Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Indiana Retired Teachers Association. New Officers for the 2013-2014 year for the Elkhart County Retired Teachers. Row 1: Sue Harp, Past President and Fran Frasier, President. Row 2: Marie Palacios, Recording Secretary, Pat Huber, Corresponding Secretary Rose Conway, Treasureand Marilee Keim, Vice-President. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

The Dunlap Lions Club installed new officers for the 2013-2014 year at the June 20 Annual Meeting. Pictured are: Lion Bruce Wells, 1st Vice President, Lion Bill Smith, President, and Lion John Preheim, 2nd Vice President. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

The Indiana Retired Teachers Association. Cathy VanHuystee presenting the lifetime volunteer hours award to Amanda Fast. Amanda has continually turned in many hours over the past several years. This award is given to a person that continues to give back to the community in many different areas. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

The Indiana Retired Teachers Association. Those that volunteered for community service turned in their hours they had served. Those honored are Row 1: left to right: Esther Deal, Frances Copeland, Amanda Fast, Marie Palacios, Row 2: left to right: Rhonda Schrag, Myrtis Justiniano, Dick Bracken, Elaine Frey, Carol Grieser, Cathy VanHuystee and Phyllis Frey. Elkhart County turned in 25,202 volunteer hours to the state. Community Service brings to our communities our skills and abilities, while giving needed and valuable assistance. The Indiana Retired Teachers Association encourages all to be active as volunteers and to be a role model in the community. Volunteers were honored for 200-400 hours, 400-600 hours, 600-800 hours, 800-1,000 hours and those with over 1,000 hours. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

Lions Merv and Sharon Bontrager were awarded the Lions of the Year Award at the June 20 Annual Awards Meeting of the Dunlap Lions Club, for their dedicated work in processing over 6,025 eye glasses for the district eyeglass mission to Mexico in October. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

Receiving the Melvin Jones Awards at the Dunlap Lion Club Annual Meeting on June 20 are: Lion Dave Vollmar and Lion Mike Dines. (Photo Supplied) (AP)
Clubs and organizations for July 14, 2013

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.


Fifteen members attended the July 9 meeting.

Carrie Zickelfoose, Elkhart County Women’s Shelter director, requested funds to purchase a swing set to be installed at the shelter for kids who stay there with their moms. A special meeting of the board was convened following the general meeting and approved the request. The club will donate $600 toward the purchase.

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

Member Brian Dickerson, a city council member, talked about some of the budget problems caused by the reduction in property tax collections. He explained some of his recent votes. There was some interest among members about the compact fees for sewer services. Dickerson said it’s hard to understand the different agreements, such as Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), compact fees, sewer service agreements and intergovernmental agreements (Edwardsburg, Granger, Simonton Lake Conservation District). They are all different types of agreements and generate different fees. Some members asked about the burned-out hangar at the airport and when it will be repaired. Dickerson will check and report back.

Upcoming: Tuesday, July 16, Trevor Wendzonka, ECC director of communications and governmental affairs; July 23, Molly Prime, Habitat for Humanity, update and opportunity; July 30, Laurie King, Guidance Ministries, children’s program; Aug. 6, Jon Chevalier, Career Center Law Enforcement Program; Aug. 6, Night out Against Crime; 6:45 a.m. Aug. 8, board meeting at C&E; Aug. 13, Daryl Searer, RV/MH Hall of Fame director

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

Information: Prudy Holzhausen, 264-7172


Doug Risser, outgoing president, rang the bell to call the July 1 meeting to order. Dick Kallenberg presented Steve Braden and Ann McCuistion with Paul Harris +1 awards. Pam Dunkin, Jeff Peat, Ken Pletcher and Gene Hungate were presented with Paul Harris +2 awards.

Bruce Piekarski, sergeant-at-arms, fined all non-golfers and quizzed members on how many hot dogs are consumed on the Fourth of July. Answer: 150 million. The Sergeant’s Committee raises over $18,000 a year in “fines,” which are then donated to local charities.

Risser reflected on his year as president.

Ellen Janowski, incoming president, opened the July 8 meeting. Her first order of business was to present Risser with a ceremonial gavel. Cindy Lindahl was also honored for her two years of service on the club’s board of directors.

