Clubs and organizations, Dec. 8, 2103

Meeting reports and upcoming events by local service clubs and fraternal organizations
Posted on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.


Five Elkhart Lions attended the district meeting on Nov. 16. Rose Russell from the Lakeville club reported that during the 2012-13 membership year, KidSight volunteers screened the vision of 16,239 youngsters statewide. More than 4,000 of those were in this district. Bob Myers, Lions Eye Bank trustee, added that since 2003, more than 99,000 screenings have been done, including 6,060 in this membership year.

A report from Wayne Madden, Lions Club International Foundation chairman, included news that within 24 hours, LCIF and the Lions of the Orient and South East Asia were able to mobilize $500,000 of disaster relief for the Philippines. It is worth noting that 100 percent of contributions made to LCIF are used for disaster relief or other grants; members’ dues cover the cost of administration. Madden’s report also included information about Johnson and Johnson’s Donate a Photo challenge. For each photo shared, the company will donate $1 to Sight for Kids. More information is available at www.donateaphoto.com.

Upcoming events: Friday, Dec. 13, Band Night; Jan. 3-4, Midwinter Conference, Plainfield; Jan. 11, Eyeglass Wash-athon; Jan. 18, cabinet meeting, New Paris

Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at Christiana Creek Country Club and are open to the public. Meetings will not be held Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Upcoming: Wednesday, Dec. 11, Diana Lawson, SoMa update; Dec. 18, Marshall King, Let’s Eat

Website: www.elkhartlions.org


Judge James Rieckhoff inducted Deb Hall, an Edward Jones investment adviser, into the club on Dec. 2.

In December there is no limit on fines, and Deb Stewart, sergeant-at-arms, did an excellent job extracting holiday dollars from club members. The sergeant’s committee raises more than $18,000 a year in “fines,” which are donated to local charities.

Rod Creech, Midwest Basketball Academy director, was the speaker. MBA is known as one of the best basketball training programs in the Midwest. Its focus is on player skill development, keeping in mind that the key to success in basketball is having a solid fundamental package. MBA knows having the complete package will help players be successful in every phase of the game. Their motto is “Repetition Equals Results; the More You Practice, the Better You Will Become.” At this point, MBA starts talking about how confidence breeds success. When players feel good about themselves, the sky becomes the limit.

Playing basketball is an important part of a player’s development. MBA offers year-round Youth Leagues (grades K-8). Their Youth Leagues are very popular and sell out every session. Two fall sessions and one winter session are offered. Bring your own team, or sign up as an individual. Players, coaches and spectators will enjoy a competitive, safe environment in a state-of-the-art facility, ICE Athletic Center.

More than 3,000 boys and girls pass through MBA’s doors every year. Services include fall instructional training leagues (K-8), winter youth leagues (K-8), Drills for Skills training clinics, personal training sessions, summer training camps, MBA SELECT competitive travel teams and high school summer leagues. For more information visit www.mba-basketball.com.

Search for Elkhart Rotary Club and “Like” on Facebook.

Meetings are at noon Mondays at the Matterhorn Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St.

Upcoming: Monday, Dec. 9, joint meeting of Elkhart Rotary and the Noon Kiwanis clubs.

Information: Visit www.elkhartrotary.org or call Tom Shoff at 293-5530 or email tom@shoff.com


Suzanne Wyatt introduced songstress Susan Boot, featured entertainer for the holiday program at the Dec. 2 meeting. Boot sang favorite Christmas carols and old standards popular in the ’40s and ’50s. All members and guests enjoyed a sing-along. Boot is an alumna of Carmel High School Ambassadors and Ball State University Singers, as well as being active in a variety of venues. She is performing at the Conrad Hilton in Indianapolis.

The next program will be April 7 at Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart. Tuck Langland, a sculptor living in northern Indiana, will speak on “Thoughts About Sculpture.” You can see his work at the Midwest Museum of American Art, Wellfield Gardens in Elkhart, the mall at IUSB and many other local places. Tea time is 12:15 p.m., announcements at 12:45 and the program at 1.

Information: fourartsclub.com


Guests at the Nov. 26 meeting included Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Ted Mahnensmith; Charles Hubbell, a guest of Rich Meyer from the Clubhouse; and Rhonda Chupp, a guest of her husband, Steve.

Roger Shipley reported the club has funded about 100 boxes for the Salvation Army.

The inspirational Thanksgiving program was presented by member Steve Chupp, who asked “Who are your ‘Delawares’ — the people in your life who God has sent to help you through the hard times of life?” Stop and take a moment to recognize who they are and be thankful for God’s presence through them.

Upcoming: Tuesday, Dec. 10, committee meetings; Thursday, Dec. 12, bell ringing for Salvation Army; Jan. 8, Hacienda Give-Back Day

Information: Dorothy Shirk at 533-1521.


Aaron Kindig served as toastmaster at the Nov. 26 meeting. JoEllen Eisenhour served as table topics master and Mark Lindemood served as general evaluator. Glenn Stutzman gave a speech. JoEllen Eisenhour served as lexicologist, giving the word of the day.

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

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

With each submission please include:

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

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

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