie Miller reported on the 25-year anniversary celebration.

Several items of new business were brought up, including a memorial for Vivian Vetter, club excellence project, eyeglass washing scheduled in February and selling flowers. The price of the remaining low-vision reader is now $250.

Mac Boyer, tail twister, fined several members for not knowing the answers to his trivia questions.

Upcoming: Tuesday, next meeting; March 8, fish fry at the American Legion in Bristol.

Information: Rosemary Miller at 269-641-5203. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Greenleaf Health Campus. Visitors are welcome.



The club met Jan. 14 at the fairgrounds. Bobby Smith and Andrea Yeager led pledges.

Officers for 2013 are Kiersten Miller, president; Kirsten Senn, vice president; Katlyn Miller, recording secretary; Allison Holdeman, corresponding secretary; Cara Brookins, reporter; and Max Schroth, health and safety.

Survival guides were distributed for the coming year, and members learned about opportunities to be involved through “information stations” with passports. A pizza fundraiser was introduced, as well as a new website.

The next meeting will be Monday at the Sheep/Swine Arena at the fairgrounds. First-year and new members should meet with the leaders at 6 p.m.; the general meeting will start at 7. Members should bring pizza orders. The program will focus on vaccinations.

Find the club on Facebook or the Web.

Information: Mary Brookins at 202-1140


Volunteers were sought Feb. 6 for the Eyeglass Wash-a-Thon and Rhapsody in Green. The nominating committee, chaired by Bill Lavery, will begin seeking board candidates. Newspaper ad order forms were made available.

Jim Smith, Notre Dame Crowd Control Program manager, informed members about his job and that of the many ushers he oversees. At each football game there are 900 ushers who come from 22 states and Canada, about half of whom are volunteers. Besides sports, ushers assist with orientation, commencement and other activities such as stadium tours, dances and Bookstore Basketball, the largest intramural event in the country. Collectively, the ushers work approximately 75,000 hours per year. Smith recalled his first day in his present position when the stadium had to be evacuated twice due to lightning during a football game.

Upcoming events: Saturday, Eyeglass Wash-a-Thon; March 9, district convention in Syracuse; May 3-5, state convention in Fort Wayne; May 11, district cabinet meeting in Culver

Upcoming programs: Wednesday, Robert Haworth, Elkhart Community Schools superintendent; Feb. 27, Deb Stewart, Elkhart Public Library director; March 6, Dorinda Heiden-Guss, Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County; March 13, Brian Wiebe, Horizon Project; March 27, Paul Russell, Indiana Lions Cancer Control Project; April 24, Karen Wesdorp, antique bugles and military bugle calls; May 1, Mayor Dick Moore

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



The club will host its annual Casino Night Fundraiser on March 16 at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Enjoy a night of music, Irish food, games and fun. Doors open at 6 p.m. Come and enjoy blackjack, poker, bingo and more. Win prizes in raffles and bid on silent auction items. Hang out with Jack, Bruce and Abby from Sunny 101.5. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Every ticket gets entered for a chance to win a $500 cash prize. Enter the raffle to win a new iPad. All proceeds go to the Elkhart Luncheon Optimist Club to help more local children. Buffet begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The game tables open at 6:45. Cash bar. Must be 21 to attend. Information: 264-1129. Come out and test your luck with the club this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and don’t forget to wear green.

The club is a local non-profit organization dedicated to aiding and encouraging the development of youth in the community. It was organized in 1988 to develop Optimism as a philosophy of life. It supports many projects during the year including American Cancer Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Ryan’s Place and more. It also awards scholarships to local high school seniors to continue their education.

Feb. 10 was the local Optimist Oratorical Contest at Grace Lutheran Church. All four Elkhart clubs gathered to have their individual contest. First-place boy and girl winners were selected, and they will proceed to the next level of competition on April 14, with the district contest being held April 27. There were 37 youth participating in the event, and a lot of thanks goes out to the local schools and teachers who also help to put this event on each year.

During the meeting, various projects the club is working on were discussed. A group is gathering to learn how to crochet, and all baby hats will be donated to a worthy cause. Members are working on a Random Act of Kindness each week. These can be from opening a door for someone to pushing in a cart at the grocery store or Wal-mart area. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is scheduled March 2, and the club has two teams of club members. They are in the process of raising donations for the event. March 9 is the Elkhart Breakfast Club Big Deal event — a Texas Hold ’em tournament with proceeds helping the local Red Cross. Members are learning how to deal and play so they can help out that day.

