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Fort Wayne

"Service Above Self"

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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Aug 29, 2016
Jonah Crismore
Cinema Center Creating Community with Film: Cinema Center’s Mission & Challenges in the 21st Century
Sep 05, 2016
Sep 12, 2016
Holly Seabury
Global Grant Project—Adding a Cardiac Diagnosis Unit for Children in a hospital in India
Sep 19, 2016
Jeff Thomas, President of FWAC Home Builders Assoc
New Home Construction in NE Indiana
Sep 26, 2016
Matt Bell
President of Indiana Casino Association
August 2016
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August 29, Noon
 Jonah Crismore, Cinema Center
Creating Community with Film:
Cinema Center’s Mission and Challenges in the 21st Century
September 5, 2016
SPIN      AUGUST 29 2016 
GREETERS: Evan Hyndman (Home Nursing Service) & Zach Lear (ProTechs)           
CASHIER: Andy Eads (KPC Media Group)
INVOCATION: Win Moses (The Village of North Oak)
SONG LEADER: Barb Wachtman (Retired)
SOCIAL MEDIA: Zach Lear (Pro Techs)
HOUSE: Kurt Beuchel  (ONI Risk Partners)
SPIN EDITOR: Barb Wachtman (Retired)
PROGRAM:  Jonah Crismore, Cinema Center Creating Community with Film: Cinema Center’s Mission and Challenges in the 21st Century
Menu: Soup and Salad, Pasta Primavera & Peach Crisp
UPCOMING PROGRAMS: Invite a guest to hear…………..
September 11: Global Grant Project—Adding a Cardiac Diagnosis Unit for Children in a hospital in India
September 18: Jeff Thomas, President of FWAC Home Builders Association: New Home Construction in NE Indiana
September 25: Matt Bell, President of Indiana Casino Association
October 3: Member Forum
October 10: Andrew Bourne, IVY Tech: The Causes and Consequences of High School Dropouts
October 17: Kristina Johnson & Marcia Haaff:  The Lutheran Foundation Look Up and the Regional Mental Health Coalition
October 24: Andrew Downs, IPFW: Local Politics in Fort Wayne
October 31: Win Moses: Reflections on a Lifetime of Political Stories
August 23: Board Meeting, 8 am
September 12: Membership, 11 am
September 12: RYE, 11 am
September 12: Local Service, 11:15 am
September 27: Board Meeting, 8:00 am
ANNOUNCEMENTS…Mark Your Calendar
September 23-25: District 6540 Young Professional Summit, Camp Tecumseh
September 29: Summit City South Rotary Club Charter Party
September 30: District 6540 Foundation Dinner, Lerner Ballroom, Elkhart IN
November 10: World Affairs Conference, ACPL
From August 15, 2016
Barb Wachtman
Ranjan Kini: Meta motivation and finding your ‘theme’ to change the world 
Rotary District 6540 Governor Ranjan Kini’s path to Rotary began at a park in his hometown of Bangalore, India.
“When I was in middle school, I didn’t have much to do,” Kini recalled. “So for three years, I visited the park about half a mile from my house nearly every day and noticed all these little wheels on the swings and other equipment, but I didn’t think much about it.”  
Thirty-five years later, Kini saw the wheel again.  This time, he was a professor at Indiana University Northwest, Gary, Indiana, when he overheard a meeting in a nearby room that showcased the same “wheel,” only it was very big and hanging on a banner.  Once Kini learned of Rotary’s goals and worldwide reach, he joined the Schererville Rotary and has been holding various leadership positions ever since.
“Many of your past donations to Rotary International likely helped to build that park,” he said. “Think of all the other areas your Foundation gifts have helped. … In my case, it not only made an impact, but I have come full circle and am giving to the Rotary Foundation!”
On Monday, August 15, Kini addressed the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne at its regular noon meeting at Parvkiew Field, where he shared his goals for District 6540 and those of new Rotary International President John Germ.
Meta motivation
Monday’s meeting attendees received a lesson in “meta motivation.”  
Kini began with this quote from Bill Gates:  “If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, But if you die poor, it’s your mistake.”
Kini, however, believes Gates’ statement holds some inherent weaknesses.  “Consider the girl who walks five hours a day to fetch water for her family. She cannot think of anything else in her life except how to shorten that five-hour walk for water,” he said.
Rotary International has helped to change this situation in many areas of the world through its water and sanitation initiatives. “According to (American psychologist) Abraham Maslow, when people are ‘self-actualized’ to strive beyond their scope of basic needs, they can begin to reach their full potential.  This is call meta motivation. Until then, they are trapped at the basic level to meet their physiological needs.”
He continued, “Think of the Rotary grants that have affected people’s ‘meta motivation’ around the world!  These grants give hope where there was none.”
Kini’s goals
The District Governor offers these District goals for the coming Rotary year:
  • Young Rotarians and technology: Attract younger members and better use technology, which is the language of the young. Kini is doing his part. The Ph. D. and professor of management – information systems at Indiana University-Gary has developed an interactive map of our district that shows green dots at all club locations. A click of the dot provides information about the club, including meeting time, size and major projects.
  • Flexibility and progressive: The recent Rotary International Administrative Council provided clubs with more flexibility than ever before. Examples include relaxed meeting frequencies, family memberships and new meeting attendance requirements. He invited members to explore how clubs could become more flexible, progressive and relevant to current and future members.
  • $350 million: Kini challenged the District to raise $350 million for the annual fund.  He promised to shave his beard if the district meets this goal.  (Erstwhile District Governor Roger Sims promised – and did – shave his head when the District met his $330 million goal.  Kini mused that such a promise would be redundant for him …)
  • $3 billion: Speaking of thinking big, Kini challenged us to build the District endowment fund to $3 billion by 2025. He invited us to seek corporate sponsorships and other funding sources to achieve this goal.
  • Recruit more young members and more women.
District plans and events
In addition to his big goals, Kini listed these programs and events for Rotary District 6540:
  • More district and global grant-funded service projects
  • District Foundation Dinner: September 30, at the Lerner Center in Elkhart – help support the way to $350 Million
  • District Celebration: April 21-22, Blue Chip Casino in Michigan, City
  • Many district attendees to the June Rotary International Convention in Atlanta (See below.)
  • 130 on 30: Create and build a successful fundraiser by developing a 13-mile bicycle ride from Schererville to Fort Wayne on U.S. 30. “My goal is at least two riders from each club.”
From the top
Kini shared goals of New Rotary International President John Germ:
  • Eradicate polio in 2017
  • Serve humanity through big and small opportunities: Do not overlook the smaller opportunities around us
  • Rotary Club Central: Increase the use among Rotarians of this robust online source
  • Biggest, boldest party the world has ever seen: The attendance goal for the June 2017 Rotary International Convention is 50,000
Red shoes, all stars and personal themes
As he does with all his club visits, Kini wore red shoes. The footwear was a gift from RI President Germ at the recent meeting of district governors.
“He took us to the rooftop of the hotel where we were meeting, and he gave us each a pair of red shoes and told us look at the back of our shoes. It reads “All Stars.” Then we saw his signature on all our shoes.  He told us we were all all stars – and so are you, because of the good you do in the world.”
He added, “Every Rotary International President works hard to come up with a theme for his term about how he wants to affect the world through Rotary. This year, President Germ chose ‘Rotary Serving Humanity.’ What is your personal theme to change the world?”