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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.
KENTLAND ROTARY CLUB
Gary Rheude, President of Adkev, Inc., Goodland, IN, was the guest speaker at the August 25 meeting of the Kentland Rotary Club. Doug Morgan introduced Gary, by asking Rotarians if they were aware that Adkev produces injection molded parts that are in nearly every car and truck sold in the United States, that Adkev is the largest employer in Newton County (and one of the largest in White County), and has a broad array of manufacturing occupations in engineering, quality control, automation, tool and die, machine setup, machine operators, maintenance, and accounting.
Adkev began in 1987 with two employees and two molding machines in a former farm implement dealership building and has grown to two large, automated manufacturing facilities in Goodland and Monticello, where 300 employees and 114 molding machines operate, as well as a 25-employee tool and die shop located in Elkhart. Adkev’s great success results from manufacturing processes that allow it to be competitive in a world economy, primarily serving the very demanding and time-sensitive assembly requirements of automobile and equipment manufacturers. The company has earned numerous awards as well as recognition from manufacturers and national and international organizations.
Gary, raised in Goodland, studied Machine Trades at Vincennes University and Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University. Gary’s business partner, wife, Cathy, graduated from Indiana State University in Elementary Education and taught, locally, while working part-time in the business in accounting and human resources. The company and her responsibilities grew, which required her to assume a full-time position in human resources and spend additional time at the Monticello location. Gary and Cathy have two sons. Adam, a Purdue Mechanical Engineering graduate, has joined the business in automation design and development. Kevin, a Purdue Turf Science graduate, is employed in the Lafayette area.
Gary addressed the club, speaking about the types and inherent characteristics of plastic used for various applications (structural strength, suitability for color and painting, lubricity for levers and bearings, and insulating for covers and cases), the intricate processes of extrusion, rotational, vacuum-forming, blow-molding, and Adkev’s method of injection molding of all parts, in which plastic is melted through an extruder, with high pressure injecting the plastic into a mold cavity which is the shape and configuration of the part. Further, insert molding is utilized by placing plastic around pins and bushings, stamping to add function to parts, and two-shot molding gives a plastic part a sealing surface or use as vibration dampening. In the development stage of molded parts 3D printing is used. To exemplify, Gary displayed an alternator cover, the amount of raw material required, and explained the process beginning with the setting up of and operating molding machines to the adding of metal and other synthetic parts through the use of sophisticated robotics and automation. Gary invited the attendees to a plant tour following the meeting.
At the plant, Gary showed an array of Adkev products from interior center console modules for Honda and Toyota cars, to engine and electronic components. The group then toured the production area where Rotarians observed mass production of various injection molded parts for numerous foreign and domestic customers, the intricate assembly by programmable machines, and the “zero defects” quality control approach achieved through the use of sensors, lasers, and other precision equipment. Adkev produces over 400,000 pieces of injection molded parts every day, which is in excess of 100,000,000 pieces annually. Dedicated trucks leave Adkev daily for Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Michigan and Canada. The key to Adkev’s success is the quality of product produced and the processes that are in place to prevent any defects from reaching the customer.
Rotarians asked wide-ranging questions about transportation, the labor force and skills needed, impact on economies ($12 million in salaries are injected locally), various risks to the business, and new technologies. The tour was most informative, and the Rotarians appreciated learning about this important Newton County corporation.
The Kentland Rotary had a informative program from Mike Rowe, Park Board President, regarding the newly opened community pool. Mike indicated approximately 500 showed up for the Grand Opening Saturday and Sunday enjoying the many new features of the pool. After the discussion Mike gave the group a tour of the pool and pump/filter room, explaining from start to finish how the water entered the pool, chemicals where applied and then discharged into the pool area. Mike indicated with this being a new pool the water has to be filtered completely every two hours compared to four or more in the previous pools. If was interesting to know that the new pool doesn’t hold much more water than the old pool, but the layout is much more functional.
The community should be proud of the new swimming pool and the many years of enjoyment young and old will have. The Kentland Rotary would like to thank the Park Board, Town of Kentland and many dedicated individuals who have made this vision into reality.
Extension Educator Speaks To Rotary
Rotarian Tim Lohr invited Deb Arseneau as the guest speaker for the August 11 Kentland Rotary Club meeting.
