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
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.
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
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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
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
By GREGORY MYERS
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
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
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