Elkhart Breakfast Optimist Club hears about RV Hall of Fame changes

Reports from the Dunlap Lions Club, Goshen Noon Kiwanis Club and the Middlebury Garden Club.

Posted on Aug. 17, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.


Thirty-one members and five guests were present at the July 17 meeting at the Fairview Grange. Marty Juel, District 25-G governor, was the guest speaker for the evening. His theme for the year is “Success Through Service,” and he encouraged each member to “Ask 1” to help the membership of Lions clubs to grow in the coming year.

Jeanine Juel, District 25-G’s first lady, was presented with a Melvin Jones award for her dedication to Lionism.

Nancy Thompson, membership chair, inducted two new members, Frieda Method and Jeff Gillaspy, into the club. 

Bob Kulp presented the Dandy Lion to Jason Smith, a recent new member.

Upcoming: Thursday, Aug. 21, meeting at Wellfield Botanic Gardens with speaker Steve Germani; Saturday, Aug. 23, District 25-G Banner Night in Wakarusa; Sept. 4, guest night meeting, “Dunlap Lions,” with speaker Lion Nancy Thompson; Sept. 6, Candy Day fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart; Sept. 18, meeting, “Pumpkin Vine Bike Trail,” with speaker Evan Bontrager

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, at Fairview Grange, 22482 C.R. 45, Goshen. The club meets on the first and third Thursday of the month. Visitors and potential new members are always welcome.

Information: 875-5963


Fifteen members and one guest, Darryl Searer, attended the Aug. 12 meeting.

Randy Yohn reported the club had good participation at the Night Out Against Crime at Weston Park. One of the highlights was being able to work alongside members of the club’s scout pack. Thanks to all who helped to make the event a success.

The slate of officers for next year are Kathy Dardis, president; Dick Griffen, secretary/treasurer; Gary Toland and Prudy Holzhausen, vice presidents; and Steve Peterson, Stan Glanders, Abbie Albaugh, Randy Yohn, Konrad Seifert, Dave Pfister and Rich Horner, board members. A motion was made and seconded to elect the slate for 2014-15.

The board also voted to donate $500 to Roosevelt Elementary School for their clothes closet to stock uniform shirts and pants for those students who may not be able to pay full price for the new uniforms.

Searer, of the RV Hall of Fame, spoke. The RV/MH Hall of Fame was founded in 1972. The first facility was located on Benham Avenue in Elkhart. Ground was broken in August 2005 for the new and present facility off C.R. 17, and it opened in January 2007. More recently, part of the building was renamed the Northern Indiana Event Center. Searer reviewed the five-point mission statement and shared how the RV/MH Hall of Fame is meeting the missions: honor leaders in the industry, archive the rich history in the industry, save and display the history, aid in marketing the industry and products, and provide a central meeting facility for large and small community gatherings, Recently, the RV/MH Hall of Fame has increased the exposure to the manufactured housing industry by displaying a modern manufactured home on its grounds.

Searer provided an overview of the financials of the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Much progress has been made to reduce the debt by increasing contributors’ support and improving management practices. For more information go to www.rvmhhalloffame.org.

Upcoming: Tuesday, Aug. 19, Ryan Gortney will talk about Tracts at the Track Ministries and his recovery from his near-death crash at the Osceola Dragway; Aug. 26, Mekayla Diehl, Miss Indiana; Sept. 2, no meeting because of Labor Day; Sept. 9, Jenny Watkins "Give a Child a Smile" (free dentistry for children); Sept 27, banquet


Ten members and four guests attended the Aug. 5 meeting. Rosemary Miller, president, called the meeting to order, led the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “America,” followed by a moment of silence in remembrance of Lion Jean Thursby. Miller then introduced guests Marty Juel, district governor, and his wife, Jeanine, and Mackenzie Colglazier. Sharon Staker introduced her guest from Mexico, Lion Ruth Wallace.

Juel was the guest speaker for the evening. He spoke on International President Joe Preston's theme of strengthening the pride. Lions can participate by supporting the Global Service Action Campaigns throughout the year: "Engaging Our Youth" in August, "Sharing the Vision" in October, "Relieving the Hunger" in December and January, and "Protecting Our Environment" in April. He also spoke on the “Just Ask” New Member Recruiting Guide for Clubs and the Club Excellence Process.

Thank-you letters from the Indiana Lions Eye Bank, Inc., Leader Dogs for the Blind, Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing, Inc. and Lions Clubs International Foundation were read. Flyers from the Lions Store and Lions Clubs International were made available to anyone who had not received them.

Upcoming: Saturday, Aug. 23, Banner Night at Nelson's Bar-B-Que in Wakarusa; Sept. 2, next regular meeting

Meetings are on 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/


Lions from District 25G met in Rochester on Aug. 2. Reports were given on various district and state projects with special emphasis on Cancer Control. Dottie Flack, patient advocate, said this is the 69th year the Lions of Indiana have focused on cancer control. During that time, 34 major projects have been accomplished. Notably, Lions contributed $1 million toward the Indiana Gamma Knife Center, where nearly 1,500 patients have been treated. The Cancer Control Fund has three components: treatment, education and research. More information is available at www.lionscancercontrol.org.

In lieu of a regular meeting on Aug. 6, Elkhart Lions participated in the district golf outing at the Maxwelton Golf Club in Syracuse. This was the club’s inaugural year as sponsor of the annual event. Volunteers and participants were pleased with the increased attendance and are already planning next year’s bigger and better outing.