Arseneau is the Health & Human Sciences Educator with Purdue Extension in Newton County. She passed out a flyer that outlined ten of the most important programs that she is working with in the county. Five of these programs were for adults and five were designed for youth.
She highlighted a program called a Matter of Balance that was designed to help older adults manage falls and increase activity levels. She also spoke of a Dining with Diabetes program that will be taking place during September at the Kentland Public Library. This four night educational program and cooking school will help adults with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar to feel better and reduce risk of health complications.
She then spoke about programs for youth. A Yummy Curriculum is a 5-part nutrition education program that incorporates nutrition education, food safety tips and physical exercise into each lesson. This is offered to first graders. Captain Cash is an interactive educational program designed to teach basic financial management skills. This is offered to third graders. Block Parties were a new addition last year. Parties can be arranged for local Head Start classrooms and preschools. Adults can guide children’s early learning experiences and use blocks as tools to support their development.
Arseneau wrapped up her presentation talking about activities that took place in the Domestic Arts building at the Newton County Fair. Besides all the regular cooking and craft competition displays, they also hosted Story Hour at the Fair for children and held a fun grab bag craft making activity for adults.
The Kentland Rotary Club meets at the Steve Ryan Community Center every Monday at noon.
On Monday August 4, 2014 the guest speakers at the regular noon meeting of the Kentland Rotary club, invited by Rotarian John Cook, were Gregory Myers, managing editor and Greg Perrotto, marketing manager for the Newton County Enterprise.
Mr. Myers comes from southern Illinois with 13 years of newspaper experience and has just completed his first month at the Enterprise. He is excited about this job opportunity and the growth potential of the newspaper.
He and Greg discussed their focus on hyper-local news stories, North and South Newton school news and sports. Being halfway between the Chicago and Indianapolis news markets there is a need to fill this gap in local coverage.
A redesigned Newton County Enterprise is being planned with more color and new format and their website is being updated.
Gregory encouraged organizations and individuals to contact him about events and newsworthy stories that he may not be aware of as a newcomer to the area. His goal for the Enterprise is to provide better, more comprehensive area coverage for his readers.
At the Kentland Rotary Club meeting on Monday, July 28, Dr. Jay Brinkman presented a program in honor of the bicentennial year of the Star Spangled Banner.
The song was originally written as a poem with four verses entitled "Defense of Fort McHenry" by a 35 year old lawyer named Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814 after he had witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry on the Chesapeake Bay by the British navy the night before. The music was added later that year from a well-known British tune called The Anacreontic Song.
The Rotary program was focused on why the Star Spangled Banner took 117 years to become our national anthem. It was Major League Baseball that first popularized playing the Star Spangled Banner at the beginning of events in the late 1880's. Not until 1931, when an act of Congress that was signed by President Herbert Hoover, did the Star Spangled Banner become our "official" national anthem.
The presenter suggested that it was the growing popularity of radios in homes in the late 1920's and into the 1930's that fueled the pressure to designate a national anthem.
Kentland Rotary Club Program
Kentland Rotary Club Scholarship Chairperson, Roberta Dewing, had the program on Monday, July 21 at noon at the Kentland Community Center with two of the four Kentland Rotary Club South Newton Scholarship Recipients. The two recipients that were able to attend the program were the $2,000 Ross Memorial Scholarship recipient, Kyra Barrett and the $1,000 Rotary Vocational Recipient, Kayla Cirak. Both young women talked to the Rotarians about what colleges were they were planning to attend and what course of study they will be undertaking in the fall. Ms .Barrett will be attending Ball State University to study Hospitality & Event Planning. Ms. Cirak will be attending Valparaiso University to study nursing. The other two Rotary Scholarship recipients, Zach Willhite & Trevor Lowe were unable to attend due to prior commitments. Rotarian Roberta Dewing mentioned that the Kentland Rotary Club started out with one Rotary Scholarship at $750 back in 1994 and then after the Rotary Club began their Truck Raffle the club was able to increase the amount and number of scholarships given each year.
