Clubs & organizations: July 20, 2014

News and information about area clubs and organizations.

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.


Guests at the June 9 meeting included Jim Horein of Bonita Springs, Fla.; Deb Alwine and Stan Cohen of the Elkhart club; and Scott Puckett of the Elkhart morning club. Other guests were Kim Swihart, Baley Burkhart, Cici Yoder and Curt Givens. 

As an official closing to the club’s 2013-14 exchange student sponsorship, the club exchanged club flags with the Santa Cruz, Bolivia, club.

The club will continue to support the “Dollars for Scholars” fundraising program through Concord High School. All Concord Rotarians will be given an opportunity to contribute.

Ross Swihart, sergeant-at-arms and Faith Mission director, gave a quiz on one of his favorite subjects; some historical facts on the Mission in Elkhart. 

John Place is the club president for the 2014-15 Rotary year. Members are grateful for his past service to the club and are excited about having Place in this position. Place gave a presentation on his visit to the 2014 Rotary International meeting in Sydney. Place is president of Ancon Construction in Goshen. He said he enjoyed his Australian visit and his time spent at the International Convention. He was impressed to see how 18,000 people come together from across the world to represent Rotary. It was very interesting to meet and work with all the different nationalities of people who are involved in Rotary International. Place was very impressed with the harbor area of Sydney. He also spent time in a camping resort that was rustic and somewhat hidden from the mainstream and the city. 

Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at the Community Room in Concord Mall and are open to the public. 



Nine Boy Scouts went fishing at Shanklin Park in Goshen and were required to bait their hooks. It was interesting and funny to watch them. They all caught fish but were not required to take them off the hooks.

The troop has a service obligation to the club and wants ideas. They also want to come to a club breakfast again, as they enjoyed the last time.

Justin Allen spoke June 8 about the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) part of the CAPS organization. Allen is a Rotarian from Iowa. CASA has 85 volunteers currently and works with 430 children each year. The program began in Seattle. The first Indiana program in Elkhart County was in 1983. CASA is housed in the Indiana Supreme Court, and the program was established by statute. Volunteers receive 34 hours training and once a quarter have three hours of training. Volunteers have all the tools they need. Kids have had physical, mental and/or sexual abuse or education neglect. CASA is funded by state and federal sources and national CASA. CASA serves older children, also. CASA advocates but does not mentor the children. "Fosters and Futures Program" is the name of a program that recently received a grant that will give volunteers an additional eight hours of training and allow them to bring in new volunteers with different mindsets. The local CASA has a staff of three and 85 volunteers. There are 100 children not represented by volunteers in the program. More volunteers are needed.

Upcoming: Tuesday, July 22, Jenny Watkins, "Give a Child a Smile" (free dentistry for children); Aug. 5, Jeff Komins, Roosevelt Elementary School principal, will speak about his school being the first to require uniforms for their students, Night Out Against Crime on the plaza in downtown Elkhart; Aug. 12, Daryl Searer, RV Hall of Fame; Aug. 19, Mekayla Diehl, Miss Indiana USA

Meetings are at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Pumpernickel’s, 500 S. Main St.



Bill Loftus, first vice president, shared the news July 9 that newly inducted member Samantha Dalton is in Rochester, Mich., getting acquainted with her new leader dog, Natsumi. Leader Dogs for the Blind provides dogs at no cost to the recipients. Both the Lions of Indiana and the Elkhart Lions Club contribute annually to support Leader Dogs.

John McClure, Elkhart Community Schools health services coordinator, delivered a box of glasses, thanking the club for the assistance given students. Tim Neese, state representative, reflected on his 12 years in the legislature, sharing stories and answering questions.

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

Meetings are at noon Wednesdays at Christiana Creek Country Club and are open to the public. There will not be a regular meeting Aug. 6.

Website: www.elkhartlions.org



July 14’s Senior Profile came from Jim Chandler, former club president, who admitted while he was attending University of Arkansas, he became one of the federalized Arkansas National Guardsman to help integrate Little Rock’s high school in 1957.

Bob Schultz, sergeant, based his fines on British Open trivia. The money raised by the sergeant’s committee is pooled into a fund and disbursed to area nonprofit organizations.

Rod Roberson, Church Community Services executive director, spoke. Since 1968, CCS has met basic needs of its clients. Initially organized by several area churches, CCS now serves 2,200 families every month with a budget that has grown to over $4 million.

When Roberson spoke one year ago, CCS had just begun serving as the county distributor for Northern Indiana Food Bank. In one year, they doubled the distribution of food in the county to 1.7 million pounds. CCS figures having a warehouse in Elkhart County has also reduced costs for area food pantries by 30 percent because they do not have to travel to South Bend for supplies.

Roberson used the cooperative food distribution service to highlight how, by working together, the community can be made much better. The thrust of his remaining talk became the philanthropic footprint of businesses and other nonprofits and what everyone can do to make this a better place in which to live.

