Rotary Club of South Bend


Posted by Nate Levin-Aspenson on Jan 16, 2019
This week we were joined by our friend and neighbor Milt Lee, the executive director of Downtown South Bend, Inc., known and loved around town as DTSB. Milt was introduced by fellow friend and Rotarian Steve Neeser. Milt had no trouble making us laugh, sharing a funny story about the birth of his first son and poking fun at the ‘color-blindness’ of our club, but he came to us with a question: what if our downtown was like a family? What if we had places and occasions to come together and share stories, political debate, and joyous occasions; if at the end of the day we were all invested in one another’s success?
Milt told us about how DTSB is working to make our downtown a more vibrant place to be, through street-level solutions like the familiar red-shirted downtown ambassadors, as well as downtown events and fostering new businesses in the downtown area. Though there is some room to grow (just how much there is to do downtown is still a contentious topic), Milt made it easy to imagine a downtown South Bend where we are all invested in each other’s success.
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 CHANGING OF THE GUARD David Carr 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Mar 30, 2017
Fellow Rotarian Heather Goralski introduced Henriette Nyirarukundo Ngenga who  Is a survivor of horrific atrocities against the Tutsi in Rwanda which began in April 1994, but also a walking miracle and author of Carrying Divine.  In May of 2011 she met Kristin Ponce Baker at Granger Community Church who has partnered to write and publish the book.  2014 marked the 20th anniversary of terror of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda.  One million lives were lost in 100 days.  Henriette’s friends, family, neighbors- were slaughtered.  Henriette’s story opens eyes to those of us who are blessed to live in this free land. Her deeply rooted joy, faith, and gratitude exude to anyone who takes the time to get to know her, and is a contagious gift to anyone who hears her story.
Henriette is now living in South Bend and with her husband and two of her eight children.  She is employed at Notre Dame; and is committed to keeping her promise that if she and her family survived she would tell the world of God’s saving power.  Henriette is hoping that this book will inspire fellow Rwandan’s to return to God and believe.  The title Carrying Divine was inspired by Henrietta’s giving birth to a healthy daughter after surviving the ordeal and named Divine in honor of God’s protection
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2017-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 16, 2017
Gary Hall introduced an angel in our community, Kim Becker, the founder of Hello Gorgeous.  Hello Gorgeous is Kim’s mission in life and her dream that evolved from her passion and talents in the salon business.  Hello Gorgeous provides a complementary make-over for women struggling with cancer.  Kim provides this service to help women who have compromised immune systems to be transformed back into the beautiful women that they are.  Hello Gorgeous is a complete spa experience contained in a 1998 Holiday Rambler and 2013 Monaco Coach.  The vehicle goes to the person’s home, rolls out the red carpet, provides complimentary flowers, and a makeover ensemble. The Hello Gorgeous Monaco Coach was the last vehicle produced before the company closed and the employees pulled out all stops to make Kim’s dream come true.  Hello Gorgeous is a 501C3 and can be contacted at if you would like to donate, volunteer, or nominate a loved one, or attend a fund raiser.  This year there is a .5K Run with a polish buffet scheduled for August.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2017-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 09, 2017
President Jackie introduced Professor of Chemistry at St. Mary’s College, Dr. Toni Barsitis, as our program speaker.  Dr Barsitis is part of an inter-disciplinary team that developed P.A.D. and was granted the first patent for St. Mary’s College.  P.A.D. stands for Paper Analytical Devices.  These paper devices were designed and developed to provide screening to qualify the purity of pharmaceutical products. Pharmaceutical purity is a serious global issue; in developed countries compromised pharmaceuticals represent about 15% while in underdeveloped countries compromised pharmaceuticals can represent an astounding 50% to 80%.  So there was a need to develop a low cost, quick and accurate screening method to detect counterfeit pills and medications.  The P.A.D. protocol was developed by St. Mary’s, Notre Dame Undergraduates and some Trinity students.  St. Mary’s owns the patent of P.A.D. and was just awarded a second patent in January for developing an enhancement to P.A.D. utilizing a “vessel” that Dr. Barsitis termed “a glow stick” concept.  Notre Dame is working on the licensing and the P.A.D. product is going to be produced by a local start-up company.  Dr. Barsitis also related her team’s experience in Nepal and how they used P.A.D. to expose massive irregularities in medications.  The P.A.D. team is currently working on applications to test water and air quality, while other features used could include food quality. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2017-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 18, 2017
David Matthews introduced the Executive Director of the South Bend Symphony, SBSO, Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev as the Club’s program speaker.  Agnieszka brought the Club up to date on the structure, programs music, and the new Director search for our regional renowned Symphony.  She is happy that SBSO is supported by our major area universities and contributes over one million dollars to our local economy.  There is also an Endowment Fund to help offset many of the expenses along with a generous community support.  It is very unusual for a regional symphony to have two performing venues; South Bend’s Morris Performing Arts Center for the Symphony and Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center for the Chamber Series.  The SBSO has a core of 71 professional musicians that is augmented by other professionals to perform in over 40 concerts a year ranging from or related to Educational Concerts for elementary students. IUSB and other local community and school choirs are often a strong addition to the symphony programs.  In addition members of the SBSO put on free concerts for PreK-12 students and a Donald Dake Academy Annual week long Chamber Music camp for high school students.  The members of the SBSO draw from local, regional, and national musicians.  The search for the new Music Director has attracted not only national but an international group of candidates.  Five candidates have been chosen from the 170 applicants by the Search Committee to compete for the Concert Director’s position. Agnieszka encourages everyone to be a part of the SBSO by being involved at the Board level, becoming a donor, subscriber, or sponsor and/or by attending a performance.  She also reminded us that the concerts are rebroadcast again this year on WAUS and WNDU.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2017-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 11, 2017
Elizabeth Dunn introduced Daryl Heller, Director of IUSB’s Civil Rights Heritage Center Building.  Dr. Heller gave a brief history of South Bend's Natatorium and the role it played in racial segregation and the reason why it is an appropriate facility for the Civil Rights Heritage Center [CHRH].  IIUSB took an interest in the “Nat” as a site for its study of Civil Rights movement in Michiana.  It is a multi faceted which serves as an extension of the IUSB campus for classes in history, literature, art, music and social justice.  It also serves as a museum emphasizing the African Americans, Latin Community, and the LGBTQ Community in Michiana.  It is venue for meeting spaces and for free public events.  Included in the public events are opportunities for education in order to understand the world, culture to provide new ways of seeing the world and encourages activism to engage the world. Current topics and issues concern the Hate Crime Legislation, the Educational need of South Bend and the relationship of the Community and law enforcement. Through both its campus component and its extension component, the CRHC is committed to Scholarship in Action and unique to an academic center.
 MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 04, 2017
Jeff Breiler introduced the principals of the Upper Room Recovery Community as our program speakers.  The Upper Room has been housed at the First United Methodist Church since 1984 and is one of the areas most successful recovery programs for men suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol.  Steve Toepp, Public Service Chair, began the program with a video presentation that explained the mission of the Upper Room along with testimonials about their experience  with the 12 Step Program and the time to process their sobriety and their relationships.  Rev. Mary Hubbard is the Senior Pastor at the Church and is very involved with the Upper Room, both as a spiritual advisor and the board members.  She stated she has witnessed lives transformed and families restored because  the men have adhered to the standard of he program.  Richard Fox, Director of the Upper Room since 2014, reported that the 29 men in recovery have a safe and secure environment to live in.  A social and support network  are available 24 hours a day plus individuals support services for its residents.  To learn more about how Upper Room helps people who truly want to change and move toward more productive and independent lives go to their website;
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler
Tyler Andrews gave his Three Minute Talk.  Tyler is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of Wabash College.  While he was at Wabash he established seven clubs while serving as his fraternity President and completing both double majors and double minors. With his Marketing Degree he began with Simon Group in 2015.  He spent a year as Assistant Marketing Director at the Walt Whitman Shops in Long Island before returning to Indiana as Marketing Director at the University Park Mall.  Tyler has created an exciting 2017 for U.P. Mall that includes new stores, activities and events.  This is a guy who does not say “no” to stepping up.
Welcome Tyler!!!
THREE MINUTE TALK Catherine Hostetler 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Dec 28, 2016
Hugh Johnson introduced Pat Maggley, Founder of Heros Camp as our program speaker.  Pat gave an inspiring account of his mission in life rescuing boys and teens and nurturing them into young men.  Pat used his outstanding basketball talent and his commitment to Biblical Ethics and God to attract and engage these fatherless young people by also providing them with life’s necessities; food, clothing, shoes and whatever they need.  He and his wife started this ministry 28 years ago with a handful of boys and parlayed their rich family lives and commitment to this program to save these boys from a life of poverty and/or crime.  Last year his wife cooked and served 25,000 meals.  Hero’s Camp is now in the process of building a new gym that will also include a cafeteria and dormitory.  Pat introduced Heros Camp Executive Director, Patrick, [PJ] Perri, Aaron’s brother, to share his vision and how the Camp is the most effective outreach program is South Bend.   Hero’s Camp is a “never give up forever program” that stays with these boys like a father throughout their lives. This was an uplifting program that introduced the Club to the mission of Heros Camp. Pictured L to R are Pat Maggley, PJ Perri, and Bryson Sareen.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Dec 14, 2016
John Pinter introduced our District Rotary Youth Exchange Representative, Willow Crisovan, as our program speaker.  Willow, a Junior at Adams High School, kicked off her presentation with the selection process of Rotary International for the Exchange Program.  This included setting up a blog and keeping a journal of her experiences.   Willow was selected to go to Temuco, Chile where she lived with her host family just as her host brother left fot his Rotary Exchange in Pennsylvania.  She attended a semi-private high school where the students wore uniforms and the teachers rotated between the classrooms. Willow made many friends both at school and among the other International Rotary Exchange students from Europe and the US.  Willow took advantage of the in-country trips and especially enjoyed Easter Island. She also enjoyed visiting Temuco’s malls and markets with her new family and friends.  Willow described her experience as a journey in self discovery and maturity with a new appreciation of Rotary both locally and globally. In addition to her fluency in Spanish her year in Chile gave her greater insight and empathy for international visitors.  Willow, thank you for being such an outstanding representative for our Club.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Dec 14, 2016
John Pinter introduced our District Rotary Youth Exchange Representative, Willow Crisovan, as our program speaker.  Willow, a Junior at Adams High School, kicked off her presentation with the selection process of Rotary International for the Exchange Program.  This included setting up a blog and keeping a journal of her experiences.   Willow was selected to go to Temuco, Chile where she lived with her host family just as her host brother left fot his Rotary Exchange in Pennsylvania.  She attended a semi-private high school where the students wore uniforms and the teachers rotated between the classrooms. Willow made many friends both at school and among the other International Rotary Exchange students from Europe and the US.  Willow took advantage of the in-country trips and especially enjoyed Easter Island. She also enjoyed visiting Temuco’s malls and markets with her new family and friends.  Willow described her experience as a journey in self discovery and maturity with a new appreciation of Rotary both locally and globally. In addition to her fluency in Spanish her year in Chile gave her greater insight and empathy for international visitors. Willow was a terrific representative for our Rotary Club, we are most proud of her.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Dec 07, 2016
Past President Amy Hill introduced Lauren Smyth as our Program Speaker .Lauren is the Director of Development for our local Ronald McDonald House Charities.  She began her presentation with a video production of testimonials by families that have been served by the current Ronald McDonald rooms located within Memorial Hospital.  The rooms are open to all families who have children admitted to Memorial and provide overnight accommodations for up to three families plus food, laundry and shower services free of charge.  Once the child is registered the family has address to these services for as long as they are needed.  4,900 families were served in 2015 by the McDonald Rooms which are staffed by volunteers. 
With Memorial Children’s Hospital opening up in March 2017 the current Room will expand to a true Ronald McDonald Housed located in the Skyway Building.  The new House will have 20 bedrooms with private bathrooms, a kitchen with three work stations in addition to the laundry, children’s play area and private meeting facilities.  This set up will allow entire families to be accommodated while their child is being treated.  The new facility will be dedicated on Volunteer’s Day 2017 and a public open house the following Saturday to show the impact it will have on our community and beyond. Donations are still needed to make up the $500,000 to complete the project.  Details can be found on
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Nov 30, 2016
Gene Bruce introduced David Stefanic as our program speaker.  David is a professor of Russian History and the main thrust of his presentation was how Vladimir Putin’s Russia has inserted itself into the power vacuum created by the current U.S. Administration.  The Russians do not respect weakness in anything and once that is detected they will fill the void like they are doing in Syria, South America, and Central America.  Dr. Stefanic declared that the United States must be vigilant and wary of the false news or social media which is Putin’s strategy of disinformation used to sway elections in U.S. and Germany.  He expressed his concerns that Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and gas could lead to economic blackmail if the E. U. attempts to thwart Russian’s “manifest destiny” of world domination.  He cautioned that the U.S. must be cognizant of the composition of the various alliances around the world and to formulate its foreign and military policies accordingly.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Nov 16, 2016
James Summers introduced the staff of the South Bend Education Foundation; Executive Director Susan Warner, Mentor Coordinator Teresa Gilbride and Amy Beyer.  The focus of the presentation was on Our Caring Community unites for Education which targets societal dysfunction and its effects on educational success of the students.
The program is funded by the SBCSC and is supported by partners from the business and academic sectors of South Bend.  The key to their goals is a mentoring program that is in sync with Character Education 11 Principles.  This includes developing common norms, empathy, as well as strong academics so that the whole student is encouraged and nurtured by the school’s community.  At Marshall School this is implemented by the Gold Dot program which ensures that each student has a caring teacher to help cope with serious issues.  
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler
John Seidl introduced Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Coach, Mike Brey, as our program speaker.   Coach Brey in in his 17th season as ND’s head coach and is looking forward to Saturdays game. 
This year’s team has three returning starters plus experienced Junior and Senior players. Coach Brey is pleased with his programs progression and growth in both his players and coaching staff.  He is looking forward to the ACC Challenge as this year’s field in deep as it has ever been. However, it will be tough this year to match the past two years of back to back Elite Eight. 
Coach Brey is also encouraged by his team’s health and great frame of mind and is proud that eight of twelve of his scholarship guys are in the Mendoza School of Business.  He also thought that this year may be good for the transfer student athlete as the choices from the high school players are limited because of their lack of academic skills.  His coaching staff has three former players that also had successful coaching careers and he credits them for keeping him energized. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Nov 02, 2016
Gene Bruce introduced Notre Dame’s Women’s basketball Head Coach, Muffet McGraw as our program speaker.  Muffet brought the Club up to speed on the 2016-2017 Season and is thrilled that she has five All Americans on the team.  She shared some of her insights on coaching such as playing a tough schedule to expose the team’s weaknesses prior to the playoffs.  She also said that her team practices with the men players which helps them to hone their skills and as a side, should prepare them for marriage.  Muffet is ignoring the team’s pre-season ranking of #1 and is concentrating on developing these star players into a cohesive team by giving each three things to concentrate on. She also has her women devote 10 hours a semester to community service so that they maintain their perspective on life and also appreciate what Notre Dame has to offer. On a personal level, Coach McGraw defines herself as competitive and driven t win and excel at the game; to look good and dominate each game.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler
Janet Evelyn gave her Three Minute Talk.  Janet hails from Nevis and is a citizen of St. Kitts-Nevis.  She is one of twelve children and is a cousin of actress Cecily Tyson.  Janet is the proud mother of her daughter Jana, who is the reason Dr. Evelyn is in the Midwest.  When her daughter was at Purdue, Dr. Evelyn became the Dean of Business at Ivy Tech in Muncie.  Janet came to South Bend in March of 2014 is currently the Campus President at Ivy Tech, South Bend.  She is happy to call South Bend her home and has purchased her first house. She thanked her sponsor, Steve Watts. She looks forward to being involved in Rotary’s community service.
THREE MINUTE TALK Catherine Hostetler 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Levin-Aspenson on Oct 26, 2016
Geoff Spiess, Mishawaka’s director of HR, delivered the proclamation to the employees being honored, congratulating them for overcoming the obstacles that were before them to reach productive employment.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg offered the proclamation to the employers being honored at the luncheon, commending them for helping commerce prosper while standing up for workplace equality. Their pioneering expands the scope of our workforce.
Rotarian Maria Kaczmarek read the names of the honorees who were greeted with applause as they posed for photographs.
Rotarian Debie Coble introduced our speaker for the 28th Annual Disability Awareness Luncheon: Anne Drake (as well as her guide and companion, Driver). Anne Drake is a South Bend native, one of seven children (and the only girl), and a graduate of John Adams high school. While she initially planned on attending college after high school, being a single mother compelled her to put those plans on hold. Instead she entered the business world.
Anne held several jobs over the years. In her early 40’s, while she was working as an Inventory Analyst in Niles, she received the diagnosis that would change her life. After a routine visit to the eye doctor, she was asked to come back to see another doctor that same day. Even immediate laser surgery could not save the vision in her right eye. Two years later, her left eye lost its sight as well. She was completely blind.
As Anne tells it, she felt grateful to have two years to adjust to being “a blind girl,” but right when she got her second diagnosis her company also went bankrupt and she was out of the job. Anne found herself in a tight spot. Luckily fate wasn’t done with her. While walking her son’s dog, she passed another walker and her dog got into a tussle with theirs. When she talked to the woman later to apologize (and find out if she needed to pay any medical bills), they started chatting. The other dog’s owner was Kim, a vocational therapy counselor who specialized in helping the blind.
Kim got Anne started on vocational rehab, but it was tough going. Anne had to learn how to do everything from cooking to putting on make-up in the morning all over again. She also learned to read Braille. When the first job she was offered after losing her sight was a job as a dishwasher, she elected to finally go to college.
Getting her degree was difficult; Anne described wanting to quit nearly every day. It was hard to accept help, to need people all the time for everything. Things turned around in her second year of her undergraduate degree, when she got Tabitha, her first guide dog. With Tabitha’s help, Anne felt there was nothing she couldn’t do. With Tabitha’s help, Anne found herself.
