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Bison to return to Kankakee Sands


Plans for bison at Kankakee Sands presented
The Nature Conservancy is preparing to reintroduce Bison to the area this fall. Tony Capizzo, land steward with The Nature Conservancy, spoke about the plans at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting Feb. 1.
Capizzo stated that plans are to add 15 bison to land owned by The Nature Conservancy. The herd will be fenced in to 1,000 acres near The Nature Conservancy office at Kankakee Sands.
“Over time we believe the herd will grow to about 40 to 50 animals and will have a trail on Bogus Island so visitors can see the bison,” said Capizzo.
Capizzo added that the bison are being brought to the area as an ecological tool for The Nature Conservancy.
“Bison are very grass specific and we are using them to meet certain ecological targets,” said Capizzo.
A 5-foot tall woven wire fence will contain the bison with a single hot wire inside and a barbed top.
Capizzo did not know the voltage that is being planned, but many fence experts suggest voltage of 3,000 – 4,000 volts is needed for bison.



Rev. Jennifer Huff, Director of Kentland Trinity Children's Center speaks at Kentland Rotary


Rev. Jennifer Huff was the guest speaker at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting Jan. 25. She thanked the club for their grant that helped purchase a security system for Kentland Trinity United Methodist Church and Preschool. Huff also updated the club on the after school program at the church and how the preschool has been growing. Huff is shown with Kentland Rotary President Ed van Wijk. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Economic Development Director speaks at combined meeting of Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce and Kentland Rotary

Newton County Economic Development Director Tim Myers spoke at the Jan. 18 joint meeting of the Kentland Rotary Club and the Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce. He informed the3 members present that he is currently working on updating a countywide directory of businesses. Myers also stated that it is important that the residents and business owners market the county. “We are rich in agriculture and have all the benefits of small town life,” said Myers. We need to promote our quality of life here and that this is a great place to raise a family. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Watt Trucking Gives Tour

Luanne Watt, president of Watt Trucking Inc. (W.T.I. Fenders) talked about her business and the journey back from the costly 2013 fire, which destroyed everything, Jan. 11 at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting. She said that currently W.T.I. has 16 employees with 15 of those full-time. Watt added that recovering from the devastating fire was quite the undertaking but now they have a brand new facility with new equipment. The new facility was completed this past June and the company is now in full production. Watt is shown giving a tour of the new facility to Kentland Rotary members. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS




Kristine Hunt, owner and operator of Fowler Flipsters in Fowler was the special; guest speaker at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting Dec. 21. Hunt, a former gymnast and competitive cheerleader spoke about the tumbling courses available for children and the adult fitness classes she offers. Hunt is shown her with Rotarian Melinda Bodine. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Beth Bassett speaks about the John Yost collection


Beth Bassett, a member of the Newton County Historical Society, was the guest speaker of the Kentland Rotary Club Dec. 14. She spoke on the history and legacy of John Yost, as well as the recently published The Yost Collection, a two-volume set by the Family History Division, the compilation covers over six decades of the writings of John J. Yost of Kentland, Indiana. Included are his weekly columns that appeared when he was an editor and guest columnist of the Newton County Enterprise, and in his own newspaper, The Newton Gazette. Bassett is pictured with Rotarian Jay Brinkman. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



John Frischie honored

John Frischie was honored with the prestigious Rotary Vocational Service Leadership Award Dec. 14 at the regular meeting of the Kentland Rotary Club.
The Vocational Service Leadership Award recognizes Rotarians who have made a significant impact in advancing vocational service.
“Vocational service is a way of life that is modeled for us daily by John Frischie,” said Rotary District 6540 Governor Roger Sims. “John uses his professional skills to serve the community.  He helps young people achieve their career aspirations and he guides and encourages others in their professional development. John is a model Rotarian who lives out his vocation as a teacher and instructor.  Whether it is here in the Kentland Rotary Club, serving the 4H Sportfishing Club, volunteering at Purdue, serving as our District Trainer, serving as our District Assistant Governor Coordinator or serving on our District Administrative Council, John is always leading, teaching and modeling Rotary for all of us.”
Frischie was surprised, honored and thankful for the lifetime recognition award.             
Shown from left are Kentland Rotary President Ed van Wijk, past District Governor Steve Sorenson, John Frischie and District Governor Roger Sims. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Kentland Rotary annual meeting and anniversary
The Kentland Rotary Club held its annual meeting and also celebrated the club’s 76th anniversary Nov. 30 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Above: A quartet from the Iroquois Valley Harmonizers sang Christmas carols for the entertainment of the evening. Right: Kentland Rotary President Ed van Wijk (left) presented Jim Schoen, immediate past president with recognition and a gift. PHOTOS BY GREGORY MYERS

