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Exchange Club officers The Crystal Valley Exchange Club (Middlebury) held its officer/board installation dinner at the Middlebury Greencroft Center on June 24, 2013. Pictured are board members (front row) Dana Snider; Tom Miller; Dan Wolfer; Jon Ottinger, treasurer; William D. Leedy, past president; (back) Steve George, president; Roger Brockhoff, district representative; Craig Yoder, secretary; Don Weirich; and Dave Hawkins. (AP)
Clubs and organizations, July 7, 2013

Posted on July 6, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.


Guests at the June 27 meeting included Scott Puckett of the Elkhart Noon club; Baily Burkhart, daughter of Farrah Burkhart; Laura Housman, annual Concord High School scholarship winner; and Lisa Maxwell, the newest club member, from South Carolina.

Laura, who graduated this year, will be attending Notre Dame in the fall to study chemistry and forensic chemistry. She was the 2013 recipient of the club’s annual scholarship of $1,000. Thanks to Dick Kemper and Dave Nicoson for their fine choice this year.

Steve VanScoik gave a presentation on some of the details of the Obamacare insurance package, some of which are the amounts of premiums subsidized by government and the expansion of Medicaid. VanScoik said a main goal in this program is to decrease the number of uninsured people in the United States, and estimates are that 80 million people could have access to medical insurance as a result of this program. The program is supposed to be put in place by October 2013 and coverage available in January 2014. VanScoik said sign-up will begin on a Web-based site that will allow for the selection of numerous insurance providers and different benefits. He said different levels of coverage are available; they are designated bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at the conference room in the Concord Mall. Visitors are welcome.


The club held its officer/board member installation dinner at the Middlebury Greencroft Center on June 24. Club members and their spouses enjoyed an evening of fellowship and conversation while eating a dinner catered by Das Dutchman Essenhaus.

New officers/board members are Dana Snider, Tom Miller, Dan Wolfer, Don Weirich and Dave Hawkins, board members; Steve George, president; Jon Ottinger, treasurer; Craig Yoder, secretary; William D. Leedy, past president; and Roger Brockhoff, district representative.

Meetings are at 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Essenhaus. Visit the club at its taco stand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair and enjoy a delicious taco salad.


Fifteen members and five guests attended the July 2 meeting. The guests were two of the club’s scholarship winners and their parents.

A report was given on the Respect for Law Camp on June 27. All went well, and the kids were fed, with few leftovers. Thanks to all who helped.

The Middlebury club will host the next zone meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Rulli’s.

The annual Night out Against Crime will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 6. In addition to supplying people to help, the club will provide financial support for the event.

The program was all about giving away money. Two more of the club’s 2013 scholarship winners and their parents were introduced and checks were presented. The students were asked to share a little about themselves and their educational plans.

Randy Yohn introduced Korey Kaczmarek, who introduced his father, Kyle. Korey was the winner of the Robert Heiber Memorial Scholarship. Korey graduated from Penn High School with a technical Core 40 diploma. Korey attended the Elkhart Area Career Center’s construction trades program. He plans to attend Ivy Tech and study HVAC.

Robin Williams introduced his daughter, Michelle, who attended Indiana University South Bend last year and was on the dean’s list for both semesters. She is studying business and entrepreneurship. This is her second year as a scholarship winner.

Carl Schlabaugh returned to pick up a check for the Elkhart County Bowling League. The donation will be used to provide scholarship awards to kids participating in league tournaments. This year’s tournaments will be Nov. 9-10 and 16-17 at Signature Lanes. Schlabaugh invited club members to come out to watch or to volunteer.

Cpl. Bella from the Elkhart Police Department stopped in to accept a check to support Night Out Against Crime. Bella told members about the event and its benefits to the community. The club will also provide volunteers to help with games and other activities.

An invitation is extended to parents to join the club and for students to stop in and give a report on their educational goals and achievements.

Upcoming: Tuesday, July 9, Brian Dickerson, update on city government; Thursday, July 11, zone meeting in Middlebury; July 16, Trever Wonzonka, ECC director of communications and government affairs; July 23, Molly Prime, Habitat for Humanity update and opportunity; July 30, Laurie King, Guidance Ministries’ children’s program; Aug. 6, Night out Against Crime

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

Information: Prudy Holzhausen at 264-7172


Twelve members and one guest, Leo Mackenzie Colglazer, attended the June 18 meeting.

Sandra Jacobs read a communication from Wayne Madden, International president, and one from the Indiana Lions Cancer Control Fund. Jacobs and Beverly Deter reported the letter was sent to the eye doctor for the adult requesting help getting glasses.

Deter led the group in singing several rowdy choruses. Mary Harris told the joke for the evening. Mac Boyer won the 50/50 drawing and collected fines from many of the Lions who could not answer his trivia questions.

