Meeting reports and upcoming events by area service organizations and other groups.
CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1956
Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Ryan’s Steak House on C.R. 6. Anyone is invited to attend.
ELKHART BREAKFAST OPTIMIST CLUB
Sixteen members at 15 guests attended the April 2 meeting. Guests included Heather Klepinger from Lifeline and members of the club’s Cub Scout Troop 734 and their parents/caregivers.
Tom Ball reported the club raised $725 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters during the bowling for kids event. The Scout Troop is selling “Camp Cards” for $5. The cards are for discount services in the Elkhart area. Proceeds will send kids to camp this summer. They just happened to have some with them.
The Memorial Jazz Band will be providing the program on Tuesday, April 16, upstairs in the Athenian Room. There will be another attempt to drown the president at the canoe/kayak trip down the St. Joe on Saturday, June 8. Mike Wyrick is assembling a nomination committee to develop a slate of officers for next year.
Klepinger is the bookkeeper for Lifeline and also serves as the middle school/high school Girls Club volunteer. She shared her passion for the ministry Lifeline provides for the youth of the community. The programs at Lifeline have continued, and most have grown, since the devastating fire that destroyed their building. Kids meet at the YWCA and Mary Beck and Hawthorne elementary schools. There are plans to rebuild their facility. For more information, go to www.yfcministries.com.
Upcoming: Tuesday, April 9, board meeting; Tuesday, April 16, Elkhart Memorial Jazz Band; Thursday, April 18, zone meeting at Honkers in Mishawaka; 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20, social at Kathy’s; Friday, April 26, and Saturday, 27, district meeting in Marion; Tuesday, April 30, Steve Germain, ADEC; Tuesday, May 14, board meeting; Tuesday, May 28, no meeting, day after Memorial Day
Meetings are at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Pumpernickels.
Information: Prudy Holzhausen at 264-7172
ELKHART COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
The topic for the program on Thursday, March 21, was part one of how genealogists can use Google Earth. It can show a view of the location of your ancestors’ home or church.
The meeting on Thursday, April 18, is on “City Directories” by Marvin Genshaw. All meetings are free and open to the public.
ELKHART LIONS CLUB
The Lions of Indiana’s oldest state project is Cancer Control. Founded in 1946, the project has contributed more than $5 million toward the fight against cancer, including the purchase of a linear accelerator, a Gamma knife, and research equipment, and the provision of temporary housing for cancer patients. Lion Paul Russell of Lakeville, one of the fund’s trustees, spoke Wednesday, March 27, on the latest project, the Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Program. At the request of Dr. Peter Johnstone, chair of radiation oncology at the IU School of Medicine, $250,000 has been raised toward a $750,000-endowed Indiana Lions Professorship to lead this program. Because the rate of survivorship is increasing, survivors are living longer, and treatments change patients forever and may cause other problems. Dr. Johnstone sees the need for the IU Simon Cancer Center to address the needs of survivors. Initially, the program will address the needs of young people, specifically those ages 18-25. As a whole, they are largely uninsured or underinsured and in need of continuing care, but often they aren’t as vigilant as they need to be. More information is available at www.lionscancercontrol.org.
Upcoming events: Saturday, April 27, chicken barbecue at Bristol and Cassopolis streets; Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5, state convention in Fort Wayne; Saturday, May 11, district cabinet meeting in Culver
Upcoming programs: April 10, Carolyn Manley, Pet Rescue Project; April 17, Mayor Dick Moore; April 24, Karen Wesdorp, antique bugles and military bugle calls; May 1, Rod Roberson, Church Community Services; May 8, Karin Frey, Elkhart City Parks; May 15, Merritt Dilts, Bimbo Bakeries
Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at Christiana Creek Country Club and are open to the public.
