Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
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Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
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Feb. 23, 2015
Worthy of the Investment
“Why should a health care system be concerned about economic development?” asked Mike Packnett, president and CEO of Parkview Health. “Because good jobs = good health.”
With more than 9,000 employees across the region, the Parkview and community leader is committed to making northeast Indiana a healthy place to live, physically and fiscally. Packnett thinks Fort Wayne and the area is investment-worthy. “We have a lot going on, we have to keep the momentum going,” he said.
Two of Packnett’s favorite metrics on change are negative letters to the editor and the number of construction cranes in the area. “If you aren’t reading a lot of negative letters, we are not bold enough,” he said, also noting there are at least four cranes in downtown Fort Wayne just for the new Ash project.
“We have progressed from a negative outlook – we lost our swagger, according to Mac Parker – to a stable outlook, where we are setting some audacious goals, and now we are moving toward a positive outlook” in making our plans a reality, Packnett said.
Packnett is proud of several organizations, including the Northeast Regional Partnership (go to www.neindiana.com) which has been working to stop the “precipitous decline in per capita income.” This has led, Packnett says, to area residents talking about themselves in a better and more aspirational way. The Our Story project (at www.neindiana.com/vision/the-vision/our-story) by the Regional Partnership has determined five storylines about our area:
·Time-honored American Strength
·Spirit of Collaboration
·Uphold and Embrace
Packnett believes the efforts of several hundred people working on economic development has had a collective impact and he feels three areas of Vision 2020 (www.neindiana.com/vision/priorities/initiatives-in-progress) are most important:
·21st Century Talent -- “We have to be about producing our own talent,” Packnett said.
·Entrepreneurship – “It’s where the jobs will come from.”
·Quality of life – “the biggest threat to economic well-being is population loss.”
“We are investment-worthy because of the quality of young leaders,” Packnett added. “YLNI is my favorite group … how determined they are to make a difference.”
Bright Future @ Randallia
With a rich history that dates back to 1879 and many years as the flagship Parkview Memorial Hospital (1953-95), Parkview at Randallia is again undergoing a transformation, according to Marlon Wardlow, vice president of the Randallia campus for Parkview Health.
The parking garage was demolished at end of 2014 and many other changes are in store, including adding more beds and services for the community. “We want to be a destination hospital for in and out services, Wardlow said. Campus changes will include a kitchen renovation, consolidation of diagnostic imaging, refreshing of the ER area, remodeling of the central registration area and a new entrance off Randallia. For a video walk through the changes, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1x4n6WVnPg
Nominate a Community Leader
Nominations for the Rotary Community Service Awards are due by the end of business day March 6, so please make your nomination/s now.
Submit nominations to Randy Rider at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing to Jane Wilks, club secretary, at PO Box 11141.
The nomination form is on the club website. It is very important that you include a narrative that supports the reasons you believe your nominee is worthy of recognition. Your narrative will be used not only for award selection but as a foundation for comments to be made during the award presentation. Names submitted without a supporting narrative will not be considered.
The Rotary Community Service Awards are made possible by the proceeds from the Kap Kilbourn Trust. The Rotary Community Service awards are given annually to recognize non-Rotarians who have made extraordinary contributions of service to our community.
You Don’t Look a Day Over …
Feb. 23 marks the 110th anniversary of Rotary. Learn more about Rotary’s history at https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/history
The first four Rotarians (from left): Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey and Paul P. Harris, circa 1905-12.
Chase Hall is a senior at South Side High School. “Community outreach at South Side is phenomenal,” says Chase, who is a three-year member of Key Club and served two years with National Honor Society. Chase proudly listed service activities such as clothing drives, blood drives, volunteering at Community Harvest Food Bank and packing backpacks full of food for kids who need assistance over weekends.
Fun for All
The giant Jenga game was a big hit at the Game On! fun night and fundraiser for the club’s youth programs. More than 60 people attended and $1,700 was raised at the event, helping the club achieve its $5,000 overall goal.
District Annual Meeting Set
The Rotary District 6540 Conference Celebration will take place on April 24 and 25 at the Best Western Plus - Brandywine Inn & Suites Conference Center, 304 S. 6th St., in Monticello, Ind. Ten area Rotary clubs, located in the southwest quarter of our district, will be serving as your host clubs for this very special event.
The individual celebration registration form to attend this special annual event is available on the district website at www.rotary6540.org for completion. If you have any questions during this process, please contact District Secretary John Smith by email at email@example.com or by phone at 260.410.9326. Special room rates at the Best Western Plus in Monticello are $89 per night and offered until March 30.
Thanks for the Story
Our thanks to Renee Wright for sharing her excellent story about club member Bob Wearley and his new book, “The Prodigal Pilot,” with us for the Spin!
The annual speech contest is March 16. Contact Glenn Abels firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Don’t Miss It
The 2015-16 Rotary International President, K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, will be the featured speaker at the club’s centennial gala on Oct. 2. Read about Ravi in the March 2015 issue of The Rotarian: therotarianmagazine.com/for-the-record-k-r-ravi-ravindran/
Next Meeting: March 2
GREETERS: Tom Heil & Kim Wagner
CASHIER: Bruce Haines
INVOCATION: Jim Cress
SONG LEADER: Lynne Gilmore
SERGEANT: Gabe Clark
SOCIAL MEDIA: Ruth Koontz
HOUSE: Dave Kaverman & Frank Weaver
SPIN EDITOR: Chris Fountain
PROGRAM: Thaddeus Rex, District 6560 Membership Committee: How to Grow Rotary Through Networking
MENU: Soup & Taco Salad Bar, Chicken Fajitas & Cookies
March 9: Matt Ayers & Brian Myers, Owners of Anchor Films: Make Your Marketing More Effective with Video
March 16: Tim Minnich, President, Transworks: The Transworks Story: Who it is, What it Does and its Expansion into Europe and Central & South America
March 23: Mark Webb, Owner, Quikcut: The Quikcut Story: Who it is and What it Does with Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities
March 30: Club Forum
PROPOSED NEW MEMBERS:
Active: Allie Braun, Marketing Manager, Greater Fort Wayne Inc.; Sponsored by Lisa Waterman
Corporate: Harrison College, Sponsored by Dave Kaverman
Lead Member: Kynan Simison, Campus President; 2nd Rep: Crista Miller, Director of Career Services;
3rd Rep:Tara Moloney, Registrar
March 9: Community Paul Harris Nominations due to Randy Rider
March 16: Rotary Speech Contest, Main Library
March 17: Happy Hour, 5:30 pm, Calhoun Street Soup Salads & Spirits
March 28: Cleo Fox Applications Due
April 28: Cleo Fox Auditions
CLUB COMMITTEE CALENDAR
March 2: Centennial Committee, 1:30
March 9: Rotary Youth Exchange, 11 am
March 9: Membership Committee, 11 am
March 16: Program Committee, 11 am
March 24: Board of Directors, 8 am at Community Foundation
DISTRICT 6540 AND ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
February 28, 2015: Rotary Leadership Institute, Shipshewana IN, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, $75
March 19-21, 2015: Great Lakes Rotary PETS, Kalamazoo MI
April 17-19, 2015: RYLA Camp
April 24-25, 2015: District 6540 Celebration, Brandywine Inn, Monticello IN
June 6-9, 2015: Rotary International Convention, Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 4, 2015: World Affairs Conference
April 8, 2016: District 6540 Conference, Merrillville, IN