Julie Robison, chairman, and Diane Perry discussed the big event on March 16. The St. Patrick’s Day Casino Nite event will be held at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. There will be silent auction items, bingo and balloon bust games. There also will be tables of blackjack. All proceeds raised will fund the various charities and youth events the club supports in Elkhart such as The Salvation Army Christmas Family, CAPS LifeSavers, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, CCS and more. The youth events are from Mary Daly Just Say No Club and Respect for Law Camp, which is held at Notre Dame June 27-29 for fifth and sixth graders. Each year scholarships are awarded to graduates in Elkhart. The applications are now at the area schools for consideration. The club also supports kids in the area who have cancer. Each year they are able to attend Camp Watcha Wanna Do in Ligonier. Items are collected and given to the kids as they relax and have “kid” fun for the week.

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

Information: Liz Fischler at 264-1129 or


Angie Rosenbrock was the fickle phantom of fellowship at the Feb. 5 meeting and gave the handshake dollar to Phyllis Arroyo and fined all for not knowing how much she billed the state for home visits.

Shannon Klein conducted the monthly drawing. Vic Lawson and Arroyo were each awarded $14.50.

Lori Faltynski reported the club received a thank-you from the family it adopted for Christmas.

Maj. Steve Woodard of The Salvation Army spoke. The Salvation Army has been operating in Elkhart for 110 years. It is targeting hunger, loneliness and hopelessness. The Salvation Army partners with many organizations including the Exchange Club. It helps people by giving them a hand up, letting them know God loves them. Woodard reported that last year 1,808 families received a food basket. Nearly 36,000 meals were provided. The Salvation Army provides many other services including utility assistance, nursing home gifts and kids camp assistance.

Upcoming: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Mid-Winter Conference in Michigan City. The conference is followed by the Bowl-a-Thon, which raises money to help prevent child abuse.


Anthony Hunt was sergeant-at-arms at the Feb. 11 meeting. His theme often revolves around technology. He quizzed the members about how many emails are sent in the world every second (2 million), Google searches every minute (2 million) and tweets per minute (100,000). How many members who didn’t care and paid dearly? All. The Sergeant’s Committee raises more than $18,000 a year, which is donated to local charities.

Club member Piyas Bandyopadhyay spoke about the Piyali Learning Center in India. Piyali Junction lies about 30 miles outside Kolkata. Much of the village lives on less than $1 per day. For most girls, this means school is not an option. Instead, they tend to their families’ needs, work in the fields and as domestic servants, endure abuse and in many cases are married off as children. For more information visit

To “Like” the club on Facebook search for Elkhart Rotary Club.

Upcoming: Monday, Mike Yoder, county commissioner, “Today’s World in Agriculture”; Feb 25, Amish Shaw, “Elkhart Young Entrepreneurs Program”

Meetings are at noon Mondays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center.

Information: Visit or call Tom Shoff at 293-5530 or email


A basic bezel-making and cabochon-setting class will be offered at the Goshen Jewelers Guild from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 26 through March 21. Students will learn how to make a bezel to fit a larger cabochon and set the stone, creating a simple sterling silver pendant. The second project will include fitting a bezel to a curved surface and setting a smaller stone, creating a simple sterling silver band ring with a set cabochon. This class qualifies as a prerequisite to join the guild. Wilma Harder, owner of w.harder studio in Goshen and local jewelry artist, will be the instructor. Class fees are $100 plus $15 for materials. Cabochon stones and metals provided.



Tony Harl greeted 23 members and one guest at the Feb. 7 meeting. James Townsend, Goshen College Enrollment Management and Marketing vice president, spoke. Townsend, who came to Goshen from Texas, noted that Goshen College needs to promote itself. Goshen College is a liberal-arts college that is known for its academics. Business and communications are the two more recently recognized departments, with nearly all business majors passing the CPA exam and the radio station receiving national awards, for example. Required study/service terms in a developing country were also noted. Goshen College also offers three master’s degree programs: Master of Arts in Environmental Education, Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership.

Meetings are at 6:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Goshen Salvation Army. Guests are welcome

Information: Phil Berkey at 238-7484


Guests at the Feb. 5 meeting included seven Key Club members from Fairfield and Don Riegsecker with Sharon Welsh.

