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The winner of the "Early Bird" Rotary truck raffle drawing is John and Judy Taylor of Brook, Indiana. Congratulations. Less than 44 tickets remain today August 17, 2017. The $2,000.00 winner was drawn at the August 6 Rotary Pancake Breakfast. Thanks to all of those that joined the Rotarians for breakfast. Your generous donations will provide for $800.00 in Community Service projects.

August 15, 2016
South Newton's new football coach, Brad Bevis, with senior players Craig Wheelock and Josh Messersmith, visited the Kentland Rotary Club's Monday noon luncheon meeting.  Bevis, who served as retiring coach Bell's defensive coordinator for the last three seasons, spoke of the desire to continue the South Newton football tradition with its emphasis on producing productive citizens.  
Since last year's team graduated 16 seniors and there are only four returning lettermen, this year's squad will have its work cut out for it.  They will be playing their first game this coming Friday at North Newton High School.  North Newton will also be a team playing with some inexperienced players.  Plan on supporting the Rebels.  
Kentland Rotary completed a busy week.  Members prepared and served 140 community members breakfast on Saturday August 6.  Thanks to Murphy’s, Hanford Packing, and the Town of Kentland for supporting our efforts.   The “Early Bird” drawing winner was John and Judy Taylor of Brook.  Only 43 tickets remain to be sold.
On August 12 and 13 eight Kentland Rotarians joined the S.A.W. S team to build a wheel chair ramp in Remington.  Thanks to Tim Lohr for organizing the team and Doug Morgan, Jim Schoen, Steve Portteus, Jay Brinkman, Henry Senefelder, and John Frischie
Photo (from left to right): pulling guard Josh Messersmith, coach Brad Bevis, wingback Craig Wheelock, and Rotarian Brandt Stum.   


Representatives from IMH shared important information regarding immunizations.  Mel Ward hosted the program.


On Monday July 18, the Kentland Rotary Club held their weekly meeting at the Newton County Stone Quarry.  Susan Daniel who works for the Roger's Group and is a Rotary member had the program and gave the club the nickel tour of the facility. Rich Miller, quality control manager for the quarry, gave explanations about the various types of stone products that the company produces and the plant trip ended with a visit to the observation deck overlooking the massive excavation.  In other news the club reported that they have sold 253 of their truck raffle tickets for this year's drawing.  A new twist to the raffle this year is that they are having an early bird drawing at a community pancake breakfast on August 6th to be held at the community center from 7:00 to 10:30 AM.  At 10:30 one lucky winner will be pulled from all the tickets that have been sold up until that time for a $2,000 prize.  In addition, the early bird winning ticket is then thrown back into the drawing where 10 lucky winners will be awarded prize money during the Earl Park Fall Festival.  The Kentland Rotary club uses the fund raiser to support education scholarships for South Newton High School graduates and their adult scholarship program, along with sponsorship to the districts Rotary Youth Leadership camp held annually at Camp Tecumseh for South Newton Sophomores.   Since the raffle was begun, the club has awarded over $199,000 in scholarships and has sent well over 50 students to the 3 day camp.


Wabash Valley Alliance COO visits Kentland Rotary

On Monday June 6, 2016 Tom Gillion – COO of Wabash Valley Alliance was the guest of Rotarian Darrell Fredrickson.
Gillion, member of the Lafayette Daybreak Rotary club shared that since 1938, Wabash Valley Alliance, Inc. has provided treatment for thousands of adults, adolescents, and children suffering from mental illness, severe emotional turmoil, chemical dependence, and the inability to cope with the demands of everyday life. Today, Wabash Valley Alliance utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach that includes a broad continuum of services:
  • Outpatient
  • Residential
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Consultation and Education
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
Wabash Valley Alliance has a strong connection with Newton County by the funding that is provided through ‘tipping fees’ and a unique program that targets those who commit domestic violence. PHOTO BY ED VAN WIJK


Scholarship Recipients visit Kentland Rotary


From L to R: Deseray Hicks, Karlie Mattox, Morgan Stewart (Photo by Roberta Dewing)


 Kentland Rotarians were visited on Monday, June 20 by three of the six Rotary High School Scholarship Recipients, Deseray Hicks, Morgan Stewart & Karlie Mattox.  The young women introduced themselves  along with what schools they will be attending & the course of study they plan to pursue.  This year, Kentland Rotary Club awarded $9,000 in scholarships to South Newton graduating seniors.  The community support of the Rotary Club's  annual Truck Raffle goes toward funding for scholarships of graduating South Newton Seniors & scholarships for adults to continue their education.





Kentland Rotary learns about agBOT Challenge
Seniors Lucas Clifford, Kurt Vissering and Alex Vitous along with South Newton teacher Drake Babcock showed off their agBOT Challenge project to the Kentland Rotary Club May 23. The South Newton/Purdue team took second in the competition and was awarded $30,000. The agBOT Challenge is a competition of teams to develop the most efficient unmanned crop seeder capable of planting two varieties of seed over half-mile-long rows, while providing real-time data utilizing a mobile tracking antenna. Participating teams, representing advanced robotics and agricultural research and development organizations, will develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that enable their robots. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS


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



Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
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World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
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Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
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eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of August auctions.