Upcoming events: Saturday, 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 on Sept. 3. Upcoming: Wednesday, Aug. 20, Marty Juel, district governor’s official visit; Aug. 27, David Smith, Gateway Mile

Website: www.elkhartlions.org


Bill Born, Joel Short, Adrienne Penner and Quincy Stith were guests at the Aug. 5 meeting.

Mayor Allan Kauffman introduced Becky Hershberger, brownfield coordinator for the City of Goshen. Hershberger did a wonderful job of explaining what a brownfield is and how, through her efforts and the support of the city and the community, the effects of several brownfield areas in the city have been mitigated. She described the details of the 22-acre River Race development area along the millrace. Plans are well under way to redevelop and repurpose all tracts of the River Race project except for the land west of the millrace. Hershberger also spoke about the former Western Rubber property between the railroad tracks and 10th Street. Her next project is the old salvage yard on E. Lincoln Avenue.

Upcoming: 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, U.S. Hwy. 33 cleanup − meet in front of the former Ramada Inn. Tuesday, Aug. 19, Elkhart Noon Kiwanis Club Interclub

Information: Dorothy Shirk at 533-1521


Fourteen members and four guests attended the Aug. 4 meeting at the Middlebury Public Library. Jan Troyer was welcomed as the newest member.

The club placed 92nd out of 100 for their fair booth this year, including a second-place ribbon.

Jill Cohen gave the health and safety lesson on canning, the safety features of preservation. Sharon Lemmon gave the citizenship report on “meth trash” along the roadways and parks; be very cautious on the clean-up factor.

The club made a donation to the Krider Park Association for the wonderful guided tours they had in July.

There was a reminder to complete applications for the ELKO Retreat on Sept. 8 and 9.

Sandy Cook and Tena Jakubowicz presented a craft night as a very enjoyable lesson. 


Eight members met on Aug. 6 at Helen Koller’s home, with Margaret Pettifer helping as co-hostess. Coins for Friendship and Nickels for Leadership were collected.

Pat Miller gave an inspirational reading of the poem “There Is a Way.” 

Lucille Groves will be giving the health and safety reports for this year’s meetings. 

Upcoming: Sept. 8-9, ELKO Retreat; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Jefferson Club will host Homemakers of Today Club for a tea party at Linda Thompson’s home in Nappanee.


Members met Aug. 11 at Mary Morgan’s home for the first stop in an evening of walk-through gardens and a progressive dinner. Morgan and her husband have transformed an acreage into a haven for animals and themselves. Many trees surrounding their property give them privacy and pleasure. The second stop was at Tom and Joyce Miller’s home. Again, the love and care of animals, flowers and home was apparent as the group enjoyed walking, observing and tasting. The last stop was at the Bellaire’s home in Middlebury, where members were treated to a tour around their home, which shows the planning and care that has gone into the entire property.

Following the third and last course of the progressive dinner, Marlene Pratt, president, called a business meeting to order. Members were reminded to continue saving bottle caps and contributions to Pennies for Pines.

The fourth annual plant exchange, in cooperation with the Middlebury Parks Department, will be held on Sept. 20 during the Middlebury Fall Festival. Detailed information is available by calling Mary Morgan, 825-2889, or Betty Bellaire, 825-9719.

The next meeting will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Bonneyville Mill County Park. It will begin with a tour of the Baldwin School House (lower level) with the history of the Bonneyville Mill and the school given by John Jenny, Bonneyville Mill manager. The public is invited. There will be a $2 fee for the tour of the school.


The next meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 212 W. Washington St. in Goshen behind Farmers Market. The Guild will participate in the Wellfield Gardens’ Taste of the Gardens with members displaying their photographs, which will be available for sale. The annual Photo Contest will be held on Oct. 3 and 4 at the Ignition Garage in Goshen.


Chad Gascho introduced visiting Rotarian Doug Risser at the Aug. 8 meeting. Don Phillips introduced guest Mekayla Diehl, Miss Indiana.

Risser advised that the Elkhart Rotary Club will be sponsoring the Taste of the Gardens from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart. The event will provide a showcase for Rotary..

John Hertzler presented the program on the Goshen Historical Society. Hertzler is a lifelong resident of Goshen, having attended Goshen schools and Goshen College. He now spends most of his time on Goshen history, volunteering his time with the Goshen Historical Society. Hertzler said the Society has no paid staff and no volunteers with any formal museum training. The Goshen Historical Society is associated with many state and local organizations including the Elkhart County Museum Association, Indiana State Archivists, Indiana Historic Landmarks and Downtown Goshen, Inc.

Hertzler informed the club that the Society received a grant that allowed it to acquire a computer program known as the “Past Perfect” museum program that will allow the Historical Society to catalog and organize its objects, photos, archives, library materials and oral history. Goshen Historical Society recently spent some time working on its vision and mission statement. It hopes to develop both a short-term and long-term plan to help implement its mission statement. Previously, the mission statement was “Preserving the past for the future.” That has recently been refined to now provide a mission of “Preserving and sharing the ongoing story of Goshen.”

Finally, Hertzler said the Goshen Historical Society is currently working on a documentary about the Goshen Courthouse that should be available for purchase in the near future. The trailer for the documentary provided some insight to some of the subjects to be covered, including the clock and clock tower, Abraham Lincoln picture, the courthouse tunnel and the reason why the courthouse is in Goshen.

Upcoming: Tuesday, Aug. 19, after-hours social event at Maplecrest Country Club.

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