Upcoming events: Aug. 3, cabinet meeting in Claypool. There will not be a regular meeting during July and only one regular meeting in August, on the 6th. Beginning Sept. 3 regular meetings will be the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Greencroft Health Campus. Visitors are welcome.

Information: Rosemary Miller at 269-641-5203



Club member Hugh Gruver presented a program on June 26 about Indiana businesses with a focus on Elkhart County, listing many Hoosier-made products. Gruver pointed out that more Japanese autos are produced in Indiana than in any other state. Of 88 RV manufacturers in the United States and Canada, 46 are in Indiana. Indiana is home to 104 vehicle converters, 106 distributors and wholesalers, and 118 related services. In Elkhart County 50 percent of the economy is based on manufacturing, followed by 8 percent retail. Construction accounts for 4 percent of the county’s economy.

On June 27, Lions and family members enjoyed fellowship at Harrison Landing as guests of Bill Lavery, incoming president.

Upcoming events: Thursday, July 11, board meeting; July 16 and 30, pie sales at McNaughton Park; Aug. 3, district cabinet meeting in Claypool; Aug. 7, district golf outing in Syracuse; Aug. 24, Banner Night in Milford

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

Upcoming programs: Thursday, July 11, Anne Reel, Humane Society; July 17, Greg Fore, Dicor Corp.



A fun “Antiques Roadshow” luncheon was held June 4 at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Jean Joldersma, president of the Questors Club, a club that meets to study and research antiques, shared the club’s mission: looking for new members to join. Joining her were Evelyn Lindstrom with her collection of antique dolls and Bess Stelter with her antique frogs. The tables were decorated with some antiques from the board members. We enjoyed having six first-time guests. Pat Ellerholz talked about “Every Face Has a Story.” Carol Smith played the piano.

“Finding True Freedom” will be the theme Tuesday, July 9. The DAV Color Guard 19 of Goshen will present an honor guard ceremony. Brittany Clark and Kathy Stump will provide music. There will be a special visit by Betsy Ross (Amanda Druckenmiller), who will talk about the flag she was commissioned to make. All veterans, male and female, are welcome to attend, with $3 off the meal price at this special patriotic luncheon.

Kathy Baarman of Holland, Mich., will share her family’s escape from communist Hungary and their move to America when she was a child. They moved to Michigan, not knowing anyone or speaking the language.

The salad bar begins at 11:45 a.m., with a buffet lunch at noon. Cost is $10 inclusive. Child care is complimentary with reservation. All ladies are welcome. RSVP to Esther at 875-1955 or Linda at 522-3660.


June 28 was the last meeting before the Fourth of July, and the club used the occasion to honor veterans, both members of the club and guests.

Bob Schrock led opening prayer and Gene Stutsman led singing, including “My County ’tis of Thee” and “Grand Old Flag.”

Steve Fidler introduced guests (other than the visiting veterans), recognizing visiting Rotarian Roger Neumann. Fidler also collected Happy Dollars and announced the club is close to raising $500 in Happy Dollars so far for the year.

As the meeting was the final meeting of the Rotary year, Bob Shreiner, incoming president, honored David Birky, outgoing president, for his outstanding leadership over the past year. Schreiner noted in particular the big increase in Paul Harris Fellows during Birkey’s tenure and the social gathering on the third Tuesday of the month that Birkey instituted.

Schreiner presented Birky with a plaque recognizing his service as well as a past president Rotary pin. Birky presented Schreiner with a Rotary tool kit that actually included a Rotary tool.

Carlin Yoder, a state senator as well as a Goshen Rotarian, then introduced the honored guests, thanking the veterans for their service in protecting the freedom of all Americans.

Club members who are also veterans included Bob Morris and John Fidler, Army; Bob Cripe, Frank Herbes, David Daugherty and Dean Schwalm, Navy; and Phil Straw and Todd Eby, Marines. Mike Zellinger is also an Army veteran.

Guests included Roger Bayak, Don Neer, Al Lane, Charles Buche, Larry Johnson, Ed Myers, Mike Beasey, Jerry Miller, Tony Krebs, Matt Saisaman, Terry Morgan and David Ross, Army; Mike Wheeler and Tom Lynn, Marines; Jim LaRue, Dave Brinkerhuff and Joe Farrell, Air Force; George Hay III, Ron Lundy and Roger Neumann, Navy; and Matthew Thomas, Coast Guard.

Club members were given the opportunity over the past month to contribute to the Wounded Warrior project. Steve Petit made donations in memory of his father, Cliff Petit, and his father-in-law, Stan Leedy. Susan Bartush gave in memory of her father, James Moreland. Mike Zellinger gave in honor of his father, Eldon Zellinger, and Rob Cripe donated to honor his father, Bob Cripe, and his uncle, Richard Cripe.

Petit then introduced the program, given by Ron Lundy, one of the visiting veterans who is the Elkhart County Veterans Service officer. Lundy talked about some of the programs available to veterans, including help in enrolling in the Veterans Administration health system and help with home care and many other things. Lundy

encouraged veterans to get in touch with him at 523-2342 to make an appointment to discuss what benefits may be available to them.

