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Fort Wayne

"Opening Doors Through Service"

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Parkview Field, Second Floor, Suite Level
1301 Ewing St
Corner of Ewing and Breckenridge
Fort Wayne, IN  46802
United States
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Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Membership Chair
Vice President
Immediate Past President
February 2016
Find resources for planning your centennial celebration
We're kicking off The Rotary Foundation's centennial celebration at the Korea convention, 28 May-1 June. But you can get started now planning your club's centennial activities with the resources available in our promotion kit: Ideas and activities for clubs Doing Good in the World promotional flier Doing Good in the World bookmark Sample press release Centennial letterhead Centennial PowerPoint template Centennial postcard History of The Rotary Foundation PowerPoint Find more ideas in "Rotary's Foundation Is Turning 100," in the January issue of Rotary Leader Watch and download A Century of...
Rotary's 2016 International Assembly coverage and resources
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Michele Berg named deputy general secretary
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Breaking News


A year ago, SWA – a Chicago specialist firm hired by the City back in 2013 to do a comprehensive riverfront study – presented its findings and recommendations to the public, at a ceremony dubbed “The Big Reveal.”  Specifically, SWA suggested beginning Phase 1-A of this ambitious, and doubtless expensive, multi-year public/private development project with a riverfront promenade, to be located on both the south and north banks of the St. Marys River between the Wells Street and Harrison Street Bridges.
Just how ambitious is this project?  For an overview, take a look at this short “Riverfront FW Master Plan” video, prepared by SWA.
And for a deep-dive into this subject, go to the various tabs on the Riverfront Development Committee's website.
Last Monday, a trio of program presenters – Pam Holocher and Alison Gerardot from the City, and Ron Dick from the local architectural firm Design Collaborative – gave us a status update on Phase 1-A.  They said that this month City Council will be asked to approve a contract with the Riverworks Design Team to prepare the schematic drawings for the promenade.
Our speakers emphasized that this riverfront development Phase has multiple practical components, such as:
(1) initial clean-up, new plantings, and ongoing maintenance;
(2) event and activity programming, both on and off the rivers; and,
(3) development design and land acquisition
Equally important though, riverfront development also involves changing public perceptions.  We already use our rivers, of course ... for drinking water … and to a limited degree for recreation (boating; the rivergreenway).  But mostly, and for understandable reasons, we have viewed the rivers negatively – as sources of periodic flooding that needed containment and prevention.
So part of the strategic plan is to develop a positive image for our rivers.  And this requires having activities on and off the river, even before the first spade-full of dirt is turned, which will reflect the public's desire for arts/culture, recreation, and education events.  In 2016, for instance,  not only will the popular Dragon Boat Races will return on the rivers, but also up on dry land there will be a two-day musical festival titled “Middle Waves,” a “Faces of the Fort” art exhibit, and secret site outdoor “immersive” movie showing.
Ah, if only Gen. Anthony Wayne could see us now!

Sometimes, Rotarian roots in this Club run deep and wide … and long!
Long time Club member, John Walley died this past Sunday in Buffalo, NY, at age 95.  He was Club President in 1970 and a generous donor to both of our Club's Polio-Plus fund raising drives, as well as to our recent Centennial Projects.  He was also Club Historian for at least 20 years and authored (along with his father, Ersel Walley, also a Club President) this Club's 75th Anniversary History Book.  
His first wife, Kate McKay, had polio and was in an iron lung for years, paralyzed from the chest down.  His second wife, Marion (McKay) Rastetter was the widow of Club President and District Governor, Bill Rastetter.  And yes, both wives were sisters of Club President, George McKay.
And finally, John Walley was uncle to … and Ersel Walley, grandfather to … current Rotarian, and Past Club President, Randy Roberts.
Now that, friends, is a venerable Rotary family tree!
Here's what Randy wrote about John Walley – something that he will doubtless repeat at the memorial service, now tentatively scheduled for May 7th at First Presbyterian Church:

“I am named after him.  [Yes, Randy's first name is John]  He was a wonderful Rotarian and always an inspiration to me.”