FOUR ARTS CLUB
The first program of the season was April 1. John Swoveland introduced Bill Berloni and his dog, Chico, who was quite the attention-getter. Berloni has been training animals for over 30 years. He entertained members and guests with the story of how he became an animal trainer. At the age of 19, he wanted to be an actor, and lived near a famous summer stock theater called The Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddom, Conn., known for revising American musicals. Berloni volunteered to build scenery for free to be around professional actors. After his second season there, he had the opportunity to join the Actors Equity, which is an actors’ union, and have a part onstage. The producer told him all he had to do is find and train a dog for the musical “Annie.” That was the beginning of his career in 1976, visiting many animal shelters and finally finding a dog to train. That dog was the original Sandy in the Broadway musical, performing for seven years, the longest for any animal in Broadway history.
Since that time Beloni and his trainers have provided animals for hundreds of films, commercials and television shows as well as theaters all around North America. Berloni urges his audience to adopt a dog or cat from an animal shelter when considering a pet. He is Humane Society of New York animal behavior director.
The next program is Monday, May 6, at the Midwest Museum of American Art. Tea time: 12:15 p.m., program: 1 p.m. Min Huan Xu, Chinese violinist, and Winston Choi, Canadian pianist, perform an eclectic mix of musical styles from great standard works to avant-garde. Guests are welcome.
GOSHEN NOON KIWANIS CLUB
Guests at the Tuesday, March 26, meeting included Rich Troyer, Jennifer Smith and five members of the Fairfield Key Club.
Matt Szynal, who works for Edward D. Jones and recently moved his business back to Goshen, was inducted into the club.
Tom Meyers, Goshen College professor, spoke about the college’s Study Service Term. The program started in 1968, and 8,000 students have since participated in the program. The most recent term was in Morocco, and students have studied in China, Africa, South America and Egypt. Students live with host families and become immersed in the culture as well as studying.
Kiwanis members with perfect attendance were honored at the Tuesday, April 2, meeting. Dave McGuire presented certificates to Tom Snobarger, Dave McGuire, Karen Smith, Karen Lee, George Hluchota, Deb Minter, Jon Wieand, Dewey Miller, Denise Long, Marty Long, Scott Woldruff, John Bollinger, Jim Smith, Jeff Boomershine, Cliff Ahonen, Dave Boothby, Mayor Allan Kauffman and John Huber.
Rudy Stegelmann introduced guests Rich Troyer, Leah Garboden, Gina Leichty, Conner and Claire McGuire, and Andy Wolf.
Regular committee meetings were held.
Upcoming: Tuesday, April 9, member Rich Meyer talking about The Clubhouse; Thursday, May 16, John Huber, second annual Salvation Army Gala at the Goshen Salvation Army. Tickets are $30/person and $50/couple. There will be a silent auction. Saturday, April 27, serve breakfast at Riley Hospital for Children
Kiwanis motto: “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”
GOSHEN ROTARY CLUB
Happy Dollars, March birthdays and a program on the North Central Co-op highlighted the Monday, March 22, meeting.
Craig Buche introduced guests, which included only one visiting Rotarian, Clyde Rector of the Hammond Rotary Club.
Brad Clayton introduced the program, given by his brother, Brian Clayton, and Dean DeVoe, both of the North Central Co-Op. Their program focused on Country Mark, an Indiana energy company owned by North Central and 14 other co-ops. Clayton said it is a farmer-owned refinery and all the oil it refines comes from the Illinois Basin, essentially southeastern Illinois, southwestern Indiana and northern Kentucky.
For North Central, Country Mark delivers to customers in 25 northern Indiana counties, and DeVoe said several in the Goshen Rotary Club are valued customers.
Clayton said at one time, many years ago, Indiana was the largest producer of crude oil in the country. But then oil was discovered in Texas, and most of Indiana’s easy-to-reach oil had been extracted. Now, however, he said oil is once again being pumped in Indiana for two reasons. One, technology has improved to the point that oil deeper down and trapped in shale can be extracted. Second, with the price of crude oil at $90 per barrel or more, even wells producing as few as five barrels a day are profitable.
Scientists use seismic technology to search for likely deposits of oil, although only one in 10 wells will ever be productive. However, because of better technology and high prices, some older wells are being restarted, including some in the Wabash area along S.R. 13.
