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...
Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools
Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been slowly rebuilding the city's infrastructure after years of neglect under earlier governments, most resources are going to improve roads, rebuild homes, and create new businesses. Little money remains to restore the schools. As a result, students have fallen ill, stayed home...
Posted by Kelly Updike
on Mar 27, 2015
March 23, 2015
The QuikCut Story
by Dave Kaverman
Our speaker was Mark Webb, owner and president of Quikcut, Inc. The company is a contract manufacturer of parts and products processed from steel, stainless, aluminum or other miscellaneous alloy materials. Quikcut’s predecessor began in 1976 as Bruco Industries, a tool and die shop founded by Bruce and Cyril Berlien. Quikcut itself was formed in 1997 to process steel for Bruco. In 2004 Quikcut purchased Bruco with its 20 employees and bought its first laser. Today the company has grown to 50 employees and occupies 90,000 square feet with three acres of outside storage. The company’s goal is to double sales by 2020 to $20 million. The firm has CO2 and fiber optic laser capability, a 10’ X 24’ plasma cutting table, a 240-ton press break for forming metal, welding, sandblasting, painting and finish coating capabilities. Mark concluded by showing a sampling of the parts produced by Quikcut, ranging from small laser-cut products to modular construction barges and modular radiation oncology structures, with many items in between. A key challenge for Quikcut to continue growing is to find the shop floor talent it needs, especially welders.
There is no cure for March Madness
Last Friday officially marked the beginning of spring, although you wouldn’t know it by looking at the forecast of one to three inches of snow. But it was also the start of the NCAA basketball tournament or “March madness” as most of us know it.
So Jeremy Redding offered us a few interesting march madness facts, starting with one of his signature corny jokes:
Q. What did March say to all the madness? A. What’s all that bracket?
·The term “March madness” was originally first used to describe high school basketball. It wasn’t until 1939 that the NCAA attributed the term to the basketball tournament
·The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is projected to generate more than $9 billion in bets, according to the American Gaming Association. Almost 50 million Americans will be wagering on teams.
·The likelihood of a perfect bracket is a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance. That’s 9 with 18 zeros behind it. The probability of winning the Powerball jackpot is 1 in 175 million. So you’re better off playing the lottery.
·This year, after the first round, only an estimated 273 perfect brackets remained. And now, statistically, there are probably none. Sorry to any of you who bet any serious money. You probably lost.
·And those lost bets not only cost basketball fans. It also costs a loss in productivity for the companies that employ them – to the tune of $1.9 billion, as estimated by job-search firm Challenger Gray.
·But not everyone sees revenue and productivity decline! According to WalletHub, there's a 19 percent increase in pizza orders and a 9 percent rise in dessert orders by fans after their teams lose. And investors certainly see a change too: Buffalo Wild Wings stock has traditionally gone up in March.
·Advertisers are raking it in during the tournament: In 2012, the average cost of a 30-second commercial during March Madness was $1.34 million and ad spending reached $1 billion for the first time ever that year. And Forbes reports that over the past 10 years advertising costs have risen 8.2 percent annually. That would put this year’s cost for a 30-second commercial at nearly $1.75 million.
Club member and Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson welcomed student Valeria Casto Salazar to the meeting.
Editor’s Note: Thanks to Barb Wachtman, Jane Wilks, Jim Cress, Dave Kaverman, Jeremy Redding and Ian McCormick for making this issue of the Spin possible!
Next Meeting: March 30
GREETERS: Bruce Haines & Kelly Updike
CASHIER: Kim Wagner
INVOCATION: Noel Knox
SONG LEADER: Brent Johnson
SERGEANT: Kurt Beuchel
SOCIAL MEDIA: Ruth Koontz
HOUSE: Dave Kaverman & Frank Weaver
SPIN EDITOR: Kelly Updike
PROGRAM: Club Forum
MENU: Soup & Salad Bar, Hamburgers & Pulled Pork sandwiches & Apple Crisp
April 6: Suzanne Crouch, Indiana State Auditor, The Auditor Doesn’t Audit
April 13: Sergio Apumayta, Rotary Exchange Student from Lima, Peru
April 20: Kumar Menon, Director of City Utilities, The Tunnel & Public Utilities
April 27: Todd Bol, Founder, Little Free Libraries
April 21: Happy Hour, 5:30 pm, Calhoun Street Soup Salads & Spirits
April 28: Cleo Fox Auditions
May 16: River Greenway Clean Up (Great American Clean-up Day)
September 14: Annual Golf Outing
CLUB COMMITTEE CALENDAR
April 6: Centennial Committee
April 28: Board Meeting, Time TBA
DISTRICT 6540 AND ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
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