News and upcoming events from Elkhart County's fraternal organizations and service clubs
DUNLAP LIONS CLUB
Bill Van Patten shared some interesting history Aug. 15 about the Armory building in downtown Elkhart. It was very timely, since demolition of the structure began in the following week. Twenty-seven members and two guests were present. The “Dandy Lion” was presented to Paulajean Ritzmann, one of the newest members.
Two roadside signs located at the entrance points to Dunlap have been upgraded and now read “Supporting Your Community” with signs of Dunlap Lions, Concord Rotary and Fairview Grange displayed.
Upcoming: Thursday, Sept. 5, Dave Eisen, governor of District 25-G; Sept. 14, White Cane Candy Day fundraiser; Sept. 19, Jeremy Shue, Seed to Feed; Sept. 19-21, USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum in Overland Park, Kan.; Oct. 3, Monica Skibbe, Special Olympics.
Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Fairview Grange, 22482 C.R. 45, Goshen. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
ELKHART BREAKFAST OPTIMIST CLUB
Thirteen members and three guests attended the Aug. 27 meeting. The guests were Julie Robison, North District lieutenant governor, and Liz Fishler and Mary Bentley of the Luncheon club.
The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Kathy Dardis’ home. Incoming and outgoing board members should plan to attend. Attendees will be planning for the next year.
Robison provided information about the State Optimist program. Local clubs are organized into zones. There are seven clubs in Zone 2 and 45 clubs in the North District. Zones conduct quarterly meetings where ideas are exchanged. It is also an opportunity for officers of the different clubs can have social time. Robison is planning to have some zone activities at which Optimist club members can get to know members from different clubs. The next zone event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Strikes and Spares in Mishawaka. The district also has quarterly meetings at which club business and training sessions are held. The next district meeting will be Oct. 25-26 in Kokomo. Robison has set a goal next year to make every club in Zone 2 an honor club. This will mean clubs will need to work on adding new members. She is excited about the new year, which begins Oct. 1, and she believes Zone 2 can be the best zone in the state.
Upcoming: No meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day; Thursday, Sept. 5, board meeting at 6 p.m. at Kathy Dardis’ home; Sept. 10, Scott Schrock, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts; Sept. 13, Luncheon Club’s 25th anniversary party at Antonio’s; Sept. 17, Clare Krabill, Center for Healing and Hope executive director; Sept. 24, Benny Russo, Osolo Township trustee; Sept. 21, help the Luncheon Club build a house; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28, EBOC banquet at Yohnderosa; Oct. 1, Dardis, new club president.
Meetings are at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Pumpernickel’s.
Information: Prudy Holzhausen at 264-7172
ELKHART LIONS CLUB
Deb Hogan and Brian Thomas reviewed plans Aug. 21 for newspaper ad sales.
Marty Juel, first vice district governor, spoke of his recent trip to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Mich. Founded in 1939 by three Detroit-area Lions, the organization provides guide dogs to the blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Juel described three facets of the program to prepare dogs: breeding, year-long placement with families and intensive training at the facility. While only 20 percent of the dogs graduate to become leader dogs for the blind, the remainder might become other types of service dogs or be adopted, with their foster families being given first choice. All programs for those receiving leader dogs are offered free at the Rochester facility. Leader Dogs operates entirely on donations, about 20 percent of which come from Lions Clubs. More information is available at www.leaderdog.org.
Upcoming: Thursday, Sept. 5, board meeting; Sept. 12, Phone-a-Thon; Oct. 5, chicken barbecue.
Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at Christiana Creek Country Club and are open to the public.
ELKHART LUNCHEON OPTIMIST CLUB
The club’s 25th anniversary dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Antonio’s Restaurant, 1105 Goshen Ave., Elkhart. Cost: $25 per person. Friends, spouses, fellow Optimists — everyone is invited. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 3.
ELKHART ROTARY CLUB
Dick Kallenberg presented a Paul Harris Fellowship award to Kimberly Bergeron, daughter of club member Dean Hupp, at the Aug. 19 meeting.
Dave Dygert, the ever-popular sergeant-at-arms, always walking the edge of decorum, raised the maximum number of fines. The Sergeant’s Committee raises over $18,000 a year in “fines,” which are donated to local charities.