Anne finished her undergraduate degree and decided to pursue a Masters in social work. Now she is a social worker at IU, helping students with different abilities adjust to college life. She even got a second Masters in criminal justice (and is considering a 3rd). Anne loves her new career and is very thankful that she has found her true calling. “If your dog ever bites someone,” she advises, “you go talk to that person.”
MEETING NOTES Nathan Levin-Aspenson 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Kilgore on Oct 19, 2016
Rotarian Steve Goldberg introduced our speaker.  Lynn Coleman is the Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress.  After graduating from Washington High School, Lynn went to work for AM General, hired on the same day as his mother.  They worked in the factory together building army trucks.  When he was sidelined by a back injury, Lynn went back to school taking classes at IUSB.  Lynn joined the South Bend Police Department where he served for 23 years, in patrol, gang crimes, founded the juvenile division, and eventually worked his way up to Assistant Chief of Police. 
Upon his retirement from the Police Department, Lynn was asked by Mayor Steve Luecke to join his staff, where he worked for 12 years representing South Bend throughout the state.  One and a half years ago, Lynn was hired by Memorial Hospital to head up their efforts to work with the community to help reduce violent crime. In the last several years, Lynn has been involved with countless agencies with a focus on youth issues, such as mentoring and Special Olympics.  Lynn grew up on the far west side of South Bend.  He and his wife Myrtie have one son. 
Although he never anticipated it, Lynn is grateful for the opportunity to run for Congress.  He said, “I’m not a politician, I’m a server”.  If elected, his goal every day will be to provide help, representation, and advocacy, equally, for everyone in the district.  He believes this opportunity is a calling, and that “heart affiliation” is more important than party affiliation, and he hopes to build that reputation among his colleagues, if elected.  He cited education (equal and affordable opportunities), jobs & employment (discouraging businesses from moving jobs overseas), and veterans’ issues as his primary interests.
MEETING NOTES Cindy Kilgore 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Oct 11, 2016
Sherry Cummings introduced the Executive Director of the Potawatomi Zoo, Marcy Dean as our program speaker.  Marcy gave the Club a brief overview of 2015 which was a banner year in attendance, programs and animals.  Since the 2014 partnership with South Bend and South Bend Parks, the zoo had an amazing 219,630 visitors, 500 educational programs, and added 150 new animals.  The zoo added and Endangered Species Carousal near the children’s’ farm educational petting area to introduce a wonderful wow factor close to the entrance.  2015 was also a banner year in the endangered conservation program as 5 Amur tigers were born at our zoo Amur births in the country. 
Director Marcy Dean then introduced the $37M master plan for the zoo.  This plan provides for infrastructure upgrades for the exhibits that are necessary to maintain accreditation standards. The plan also addresses the importance of more contact with the animals and additional educational programs. It includes relocating the gift shop near the entrance for access by both members and the general public.  The plan currently provides a zip line over the alligator area called The Alligator Adventure.  Included in today’s program was an animal ambassador Copper, an African Serval with came with his keeper, Jamie Richards, who stole the show from Marcy Dean. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Oct 04, 2016
Steve Weldy introduced Congresswoman Jackie Walorski as our program speaker.  Jackie gave the Club a comprehensive update on Congressional activities in Washington and her mission to introduce Hoosier Common Sense Solutions in the legislation that affects us all.  She is on the Armed Services committee and is dedicated to or Veterans.  She has introduced legislation to stop scheduling manipulations at the V.A., prevent the over prescription of Opioids and protect disabled Vets mobility safety.  Jackie is passionate about the security of the country and crafted HR5331 & HR4909 to prevent the closing of Gitmo and the release of the Islamic terrorists back into the population.  Jackie is also on the Nutrition subcommittee of the Agricultural Committee and is dedicated to informing the S.N.A.P. program and other welfare benefits so that the people who need the assistance are not being penalized or removed from those benefits essentially dooming them to a cycle of poverty.  Instead she wants programs that will be Bridges Out of Poverty to give her folks a hand-up rather than a hand-out.  She is also working on cutting the bureaucratic red tape that is hampering small business, farms, and not for profits. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Sep 28, 2016
Past President Amy Hill introduced Regina Emberton as our program speaker. Regina is CEO of Michiana Partnerships which was established by St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall Counties to compete for $42M in state funding for regional development.  The Michiana Regional Partnership was able to secure the $42M for the state which will grow into $210M through local matches and private donations. The focus is on developing and promoting smart connected communities to attract business opportunities that will draw qualified workers and retain local talent.  Regina noted that a growing population is the key to the success of the economic development or our region and will attract more talent by having communities that are attractive with amenities, connectivity and a dense urban environment. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Sep 21, 2016
Past President Pete Owsianowski introduced Professor Christian Smith from Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology as the program speaker. The title of Dr. Smith’s presentation is also the title of his book; The Paradox of Generosity.  His book documents how helping others may help your health.  Dr. Smith’s research illustrated that people who give of their time, talent and treasures live a more fulfilled, happy and both mentally and physically healthier lives. This is not affected by how much money one has.  The benefit to the giver’s time is positive emotions of personal agency and the perception of living in a world of abundance and blessings. So the generosity is correlated to a sense of identity and not a bank account.  With “Service Above Self” as a motto no wonder Rotarian's are some of the happier people of the world. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Sep 14, 2016
Today was Club Assembly Day.  President Jackie kicked off the program by reminding the Club that Service Above Self is the backbone of commitment to volunteering for committees and serving as Chairs. Jeff Breiler is the Mega Chair for Club Administration.  Club Communications & Relations has Debie Coble as its Mega Chair. The Bulletin Committee is looking for additional members. Todd Zeiger is the Mega Chair for Club Local Service.  Club Members / Growth & Retention is Co-Chaired by Larry Davis and Heather Goralski.  Eric Jensen needs help with the High School Rotarians Committee and Dan Asleson is looking for High School candidates for RYLA.  Social Events Committee need a new Chairperson and Amy Hill could use help with her Social Media Committee.  The RI Foundation & International Services has John Pinter as its Mega Chair. The Rotary Youth Exchange is currently in need of a Committee Chair.  The South Bend Rotary Foundation has Mark Andrews as its Director. The Foundation Communications Committee needs a Chairperson.  The Philanthropic Award chaired by Mike Wargo and the Scholarship Committee chaired by Shelli Alexander are both seeking new members.  If you have an interest and did not fill out a form at the meeting, please contact the Mega Chairs.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine on Aug 31, 2016
Rose Meissner introduced Andrew Wiand, Executive Director of enFocus Fellowship Program.  The enFocus program is an outgrowth of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Masters Program designed to attract and retain talent in the area.  Andrew updated the Club on its progress since 2012. Today enFocus has a 501c3 created to provide fellowship sponsorships for STEM business and technical projects.  The fellows are in multi disciplinary teams which also benefit from executive mentoring.  The enFocus model is basically one of developing great ideas which provide innovations that result in savings which in turn fund more fellowships.  There are currently 11 Felllows and to date enFocus has saved 30 organizations about 20 million dollars, retained 81% of its first year Fellows and created 177 Internships. Examples of projects are analysis of the Fire Department’s Fleet activity needs which resulted in a million dollars in savings and South Bend’s Solid Waste pick up routes and created more efficient service with the use of RFID bin tags.
MEETING NOTES Catherine 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Aug 24, 2016
Program Chair Beth North introduced Paqui Kelly as our speaker.  Paqui is a two-time breast cancer survivor who, with husband ND football coach Brian Kelly, established the “Kelly Cares” Foundation in 2008.  The mission of Kelly Cares is to support organizations, initiatives, and programs that align with our values of health, education and community.  Kelly Cares puts on events to raise funds so that it can distribute $30,000.00 to non-profits in the three categories of health, education, and community.  Their philosophy is that no one should struggle alone.  They also involve the football team in charitable works known as “Irish Around the Bend.”  They provide such things as gift bags of toiletries to the Homeless Shelter and taking children shopping for Christmas presents for their families.  Kelly Cares has raised over $3.5 million through their events, which Paqui said is distributed when the funds are raised and not put in an endowment because these organizations need the funding now, not later.  Events that need volunteers as well as participants are the “Positively Pink” golf outing at Morris Park Country Club on Sept. 23rd and the 5K – 10K race the morning of the MSU/ND football game, which also benefits the Harper Cancer Research Institute.  For further information, contact
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Aug 17, 2016
Dr. Marvin Curtis introduced the presentation for the 5th annual South Bend Jazz Festival as the Club’s program.  The main speaker was Danny Lerman, our well-known jazz saxophone player, who, after experiencing jazz festivals all over the world, was inspired by one in Finland to start one here in South Bend.  He introduced double bass player Darrel Tidaback and pianist Jim Pickley, who joined him in entertaining us with improvisations of “Black Orpheus”  and “Sunny.”  In between these two numbers, Danny gave a brief history of his multi-cultural experiences with jazz improv and how improv musicians basically make it up as they go along.  This year’s Jazz Festival is being held on the Century Center Island (or if it rains, in Century Center’s Great Hall) on August 20th, beginning at 4:00.  Tickets for this wonderful party are $15.00 and can be purchased at
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Aug 10, 2016
Beth North introduced Don Clark, CEO and co-founder of Grand Design Recreational Vehicles as our program speaker.  Grand Design crafts luxury RV’s, and in 3 years, won the E. Y. Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.  Don credits their success to his cohesive management team and his 826 employees.  His employees not only have a fabulous work ethic, but are also seasoned workers in the RV industry that catapulted Grand Design to the third largest producer of RVs and Fifth Wheels.  Grand Design benefitted from the management team’s clear vision with great ideas that has kept the company focused and attentive to their dealers’ wants and their customers’ desires and needs.  Their four lines of RV’s are first in their class and are as beautifully appointed as they are versatile.  Grand Design achieves this by having the industry’s first 100% pre-delivery inspection that covers 200 points and guarantees dealer and customer satisfaction.         
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Aug 03, 2016
Cindy Kilgore introduced three members of the executive staff of Goodwill Industries as our program speakers and presenters.  CEO and fellow Rotarian Debie Coble introduced the theme:  “Donate, Shop & Change a Life.”  The stores of Goodwill Industries is the tip of the proverbial iceberg, which fuels the programs to educate and train people to become self sufficient.  Goodwill also provides vital training and education to people with generational poverty by teaching work ethics and the value of an honest days’ work.  For every dollar generated by the Goodwill stores, $.87 is invested back into the programs that fund Skills Training, The Excel Center, three area Career Centers, and on the job training opportunities with area industry partners.  Other programs include a Nurse Family Partnership that targets infant mortality and health issues, as well as gang violence intervention, which targets gang members to become productive citizens.  Randy Beachy is the Executive Director of the Excel Center, which is an Indiana Charter High School for adults.  It currently has 265 enrolled, with an average age of 28.  There are three pillars of Excel:  Individually tailored instruction, focus on career and college readiness, and life coaches to keep the students engaged and on track to achieve their goals.  The Excel program also removes obstacles that would prevent them from achieving their goals by providing free Transpo bus service, onsite child care, free tuition, and connection to social services.  Randy encouraged Rotarians to volunteer as tutors, mentors, and also to donate!
Fellow Rotarian Guy Fisher, V.P. of Mission Advancement with Goodwill, graciously provided the power point presentation.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jul 20, 2016
President-elect John Pinter introduced the representatives from the Young African Leadership Initiative currently at Notre Dame.  This program is an initiative of the Obama Administration, also known as the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  Our three speakers are part of a group of 25 at Notre Dame who in turn are part of the 1,000 participants in America that have been selected from 50,000 applicants.  These representatives are at Notre Dame for a six week immersion in business and entrepreneurship practices. 
Our first speaker was Phelane Phomane from the kingdom of Lesotho.  He is an attorney with a focus on civil engagement.  He will take back to Lesotho what he has learned and share the information with his peers.
Businesswoman and translator Marie-Anne Assanvo-N’Guessan from Cote d’Ivoire spoke next.  She owns a business that specializes in English as a second language and translating business documents from French into English for the many companies located in the Ivory Coast.  She and her co-workers are developing an APP which will help younger people learn not only English but critical thinking.
Our final speaker was Constantine “Costa” Nyanzero from Zimbabwe.  He is involved in a Trust that is devoted to designing and funding start-up companies for young people and women.   The goal is to attract young entrepreneurs and their visions to stay in Zimbabwe and participate in its’ growth rather than migrate.
All of our speakers were impressed with the hospitality of South Bend, our friendliness, our family orientation, and our vision for IT in initiatives like EN-FOCUS.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jul 12, 2016
Beth North introduced our own Ginny Kevorkian as our program speaker.  Ginny’s topic was Rotary in Barcelona, Spain.  Since Ginny was a Spanish major at Purdue and her daughter was studying in Europe this summer, Ginny couldn’t resist a visit to Spain.  While she was there, she combined a little bit of Rotary make-ups to improve her attendance.  Ginny de-mystified the Club Locator App, which resulted in her being able to contact and locate the Club’s meetings that fit her itinerary.  Armed with three of our Club flags, she visited the following clubs in Barcelona:  Les Corts, Club Alba, and Club Barcelona.  The Club membership in Spain is small, as Rotary is not well known because Franco banned Rotary during his leadership, thinking it was like the Masons.  The Rotarians that Ginny connected with shared the same community spirit and service above self that characterizes all Rotary Clubs, even though in Barcelona they didn’t wear pins or recite the 4-way test.  The meetings generally lasted two hours or more and, depending on the time of day or evening, ranged from plated lunches, tapas, or formal dinners.  Les Corts served the plated luncheon with a choice of wine at 2:00.  Club Alba is made up of predominately women and had a more relaxed approach to meetings.  Club Barcelona – one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in Spain and Europe, was the most formal, serving dinner and adjoining after 10pm.  The dues are 1600 Euros, and they host a Cava competition as a fund raiser.  Last year, they raised 15,000 Euros for their projects.  That’s a lot of sparkling Cava wine!  Thank you, Ginny.         
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jul 06, 2016
Changing of the Guard
President Carsten Schmidt recapped his year.  He announced that the Club met its membership goal of 244 and exceeded all of our financial goals for Rotary International, Polio Plus, and Sergeant-at-Arms fines.  Carsten also noted the various projects the Club accomplished that included delivering 100 Thanksgiving baskets, the Art Auction fund raiser at the Morris Inn, and the Alzheimer’s Walk.  Notable projects and partnerships on the local front included the Kennedy Park basketball project with the City of South Bend Parks, our International project with the Rotary Club of Jinga in Uganda, and R.I. for grants for scholarships and furniture for the School For The Blind.  He thanked all of his Mega Chairs, and Board Members, along with special thanks to Barbara Carmichael, Bill Coleman, Steve Goldberg, and Program Chair Hugh Johnson.  Carsten acknowledged outgoing Board members:  Jim Goodhew, Cindy Kilgore, and Jessica Lambert and presented each with a plaque.  Carsten then introduced Jackie Hilderbrandt as our 2016-2017 President.  She in turn presented Carsten with his Past Presidents badge and pin, as well as a plaque before he joined the Past Presidents table.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
President Jackie kicked off her first official segment of the meeting by showing a video from Madras, India of young people singing an upbeat version of the Rotary anthem “We Are the Change.”  She followed up with her goals for the Club.  International goals are important, as this is Rotary International’s Centennial Year.  She challenged each member to contribute $26.00 to R.I. which can go to either the Annual Fund Share, Polio Plus, or the Endowment.  Jackie’s goals for the Club’s local project is to increase and retain membership for a net gain of 30 members;  update the Strategic Plan, and to have a replacement for Barbara Carmichael in place by mid-August.  She also introduced the tagline:  Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action, which reflects the massive and positive impact of Rotary worldwide.  
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jun 29, 2016
Rotarian Colleen Kielton and Mayor Pete gave the dual introduction to Andrew Berlin, CEO of Berlin Packaging and owner of the South Bend Cubs.  Andrew prefaced his presentation by declaring that South Bend has all the ingredients for success.  His South Bend Cubs endeavor to be more than just a ball club and enhance and build downtown South Bend.  How this symbiotic relationship will work is because of culture.  The culture Andrew was referring to was one that he developed over the years to grow Berlin Packaging and the South Bend Cubs by using passion for success and vetting his hires to have that “joy of killing the competition.” By having the right “people strategy” he was able to lead Berlin Packaging to 28 years of record growth and triple the attendance to Four Winds in under 5 years, plus develop the South Bend Cubs to the best minor team in 2015.  He stated the desire to make the experience at Four Winds filled with magic moments.  He supports this by using a sophisticated set of metrics that measures not only the fans experiences before, during, and after the game, but also the ball players performances.  He presented the Rotarian and their guests with copies of his book:  Anything is Possible Culture Berlin Packaging for more insights into his success and his philosophy of giving back to the community.   
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jun 22, 2016
Jeff Breiler introduced his sister and brother-in-law, Mike and Becky Savage, to inform the Club of the 525 Foundation set up in memory of their sons, Nick and Jack Savage, who died in their sleep after taking prescription pain killers with alcohol at a party.  This tragedy was our community’s wake-up call to the abuse of prescription pain killers mixed with alcohol that kills after just one use.  Nick and Jack were honor students and hockey captains at Penn High School that were found dead in their beds by their mother on Sunday, June 14, 2015.  The heartache in this segment of the presentation was overwhelming. 
The second part was a panel discussion directed by Kayla Miller to:  Dr. Kristin Tawardos, a child psychologist; Dave Wells, Commander of the new Drug Investigations Unit through the St. Joe County Prosecutor’s Office; Ken Cotter, St. Joe County Prosecutor, and Amy Cressy from the new Drug Investigations Unit through the Prosecutor’s Office. 
Dr. Tawardos’ insights on how two honor students could make such a deadly choice drove home the fact that the frontal lobe of the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25; and it is most affected by drugs and alcohol.  When speaking with young people, it is important to emphasize that even though alcohol and in some cases marijuana is legal, for adolescents, a drug is a drug is a drug.  It is also incumbent on parents to know who, what, where and why their children are involved with. 
Dave Wells explained that the over prescription of pain killers like Oxycoten is becoming the gateway to heroin addiction. It is an epidemic and the cause of most robberies and home invasions.  He strongly urged that meds be secured and then brought to pill drops so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.  He also cited the use of Narcan to reduce the deaths from heroin overdoses, and that if an addict is in a household, someone gets certified to administer Narcan through D.O.P.E.
Ken Cotter and Amy Cressy related that in 2015 there were 59 deaths from overdoses, more than the 2015 homicides and automobile deaths combined.  Also in 2015, Memorial Hospital’s E.R. treated over 380 drug overdoses.  Ken emphasized the need for physicians to be educated in the dangers of over-prescribing pain killers and the devastation it is causing in the community.  Our community is in need of In-patient Medical Treatment Facilities to help addicts with withdrawal.  Amy indicated that her unit is designed to gather Intel to put the dealers in jail.  She also said that treatment centers were needed for the indigent.