He told a number of fascinating stories about his time in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy, although he noted much of what he did and learned on submarines is classified and he had to sign a non-disclosure agreement when he left the service. It was an excellent program and an altogether fitting end to a great day of honoring veterans.

The meeting also saw the resignation of members Dan Seltenright; Jami Stamm, who is transferring to the Concord Rotary Club; and Jim Kroemer, reporter.


Beginning June 28, Delta Theta Chi members nationwide, including 11 from IN ETA, gathered in Louisville, Ky., to attend the National Delta Theta Chi convention. The event was held at historical hotel “The Brown” and included business meetings and educational trips for members and their guests, culminating with an evening meal at the Churchill Downs Museum.

The event ended June 30 with the installation of officers. Karen Kammer of Hamilton, Ohio, will continue as president; and Beck Kueffer of Yukon, Okla., was elected vice president. Susan Yoder, IN ETA member, was installed as Celaeno Province’s representative on the national board of trustees.

IN ETA members will be meeting throughout the summer planning meetings and events for the coming year.


The International Association of Administrative Professionals, Maple Chapter, held its monthly meeting June 20 at Everence in Goshen with 12 members and two guests in attendance.

Marlene Slaubaugh, chapter president, and Leigh-Ann Piasecki, vice president, presented the program “Technology Tips.”

Slaubaugh held a short business meeting following the program.

Sally Biller, a past Indiana Division IAAP president, installed the new officers for the 2013-14 year. They are Slaubaugh, CAP, president; Piasecki, vice president; Deb McElheny, treasurer; Brenda Hess, recording secretary; and Casey Bechtel, corresponding secretary.

The chapter collected 1,266 Box Tops for Education, with the proceeds benefiting the New Paris Elementary School. A special “thank you” to all who participated in this community project. Keep collecting box tops over the summer so another school can be helped in 2014.

Programs for the upcoming year were established. Amendments to the bylaws and standing rules for the International Convention and Educational Forum (EFAM) were discussed.

Maple Chapter will not have a delegate to the convention this year. Denise Goveia, chapter member and newly elected Indiana Division IAAP vice president, will represent the chapter at the July 28-31 meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

The chapter will not meet in July and August. Meetings resume Sept. 19.

Information: Marlene Slaubaugh, 533-9515, ext. 3248; or visit


The new officers for the next six months were installed June 25. They are Dennis Wenzel, president; Chuck Kurk, vice president of education; Tasha Eizinger, vice president of membership; Doug Haarer, vice president of public relations; Glenn Stutzman, treasurer; Aaron Kindig, sergeant-at-arms; and Mark Lindemood, secretary.


Joel Bontrager, president, presented Lara Wheeler, Middlebury Boys and Girls Club director, a check for $2,300 at the June 28 meeting. This is the 10th consecutive year that a large portion of the proceeds of the Optimist Golf Outing has been contributed to the Middlebury club. The remainder of the proceeds will go to support Northridge Dollars for Scholars and other youth programs in the Middlebury community.

Information: George Pietrzak at 825-9953 or


Members met June 21 at the Middlebury Library. Speaker Betty Foltz, Michiana master gardener, presented a program on creating an indoor topiary. First recognized as an art form in Roman times, topiary is experiencing a revitalization. Metal frames can be made or purchased, moss inserted and wrapped with fishline before planting with greenery. Marlene Pratt introduced Foltz and also served as hostess.

Pratt conducted the business meeting and reported there will be a fall tree-planting on the high school grounds to replace a number of trees. The Middlebury Tree Board is sponsoring and planning this event. Judy Markham reported on a matching grant available from the Garden Club of Indiana for trees planted from 2013-15. The club will apply for this grant.

Markham reported on the excellent work accomplished by the girls who are members of the Boys and Girls Junior Garden Club. In honor of National Garden Week, Shirley Shoup, Pratt and Betty Bellaire arranged and displayed bouquets at Greencroft, the library and the town hall.

Mary Morgan is the new chairman of the Bonneyville Herb Garden. The Fall Festival at Bonneyville will be Sept. 14.

Discussion ensued regarding a donation to Nature Conservancy for continued work on the Wabash River Project.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Middlebury Library. Andy Langdon, a naturalist with the Elkhart County Parks Department, will speak about turtles.


Fifteen members met for dinner June 25 at Danny K’s restaurant in Bristol. Shirley Hostetler was a visitor from Florida.

Members were reminded that Bunco Night will be Tuesday, July 9, at Karen Litwiller’s home. Information was given to members interested in attending “Half Stitched” at the Blue Gate Theatre on July 16.

Members were encouraged to send cards to those of the club suffering illness. Litwiller was honored for her June birthday, and Zita Kohout and Susan Wimmer won door prizes.

The next meeting will be July 30 at the Sports Time restaurant in Elkhart.


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