August 2017
Web Site Editor
Benny C Bendit


Joe Ross
Aug 17, 2017
Notre Dame, Libertarian

Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Roseland Rotary Projects
Roseland Rotary On Going and Annual Projects include,
  • Thanksgiving Basket Program
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing Program
  • Healthwin Christmas Present Program
  • Postal Service Food Drive Program
  • Town of Roseland Annual Picnic Program
A Few of Roseland Rotary's Past Major Projects
  • Peter Claver House, Rebuild
  • Basketball Court, Build
  • Water Project,  Build
  • El Campito, Pre School Painting 
Roseland Rotary's On-Going Support for,
  • Dismas House
  • Food Bank
Rotary Always looking for new Projects
Membership Application
Members with 100% Attendance
Joseph Maloney PHF
Robert Sones PHF
Al Veldman, PHF
Cliff Witkowski PHF
Paul Harris Fellows, (PHF)
Mission Statement
We strengthen our community by joining together as leaders to exchange ideas, form enduring relationships and create positive, lasting change locally and around the world though service to others.
Club History
Roseland Rotary was founded on September 14, 1968, as an offshoot of Rotary Club of South Bend. Over it’s
Life, it has had many prominent business leaders and has always been strong in the Rotary concept “Service
Above self”, with a strong community support concept.
Bob Garvey and his brother were a major driving force for the Roseland origination, South Bend Rotary was the sponsor
Stanley Gilbert, Cliff Witkowski, George Stump, Bob Eberhart, and Dr.Frank Toepp were important early members,
as was Al Veldman..
The club met at St. Mary’s for about twenty-five years after inception, Moved to Morrow Seminary
For a short time, and then moved the Elks club on Mckinley for a number of years. It was then at Holy Cross for
A while, before moving to the present location at the Waterford Lodge.
Numerous members have served as president over the years, and Dave Keck has been Sergeant at Arms for many
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Waterford Estates Lodge
52890 SR 933 N
North of Cleveland Rd on 933 - (formerly Ramada Inn) 574-272-5220
South Bend, IN  46637
United States
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The Four Way Test
Of the Things we think, say and do,
I.     Is it the TRUTH?
II.    Is it FAIR to all concerned?
IV.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all Concerned?
Weekly Meeting News Letter
 Roseland Rotary Meeting August 10, 2017
Another fine meeting of the Roseland Rotary Club this sunny ThursdayWaterford Lodge has stepped up its food service and it is most appreciated by the Roseland Rotary members.  It would help if we could get better attendance for the meetings. Can’t say anything bad about today’s attendance, we had 16 members, one guest and our speaker. It was great to see all these members and get to talk to some of them.  They sure picked a good meeting to attend.  Today’s speaker was outstanding and grabbed everyone’s attention.  Today’s lunch was salad, green beans, fried potatoes and meatloaf.
I do miss my good friend Lyman Samuel and hope to see him soon.  Erin Bonin brought a guest, Marty Heirty to the meeting. I hope Marty enjoyed the presentation and fellowship. Nice job Erin! Sherri Salmons was in attendance to help our speaker with his slide presentation.
People in sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world.
Bob Sones gave the prayer and President Paula Sours led us in the Pledge and Four Way Test.  Your Little Old Editor thought about leading us in song but chickened out. How lucky can Rotarians get?
I dressed up my dog as a mailman for Halloween. He bit himself.
I have keys but no locks. I have a space but no room. You can enter, but can’t go outside. What am I?
Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators
Roseland Rotary’s Hole In One Contest was reported on by Joe Maloney. There was not a lot to report at this time. A meeting regarding the event should take place sometime next month. Joe also announced the Salvation Army wants us to sponsor the event again next year. This is great news for the Roseland Rotary.  A vote of the members present was taken and it was agreed to sponsor again next year.
Your Little Old Editor was unable to get around to all eight golf courses to take pictures and report on who was doing what.  It was reported to me that Jay Harwood and his lovely wife Sue worked a 12-hour shift at Erskine Golf Course.  Thanks to Jay and his better half for all they do for the Roseland Rotary.
Confucius say: Man who cut self while shaving, lose face.
Happy Dollar Keck collected from himself for the Golf Contest. Ben Bendit was happy for the attendance. Frank Toepp has a birthday this Sunday.  Happy Birthday Frank and I promise to try harder to properly pronounce your last name. Derek Hays was happy to be here and we were happy to see our old friend. Derek also forget to wear his pin. Joe Maloney was happy for something to do with Riddles. Paula Sours was happy to see everyone.  Bill Brennen was happy he visited a Chicago Rotary Club on Tuesday. Paula Sours was happy to hear from her son stationed in Dubai where it was 135 degrees. We are all happy not to be there!
What should you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
The man who invented it doesn’t need it. The man who bought it doesn’t want it. The man who needs it doesn’t know. What is it?
Bill Brennen introduced our speaker Richard Pfeil President of Pfeil, Inc. A number of years ago the EPA cited South Bend for excessive water runoff into the river. South Bend sewer system includes Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross College.  Although much progress has been made and about 80% of the river has been cleaned up there still exists a water runoff problem. It was originally estimated the cost to fix the problems was about $2,000,000. The cost has now risen to One Billion dollars.
A little over 200,000 are connected to South Bends sewer system. About 28,000 South Bend residents live under the poverty line.  Do the math, 1,000,000,000 divided by 200,000 is what would be owed by every man woman and child living in South Bend and connected to the sewer system.  The EPA, based out of Chicago, could care less what this does to the city and its people.
South Bends Mayor must take the lead and get everyone concerned, including all the politicians, to try and reason with the EPA.  What will happen to property values, how many will move out of the city and how many will be unable to move?  If you owned a business would you move it to South Bend?
Thanks to Richard Pfeil for a very informative presentation.
 Confucius say, Woman can humiliate any man by simply saying, ”hold my purse”.
Today’s drawing winner was the inspirational Erin Bonin.  I thought I heard her say she was going to take the money and book a trip to Paris.
Go forth Rotarians and be tolerant of each other.
Meet Rachel, sent from Heaven to help out old Ben.
Roseland Rotary Meeting August 3, 2017

