Rotary Club News and Events
 In response to the District's challenge we had 21 club members donate $100 to the Rotary Foundation plus an additional $25 to the Polio Foundation.  Those philanthropists were recognized by Foundation Chair, Brooks Fetters, at our club meeting on April 23rd.
Karley Hockemeyer, a Huntington University student from Decatur, IN visited the club on May 7th to share her recent news of being selected as on of the 33 Indy 500 Princesses and to explain what is next for her.

The 500 Festival Princess Program presented by Reis-Nichols, has a long history of celebrating Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven young women. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with countless opportunities for leadership and professional development. The 500 Festival Princesses will participate in the 500 Festival Leadership Development Program, presented by BKD, which empowers participants to make a profound impact within their community and Indiana. 2019 marks the 60th Anniversary of the 500 Festival Princess Program. Since the program’s launch, nearly 2,000 Indiana women have experienced the honor of serving as a 500 Festival Princess.

Each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, made possible by the 500 Festival Foundation and Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies. 500 Festival Princesses are also provided with once-in-a-life-time experiences, including involvement with the 500 Festival’s statewide community outreach programs, volunteering at 500 Festival events and participating in various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions, including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Congratulations on the appointment and we wish you all the best!!

It was a tad bit noisier on Tuesday, April 16th as we were joined by our Rotary Reading Buddies for lunch!  These kids are a good reminder to the club members our purpose; Service Above Self.  Each Rotary Buddy shared a small bio about their buddies which brought chuckles and smiles to the audience.  Thank you to Billy Winter for leading this service project and to Mrs. Jo Keller for allowing us to share her students with us.
As you have learned from perusing the recent club newsletters, the board has elected to support the Mattru hospital meter project; targeting a donation of $13,0000.  This donation will enable the project to purchase 61 meters to be installed at customer locations in the Mattru area which will in return generate income for the hospital.  With the Huntington Rotary Foundation contribution combined with other committed gifts, we were able to present a check in the amount of $11,000 to Jeff Bleijerveld, Director of UB Global and Michelle Hughes, associate director of UB Global on Tuesday, March 5th. 
For over 10 years now, the club has been supporting Special Olympics by volunteering at the annual basketball and skills tournament and this year was no exception.  Athletes from many surrounding counties including Allen and Howard come to the Highschool to compete in skills tournaments and some in basketball games.  Huntington Rotarians and their families help direct the athletes, provide encouragement and calculate scores that day.
Tuesday, January 8th the club got to hear from Jean Pasko as she shared her story and the background behind the development of the Drake Goetz Memorial Park.  Although the park beginnings stem from a tragedy, the events inspired a group of friends and family to honor the one they lost by developing a vision for a park that includes a soccer field, basketball court, walking paths and playground equipment for ALL abilities.  As Jean shared with us, Drake’s park is about celebrating our community and our youth.   They want to provide a space for everyone to get outside and enjoy life which might mean organizing a game of soccer or baseball, taking your family to play on the handicap friendly playground equipment or just taking some time to enjoy a nice day.   In our community, there is limited options for these activities. Playground equipment for children with disabilities is something the county lacks.  By enabling everyone to participate in activities, they believe this will become a place that people will come to from all over the area to celebrate their unique abilities.
They have held 12 fundraisers in the last 7 months and plan for more this year including a 5K, whose funds will be used for sustainability.  They have applied for and received many grants but there is still more to do to bring this vision to completion.  Phase 1 is complete which brought lots of groundwork including excavating & tilework and laying stone for the paths and courts.  Phase II will be the playground which is expected to be completed by Spring 2020 and then full completion is scheduled for 2021.
Visit the HCCF page link to see how you can help contribute to the funding the finish of this park.
We met for our last club meeting of 2018 and enjoyed laughter and fellowship to close out the year.  With much anticipation, the club was captivated by Joe Santa's annual membership Roast; providing laughter and yucks among all.   Visit this link to a you tube video to see it again.

Also, Annette was "awarded" with special recognition for the recent change to her outdoor seasonal decorations to which she claims innocence (the guilty party has yet to claim ownership of the crime).
In October we heard about; 1) United Way in our community, 2) and learned how we can help others as mentors and volunteers, 3 the remanufacturing industry and Bendix's investment in remanufacturing compressors and brake shoes, 4) Local Government Finance and Property Tax calculations and 5) our HNHS Interact Club's stewardship in volunteering in our community.  It was a busy month; reminding us all of our value as leaders in the community!  #betheinspiration
Thank you to all our presenters!
It is with great sadness that we begin the process of saying goodbye to a former Interact Club Leader, Tyler Stephan.  Tyler was a very active Interact club member and was well known among adults and friends alike as a leader and community activist.  You might recall that he was one of the students that introduced the club to Kate's Kart in October of last year and subsequently we took up a collection for the organization as a result of his presentation.
Tyler will be missed by many and the club extends heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends as they journey through this unexpected loss.  Viewing will be today, October 5th from 3-7 pm and the funeral services will be conducted, Saturday, October 6th.  Please follow the link below to learn more about the times and location for his services.
Rotarian Kyle Metzger, President & CEO of United Way of Huntington County, along with Darlene Stanley, representing the Stanley family, who are serving as this year's campaign chairpersons shared with us facts surrounding United Way and the planned and potential outcome of the annual giving campaign in our community. 
They shared the campaign theme for this year which is 'Live United: Be Someone’s Hero'.  The idea is you don’t need to have a cape to be someone’s hero.  To be a hero you just need to do the next good thing. You can lend your talent to a friend unexpectedly.  You could give an hour of time to someone who needs your help.  Simply Show up or just listen.  In addition consider taking an ordinary act and make it extraordinary.  If we all step up to become a hero for others, just imagine what could happen to Huntington County!
Visit their website to see this year's campaign video and learn more.

Thanks to a grant of $3,000 from Rotary District 6540 and $500 donations from both the Munster Huntington Rotary Clubs plus additional funds from globalbike, a new, beautiful Bike Shop is now in existence and functional in Tanzania!

During the week of July 16, 2018, the Bike Shop built in Tanzania as a joint venture between the Rotary Clubs of Munster and Huntington, Indiana, Rotary District 6540 and globalbike in Spartanburg, South Carolina was completed by C-re-aid and handed over to the local women of Enaboishu

Enaboishu (meaning “Unity”) is a Maasai women’s group in the village of Mikocheni which is about an hour and a half’s drive from the town of Moshi in Kilimanjaro region. A community gathering was held to celebrate the handing over of the Bike Shop to the local women's group. 

globalbike provided training for women at Enaboishu in bicycle maintenance and repair so that they can service bicycles locally. globalbike also subsidized spare parts for bicycle programs while working on research to determine a strategy for transitioning subsidization to a sustainable business model. As women at Enaboishu master repair skills and receive spare parts donations, they needed storage for parts so that servicing occurs locally and timely.  At the completion of construction, Enaboishu women’s cooperative now fully own the bike shop building.

Saturday, September 29th Rotary members and guests gathered at President Cindy's home for a night of food, fun & fellowship.  There were 6 flavorful chili selections and several scrumptious desserts to enjoy that evening.  The winner of our friendly competition was Rotarian Rob Blackham with his tasty Buffalo Chicken Chili. Look for the recipe in our upcoming Newsletter.  The evening concluded with fellowship around a well lite campfire and smores made by the talented Rotarian, Dan Blocker!
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