Clubs & Organizations, Oct. 13, 2013

News from Elkhart County's service clubs and fraternal organizations
Posted on Oct. 12, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.


Sixteen members and one guest, Corey Martin, jail chaplain, attended the Oct. 8 meeting.

Gary Toland is still taking orders for the Scouts popcorn sales.

Mike Wyrick officially inducted Abbie Albaugh into the club. She was sponsored by Prudy Holzhausen almost a year ago and has been very active, but was not officially inducted. Albaugh was actually awarded the Rookie of the Year Award before being pinned.

Martin began his presentation with a reading from Matthew 9:9-13. He has recently taken over as the Elkhart County Jail chaplain. Martin said he had previously served as an aide for congressmen Chris Chocola and Mark Souder. He then worked at The Crossing in Goshen.

While at The Crossing, Martin met a young man, “Bob.” Martin described this meeting as something God had made happen. The two had nothing in common. Martin described his upbringing as being sheltered and insulated from the “real world.” He had great parents, great friends and was a part of the Wakarusa community and the Wakarusa Missionary Church. “Bob’s” mother lived in Chicago battling with addictions, and his dad was somewhere in Elkhart. “Bob” was essentially homeless and at age 18, staying wherever he could. Sometimes “Bob” would “crash” at Martin’s house.

About two years ago, “Bob” was arrested for battery and was in jail at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility. Martin would visit “Bob” at the jail two times a week. Martin would also bring “Bob’s” twins (born one month before he was arrested). Martin also visited “Bob” when he was transferred to Michigan City. “Bob” has been out for about 1 ½ months and is living with Martin and his family.

As Martin was ministering with “Bob,” he became aware of the chaplain’s program at the jail. When Mike Kupke, former chaplain, retired last year, Martin applied for the position and was selected by the chaplain’s board and Sheriff Brad Rogers.

Martin’s philosophy to jail ministry is to change lives by building real relationships. He is working to get churches, community groups and employers to be advocates for some of these people who truly want to change their lives.

Meetings are at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Pumpernickels. Upcoming: Tuesday, Oct. 15, Leise Skibbins, Life in the Military; Oct. 22, Corey White, Big Brother of the Year, and Steph Patka; Oct. 29, Judge Charles Carter Wicks and Tara Boocher-Whaley of Elkhart County Community Corrections; Nov. 5, Sue Dancer and her dog, Punkin, also aluminum can collection day; Nov. 12, Don French of the Center for Community Corrections.

Information: Prudy Holzhausen at 264-7172


Member Nelson Nix of Nix Insurance Solutions shared information and practical advice at the Oct. 2 meeting about the Affordable Care Act. He listed the 10 essential benefits of ACA, which include ambulatory patient services, prescription drugs, emergency care, mental health services, hospitalization, rehabilitative and habilitative services, preventive and wellness services, laboratory services, pediatric care and maternity and newborn care. There are no lifetime caps, and the highest premiums can’t be more than three times the lowest rate. Those with pre-existing conditions will be covered, and no rate distinctions are made between males and females. Age is a factor in determining rates. He expressed frustration with media coverage and would remind people that it took six months to iron out the kinks in the implementation of Medicare Part D in 2006.

Ann Kalman urged members to participate in vision screenings at area Head Start centers as part of Operation KidSight. Screenings are currently scheduled to begin at Jimtown Elementary on Oct. 21 and end with WaNee’s Woodview Elementary on Nov. 12. Other preschools will be scheduled at a later date.

Upcoming events: Through Nov. 12, Operation KidSight screenings; Nov. 16, district cabinet meeting in Rochester

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

Upcoming: Wednesday, Oct. 16, Dave Eisen, district governor; Oct. 23, Monica Ann Hyde, LaCasa, foreclosure prevention/intervention; Oct. 30, Tammy Friesen, Council on Aging

Website: www.elkhartlions.org


Meredith Eels greeted 40 members and six guests at the Oct. 8 meeting. Dan Craig gave the invocation. The “K” comedian was jointly shared between Steph Patka and Steve Brown. They gave members a good laugh while trying to explain math from a banker’s point of view vs. that of a not-for-profit organization. Bob Reese, finemaster, educated the club on the Affordable Care Act, while asking true-or-false questions to each table. Fines are all in good humor, and the money raised goes to local charities to help children.

