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The Kentland Rotary Club noon speaker for Tuesday, August is" was Diane Hopkins of the Dressing Room in Goodland. This is an outreach of the Goodland Baptist Church. It was organized in the fall of 2014 and was operational the spring of 2015. They serve all ages who need clothes that they receive from Goodland and the surrounding community's.
It is a wonderful operation that has served 346 families and 757 different individuals since opening. All the clothes are washed and hung up on racks for those shopping. It is a tremendous financial help especially for the school age children preparing for another school year.
This is a total volunteer organization who is always looking for additional help, whether this be hanging up clothes, sorting the donations or help in washing and drying the bags of clothes donated.  If you are cleaning out your closets this is a worthy place to donate your good clothes that you no longer need or wear. They take all sizes from babies to adults.
Diane also mentioned the group appreciated of the metal storage container where clothing donations can be dropped off which was provided by the Kentland Rotary Club.
The Kentland Rotary Club would like to thank Diane for taking the time to speak to the club about an organization serving the needs of our community. Their efforts mirror the Rotary motto " Service above Self'

Rotary Gets Update on Adult Education
Kentland Rotarians got updated on changes that have taken place recently  in the Adult Education program here in Newton County. Dana Foland was the program for the August 22 meeting. She just started on July 1 as the Adult Education Director/Teacher for Newton County, replacing Vickie Lambert who retired after many years in that position.
Adult Education programs provide math, reading and writing instruction free of charge to help you acquire the skills needed to earn a high school equivalency diploma, go to college or enter an entry-level occupational certification program. The Newton County site also provides English as a second language training and may offer some basic computer training for Microsoft Word and Excel in the future.
The Newton County Adult Education office is located in the Government Center building in Morocco. Their office has recently moved and now shares space with WorkOne. Dana can be contacted with local number 474-6081 or toll free 888-663-9866.
L to R Henry Senefelder, Katie Hall, Cristin Bramlage
Kentland Rotarians were updated on the activities on the Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Newton and Jasper County by Katie Hall Program Director.   CASA is an organization of community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children to help them find safe, permanent homes.  Volunteers work in 79 of Indiana’s 93 counties.  3,470 volunteers advocated for 23,524 children in 2015.   Currently there were over 5,000 children waiting for an advocate to be appointed.  Indiana’s Division of Child Services received 187,137 calls of possible abuse in 2016.  Katie found a Kentland Rotarian when she presented at Kentland Rotary a couple of years ago, Henry Senefelder was trained and currently volunteers in the CASA program.   Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, pass a background check, complete an interview, attend training and then continue their CASA training. 
The CASA program in constantly looking for adults that are willing to help children in need. There will be a new training class starting soon.  Please contact Katie Hall at 219-866-0843 to volunteer.  CASA Volunteer Coordinator Christin Bramlage attend the meeting also. Thanks to Katie for sharing the CASA story and Henry for arranging the program.
In other Rotary news, the club is applying for a Rotary District 6540 Grant of $3000.00 to support the second phase of construction of the new 4-H building at the Newton County Fairgrounds.  Construction has begun and the shell should be open for exhibits at the 2017 Fair.   The second phase will consist of equipping the building with tables, chairs, benches, restrooms, air conditioning, and heat.  The Club will raise funds with local donations and fundraising projects like the March 11th Pancake Breakfast.
Tim Lohr will assume the Presidents duties and has completed phase one of President Elect Training in Monticello and will join 400 other incoming Presidents at Great Lakes Rotary President Elect Training in Kalamazoo Michigan later this month.  Training is provided by District Governor Elect, Lisa Waterman and District 6540 Trainer John Frischie. 

The Kentland Rotary Club and the Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce met together on January 17 at the Ryan Community Center for a joint lunch and meeting.  Dr. Jay Brinkman presented a video program entitled "Millenials in the Workplace" featuring author and motivational speaker, Simon Sinek.  The video focused on the cultural factors influencing our society's newest generation as they enter the workforce.
Awesome Food Pantry Support for the Holiday !
On Saturday December 17th, Kentland Rotary held its 5th annual holiday fund raiser for the Kentland Food Pantry.  Colleen Murphy of Murphy's grocery store is always happy to accommodate the project during the holiday season.   All morning into early afternoon, Rotarians carried groceries for donations to the project.   Many Murphy patrons were very generous and this year's fund raiser hit a new high with total giving of $762.  Kentland Rotary would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year and especially for this event.  Rotarians are never surprised at how much this community is willing to give.  As we all sit down with our families this year to celebrate the holiday, please remember how much we have and how much of our time, talent, and bounty we have to share ! 