Kentland, IN - On July 14th Katie Hall, CASA Director, from Crossroads CASA spoke to the members of the Kentland Rotary. CASA which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, is a volunteer program that has been in Newton County since 2010. Community members make up the CASA program and they advocate for the abused and neglected children in our county. A CASA volunteer is trained by the Director and sworn in by the area Judges before receiving an abuse and neglect case. Anyone can become a CASA volunteer as long as they are at least 21 years of age and can pass a background check. "There is a high numbers of child abuse and neglect that occurs in our counties," stated Katie Hall. "A CASA helps the children by advocate for a safe, forever home." There are children on a waiting list for a caring person, a CASA, to step up and advocate for their needs.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer please contact Katie Hall at the CASA office at (219) 866-0843 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more information on CASA by checking out www.casaforchildren.org or www.facebook.com/crossroadscasa. Crossroads CASA advocates for abused and neglected children in Jasper, Newton, and Benton Counties. Crossroads CASA is also a member of the National CASA Association and Certified by the Indiana State GAL/CASA Office.
The Rotary club of Kentland meets every Monday at noon at the Steve Ryan Community Center in Kentland, IN.
Kentland Rotary Club sponsored Youth in Government & Business Day on Monday, April 28 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 Cheryl Link, 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 Brittany Baker, Patience Jones, Brittany McCormick, Megan Vissering, Margarita Cruz, Kaycee Nagel, Rebecca Sanchez, and Aric Deno.
Those officials & 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, and Rogers Group Susan Daniel.
The Kentland Rotary Club learned about the 3-D printing process from Jim Butler of Butler Tool and Design located in Goodland. Jim presented a video demonstration of how 3-D printer also known as laser sintering is done. The end product is designed in 3-D by a computer software program. The data is fed to the printer unit itself. Objects printed are made with powder plastic materials that are spread in a thin layer on top of the last layer. A computer controlled laser, tracing a cross-section of the object onto the powder at about one thousandth of an inch at a time. The laser heats the powder which fuses the particles in the powder together into a solid form. Temperatures need to be controlled within one degree. This process continues over and over until the entire object has been printed. When the object is fully formed, it is left to cool in the machine before being removed. Many different objects can be made by the device at the same time. Several hours are required for the process. Many products for aerospace, NASCAR, and the automotive industry are built this way. Thanks to Rotarian Don Wilson for hosting the program.
The Rotary is also assembly cabinets for the Trinity United Methodist Pre-School and will providing food vouchers in cooperation with the Kentland Chamber of Commerce and the Kentland Retail Merchants. Rotary members will be carrying out groceries at Murphy ‘s Food King on Saturday December 21st from 8 am to noon. Donations will be accepted for additional funding to the Kentland Food Pantry.
Dan Ryan, District Membership Chair and member of the Demotte, Indiana Rotary Club, presented the program at the March 24 meeting of the Kentland Rotary Club, held at the Kentland Community Center.
Mr. Ryan discussed the challenges that Rotary, as well as other civic and service organizations, face in attracting and retaining members in the 21st century. He presented the results of a study of Rotary membership demographic trends, and suggested approaches that we might consider to encourage new members to become more active and involved in the Kentland club.
The Kentland Rotary Club meets every Monday at noon, Central time, at the Kentland Community Center on North 4th Street. Contact any Rotarian or call (219) 869-1058 for more information.
At its March 17 meeting, the Kentland Rotary Club heard a presentation from Danielle Sands, County Extension Director and 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator, about ongoing 4-H and youth activities in Newton County, her primary area of responsibility. Doug Morgan introduced Danielle, reminding members of Danielle’s presentation several years ago on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) while employed in the Newton County Surveyor’s Office. She developed an interest in this area as a result in working for the office during the summer following her junior year at South Newton High School. Following graduation, Danielle attended Tri-State University (now Trine University) in Angola, earning undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She then became GIS Technician in the Surveyor’s Office and later GIS Director for the county. During this period, she also worked toward and completed a Master of Public Administration degree from Indiana State University, with emphasis on Human Resource Management. As a result of Sue Frischie’s retirement and her own interest in 4-H, having been a long-time participant, Danielle sought and was hired as Extension Educator.
Danielle stated that 4-H participation usually begins in the second grade and continues until middle school when other activities may compete with 4-H, although many youth complete 10 years of participation. There are currently 408 young people participating in 4-H. Enrollment takes place through pool parties and activity nights at area high schools, where families and kids can meet people from all 4-H clubs, see different projects, and learn about the many activities that occur in 4-H.
