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Meetings and events by service clubs and other groups
Posted on Feb. 23, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.


Eighteen members met Feb. 14 for a Valentine-themed luncheon at Dandino’s in Goshen. Queen Phyllis Winchell and Dottie Fritz co-hosted. Homemade heart-shaped cookies were served as dessert. Mary Miller won the door prize, a purple scarf.

Plans for attending the theater production of “Guys and Dolls” at the South Bend Civic Theater on March 3 were finalized. Eleven members are attending.

The next lunch meeting will be March 21 at Aunt Karen’s Café in Middlebury.


Breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. 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.


Lynda Van Scoik, Steve Van Scoik’s wife, and Paul Bond, a long-time friend of Wayne Stubbs, were guests at the Feb. 14 meeting.

Members are preparing for their annual play night of the Elkhart Civic Theatre’s comedy “9 to 5,” which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 21. They are hoping for a good turnout so, Concord Rotarians, pass out those tickets! It should be a delightful show and a great cast. If you are interested in seeing the show call Rotarian Steve Colagrossi at Lake City Bank at 522-2080. Tickets are $16 for this special showing for the Concord Rotary-sponsored event.

What do George Burns/Gracie Allen, Les Paul/Mary Ford, Sonny and Cher, and Ricky and Lucy Ricardo all have in common? They are all famous couples. Van Scoik, sergeant-at-arms, led the group with a challenge to come up with as many famous couples as possible. This was a great time of fun. And there were Subway sandwiches. The club thanks Subway for the great job it did in providing lunch on short notice. Thanks also to Dallas Johnston and Deb Alwine of Concord Mall for their assistance and hospitality. They have made the transition a lot easier.

Members brought in white elephant items from their homes and businesses that have been collecting dust or were part of a “collection” that has seen its collectability decrease in the eye of the current owner. In other words, it was time to clean the junk out of closets and sell it. There was some really neat stuff: a great stained-glass kaleidoscope, a 90mm Meade reflector telescope, a silk white elephant shirt, a Bobby Knight-signed basketball, a Mike Davis-signed basketball, a handcrafted wood serving tray (which also serves as a beautiful wood wall decoration), a great wallet that sold for $5, handmade Valentine’s Day gifts, premixed cookies in a Pampered Chef bowl and many other things. This was not your typical Rotary program, but it sure was fun.

Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at the Concord Mall meeting room, located outside the interior entrance to JC Penney. All are welcome to come and enjoy a Rotary experience.


Nine members and four guests attended the February meeting at Dandino’s.

Emily Bailey, a senior at Goshen High School, presented her progress in having a meeting for school girls for a “Young Women in Business” seminar. This will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16, and CPI will be assisting in the presentation.

Darla Kauffman, president, conducted the meeting and announced there are five families who will receive scholarships to attend “Financial Peace” meetings at Habitat for Humanity. CPI has a scholarship fund to assist families attending these money management classes.

Kathy Beery Berg of Greencroft Center in Goshen spoke about “Effective Communication with Older Adults.” She said, “We need to recognize sounds that might confuse an older person, and avoid business slang or phrases that they may not recognize. Often, we will confirm the agreement with the resident by repeating and find the resident is more satisfied.”

The March 11 meeting will have Dreama Jensen of the BBB of Elkhart County speaking about “The Latest and Greatest from Your BBB.”

CPI is open to business and professional women of Elkhart County.


The next dinner and program will be at 6:15 p.m. on March 5 at b on the River, 333 NIBCO Parkway. Kimlee Jones, owner of Body Language Relaxation Spa, will tell about how the effects of stress can benefit from a massage. Robin Reese from Brighton, Mich., will share “How to be Secure in an Unsecured World.” Women are always welcome.

Information or reservations: Genie at 293-8770


Jack Goodman reported Feb. 13 on the new equipment that will print prescription information for donated eyeglasses.

Ann Kalman, president, informed members of Lions Clubs International’s club excellence process and asked for volunteers to serve on the steering committee.