On Saturday November 12, Kentland Rotary hosted its 3rd breakfast this year.  Over 100 friends and neighbors came for a visit and enjoyed eggs, breakfast sausage patties, pancakes, and biscuits and sausage gravy.  The club reports that the free will offering will provide nearly $600 after expenses to help support their donations to the food bank and food voucher program in late December.  The club would like to thank everyone in attendance and also Hanford Meat Packing, Rose Acres Egg Farm, and of course Murphy's Grocery for their support of this important community fund raiser.         
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
The Kentland Rotary Club held its luncheon meeting at noon on Tuesday, November 8 at The Depot due to election activities being conducted at the club’s regular meeting location in the Ryan Community Center.  A hearty lunch preceded an enjoyable business meeting and discussion of the Chicago Cubs World Series championship.
Andrew Martin, Cooperative Extension Director for Newton County, was the guest speaker.  His presentation was entitled Navigating Difference: Cultural Competency, and his focus was how people and the community can be open to accepting increasing levels of diversity and dealing with the resulting change.
Andrew began by noting the differences between club members and the degree of unrecognized diversity in the group, noting that some differences are visible and some are less visible. Presently, there is attention focused on diversity among and between people, by reference to racial injustice and white privilege. There are primary, secondary, and organizational dimensions that reflect diversity, with primary (non-changeable) dimensions being, for example, age, race, and gender, while secondary (somewhat changeable) dimensions are education, income level, marital status.  Organizational dimensions examples are job, work location, and union affiliation.   Culture is a socially transmitted worldview learned and shared by a group that influences values, beliefs/biases/prejudices, customs, and behaviors and is reflected in their language, food, material culture, and social institutions.  Human nature, people in relation to activity, the natural world, time-orientation, the type of social culture, were discussed, and how these, together, welcome or exclude those who bring differences to the community.  “What is necessary to change a person is to change the person’s awareness of himself.”  Andrew, who has traveled and worked in South America, Africa, and several Middle Eastern countries, provided personal experiences in understanding other cultures and working with people of diverse backgrounds, values, and beliefs.  It is a rewarding experience if one is open-minded.  The Rotary Club thanked Andrew for his interesting presentation. 

David Moore, Environmental Manager at the Newton County Landfill, gave a presentation to the Kentland Rotary Club and the Kentland Chamber of Commerce at the Kentland Community Center at noon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
David explained that he was responsible for the environmental permitting for the landfill. He also explained that the landfill is like a giant bathtub. Different materials are used to both line the bottom of the landfill and also used to cap the landfill. Monitoring wells are situated around the landfill and sample results are available over the internet.
When asked to comment on the significance of recycling he simply stated that he doesn’t work with that department at the landfill. However, he did give suggestions for future Rotary presentations.   
In other Rotary news. On Saturday November 12, Kentland Rotary hosted its 3rd breakfast this year.  Over 100 friends and neighbors came for a visit and enjoyed eggs, breakfast sausage patties, pancakes, and biscuits and sausage gravy.  The club reports that the free will offering will provide nearly $600 after expenses to help support their donations to the food bank and food voucher program in late December.  The club would like to thank everyone in attendance and also Handford Meat Packing, Rose Acres Egg Farm, and of course Murphy's Grocery for their support of this important community fund raiser.   
The Club will hold its Annual Meeting on December 6 at the Kentland Trinity United Methodist Church at 6 pm.   2017-2018 officers will be elected and the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation will be held.  Past winners of Rotary scholarships are invited to attend.  The Club is compiling a list but many students have moved from our community.  If you were impacted by a Rotary Scholarship, please contact Roberta Dewing at the Kentland Public Library for reservations. 
The Rotary Grocery Bagging day will be held at Murphy’s on Saturday December 17th.  Rotary members will be bagging groceries and will be carry-outs from 8 am to 2 pm.  Donations will be accepted for the Kentland Food Pantry.
  Chris Knochel (L) Dave Moore (R) 
Bicentennial Torch Discussed at Kentland Rotary
On Monday, September 26, Larry Lyons of Brook discussed his role as the coordinator for the Newton County section of the running of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch.  The torch has 10 runners representing the South Newton School District including John Frischie and his wife Sue.  The torch is scheduled to be handed off from Jasper County near Fair Oaks at 1:00 on Tuesday October 11, and then after passing through various towns in Newton County, it is anticipated to take a lap around the Newton County courthouse in Kentland between 2:30 and 3:15 before being passed on to Benton County around 3:30.  Mr. Lyons discussed his memories of events that took place here in Kentland for the United States Bicentennial and why his role in that local event helped inspire him to take on this role.  In the presentation he named all of the 10 runners and how they have all been very active in their communities in making an impact and contributing in various projects over the years.
Larry Lyons, Newton County Coordinator, John Frischie Kentland Rotarian and Runner of the Torch.


