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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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May 2016
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Membership Chair & Director '18
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Director '17
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Pope welcomes Rotary to Jubilee audience
Thousands of Rotary members, motivated by a special invitation from Pope Francis, gathered at the Vatican in Rome on Saturday to celebrate a message of compassion, inclusiveness, and service to humanity. At midmorning, the group -- numbering some 9,000 members from 80 countries -- made its way through the congested streets of Rome, past the tight security surrounding St. Peter's Square, and settled into the area reserved for Rotary in front of St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee audience. Francis, a 79-year-old Argentine, urged the crowd of more than 100,000, which included members of the...
What millennials love about Rotary
From the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian If there is one absolute truth about millennials, it is this: Anyone who says there is an absolute truth about millennials risks being subjected to their collective eye roll. Millennials are individuals, and fiercely so. According to the Pew Research Center, most of them don’t even like being called “millennials,” let alone hearing generalizations about their shared attitudes and behaviors. Case in point: Christa Papavasiliou, 31, recoils at the notion that older folks see her generation as a bunch of selfie-snapping smartphone addicts. “I’m the...
The Rotarian Conversation with The Edge and Garvin Evans
Editor's note: After the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian went to press, we were saddened to learn of the death of Garvin Evans, who along with his son, U2 guitarist The Edge, appeared on the cover of that issue. Evans was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Dublin North. We are grateful that we were able to share his remarkable story with our readers. *** The boys of U2 are home. It’s Friday, 27 November, two weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. had been in Paris that terrible evening, rehearsing at the venue where they were...
Crisis at the doorstep
From the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian More than a million refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan streamed into the European Union last year. Most entered via Greece after a harrowing raft trip across the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Once there, they made their way north, often on foot, traveling more than 1,000 miles through the rugged mountains of the Balkan countries toward Germany. That was the uncertain odyssey facing Muhammad Mallah Hamza, a 26-year-old ethnic Kurd, in late 2014 when he decided to leave his native Syria. The trip would lead the recent college graduate to a picturesque...
What's next for Rotary?
From the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian Demographic change is a drama in slow motion. It unfolds incrementally, tick by tock, but it transforms societies in fundamental ways – and the America of the early 21st century is undergoing two such dramas at the same time. Our population is en route to becoming majority nonwhite at the same time a record share of us (like me) is going gray. Either trend by itself would be the dominant demographic story of its era. The fact that they’re unfolding simultaneously has created giant generation gaps. The United States is at a moment in its history when...
Breaking News
Articles from May 2, 2016 meeting of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne.
Edited and Posted by James Cress
For a Video of the program for May 2, 2016 use this link:
Rotary recognizes four citizens for their community service (Story by Randall Ryder for a Press Release)
Annually, the Fort Wayne Rotary club recognizes people who have made significant contributions of their time, talents, and resources to our community. The Community Service Award builds on Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Members of the Rotary club were invited to nominate individuals who met the following guidelines:
  • Non-Rotarians
  • Representative of  community service excellence, leadership, creativeness and initiative
  • Community service needed to be over an extended period of time
  • Nominees were to represent one the following five categories:
        ___  professional (physician, lawyer, minister, etc)
        ___  not-for-profit/social service
        ___  business/industry
        ___  education (public/private and community/university)
        ___  public service/government
Four community leaders/volunteers will be recognized at the Rotary meeting at noon on Monday, May 2, 2015 (Parkview Field’s dining area on the 2nd floor behind home plate). The four honorees are:
Ben Eisbart is recognized for a life time of service to Allen County.  He has lent his talents, passion, and leadership to many civic, fine arts, and social welfare agencies.  His civic involvement has been non-stop since he moved to Fort Wayne 45 years ago.  He presently serves on the boards of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Allen County Public Library, the Civic Theatre, and the AWS Foundation of which he was the founding board chair.  He was formerly president of The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation.   As a public servant, Mr. Eisbart represented the fourth district for eight years on City Council.  He served four years on the Fort Wayne Community School Board.  He has been a member of Fort Wayne and County Redevelopment Commissions, the City Plan Commission, the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission, and Brightpoint.  He currently serves as Vice President of the Allen County Capital Improvement Board.  His reputation for leadership and evenhandedness has led him to be appointed by various mayors to serve on various task forces and think tanks.  Mr. Eisbart not only continues to lead and serve, but is generous with his time in mentoring the community’s next generation of leaders.