Gary Chastain, one of the local district’s trustees for the Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing project, shared information about the 501(c)3 that was formed in 1981. The project’s goals are to conserve and restore hearing, prevent speech and hearing disorders, support research in those areas and eliminate communication barriers. Chastain discussed some of the programs, such as the hearing aid loaner bank and scholarships for students studying audiology or speech pathology. Trustees are currently working with Goshen College to develop a major in American Sign Language.

Upcoming events: March 9, district convention in Syracuse; March 16, Elkhart Community Lions’ 25th anniversary dinner in New Paris; March 27, wine tasting at the Chalet Party Shoppe; May 3-5, state convention in Fort Wayne; May 11, district cabinet meeting in Culver

Upcoming programs: Wednesday, 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.

Website: www.elkhartlions.org


The club has two teams for Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake on March 2. Ryan’s Place is having its big gala on March 8. St. Patrick’s Casino Night is March 16 at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Tickets at $25 for entry and dinner.

Teji “Ruth” Dilley of Tree of Life Yoga Center spoke Feb. 14 about the benefits of yoga for everyone. Dilley has been in Elkhart for more than 11 years and been a massage therapist for 19 years. The classes are at East Elkhart Community Class at Rise Up Farms, 2260 S.R. 120, indoors in the red barn. On Saturdays, classes are at Downtown Elkhart Community Class at First Presbyterian Church. The various levels of yoga are Gentle Yoga, which will increase strength and flexibility and teach body alignment; Open Level Yoga, designed and adapted based on the students in attendance that day — beginners to more experienced are welcome; and Chair Yoga, a more supported yoga experience where a chair is used, and standing with assistance is accepted, especially if you have balance or osteoporosis concerns. To find out more call 876-9180 or visit www.treeoflifeyoga@comcast.net.

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

Information: Liz Fischler, 264-1129 or liz@callray.com


Kurt Janowsky presented two Paul Harris Fellow awards at the Feb. 18 meeting, one to his daughter, Karina, and the second to Richie Lutes.

Sergeant-at-arms Deb Stewart, Elkhart Public Library director, fined members for excessive background noise made during announcements. She then quizzed members on their knowledge of the President’s Day holiday. The Sergeant’s Committee raises more than $18,000 a year in “fines,” which are donated to local charities.

Mike Yoder, county commissioner, gave a very enlightening speech on farming in Elkhart County. Two percent of the population of the United States feeds 100 percent of the population. The average farmer feeds 155 people. Elkhart County is No. 3 in farm production in the state. For more information visit http://farm-crops-county.findthedata.org/d/d/Indiana/Elkhart

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

Upcoming: Lemonade Day in Elkhart County

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

Information: Visit www.elkhartrotary.org or call Tom Shoff at 293-5530 or email tom@shoff.com


The next luncheon is March 5 at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Theme: “Ready for Spring?” Steve Kruse of Kruse Farm Supply in Bristol will be the featured speaker. Special speaker Robin Reese of Brighton, Mich., will share “How to be Secure in an Unsecured World.”

Salad bar begins at 11:45 a.m., and a buffet lunch at noon. $10 inclusive. All ladies are welcome. Complementary child care is available. RSVP by March 1 to Esther at 875-1955, Linda at 522-3660, or ElkhartWomensConnection@gmail.com.


Jordan Hostetler, Cody Garris, Brent Baumgardner and Caleb Geyser, Fairfield High School Key Club members, attended the Feb. 12 meeting.

Ben Williams, president, congratulated the club on winning Division One in raising the most in Salvation Army bell ringing and said Kiwanis and Rotary raised $38,000 of the $77,000 total.

Jeff Lund introduced Diane Woodworth, Goshen Community Schools superintendent, “Where each person experiences a success and a challenge every day.” Its mission: ensuring all students acquire knowledge and apply skills, enhancing tomorrow’s opportunities. Goshen Community Schools has three commitments: building background knowledge (academic vocabulary) using a six-step systematic process, developing a system of individual student feedback using learning goals and ensuring effective teaching in every classroom by using (TAP) Teacher and Student Advancement Program.