The aspects of the panel and the Savage’s presentations were to bring awareness, encourage education, and parental supervision, so that no family has to endure their heartbreak from losing their sons.      
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on May 25, 2016
Sherry Cummings introduced Paul Davis as our program speaker.  Paul is gift officer for Shine:  The Campaign For Memorial Children’s Hospital.  Paul’s presentation was in two parts.  The first part was a heartwarming video of grateful patient/family stories developed to encourage community involvement to raise $13 million needed to build this special facility above the current E.R.  Memorial Children’s Hospital serves a 15-county area and last year treated 201,930 patients with everything from premature birth issues to pediatric cancer.  What was needed was a world class facility to house the world class staff dedicated to serving these families so they don’t have to travel great distances for treatment.  The second part of Paul’s presentation was devoted to architectural renderings of this new state-of-the-art facility and its design features.  It will consolidate all the services currently in four locations, into one central area.  All of the patient rooms are private rooms with room for overnight family caregivers.  The entire facility was designed for families and children, after studying 16 other children’s hospitals.  The Memorial Children’s Hospital takes patients from infancy to 23 years old, regardless of ability to pay.  Their $13 million goal is $1.25 million short and the hospital expects to open in January, 2017. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on May 18, 2016
Beth North introduced Rob DeCleene, Executive Director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka.  Since Rob became Director six years ago, he has doubled his staff and his budget to promote tourism in the South Bend area.  Tourism is up due to the creative partnering with the Ad Co-op program with the Morris Inn, South Bend Chocolate, South Bend Cubs, the Studebaker Museum, and the History Museum in the “Dream Weekend at the Morris Inn.”  Another innovation is the “Get Out Get Active” which lists 51 activities and is edited by Midwest Living magazine.  Midwest Living also features the “Don’t Mind If I Do” ad campaign which highlights the Compton Family Ice Facility, located on the edge of Notre Dame’s campus.  The Compton is also a major draw for youth hockey events.  Youth sporting events like hockey and bowling fill thousands of hotel rooms and play a major role in area tourism.  Tourism has a large impact on the economy which generates $487.5 million in income from 4.2 million visitors.  Another of Rob’s innovations is the introduction of the “Golden Roamer” RV which is a mobile visitors bureau serving tourists and guests at various events by directing them to various venues and restaurants.   
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Beth North on May 04, 2016
Mike Wargo introduced George Srour as our program speaker.  George is founder and Chief Dreamer of an Indianapolis-based Uganda-focused non-profit organization called Building Tomorrow.  While a student at William & Mary, George was an intern in Uganda who realized there was a need for improving education access and quality.  He started raising funds to build a new schoolhouse.  After graduating college, he turned his passion toward tackling a world education problem.  59 million children do not have access to education.  250 million children have been to school (equivalent of third grade) but still can’t read, write, or do basic math.  Building Tomorrow is focused on addressing both issues of access and quality.  Building Tomorrow uses its Fellows, Ugandan college graduates, Lead Teachers, Community Leaders, and the Ugandan government.  Each community volunteers 15,000 hours of labor to build the school.  Each school costs between $65-75,000 to build and serves grades 1-7 with pre-school starting soon.  A key part of each of the Building Tomorrow’s Fellows training is to be dropped off in the target  community, alone, with a cell phone and a place to live, for one month.  This rural Uganda immersion is reported by the Fellows as essential and transformative – a way for them to develop an appreciation for the ingenuity of these rural people – a changed world view.  Hiring Uganda’s college graduates addresses another problem – college graduates often go unemployed for two years on average after they graduate.  By becoming a Building Tomorrow Fellow, they have a two and a half year guarantee of employment.  Sustainability and scale come through having a School Management (like a PTO in the US) and ongoing commitment by the Ugandan government to train and invest in Head Teachers and other teaching resources.  Building Tomorrow’s 20 Fellows have brought 2,236 school dropouts back to school in February and March.  Their goal is to have 51,000 kids in school by 2018.
MEETING NOTES Beth North 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 27, 2016
Mike Wargo introduced fellow Rotarian Rose Kiwanuka as our program speaker.  Rose is Uganda’s first nurse in Palliative Care and is the County Director of the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU).  The PCAU partnered with Mike Wargo’s organization, Center for Hospice Care, to promote and support affordable and culturally appropriate care throughout Uganda.  There are currently 500 individuals and 20 organizations involved in supporting this partnership.  The goals are capacity building in all districts of Uganda, which has expanded to 112 districts in 2015.  Also to create advocacy through awareness and information on palliative care services.  But also and more importantly to strengthen the health systems for palliative care sustainability.    The PCAU/CHC partnership is also involved in sponsoring Nurse Prescribers’ education to certify them to administer medications.  In Uganda, there is currently one nurse for every 3,000 people.  In addition, PCAU/CHC has developed Road to Hope for the care of those children orphaned by cancer.  Rose announced that the Rotary Clubs of Kampala and Mbarara have formed a partnership to develop a regional branch of PCAU in Western Uganda to provide a training and education center to be supported by income from student hostels serving university students. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 20, 2016
Jim Cunningham introduced Mark Faldowski, founder of Legacies Alive as our program speaker.  Mark is a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq and a West Point grad.  Legacies Alive was established to honor the Gold Star families and the lives of their family members.  There are currently 6,878 members of the military who have lost their lives, and with that in mind, Mark and his friend Mike walked across the country to commemorate a kilometer per life.  During the walk they would meet with local Gold Star families.  The result was the development of a network of Gold Star families that would share their memories of their loved ones.  Mark’s fellow Vet and friend Chris decided to swim the length of the Mississippi River to raise funds, awareness, and connections for Legacies Alive.  Mark stated that they have a network of 526 Gold Star families and have raised over $400,000.00 for projects.  Their 2016 project is to build a home in Orlando, Florida to serve as a retreat for Gold Star families.  Donations can be made to
Thank you, Mark, for your service and for Legacies Alive.  
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 13, 2016
A Patriotic Program was introduced by Hugh Johnson.  First, the Club was treated to vocal performances by Mark Torma and a trio of actors playing Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams from the Tony Award winning musical, “1776”.  The production will be playing at the Civic Theatre on weekends between April 15th and May 1st.
Second, John Hundley informed the Club about researching Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestors.  John is involved with the local Genealogical Society and Sons of American Revolution.  He has researched and identified 40 ancestors that were involved in the American Revolution, either as soldiers, legislators, or providers of materials and food.  John also explained that the Sons of American Revolution are involved with perpetuating the memories of the Patriots in schools, patriotic parades, and historic informational presentations. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 06, 2016
Dr. Marvin Curtis, Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, introduced IUSB Chancellor Terry Allison, who spoke of the importance of IUSB as a regional cultural campus.  He then introduced Joe Roth, who explained how IUSB reaches out to area high school students to encourage both their higher education and talents.  Dr. Curtis then introduced Dr. James Bowyer, Director of the I.U. South Bend Chorale.  Dr. Bowyer has been the Director of the I.U. South Bend Chorale, which was established 8 years ago, for the past three years.   Both Dr. Curtis and Dr. Bowyer were thrilled to announce that the I.U. South Bend Chorale has been invited to perform as a solo choir at Carnegie Hall on May 8th
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The I.U. South Bend Chorale, under the direction of Dr. James Bowyer, and accompanied on the piano by Mariah Mynick, performed the following works:
     “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord”  by Dale Grotenhuis
     “ Be Thou My Vision”  an Irish Folk Song arranged by Alice Parker, that featured a solo by baritone Julius Miller III.
     “ Alleluia” by Ralph Manuel
     “ I Am Not Yours”  by David Childs
The program concluded with “The Ground” by Ola Gjeilo, a Norwegian composer.  “The Ground” is a composite of several hymns from the conclusion of the Roman Catholic Latin Mass.  A stunning program all around!
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Mar 30, 2016
Gene Bruce introduced Women’s Basketball, Notre Dame, and Olympic champion, Ruth Riley as our program speaker.  Ruth explained that her successful 13 year career in basketball was due to the ethics instilled by her mother of faith, respect, and hard work, and not just her 6’5” frame.  She was attracted to Notre Dame because it had everything she wanted: faith, academics, and athletics.  Once she left the “bubble” of home and Notre Dame, she relied on mentors to help her realize that in her professional career, she could use her celebrity status to bring awareness to health issues around the world, especially in Africa.  While in Nairobi, she realized the feminization of Aids and that these mothers had the same survival mentality as her mother.  She was also tapped by the United Nations to champion “Nothing But Nets” to raise funds and awareness of the mortality rates from malaria for children under 5 in Nigeria and Angola.  While in Swaziland, she realized that the Aids epidemic could be combated with the same determination and competitiveness as her career in basketball, and she created her foundation “Inspire Transformation.”  Ruth is currently a candidate for Notre Dame’s MBAE program and she is still weighing her options of being either a spokesperson for an N.P.O. or to pursue a business route oriented to service.  She commended Rotary for its involvement worldwide – “your signs are everywhere.”  She also stated that by giving 100% with the gifts that God gave her, she was using her success as a platform to giving back.     
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Mar 23, 2016
Hugh Johnson introduced Brian Pawlowski, COO of South Bend Community Investment and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as our program speakers. 
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They introduced the Club to Vets Community Connections, which was kicked off in South Bend on March 10, 2016.  South Bend is one of three communities nationwide participating in this pilot program designed to assist Vets transition into a community.  South Bend’s program is leveraging the 311 Call Center so that prospective residents of South Bend can speak to people with expertise in the South Bend area and what it has to offer.  Brian and Mayor Pete are looking for volunteers to donate their time in their area of expertise from accordion lessons to where to visit the zebras, and submit their names to the 311 Call Center via Community  Currently, there are 55 volunteers on the 311 call list and it has helped 10 vets and their families with their inquiries on life in South Bend and its amenities.  This program is a wonderful way to promote South Bend and welcome Vets and their families to the community.
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Mar 16, 2016
WNDU newscaster Maureen McFadden introduced today’s program as a follow up to a story that she has been involved with for six years – the history of Paula Abraham’s struggle against early-onset Alzheimer’s.  Paula recapped her family’s experience with her mother’s Alzheimer’s that culminated in her mother’s recent death and her father’s death eight weeks later.  Paula extolled the services provided by our South Bend Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services for the support and care provided for both her mother and her family.  Paula’s early diagnosis resulted in her retiring from her high school teaching career, but also provided her with the help of the drug Aricept.  Aricept supplemented Paula’s determination to bring her fight against this disease to the next level.  She is now in Phase 2 trials for T-187 – a new drug to combat the devastating effects that Alzheimer’s has on the memory.  She is very pleased to report her success on T-187 and is eager to enter Phase 3 in June.  Paula encouraged us to support the research efforts as well as the services of Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services.  She also advised that, in addition to a healthy lifestyle and a stimulating intellectual and social life, consulting a physician is necessary if you think you may have a memory issue. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Mar 09, 2016
Student Rotarian Eric Streeter introduced Adams High School principal James Seitz, who gave a brief history of 75 years of academic success and then introduced legendary science teacher, Nevin E. Longnecker.  Mr. Longnecker gave a synopsis of the Adams Science Research Program that involves 25 students developing research projects in their sophomore year that continue until graduation.  Mr. Longnecker then introduced two of his top students, who gave brief summaries of their work.
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Aidan Reilly was working on Bioremediation of Hexane Contaminated Lake Water.  This approach used various indigenous bacterial microorganisms to clean the contaminants from the water.  In controlled experiments Aidan was able to demonstrate how these organisms react to toxins, clean the water, and create an environment for brine shrimp to thrive.
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Katherine Dyer’s research work involved fuel cells that would be powered by glucose for use in implanted medical devices.  Katherine’s goal was to create a battery that could be implanted in the body and not have to be replaced by subsequent surgeries.  Her research illustrated the future potential of using a dextrose methylene red cell to provide a stabilized electrical charge.  
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Mar 02, 2016
Hugh Johnson introduced fellow Rotarian and president-elect-elect, John Pinter as our program speaker.  John brought the Club through the labyrinth of refugee resettlement in our area.  Since there is no official resettlement program in our area, this work is being done by various church groups and individual families.  John defined a refugee as a person outside of his country of origin because of political, religious persecution or displacement because of war. Currently the United States is the largest resettler of refugees in the world, with between 85,000 expected this year and up to 250,000 in the near future.  The refugee status is determined by the U.N. by interviews in a war zone to determine eligibility to be resettled in another country.  This process involves up to nine agencies, including the State Department, and can take up to 2 years.  The U. S. has accepted refugees of human trafficking from Central America, plus asylum seekers from Rwanda and Haiti.  There are about 4.7 million displaced Syrians that will need to be provided for, either in refugee resettlement programs in Europe, the U. S., or areas in the Middle East.  Rotarians can help by donating to programs like Shelter Box and supporting the efforts of organizations like the U. S. Catholic Conference of Bishops. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 24, 2016
James Summers introduced Alex Sejdinaj as our program speaker.  Alex is the founder of the new South Bend Code School.  This school is designed to break the barrier between people and technology by teaching teens how to write code, the language of technology.  Alex stated that South Bend is the perfect location, since technology lives here – in the Metro-Net and in over 20 tech-oriented companies that are looking for employees.  There are currently 25 graduates of the South Bend Code School that are now members of the Code Legion.  The Code Legion has morphed into South Bend Code Works, which pairs students with Notre Dame Students and programmers as mentors.  Their goals are to build apps to help the community and create potential jobs with the city and the health system.  Alex explained that the success of the program was due to the development of apps that interested the students and touched their lives.  The students at the Robinson Center developed four impressive apps that targeted violence, an example of which is the Graffiti Funding app, which tags graffiti sites on a map and also the locations of drug dealers and gang violence for the police and the Parks Dept. The Boys & Girls Club students developed two apps to highlight free and safe after-school programs at the Club and one to share videos from other clubs around the world on how to build community.      
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 17, 2016
Beth North introduced Sarah Rice, Director of Early College Programs at Ivy Tech for the North Central region of Indiana.  Sarah explained that their program is a dual credit program that gives students the option of earning high school and college credits at the same time, saving the students both time and money.  There are currently 30 high schools, with over 300 credentialed teachers offering over 500 courses that involve 5,500 students.  Sarah also noted how the Early College Program helped first generation high school students that are typically “C” level students that need mentoring, to build confidence to help them achieve either technical certificates or associates degrees.  In the South Bend CTE program students are offered certification in the Firefighter program or the Automotive program.  Sarah emphasized the importance of designing courses of study to meet the specific needs of industries that partner with Ivy Tech.
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Sarah then introduced Matthew Zawistowski from Washington High School, who will graduate in May with certification in the Automotive Technical program from Ivy Tech, then graduating in June from Washington.  Matthew is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society with a 3.9 GPA.
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 10, 2016
Vivian Sallie introduced Josh Walker from the South Bend Career Academy.  Josh introduced the Club to the Robotics Team “Memento Vita” who demonstrated the 2015 robot model that won Rookie Awards in the two Indiana Districts competition and came in 5th in the State – all in their first year of competition!  The dedicated students commit to 5 hours after school each day as well as Saturday and Sunday to develop the robot plus build the course the robot is to perfect, as well as raise funding for the project.
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 Josh then introduced three members of Career Academy’s 2016 team, Alex Sharp, Sienna Smith, and Chris Cysewski, who demonstrated the tub stacking 2015 robot.  This program successfully demonstrates the students’ teamwork, technical and critical thinking skills and leadership.  These students also benefit from one on one mentoring from physics professions to professional manufacturing executives, as well as having hands-on experiences with 3D modeling and technology that controls the robot.   
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 03, 2016
Fellow Rotarian Larry Davis introduced the winning team members and the advisors of the Fluid Power Challenge.  The team consisted of intermediate school students:  Eamen Lynch, Juel Wiseman, Brooke Schwing, and Nicole Rousculp.  The advisors and teacher were Laura Morazotta and Krysten Shoulder, along with Salma Audgheri.  These ladies beat out 28 teams to win the competition that involved creating a device to successfully perform a task using pneumatic and hydraulic technologies.  The skills that they develop working on this challenge are leadership, team work, time management, and technical writing, as well as insights into manufacturing and business management.  This six week program culminates in a 3 hour challenge whereby the team must recreate their device, and their accompanying portfolio is evaluated. This program has been in effect for 6 years and is aimed at interesting intermediate students in careers in engineering.  It is also supported by local industries, like Larry’s Daman Products, and businesses, along with a partnership with Ivy Tech.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 27, 2016
President Carsten introduced fellow Rotarian Mike Wargo who brought the Club up to speed on our Uganda Project:  Balitwegomba School for the Blind in Jinja, Uganda.  Mike explained that Carsten wanted a committee formed to research a long term international service project that our Club could partner with area and District 6540 clubs and that would be eligible for matching grants from the District and Rotary International.  Uganda, Africa was chosen because of local involvement with the country and Jinja because visiting Rotarian, Fr. John is a member of the Jinja Rotary.  The School for the Blind is one of their projects and resulted in the construction of two dormitories for the students.  The school is seriously underfunded and the list of needs for the school and students amounts to over 8 million Ugandan shillings or over $2,000.00 American dollars.  Our project goals are to provide financial support for the school and educational support for the 47 students, 6 teachers, 3 volunteers, and 3 support staff.  We want to engage local Rotary Clubs and attract the grants to achieve our goals.  Carsten wants to facilitate a Rotary trip in 2017 to visit the project.  There are also speakers scheduled that are familiar with Uganda and the project.  On April 27th, Rose Kiwanuka from the Palliative Care Association and on May 4th, George Srour, founder and Executive Director of “Building Tomorrow” will be speaking.  
