Clubs & organizations, July 13

    Information about area clubs and organizations.

    Posted on July 13, 2014 at 3:24 p.m.


    Members met June 19 for their Spring Fling Awards Night meeting. All enjoyed punch, crackers and cheese before the evening’s meal. Following the meal, a musical group of three Concord High School students entertained.

    Awards were presented to Jeanine Juel and Paulajean Ritzmann, Cubs of the Year; Bill Douwsma, outstanding treasurer award for serving the club as treasurer for 13 years; and Nancy Thompson and Amanda Fast, Lion of the Year awards.

    New officers installed are Bruce Wells, president; John Preheim, first vice president; Dick Litwiller, second vice president; Mike Dines, third vice president; Amanda Fast, secretary; Duane Klein, treasurer; Dale Crist, Lion tamer; Judy Wells, tail twister; Nancy Thompson, membership chairman; Kathy Royer, Dave Vollmar, John Sternberg and Merv Bontrager, board of directors.

    Upcoming: Thursday, July 17, Marty Juel, district governor; Aug. 2, annual Jonah Fish Fry at Concord High School cafeteria from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 2, district cabinet meeting in Rochester; Aug. 21, Wellfield Botanic Gardens; Aug. 23, Banner Night in Wakarusa; Sept. 4, guest night

    Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month at Fairview Grange, 22482 C.R. 45, Goshen. Visitors and potential new members are welcome.

    Information: 875-5963



    Ten members and two guests attended the July 1 meeting. Rosemary Miller, president, introduced guests Ann Haffner and Mackenzie Colglazier.

    Diann Hoyt read a thank you from Church Community Services and passed around a flyer from the Lions Store.

    Haffner installed the officers for the 2014-15 year. They are Miller, president; Sharon Stacker, vice president; Hoyt, secretary; Terri Longacre, treasurer; Connie Miller, membership director; Mac Boyer, tail twister and song leader; Bessie Wenger, Lion tamer; Mary Harris and Chuck Vetter, two-year directors; and Norma Boyer, one-year director.

    Haffner also presented a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award to Harris.

    Upcoming events: Aug. 2, district meeting in Rochester and Dunlap Lions fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Aug. 5, next regular meeting; Aug. 23, Banner Night at Nelson's in Wakarusa.

    Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Greenleaf Health Center.

    Information: Rosemary Miller, 269-641-5203

    Website: http://e-Clubhouse.org/sites/elkhartcommunityIN/



    Dick Keen, director, reported July 3 on another successful Rhapsody in Green fundraiser and acknowledged all those who contributed to that success.

    Volunteers were recruited to assist with the District 25-G golf outing, which will be Aug. 6 at the Maxwelton Golf Club in Syracuse. club has assumed responsibility for this event.

    Representatives of 1.35 million Lions met in Toronto from July 4 to 8. Among those was Elkhart Lions Club’s Marty Juel, who was inducted as district governor. Juel will be honored Aug. 23, when the governor’s banner will be transferred from the Mishawaka club to Elkhart’s. The theme for his year as governor is “Success Through Service.”

    Upcoming events: July 28, pie sale; Aug. 2, district meeting in Rochester; Aug. 6, district golf outing at Maxwelton Golf Club in Syracuse; Aug. 7, board meeting; Aug. 23, banner night

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

    Upcoming: July 16, Ron Lunch, Elkhart County Veterans’ Service officer. There will not be a regular meeting Aug. 6.

    Website: www.elkhartlions.org



    Visitors at the June 30 meeting were Rotarian Jim Neff from Goshen and Jackie Ford, who was visiting from Virginia.

    Kyle Hannon was inducted as a new member, sponsored by Phil Penn.

    Stan Cohen, Grand Exalted poo-ba of the Sergeants Committee, gave his final presentation and also retired from the committee. The money the committee raised over the year is pooled into a fund and then disbursed annually to area non-profit organizations.

    Vince DelPrete, Northern Indiana Aquaproducts owner, spoke. Aquaponics is the marriage of aquaculture (or fish farming), with hydroponics. DelPrete’s fish farming operation employs indoor intensive aquaculture, a method of raising seafood that maintains constant and precise control over all environmental variables. Northern Indiana Aquaproducts (NIA) has a broad customer base with a wide variety of fish and produce products. He also introduced a unique line of commercial and home gardening fertilizers.

    DelPrete’s small-scale operation can produce 35,000 pounds of fresh seafood annually; this enables the company to deliver a fresh, never frozen, filet.

    DelPrete is able to grow and produce hydroponically, using only the nutrient-rich water from the aquaculture operation. The water that would normally be discarded is optimized by the growing of all natural herbs and vegetables. Every drop of water from the fish production is utilized in growing his produce. There is no waste in his system; it is completely sustainable. For more information visit www.northernindianaaquaproducts.com.

    Chuck Grodnik, incoming president, rang the bell to call the July 7 meeting to order. Stu Barb inducted new member Chad Douglass.

    Grodnick will be initiating a new program for meetings where a longtime member would be given the opportunity to reintroduce himself to the members. Stu Basquin, a 32-year member, spoke at this meeting.