Tom Hayhurst practiced medicine in Fort Wayne for thirty-one years as a Pulmonary-Critical Care Specialist.  He currently serves as Medical Director of the Tuberculosis Control Division of Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department’s Infectious Disease Center.  Dr. Hayhurst has served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He is a member of the boards of Arts United, Arthritis Foundation, Indiana High Speed Rail Association, and Invent Tomorrow.  Prior to starting his practice in Fort Wayne, Dr. Hayhurst served as a Captain Major in the United States Air Force, as a general medical officer on active duty.  He is founding member of Veterans for Better Health Care.  He also helped found various health clinics throughout northeast Indiana including the Wolf Lake Free Health Clinic and the pulmonary clinic at Matthew 25.  For twelve years Dr. Hayhurst represented the fourth district on the Fort Wayne City Council.  Dr. Hayhurst is a dedicated community servant known for putting patients first.
Mark Hisey is honored for his commitment to helping persons with special needs.  As a family member of a child with special needs, Mark Hisey became a member of his local Arc Board of Directors.  He later served as president of Passages of Indiana, the local Arc organization.  When his leadership and passion as a volunteer were recognized, he was asked to serve on the state board of Arc of Indiana and later became its president.  Mr. Hisey collaborated with legislators working on a proposal to establish a statewide immersive vocational training program for adults with intellectual and development disability for a variety of jobs in the hotel, food service, and healthcare industries.  Mr. Hisey helped explore options of establishing an Arc training institute that would train Arc clients who would be immersed in a new hotel for the Muncie Horizon Convention Center.  A partnership was negotiated with a franchise of the Marriott courtyard to build a new 150-room hotel.  In December 2015, the new Courtyard was opened.  One month later the Erskine Green Training Institute, located adjacent to the Courtyard and the Horizon Convention Center, had its first class of adults with special needs training in the hotel.  The program plans to train 100 – 120 adults annually.  Mr. Hisey continues to be heavily committed to the institute.  He is the first president of the ARC Hotel Building Corporation, and secretary/treasurer of the foundation raising funds for the institute.  In addition to his volunteer efforts, Mr. Hisey is employed by Parkview Health as Vice President for Facilities Design and Construction. He will receive his award in June
Rachel Tobin-Smith applies boundless energy and passion advocating for the prevention of child abuse.  She has been ever vigilant in her fight to bring families together in their most vulnerable hour.  As Executive Director of SCAN, she has taken the agency from a staff size of one and a budget of $29,000 in 1984 to becoming a multi-faceted agency serving twenty-eight Indiana counties with more than 210 employees and a fourteen million dollar operating budget.  Ms. Tobin-Smith developed a multifaceted education program that reaches more than 2,700 children and adults in northern Indiana.  She is the manager of the out-of-school youth program called “Be SomeOne Now", which is an after-school outreach program.  She has founded many programs that people turn to during crisis.  She founded the Healthy Families Allen County collaboration and instituted the first Healthy Families program in the state of Indiana.  She is cofounder of the Not for Profit Association of Northeast Indiana and leads the local council for Prevent Child Abuse.  She has given her time and expertise to community boards including those off Park Center, Crossroad Child & Family Services, Indiana Children’s Coalition, and the Child Advocacy Center of Allen County.   She currently chairs the Allen County Step Ahead and Step Ahead Family Action Committee.  Ms. Tobin-Smith embodies Rotary’s value of “Service Above Self.”
As part of their “Community Service” recognition, each will be named as a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. To be a Paul Harris Fellow, a gift of $1000 has been made to the Rotary International Foundation from the trust established by long time past Fort Wayne Rotarian “Kap” Kilbourne. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary in 1905 in Chicago. Gifts to the Rotary International Foundation provide funds for projects in health, education and community development in over 200 countries and territories where Rotary has members.
River Greenway Clean-up Day -- Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:00 AM
Rotary Club of Fort Wayne adopted the section of the River Greenway Trail from downtown (Lawton Park) west to Swinney Park. We will concentrate on the portion between Lawton Park and Bloomingdale Park. Meet at Lawton Park on 4th Avenue near the Lawton Park softball diamonds. The team will work west picking up litter and debris along the River Greenway trail and into Bloomingdale Park. 
If time permits we will take a short detour into Headwaters Park along the section that contains the "Rotary Avenue of Trees." The turn around point is Bloomingdale Park. There will be a fresh air walk back to the starting point getting to know a portion of the Greenway Trail adopted by the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne. We will then assemble for lunch at Coney Island where your first hot dog is "on the house." 
National Serv-All is supplying the trash bags and will handle the trash bag pick-up.