Purdue Extension emphasizes school-based programming and as a result many programs are conducted throughout the year by the Educators. One program in particular, called “Kids in the Kitchen,” began years ago to help third graders read recipes, use kitchen tools, and cook various foods. There were eighteen Lake Village participants in 2013, attending four classes during which breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes were followed. Danielle wants to continue to promote this program and further develop interest in gardening, which can provide useful knowledge and a source of food for their family.
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum teaches interactive, experimental learning, which Purdue Extension encourages through National Youth Science Day. “Maps and Apps” is a program Danielle excels at, due to her previous positions, and she attempts to turn youth into geospatial thinkers as they design and map physical objects and solve community problems.
4-H Junior Leaders are a group of 7-12th graders who meet monthly to tackle various projects and community service efforts, mentor first-year 4-Hers, help families and veterans, and strive to “make the best better.”
Danielle recently returned from attending the “Indiana 4-H Youth Development Academy” in Indianapolis which focused on creating a constructive, learning environment and critical thinking skills for kids of all ages as well as providing tools for the adults and volunteers who work with the youth. She is looking forward to applying these concepts locally.
Recent local Purdue Extension events include “Color Me Green” 5k walk/run at the fairgrounds (which raised nearly $1,000), “Clover to Clover” (4-H overview for first-year members), Jr. Leaders, and livestock workshops. Danielle also talked about the upcoming “engaging volunteers” activities to recognize the 101 volunteer leaders who head the eight 4-H clubs and other project and activity groups throughout Purdue Extension programming.
She also provided an overview of the areas covered by her colleagues in the Newton County Extension Office, such as nutrition education by FNP Assistant Nancy Jo Prue, healthy people/healthy communities programs by HHS Educator Deb Arseneau, and agriculture programs by ANR Educator Andrew Martin.
The Rotary Club enjoyed Danielle’s presentation and enthusiasm and thanked her for her leadership and for making a difference in Newton County. Danielle was hosted by Doug Morgan. In other Rotary news Jim Schoen president elect attended President Elect Training at Kalamazoo MI last weekend.
On Monday March 3, 2014, Mike Blanding and his wife Melissa were guest speakers for the Kentland Rotary luncheon. Mike discussed the future of their company INTX Microbials LLC and the merger last fall with Verdesian Life Sciences LLC of Cary, North Carolina. INTX has been a local employer in Kentland since 2002. They sell biological organisms and seed inoculants that are manufactured, packaged, and distributed from their Kentland facilities. The INTX products are distributed all around the world. Mike states that the future of agriculture is focused on continued improvement of water and air quality, as well as producing safe to use and consume crops for consumers. In today's world they must meet an increasingly scrutinized regulatory system. Microbial technology provides a high-tech delivery system to seed and soil, that is both safe and environmentally friendly. He also states that the Kentland location is ideal for any form of agriculture related product manufacturing due to the centralized Midwest location. The recent merger with Verdesian will open doors to a wide variety of research and development. Verdesian owns an extensive product pipeline well in excess of 100 newly patent protected products to help continue the growth of their business here in Kentland. Mike and Melissa are both 1991 graduates of South Newton High School. Mike is a 1996 graduate of Purdue University, School of Technology. The Blanding's have three children. Mike is a sixth generation operator, of the McCarty family's Newton County farms.
Kentland Rotary Club held their semi-annual Pancake, Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast on Saturday March 1, 2014.
The Kentland RotaryClub thanks all those who came out for the breakfast and made this event a great success. The Covenant Federated Church Food Pantry was selected as the beneficiary of the proceeds of this event. The approximately 75 breakfast lovers that came out donated free-will offerings totaling $1,000.00. After expenses the club estimates that a donation of approximately $ 850.00 will be made to the food pantry.
The Rotary club expresses their appreciation to the generous vendors who helped with this successful event: Murphy’s Grocery Store, Good Table Restaurant and Devon’s Restaurant. The Kentland Rotary club also expresses their appreciation to the Trinity United Methodist Church for hosting the event at their beautiful facility.
The Kentland Rotary club looks forward to hosting another breakfast in the fall for another worthy cause.