Stu Barb, judge pro-tem, inducted new member Todd Yoder into the club. Yoder’s sponsor was Dave Weaver.

Linda Houseman of Church World Services spoke. Houseman has served CWS for more than 50 years. Her primary area of interest is Kenya, where she has helped ensure safe drinking water and safe schools. For more information visit:

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

Meetings are at noon Mondays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Upcoming: Monday, Burne Miller, Elkhart Morning Club, Group Study Exchange Program; July 29, Dr. Saksena, Life Balance. Save the Date: 11 a.m. Aug. 24. The Taste of the Gardens will be held at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Live bands, dozens of artists and food vendors. Come and see what’s been done in the gardens over the past year. Aug. 26, Elkhart Rotary Golf Outing at Christiana Creek Country Club.

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


Karen Steffensen and Joel Richard welcomed members and guests Aaron Mills, Ryan McKibbin, Angie McKee and Shannon Oakes.

Patty Morgan asked for sign-ups for the club’s fair booth, Andy Reed announced burger-making times, and Dave Holderman announced he will have fair tickets.

Andy Reed introduced Mike Hoover, Elkhart County Health Department Food Safety Program supervisor, who talked about food-handling safety as it relates to the booth at the fair.

Upcoming: Aug. 6, Membership Roundup

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

Information: Ben Williams, 596-4062


The next meeting, on Friday, July 19, will be at the Elkhart County Fair. Please park at Gate 5, enter at Gate G and look for the commercial exhibits and event tents. Don’t forget: You will need a pass to enter the fairgrounds; passes are available at the sign-in table and from Gene Stutsman.

Carl Rutt introduced his wife, Lovina, who provided the July 5 program on celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine related to an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley as well as many foods for which it may be an additive. It is unclear what triggers celiac disease, although it is genetically related. Rutt told her personal and family story of celiac disease. She was fortunate in being diagnosed and addressing her disease in a relatively short period of time. She explained that it can take a long time to diagnose celiac disease, with the average being 11 years. The only current solution for celiac disease is to initiate a gluten-free diet. Rutt indicated that it used to be difficult to find foods without gluten, but that it is now much easier to find gluten-free products and gluten-free menus. One of the best suggestions was to be aware of the potential for celiac disease and other food allergies when planning to entertain friends or family. She suggested it would always be wise to ask whether guests have any diet-related restrictions.


Mark Lindemood served as toastmaster and Chuck Kurk served as table topics master at the June 2 meeting. Aaron Kindig was the grammarian, introducing members to the “word of the day.” Dennis Wenzel served as general evaluator.

Toastmasters is a positive, supportive club where members develop presentation and listening skills.

Meetings are from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. The public is welcome to attend to see if Toastmasters can assist in communication skills.

Information: Mark Lindemood, 364-2701 or


SCORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to help small businesses start out, grow and develop sustainable success.

Members met July 1 for their monthly meeting at the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce office. Dean Hupp, chair, presided at the meeting.

The June chapter performance was reviewed. Fourteen small business owners were counseled during the month, with some being secondary sessions. SCORE works with current and prospective new business owners on how to successfully start and sustain a growing business. Sally Klopper was introduced as a new mentor for the Elkhart County chapter.

Upcoming counseling sessions were scheduled for the month of July. Hupp reported the chapter will convert to the new SCORE national computer system by the end of 2013.

Jim Welz reported on the activity in Goshen. He updated the group on the new LaunchPad program at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. The LaunchPad is a Business Incubator, providing members with state-of-the-art workspace, on-site development and growth services. SCORE is working closely to provide counseling services to the business owners.

Dick Kemper and Welz reported for the marketing committee. A number of new initiatives are planned, with some already under way. Kemper introduced Merridith Kiefer, Burkhart Advertising account executive. She gave a presentation on the benefits of outdoor advertising. SCORE plans to initiate an awareness campaign in August.

SCORE conducts two workshops annually for small business owners. The dates were tentatively set for the Fall Workshop series, which will run for seven sessions on consecutive Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 26 at the Elkhart Chamber offices.The next meeting is planned for 9 a.m. Aug. 5 in the Chamber “Decision” meeting room.

Information: Joe Gross,, or 596-2533



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