Speakers Kevin and Susan Fry told about Edne Children’s Village created in Mhangura, Zimbabwe, to assist children at risk in the Makonde District of Mashonaland West. It is a ministry of Goshen Christian Church. Eden Children’s Village has been formed in partnership with Christians in Zimbabwe and the United States. For more information visit http://www.edenchildrensvillage.org.
Ellen Janowsky, president, began the Aug. 26 meeting early to fit in everything and allow Rotarians to attend the annual golf outing.
The biggest update came from Terri Rickel, Taste of the Gardens chair. The Elkhart Rotary-sponsored fundraiser at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens to build the gardens raised $102,726 from more than 5,000 attendees with 215 volunteers, 80 artists and 17 restaurants.
Then, in an abbreviated presentation, Lisa Gilkey Schoetzow, sergeant, reviewed several emails she received as volunteer coordinator for the Wellfield event, fining all for their inattentiveness. Elkhart Rotary sergeants annually collect more than $18,000 for distribution to local charities.
Tom Shoff gave an extended introduction to the speaker, Greg Ballard, Indianapolis mayor. He briefly summarized many initiatives he is doing in Indy, wishing more mayors around the country would embrace the same priorities — building infrastructure, reducing operational debt and saving money. For more information visit http://www.indy.gov/eGov/Mayor/initiatives/Pages/Initiatives.aspx.
Meetings are at noon Mondays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. Upcoming: Sept. 9, Hayley Boling, Elkhart Educational Foundation; Sept. 16, Jeff Komins, New STEAM School in Elkhart.
Information: Visit www.elkhartrotary.org or call Tom Shoff at 293-5530 or email email@example.com
FOUR ARTS CLUB
Sylvia Shelly introduced speaker Dr. Elliot Engel at the Aug. 5 meeting. Dr. Engel entertained members and guests with a talk about “Leonardo DaVinci: Before the Code.” His theory about the picture of the Mona Lisa was fascinating. He said, “Look at her hands, not her smile.” She had swollen hands with no rings, as the wife of a wealthy husband. She also has a drape of cloth over her lap, with her right arm above her lap, which is an unusual pose for a portrait. Dr. Engel said he thinks she was pregnant, and the smile is the smile of a mother-to-be. DaVinci’s drawings showed how ahead of his time he was. Engel said he believes DaVinci was born too soon for his ideas about the future.
Originally from Indianapolis, Dr. Engel lives in Raleigh, N.C., where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke University. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. While at UCLA he won that university’s Outstanding Teacher Award.
The next meeting will be at noon on Sept. 9 at Christiana Creek Country Club. It will be the Four Arts Fashion Gala by Woldruff’s of Goshen. Information: fourartsclub.com
GOSHEN NOON KIWANIS CLUB
Linda Davis and Amanda Davidson were guests at the Aug. 19 meeting.
Perfect attendance recognition included Lisa Meade, Jason Lehman and Tim Doyle.
Committees met this week.
Upcoming: Tuesday, Sept. 3, Diakonia Award program at Greencroft Community Center; Sunday, Sept. 8, Kiwanis Dinner on the Lake; Sept. 10, Steve Germani, ADEC.
Meetings are at noon Tuesdays at Maplecrest Country Club and are open to the public.
Information: Ben Williams at 596-4062
GOSHEN ROTARY CLUB
Pete McCown was the only visiting Rotarian at the Aug. 23 meeting.
Arlin Hunsberger announced there are 12 applicants for the Goshen Rotary Scholarship this year at Goshen College. He hopes to have four candidates selected to be awarded the scholarship this year, two in the fall and two in the spring. More information will be provided in coming weeks.
Robin Yoder reminded members the club will be participating in the Goshen Community School Foundation Trivia Contest this fall. Contact Robin Yoder or Bill Davis if interested.
Steve Fidler invited participation in the monthly Happy Dollars campaign. Those making contributions and announcing noteworthy news included Jim Siegmann, Laurie Nafziger, Robin Yoder, George Buckingham, Mark King, Phil Neff, Dave Roose, Robert Cripe, David Birky, Susan Bartush, Pete McCown, Dick Snyder, Bob Shreiner and Jim Brenneman.