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 24, 2016
Doug Scripture introduced fellow Rotarian Colleen Kielton as our program speaker.  Colleen is a practitioner of holistic health at the Vibrance Center.  She guided the Club through the various aspects of the holistic approach to health and well being, and how we should be in tune with our physical and emotional health.  Colleen stressed that many physical ailments are related to emotional stresses and we need to constantly monitor our feelings to keep our bodies in balance.  She discussed the chakras along the spine and their relationship to emotional maturity and depth.  Colleen also explained the meridians from ancient Chinese medicine and how the 12 main channels can help alleviate headaches and sleep issues.  She also discussed the energy field that each person possesses and how it can indicate mental or physical issues. She summed up her presentation with a quotation from Mother Theresa:  “Let no one ever come to you without being happier.”
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 20, 2016
Doug Scripture introduced fellow Rotarian Colleen Kielton as our program speaker.  Colleen is a practitioner of holistic health at the Vibrance Center.  She guided the Club through the various aspects of the holistic approach to health and well being, and how we should be in tune with our physical and emotional health.  Colleen stressed that many physical ailments are related to emotional stresses and we need to constantly monitor our feelings to keep our bodies in balance.  She discussed the chakras along the spine and their relationship to emotional maturity and depth.  Colleen also explained the meridians from ancient Chinese medicine and how the 12 main channels can help alleviate headaches and sleep issues.  She also discussed the energy field that each person possesses and how it can indicate mental or physical issues. She summed up her presentation with a quotation from Mother Theresa:  “Let no one ever come to you without being happier.”
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Beth North on Jan 13, 2016
Wednesday’s program on The State of Diabetes was introduced by Hugh Johnson, and continues on the January theme of Health & Wellness, and spotlights Rotary’s own Dan Asleson, President and CEO of YMCA of Michiana.  Since May of 2010, Dan has worked with staff and volunteers to strengthen the foundations of our community through youth programs at Urban Youth Services and YMCA Camp Eberhart, as well as through youth and family programming at the Michiana Family YMCA.  A graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, Dan earned his MBA from ND.  Dan is also the grandson of a person with diabetes. 
Some very sobering statistics about diabetes were shared, as our area, as well as the state of Indiana has even higher rates of diabetes prevalence than the rest of the country
(  The economic reality of the cost of care for those with diabetes versus those without diabetes, coupled with the growing prevalence, if not interrupted, will ultimately result in the US GDP being outpaced by the cost of care for its increasingly old and increasingly diabetic population.  One would need to win the Powerball drawing 175 times in order to pay the cost of diabetes for the US for one year. 
It’s time for intervention to change the trajectory of prevalence and to focus on prevention – as a nation, we must begin eating in a more healthy way and reducing the time we spend sitting.  Dan urges both an individual AND a corporate approach.He endorses a national government approach, much like the smoking cessation campaign.  Without government intervention, Dan asserts that corporate food producers will not be motivated to change.
1. Know your numbers (fasting or random blood glucose, A1C(a measure of longer term     
    blood glucose) and your weight.)
2. Encourage your employees to know their numbers
3. Lose 10 pounds – make changes in your eating habits.
4. Walk every day – make changes in your exercise habits.
Otherwise, we’ll leave a big mess for the next generations to clean up.
MEETING NOTES Beth North 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 06, 2016
Sherry Cummings introduced past Rotarian Karen Sommers, coordinator for the regional Dr. Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program, as our program speaker.  Karen explained that this scientifically proven program to reduce the effects of heart disease was implemented by Beacon Health System in August, 2015 and it is the only program in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.  The approach that Dr. Ornish’s program takes is both holistic and intensive, and has proven to change patients’ lifestyles and reverse heart disease.  The holistic approach is a team approach to more than nutrition and exercise, as it also emphasizes stress reduction through yoga and caring support from staff and family.  Karen stated that this program has proven that the body has a remarkable ability to heal itself – if given the chance.  This is why Dr. Ornish’s 18 week program of intensive 4 hour sessions 2 times a week can and does successfully change the lifestyles of cardiac patients that are being treated for heart attacks, valve repairs/replacement, stents, and even genetic heart disease.  The most dramatic example of the success of this program was Dave, who, at 57, was identified as a heart transplant candidate.  He participated in Dr. Ornish’s program while on the waiting list, and in the course of 9 weeks was deemed improved enough to be removed from the transplant list!
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Dec 30, 2015
Hugh Johnson introduced Stephen Antisdel of Percept Partners as our program speaker.  Stephen condensed his 45 minute presentation on “Emerging Technology and Trends for 2016” into a fascinating 15 minute review.  The major force is “The Pervasive Internet” and its ability to parlay itself into the “Internet of Everything” where everything is connected and not just smartphones with smart devices in the home.  The sensors will be everywhere – voice and face recognition, “cord cutters” like wearable tech savvy clothing, non-military drones tracked via satellite, along with self-driving cars.  The major issues with all of this interconnectivity is, of course, security and privacy.  Stephen also highlighted 3D printing advances beyond plastics and metals to creating skin grafts and “Share Services” like Uber.  He encouraged business owners to avoid analysis paralysis in utilizing the technological advance benefit and how to create partnerships with other industries for mutual benefits.    
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Dec 23, 2015
Fellow Rotarian James Summers introduced Elizabeth Hendally, co-founder of Angel’s Wings Transport as our program speaker.  Before she launched into her presentation on Angel’s Wings, she entertained us with her take on “It’s A Wonderful Life” and how Angel’s Wings makes it happen.  Elizabeth’s husband, Asher Ray, identified a need and presented it to James Summers.  He encouraged Elizabeth and Asher to pursue it and Angel’s Wings Transport was born.  Its purpose was to provide transportation for employees to and from their jobs.  What Angel’s Wings learned in the process was how to network these workers into other programs provided by SCORE, Chassix, and Goodwill.  The benefit to employers was a reliable workforce.  Angel’s Wings Transport expanded their services to provide medical transport to seniors and for the homeless, along with emergency services and shelter for bomb scares.  Angel’s Wings is funded by donations and volunteers – people helping people, and does not accept federal grants or taxpayer dollars.  Elizabeth emphasized that “if you give a man a job, you will change his life,” and Angel’s Wings makes it possible.       
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Dec 16, 2015
James Summers’ Dignity & Respect program featured today’s Diversity Panel.  The panel was lead by Taurean Small of ABC57.  Jan McGregor is the founder of the Genesis Project.  This is a self-funding nonprofit organization dedicated to reintegrating felons into the community as productive members of society.  This is accomplished by providing good housing – rehabbed by the men themselves – classes on job skills, parenting, along with mentors and advisors.  The program is very successful and is serving as a model for Indianapolis and Atlanta programs.  Jeermal Sylvester from Work One presented his J.A.G. program which focuses on high school students and 16-24 year olds to help them succeed academically.  J.A.G. also provides opportunities to job shadow and to make informed decisions on whether college or trade school is their best option.  J.A.G. currently serves 15 schools in 5 counties.  LaChelle Barnett is the co-founder and executive director of Fathers First Group.  This new N.P.O. is devoted to reintegrate fathers back into their families.  LaChelle stated that the lack of a nurturing father in these families results in negative behaviors, from dropping out of school to teen pregnancies to criminal activities.  Their program events usually involve 75 men and their families.  Dr. David Moss of the South Bend Community School Corporation highlighted the BUSARA SUMMIT which was developed to assist young black men to find a positive direction and self worth.  The program emphasizes fathers as family leaders and also mentors them to develop the skills to reach their potential.  He also is setting up CHARACTER CENTERS in neighborhood churches and community centers for afterschool programs that will last until 8:00PM and emphasize faith, integrity, respect, and excellence.    
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Carr on Dec 09, 2015
Roger Sims, our District Governor, was today’s speaker.  District Governor Sims is a member of the Munster Rotary Club and holds eight patents for rail cars.  “Rotary happens at the Club level,” Sims explained as he reminded us of the many achievements the Downtown South Bend Rotary Club has helped bring about.
The District Governor posed five questions to us:
  1.   Is Rotary a big deal? From Rotary’s fight against polio to numerous projects benefitting communities across the globe to 1.2 million members, Rotary is an outstanding international organization.
  2. How does synergy work in Rotary?  Rotary creates an environment where people with diverse experiences and backgrounds can work together to create a positive impact greater than if those people were working alone.  Your local Rotary club is a great place to create synergy.
  3. When does a Rotary member become a Rotarian?  Rotary members become Rotarians when they deeply invest in an aspect of Rotary that is meaningful to them.  District Governor Sims detailed his own experiences working with a Rotary Club in the Dominican Republic to build an irrigation system that improved the quality of life for 100 local farmers.
  4. What is your mission in Rotary?  Rotary offers multiple opportunities to serve in many different areas.  A Rotarian need only choose the area they are most passionate about and go about making a positive difference.
  5. How can I do a better job?  We can all participate in making Rotary better.  Investing our time and resources in Rotary is an investment in the future.  Attending the District Conference on April 8th and 9th and helping your local club develop a strategic plan are two other ways we can make Rotary better.     
MEETING NOTES David Carr 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michall Goldman on Oct 21, 2015
This week’s guest speaker, Samantha Kixmiller, was introduced by Jessica Lambert.  Samantha is an Outreach Educator with the Indianapolis School for the Blind.  She currently focuses on working with children ages 0-3 in the South Bend area.  Samantha has been an educator for 8 years and has worked at the school for the past 4 years.  Currently the school has 150 – 155 students ranging in age from 3 years old to 22 years old.  The Indianapolis School for the Blind is primarily state funded and free to residents living within one hour of the school.
Samantha’s role is not only to work on early intervention but travels across the state offering services to schools and families with children ages 0-3 that are in need of services.  Samantha chose to start working with the blind children for the small class sizes and she really loves working with them.
The Indianapolis School for the Blind’s educational services are very similar to public schools, but they focus on the specific needs of the blind as well.  They feel it is very important to start working with children from birth to allow them to learn as much as they can, since it will take much longer for them to learn than the average child.  Children who are born blind or with low vision do not start walking or talking until they are closer to the age of 3, since they are not able to see their family members doing these activities.  Therefore, the school strongly focuses on teaching children Braille skills from the youngest age possible.  The school also focuses on teaching the children life skills so when they graduate they are able to cook, clean, and do other life skills independently of their family members.  The school also has summer programs and allows the students to add a fifth year to their high school education to focus on life skills.  Graduates of the school have gone on to become lawyers and professors.   They also have programs that allow the students to learn vocational skills, such as working on assembly lines.  The program also uses technology, but the students must be able to type clearly and know short commands before they are allowed to use more advanced programs.     
MEETING NOTES Michall Goldman 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Oct 07, 2015
Today’s program was the 27th annual St. Joseph County DisABILITY Awareness Luncheon.  Fellow Rotarians Debie Coble and Jeff Derda were on the 2015 committee for this annual event, which honored thirteen businesses and fifteen employees.  The keynote speakers were introduced by Mistress of Ceremony, Debie Coble.  She introduced Sharon Hawkins, a Senior HR Consultant at the University of Notre Dame, and Mary Jo Ogren, a Director at Graham Allen Partners, which works with entrepreneurs to build high-growth, technology-enabled companies. 
Sharon explained the benefits and blessings that employers reap when hiring these employees.  Sharon thanked God for enriching her life through working with these employees.  She emphasized that these are committed employees with abilities that will flourish under employers that open their doors to them. 
Mary Jo shared her experiences as a Special Education teacher in high school and her startling realization that these kids had a lifetime after graduation.  She became involved with Project Search, which involves 18-22 year olds in a one year program to help them develop job skills and to become contributing members in the community.  Employers who have hired these young people have realized that their skills make them highly productive and dependable employees.  
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Sep 30, 2015
The much awaited drawing for the Art Raffle was held on Wednesday. Here are the winners of the fabulous prizes.
2 “Spirit of the University” series prints by Artist Dean Loucks:  Dan White, Josh Landry
Blackthorn Golf package:  Bobbie Woodruff
TCU golf packages to Warren Golf Course:  Andrea Halpin; Don Berger
Granite gift set:  Tom Slamkowski
White Sox tickets package:  Matt Uebelher
Burkhart banner package:  Kyle Nichols
“Miss Saigon” theater tickets:  Jessica Lambert
Ziker gift cards & stadium blanket:  Ron DeWinter; Amy Hill
NASCAR racing tire:  Chris Taelman
Granite fire pit:  Chris Davey
LePeep gift certificates:  Beth North; Josh Landry
Max Black gift certificate:  Sherry Cummings
Morris Inn gift package:  Greg Matthews
Special thanks to these sponsors:
Title Sponsor – Dean Loucks; Alphagraphics, Blackthorn Golf Course; Burkhart Sign Systems; Federated Media; Goodwill Industries; J2 Marketing; Morris Inn at Notre Dame; SB150; South Bend Civic Theatre; Spherion Staffing; Teachers Credit Union; Turak family; Warren Golf Course.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Sep 16, 2015
Cindy Kilgore introduced best friend and WNDU news anchor, Tricia Sloma as our program speaker.  Tricia gave the Club a brief summary of her life and her twenty-two years as a television broadcaster at WNDU.  Tricia hails from a small farming community in Ohio and described her transition from a high school graduating class of 35 to attending Ohio State University.  She met her husband Tom at OSU and they moved to the South Bend – Mishawaka area.  Tricia worked at the Ag Day program for two years before moving to WNDU’s morning news broadcast under the guidance of Rotarian Baz O’Hagan.  In the twenty years as news anchor, she described the evolution of the morning newscasts from a half hour to 2 hours and the impact of technology and social media on the broadcasting industry.  She demonstrated “Periscope” within Twitter which broadcast live her talk to all her followers on Twitter!  Tricia loves her work because it’s never the same two days in a row.  She and her husband Tom have raised their two daughters on a small farm on the south side of South Bend and considers this “home.” Tricia especially enjoys giving presentations to schools and mentoring young reporters.      
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Sep 09, 2015
Bill Heffelfinger introduced Linda Wawrzyniak as our program speaker.  Linda is President of Higher Standards Academy.  The Higher Standards Academy was established to meet the needs of sports teams to help their foreign-born players assimilate into American life and an English speaking culture.  In 2015 on opening day, there were 26% foreign-born players on baseball teams.  Linda stated that this is not unique to baseball, as 25% of the NBA, 46% of the NLS, and 75% of the NHL are composed of foreign-born team members.  Higher Standards Academy was established in South Bend to help the players of the Arizona Diamondbacks and is now in 17 states and has partnerships in Latin America.  Higher Standards Academy helps young athletes develop communication skills so that they express themselves, not just in interviews, but also how to order in restaurants.  They are also given help in becoming professional in their dress and manners, and in some instances, completing requirements for their International GED.  Higher Standards Academy also works with the teams’ management and organization in how to engage these young athletes. What has impressed President Wawrzyniak the most about working with these teams is the intense sense of family and friendship;  that in itself is a major contributor to the success of these young athletes on and off the playing field.   
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Sep 02, 2015
Hugh Johnson introduced Craig Lindvahl as our program speaker.  Craig is a Renaissance Man and author of “Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday”.  Craig focused on our current generation of high school students who, although they have a lot of information at their fingertips, don’t really know what to do with it and follow through.  Craig’s method is learning by doing, networking, and communicating in a hands-on approach.  He then introduced Iris Hammel, program director of St. Joe CEO, which implements the type of active hands-on approach to learning how to start and operate a business.  Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities is a new program open to high school students.  It is a 4 hour credit high school course that also gives 2 hours credit at Ivy Tech which engages 20 seniors in the process of creating a business plan and starting a business.  Those students are directly involved in meeting local entrepreneurs and visiting their businesses.  The goal is also to create local businesses and spur economic development in South Bend by exposing these students to South Bend’s success stories.  Visit to follow the program.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carsten Schmidt on Aug 26, 2015
Aaron Perri introduced Dean Loucks as our special guest Wednesday.  Dean is a local artist that has been working with Notre Dame over the past several years to create unique art items of high quality to showcase the University.  Dean brought a sample of his work that included customized KitchenAid mixers, football helmets, and t-shirts decorated with Notre Dame original art designs.  Dean is working with SB150 and our Rotary Club to help raise money for the South Bend Rotary Charitable Foundation.  Dean has graciously agreed to donate two prints that will be the grand prize for our upcoming art raffle.  The prints were personally signed at the meeting and include the SB150 designation.
MEETING NOTES Carsten Schmidt 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Coleman
Carsten Schmidt introduced Sean O’Leary, Head Rugby Coach for the University of Notre Dame.  Sean described how he played rugby in Ireland as a youth and when he moved to the United States was presented with an opportunity to coach a start-up high school girl’s team at a school outside of Boston.  Sean then started coaching a boy’s team at a high school in Boston, then for Northeastern University before being called upon to work with the USA Under 19 national team.  After a couple years, he created a USA Under 17 national team before agreeing to take his current position with Notre Dame.  Notre Dame was rejuvenating a program that was dormant since the 1960’s.  Sean noted that several of the largest donors at Notre Dame are former rugby players and that they credit their experience with ND Rugby for their business success.  Rugby teaches leadership, discipline, and teamwork, which are vital to the success of the players after they hang up their cleats.  Sean mentioned that the Australian National Team will be competing at Soldier Field in September and will be staying for two weeks at Notre Dame prior to heading to London for the Rugby World Cup in October.
(Cont’d) Bill Coleman 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Aug 19, 2015
Jacqueline Rico introduced Dr. Andy Bullock as our guest speaker.  Dr. Bullock is the Associate Director of Notre Dame’s Harper Cancer Research Institute, which is a joint venture with Indiana School of Medicine, South Bend.  Dr. Bullock explained that Harper does cancer research differently from its inception.  Harper’s approach to research is collaborative and inter-disciplinary.  It combines such diverse fields as astrophysics, genetics, biology, engineering, and molecular biology to address such cancers as pancreatic, ovarian, and colon.  It uses the data from this research to support its researchers grant applications to the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.  Harper also realized that although the clinical trials were done at major cancer research centers, 80% of cancer patients were treated at community hospitals like Beacon and St. Joe Med Center.  This has led to the collaboration with those institutions as well as the Medical Foundation to provide specific tumor sequencing at cost, so that the patient is diagnosed at no cost.  Dr. Bullock noted that such generosity is a testament to the kind of community we live in.  
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Aug 12, 2015