Denny Yoder from Riley Hospital for Children was the speaker. For the past 20-plus years, Yoder has been involved with K.I.D.S. for Riley, which is Kiwanis In Direct Support. Some of the many highlights from his speech included the fact that Riley employees 34 social workers who help with patients and their families. Riley has added four Child Life specialists this year, with another five coming next year, to help ensure expert care, compassion and comfort to all patients. K.I.D.S. also helps form parent comfort carts, which are donated items families might need while staying in the hospital. Donated items are anything from books and candy bars to personal hygiene items.

Meetings are at noon Tuesdays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center and are open to the public. The organization’s goal is to help children in the local community.

Information: Come to a meeting or contact Kirk Elliott at 533-0573 or kelliott@salemins.com


Tom McArthur announced on Oct. 7 that the club’s C.R. 6 cleanup will be Oct. 26.

Matt Pletcher gave the Rotary Foundation Minute listing one of 51 reasons to donate to the Rotary Foundation.

Anthony Hunt, sergeant-at-arms, quizzed members on the ingredients in a cup of coffee and how they affect the brain. The sergeant’s committee raises over $ 18,000 a year in “fines,” which are then donated to local charities.

The speaker was Judge Evan Roberts of Elkhart County Superior Court 1. Roberts’ court handles divorces, adoptions and adult sex crime cases. Last year, he had 26 jury trials. The most memorable part of the judge’s speech was when he read some the many excuses people cannot (don’t want to) serve on jury duty. For more information, visit http://www.in.gov/judiciary/3386.htm.

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

Upcoming: Dr. Rob Haworth, Elkhart Community Schools superintendent, will present his “Action Plan”

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 club held the first program of the season on Oct. 7. Linda Taylor, president, welcomed 200 members, endowment members and guests to see and hear Sharon Randall, award-winning columnist for Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C. Her weekly column is distributed to some 400 newspapers and an estimated 6 million readers nationwide. Randall spoke on “The Art of Living and Laughing: Things I’ve Learned from Those I Love.” She talked at length about her brother, blind at birth, and growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North and South Carolina with her family. Her stories kept the audience entertained with touching and amusing stories that included her three children, a husband she lost to cancer in 1998 who was a teacher, four grandchildren and her spouse, who she married in 2005.

Randall began her career at The Monterey County Herald in 1982, starting in the newspaper’s library and ending as a feature writer and syndicated columnist. Her work has been honored with numerous awards from the AASFE, APNEC of California and Nevada, along with a Casey Journalism Fellowship from the University of Maryland. She ended the program telling the audience she will be spending six weeks by herself at a lake in North Carolina, where she will be working on her first novel called “All in the World and More.”

The next program will be on Nov. 4 at Christiana Creek Country Club. Rachel Berenson Perry, author and retired Indiana State Museum Fine Arts curator, will present the life and work of T.C. Steele and The Hoosier Group artists of Indiana. Tea time: 12:15 p.m., announcements: 12:45 p.m. and program: 1 p.m. Guests: $15

Information: fourartsclub.com


Nine members and one guest, Fran Miller, met Oct. 3 at Marjorie Groves’ home.

The club earned $120 from the white elephant auction in September. Coins for Friendship and Nickels for Leadership were collected from members.

Helen Koller gave the inspirational readings, referring back to the old-fashioned days and from 1 Corinthians 3:16. She spoke also about the beauties of fall and the harvest.

Margaret Pettifer gave a health and safety lesson on being prepared for winter and presented the education lesson “Caring for the Caregiver.” There were many good suggestions in the information about ways and reasons caregivers can and should take care of themselves so they can take care of their patient.

Miller served an assortment of wonderful refreshments she and her daughter had made. Upcoming: Saturday, Oct. 19, IEHA Make a Difference Day; Oct. 26, fall holiday program


Roy Stern greeted 28 members and five guests at the Oct. 3 meeting.