What a day at the Roseland Rotary lunch meeting. There were a group of famous Rotarians in attendance and some wonderful guests. We had some fun, got to meet interesting people and had lunch. By the way lunch was really good!

Q: Why did the athlete put his steak on top of the fridge? 
A: Because he was on a high protein diet.

Dave Keck gave today prayer and President Paula Sours led the Pledge and Four Way Test.  Still no song as a leader is hard to find in this group. Maybe we would get better attendance if we could find a Song Master. At least we would have one more in attendance.  Any Volunteers?

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.

                                              Roseland Rotary Hole in One Contest
This year’s Hole in One Contest was the first one attempted in support of the Salvation Army and the Kroc Center.  I would not say it was a great success but it was a learning expirence.  Roseland Rotarians showed up and did their usual great job of honoring their commitments. I can’t say that about some of the volunteers that failed to show up.  Some called to say they couldn’t make it and some just failed to show up. Not so with our Roseland Rotarians who showed up or called if they could not make it.

Joe Maloney reported on the Hole in One Contest and all the great publicity received by Roseland Rotary. It looks like with all the sponsors the contest raised about $25,000, mostly sponsor money. Joe and Paula will attend a debriefing within the next week or so and will report back to us.

Members working the contest included Bill Brennen, Morey Rosen, Frank Toepp, Cliff Witkowski, Derek Hayes, Paula Sours, David Keck, Al Veldman, Bob Sones and Benny Bendit.  A special thanks to Cindy Maloney for filling in for the entire day, Henry Veldman and David Giles Ben’s little grandson. Thanks to Joe Maloney for his tireless work to make this a reality.  Thanks to Jay Harwood for setting this program up for Roseland Rotary.

Joe Maloney reports that Erskine Golf Course had 3 holes in ones during the contest. Ben Bendit got to see the last Golfer of the day hit a hole in one on his second shot at the Elbel course. Roseland Rotary hats off to participant Ryan Lipinski for hitting the Hole in One shot at Elbel. It was too bad there was nothing awarded for that achievement.  Photo’s below!

Golfer: "I'd move heaven & earth to break 100 on this course." Caddy: "Try heaven; you've already moved most of the earth."

