DON'T MISS THIS!
Rotary Big Easy Feast!
Great Food. Great Cause. Great Fun.
Tuesday, February 28: lunch 11:00 am -- 2 pm, and dinner 4 -- 8 pm; cash bar at both meals.
Cost: $30 per person
Location: Lincoln Financial Event Center -- Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing Street, Fort Wayne
Proceeds: Benefit Rotary Club of Fort Wayne's Riverfront Development Project
Rotary Club of Fort Wayne!
James Khan: What’s Cooking and Brewing at Baker Street Steakhouse,
The Hoppy Gnome Brew Pub and the new GnomeTown Brewing Company
Susan Mendenhall: The Arts United Campus Master Plan Project
Mayor Tom Henry – Updates and Insight
This week’s guest was a familiar face, Mayor Tom Henry. His presentation was a preview to the annual State of the City address. Mayor Henry shared that there are six criteria to judge how a city is doing.
First is Public Safety. Public safety is identified as a comfort level we experience when out and about, walking through the neighborhood or simply the safety we feel while in our homes. The mayor stated that homicides are not helping with the public feeling safe. Homicides are on the rise due to guns, drugs and gang activity. The mayor shared, “We are experiencing a turning-point where killing each other seems to be the only solution to resolving a difference.” To help ensure public safety the Fort Wayne Police Department will be hiring 28 additional officers.
Second is Economic Development. Economic development includes but is not limited to good-paying jobs available, low employment rate, workforce and education working together on the same page – that is, degrees are becoming more specific so students need to have the business-desired skill sets when they graduate. Economic development also includes companies expanding in Fort Wayne-Allen County. A few companies expanding are Sweetwater Sound, Dana and Wal-Mart Distribution.
Third is for Downtown Fort Wayne to become a point of destination for visitors. The mayor said with the help of riverfront development, downtown living and The Landing project, we are well on our way to achieving a vibrant downtown.
Fourth is Infrastructure. The mayor spoke about borrowing $100 million over the next four years for infrastructure improvements in neighborhoods, including sidewalks and curbs. Making our neighborhood attractive is important to obtaining new businesses and residents.
Fifth is Parks and Recreation. The Parks and Recreation Department is focused on maintaining and enhancing our established 100 parks. It is also centered on economic development.
And sixth is Cash Flow. The mayor spoke about the positive financial situation he has created for Fort Wayne. For the first time in years we are positive for cash reserves. Mayor Henry estimated we would have $4 million in 2017 and $10 million saved in 2018.
Overall, the mayor left us feeling reassured that he and the Fort Wayne Police Department are working to curb our recording-breaking homicide statistics, and he is excited about what the future holds for downtown and our surrounding neighborhoods.
Paul Harris Award
Laura and Alec Johnson received the honorary Paul Harris Award for their commitment to hosting and caring for our exchange students. We are grateful for their large hearts and the opportunities they’ve provide to each exchange student!
WELCOME NEW MEMBER
IT’S OFFICIAL – ROTARY WILL SPONSOR
THE RIVERFRONT WATER JET FOUNTAIN
President-elect David Bennett made the official announcement on Monday: our club has officially adopted the planned Water Jet Fountain on the south plaza of Fort Wayne’s riverfront development. The estimated cost of $200,000 will be funded by members, fundraisers and matching funds.
“The overwhelming consensus among club members, based on results of a members’ forum and survey, was to become involved in the riverfront development as our next major signature project,” explained club President Candace Schuler.
Al Moll, director of parks and recreation for the City of Fort Wayne, praised the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne for its civic involvement and leadership in supporting riverfront development efforts. “It will take the support of many leaders in the community to make this project a success”, said Moll. “We appreciate the willingness of Rotary to step forward with such generous support.”
The Water Jet Fountain will be located on the south plaza, just east of the Compass Pavilion. The fountains will likely be designed for children to play in during warm weather. Construction on this phase of the project is expected to begin this August, Moll said.
Schuler noted that proceeds from the February 28 fundraiser, the Rotary Big Easy Feast at the Lincoln Financial Event Center, Parkview Field, will support the Water Jet Fountains project. See details about this event further down the page.
DON’T MISS HAPPY HOUR!
Please join your Rotary friends for Happy Hour Thursday January 26th, 2017
What: Rotary Happy Hour
When: Thursday January 26th @ 5:30 PM [until 7 PM or later]
Where: Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E Main Street 46802
Cost: $12 per person for appetizers
Why: Meet new friends, spend time with the Rotarians you'd like to get to know better... and snag an attendance credit while doing so!
Please RSVP to Rick Zolman at email@example.com or 260-437-7330. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW EMAIL ADDRESS.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Blue Gate Garden Inn
800 South Van Burn Street, Shipshewana, IN 46565
8:00 – 4:00 EST
What will you learn at RLI?
Rotary Beyond the Club
Ethics in Vocational Service