Amber Bodak, the executive director for the North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center, located in Rensselaer was the guest speaker at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting Nov. 23. She spoke about the different types of abuse that both women and men face. "We offer shelter to men, women and children of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other forms of abuse," said Bodak. Funding for the shelter comes from grants, fundraisers and private donations, which are a big help, Bodak said. Monetary donations can be sent to the shelter's post office box at P.O. BOX 212 in Rensselaer. Clothes and blanket donations can be given to the Methodist Church in Rensselaer. Victims of abuse who need help can call the crisis center hotline at 1-800-933-0374 24 hours a day, or the regular phone line at 219-866-8825 during business hours. Potential volunteers or donors can call the business number at 219-866-8281. Shown with Bodak is Rotarian Roberta Dewing. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Kentland Rotary President Ed van Wijk, a native of The Netherlands, presented a program about the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Windmills of Kinderdijk at the club’s weekly meeting Nov. 16. Shown in native attire, van Wijk informed the Rotary members that Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands, belonging to the municipality of Molenwaard, in the province South Holland, about 15 km east of Rotterdam. Kinderdijk is situated in a polder in the Alblasserwaard at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers. To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands. The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Drone demonstration for Kentland Rotary

South Newton, and North Newton are just a few of the high schools in the entire country that have implemented drone technology into the classroom. Principal Charles Huckstep along with seniors Logan Glassburn, Ross Kindig, Kathryn Weiss and Daniel Shedrow gave a demonstration of the new technology to the Kentland Rotary Club Nov. 9. The schools were able to purchase the drones along with two tractors with a $450,000 Innovative CTE Curriculum grant they secured with the help of initial “seed money” from the county. Below: A high resolution photo taken by one of the school’s drones over the South Newton football field. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS





For the past few years, the simple task of leaving your home, which many people take for granted, has been anything but simple for Ed Jamieson of Goodland, a disabled United States Navy veteran.
“My legs got so bad that it was hard to walk and there was no good way of leaving my home in a wheelchair,” said Jamieson. “We looked around everywhere for more than two years trying to find someone who could build me a ramp, but we just couldn’t afford what they were asking.”
After seeing an article in the Newton County Enterprise about a presentation the Servants At Work, Inc. (SAWs) did for the Kentland Rotary Club, local veterans’ advocate Randy Pruden made some calls and got the process rolling for getting a ramp installed for his friend.
“If it wasn’t for Randy, this wouldn’t have got done,” said Jamieson. “When I got the call from SAWs telling me that they were going to build the ramp at no cost to me I cried like a 6 month old baby.”
Before a ramp could be built, however, a new entrance from the main floor to the back yard had to be put in. Financial assistance for that project came from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Mary T. Klinker Chapter 27, an organization that benefitted from the Goodstock music festival held last year in Goodland.
“There are lots of cases where there are gaps in benefits for our veterans and that’s a shame,” said Lee Theesfeld, DAV treasurer. “We wanted to help out anyway we could and make sure Ed could get out of his house easily. Because a lot of Ed’s time during combat was while he was a sonar technician on a nuclear-powered submarine and is still considered classified, he doesn’t get all of the benefits that he needs.”
The money for the lumber to build the ramp came from the Kentland Rotary Club and the Goodland Lion’s Club, which was built by several members of the Kentland Rotary, SAWs project manager John Hunter and volunteers, Darren Lambert of Cruz Construction and Millwright LLC and Pruden.
Denny Ritchie donated his time to do a lot of the work converting a window into the new door at the back of the house. People’s Ready Mix also donated a lot of items for the project.
“I can’t even say how thankful I am to everyone who was involved with this,” added Jamieson. “This is truly a blessing and another example of how small communities can come together and help people out.”
The ramp construction started around 8 a.m. Saturday and was finished before 4 p.m.
SAWs is a non-profit, all volunteer ministry that builds wheelchair ramps to provide persons with disabilities and people with conditions of aging access to their world and the freedom to remain in their communities.