Ed Levy introduced Raz Revah as our program speaker.  Raz Revah is currently finishing her tour as Israeli Emissary to the Jewish Federation.  She gave the Club a brief history of Israel from 1947 to the present and of her family’s role in the 1948 immigration of 800,000 Jews located in Africa and Arab States and developing Israel into a desert that blooms.  Raz was born in 1992 and in her 23 years has accomplished an amazing lifetime worth of work.  She and her siblings have known nothing but living in a constant state of siege from hostile Arab states, Hezbollah and Hamas.  She decided to dedicate her life to protecting her country after visiting the Concentration Camps in Poland and realizing the horrible fate of the unprotected.  She served for 2 years in the Israel Defense Force in a special project for turning around at-risk young men.  She volunteered a year afterward to serve in Military Intelligence Unit 8200, which can act as a segue into careers in multi-national high tech companies.  Interestingly, Israel is known as a “Start-Up Nation” because of all the high-tech companies Israelis start.  Raz believes that peace is possible, as all Israeli citizens, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian, live side by side and are good friends and neighbors.  When she returns home, she will enroll at the University at Tel Aviv and study political science. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Aug 05, 2015
Mark Abram-Copenhaver, artistic director of the South Bend Civic Theatre, presented today’s program on his favorite subject – The South Bend Civic Theatre.  Mark discussed why theater matters to a community and how it engages members of the audience to empathize with the characters in the play and to experience other perspectives of the world. Mark also emphasized that the theater becomes the community’s storyteller.  In order to prove his point, he had cast members from “Fiddler on the Roof” illustrate how the characters engage the audience in the story line.  The Club was treated to wonderful performances of Jacob Medich as Tevya, Dawn Hagerty as Golda, Natalie McRae as Tzeitel, Sean Leyes as Madd, and Bree Heler as Hodel. 
To keep the Civic Theatre thriving – which is one of the top 10 civic theatres in the country – Chuck Gessert, Managing Director, encouraged the Club to support the Civic Theatre through donations, sponsorships, and subscribers to their productions. 
“Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed Friday and Saturday evenings at St. Pat’s Park and it is a marvelous production.  Don’t miss out!
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Aug 05, 2015
Mark Abram-Copenhaver, artistic director of the South Bend Civic Theatre, presented today’s program on his favorite subject – The South Bend Civic Theatre.  Mark discussed why theater matters to a community and how it engages members of the audience to empathize with the characters in the play and to experience other perspectives of the world. Mark also emphasized that the theater becomes the community’s storyteller.  In order to prove his point, he had cast members from “Fiddler on the Roof” illustrate how the characters engage the audience in the story line.  The Club was treated to wonderful performances of Jacob Medich as Tevya, Dawn Hagerty as Golda, Natalie McRae as Tzeitel, Sean Leyes as Madd, and Bree Heler as Hodel. 
To keep the Civic Theatre thriving – which is one of the top 10 civic theatres in the country – Chuck Gessert, Managing Director, encouraged the Club to support the Civic Theatre through donations, sponsorships, and subscribers to their productions. 
“Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed Friday and Saturday evenings at St. Pat’s Park and it is a marvelous production.  Don’t miss out!
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jul 29, 2015
Lt. Cindy Kilgore introduced Cyber Detective Chad Goben of the South Bend Police Dept. as our guest speaker.  It’s a brave new scary world out there for those of us who love our digital devices.  These devices – and not just our smart phones, and include all electronics from DVR’s to traffic cameras to cell towers – are tracking and saving everything you do on or near these devices.  The wifi connections keep smart phones in constant search for connections and make them vulnerable to hacking and “rats.”  The iPhones by Apple are the safest because Apple makes the phone and the software.  Google’s Android phone is the most vulnerable to cyber invasions because it is “open source.”  The valuable information from Detective Goben is that although these devices are wonderfully convenient, they retain everything – messages, images, etc., and that information can be accessed by hackers for mischief and law enforcement to bring them to justice.  
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jul 22, 2015
John Pinter introduced three members of the Young African Leaders Initiative: Notre Dame (YALI-ND) as our program speakers:  Adama Gorov from Ivory Coast;  Evelyn Zalwango from Uganda, and Raindolf Owusu from Ghana.  They are members of a group of 25 young business leaders from all over Africa who are at Notre Dame for a six week immersion in business, entrepreneurship, and cultural outreach.  This program was initiated by President Obama as Madela Washington Fellowship to encourage young Africans to learn and bring back to Africa the best of America’s practices.
Adama Gorov is a speaker and trainer for the Initiative and is tasked with developing small and medium-sized businesses in Africa.  He complimented us by stating he was impressed by the heart of the people of South Bend.  Evelyn Zalwango is a fellow Rotarian and business owner of a company that designs furniture.  She is very involved with the Ugandan victims of landmines and is hopeful that this time in America will help her to do more to assist these victims.  Raindolf Owusu is a software developer who firmly believes that technology will transform Africa.  He pointed the club to to help us stay connected with the young communicators who are excited to share all about Africa.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jul 15, 2015
Fellow Rotarian Ann Puzzello introduced Jennifer Knapp-Beudert as our program speaker.  Jennifer is the director of the Robinson Community Learning Center located on Eddy Street, just off Notre Dame’s campus.  Although Notre Dame owns the building, the Robinson Center is just one of over 50 community partners to offer its vast array of programs and services to people from age 6 months to 96 years.  The Robinson Center has been in service for 15 years and its success is attributed to its motto:  “Changing lives one relationship at a time.”  In its programs the Center emphasizes consistency of setting, teachers, and mentors.  This gives the participants in such programs as English as a New Language the same teachers and tutors throughout their program.  The Robinson Center has high expectations for its participants such as its Shakespeare program, which engages students from grades 3 – 12 in 2 of the Bards plays each year in Elizabethan English.  The students also present to area schools and drama clubs.  The third aspect of the Robinson Center is their ongoing evaluation of their programs.  These include Advanced Skills & Entrepreneurship for middle and high school students.  Their current business is operating parking lots for Notre Dame home games and their award-winning Robotics program.  All told, the Robinson Center engages 400 volunteers from Notre Dame and the community, which serves over 3000 local youths.  
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jul 08, 2015
Aaron Perri introduced fellow Rotarian, Chief of Police Ron Teachman, as our program speaker.  Chief Teachman addressed the issue of gun violence in South Bend and characterized gun violence as a health issue that spreads like a disease and remedies need to be found to treat it.  Using statistics, a map of South Bend was divided into 18 patrol districts with permanent officers assigned to the districts, with the patrols under the supervision of five senior officers.  This strategy was to engage the officers with the residents to build rapport and trust.  Chief Teachman also recounted how the use of “shot spotters” acoustic technology led to the realization that the police were missing 80% of the gun violence in South Bend because it wasn’t reported either because citizens didn’t recognize the gun shots, it was redundant, they feared retaliation, or were just resigned to the violence.  This realization led to the creation of the Crime Reduction Suppression Committee.  If a young man is in a group of men and someone fires a gun, the chances of getting shot increase 800% for everyone in that group.  South Bend Police began meeting with these young men, along with community leaders and letting them know these three things:  What you are doing is hurting us; we will help you if you let us; we will stop you if you make us – and then providing them with resources.  Another benefit of the “shot spotters” technology, in addition to pinpointing the area, was to add an additional step to the follow-up at the crime scene.  Each patrol officer goes to the neighboring homes to check on the safety of the occupants, assure them of their safety by checking the yards and cars for anyone hiding or sneaking around.  This is helping to build trust between the officers and the neighbors and to deter further gun violence.          
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jun 24, 2015
Maria Kaczmarek introduced Mark Henson-Bohlen, Social Worker at the South Bend Vet Center, as the Club’s program speaker.  The Vet Center started in 2011 with Mark counseling Vets in their homes prior to moving into their Miami Street location in 2013.  The Vet Center provides free services to Veterans and their families in three major areas:  Combat Vets with PTSD, military sexual trauma, and bereavement counseling.  The Center offers no-wait for free services in these three areas to help Vets and their families readjust to civilian life.  Mark is a specialist in sexual trauma and creates group settings to make his Vets feel less alone and isolated.  He builds bridges between the Vets and provides a tool box of coping skills to help them cope with life after their service to our country.   Thank you, Mark!
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Beth North on Jun 17, 2015
Today’s program by fellow Rotarian Becky Bonham, was introduced by Mark McDonnell. Becky’s experience includes teaching at Perley Elementary School, the SB Chamber of Commerce Director Convention & Visitors Bureau & Executive VP and, Development Director (2000) and Executive Director (since 2001) of the Studebaker National Museum. Becky and her Board of Directors, with Mark at the helm, got the Museum accredited in 2007.  The crown jewel of Studebaker National Museum is the restored presidential carriage of Abraham Lincoln. The carriage, plus many pertinent artifacts on loan from private and public collections, will be on display from Friday June 19th through October 31st. The exhibit marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater, April 14, 1865. The scope is from the day of the assassination through the apprehension of Booth. The Studebaker National Museum preparation took over two years and included clearing 15 vehicles from the main gallery, then upgrading security plus lighting, temperature & humidity controls to accommodate requirements of lending institutions, funded by a $50,000 grant from the state of Indiana, plus many other public and private contributions. All Indiana school-age children get free admission during the “Lincoln’s Final Journey – a Nation Mourns” exhibit.
The exhibit also includes life masks of Lincoln early and late in his two-term presidency, illustrating the toll presiding over the Civil War took on Lincoln’s health and appearance. A new “life figure” of President Lincoln will be unveiled during a special event Thursday night. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, so Becky encourages fellow Rotarians to visit the exhibit. Thank you Becky and Mark for your service to this great historic feature of South Bend, and to its continuous improvement.
MEETING NOTES Beth North 2015-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jun 03, 2015
Rotarian Renee Fleming introduced retired Marine Master Sergeant, Ed Becher as our program speaker.  Mr. Becher is CEO of the Center for Protection, Security, and Personal Safety, which is a training firm for security and protection personnel. Mr. Becher’s resume includes being personal security for Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State, the Dalia Lama, and assignments at Camp David.  He then presented the video “Run, Hide, Fight”, the three steps to take to survive an active shooter situation in a confined or populated space.  He stated that it is always best to be prepared for the worst:  know where the exits are located and have a plan to get to one. In an active shooter situation, he advocates to run, get out as fast as you can and leave belongings behind.  Active shooters are random shooters – they do not care who they hit – so get out.  If you can’t, then hide in a room or closet, barricade the door, turn out the lights, be quiet and stay down.  If you can’t run or hide, be prepared to fight with anything you can get your hands on.  Try to barricade the door to slow the shooter down.  Great advice from an expert in the field.  Thank you for your service, Mr. Becher.  
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Beth North on May 27, 2015
Rotarian Meg Sauer introduced our program about Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana (ADSNI) from the care giver and care receiver perspectives. Barbara Dzikowski is the Program Director for ADSNI, which provides a variety of services to 11 counties in Northern Indiana. Paula Abraham is a teacher at Washington HS. Barbara began by paraphrasing a quote by former first lady Rosalind Carter, that there are four kinds of people: those who have been, currently are, or will be care givers, and those who will need care. ADSNI, founded in 1982, was the first social service organization in Indiana. They offer education, a toll-free hotline, the Milton Adult Day Center (on Colfax), and general support for families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
MEETING NOTES Beth North 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Paula Abraham helped with seeking a diagnosis of vascular dementia for her mom, then 75, now 88. Paula’s mom started forgetting — a birthday, to prepare dinner, a Christmas present — then got lost. Paula’s mom stayed at home as long as practical and is now in a nursing home. Then Paula began noticing her own symptoms — after 38 years as an educator, she noticed difficulties with remembering/mastering new concepts. She sought consultation with neurologists in South Bend, then Chicago and Indianapolis. In October last year, her early onset Alzheimer’s disease was diagnosed. She is taking medicine intended to slow the process and is involved in a national research study. She is retiring. Two of her marketing class students are marketing the fundraising walk for ADSNI June 13 starting from Howard Park. for more information — Rotarians are asked to volunteer to help that day as a “Done In A Day” project.
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on May 20, 2015
Fellow Rotarian Larry Davis introduced former Rotarian Justin Maust as our program speaker.  Justin fired up the Club with the challenge to “fall in love with a concept” and to pursue it with passion.  He reminded us that leadership means influence and that as business leaders, Rotarians need to have a personal passion and financial commitment to the success of the city and community.  He gave us four steps to accomplish whatever passion dictates:  1. Courage to dream big and be on fire to pursue it.  2.  Courage to evaluate yourself and others and make the necessary course corrections to attain your dream.  3.  Courage to overcome every obstacle with the knowledge that mediocrity does not inspire – passion does.  And Justin’s favorite -  4.  Courage to win daily knowing that relentless turtles win the race.  In Justin’s case, his passionate project is the “Lead Michiana” conference that over 1400 people will attend at the Century Center on Friday to become highly motivated, passionate, inspiring leaders. 
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Beth North on May 13, 2015
Today’s program on Business Ethics was introduced by Bill Wolfram. Our Program Speaker was Bob Jones, CEO of Old National Bank, a 181-year-old institution branded on their ethics priority. Bob has been CEO of Old National Bank since September of 2004. He has been featured on state, national and local news as a spokesperson of the banking industry. He is a past recipient of the Sagamore on the Wabash award by then Governor Mitch Daniels and has been past Federal Reserve chair of St. Louis. Bob began with a story as to how he came to be invited to speak at Rotary and that SB Rotary VP, Carsten, asked him NOT to make this a commercial. Bob accredited the Rotary organization with the origin of the Riley Children’s Hospital and many other highly ethical pursuits. He noted our Four-Way Test is basically an oath to behave ethically. He shared some data that people polled trust “academics” most and CEO’s least. He then quoted another poll rating bankers second worst only to used car salesmen as acting with integrity. So, as the CEO of a banking business, he thought he needed to explain why he had been asked to speak on the subject of Ethics. He attributed this to his own company’s focus on operating in an ethical fashion. They even have a Chief Ethics Officer, whose job it is to ensure ethical behavior. So, what do people say ethics are? In a Raymond Barnhart study, people described ethics as the following: 1. Feelings based on core values; 2. Religious beliefs; 3. What the law requires; 4. What society accepts; 5. I don’t know. In a 2013 study of members of the business community of employees, 41% professed to have witnessed unethical behavior, while of those, only 62% reported the unethical behavior. And, of those who did report, 25% reported having been the target of retaliation as a result of their “whistle-blowing.” Bob mentioned that in his experience, unethical behavior is spawned by the ego of CEO’s and the tolerance of unethical behavior by those around them. The latest trend in business, though, is that more people questioned about how they go about choosing other companies to do business with is based on their ethical behavior — doing things right.Bob then laid out things we need to do as a society to improve the behavior and hold people accountable to do things right. Rather than supporting media spotlighting of unethical or borderline behavior in people such as Donald Trump, we need to reward those who are successful AND ethical. He pointed out a national rating on ethics as a company as one means of rewarding ethical behavior. Companies must be rewarded for treating their people with respect (a la the Rotary Dignity and Respect program, per President Jim) and putting people ahead of profit. It begins at the top of the organization in the board of directors and the CEOs — they must set the tone that even star performers will be held to the same standard of ethical behavior and will not be tolerated for bending and breaking rules to achieve. It begins at the earliest level of public and private education in schools. Cheaters must be held accountable. Those who are honest and forthright must be recognized. The various regulators MUST hold individuals and organizations accountable to a better extent than those who were involved at Lehman Brothers in the fall that brought our US Economy and the world’s to its knees in the Great Recession. Tolerance of the wrong behavior will only perpetuate it by rewarding, not penalizing.
MEETING NOTES Beth North 2015-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Beth North on May 06, 2015
Pete Owsianowski introduced today’s program speaker Chuck Buetter, an amateur astronomer, and President of the Michiana Astronomical Society, who first came to appreciate the night sky while working aboard boats on the Great Lakes. He spearheaded “Let There Be Night” – a program where 3,400 local students worked to estimate how much of the night sky has already been lost to light pollution. Chuck introduced us to the official star of the SB150 celebration, Altanin, 150 light years away from the earth, which will be visible in the North sky during the May 22nd celebration of South Bend’s 150th year since incorporation. He ponders whether, given the trends, it will be possible to see the bi-centennial star of South Bend, Sheaht. And, let’s not forget Astrocamp at Camp Eberhardt the week of July 12th. Chuck’s also been working in conjunction with James Summers to be intentionally inclusive and provide SB150 Young Astronomers to learning about telescopes and having access to an online network of research grade telescopes. They will request images, then download, print and hopefully, display their work. This will hopefully lead to self-directed research projects. Volunteers who have office windows high up in South Bend’s tall buildings are encouraged to help by volunteering to post a KEYWORD for local SB150 Young Astronomers, to use the galileoscopes they are building to spot these KEYWORDs , as a learning experience. Be on the lookout September 27th starting just after 9 pm for the total lunar eclipse. He encouraged us to appreciate and learn about the night sky and stars and galaxies at the four area planetariums – Penn Harris Madison Schools (PHM), Notre Dame, Kennedy Primary (SB Schools), and at the Ecoscience Center, noting the imminent retirement of Art Klinger from PHM and thanking him for all his contributions to teaching young people about astronomy. He spoke of the SB Career Academy’ Sunfunnel project – in hopes to commercialize in time for safely viewing the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse – projected to be the most observed celestial phenomenon ever in the US.  Chuck brought the human health impact of too much blue light and insufficient darkness. The drop in melatonin has been connected with incidence of breast cancer and the WHO putting “shift work” on their probable carcinogen list.  Chuck and Pete urge us to take time to appreciate things like cool things happening on the surface of our own star, the sun. Remember the importance of stars every time you see the US or Indiana flags, which both feature stars in their designs. Lastly, anyone planning an outdoor project involving lighting, please call Chuck before you start in order to consider the impact and best practices for retaining our dark night sky, even while providing safe night lighting.
MEETING NOTES Beth North 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 29, 2015
President Jim Goodhew introduced fellow Rotarian Michael Angelo Caruso as our program speaker.  Michael Angelo is a motivational speaker of international renown on subjects of leadership, selling, marketing and presentation skills.  He entertained the Club with how to “Engage Someone in 15 Seconds.”  He emphasized that one needs to make people feel good about themselves in order to engage them on a personal level.  His proverb:  “When you show interest in others, others will show interest in you” opens the door to curiosity questions for information.  Aside from the most important point of knowing and using the person’s name you are engaging, Michael gave the 15 most powerful words to use – including “What is your opinion” and “Thank You.”  He gave 5 cool ideas for power signals and the components of a “killer elevator speech.”  He demonstrated the Perfect Handshake and how not to be a dumb person with a smart phone.  He delighted the Club with his helpful and very useful tips and how to use them to enhance Club membership. 