This Week’s Program: Eric Doden, CEO, Greater Fort Wayne’s Goals and Road to a Million

Announcements:  February 8, 2016
February 15: Charles Shepard, FWMOA, Amber Foster, ArtLink & Dan Swartz – Wunderkammer: How to retain
the Creative Class through our Visual Art Organizations
February 18: Happy Hour, 5:30 to 7:30 at JK O’Donnell’s on West Wayne St
February 22: Dave Sanders,  1 Million Cups Fort Wayne and Start Fort Wayne, a new nonprofit to build a thriving entrepreneur culture in the Fort Wayne region
February 29: Brenda Gerber Vincent, Commissioner, Indiana Bicentennial
March 7: Barbara Morrow, Author, Hardwood Glory: Sports Legend John Wooden and his Hoosier Roots
March 14: Tom Heil, Associated Churches
March 21: Ralph Marcuccilli, CEO, Allied Payment Network, Developing a Successful Software Company in Fort Wayne
March 28: Joel Nichols, CEO, Apollo Design, Lighting Up Stages Around the World
Remember to invite guests to hear our great programs!

Next Meeting:  February 8 2016  
GREETERS: Randy Roberts (Retired) & Bob Kabisch (Retired)
CASHIER: Tony Patrick (Old National Bank)
INVOCATION: Roger Reece (Associated Churches)
SONG LEADER:  Bob Lee (University of St Francis)    
SERGEANT: Jim Kratzat (MSKTD)   
SOCIAL MEDIA: Amber Foster (ArtLink)
HOUSE: Frank Weaver (Rolf/Griffin)
SPIN EDITOR: Tom Wooding (Retired)
PROGRAM: Eric Doden, CEO, Greater Fort Wayne’s Goals and Road to a Million
MENU: Soup & Salad, Roast Beef & Vanilla Pudding

UPCOMING PROGRAMS: Invite a guest to hear…………..
February 15: Charles Shepard, FWMOA, Amber Foster, ArtLink & Dan Swartz – Wunderkammer: How to retain the Creative Class through our Visual Art Organizations
February 22: Dave Sanders, 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne and Start Fort Wayne, a new nonprofit to build a thriving entrepreneur culture in the Fort Wayne region
February 29: Brenda Gerber Vincent, Commissioner, Indiana Bicentennial

Karen Stahl, Director of Business Development, Moake Park Group, Sponsored by Fred Eckart

New Corporate Representatives
FWMOA: Ashley Stoneburner
Harrison College: Lydia Schrader
IPFW: Angie Fincannon and Karen VanGorder
KPC Media: Randy Mitchell
Old National: Tony Patrick
Pro Techs: Robert Henshaw
University of St Francis: Matt Rowan

New Corporate Members
Associate Churches—Roger Reece, Tom Heil and Steve Staley
United Way of Allen County—David Nicole, Tiffany Bailey and Sandra Cockrell

Resignations—We will miss these members and hope to see them back soon
Glenn Abels—Business pressures
Abigail Butler—Business pressures
Ruth Corn—Family issues
Louise Jackson—Business travel

Active Membership: 147
Honorary: 7

Committee meetings
February 8: Membership Committee, 11:00 am        February 8 RYE Committee, 11:00 am
February 8: Program Committee, 11:00 am        February 22: PR Committee, 1:20 pm
February 23: Board Meeting, 8 am
Rotary District 6540 and Rotary International  
March 10-12, 2016: Great Lakes President Elect Training (PETS), Kalamazoo MI
April 8-9, 2016: District 6540 Conference, Radisson Star Plaza,  Merrillville, IN
May 28-June 1, 2016: Rotary International’s 107th Convention, Seoul, Korea


Feb 08, 2016
Eric Doden, CEO
Greater Fort Wayne's Goals and Road to a Million
Feb 15, 2016
Charles Shepard, Amber Foster & Dan Swarz
How to Retain the Creative Class Thought our Visual Art Organizations
Feb 22, 2016
Dave Sanders
1 Million Cups Fort Wayne and Start Fort Wayne
Feb 29, 2016