Rick Thompson introduced Steve Germani, Elkhart Rotarian and ADEC development manager. Germani presented a program dealing with the School-to-Work program and other integration efforts being made in the community by ADEC to provide employment opportunities for those with disabilities. Germani said ADEC has services available in Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury and Mishawaka. The employment service programs are geared to assist the disabled who seek employment and are not employed, with statistics indicating that 80 percent of such people between the ages of 18 to 64 are unemployed. Germani is participating in the Chicago Marathon this October in an effort to place 26 ADEC clients in jobs throughout the Michiana area. Instead of collecting pledges, he is asking community commitment to provide a job for each mile he runs. Recognizing what people do is important and contributes significantly to an individual’s self worth is a driving force behind ADEC’s efforts.
Germani said ADEC currently serves approximately 350 clients in the St. Joseph County and Elkhart County areas. ADEC’s efforts are aimed at helping to match up clients with the right employer and the right job. To make this happen, he said stereotypes need to be broken, as those with disabilities can make significant contributions in the workforce and can be a real positive in the workplace. For more information contact Germani or Thompson.
MAPLE CITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB
Aaron Kindig served as toastmaster at the Aug. 27 meeting, and Doug Haarer served as table topics master as well as grammarian, introducing the word of the day. Judy Moore served as general evaluator. Mark Lindemood opened and closed the meeting. Susan Disch presented a speech.
Toastmasters is a positive, supportive club in which members develop presentation and listening skills. Anyone involved in sales, teaching and customer service would benefit from this club.
Meetings are from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. The public is welcome to see if Toastmasters can assist in your communication skills.
Information: Mark Lindemood at 364-2701 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ROTARY CLUB OF CONCORD
Scott Puckett (Elkhart Noon) and Dick Peterson (a former Concord Rotarian) and the club’s No. 2-rated tennis player from Bolivia and 2013-14 exchange student, Bernardo Cadario Moreno, were guests at the Aug. 22 meeting. Bernardo is attending Concord High School this year through the club’s exchange student program. Jami Stamm (and family) are Bernardo‘s host family.
Nancy Keller, president, was able to travel to and attend the annual Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal. Keller showed a slide of an empty airport lobby in Duluth, Minn., and used that slide to contrast the transfer to an international airport environment. Keller used her slides to unveil the travel experience rather than simply sights and architecture. Her photos focused on the interactions of the people, buildings, food and culture differences, and how she felt as if she was wandering through each scene. “How did I get here?” was an expression she used only to sum it up to “only through Rotary.” Keller described aspects of the people at the convention rather than the business of the convention itself. She showed pictures of the back of one man (assuming African) who wore an embroidered outfit that could only be fully appreciated by a rear photo. Keller called herself a “picture stalker” as she gathered photographs from the view of many large rooms filled with people representing many nations. She took a picture that showed the rather crude but functional construction of the “break-out” rooms made of particle board and assembled in what appeared to be a large warehouse or airplane hangar. They were used for small group discussion and presentations.
Keller stayed at the Hotel Dom Pedro, which is a rather upper-class hotel. She acquired that room not by request but because many of the cheaper hotels were booked a year in advance and the only remaining rooms were at the more expensive hotels. Keller took photos of the beauty of Lisbon and also of some surrounding smaller towns. One of most beautiful was scenery from Cascais, where the beautiful mosaic tile was on every street and walkway. Keller spent a very long day at the convention and filmed many of the performances of Rotarian musicians. One was Christina Daugherty, district governor, who is a very accomplished operatic singer. Other noteworthy celebrities who spoke were Jane Goodall and Celine Cousteau.
Keller’s trip was delayed due to a strike of civil workers in Lisbon. She wound up spending the night in a German hotel because of the delay. She said one particular Rotarian came to her aid during the delay and helped her to avoid further discomforts and delays. As Keller came home from her trip, she continued to pinch herself and ask, “How did I get here?” The Rotary Club of Concord and Rotary International offers experiences and opportunities to help others and help oneself to grow personally.
Meetings are at noon Wednesdays Concord Mall Community Room located across from the Jo-Ann Fabrics. Consider visiting the club for an enjoyable meal and Rotary experience.
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