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Posted by Christopher A. Nuechterlein on Apr 22, 2015
Coach Brian Kelly was our speaker today.  In the past 5 years, Coach Kelly has distinguished himself as the head football coach at Notre Dame.  With 45 wins, no Notre Dame football coach, other than Lou Holtz, has more wins in the first five years.  In his 24 years as a head coach, Coach Kelly has an impressive .750 winning percentage, one of the highest in N.C.A.A. football.  But a statistic that many think is more impressive is the graduation rate for Notre Dame football players.  While some schools may boast of the number of their players who go on to NFL careers, Kelly pointed out Notre Dame numbers are similar but better.  Premier football programs usually send 20-25 players a year to the NFL.  Notre Dame sends about 18. The statistic that Kelly is most proud of is that while other top football schools generally graduate 54 – 68% of their players, Notre Dame has a 98% graduation rate.  Coach Kelly notes that Notre Dame cannot only offer student athletes a premier football experience, but also a premier education and degree for life after football.
Coach Kelly also pointed out another distinguishing feature of the Notre Dame football program.  As part of the Notre Dame experience, all football players are required to participate in community service.  In a program called “Irish around the Bend” Notre Dame football players donated more than 1400 hours of community service right here in South Bend. 
Coach Kelly’s interest in community service extends beyond the football team.  He and his wife have created a foundation, Kelly Cares Foundation, which has provided more than $2.5 million to 66 business and community organizations throughout Michiana to advance health, education, and community service issues.
While Coach Kelly is very encouraged and optimistic about the upcoming season, he is particularly proud of the direction of the football program, which he measures not only with wins and losses but also with academic achievement and graduation, and character and spiritual development through service.  All Rotarians can support these goals and applaud Coach Kelly for his success.  Go Irish!  
MEETING NOTES Christopher A. Nuechterlein 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 15, 2015
Shelli Alexander introduced the Chairman and Owner of the South Bend Cubs, Andrew Berlin as our program speaker.  Andrew explained that he is in the Memory Business.  It just happens to be located in a baseball facility.  He said he is in competition with all leisure activities and to keep baseball fans coming back for more is to provide fun, safe activities to engage all age groups.  The Four Winds Field now has a splash park for the kids, Tiki bar for the adults, the Team Store for everyone, and upgrades to the food.  Andrew related that they researched the most successful products and practices throughout the country and brought some of them to South Bend, like flying in the Fenway Franks because they are the best hot dogs.  Andrew and our South Bend Cubs are determined to make each and every experience a memorable one.  They have improved the satisfaction ratings from an abysmal 13% in 2012 to 73% in 2014 by employing the data and information from Net Promoter to achieve their goals to connect emotionally to their customers by surrounding them with the best staff.  Speaking of the best, the Cubs are the #1 Farm Team in the country with an incredible depth of talent and with their new batting facility open, you too could be batting hardballs next to a South Bend Cub player.  Now that’s “Memorable.”
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 08, 2015
Fellow Rotarian James Hillman introduced Rose Meissner, President of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and fellow Rotarian as our program speaker.  Rose previewed for the Club the exciting and innovative event:  “Give Local – St. Joseph County” scheduled to commence at midnight on May 5th and continue for 24 hours.  During that time 51 local charities will raise funds to qualify for matching funds from the Community Foundation pool.  Contributions made online on May 5th will benefit the charities as follows:  the first $10,000.00 a charity raises will be matched dollar for dollar by the Community Foundation. The amount a charity raises above $10,000.00 will have 75% allocated to the charity’s current programming, while the remaining 25%, plus the matching funds for the total raised, will be allocated to the charity’s permanent endowment.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 08, 2015
Jeff Freers announced that The Rotary Charitable Foundation has a goal of $55,000.00, which is a wonderful way for Rotarians to leverage their donations and pledges for our Second Century Campaign.  There will be a special “Second Tuesday” on May 5th at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern to promote this “Give Local – St. Joseph County”.  There is also a website: for more information and donations.   
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 01, 2015
Fellow Rotarian Doug Scripture introduced IUSB Head of International Students Program, Lisa Fetheringill as our program speaker.  Professor Fetheringill then turned the program presentation over to six of her students, who brought the Club up to speed on the outreach and benefit that studying abroad can bring to students.  Studying abroad equips students with experience in thinking and acting across diverse cultures.  It also nurtures key leadership skills, such as flexibility, empathy, and tolerance for ambiguity.  International study allows I. U. students to gain the skills and perspectives they need to meet today’s global challenges.  There will be a South Bend “Give Local Campaign” to raise $1.5 million for grants to students to fund their studies abroad.  
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Carr on Mar 25, 2015
Juliann Jankowski introduced Jeff Rea, former Mayor of Mishawaka and current President of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber was recently awarded 5-star accreditation, the highest designation possible, from the United States Chamber of Commerce.  This places the St. Joseph County Chamber among the top 1% of all Chambers of Commerce.  Mr. Rea’s focus for this program was economic development for the region and how the Chamber is helping to grow our economic opportunities through an enhanced business climate.  He acknowledged there are challenges to overcome, including working to reverse the declining population trend, but there are many positive developments in recent years that might bode well for the future of our area.  On the positive side, employment in the region is now back to 2008 levels and among the contributors to that job growth are new start-up companies and 22 new companies that have located to St. Joseph County.  The average hourly wage for jobs from these new jobs is nearly $20 an hour.  Among the major investments coming to the area in the near future are multiple construction projects at Notre Dame and increased investment from Mercedes, GE and Fed Ex.  There is also significant development in the Blackthorn area, Ameriplex 80/90 and New Carlisle.  The Chamber also prides itself on limiting overhead and houses five different community development organizations under their umbrella.
MEETING NOTES David Carr 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Carr on Mar 18, 2015
Jitin Kain introduced our speaker, Lawrence Greenspun.  Mr. Greenspun is a South Bend resident who is Senior Program Director and Manager for the Drucker Institute.  The Drucker Institute helps organizations and individuals apply the principles of Peter Drucker’s “five questions” to their business and personal lives.  The questions include:
1.What is my mission?
2. Who is my customer?
3. What does the customer value?
4. What are my results?
5. What is my plan?
Mr. Greenspun illustrated the difference between “having good intentions” and “producing desired results” with the story of “Jess and Lizzie”, two hungry children in a supermarket with no parent in sight.  Sometimes our first impulse can have negative long term consequences, even though we are looking to help.  Providing money to buy children a meal might not have been helpful, but helping their mother develop a plan to bring a steady income to the family might be life-changing.  Knowing your mission, your customer, and what your customers value, as well as how things stand now is crucial to developing a plan for the future.  Mr. Greenspun explained the importance of knowing where (on a scale of 1 – 10) you stand now, and how you can get to where you want to be.  
MEETING NOTES David Carr 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Carr on Mar 11, 2015
Pete Owsianowski introduced our speaker, Patrick Furlong, IUSB Emeritus of History.  Professor Furlong was an educator at Indiana University at South Bend from 1967 to 2013, the longest serving professor in the history of the South Bend campus.  Professor Furlong’s program dealt with the Riverside Drive project originally conceived and championed by Richard Elbel, the head of South Bend Parks from 1918-1935.  Elbel wanted to construct a boulevard from Leeper Park all the way to the county line to increase the recreational use of the river front.  The project suffered from a chronic lack of funding, and by 1929 Riverside Drive had only been completed to Angela Boulevard, a little over one mile.  The major obstacle was a horseshoe bend in the river known as the pinhook.  Building two bridges over the river would cost a half million dollars and building the roadway around the pinhook would cost twice that much. 
During the Great Depression, the city of South Bend received grants from the Public Works Administration and WPA to dig another riverbed to bypass the pinhook.  The Federal Government would pay for the labor and the city would pay for the materials.  Twelve thousand men applied for 3,500 jobs on the pinhook project.  450 men with shovels were joined by a rented steam shovel and a drag line over the next 15 months to excavate the new riverbed.  The “bypassed” portion of the river formed Pinhook Lake and the area inside the river bend formed Pinhook Park.  The project cost the city of South Bend $19,000.00 and the WPA paid $400,000.00.
MEETING NOTES David Carr 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 25, 2015
Fellow Rotarian Dr. Marvin Curtis, Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IUSB and Director of the Symphonic Choir of South Bend introduced today’s program based on the University’s African American music celebration.  The first portion of the program featured three works arranged by Dr. Curtis for cello, piano, and voice.  Baritone Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews was accompanied by Kendrick Morris, cello, and Dr. Curtis, piano, singing three amazing spirituals:  I know I’ve Been Changed, Balm in Gilead, and Give Me Jesus.  Mr. Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews is an award winning baritone and has performed with national and international orchestras.  Kendrick Morris, cello, is an award winning musician and is currently an Artist Diploma student in IUSB’s Music Department.
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The second part of the program featured Dr. Curtis’ The Struggle for Freedom, which represents the struggle for equality and inclusion by African Americans in America.  The moving narrative was read by Dr. Marvin Lynn, Dean of the School of Education at IUSB, while the South Bend Symphonic Choir provided the outstanding vocal accompaniment.  Dr. Curtis composed this work in 1981 for the 100th anniversary of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.
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Posted by Beth North on Feb 03, 2015
Steve Weldy introduced our program speaker, SCORE Michiana Mentor, Bruce Lighty.  Bruce is a graduate of IU and started his career as a public and corporate accounting professional, eventually serving in the capacity of Chief Oerating Officer for twenty years.  Bruce now uses his career experience and heart for giving back to this community by serving as a SCORE mentor and board member and treasurer for the Michiana SCORE chapter.  When SCORE began over 50 years ago, the acronym stood for Service Corps of Retired Executives.  Across the country, there are 320 SCORE chapters.  SCORE is a volunteer resource partner of the Small Business Administration, focusing on mentoring, counseling, and guiding those with a dream of owning a business.  They don’t write business plans or apply for loans – they help their clients do those things.  As Bruce noted, they teach them to fish, not catch fish for them. 
Housed in the building at the corner of Jefferson and Eddy, their office and meeting space is provided by National College.  The mentor service is free.  They rely on people in the community to refer friends, acquaintances, and family to them for help.  Rotarians can help by recommending business owners and dreamers to SCORE for their services. 
Bruce introduced SCORE Chairman of the Board, Ed Lockman, who presented some encouraging facts about SCORE.  Of the roughly 1,000 people they met with last year, over 50 new businesses were started, 70-80% of which will stay in this community.  A key to this growth in start-ups is working with clients to get local bank funding, then continuing to work with the new business owners to stay on track with their business plans.  Thus far, no bank has refused to lend money requested by a SCORE-counseled new business owner. 
A coming highlight will be a three-day bookkeeping course for which 10 laptop computers and 10 Quickbook licenses were donated by a local bank.
Ed and Bruce love that they help people change lives.  They see people move from a dream to becoming empowered, standing tall and being self-confident business owners.  They invite Rotarians to get involved. For more information, call 574-310-8097.   
MEETING NOTES Beth North 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Beth North on Jan 29, 2015
Mark Andrews introduced Christian Murphy, co-owner and executive director of Catharsis Productions.  His organization is the preeminent sexual assault prevention team among military and collegiate Americans over the last 15 years, having reached over two million people.  Chris and his friend Barb started Catharsis Productions with the mission of changing the world by producing innovative, accessible, research-supported programs that shift oppressive attitudes and transform behaviors about sexual violence. 
SEXSIGNALS is a 75-minute interactive program started on college campuses, which was then embraced by the military in the face of sobering statistics.  One in five women on college campuses has been the victim of sexual violence.  Within a 2 year period, 26,000 military personnel were victims of sexual violence while on duty. Programs focus on training active bystanders, gender role-plays, exposing underlying attitudes and stereotypes, that in the extreme are dangerous. 
 In 15 years, after 8,500 presentations at 1,100 campuses and 250 military installations, Christian reported that at the Great Lakes Naval Base, there was a 73% reduction in sexual assault before their comprehensive program including SEXSIGNALS was in place.  Our Rotarian take-aways:  talk to both sons and daughters; define fully-informed consent; clarify risk – reduction, rape prevention; rape is never the victim’s fault; if they disclose – take their lead; bystander intervention is the most powerful prevention.  
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Posted by Beth North on Jan 21, 2015
Rotarian Pete Owsianowski introduced our program speaker, Kevin Smith, CEO of Union Station Technology Center.  Son of a journeyman entrepreneur, Kevin learned early to believe that he could do whatever he had a vision about and was willing to achieve.  His dad started Deluxe Sheet Metal in their garage.  Kevin grew up in the South Bend/Granger area, graduated from Clay High School and the University of Notre Dame.  He is a “serial entrepreneur” with the core belief that technology is not a product but a tool.  The tool of technology is to be used to solve real business problems and to integrate with other talents and capabilities, like architecture, to create buildings like the new Deluxe Sheet Metal building.  Technology ensures that the beautiful design is done in a practical, sustainable, innovative way to give its occupants a wonderful environment in which to work.  Kevin’s vision for the 30-year Union Station renovation has been realized to a great extent.  The current data center housed in the Union Station building requires 80 megawatts (vs. about 20 for the whole city of South Bend) to keep its private and public cloud storage going strong. They are out of space, which is why Kevin has purchased both the building next door and the Studebaker building. The next chapter of his plan to renovate the vacant Studebaker manufacturing facility includes the goal of making this data center even more efficient than Google’s best data center.  In order to achieve this, Kevin is working with an architectural firm from Chicago that uses parametric modeling in their process.  It has taken three years, money from the city of South Bend, and Kevin’s own money to address and mitigate the environmental contamination issues at the site.  In the spring, the site will be ready for building. 
Another inspiration, INFOCUS, started with Kevin finding a way to hire 7 fellows from Notre Dame and secure $3 million of Lily Foundation funding to create and commercialize new technology here in this community.  They will have 120 interns by year’s end.  Kevin’s challenge to Rotary members is this:  Is South Bend ready to truly live up to its naming in Forbes’ Smart Cities expose as one of the Top Ten Tech cities in the world?  What will the city and businesses of South Bend do to weave this thread of technology in such a way as to create a community fabric?  
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Posted by Beth North on Jan 14, 2015
Rotarian Hugh Johnson introduced our program speaker, Dorinda Heiden-Guss, President and CEO of the Elkhart Economic Development Corporation (EEDC).
With educational affiliations to Indiana University and the University of Notre
Dame, Dorinda and her family live in Elkhart County, where her husband practices medicine.  She has more than 20 years of real estate experience and has been featured nationally in both television and radio media in her role as Elkhart County’s voice of economic development.  Elkhart County’s largest municipalities include Elkhart, Goshen, Millersburg (the county seat) Nappanee, and Wakarusa.
Dorinda and her 26-member EEDC Board of Directors embarked on a mission two years ago to shift the paradigm and focus on diversifying the businesses they seek to attract to locate, relocate, and expand in Elkhart.  Dorinda’s research and analysis uncovered that Elkhart County’s reliance is on primarily light assembly rather than truly having a manufacturing strength.  This means the average hourly wage paid was lower.  Part of the reason for diversification into robotics, small electronics, and niche businesses is to positively impact wages.  In addition, there are opportunities to house more of those who work in Elkhart County but live in Michigan or a neighboring Indiana county.
A total of 3,447 new jobs were attracted to Elkhart County in 2014 with a weighted average wage of $23.53 per hour, a 50% increase over the 2013 starting point.  Together with their new larger staff, the EEDC is poised to continue their success in 2015 in attracting new jobs through two key initiatives.  The “Business Response Team” reduces barriers to business working with members of community government.  “Team Champions” bring more private sector folks to the table to fund what the EEDC is doing and help build a stronger county-wide private business network.  Dorinda stated she will be happy to report their progress at a future Rotary meeting.  
MEETING NOTES Beth North 2015-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 07, 2015
Songmeister and fellow Rotarian Cindy Kilgore introduced her boss, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as our program speaker.  Mayor Pete spoke to the Club about his experience as a U.S. Navy Counter Terrorism Officer deployed for seven months near Kabul, Afghanistan.  He explained that as a member of a diverse team in the global war on terror, his team’s function was to stop the flow of funds from the sale of drugs to finance terrorists –“No bucks, no booms.”  His major duty was making sure his commanding officers made it safely from point A to point B, driving 100 missions “outside the wire” with an M-4 rifle and attired in 50 pounds of body armor.  Key to his survival was realizing he was never alone, having humility, maintaining a sense of humor and the ability to make your own fun.  He also worked with charitable organizations to distribute 800 pounds of donations to local orphans.
Mayor Pete’s segue back to South Bend included a photo of a menu form CJ’s taken aboard the military transport.  It was also his segue into updating the Club on the highlights of the recent growth in South Bend.  Mayor Pete highlighted the 1,631 jobs created and $289 million in private investment that has taken place over the last 18 months.  Also noted was the 40% reduction in violent crime that has occurred as a direct result of a communitywide group violence task force.  He touched on the 1000 houses in 1000 days, and that he was pleased that 25% of that number were repaired or deconstructed rather than demolished.  Mayor Pete also reminded the Club that 2015 will be a banner year for celebrating South Bend’s 150th year of incorporation as a city!
Happy Birthday, South Bend!  And thank you for your service, Mayor Pete!      
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Carr on Dec 17, 2014
Mark TannerPast-President Mark McDonnell introduced local businessman and Renaissance man, Mark Tarner.  Among Mr. Tarner’s interests is paleontology, and he shared with us his experience of excavating the 65 million year-old fossilized remains of a large Edmontosaurus that Tarner named “Juliet” in honor of his wife.  The large duck-billed dinosaur would have weighed 10-12 tons and would have been approximately 39 feet long.
Mr. Tarner and his family travelled to a ranch in Montana to unearth Juliet from a tip he received from another amateur paleontologist who noticed some bones that had rolled down from a butte.  The Tarner family’s “vacation” project ranged from building (and re-building after a rain storm) a road to the top of the butte where “Juliet” rested to excavating the dinosaur, using everything from brushes and dental picks to jackhammers and a D-9 bulldozer.  The hard and sometimes delicate work continued with encasing portions of the skeleton in plaster and then carefully loading them on a trailer to remove them from the site and preserve them from the elements.
Several museums have expressed interest in displaying Juliet, and Mr. Tarner says he will bring it home one way or another. 
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Posted by David Carr on Dec 10, 2014

