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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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President Elect
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Vice President
Immediate Past President
April 2015


How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet at a wine bar after work, share a social outing, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president, says the club has been...


For More Information: Rotary Secretary Jane Wilks 260.341.1600

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New Haven Lions Club is Sponsoring a BBQ Cookout to help raise money for Fort Wayne Rotary's very own Aaron Rorick. Aaron is our outbound youth exchange student to be studying in the Slovak Republic this coming year.    Tickets for the BBQ are $8.50. Dinner to include:  half a bbq chicken, dinner roll, and coleslaw. Meals can be picked up at Ken's Meat Market at 846 Lincoln Hwy, New Haven, Indiana on May 16 between 11 am and 12:30 pm. Any orders not picked up by this time will go on the market to the general public. All proceeds go to me for funding this trip to order tickets call or text Aaron at 1-260-450-9465 or email at .



News from the April 6, 2015 Club Meeting                                            

Transparency, Accessibility and Accountability Focus Areas for State Auditor
It’s true: Indiana’s Auditor of State does not audit – that work belongs to the State Board of Accounts. For Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s State Auditor, her work would be better described as the Chief Financial Officer for the State of Indiana. She has four primary duties including accounting for all of the State's funds; overseeing and disbursing county, city, town, and school tax distributions; paying the State's bills; and paying the State's employees. She prepares a comprehensive annual financial report, a document Crouch says that is key to retaining Indiana’s AAA rating (Indiana is one of 11 states with such a classification). Her position collaborates with the work of state agencies. Her efforts helped create Indiana’s Transparency Portal that provides Indiana taxpayers with an inside look into Indiana State Government spending and operations. The ITP is described as “an online solution designed to bring better visibility, openness & accountability to Indiana State Government. The ITP contains information ranging from agency budgets to state contracts and agency performance measures.” Crouch shared with the club that in a recently released report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the Indiana Transparency Portal is at the top of the national ranking of all 50 states’ online transparency portals. To view Indiana’s online transparency portal, visit
Centennial Committee Congratulations!
Thanks to the many club members who have worked diligently to bring about our 100th year celebration:
Jason Daenens, co-chair
Jeff Krull, co-chair
Dave Borgen
Fred Eckart
Ruth Ford
Carole Fuller
Tim Gibson
Dee Hoffman
Louise Jackson
Frank Johnson
Jim Kratzat
Kenn Kunze
John Leal
Marc Levy
Alan McMahan
Mac Parker
John Peirce
Jeremy Redding
Randy Roberts
Candace Schuler
Holli Seabury
Barb Wachtman
Irene Walters
Jane Wilks
Spring Break Thanks
Rotarian Dick Conklin recognized club member Greg Solon for his welcoming our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student Sergio and taking him to Boston and to New York City over spring break!
Dave Hefner Scholarship Awarded
Dick Conklin spoke of the work of The Dave Hefner International Exchange Fund, which helps provide financial assistance for both school approved programs and recognized international travel programs for high school students. Since 1991 our club has received scholarships for five outbound students. With that background Dick introduced Aaron Rorick who becomes the latest student to receive a $2,000 scholarship for his 2015-2016 exchange trip to the Slovak Republic. Congratulations Aaron!
Two Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Fellow Honors
Randy Rider presented Lisa Waterman with her seventh and eighth Paul Harris Fellow award at our April 6 meeting! Club members are recognized for contributing at least $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation and thus being named a Paul Harris Fellow. The honor can also be presented on behalf of the donor to a Rotarian for special service. Such was the pleasure for the club to honor John Hoffman as a Paul Harris Fellow for his work with the club’s World Affairs Council program for high school students! Congratulations Lisa and John!
Next Meeting        April 13 2015
GREETERS: Frank Johnson (Old National Insurance) & Ron Kohart (Kohart Properties)
CASHIER: Kurt Beuchel (Old National Insurance)
INVOCATION: Nick Shah (Impex International)
SONG LEADER: Ian McCormick (Raymond James)
SERGEANT: Ruth Koontz (Goodwill Industries)
SOCIAL MEDIA: Zach Lear (ProTechs)
HOUSE: Tim Schenkel (Schenkel Construction) & Jim Huller (Maximum Wealth Advisors)
SPIN EDITOR: Bruce Haines (PBS39)
PROGRAM: Sergio Apumayta, Rotary Exchange Student from Lima, Peru
MENU: Soup & Caesar Salad, Lasagna & Blueberry Crisp
April 20: Kumar Menon, Director of City Utilities, The Tunnel & Public Utilities
April 27: Todd Bol, Founder, Little Free Libraries BRING A GUEST DAY
May 4: Molly Mengerink, Lead Sleep Technologist, Lutheran Sleep Disorders Center,
Quality Sleep Today
Jean Hershberger, Vice President of Business Banking, Centier Bank; proposed by Lori Stinson
Amber Foster, Executive Director of Artlink; Former president of Anthony Wayne Rotary Club; sponsored by Randy Roberts
April 21: Happy Hour, 5:30 pm, Calhoun Street Soup Salads & Spirits
April 27:  Bring a Guest to Rotary Day (Speaker, Todd Bol, Founder of Little Free Libraries)
April 28: Cleo Fox Auditions
May 16: River Greenway Clean Up (Great American Clean-up Day)
May 18: Paul Harris Community Service Awards
August 15: Polio Plus 5K
September 14: Annual Golf Outing at Chestnut Hills
October 2: 100th Anniversary Gala
April 13: RYE Committee, 11:00 am; Membership Committee, 11:00 am
April 28: Board Meeting, 11:30, at Main Library, Meeting Room C
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



Apr 20, 2015
Kumar Menon, Director, FW City Utilities
The Tunnel Under the City
Apr 27, 2015
Todd Bol, CEO Little Free Libraries
A Celebration of Little Free Libraries



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