Arlin Hunsberger introduced club member Phil Waite at the Friday, March 29, meeting to provide a Good Friday message. Waite is the pastor at College Mennonite Church. His family comes from the Pacific Northwest, although he studied at the Mennonite Seminary in Elkhart and the Chicago Theological Seminary. After reading a prophecy of Jesus’ death from Isaiah 53, Waite began his comments, noting the significant difference between how Good Friday is seen in the Philippines from how it is seen in the United States. He indicated that regular life in the Philippines is essentially put on hold. It is considered a quiet day, a day of reverence, with the predominant theme being “God is dead.” Little activity occurs other than what is absolutely necessary. He indicated people do not travel, start new projects or otherwise have significant activities on Good Friday because they do not want to tempt fate.
In the United States, he said, Good Friday is much different. There is not much in our culture that reflects the religious day that it is. Unlike other religious holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, there is little to note in the media, advertising, business, sports and other activities. Waite suggested Good Friday is simply too penitential for us in our culture with our culture being strongly based upon a belief in independence and human involvement. Looking back into history, however, Waite pointed out it was not always that way in the United States. He read a proclamation from Abraham Lincoln that called the nation to repent and return to God. That proclamation, based upon a resolution from the U.S. Senate, was issued on March 30, 1863. It reflected a collective humility and called for a day of fasting and prayer. It pointed out a dependence upon God and the shortcomings and sins of the people. One of the questions raised was whether a politician in today’s world would even consider issuing such a proclamation. As he closed, Waite suggested we all reflect upon the day and perform our own soul searching.
INDIANA ETA CHAPTER, DELTA THETA CHI SORORITY
Tastefully Simple samples greeted members on Tuesday, March 26. Gathered at the home of Betty Nelson, those present were able enjoy tasting the many dips, drinks, cake mixes and other samples prepared by members and shown by consultant Denise Vidmar-Wininger. The Tastefully Simple website provides easy-to-use recipes for the many spices and mixes that are available and are a big help for on-the-go families. Proceeds from fundraisers such as Tastefully Simple go toward scholarships given out annually by IN Eta. Betty Nelson and Mary Morgan were hostesses; Linda Sinon and Sharon McDowell contributed food items for the event.
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 9, and will be hosted by McDowell and Sinon.
INDIANA SIGMA CHAPTER, DELTA THETA CHI SORORITY
Members of met Thursday, March 28, at Bent Oak Country Club to celebrate their 55th year of founding.
Nancy Maurer gave a prayer, then all enjoyed a meal. Plans were discussed and finalized for the Saturday, April 20, Spring Convention the chapter will host at the Christiana Creek Country Club. Members then traveled to Mary Smith’s home and presented her with a Life Membership certificate. Smith has been unable to attend meetings due to bad health.
On Saturday, April 20, Indiana Sigma Chapter of Delta Theta Chi sorority will host the Celaeno Province Spring Convention at the Christiana Creek Country Club. The theme of the convention will be “The Hobo Holiday.” Those attending will be from Indiana Alpha from Middlebury, Indiana Eta from Elkhart, Indiana Gamma from Flora, Indiana Kappa from Logansport and Indiana Sigma from Elkhart. Karen Kammer, national president from Hamilton, Ohio, will also be in attendance. A continental breakfast will be served, followed by a business meeting. A luncheon will be served, followed by more business. Celaeno province will host the national convention to be held Friday, June 28, through Sunday, June 30, in Louisville, Ky. Plans will be finalized for each chapter’s responsibility. An educational program will be presented, followed by a memorial service for deceased sisters. New officers will be installed before the meeting is adjourned.
MAPLE CITY KIWANIS CLUB
Membership Roundup Day was Thursday, March 28. Jeff Frantz greeted four members of the Lakeland/North Webster club, Jon Roberts, Land of Lakes lieutenant governor, and special guests James Townsend, Rex Swords, Jane DeVoe, Marna Mateer and Bill Mateer.