Roberson briefly discussed other successful programs, Seed to Feed, Soup of Success and the new Men Alive. He concluded by asking Rotarians to assist with their attempt to set a single one-day food drive record between 1 p.m. Sunday, July 20, and 1 p.m. Monday, July 21. They will need 560,000 pounds, or nearly 13 semi-trucks to set the Guinness World Record. For more information visit http://churchcommunityservices.org/.

Meeting are at noon Mondays the Matterhorn Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St. Upcoming: Monday, July 21, Joe Hart, South Bend Silver Hawks general manager; July 28, Myrl Nofziger, WTT Exchange; Aug. 4, Steve Sorenson, Rotary district governor

Information: http://www.elkhartrotary.org/



Twenty-one Kiwanians and Morgan Short, guest speaker, attended the July 10 meeting. 

Short, a Goshen High School graduate and second-year student at Goshen College, described her experiences of participating in a study of the Savannah in Kenya during the college’s spring term. Short, an environmental science major, described some of the projects and showed photos of some of the wildlife they saw. The focus of the term was conservation and cattle farming/wildlife co-existence. The GC students also participated in a work project at a local school.

Upcoming: Aug. 8-10, Indiana District Kiwanis Convention in Lafayette

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

Information: Jim Bare, 533-8942



Guests at the June 9 meeting included Kurdt Givens with Lisa Yoder, Patrick Wheeler with Rich Meyer and Jonathon Hampton with (Renee Drake).

Staging for the 4-H Fair Parade is set for Sunday, July 20.

Denny Weldy shared a program about the Kiwanis fair project. All members participated in training for that project.

Information: Dorothy Shirk, 533-1521



Members will hold their 22nd annual luncheon Aug. 6 at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St., Elkhart. The cost is $13 per person for either flank steak or chicken. RSVP by July 30 to Diane Wynn, 215-0558; Karen Inbody, 295-8288; or maraleemacumber@comcast.net.



Jeff Showalter made a special introduction July 11 of Thays Cunha, who was a Brazilian exchange student 30 years ago in Goshen. She attended Goshen High School as a senior and was a guest of the Dale Showalter, Scott Bradford and Tim Yoder families while in Goshen. Cunha is an accomplished banking specialist, having worked with some of the largest banks in the world, including the World Bank. She also speaks four languages. 

Steve Warner introduced Roger Neuman, a visiting Rotarian, and guest speaker Brandon Thompson, Goshen Police Department resource director.

Bruce Stahly announced the resignation of Frank Herbes from the club.

Robin Yoder announced a possible fundraising project. Officer Thompson would like to acquire a canine unit. He will likely need to raise about $5,000. More information may be coming on this possible project in the future.

Everett Thomas presented the program “Ask a Rotarian.” 



The chapter continues to do many summer activities to promote patriotism, historic education and preservation in the local community. Members participated in the Bristol Homecoming parade July 12, where period-attired members Sherry Welty, Kelly Anderson, Catherine Reedy and Beth Thurston, with her grandson London, gave away American flags along the parade route. Bristol‘s Bonneyville Cemetery is where the chapter’s namesake, William Tuffs, is buried, so it is with pride that the members participate in this particular parade.

On July 1, period-attired members, Mary Golden, Welty, Anderson and Reedy participated in the Bremen Firemen’s Festival parade to kick off the July 4 holiday week, along with members from South Bend’s Sons of the American Revolution chapter members. Members passed out American flags to veterans along the parade route.

On June 20 and 21, they took part in Woodlawn Nature Center’s Living Trails program in Elkhart. Over the two-day re-enactment festival, chapter members gave away American flags and flag code pamphlets on the proper care of the American flag. Members also educated visitors on the history of early American flags using a historic flag display board that Thurston created. Members dressed in period attire, and Thurston, in honor of her Scottish heritage, made and wore authentic Scottish plaid clothing from her family line. Children’s Day was June 20, and members had children coloring patriotic flags from the past, had a duck pond with Revolutionary War rubber ducks and gave away patriotic-themed rings, color pages, bubbles and stickers. Members also educated children about how the national symbol, the bald eagle, was selected over Benjamin Franklin’s pick of the turkey by having the children guess which one was the national symbol and the story behind the selection. The chapter members are willing to do short historic education presentations to any group who would like to learn more about our American heritage.

Upcoming: Aug. 9, Middlebury parade; Sept. 7, memorial service for 9/11 in Wakarusa; in the month of September, Elkhart County library displays for Constitution Week and NSDAR.

Upcoming meetings: Aug. 15, Northeastern District meeting of the DAR chapters for the State of Indiana in Churubusco. The next regular meeting will be a luncheon at McCarthy’s on the Riverwak in Elkhart. Jeannie Horning, Indiana state regent, is the planned speaker.

The William Tuffs Chapter of the NSDAR is a linage society who members can trace their ancestry back to patriots who supported the cause for American independence. The local chapter and NSDAR support veterans, both active and retired, and promote patriotic activities, historic preservation and education. Any women 18 years or older may apply to join the chapter and NSDAR.

Information: Jo Ann Cummins, cummins0745@sbglobal.net or visit dar.org


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