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Kevin Stangeland, president and CEO of Urban Forest Products, was the keynote speaker at the July 20 Kentland Rotary Club meeting. Urban Forest Products makes cup holders for McDonalds and egg filler flats that hold 30 eggs. The facility runs 24 hours a day seven days a week and employs 70 people.  Starting with recycled newspapers, the company turns the waste paper into pulp and then stamped into molds while the pulp is still wet. Using dryers powered by the methane gas from the landfill, the pulp is dried and becomes stiff like cardboard.Stangeland stated the company moved to Newton County in 2009 to be closer to their core market and for a bigger workforce.From using methane gas recovered from the landfill to making products from 100 percent recycled paper to the color of its facility, Urban Forest Products, Inc. is as “green” as any company in the region.Republic Services actually cleans and compresses the methane gas from the landfill and sells the gas to Urban Forest Products. The gas is transported via pipeline from the landfill to the facility.
Stangeland also reported that the company has already expanded once since moving to Newton County and is in the works of expanding again.
Shown from left are Kevin Stangeland, president and CEO of Urban Forest Products; Rotarian Brandt Stum; and Chris Buehrer, technical director at Urban Forest Products.




Rotarian Mel Ward welcomes Iroquois Memorial Representatives




On July 13 the Kentland Rotary club held their weekly noon meeting at the R. Steve Ryan Memorial Community Center in Kentland, IN. After a lunch catered, as usual, by Devon’s, the newest member of the club was installed. Kentland Rotary President Ed van Wijk and new member sponsor Mel Ward welcomed Iroquois Memorial Hospital as the first corporate member of the Kentland club. Jessica St. John, a nurse practitioner at IMH’s Kentland Clinic, will represent IMH.
The program for the meeting was a presentation by Jessica St. John of IMH about personal health.  The presenter informed those in attendance about the dangers of an unhealthy lifestyle and offered tips and advice on simple ways to improve personal health with gradual changes in exercise and eating habits. All in attendance received an Activity & Food Tracker with tips for effective exercise and healthy eating.
IMH offers regular health check-ups for the public at the main lobby of Iroquois Memorial Hospital 200 East Fairman Avenue Watseka, Illinois 60970.
Next Monday, July 20, 2015 at noon Rotarian Brandt Stum welcomes Kevin Stangeland, President and CEO of Urban Forest Products who will present the program. Those interested on finding out more about the Kentland Rotary club are welcome to attend.
Kentland Rotary Club meets on Mondays at noon at the R. Steve Ryan Memorial Community Center in Kentland, Indiana.


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.



The Kentland Rotary Club got a lesson on motorcycle safety and awareness Jan. 26 from Gold Wing Road Riders Association District Educator Mike Kadinger.  Kadinger provided the program for the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting. According to Kadinger, the Gold Wing Road Riders Association has 80,000 members worldwide and 28 chapters in Indiana.
“I am here to promote awareness for motorcycles,” said Kadinger. “At intersections, look twice even three times for motorcycles. Know that we are out there and sometimes it is harder to see us. It is easy to miss something that you are not looking for.”


Certified Public Accountant Nathan Flook of Heman Lawson Hawks LLP gave a brief business taxation presentation for the Kentland Rotary Club Feb. 2.
Flook is a Benton Central graduate, who attended Butler University for its pharmacy program. Being strong in math, as well as sciences, Flook decided to switch to an accounting major and earned an undergraduate degree in that field. He continued on to earn a master’s degree and was hired by Heman Lawson Hawks LLP of West Lafayette and Fowler in 2011. Flook became a licensed CPA in 2013.
Flook’s presentation touched on the tax updates for businesses and individuals. He also added that due to the Affordable Care Act expect delayed refunds and increased preparer fees.
On the personal side, Nathan married Tara Wiley in 2012. She is also a Benton Central graduate, who earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Indiana in public relations and advertising. Tara was director of golf operations at the West Lafayette Elks Club. She was hired by Framers and Merchants Bank and is now their branch manager of its new West Lafayette location.