After Jim Gibson collected Happy Dollars and routine announcements, Cindy Hill, membership chair, welcomed all members and guests and then turned the meeting over to Jim Bare, who shared a list of club projects and fundraisers. But instead of reading off a list, he had a wagonload of trinkets that he pulled around the room and asked each person to take one out and tell if they could tell what project represented. Examples: a post (the club supports a Goshen afterschool club named The Post); a witch (the club has had a “reverse trick or treat” project since the club was formed), a model race car (members work at and support the Soap Box Derby); a knife, fork and spoon wrapped in a napkin (members work at and support the Salvation Army’s pancake breakfast fundraiser); etc. A wooden crow puzzled everyone until it was asked, “What do we have to crow about?” and all members knew it is Tools 4 Schools. Oh yes, the wagon was similar to the ones at Riley Hospital for Children’s, which gave members a chance to tell about the district’s donations of $1 million every four years to Riley. There were many more, as this is a busy club.
Meetings are at 6:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Goshen Salvation Army. Guests are welcome.
Information: Phil Berkey at 238-7484
MIDDLEBURY GARDEN CLUB
Eleven members met Thursday, March 21, at the Middlebury Library. Fifteen guests joined the members for a presentation by Leona Yoder, Middlebury, who has had a Bluebird Trail since 1975. Marlene Pratt introduced Yoder, who is a master gardener and for many years was a registered nurse working in the operating room. With items brought to demonstrate what is required for the care of bluebirds, Yoder not only shared her knowledge and expertise, but also encouraged questions from the audience.
Following the program Sharon Busenburg, hostess, served refreshments.
Pratt performed the ceremony of installation of officers for the following year. They are Betty Bellaire and Judy Markham, co-presidents; Joyce Miller, treasurer; and Sally Beanee, secretary.
Bellaire opened the business meeting with a discussion of the upcoming sale of geraniums. The orders must be received by Tuesday, April 30. Payment is requested at the time of the order; all checks should be made to the Middlebury Garden Club. The pickup date is Saturday, May 11, at the Middlebury Greencroft between 1 and 3 p.m. Sign-up sheets for purchase of geraniums are at the Middlebury Library and Middlebury Greencroft.
Markham reported on plans for the Garden Club State Convention in Richmond Thursday, April 15, and Friday, April 16. It was reported a speaker on the subject of the Nature Conservancy will be in the area in the near future. Four Winds Garden Club, Elkhart, is coordinating plans. Four Winds is also coordinating a bus trip to the Botanic Garden in Chicago at the end of May or in June. There will be more information next month.
During the interview process at Purdue and Ball State for Garden Club scholarships, Markham was involved and reported 19 scholarships have been awarded. Amanda Wenger of Middlebury is one of the recipients.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, April 18. A tour of the Wellfield Botanic Garden in Elkhart is planned. Emma Wynn, board member, will give the tour. Guests are welcome; for information please contact a member of the Garden Club.
MIDDLEBURY MIDDIES RED HAT CLUB
Eighteen members met Monday, March 26, for dinner at Dandino’s in Goshen. The members decided on the theme “April Showers” for the Maple Syrup Parade float on Saturday, April 20. Discussion was also held regarding a Chicago trip on Saturday, April 27.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 23, at The Legendary Grind in Middlebury with Mary Hackman and Cindy Wagner as hostesses.
PHOTOGRAPHERS GUILD OF GOSHEN
The Guild held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 20. The new logo for the Guild was chosen and was designed by Danean Spilko. The annual photo contest was discussed and will be held in the fall. There will be a website available in May showing the categories, dates and awards. Kay Rhodes is chairperson for this competition. There will be an open house at the Millrace Gallery on Friday, May 3. Members will be displaying photographs available for sale.
Ron McAllister won the monthly photo challenge for his black-and-white photography from Ancilla College.
The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at The Photographers Guild behind the Farmers’ Market in Goshen. The Guild is open to anyone interested in learning more about photography.
TRINITY UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The Kingdom’s Royal Tea was held Sunday, March 17, in the Great Banquet Hall. A proclamation to be present was sent to all Ladies of the Kingdom, great and small. Story lady Barbara Estrup told the story of “The Princess Party.” There were magnificent munchies of all kinds decorating the tables beautifully, along with many kinds of teapots. Dress was regal. A lovely afternoon for all.
The UMW executive committee of Estrup, Jan Wilsey, Adrienne Esberg, Donna Juday, Alma Sigler and Marilyn Williams hosted the event.
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