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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
May 2015


Rotary, USAID collaboration improves sanitation facilities in Ghana
According to a 2012 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Ghana has made great strides in providing its people with clean drinking water. But access to better sanitation has lagged. Only about 14 percent of Ghanaians have access to improved facilities, compared with the 54 percent target set for 2015 by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the issue isn't simple, as pit latrines need emptying, toilets need maintenance, and promoting hygiene requires education. The H2O Collaboration, a partnership between Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International...
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...

CENTENNIAL GALA | Celebrating 100 Years of Service


Friday, October 2, 2015   6:00pm
Grand Wayne Center | Calhoun Ball Room


For More Information: Rotary Secretary Jane Wilks 260.341.1600

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Club Presents Paul Harris Community Awards
At our last meeting, we presented Paul Harris Awards to community leaders who embody the spirit of Rotary through their service above self.  These awards are made possible by a grant from the Cap Kilbourne fund.  Each award represents a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary International Foundation.  We had four well-qualified recipients.
Our first award was presented to Steve Corona by Jane Wilks.  Steve was honored for his long-term commitment to education in Fort Wayne.  After getting his start in local television, Steve joined JobWorks in 1984.  Around that time, he also was appointed to the Fort Wayne Community School Board, which he has served for 34 years as its longest serving member.  More recent service areas include Community Harvest Food Bank and a new organization, Latinos Count, which encourages Latino students to attend college or post-secondary training and to prepare them for global opportunities.
In his remarks, Steve joked that can’t find the time to attack the large stack of books he wants to read.  From a community standpoint, the more dust that accumulates on that stack, the better off Fort Wayne is!
Irene Walters presented Mike Packnett, President and CEO of Parkview Health, with our second award.  Mike came to Fort Wayne nine years ago and has been a driving force behind the development of Parkview Regional Heath Center and played a critical rule in starting the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the 2020 Initiative.  He also made a commitment to support Parkview Field when many others in the community did not.
Mike is very interested in helping to develop young community leaders.  He works with YLNI on a regular basis, and while at our meeting he took the time to share his wisdom with our RYLA guests.  He urged them to see themselves as “servant leaders” as they develop their careers.
Lorelei VerLee has been Executive Director of Creative Women of the World since 2011.  Jason Daenens presented her with her award. The organization’s mission is to provide business training and marketing solutions to women around the world rising out of extreme poverty, human trafficking and tragic disaster, though the power of their own creativity.  The organization features creative goods produced by these women in their downtown Fort Wayne boutique.
Lorelei was inspired to a life of service by her parents by her husband Ron, and the efforts and accomplishments of the many people she has worked with and helped.    A former Rotarian, when she taught school the Rotary 4-Way Test was the only classroom rule she used.  Her service above self is certainly an inspiration for the Rotarians in our club.
Terry Dougherty, our fourth recipient, spent 3 years in the 1970’s with the Peace Corps teaching English in Afghanistan.  This fostered a life-long desire to facilitate understanding between that country and the United States.  Since 2001 he has provided leadership to the Friends of Afghanistan by hosting students and adults from that country.  Currently he is the treasurer of the Indiana Center of Middle East Studies, an organization that enables student travel to the Middle East.
Another River Greenway Clean Up in the Bag(s)!
Here are a few pictures from the May River Greenway clean up a couple Saturday’s ago.  Thanks to these folks, led as always by Bill Gabbard, our riverfront area is even more pleasing to the eye!
                        2015 Fort Wayne Rotary Club RYLA delegates receive awards
Pictured [from left to right]:  Emma Grimes (Southside HS), Jeru Qudar (Anthis), Sarah Humphrey (New Tech Academy), Spencer Childers (Northrop), Miranda Warner (New Tech Academy), Brianna Minnich (Northside), Tre Jones (New Tech Academy), Lilita Ford (Southside High School), Brady Bubb (Bishop Luers), Sergio Apumayta (Rotary Youth Exchange Student).
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in our district pulls together over 130 of the top students from northern Indiana to participate in a 3-day intensive leadership camp that takes place down at Camp Tecumseh near Lafayette where students complete numerous leadership workshops, activities, team building exercises, and challenges. 
Each year our Fort Wayne Rotary Club sends 10 delegates to participate in this special workshop.  This year’s students attended last week’s club meeting to receive their awards and RYAL lapel pins. Then each student also briefly shared their experience and what they gained from the weekend camp.  It was a delight to have this year’s students at our meeting and we enjoyed hearing the excitement and passion for leadership!
Check Your Email For Your Dues Statement
Dues Notices for July-December 2015 have been emailed out to all members.  Please pay your dues no later than June 15.  If you didn’t receive your dues notice, please contact Jane Wilks.
Rotary 5K Run/Walk August 15th!
Our Club is working with Anthony Wayne Rotary this year in Co-Sponsorship of the 5 K Run/Walk at Shoaff Park. The Race Committee is working diligently to produce a fun event, as well as raise awareness of the continuing battle to eradicate Polio world-wide. In order to reach this year's goal of $5,000 we need not only participation by many Rotarians who decide to run or walk to stomp out Polio, but also Rotarians who step up as sponsors.
Even though we are working with Anthony Wayne to sponsor the race, we are continuing our Team Challenge, male and female, with Anthony Wayne runners. Both our men and women were successful in claiming the traveling trophies. Come to Shoaff Park to cheer for our dedicated members.
Want to run/walk the event? Use the application in our club documents folder or email Bill Harris for an application.
Want to be a race sponsor? Use the sponsorship application in our club documents folder, or email Bill Harris, for an application.
2014-2015 Opening Doors Through Service Award
This award has been established to honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions within the current Rotary year supporting Opening Doors Through Service for others.  The fundamental philosophy encouraged is lending a hand, not a hand out.
Submit the complete nomination package (including this cover sheet {Section 1}, narrative {Section 2}, and any supporting documents) marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to:
Jane Wilks, Secretary, Rotary Club of Fort Wayne, P.O. Box 11141, Fort Wayne,IN 46856;  Or Email:
All nominations MUST be submitted by June 5, 2015
Nomination Form available at
SOCIAL MEDIA: Ian McCormick (Raymond James)
HOUSE: Bob Gasser (Retired, Cooper Tire) & Dick Sievers (Allen County Jail)
SPIN EDITOR: Kelly Updike (Embassy Theatre)
PROGRAM: Lorelei VerLee, Creative Women of the World, “Creativity Ends Poverty”
MENU: Soup & Salad, Deli Buffet & Sheet Cake
June 8: Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, Professor of Agriculture Economics at Purdue University, “Educating Students Who Compete Globally: The Purdue Agriculture Experience”
June 15: Tom Barfell, Director of International Sales and Business Development at Do It Best, “Considerations for International Growth- How Do it Best Corp. developed business into 54 countries”
June 22: Deborah McMahan, MD, Allen County Health Commissioner
John Staton, Sales, Gallo Equipment Co., proposed by Candace Schuler

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 .




Jun 01, 2015
Jun 08, 2015
Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, Professor at Purdue Univ
Educating Students Who Compete Globally: The Purdue Agriculture Experience
Jun 15, 2015
Tom Barfell, Do it Best
Considerations for International Growth: How Do it Best Corp developed business into 54 countries



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