Rotarian Mike Pound presented the program on the Rotary International Foundation.  The foundation’s goal of making the world a better place focuses on six areas:  building peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting mothers and children, promoting education and growing local economies. 

The Rotary International Foundation is perhaps best known for its work in the End Polio Now campaign.  We have the opportunity to eradicate polio in our lifetime.  We are down to Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan as the only three countries with polio.  John Pinter informed us that there will be a polio immunization trip to India in February.  Contact John for more details. 

The Rotary International Foundation is rated “four stars” from Charity Navigator and 92% of donations go directly to programs.  Our club didn’t make contribution goal last year, so it is even more important that we have as many Rotarians as possible make their “Every Rotarian Every Year” goal of at least $100.00.  Donations to the Rotary International Foundation also count toward Paul Harris Fellowships.

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Posted by David Carr on Dec 03, 2014

Mark Andrews introduced fellow Rotarian and Executive Director of Downtown South Bend, Inc. Aaron Perri as our program speaker.  Aaron outlined the ambitious and exciting plans for South Bend’s upcoming sesquicentennial celebration including a three day event Memorial Day weekend surrounding the St. Joseph River downtown.  The event will be the centerpiece of a year-long recognition of the city’s first 150 years since incorporating in 1865.  The various events will include a concert in the Century Center parking lot, fireworks, a taste of South Bend along Jefferson Street, an “adventure park” area, Kids Zone, Tech Hub, Wine and Brew Mixer, Gus Macker basketball tournament, a Studebaker car show, Artisan Alley, the unveiling of a permanent light sculpture along the river, and much more.  This undertaking will require up to 500 volunteers.  Local organizations and individual are invited to participate throughout the year in numerous small ways to help the city through the “Serve South Bend” project.  “Discover South Bend” will highlight the past, present, and future of the city through lectures, exhibits, tours and events.  Local writers and photographers are encouraged to participate in the SB 150 challenge, chronicling South Bend in words and photos.  For more information, visit


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Posted by Michall Goldman on Nov 25, 2014

Rotarian Beth North introduced this week’s guest speaker, Purdue graduate Matt “Water” Gavelek, the Senior Environmental Health Specialist with the St. Joseph County Health Department.  Matt works for the county on the Drinking Water Protection Plan.  Matt explained that St. Joseph County has one of the largest aquifers in the state of Indiana and it is one of the best places to get water from.  There are a lot of areas in our county that have a large amount of individual septic systems and these systems are adding nitrates to our water.  Nitrates are an issue because they can cause “Blue Baby Syndrome” and other medical issues that we are still learning more about with research.  High level of nitrates 10 ppm (parts per million) or more in the water, according to EPA standards.  A lot of people in St. Joseph County live within the cities and have city water and sewer, but for those in the county that are not, this can be an issue.  The biggest issue is that we do not know the long term effects that this is going to have on our water system and aquifer.  Matt and his office are focusing their efforts on long term solutions to this problem.  They are currently working on over 20 alternatives to the issue, and are hopeful for the future.  Thank you to Matt for speaking to our club and teaching us how we can work together to make sure everyone in St. Joseph County has safe drinking water.

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Posted by Michall Goldman on Nov 19, 2014

Rotarian Steve Anella introduced our speaker, Mike Beganski of nCloud.  Mike is a graduate of Indiana University and the Kelley School of Business at IU.  nCloud was started to provide sharing services across nonprofits in our local area.  Mike also spoke about Enfocus, the organization that was started in 2012 to create fellowships for local college graduates in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) divisions so that these young professionals would stay in our region.  The first year of the fellowship, there were seven fellows.  They had hoped that 50% of these fellows would stay in South Bend, and actually, 75% of them have stayed.  These fellows worked with nCloud to provide much needed innovation to over 27 local nonprofits.  One of the largest area nonprofits benefitting from the work of nCloud is the City of South Bend that has saved millions from the research and changes that were implemented from the Enfocus fellows.  nCloud has been able to provide internet, VOIP (voice over internet protocol) fibre optic communication, data center and hosting services to its 27 nonprofits at its main location.  The nCloud VOIP services alone have saved Logan Industries from paying $25.00 per phone to $5.00 per phone per month.  VOIP is an alternative to traditional analog telephone service that converts voice into digital signals.  We wish nCloud and Enfocus much success in creating a new ecosystem of young professionals who are socially responsible entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

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Posted by Michall Goldman on Nov 12, 2014

Rotarian Jeff Sparks introduced our speaker Rich Carlton, COO of Data Realty.  Rich is a graduate of Indiana University and is a big supporter of the growth that is happening in the economy of South Bend.  Rich focused his talk on discussing big data, analytics, and how our region can be a leader in this emerging industry.  Big data is all the information collected on the internet daily from what one person may be looking at on their social media, to the account information that a company accountant is working on, and everything in between.  Data is very personal, and it is through this collection of data that a company or organization can focus its effort in a more specific manner.  Analytics can be used in all sectors, from politics to know which voters would swing from one side to another, to sports, where a team like the Oakland A’s can compete with the New York Yankees for half the cost.  What Data Realty has found is that large companies can use Big Data and Analytics to assist them with their company’s growth.  Mid-market companies wanted to use Big Data, but did not have the resources to do so. Therefore, Data Realty was created to fill this gap for mid-market companies, so they can allow big data to work for them.  Data Realty is one of the first companies to have a building in Ignition Park.  They are working with local talent to make their company, and others like them in our region to become the next Silicon Valley for half the cost.  

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Posted by Michall Goldman on Nov 05, 2014

Rotarian Drew Elegante introduced our speaker, Therese Dorau, the new director of the South Bend Office of Sustainability.  Tess grew up in Muncie, IN and had been living on the east coast for many years, but is very excited with her new role in South Bend.  She has been working for the Office of Sustainability for about 6 months, which is how long she has lived in South Bend.  Her new role as director is one that will deal with ways to not only improve the City of South Bend on a governmental level sustainable, but on a greater community level as well.  She called it the BIG C for the City of South Bend and the little c for community.  Both parts need to work together to make South Bend more sustainable.  Her team is focusing now on doing research, gathering data via surveys, and working with plans that have worked on the national level work for us.  All of her efforts will be launched in the Spring of 2015.  She hopes that with the help of the Green Ribbon Commission, local business and community members, we can make South Bend the best model of sustainability, like Fort Collins, CO or Austin, TX. 

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Posted by Cynthia Kilgore on Oct 29, 2014

Once again, our Rotary Club was thrilled to have Coach Muffet McGraw as our speaker.  Muffet, Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, led the Lady Irish into the Final Four for a fourth year last season.  Muffet notes that this will be a tough season, as the team is particularly young, having graduated five top players in the last 5 years.  Jewell Taylor, one of the best in the nation, will lead the team.  Joining this year is Brianna Turner, the #1 high school player in the country, along with 2 other standout freshmen.  Muffet says the lifeblood of the program is recruiting, which begins in July when players are watched during AAU tournaments.  Coach is disappointed that more top players aren’t coming from the Midwest, citing Texas, Georgia, and California as the top sources for talent.  Asked about academic issues, Muffet says there are NCAA guidelines that are followed, which include checking attendance records.  Naturally, it’s impossible to monitor everything, but she trusts in the integrity of the type of player they recruit.  Players are cautioned not to use social media to vent, imposing a 30-minute “dead zone” before tweeting, to avoid emotional posts.  As in the past, Duke is shaping up to be their biggest challenge, followed by North Carolina.  The team will be facing a difficult schedule.  The Final Four will be played in Tampa, and the top 16 teams will hold the 1st and 2nd rounds. 

Muffet graciously participated in our drive to “End Polio Now” by having her pinky painted purple.  For every dollar donated by our Rotary Club, an additional $2.00 will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Posted by Cynthia Kilgore on Oct 22, 2014

The 26th Annual Disability Awareness Luncheon came together, yet again, thanks to the hard-working Rotarian Debie Coble and her committee.  The event is held to recognize and honor employees with disabilities and their employers.  Proclamations were given by Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Mayor Dave Wood, and awards were given to 16 area employers.  This year’s speaker was Misti Rooks, well-known to many in the community as the owner/operator of Misti’s Mug & Muffin, and Misti’s Down Under.  Misti was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.  Although doctors recommended to her young mother that she be institutionalized, Misti thrived, thanks to early influences in her life that taught her to believe in herself and succeed, despite her physical challenges; to focus less on what she couldn’t do, but rather all that she could do.  Misti is an avid sports fan and active community volunteer.  She has been recognized by several organizations for her outstanding attitude and inspiration.

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Posted by Cynthia Kilgore on Oct 15, 2014

Rotarian Terry Bush introduced our speaker, Mike Claytor.  Mike is a candidate for Indiana State Auditor.  He has worked formerly for the Indiana State Board of Accounts.  Uniquely (and ironically), he is the first Auditor candidate who is actually a CPA.  Mike believes Indiana is going in the wrong direction with its tax policy.  In contemplating the elimination of the business personal property tax, two issues of concern came out of the legislative session.  Each county will have the option to exempt business equipment for values under $25,000.00.  And each county will have the option to eliminate the BPT on any new equipment brought in by a new business.  This being an option rather than an across-the-board change will be a problem, as it could cause county wars.  Corporation decisions could be based on best tax policy rather than best labor force.  Small entities will end up paying higher tax rates, and it will do nothing to benefit existing businesses.  Mike said that Indiana revenues decreased last year despite it being a recovery year.  Corporate profits were at record levels, jobs were up, which means average wages declined. 

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Posted by Cynthia Kilgore on Oct 08, 2014

Rotarian Julianne Jankowski introduced our program speaker, Dr. Alfred Guillaume, president of 100 Black Men of Greater Michiana.  In New York, NY in 1963, a small group of black men got together to talk about the plight of African American males in our country.  This led to the formation of 100 Black Men, of which there are now 84 chapters across the country.  The Greater Michiana chapter was started in 2009.  This group of local men is comprised of 56 men from all sectors of the community.  Their four pillars are mentoring, education, health & wellness, and economic development.  They meet regularly with groups of young African American males in our community with a curriculum that includes forgiveness, family values, self-respect, character & leadership development, financial responsibility, study habits, goal-setting, violence, and gang activity.  They emphasize with youth their roles as Americans, responsible community members, and pride in African American heritage.  The goal is to change the pathway of destruction.  They are always looking for partner mentors.  The group is holding a fundraising gala the first of November.   

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Posted by Cynthia Kilgore on Oct 01, 2014

Rotarian Matt Kahn introduced our speaker Michael Liersch, Director of Behavioral Finance at Merrill Lynch Corp.  Michael earned several degrees, including an AB from Harvard.  He is a pioneer and published author in the field of behavioral economics.  Michael cited the 3 most important questions that should be asked:  What is your primary intent when it comes to investing; do you have enough, just enough, or not enough to achieve that intent; and who have you shared this information with?

Research indicates far below 10% have shared this information, and Michael stressed how important this is toward reaching one’s goal.  Half of those surveyed are fearful they won’t have enough money, with the majority being Millenials.  Michael cited a study of college students who are distrustful in investing.  He said that this is primarily because they have not witnessed the value of investing.  Michael stressed that the best source of education is not schools but parents.  He urged parents to have conversations with their kids about the value of investing in their future.

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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Sep 24, 2014

Aaron Perri introduced Deputy Mayor Mark Neal as our program speaker.  Mark took over for Mayor Pete while Pete was serving in Afghanistan.  During that time, Mark developed a greater appreciation for political leaders as they really do manage our future.  He was really impressed with Mayor Pete’s ability to spark the renaissance that South Bend is experiencing as a center for technical and medical innovation; since jobs follow talent, it has encouraged a young group of entrepreneurs. One of the highlights in South Bend’s resurgence as a center for technical growth is the Notre Dame Turbo Center at Ignition Park, which was one of 19 businesses that has created over 1000 jobs and invested over 73 million dollars in the community.  He credited the commitment of Rotary to the community and asked us to do more, volunteer more, and mentor more to help make South Bend be the best that it can be.

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Posted on Jul 09, 2013
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jun 26, 2013

The main feature of our program was the Salute to Uncle Bob – our retiring Club Secretary to celebrate his 18 years of service to the Club and our District.  With the incomparable Scotty Brennan as the M.C., the tribute was kicked off in high gear to the “World’s Greatest Club Secretary in our price range.” Past Presidents then began their reminiscences of Bob Annis.  Two-time President Mark McDonnell reminded the Club that Bob Annis was no Tony Gagnon.  Tony was Bob’s predecessor.  Tom Forsey remembered “the Old Man” as always giving the advice “you’ll figure it out.”  For Sally Brown, Bob was her mentor and answer man for all things Rotary.  Bill Coleman, Bob’s successor, was amazed at all the District events and all the New Member Orientations Bob attended, and concluded with a toast to “the man that casts a long shadow at noon.” 

The other woman in Bob’s life, Rotary Office Manager for 17 years, Judy Hirschler, recalled that even though Bob liked to play devil’s advocate, she was right 97% of the time, but did admit Bill Coleman had some very big shoes to fill.

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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jun 26, 2013

Then it was Bob’s turn.  He thanked the Club and claimed never to have met a Rotarian that he didn’t like and that he was able to accomplish it all – “through a little help from my friends”.  He assured the Club that he was not leaving Rotary but would be table hopping at meetings to ferret out any suspicious activity, maybe sit at the Old Timers Table and maybe a little ….payback, because “only the good die young and I made the cut!”

Jim Masters read the Proclamation that lauded Bob’s service and declared 26 June 2013 as Robert Annis, Jr. Day.  President Terry Bush presented Bob with the customary Speaker’s gifts, plus a Rotary cap and the news that a generous gift card will be sent.


Pictured Bob and his wife Katie, his son and daughter-in-law.


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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 24, 2013
John Hundley introduced the Rotary Group Study Exchange with District 1920 from West Austria. Team Leader Julius Stiglechner from Linz, Austria introduced himself and his four charming teammates: Susanne Pauer, a freelance interpreter and translater; Katharina Wollhofen, a senior assistant in auditing services; Theresia Jeschke, a marketing and public relations assistant for museums; Michaela Waldl, a kindergarten teacher. These ladies presented the Club with a wonderful power point presentation about Austria’s regions, history, political and economic systems, as well as its educational structure. Of course, no presentation about Austria would be complete without a discussion of its rich cultural contributions to civilization. This included Mozart and Strauss – of course – but concluded with a folk song performed by the team that attempted to teach us yodeling! All in good fun with a very congenial group of Rotarians – even though their Austrian Alps are higher than “the Hoosier Hills”.
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Posted by Christopher A. Nuechterlein on Apr 17, 2013
Catherine Hostetler introduced today’s speaker, Andrew Elegante, Executive Director of The State Theater. Drew grew up in Dallas and attended college in Utah, majoring in computer sciences. After several years of developing software, he came to Notre Dame to obtain his MBA and to serve as a consultant and mentor to young entrepreneurs. His challenge is to revitalize the State Theater on Michigan Street. Drew told us that the theater was originally called the Blackstone Theater when it was built in 1919. It cost $500,000.00 to build, which is about $6 ½ million today. When the theater opened, it was referred to as the “Pride of South Bend” and boasted that it “washed” the air every three minutes. In 1931, after financial difficulties, it fell into receivership and was renamed the State Theater. Through the ‘30’s, ‘40’s, ‘50’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s, it was the site for many movies and local events. Having now fallen into disuse and disrepair, Drew’s challenge is now to renew, revitalize and recreate the theater. Drew’s plan is to involve the community in developing multiple uses for the location. A successful business model and good stewardship of the resources is necessary to success. Drew’s philosophy is “why not” as he is also open to all ideas on the uses of the State Theater. The key component is to renew civic pride. Drew says “It is okay to love South Bend” and he is known as the “Hug Ambassador” of South Bend. Drew is always seeking volunteers to assist in a broad community based “crowd funding” to offset expenses. An unabashed South Bend enthusiast, Drew says “South Bend is not dying, it is a city that never bothered to tell anyone how cool it is.”  Marketing is everything.
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 10, 2013
Erv Derda introduced his son, Jeff Derda, the Operations Manager of Electronics, Inc. Jeff introduced the Club to the amazing world of shot peening. Shot peening is the process used on metal surfaces to prevent tensile stress on the metal to prolong the life of the components by increasing durability and strength. Jeff described the process as like sand blasting the surface with metal particles. This basically puts microscopic dents on the metal and is used extensively in the aerospace industry for landing gears as well as in such diverse products from medical implants to automotive brakes. Electronics, Inc. is the center of the shot peening universe. Located in Mishawaka, it provides the valves distributed worldwide for the shot peening process. Electronics, Inc. makes a valve with no moving parts that controls the rate of flow of the fine media by using magnetic fields. The employees of Electronics, Inc. provide training and consultation all over the United States and the entire world. They are currently working with the medical implant companies in Warsaw by developing a micro head process to improve bone growth and tissue adhesion of the implant and also to resist bacterial growth.
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Apr 03, 2013
Jackie Hilderbrandt introduced Perry Ballard, secretary of the Southwest Michigan Economic Club as the program speaker. The Southwest Michigan Economic Club is legendary on the international speaker circuit for its ability to attract world class names to speak at the Mendel Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This came about as President Mike Cook ramped up the club’s goal of presenting enlightened discourse on issues without taking sides to stratosphere in the 1980’s. Since then, the club has leveraged its treasury and its membership – as well as the fine reputation of the club itself – to attract 180 first class speakers. The Southwest Michigan Economic Club has hosted a Who’s Who in just about every major category, including 5 presidents, 3 first ladies, a host of international Prime Ministers and a plethora of political pundits and commentators from John Edwards to Charles Krauthammer. Perry also explained that hosting such high profile personalities was not without its challenges, but the Club has managed to meet those challenges and is one of the most respected venues on the circuit.
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Mar 27, 2013
Past President Pat McGann introduced past president Mike Pound as the days’ program speaker. Mike spoke to the Club about one of his passions: The Rotary International Foundation. He updated the Club on the progress that has been made in the past 25 years in the Polio Plus program. Rotary has raised over a billion dollars and has eradicated 99% of the world’s polio. In addition to the magnificent work against polio, Rotary International has made great strides in the following areas: Women Empowerment, Group Study Exchange, and Ambassadorial Scholarships. Rotary International has expanded its work in the health field to include artificial limbs, cataract surgeries, and heart surgeries for needy children. An innovative approach in Romania resulted in a joint venture between a school and farmers that both fed and provided books for the students. Mike encouraged the Club to become 100% participants in Every Rotarian Every Year. Our Club finally topped the half million mark this year!
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Mar 06, 2013

Mary Mathews introduced the Club to the University of Notre Dame’s Family Friendship program.  This is a non-home stay program that began in 1957 to assist students from other countries to acclimate to the lifestyle in the United States.  Mary recalled the young women from China, Emily and Peilu, that she and Joe host.  Mary introduced McKenna Pencak, who heads up the program at Notre Dame.  She revealed that Notre Dame currently has 1,018 international students from 86 countries, and welcome about 350 new students every year.  McKenna then introduced two PhD students in the program, Lawrence Itela from Kenya, and Ashish Kushwaha from India, to share their experiences. Both Lawrence and Ashish said that their host families totally dispelled their preconceived notions of American life and family life, in particular finding us loving and caring.  Their host families also helped them cope with the weather and understand American football.  Hope Nutting, host mom to Ashish, explained that the experience has helped her family by broadening their experiences with a new culture and religion. 