Happy Dave Keck, (speaker showed up), collected Happy Dollars. George Stump, no pin, Morey Rosen nothing today as Cubs not doing great the last few days. I hope they start doing well so we can get Morey for a few bucks. Cliff Witkowski was happy to work the contest and enjoyed
it very much. Joe Maloney was happy the weather was good for the contest and happy most people showed up.  Bob Sones was glad Jay Harwood put this together for the club. Joe Maloney was on TV and now enjoys great fame and notoriety.

A Cub fan, a Cardinal fan, and a Brewers fan are climbing a mountain and arguing about who loves his team more. The Brewers fan insists he's the most loyal. "This is for Milwaukee!" he yells and jumps off the side of the mountain. Not to be outdone, the Cubs fan is next to profess his love for his team. He yells, "This is for Chicago!" and pushes the Cardinal fan off the mountain.

A big person and a small person are going to fish. The big person is not the small person father but the small person is the big person's son. What is the relationship between the two?

Confucius say… cross eyed teacher cannot control pupils.

Paula Sours introduced our speaker Laura Jensen Executive Director El Campito. El Campito started because the children of migrant workers, who were working in the fields, were not going to any school. El Campito workers would drive to the fields and pick the children up and take them to a preschool setup by El Campito.  In 1984 their present location was donated to them and the program has flourished ever since.

There are approximately 21,000 children of preschool age in Saint Joseph County and about 68% have no place to go. Most cannot afford preschool services so don’t attend any formal schooling. In many cases these children are forced into inferior child care or no care at all. Think of a single mother forced to work and leave her 4 year old at home alone or with a neighbor. 

How important is good pre-schooling and after schooling programs? I will give you some numbers that are not accurate but demonstrates the problem. A study of thousands of preschool and after school programs done years ago, followed ½ the kids in preschool and ½ not getting preschool or participating in any after school programs.  You can guess the outcome and you would be correct. The ½ in preschool and after school programs went on to full productive lives while the other ½ fell into the ways of the streets. My presentation may not be as sensitive as the one Laura gave us but it is to the point.

El Campito is in need of advocates.  It costs money to run this program and they need all the help they can get.  Maybe Roseland Rotary can do another class room, just saying!

Confucius say… putting teenager in prison, won't stop his face from breaking out.

What is the worst vegetable to have on a ship? Answer at next weeks meeting.

Frank Toepp won this week’s Million Dollar drawing and said he will be buying a Cessna Citation Hemisphere to travel the world.

Remember, If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you!

Be a proud Rotarian and do something special for someone this week.
Roseland Rotary Support Projects
1. Roseland Rotary has assisted The St. Peter Claver Home for Families in renovating a large home, to be used as a support facility for otherwise homeless families with children. 
2. Chiara Home, an organization that cares for handicapped individuals to give caretakers respite. Roseland Rotary has supported various projects for Chiara Home.
3. Roseland Rotary partnered with the town of Roseland, in starting their annual "Roseland/Rotary Good Neighbor Picnic". This project is a real community event, with great town participation.
4. Kennedy Park in South Bend has a substandard outdoor basketball court. Our plan was to bring it up to high school court standards. We acted as coordinator for this project. We persuaded the South Bend Parks Department to authorized the project, and we worked to gain support from other community organizations. We embarked on this project at the request of Phillip Williams, a young man who participated in a Rotary educational project last year. Happy to say the project was completed as planned.
5. Roseland Rotary distributes Thanksgiving food baskets in our community.
6. Roseland Rotary rings the bells for the Salvation Army at University Park Mall in December.
7. Roseland Rotary participates in Rotary educational projects in the spring, whereby local high school students meet to gain information on world issues, and participate in area speech contests.
8. Roseland Rotary has formulated a plan to move more of our members to Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) status, thus raising our Rotary Foundation contribution levels.  We boast over 80% PHF participation. The Rotary Foundation does great work around the world (think of the near demise of polio, and drinking water for people in parched areas around the world.) 
9.  Roseland Rotary has been a big supporter of Dismas House in South Bend.  We have supported Dismas House since its inception in South Bend.
10. Roseland Rotary contributes in many ways to our community including donating to and completing projects that are of great benefit. 
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