Rotary District 6540 Governor Ranjan Kini Visit
Rotary District 6540 District Governor visited the Kentland Rotary Club on September 12.  He was joined by his wife Nivi and Gina VanBaren District Assistant Governor.  Governor Kini met with Kentland Board member at 11:00 am and reviewed club goals and projects.  He outlined the District Goals for membership, projects and the Rotary Foundation.  President Leahy shared Club projects and presented a check for $126.50 for the District Foundation Dinner.  The $26.50 was significant because Arch Klump started the Rotary International Foundation with $26.50 that remained after a Convention.
Governor Kini presented a multi-media program during the regular meeting.  He shared a touching story about visiting a near-by park when he was in middle school in India.  Each piece of playground equipment had a Rotary wheel attached.  Many years later and several universities he joined the staff at IU in Gary and walked by a room full of people having fun.  He noticed the Rotary wheel and when the meeting adjourned he asked one of the members about the wheel.  That was when he began his Rotary career.
Governor Ranjan also shared details about the Foundation Dinner on September 30, 2016 and the District Conference at Blue Chip Casino in April.
The winner of the "Early Bird" Rotary truck raffle drawing is John and Judy Taylor of Brook, Indiana. Congratulations. Less than 44 tickets remain today August 17, 2017. The $2,000.00 winner was drawn at the August 6 Rotary Pancake Breakfast. Thanks to all of those that joined the Rotarians for breakfast. Your generous donations will provide for $800.00 in Community Service projects.
August 15, 2016
South Newton's new football coach, Brad Bevis, with senior players Craig Wheelock and Josh Messersmith, visited the Kentland Rotary Club's Monday noon luncheon meeting.  Bevis, who served as retiring coach Bell's defensive coordinator for the last three seasons, spoke of the desire to continue the South Newton football tradition with its emphasis on producing productive citizens.  
Since last year's team graduated 16 seniors and there are only four returning lettermen, this year's squad will have its work cut out for it.  They will be playing their first game this coming Friday at North Newton High School.  North Newton will also be a team playing with some inexperienced players.  Plan on supporting the Rebels.  
Kentland Rotary completed a busy week.  Members prepared and served 140 community members breakfast on Saturday August 6.  Thanks to Murphy’s, Hanford Packing, and the Town of Kentland for supporting our efforts.   The “Early Bird” drawing winner was John and Judy Taylor of Brook.  Only 43 tickets remain to be sold.
On August 12 and 13 eight Kentland Rotarians joined the S.A.W. S team to build a wheel chair ramp in Remington.  Thanks to Tim Lohr for organizing the team and Doug Morgan, Jim Schoen, Steve Portteus, Jay Brinkman, Henry Senefelder, and John Frischie
Photo (from left to right): pulling guard Josh Messersmith, coach Brad Bevis, wingback Craig Wheelock, and Rotarian Brandt Stum.   

Representatives from IMH shared important information regarding immunizations.  Mel Ward hosted the program.

On Monday July 18, the Kentland Rotary Club held their weekly meeting at the Newton County Stone Quarry.  Susan Daniel who works for the Roger's Group and is a Rotary member had the program and gave the club the nickel tour of the facility. Rich Miller, quality control manager for the quarry, gave explanations about the various types of stone products that the company produces and the plant trip ended with a visit to the observation deck overlooking the massive excavation.  In other news the club reported that they have sold 253 of their truck raffle tickets for this year's drawing.  A new twist to the raffle this year is that they are having an early bird drawing at a community pancake breakfast on August 6th to be held at the community center from 7:00 to 10:30 AM.  At 10:30 one lucky winner will be pulled from all the tickets that have been sold up until that time for a $2,000 prize.  In addition, the early bird winning ticket is then thrown back into the drawing where 10 lucky winners will be awarded prize money during the Earl Park Fall Festival.  The Kentland Rotary club uses the fund raiser to support education scholarships for South Newton High School graduates and their adult scholarship program, along with sponsorship to the districts Rotary Youth Leadership camp held annually at Camp Tecumseh for South Newton Sophomores.   Since the raffle was begun, the club has awarded over $199,000 in scholarships and has sent well over 50 students to the 3 day camp.

