Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Service Projects
Public Relations
Fund Raising
Immediate Past President

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Welcome to our Club

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Steve Ryan Community Center
501 N Fourth St.
Kentland, IN  47951
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Home Page Stories

South Newton sophomores share about RYLA



Five sophomores from South Newton recently attended a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp. Shown from left speaking at a Kentland Rotary Club meeting May 9 about their camp experience are Austin Berenda, Jay Hammel, Maggie Mulligan, Tess Patterson and Cheyenne Deno. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



We Pledge Allegiance...

Portteus gives presentation on the United States Flag

Rotarian Steve Portteus gave a program on the United States Flag at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting April 25. Portteus gave the history behind the flag and proper etiquette of presenting the country’s symbol. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Youth in Government and Business Day

The Kentland Rotary Club sponsored Youth in Government & Business Day April 18 to expose students to the world of local government and business. During the morning, high school students from South Newton job shadowed local county officials and participating business leaders. 
At noon the students, the county officials, and business leaders joined the Rotary and Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce members 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 seventeen years.  Roberta Dewing, chairperson of the Scholarship 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.
Students participating were Britney Zussman, Jarrett Hammel, McKennah Strasburger, Kelley Roberts, Grace Wernert, Charlie Adams, Sierra Cunningham, Ross Kindig, Sylar Sanders, Veronica Rugis, Brianna Dafcik, John Masterson, Jace Ingram, Chase Stanifer, Rocky Wambaja, Karen Barillas, Ann Clifton, Morgan Stewart, Logan Glassburn, and Kathryn Weiss.
Officials and businesses participating were Newton County Surveyor, Chris Knochel, Circuit Court Judge Leach, Newton County Treasurer Diane Veld, Newton County Auditor Sharon Dewing, Newton County Sheriff Tom VanVleet, Newton County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeff Drinski, Rogers Group, CPX, Kentland Family Dentistry, Kentland Bank, and AgVenture D& M.


Rotarian goes to Guatemala


Knochel talks about mission trip to Guatemala.

Rotarian Chris Knochel gave a presentation on the recent mission trip he took to Guatemala with the Zionsville United Methodist Church. Knochel gave his presentation April 11 at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Kentland Park Board Announces Car Show

Kentland Rotary hears about park board

Gregg Hamilton of the Kentland Park Board was the guest speaker at the Kentland Rotary Club Feb. 22. He told the club that a car show is being planned again for Sunday, May 29 at Cast Park. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Kentland Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce hear about Head Start



Maureen Inman, Family Engagement Specialist at KIRPC Head Start was the guest speaker at the combined meeting of the Kentland Rotary Club and the Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 15. KIRPC Head Start has eight classrooms within five sites for its three county area (Newton, Jasper and Pulaski). The two sites in Newton County are in Goodland and Roselawn. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Iroquois Memorial Hospital turns 100


Jim McRoberts, Director of Marketing at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, spoke to the Kentland Rotary Club Feb. 8 about the history of the hospital. He added that IMH turns 100 years old Feb. 28 and an open house and some tours are being planned for March. McRoberts also noted that on the ground level of the hospital posters will be featured showcasing the hospital through the decades. McRoberts is pictured with Rotarian Jessica St. John. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



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

Global movement needed to reverse water crisis
This year's World Water Summit on 27 May in Seoul highlighted the progress being made: Over the last 25 years, more than 2.5 billion people gained access to improved drinking water, and 2 billion who didn't have adequate sanitation now do. Child deaths from water-related diseases dropped from 1.5 million to just over 600,000. The UN Millennium Development Goals' target for clean drinking water was met five years ahead of schedule. But for the 1.8 billion people whose drinking water remains contaminated and the 2.4 billion without access to proper sanitation, progress is still too slow, said...
2016 Rotary Convention Photo Gallery
Browse exclusive photos of convention highlights from Korea.
Rotary shop on new platform
As of 1 May, the Rotary shop will be available on a new platform. We may experience some downtime during the transition and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us at or at 847-866-4600.
Rotary districts mobilize to support survivors of Ecuador, Japan quakes
After a series of three earthquakes -- two in Japan and one in Ecuador -- killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage late last week, Rotary members in those regions have created disaster relief funds to help survivors. In Ecuador, the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Saturday night has killed more than 400 people, with 2,500 injured. Those figures are expected to rise. Rotary District 4400 established a service fund to raise money for relief efforts. Contact District Governor Manuel A. Nieto Jijon for information on how to donate. In Japan,...
Get live updates from the Council on Legislation
Get live updates and vote totals from the Council on Legislation on beginning on 11 April. Representatives from Rotary clubs worldwide will gather in Chicago 10-15 April to consider changes to the policies that guide Rotary International and its member clubs.  Many of this year’s proposed changes are designed to increase membership by giving clubs greater flexibility in the timing and the nature of their meetings. Other proposals would amend membership requirements.