The Kentland Rotary Club joined with the Thrivent Action Team to support the Rotary’s annual Food Pantry and Voucher Drive. The Rotary Club in cooperation with Thrivent, Kentland Chamber of Commerce, Kentland Retail Merchants Assn. and private donors provided $2450.00 in $25 food vouchers to needy families in the Kentland, Goodland, and Brook communities that were suggested by Town Marshalls, Township Trustees, churches and the Food Pantry.  The Rotary Club provided the funds for the publicity and that allowed the entire $250.00 to be used for food for the Kentland Covenant Federated Food Pantry.  Rotary members volunteer as "carry outs and sackers for 6 hours on Saturday December 20th 2014 at Murphy's Food King. We distributed $2450.00 in food vouchers, collected $765.81 in donations, and collected an additional packed full grocery cart of food items.  The volunteers enjoyed the "Live Generously" T-shirts provided by Thrivent and the Thrivent Action team banner was displayed on the service counter.  This project is also part of the Kentland Rotary Club's activity to support the Rotary Has Heart program   This a perfect example of groups working together to meet serious needs in a community. 

Rotary Touchpoints
Rotary District Assistant Governor John Frischie (pictured) gave an update on the organization’s website and also touched on some possible changes regarding the club’s attendance policy at Kentland’s Rotary Club meeting this past Monday. Frischie stated that it’s important for club’s to recognize perfect attendance and maybe Kentland should consider adopting Rotary Touchpoints. A point system where members can earn points for projects to make up for absences instead of the weekly fined for missing meetings.
In other Rotary news, the Kentland Rotary and the Kentland Chamber of Commerce will look to hold quarterly joint meetings. The first joint meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 19. Photo by GREGORY MYERS

The history of the Kentland Elevator was the topic of the Kentland Rotary Club program Nov. 17. Company President John Fredrickson spoke about the company’s origins. “In August 1978, Myself Francis Sowers and his son Dean purchased and organized Kentland Elevator and Supply,” said Fredrickson. “We are now nearing completion of our 37th harvest.”
Fredrickson also stated that after founding Kentland Elevator, a few years later they purchased elevators at Boswell, Earl Park and Quaker, IL. Then in 1994, they purchased the Sheldon elevator. Over the years, the owners decided to sell the Quaker, Earl park and Boswell locations to concentrate on Kentland and Sheldon. In 1996, an expansion was completed at Kentland for more storage and this past year, the facility doubled its drying capacity. John’s son Darrell joined the company in 1985 after graduating from Michigan State University. He purchased Francis Sowers’ stake in the company and is now vice-president and general manager. Dean Sowers is vice-president of operations and manager at the Sheldon location.
Fredrickson went on to say that the company has nine full-time employees and several part-timers. “We have been fortunate to have a number of loyal customers in this area,” said Fredrickson. “This area has also been blessed with good crops over the years.”

Kentland Rotary hears about animal shelter
Morgan Rinehart of the Newton County Animal Shelter was the guest speaker at Monday’s Kentland Rotary meeting. She informed the Rotarians on her job duties, experiences and her passion for animals. Since taking over from ICARE, Rinehart told the club she has placed a number of dogs and cats in new homes and/or with animal rescue groups. PHOTO by Gregory Myers

Dr. Gray speaks about Germany with Kentland Rotary
Purdue University Associate Professor Dr. William Gray was the guest speaker at Monday’s Kentland Rotary meeting. He spoke on mistakes made by Germany in World War I and some misconceptions about that time period. Gray noted that the biggest mistake made by Germany in the war was its unwillingness to stop fighting and to hold out for absolute victory. “This eventually drew the Untied States into the war and eventually to Germany’s defeat,” said Gray. “The loss of the war and the strict punishment given to the country, along with some other factors led to the country following some darker ideas and eventually into World War II.” Pictured, Gray (right) was the guest of Rotarian Brandt Stum. The Oct. 20 program will be about the Servants At Work, Inc. (SAWs). 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.

Dr. Gray speaks about Germany with Kentland Rotary
Purdue University Associate Professor Dr. William Gray was the guest speaker at Monday’s Kentland Rotary meeting. He spoke on mistakes made by Germany in World War I and some misconceptions about that time period. Gray noted that the biggest mistake made by Germany in the war was its unwillingness to stop fighting and to hold out for absolute victory. “This eventually drew the Untied States into the war and eventually to Germany’s defeat,” said Gray. “The loss of the war and the strict punishment given to the country, along with some other factors led to the country following some darker ideas and eventually into World War II.” Pictured, Gray (right) was the guest of Rotarian Brandt Stum. The Oct. 20 program will be about the Servants At Work, Inc. (SAWs). 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.









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.





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