McKenna encouraged the Rotarians to get even more involved.  The deadline to apply for this program is the end of August, and further information is on

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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 27, 2013
Cindy Kilgore introduced her multi-faceted boss, Ron Teachman, South Bend’s Chief of Police, as our guest speaker.  Chief Teachman hails from New Bedford, Mass. and came to South Bend after 34 ½ years of service as a police officer at the recommendation of Bob Wasserman.  He compared his approach to law enforcement to Rotary’s mission to eradicate polio – prevention over incarceration.  He is absolutely convinced that knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom, and that effective parenting skills are the key to stanching the epidemic of incarceration.  Chief Teachman said that the measure of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder in the community.  In order to begin to attain this goal, he is focused on after-school programs, engaged parents, and everyone working together with a better-educated police force.
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 20, 2013
Chris Haizlip introduced Larry Garratoni, Founder and Board President of South Bend Career Academy.  The Academy is a charter school that was established about two years ago, authorized by Ball State University.  The focus of this school is to prepare students for the work force in the various trades, professions, or the military. Most of these students would be considered at-risk, but the programs and curriculum are designed to educate, discipline, and prepare the students for the work force, and to be contributing responsible members of society.  The South Bend Career Academy was a team approach to project-based learning.  This academy fills a much-needed niche in South Bend for vocational education. 
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 13, 2013
Marilyn Thompson introduced her co-worker at the Northern Indiana Center for History, Senior Curator Dave Bainbridge as our program speaker.  Dave introduced the Club to the Center for History’s new exhibit:  “Sweet: The Wonderful World of Candy and Ice Cream”.  This is a 4000 square foot history of candy and soda shops over the past 150 years.  This exhibit chronicles the wonderful confectioners of the South Bend area, such as Poledor’s Philadelphia, the Moderne, and Bonnie Doons.  Dave explained that candy and ice cream were luxury treats where presentation was part of the experience, from beautifully crafted presentation boxes to elegant surroundings.  Dave highlighted the Claeys family, who makes wonderful hard candies and chocolate, Art Frederickson and Mark Tarner of South Bend Chocolates that contributed to this exhibit, and are among the 18 biographies of candy companies featured in this exhibit, that will be on display until the end of the year.  
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Feb 06, 2013
Hope Nutting introduced our long term exchange student, Johanne Ovesen.  Hope is one of Johanne’s host families.  Johanne is from Denmark and she gave the Club a power point presentation on her family and her country.  Johanne is a very poised and articulate young lady who has studied music, dance, and gymnastics.  She gave us a brief history of her family; her parents are a geologist and a nurse, and she has one older sister and younger triplet brothers.  She then brought us up to speed on the history of Denmark, which is home to both the world’s oldest monarchy and flag, as well as Lego’s, Skype, and of course, Hans Christian Andersen.  Johanne explained the differences she noticed between the U.S. and Denmark.  Although there is free healthcare and education, the taxes are very high – beginning at 25% and despite having smaller cars and houses, they are very expensive compared to the U.S.   That being said, Denmark is documented to be the happiest country on earth!
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Posted by Ann Seltzer on Feb 04, 2013
Cindy Kilgore & Jessica Lambert perform the National Anthem at the Notre Dame Women's Basketball Pink Zone game against Cincinnati on Feb. 2nd.
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 23, 2013
Randy Ray introduced Mike Daigle, Executive Director of the South Bend Regional Airport.  Mike explained the logistics and challenges of managing an airport that is part of a multi-model transportation hub near the Chicago metro area.  South Bend Regional Airport serves over 300,000 passengers on an annual basis.  This represents about 42% of the travelers in the region, but still manages to have a 1.7 million dollar impact on the local economy.  Mike stated that his priority is to focus on additional carriers to Denver, New York, and Washington, D.C. and to see if Allegiant will serve Fort Lauderdale or Fort Myers in addition to having one stop to each of its 25 destinations.
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 16, 2013
John Pinter introduced the Reverend “Doc” Dave Link as our program speaker.  Father Link is a Roman Catholic priest with a remarkable past.  He is one of the co-founders of Dismas House, Center for the Homeless, past president of Notre Dame in Australia, and also an attorney.  At the behest of his wife Barbara, he became involved in prison ministry and after she passed away, was ordained into the priesthood.  He told the inspirational story of “Clarence”, a prisoner who was left to his own devices at the age of 2 and became a very bitter and dangerous tough guy.  In prison, Clarence was introduced to “this Jesus dude” and eventually turned his heart and spirit around and spread the Good News to other inmates.  Father Link characterized the prison population as good people that have done stupid things, usually on drugs or alcohol.  He said that Indiana needs to begin to treat them as human beings, give ex-prisoners a chance to turn their lives around and to encourage employers to mentor and hire them so that they can live fulfilling and productive lives.
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Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 09, 2013
Jeff Derda introduced the highly accomplished Mayor of Mishawaka, Dave Wood as our program speaker.  Mayor Wood gave the membership a sneak peek of the State of the City address that he will present next month.  Stating that he was a “recovering banker”, Mayor Wood kicked off his presentation with Mishawaka’s impressive financial condition with the expectation of being debt free by year end 2014.  He also highlighted 12 public-private initiatives underway in the downtown area.  These projects include the new construction along the river of the Center for Hospice Campus to the transformation of Mishawaka Furniture into the Main Junior High Apartments.  In addition to the development in the downtown core, there are more restaurants and Whole Foods opening in the Grape Road area, coupled with more development expected in the future along the SR 331 – Capital Avenue Fir Road Connector.  Mayor Wood also showcased the new fire station #4, which will be dedicated this month.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2013-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Jan 02, 2013
We kicked off the new year with an all Rotarian program!  Fellow Rotarian Pat Bridges introduced fellow Rotarian James Summers as our program speaker.  James is the marketing consultant for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s “Dignity & Respect Campaign.”  This campaign evolved out of a survey to the Medical Center’s 50,000 employees to determine which factors would make it a better place to work.  The responses evolved into 30 tips that in turn became a national program engaging community organizations, sports figures, and youth to recreate a positive, civilized society.  The Dignity & Respect Campaign reinforces what is already there and builds upon positive attitudes, behaviors, and good old fashioned manners.  The 30 tips include such things as “Say Hello”, Smile, Lend a Hand, etc.- the little niceties of living in society that are so often overlooked in pursuit of personal goals.  October is Dignity & Respect month, and in 2013 will be observed in the South Bend Community.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2013-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Dec 12, 2012
Fellow Rotarian and Dean of the Ernestine Raclin School for the Arts at IUSB led the IUSB Symphonic Choir in a marvelous Christmas Program.  The Symphonic Choir sang “What Sweeter Music”, “The Night That Christ Was Born”, rocked out a “Cool Yule” and then sang “The Christmas Song”.  The grande finale was the “Nigerian Christmas Carol” which ramped up the tempo and was accompanied by African instruments and …dancers!  Energetic Dancers!
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Nov 20, 2012
Mark Abram-Copenhaver, Director of the South Bend Civic Theatre, introduced the Director of “She Loves Me”, Jewel Abram-Copenhaver,  at our Nov. 21st meeting.  “She Loves Me” is a love story set around the Christmas holiday and one that Rotarians will be attending on December 7th, thanks to our Social Committee.  The Club was treated to three songs from three very engaging cast members.  Delightful!  Don’t miss it.
“SHE LOVES ME” Catherine Hostetler 2012-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Nov 14, 2012
Past President Mark McDonnell introduced Scott Ford, the Executive Director of South Bend’s Community Investment Department.  Community Investment is the reincarnation of the Community & Economic Development into an integrated and focused approach to the regeneration of the city.  The model that Scott is using is that of the I-phone, which is the product of the integration of hardware and software.  This new paradigm incorporates a denser city plan with mixed uses with entrepreneurship and a culture of productive innovation.  The amenities of this type of adaptive reuse are the walkability and architecturally appealing streetscapes.  But the most interesting aspect of this new paradigm is the massive increase in property tax revenues per acre versus what is generated from conventional strip mall development, which is produced from getting more for less.        
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Nov 07, 2012
Once again, John Seidl introduced Notre Dame Basketball coach, Mike Brey as our program’s featured speaker.  Coach Brey is in his 12th year as head coach and in the past six years has a fantastic 100 – 7 record.   This season he hopes to finish up the Big East at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night as the past 3 out of 4 years the team made it to the semi-finals.  Coach Brey has a good shot at the finals because he has all of his team back, along with a number of talented Freshmen.  Notre Dame will kick off their season with the Coaches vs Cancer program and then proceed to play 8 games in 20 days.  Coach Brey is pleased with the momentum, recruiting efforts, and the prospect of recruiting some local talent.  It should be an exciting season!   
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2012-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
ONLINE PROCESS FOR DUES AND DONATIONS Ann Seltzer 2012-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Oct 31, 2012
Once again, John Seidl introduced Notre Dame Women’s Basketball coach, Muffet McGraw as our program speaker.  This is Coach McGraw’s 26th year, which she finds ironic since she wasn’t accepted at Notre Dame as a student, but is now at N. D. as a teacher.  She is really excited about bringing her young team, headed up by Skylar Diggins, to play Ohio State on an aircraft carrier.  This is a special benefit game for the Wounded Warriors that will be played on the Yorktown.  The team will have special uniforms with camouflage on them and shoes with a purple heart and Danielle Green’s number.  Danielle played basketball for Muffet before she lost her arm in Iraq.  Coach McGraw is thrilled with ticket sales and with the prospects of having all women on her coaching staff.  She has a very challenging schedule this season and thinks that her young team will rise to the occasion.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rafael Morton on Oct 31, 2012

Dear Rotarians:

Once again it is that time of year for our club to reach out and help the needy families in our community have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  Our Thanksgiving Basket Drive delivery day is Friday, November 16th.  Our goal this year is to deliver baskets to 80 families.  The cost of each basket is $100.00, so we need to raise $8,000.00!  I humbly ask for your support to raise the money for the baskets and make the deliveries.  Our club has stepped up every year to make this program a huge success.  Let’s do it again!!

THANKSGIVING BASKETS Rafael Morton 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 31, 2012


5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


For $15 per person, you get two drinks and amazing appetizers – along with Rotary fellowship!

SECOND MONDAY is coming November 12! 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Hostetler on Oct 24, 2012
Today’s program was the annual Disabilities Awareness luncheon honoring the employers and their employees of the Greater South Bend – Mishawaka area.  Rotarian Debie Coble was the master of ceremonies and began the program with the introduction of Mayor Pete of South Bend and Mayor Wood of Mishawaka, who read the proclamations honoring the awardees.  Fellow Rotarian Jeff Derda announced the recipients of the 2012 awards.  Debie then introduced Steve Riedle as the guest speaker.  Steve has a very inspiring story of overcoming hemophilia and HIV to become an inventor and businessman.  Steve was one of five brothers with hemophilia born to Frank and Marialyce Riedle and was not expected to live past the age of twelve.  Steve graduated from high school and Holy Cross College battling hemophilia and its side effects before contracting HIV from tainted blood products, namely Factor 8.  Having been hit with that, he decided to use what time he had to do what he enjoyed most – fixing and inventing things.  Steve invented the NoseBudd after a snowball stopped his nosebleed in 2004 after a snowstorm.  The reusable package of gel kept in the freezer typically stops a nosebleed in 10 seconds.  He has two more products in the pipeline that are due to come out in 2013.  Steve is an amazing young man with an incredible story of resilience, courage, and survival.
MEETING NOTES Catherine Hostetler 2012-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Long time Rotary member Erv Derda was honored for his service to our country with a special tribute by Gene Bruce.  Erv’s wife and daughters, and Rotarian son Jeff were in attendance to share the memories with him.


Our very special Senior Veteran, Bernie Vagner, lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The words had a very special meaning to all our veterans as we celebrated their service and sacrifice to our country.

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood with speaker Misti Rooks.    

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President Terry, along with Hugh Johnson, had the pleasure of introducing Cory Gilmartin, president of the new St. Joseph County Rotaract Club, which is open to students ages 18 to 30.  Our club is the proud sponsor of this newly formed Rotaract Club.  They can be contacted on the following social media:  St. Joseph County Rotaract – Facebook  and Linked In.


Posted by Robert W. Annis

Saturday, February 16, 2013  The Doubletree Hotel Atrium

Dinner, Dancing, Auction, After Party!

For more information or tickets, call 574-968-4236 or email

Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club Charitable Foundation to fund scholarships, philanthropic programs, and much more throughout the year!

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The Elkhart Rotary Club sponsors and administers the annual J & K Kissinger Award for District 6540.  They need all nominations returned to them by February 22nd.  For more information or an application, please contact Barbara at the Rotary office at 574-233-1516.  This award exemplifies a Rotarian whose conduct reflects our motto of Service Above Self. 

Many important battles in life have to be fought more than once to be won.



The results of Wednesday’s election are as follows:

President: Amy Hill  President-elect: Jim Goodhew   Secretary:  Bill Coleman

Treasurer:  Steve Goldberg.

Elected to the Board of Directors for a four year term are:

Todd Zeiger, Lisa Rzepnicki, Jackie Hilderbrandt, and Vivian Sallie.  Congratulations to all.

Just for today I will do two things I don’t want to do, just for exercise.
Live your life in the manner that you would like your children to live theirs.

              CLUB LASALLE

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


For $15 per person, you get two drinks and amazing appetizers – along with Rotary fellowship!

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A pessimist is someone who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.


Rotary is not a “secret” organization.  We need to let the world know what we do and why our Rotary Club membership means so much to us.  Share with your family and friends the enjoyment you get from being a member.
Posted by Rafael Morton

Dear Rotarians:

We have met our goal again this year!  A huge thank you to everyone for their generosity  to make this drive a success for our club, and a great day for those who are less fortunate than we are!

Thank you!

Rafael Morton, chairperson

On Monday, November 12th, we will be collecting donations at WSBT studios on Douglas Road in Mishawaka,  between 12:00 and 4:00pm for our troops.  Monetary donations are also needed to help defray the cost of shipping for these packages.   

Dear Rotarians:

We only have next Wednesday to reach our goal of $8,000.00 to help 80 needy families in our community have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING.  At this point, with donations and pledges we have a total of $3,500.00.  Therefore, I am asking – no, please allow me to rephrase – I am begging for your generosity at our meeting next Wednesday Nov. 14th.  It is incumbent upon all of us to make this drive a success for our club, and a great day for those who are less fortunate than we are!

Thank you!

Rafael Morton, chairperson

To make a donation for Thanksgiving baskets with your credit card, go to:  This takes you directly to our ClubRunner Home Page.  On the left side under Site Pages, click on Rotary Payments.  Above   the words “Check Out” is now a box to put in the amount you are paying.  After entering the amount, click on Check Out and it will have the amount in for you.  In the special notes and instruction box, please list if you are making a donation, etc.

              CLUB LASALLE

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


For $15 per person, you get two drinks and amazing appetizers – along with Rotary fellowship!

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Please be sure that the Rotary office has your correct and current contact information.

You can go online to and access your personal profile.  Follow the directions to make changes to your information.  You can even add a photo!  If you would rather just call the office,  Barbara can correct any information that is outdated or missing.  Call her at 574-233-1516.  Thank you!


Check your desk and dresser drawers for old Rotary photos for our history project.  You can bring them to Wednesday meetings in an envelope with your name on them to return them to you.  Questions –


As in past years, we are once again accepting donations for our Thanksgiving Basket drive.  You may bring your donation to the Wednesday meeting or mail to the office.  Make your check payable to South Bend Rotary Charitable Foundation and mail to 120 W. LaSalle St., Suite 500, South Bend, IN  46601.  This year’s goal is 80 baskets, so we need to raise $8,000.00 in the next few weeks.  Volunteers are also needed to make deliveries.
If you want to make a lasting impression, there’s nothing like a great big mistake.       
We have the ability to accept credit cards for dues payment, or donations to the Foundation.  Go to:  this takes you directly to our ClubRunner Home Page.  On the left side under Site Pages, click on Rotary Payments.  Above    the words “Check Out” is now a box to put in the amount you are paying.  After entering the amount, click on Check Out and it will have the amount in for you.  In the special notes and instruction box, please list if you are paying dues, donations, etc.
Start checking your desk and dresser drawers for old Rotary photos for our history project.  You can bring them to Wednesday meetings in an envelope with your name on them to return them to you.  Questions –
Posted by Robert W. Annis

Please consider attending the District Foundation Dinner on Friday, September 28 at the Lerner Ballroom, Elkhart, IN. It will be a night of fine dining, inspiration, and fellowship, as well as an opportunity to support Rotary Foundation programs, such as Group Study Exchange, polio eradication, District and International Grants and scholarships.  Be aware that $45.00 of the $110.00 ticket cost will go directly to the R.I. Foundation in the member’s name, a fun way to help fulfill an EREY commitment.
Clubs usually have more projects than dollars and this is an opportunity for South Bend Rotary to receive grant funds.  If 10% of our members attend, the Club will qualify for a $500 District Simplified Grant or $1,000.00 for an International Matching Grant.  For the Club with the highest percent in its size category, an additional $500 will be awarded for the DSG or an additional $1,000 for the Matching Grant.
Schedule of Events:

                    Social Mixer                    5:30 – 6:15p.m.
                    Silent Auction                 5:30 -  7:30p.m.
                    Dinner                             6:15 -  7:30p.m.
                    Program                          7:30 -  9:00p.m.
Go to to register and pay for the dinner.
As a host club, we guarantee everyone a fun evening.  Hope to see you there!     

International Student Services & Activities at the University of Notre Dame is looking for participants for their Family Friendship Program to share activities with Notre Dame students from many different countries.  For more information, contact Mary Mathews at (574) 274-6877 or apply online at
Posted by Marilyn S. Thompson
Would you like to know more about becoming a member of the Downtown South Bend Rotary Club? Scroll down to DOWNLOADS, located on the right side of our home page, and click on MEMBERSHIP BROCHURE.