Upcoming: Membership roundup, March 5

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

Information: Ben Williams at 596-4062


Goshen Rotary was recognized by the Salvation Army as runner-up last year for the Christmas bell ringing and contributions. Goshen Rotary was credited with approximately $13,000 in contributions.

Goshen Rotary will be supporting LaCasa’s “Help-a-House” again this year. Please mark your calendars for May 11.

Larry Gautsche introduced Julia King, LaCasa Neighborhood and Community Outreach coordinator, and Bonnie Martin, LaCasa vice president of development, as speakers at the Feb. 15 program.

King said LaCasa’s focus is on neighborhood and community stability, with an emphasis on housing. The goal is to generate places where people want to live. Important factors in that decision include high owner occupancy, a safe area, well-maintained homes, functional housing and owner investment. To assist with its outreach, LaCasa provides local and national training in the areas of conflict management, community leadership and networking. King played a community mural video demonstrating LaCasa’s organizational efforts in supporting and sponsoring neighborhood involvement.

Martin explained the “Help-a-House” program in detail and recognized the club’s previous and continuing participation in the event. Since 2010, financial support for the Help-a-House program has grown from $60,000 to more than $93,000 a year, with this year’s goal at $100,000. The city of Goshen also supports the effort by contributing supplies paid for through the CDBG program. For the day-long event, contributions of food are also provided in the form of a pancake breakfast, doughnuts, sandwiches, pizza and ice cream. Last year, there were 28 groups with 331 volunteers and 1,764 hours donated. Accomplishments included eight roof projects, three landscaping projects, three drainage projects, 45 window installations, one house painted and two wheelchair ramps constructed. Homes are selected based upon a needs assessment and low-income qualifications.


Members met Feb. 12 at Michele Mowry’s home. Thelah Mosier, chaplain, read the opening, “Happy Valentines Day, Sister.”

The 2013 fall board one-day meeting will be Oct. 12 at the Hubbard Hill Sailor Center on S.R. 19. Theme: “Fall Picnic.” Lunch will be catered. Lodging is available at Comfort Suites across the highway.

Members voted to submit the current slate of Province officers for re-election, voted upon and passed.

Eta sisters treated themselves to a performance of “The Wizard of Oz” on Feb. 17 at the Lerner Theatre.


Kelly Whittaker greeted 23 members and two guests, Tim Yoder and Aaron Kingsley, at the Feb. 14 meeting.

Aaron Sawatsky Kingsley, Goshen City Forester, related some statistics regarding trees in Goshen and noted Goshen has too many maple trees. More variety is needed so that a potential pest such as the Asian longhorn beetle, which attacks maples, does not wipe out Goshen’s urban forest. Sawatsky also noted a study has shown that more people shop downtown, stay longer and spend more money if there are trees there. Benefits of the urban forest include energy savings (shade), reduction of carbon dioxide, reduction of rainwater runoff and the esthetic beauty trees provide.

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

Information: Phil Berkey at 238-7484


Members enjoyed attending the play “Half-Stitched” at the Blue Gate Theater in October. Thirteen attendees, including six guests, enjoyed the evening, which was filled with laughter.

The November meeting was hosted by Nancy Hawkins, including her special homemade pies. Sandra Cook gave the lesson on supper foods.

December was celebrated with a Christmas dinner together at Aunt Karen’s Cafe in Middlebury. Twenty-one ladies enjoyed Christmas favors made by and given to them by the officers, a lovely meal, including Christmas music sung by four Northridge High School students, and each others’ company.

January found the group back at the Middlebury Library, busy planning for future officers, charitable projects and useful lessons. Catherine Yoder gave the lesson on properly reading and understanding labels.

February brought a white elephant gift sale as a fundraiser, including donations given to the Women’s Shelter. The club was pleased to have Janet Ryman, country treasurer, join in the festive evening. Lucy Bontrager gave the lesson “Nourish Your Bones and Joints.”

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

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