Barry Younghhans introduced Jim Pickard, Goshen High School wrestling coach, and John Trenshaw, Katie Younghans and Evan Smith, seniors at GHS. A short video was shown while Pickard described the Functional Skills Olympics Day to be held Oct. 29 (rain date Oct. 31) at GHS for students from all high schools in the county. This will be the second year for the event. They plan to have 25 events, including wheelchair events, for the expected 65 participants. Each participant will receive a participation badge, a t-shirt and ribbons for placements. Lunch will be provided. Since many high school students volunteer, in addition to Trenshaw, Younghans and Smith, the Functional Skills students make new friends among the wider student body, and these friendships carry on throughout the school year. Since the event needs to take place during the school day, adults are invited and encouraged to come out and cheer for these student athletes.

Upcoming: Oct. 29, Trick or Treat in Reverse

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

Information: Jim Bare at 533-8942


A team of Ross Ringenberg and Josh Bean of the Everence Toastmasters Club and two members of the Maple City Toastmasters Club, Mark Lindemood and Glenn Stutzman, won the Table Topics contest hosted Sept. 29 by the Everence club.

Judges Jim Smith and Marla Brenneman of the Everence club and Sondra Resen of Maple City chose that team’s response to the question “Can you give us your best parenting advice?” as the best. Teams had two minutes to respond, with three of the teammates sharing the speaking roles. The fourth member of the team was the coordinator, deciding who would handle each portion of the speech.

Toastmasters is a positive, supportive club where members develop presentation and listening skills. Anyone involved in sales, teaching and customer service would benefit by this club.

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

Information: Mark Lindemood at 364-2701 or mlindemood@yahoo.com


Twenty members and two guests attended the Sept. 15 meeting at Between the Buns in Osceola.

Members interested in running for president or treasurer should submit their nomination to Chris Robben.

Trivia Night to benefit Leighton Akin will be held in February. The Empty Bowls Soup Dinner project to benefit Real Services Senior Nutrition programs will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at The Woodward in downtown South Bend. Admission is $15 per person. Everyone will receive a ceramic bowl made and donated by Penn High School art students. There will be a variety of soups donated by local restaurants, live and silent auctions, and music by SOUND FX. There will be a cash bar. The club birthday and Christmas party will be Dec. 13 at the Mishawaka VFW.

The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Beef O’Brady’s, 12749 Adams Road, Granger. The meeting is open to the public.

Information: Carey Bert at 320-2957 or cber1202@aol.com


Ezra Mast introduced visiting Rotarians Roger Neumann and Don Stoller at the Oct. 4 meeting.

Another outstanding group of student Rotarians from Goshen High School was introduced: Cabe Leinbach, Carlos Duarte, Guisella Marino, Sadie Greshaw, Amera Kupke and Austin Weirich.

Chad Gascho introduced Becky Hershberger, Goshen brownfield coordinator, who presented the program on the Mill Street Park Project. Hershberger said the proposed Mill Street Park consists of approximately 16 acres of real estate that had been used for over 100 years as an industrial area. She said the city of Goshen acquired the real estate about 10 years ago and originally planned to have it be reused for residential purposes. Environmental issues interfered with that purpose, which was then redesignated for park purposes. In considering possible uses, the City discovered a significant need for a park on the north side of Goshen. Earlier this year, site closure was approved by the sate with respect to the environmental condition, which now allows the project to proceed. Some trails have already been developed and a pavilion constructed to initiate the park development.

The plan is to have a large park space of approximately 6 acres consisting of natural elements, open space, community gardens, “pockets” of park elements including musical features, sand and water, labyrinths and other unique areas along with the utilization of trees and landscaping. Total costs are anticipated to be in the area of $265,000. The commitment from Goshen Rotary to raise at least $30,000 for playground equipment purchases would be a major contribution toward the project with planned installation in the spring of 2014. The city anticipates looking for grants and other contributions along with City participation to bring the park project to completion. There will also be opportunities for volunteer service to aid in the development of the park.

The current board members of Goshen Rotary have already pledged nearly $13,000 toward the project. Contributions should be made payable to the City of Goshen Park Department for the Mill Street Park Project, with checks forwarded to Laurie Nafziger for recordkeeping. It is hoped the fundraising can be completed by the end of October, with the funds provided to the City of Goshen for the purchase of the playground equipment. Regardless of amount, each and every Goshen Rotary Club member is encouraged to financially support the project.

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

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Ÿ Brief recap of most recent meeting and details of scheduled events for members and the public

Ÿ Time, day, date and place for next meetings and whether meetings are open to the public

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