Wabash Valley Alliance COO visits Kentland Rotary

On Monday June 6, 2016 Tom Gillion – COO of Wabash Valley Alliance was the guest of Rotarian Darrell Fredrickson.
Gillion, member of the Lafayette Daybreak Rotary club shared that since 1938, Wabash Valley Alliance, Inc. has provided treatment for thousands of adults, adolescents, and children suffering from mental illness, severe emotional turmoil, chemical dependence, and the inability to cope with the demands of everyday life. Today, Wabash Valley Alliance utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach that includes a broad continuum of services:
  • Outpatient
  • Residential
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Consultation and Education
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
Wabash Valley Alliance has a strong connection with Newton County by the funding that is provided through ‘tipping fees’ and a unique program that targets those who commit domestic violence. PHOTO BY ED VAN WIJK

Scholarship Recipients visit Kentland Rotary


From L to R: Deseray Hicks, Karlie Mattox, Morgan Stewart (Photo by Roberta Dewing)


 Kentland Rotarians were visited on Monday, June 20 by three of the six Rotary High School Scholarship Recipients, Deseray Hicks, Morgan Stewart & Karlie Mattox.  The young women introduced themselves  along with what schools they will be attending & the course of study they plan to pursue.  This year, Kentland Rotary Club awarded $9,000 in scholarships to South Newton graduating seniors.  The community support of the Rotary Club's  annual Truck Raffle goes toward funding for scholarships of graduating South Newton Seniors & scholarships for adults to continue their education.



Kentland Rotary learns about agBOT Challenge
Seniors Lucas Clifford, Kurt Vissering and Alex Vitous along with South Newton teacher Drake Babcock showed off their agBOT Challenge project to the Kentland Rotary Club May 23. The South Newton/Purdue team took second in the competition and was awarded $30,000. The agBOT Challenge is a competition of teams to develop the most efficient unmanned crop seeder capable of planting two varieties of seed over half-mile-long rows, while providing real-time data utilizing a mobile tracking antenna. Participating teams, representing advanced robotics and agricultural research and development organizations, will develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that enable their robots. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

South Newton sophomores share about RYLA



Five sophomores from South Newton recently attended a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp. Shown from left speaking at a Kentland Rotary Club meeting May 9 about their camp experience are Austin Berenda, Jay Hammel, Maggie Mulligan, Tess Patterson and Cheyenne Deno. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

We Pledge Allegiance...

Portteus gives presentation on the United States Flag

Rotarian Steve Portteus gave a program on the United States Flag at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting April 25. Portteus gave the history behind the flag and proper etiquette of presenting the country’s symbol. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

Youth in Government and Business Day

The Kentland Rotary Club sponsored Youth in Government & Business Day April 18 to expose students to the world of local government and business. During the morning, high school students from South Newton job shadowed local county officials and participating business leaders. 
At noon the students, the county officials, and business leaders joined the Rotary and Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce members for lunch.  After the meal the students spoke briefly about themselves and the offices they visited.  Kentland Rotary Club has been sponsoring Youth in Government & Business Day for over seventeen years.  Roberta Dewing, chairperson of the Scholarship Committee, appreciates the support of Kellie Harvey, teacher at South Newton, the school corporation, local county officials, and business leaders who participated in this activity.  Any county official or business wishing to participate next year may contact Roberta Dewing for more information.
Students participating were Britney Zussman, Jarrett Hammel, McKennah Strasburger, Kelley Roberts, Grace Wernert, Charlie Adams, Sierra Cunningham, Ross Kindig, Sylar Sanders, Veronica Rugis, Brianna Dafcik, John Masterson, Jace Ingram, Chase Stanifer, Rocky Wambaja, Karen Barillas, Ann Clifton, Morgan Stewart, Logan Glassburn, and Kathryn Weiss.
Officials and businesses participating were Newton County Surveyor, Chris Knochel, Circuit Court Judge Leach, Newton County Treasurer Diane Veld, Newton County Auditor Sharon Dewing, Newton County Sheriff Tom VanVleet, Newton County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeff Drinski, Rogers Group, CPX, Kentland Family Dentistry, Kentland Bank, and AgVenture D& M.

Rotarian goes to Guatemala


Knochel talks about mission trip to Guatemala.