    Ellen Janowski, outgoing president, reviewed the highlights of her tenure by looking at the goals that had been set for the year. She mentioned how some of the goals had been reached and funds that had been raised to support organizations that are doing positive things in the community, one of which is the Salvation Army. Janowski also highlighted an international initiative to help children in India who may be born deaf or hearing-impaired and is supported by the Elkhart club. In addition, Rotary also provided ongoing support to the Wellfield Botanic Garden. In summary, Janowski said she had wanted to close meetings as close to 1 as possible, save money so we can do more for the community and the world, and increase every member's sense of engagement in Rotary. She thanked some of the people who have had an impact on her and her presidency and closed by playing a song.

    Grodnik presented her with her past president's pin and plaque and closed the meeting with a trivia question.

    Upcoming: Monday, July 14, Rod Roberson, Church Community Services

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

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



    Members met July 1 at Ag Hall at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in anticipation of the biggest fundraiser of the year.

    Guests included Kara and Kahleb (Deb Stauffer’s children), John Leatherman, Brad Deal, Claire McGuire (with Dave McGuire), Sheila and Mia Miller (with Dewey Miller) and Shelly Steury.

    Marshall King presented a perfect attendance award to Deb Jones (eight years). King also inducted Father Tony Steinacker (sponsored by Dick Hooley). Father Tony is the newest pastor at St. John’s Catholic Church, having moved here from Fort Wayne two years ago.

    Dewey Miller introduced Tim Yoder, this year’s fair president, and Rod Roberson of Church Community Services.

    Yoder highlighted the new construction at the fairgrounds: the electronic sign at Gate 2; the main entrance moved from Gate 5 to Gate 7; self-contained trams for parking lots; Gate G into the fairgrounds has new restrooms; wood grandstands replaced by aluminum, which added 1,000 seats plus 20 handicapped seats; Rotary Drive smoothed out; new storm alarm system so all can hear; and a new restroom by the basketball courts. The fair runs smoothly due to the great help of so many volunteers.

    This year’s fair features a major food drive at 1 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Monday. Roberson said the goal is breaking a Guinness world record by bringing in 560,000 pounds of food in 24 hours. This amounts to 12 ½ semis 50 feet long. Donations are needed, especially peanut butter and canned goods. But for this food drive, please no paper products or cereal. Food cannot be expired, or it will be thrown away. Money can be donated online at 4hfair.org (Click on Fair Events.).

    Information: Dorothy Shirk, 533-1521



    Ten members and two guests met July 6 for the yearly picnic hosting the Jefferson Homemakers Club. The club was pleased to enjoy fellowship with eight sister homemakers following a guided tour at the Krider Garden Park. Lowell Miller and Rex Krider, tour guides, gave an informative tour.

    Eleanor Hawkins and Lucy Bontrager were hostesses. Marelda Doss, Jefferson Homemakers, won the door prize. A very short business meeting involved a donation to the Livestrong Foundation in honor of Susan Williams.

    The next meeting will be Aug. 4.



    New officers installed at the July 8 meeting are Aaron Kindig, sergeant-at-arms; Glenn Stutzman, treasurer; Tasha Eizinger, secretary; Douglas Ray Haarer, vice president public relations; Sondra Resen, vice president membership; Chuck Kurk, vice president education; and Mark Lindemood, president.

    Toastmasters empowers individuals to become better communicators and leaders through overcoming their fear of public speaking and increasing their confidence. Anyone involved in sales, teaching and customer service would benefit by this club.

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

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



    Seventy members met June 24 in Goshen. Member Len Harms presented a program on harmful and helpful insects. During the business meeting, members were reminded of the garden tour Sunday, July 13, and educator Jeff Burbrink provided samples of leaf scorch, leaf spot and bugs that were NOT 1000 canker disease.

    The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, July 14, in Ag Hall at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds, when members will prepare Ag Hall for the fair.

    Information: Leah Lichtenberger, 642-4118



    Club members and 11 guests attended a June 19 evening meeting at the Middlebury Community Library. Marlene Pratt, president, opened the meeting and introduced speaker Tom Yoder, author of the book “My Thoughts Exactly: The Dirt on Gardening," and a writer for The Goshen News. Yoder also plays golf and is an accomplished artist. His program topics were memories of Krider Gardens, roses and gardening. He shared nostalgic memories of life in the 1970s and families involved in the work at the Krider Nursery, which began in 1896 and was instrumental in bringing forward innovative business practices such as shipping thousands of bare-root roses ordered from brochures and mailed to potential customers. The size of the post office in Middlebury is the result of the need to ship the large amount of nursery stock.

    The attributes of the Knock Out Rose, introduced in 2000, and its care was discussed as well as comments on treatment of the emerald ash borer, which has a 13-year life cycle.

    The club received a third-place award from the State Garden Club for the club booklet at the June district board meeting, which Pratt and Judy Markham attended.

    A Certificate of Merit was received from the National Garden Clubs Inc. on the occasion of the club’s 80th anniversary.

    Markham reported the Boys and Girls Junior Garden Club has received two State Garden Club first-place awards for their Smokey Bear Woodsey Owl poster contest (third- and fourth-grader), and a seventh-grader won third place in the Central Region poetry contest. The first-, second- and third-place winner entries will be published in a poetry book.

    Upcoming: Thursday, July 17, tour sponsored by the district of three sites in Indianapolis; Sept. 17, wildflower workshop; Oct. 7, North Central District meeting


    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.

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