TONY McNair had a heart attack last weekend and was having triple by-pass surgery on Monday, May 2. Our thoughts and prayers are are with Tony and his family. 
President Jason Daenens will be a co-presenter at a workshop at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea this month. "Stagnate to Sensational: How to Revitalize Your Club" is the title of the Workshop. Jason has been providing his leadership to the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne. Now he shares his leadership through Rotary International! Go Jason! We are all proud of you! 
Irene Walters will be named the Red Cross Humanitarian of the year next month! Congratulations, Irene! Your leadership reaches well into the Fort Wayne community!
Greg Solon announced that he recently purchased an older home with paneling. Jason Daenens and Jeremy Redding helped Greg paint over the paneling. Service Above Self Reigns! 
Greg Solon mentioned that our exchange student Richy's host family will be unavailable Memorial Day Weekend. We are looking for a family to be with Richy that weekend. Contact Greg. 
Mark Your Calendar for Rotary Day: June 16
  • Starts with happy hour at new downtown restaurant/bar (4:30 - 6:15) 
  • Proceeds to Rotary Centennial Tower at Library Plaza (6:15 - 6:45)
  • Moves to TinCaps Game: 6:45 
Volunteers still needed for TinCaps day at Parkview Field. Time slots available are 7-8 pm, 8-9 pm and 9-10 pm.  Please email Lucy Cardenas at:  
  • Our club will have announcements throughout the game.
  • A member will throw out the first pitch.
  • Many members will have the “distinct opportunity” to volunteer at the Rotary information booth.
  • Rotary Singers will perform the National Anthem
  • Everyone will have opportunity for much fellowship at the game!
Get your "Rotary Blue" polo shirts for $25.68  To order, specify size and write check to Copy Solutions or give cash to Lucy Cardenas or Barb Wachtman, who will forward your order and payment to Jim Matthews at Copy Solutions.  Shirts will only be ordered once money is received. Thanks a bunch and get ready for Rotary Day!! 
Rotary Club of Fort Wayne Annual Dinner, June 28, Pine Valley Country Club, Social Hour 6 PM; Dinner 7:15 PM (More information later…) And we will honor, remember, roast? our 2015-2016 President Jason Daenens (A Fun Evening!)
David Kaverman presented an interesting and detailed Sergeant's Program. Craft Beer! (But no samples!)
How To Fully Enjoy Your Craft Beer Experience
Drink Responsibly
Cleanse Your Palette, water is great
Try Different Styles & Breweries
– Our Individual Taste Buds Differ, Find What You Love
– American Pale Ales—Zombie Dust, the next tier, others
Learn the History of the Brewery & Style
Most Important In the End—Did You Enjoy It?

Comments on Craft Beer Styles
Per Brewers Association—152 beer styles
– American Craft Brewers Most Creative, Belgium #2
Mega Brewers Mainly Focused on One Style—Pilsener Lager
That Leaves 100+ Other Styles, Mainly Ales, That Craft
Brewers Have Focused On
– IPAs—1/4 of all craft volume sold, Lagunitas IPA
– Fruit Beers—Founders Blushing Monk and Rubaeus,
Barley Island Apricot Wheat, Short’s Peaches & Cream
– Coffee Stouts/Porters—Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee
Stout, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti
– Cherry Stouts—Bell’s Cherry Stout, New Glarus Cherry Stout
– Pumpkin Ale—Southern Tier Pumking, Dogfish Head Pumkin
– Scotch/Scottish Ales—Founders Dirty Bastard, Dark Horse Scotty
Karate, 3 Floyds Robert the Bruce, Sun King Wee Mac
– Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts—Bell’s Black Note Stout,
New Holland Dragon’s Milk, Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti
– Milk Stouts—Left Hand Milk Stout, Duck Rabbit Milk Stout
– Local Brewed—Mad Anthony Harry Baals Irish Stout, Ruby Raspberry
Wheat, Coffee Porter
– Acquired Tastes
• Sour Beers—Destihl, Jolly Pumpkin, Wicked Weed
• Hefeweizen—Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat, Weihenstephaner
Hefeweissbier, Sierra Neveda Kellerweiss Hefeweizen
• Belgium Quads—St Bernardus Abt 12, Boulevard The Sixth Glass
• Smoked Beers—Stone Smoked Porter w/Chipolte Peppers
(No, I do not take great notes! It helps to have the screen presentation so I can copy and paste!)
(A personal note: I know nothing about beer, but....Crown Royal only has a few flavor choices and all are good with 7-Up, though that would be a shorter program!)


For More Information: Rotary Secretary Jane Wilks 260.341.1600
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