Rotarian Chris Knochel gave a presentation on the recent mission trip he took to Guatemala with the Zionsville United Methodist Church. Knochel gave his presentation April 11 at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

Kentland Park Board Announces Car Show

Kentland Rotary hears about park board

Gregg Hamilton of the Kentland Park Board was the guest speaker at the Kentland Rotary Club Feb. 22. He told the club that a car show is being planned again for Sunday, May 29 at Cast Park. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

Kentland Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce hear about Head Start



Maureen Inman, Family Engagement Specialist at KIRPC Head Start was the guest speaker at the combined meeting of the Kentland Rotary Club and the Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 15. KIRPC Head Start has eight classrooms within five sites for its three county area (Newton, Jasper and Pulaski). The two sites in Newton County are in Goodland and Roselawn. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

Iroquois Memorial Hospital turns 100


Jim McRoberts, Director of Marketing at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, spoke to the Kentland Rotary Club Feb. 8 about the history of the hospital. He added that IMH turns 100 years old Feb. 28 and an open house and some tours are being planned for March. McRoberts also noted that on the ground level of the hospital posters will be featured showcasing the hospital through the decades. McRoberts is pictured with Rotarian Jessica St. John. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

Bison to return to Kankakee Sands


Plans for bison at Kankakee Sands presented
The Nature Conservancy is preparing to reintroduce Bison to the area this fall. Tony Capizzo, land steward with The Nature Conservancy, spoke about the plans at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting Feb. 1.
Capizzo stated that plans are to add 15 bison to land owned by The Nature Conservancy. The herd will be fenced in to 1,000 acres near The Nature Conservancy office at Kankakee Sands.
“Over time we believe the herd will grow to about 40 to 50 animals and will have a trail on Bogus Island so visitors can see the bison,” said Capizzo.
Capizzo added that the bison are being brought to the area as an ecological tool for The Nature Conservancy.
“Bison are very grass specific and we are using them to meet certain ecological targets,” said Capizzo.
A 5-foot tall woven wire fence will contain the bison with a single hot wire inside and a barbed top.
Capizzo did not know the voltage that is being planned, but many fence experts suggest voltage of 3,000 – 4,000 volts is needed for bison.


Rev. Jennifer Huff, Director of Kentland Trinity Children's Center speaks at Kentland Rotary


Rev. Jennifer Huff was the guest speaker at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting Jan. 25. She thanked the club for their grant that helped purchase a security system for Kentland Trinity United Methodist Church and Preschool. Huff also updated the club on the after school program at the church and how the preschool has been growing. Huff is shown with Kentland Rotary President Ed van Wijk. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

Economic Development Director speaks at combined meeting of Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce and Kentland Rotary

Newton County Economic Development Director Tim Myers spoke at the Jan. 18 joint meeting of the Kentland Rotary Club and the Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce. He informed the3 members present that he is currently working on updating a countywide directory of businesses. Myers also stated that it is important that the residents and business owners market the county. “We are rich in agriculture and have all the benefits of small town life,” said Myers. We need to promote our quality of life here and that this is a great place to raise a family. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

Watt Trucking Gives Tour

Luanne Watt, president of Watt Trucking Inc. (W.T.I. Fenders) talked about her business and the journey back from the costly 2013 fire, which destroyed everything, Jan. 11 at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting. She said that currently W.T.I. has 16 employees with 15 of those full-time. Watt added that recovering from the devastating fire was quite the undertaking but now they have a brand new facility with new equipment. The new facility was completed this past June and the company is now in full production. Watt is shown giving a tour of the new facility to Kentland Rotary members. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS



Kristine Hunt, owner and operator of Fowler Flipsters in Fowler was the special; guest speaker at the Kentland Rotary Club meeting Dec. 21. Hunt, a former gymnast and competitive cheerleader spoke about the tumbling courses available for children and the adult fitness classes she offers. Hunt is shown her with Rotarian Melinda Bodine. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

Beth Bassett speaks about the John Yost collection


Beth Bassett, a member of the Newton County Historical Society, was the guest speaker of the Kentland Rotary Club Dec. 14. She spoke on the history and legacy of John Yost, as well as the recently published The Yost Collection, a two-volume set by the Family History Division, the compilation covers over six decades of the writings of John J. Yost of Kentland, Indiana. Included are his weekly columns that appeared when he was an editor and guest columnist of the Newton County Enterprise, and in his own newspaper, The Newton Gazette. Bassett is pictured with Rotarian Jay Brinkman. PHOTO BY GREGORY MYERS

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