Ag Issues at Kentland Rotary
Members of South Newton High School FFA practiced their Ag Issues Forum in front of the Kentland Rotary Club June 1. The team is preparing for the state contest. Their topic for the forum is To Fly or Not To Fly Drone Technology. Shown from left during their round table discussion are Austin Berenda, Morgan Winder, Daniel Shedrow, Darrin Shedrow, Ross Kindig, Lucas Clifford and Logan Glassburn. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

Walkup speaks to Kentland Rotary
Stan Walkup a Vietnam War veteran and owner of Stan’s Tap in Earl Park, spoke to the Kentland Rotary Club June 8 about his experiences during and after the conflict. He stated he was drafted in 1965 and was shot in the chest during combat in 1966, resulting in him being awarded a Purple Heart. Walkup also spoke about visiting The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC on its 25th anniversary. He discussed searching for and finding a friend who was shot on the same day as him and their reunion in Minnesota. Walkup and several other Vietnam War veterans from the Kentland area will be on the next Honor Flight in September. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS


Pat Wheelock, a 1974 South Newton graduate and owner/founder of Wheelock Manufacturing in Morocco was the guest speaker at the Kentland Rotary meeting March 16.
Wheelock Manufacturing began producing wire harnesses and molded connectors in April 1991. Wheelock stated their first two molding machines and one wire cutting machine were put into service in a 4,000 square foot building rented in Kentland.
In 1996, the company relocated to Morocco to a 33,000 square foot building.
“We usually have between 20-30 employees and we make parts for electric motors,” said Wheelock. “We ship a lot of our part overseas to Mexico and China because a lot of our customers are consolidating. There are now only three or four main motor manufactures in the U.S.”
Wheelock also stated that all of his company’s products are custom made.
Caption: Pat Wheelock, a 1974 South Newton graduate and owner/founder of Wheelock Manufacturing in Morocco was the guest speaker at the Kentland Rotary meeting March 16.



Kentland Rotary Club sponsored Youth in Government & Business Day on Monday, April 27 to expose students to the world of local government & business. During the morning high school students from South Newton job shadowed local county officials & participating businesses where they learned what went on in the county offices & in the area businesses. At noon the students, the county officials, & business leaders joined the Rotarians for lunch.  After the meal the students spoke briefly about themselves and the offices they visited.  Kentland Rotary Club has been sponsoring Youth in Government & Business Day for over sixteen years.  Roberta Dewing, chairperson of the Vocational Committee, appreciates the support of Kellie Harvey, teacher at South Newton, the school corporation,  local county officials, and business leaders who participated in this activity.  Any county official or business wishing to participate next year may contact Roberta Dewing for more information.
Those students participating were Morgan Winder, Brad Laffoon, Shelbie Marcott, Brandi Dyer, Chandlor Weiss-Brinkman, Lucas Kiifner, Matt Winger, Levi Hall, Keegan Brown, Tyler Wang, Michela Rieck, Fabiola Hernandez, Patrick Norton & Drew Robbins.
Those officials & businesses participating were Newton County Surveyor, Chris Knochel, Circuit Court Judge Leach, Superior Court Judge Molter,  Newton County Treasurer Diane Veld, Newton County Auditor Sharon Dewing, Newton County Sheriff Tom VanVleet, Rogers Group representative,  Susan Daniel, Moments In Time Photography owner, Megan Shufflebarger, and Novotny Real Estate representative, Debby Shufflebarger.


The South Newton INTERACT Club formed last fall under the sponsorship of the Kentland Rotary Club with 35 members.  They are shown here helping in the set up of the the "Dressing Room" in Goodland, IN.  The Dressing Room is a children's resale shop for clothing and the INTERAT members volunteer to help take donations and organize items.  The Club has also assisted with the Christmas Decorations in Goodland, the Rotary Grocery sacking in Kentland, and the Rotary Pancake Breakfast on March 14th.


A ministry of the Goodland Baptist Church is planning a way to help provide clothing for needy children who live in the South Newton School Corporation area.
Organizers of the program, Wanda Johnson and Diane Hopkins, spoke to the Kentland Rotary Feb. 23 about the endeavor.
“It will be called The Dressing Room and we will be located in downtown Goodland,” said Hopkins. “The new and slightly used clothing will be free for children from newborns to through high school age.”
The Dressing Room will be open the first and third Saturdays of the month and it will be operating strictly on donations. It is operated by five board members and run by volunteers with a passion to help children.
“Use of the building will be rent-free thanks to the Goodland Town Council,” said Hopkins. “We are accepting donations now of all kinds. So far we have seen a good response from churches, organizations and businesses. We are still going to need volunteers and we are unsure of the utility cost.”
The Dressing Room’s anticipated date to open for business is June 1 but could open up earlier.
Caption: Shown from left at the Kentland Rotary meeting are Wanda Johnson and Dianne Hopkins.


Beware of new email scam claiming to be from Foundation Chair Klinginsmith
A new email purporting to be from Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith is targeting Rotary members. The email falsely claims that members can become End Polio Now ambassadors if they email club information to a Gmail address within 48 hours. The fraudulent email has the subject line “BECOME AN END POLIO AMBASSADOR” and is sent from a fake email address. This is a scam. Rotary staff is working to resolve the issue. Avoid being the victim of scams by deleting any email that appears suspicious.
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