Deb Minter introduced Jennifer Hayes and Jim Neff of Greencroft, who presented the Healthcare Campaign for Greencroft, a redesign of its facilities to make it “user-friendly” in a neighborhood model that creates a stronger sense of home, more easily builds relationships among residents and with staff, and enables residents to sleep and eat better, remember mor and heal faster — to live better.

Greencroft dates to the 1960s, when a small group explored the idea of a retirement community. The health care facility was built in’ 71 with expansions in ’81 and ’95. Ideas on improving health care have changed and improved over the years; hence the need for this new concept for dealing with the aging population.

Upcoming: March 5, membership roundup

Meetings are at noon Tuesdays at Maplecrest Country Club and are open to the public. Information: Ben Williams at 596-4062


Feb. 8th’s program might have been entitled “Everything you always wanted to know about Obamacare but were afraid to ask.” Steve Petit introduced guests, which included Pat Tibbs, a guest of Larry Miller.

Gene Stutsman said there will be musical entertainment again this year at the district meeting on April 26. Selections from “The Music Man” will be performed. Rehearsals are March 9 and April 11. See the district website for details. Stutsman also said Rotary at the Fair this summer will be more of a countywide effort, not just the Goshen club.

Bruce Stahly announced the World Affairs Conference will be March 14 at Goshen College. The topic this year is “Is Peace Possible?” Stahly is looking for 10 discussion leaders to help facilitate the conversation among high school students.

Larry Miller introduced the program, presented by Dave Gautsche of Everance. Dave is Larry Gautsche’s brother, and Larry set up the program, then left for warmer weather.

Dave entitled his presentation “Navigating the new health care reform and you,” and walked members through the major changes coming with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Obamacare is a work in progress, Dave said, that will continue to evolve. He recommended companies in particular find a good advisor to help them navigate through the process.

Upcoming: Tuesday, social gathering at Kaizen (the old Pagoda Inn) on U.S. 33.


Joyce Nelson, president, called the Feb. 6 meeting to order at Sue Bartley‘s home. Carol Troyer read “A Valentine for Grandma” for the opening.

The next educational will be titled “Ryan’s Place” with speaker Nancy Gleim. It will be Wednesday at Rosie Miller’s home. Members are to bring white elephant items for a silent auction at the March 6 meeting, which will be at Anna Kridler‘s home.

Dorothy O’Harris and Sue Bartley will be in charge of the Mother and Daughter Dinner in May for the social meeting.

Members are to bring paperback books to meetings, and Nadine Anderson will deliver all the books collected.

Nelson read letters from O’Harris, Celaeno Province trustee; Susan Yoder, Celaeno Province education director; Susan Yoder; and Barb Parker, Celaeno Province president.


Ten members met Feb. 6 at Darlene Polhemus’s home.

Joann Fisher, treasurer, reported sending club donations to the four charities the club had selected in January. Coins for Friendship and Nickels for Leadership were collected.

Margaret Pettifer gave the health and safety report, and Marelda Doss gave an inspirational reading.

The club discussed the procedures for giving memorial gifts in remembrance of deceased members.

All Extension Homemakers clubs are encouraged to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Extension Homemakers. The Jefferson club will work on collecting 100 health and hygiene products to be donated to a charitable organization.

Penny Stroup presented the lesson STOP, CLICK, THINK.


Thursday’s meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Everence office in Goshen. Ginger Lyons and Sue Vicary will present the program “Getting to the Heart of the Matter.” A meal will be provided at a nominal cost. Administrative people wishing to attend should call Marlene Slaubaugh, CAP, at 533-9515, ext. 3248, by Tuesday.


The chapter will have an antique show and sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at North Side Middle School at the corner of Bristol and Cassopolis streets. Cost: $3 for a two-day ticket.


The association’s met Feb. 5 at the Shelter. Bernice Simms, chairman, welcomed 14 attendees.

Anne Reel, Shelter executive director, provided updates on animal data, public relations, fundraising and training. February is Mardi Gras, and it will be celebrated the entire month.

Results of the Shelter’s gift-wrapping fundraiser and Pet Showcase events were discussed. The Red Barn Resale shop continues to have its sales on the second and fourth Friday and Saturday of each month. Volunteers are always needed to help price, sort and work sale dates.

Martin’s Pet & Garden, 116 W. Jackson, is hosting a pet toenail trim fundraiser from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. A minimum donation of $7 per animal is required, with proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Elkhart County.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at the Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 C.R. 19, Bristol. All interested adults are invited to attend.

Information: Bernice Simms, 264-7264


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