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Food Finders Food Give-away Day

Boswell Rotary is looking for volunteers to help at the Food Finders Mobile Food Pantry Food Giveaway day on Thursday July 30th (Boswell Free Methodist Church parking lot on Old 41).

The giveaway starts at 4 pm, so we will need some volunteers prior to that time, by 3:30. If you can't make it at 3:30 feel free to help out when you can, and relieve someone else who worked the first shift. We will work until the food is all given away.

We need to fill the following volunteer roles: registration, greeter, re-stockers, helpers/runners, etc.

Thanks so much for helping us bring this program to our community! If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact us.

Food Finders Food Give-away Day Missy Houghtaling 2015-07-07 04:00:00Z
Announcement from Food Finders: Program Changes for 2014

We had a wonderful turnout at our Mobile Pantry Partners reception on September 26. At that time, we reviewed many of the structural and funding changes that we are making to the program. If you were unable to attend, here are some highlights from the presentation:

 We have identified a target number of Mobile Pantry distributions for each county in 2014, based on a comprehensive needs assessment of our entire service area.

This assessment looked at a number of factors, including food insecurity rates, number of other available food resources, and overall need for food assistance.

 We are using this assessment to schedule mobiles based on need, rather than scheduling on a first-come, first-served basis as we have in the past.

Whenever possible, we will strive to schedule mobiles in both rural and urban areas within each county.

 Each time we send a Mobile Pantry out, it costs Food Finders an average of $1,500.

Partner sites pay an average of $500 per distribution. That creates a total annual “funding gap” of more than $158,000.

We are NOT going to require that Mobile Pantry sites pay more for distributions.

 However, we are going to ask our sites, donors, and partners to proactively help us look for additional funding opportunities to recover some of this “funding gap.”

The Mobile Pantry Program in Your County

Benton County has been identified as one of five counties that are considered to have a “moderate” level of need according to our needs assessment – falling about mid-pack compared to the rest of our 16-county region. Below is a summary of our target goals for distribution in your county.


2014 Target # of Mobiles

2014 Target Schedule

Est. Total Cost to FFFB



Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec



As you know, the purpose of the Mobile Pantry Program is to supplement, rather than duplicate, the efforts of other hunger relief agencies in that area – truly serving as a “stopgap” for families who have few other resources for help. This means we will assess sites based on their ability to serve diverse communities in your area. Whenever possible, we will strive to partner with sites in both rural and urban areas, reaching families across more of your county. 

(Source: Email from Food Finders Food Bank, October 2013)

Announcement from Food Finders: Program Changes for 2014 Missy Houghtaling 2013-11-10 00:00:00Z
Food Give Away day

The food finders food give away day is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 6th starting at 5:00 pm.  Volunteers and Rotarians please arrive at 4:30 pm.  Volunteers are needed to help distribute the food.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact a Boswell Rotarian or plan to arrive on the day of the give away.

The event will be held at the Boswell Free Methodist Church parking lot at 402 S. Old Highway 41, Boswell.  Food will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. 

The event is sponsored by Ceres Solutions and Land O'Lakes in partnership with Boswell Rotary.  The funds Boswell Rotary raised at the pancake and sausage breakfast in May will be used to purchase additional food for the give away day.  Boswell Rotary is hosting the event.

Please bring a laundry basket or box to carry food home.  Possible Items Distributed: Frozen Meat, Beverages, Snacks, Baked Goods, Vegetables, Cereal.  The Mobile Pantry is a program available to those who meet the guidelines:

Income Guidelines, 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

For more information contact Kristine Jansen; kjansen@food-finders.org

50 Olympia Ct., Lafayette, IN 47909 * (765) 471-0062 * www.Food-Finders.org

Food Give Away day Missy Houghtaling 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z
Calendar of Events July - Aug 2014

Club Upcoming

Club Meetings

July 31 - Special Program, Rotary Minute Dick

Aug 7 - No MEETING (due to Boswell Bash)

Aug 14 - Program John Morris, Rotary Minute Louise

Aug 21 - Program Betty Pigman, Rotary Minute Linda

Aug 28 - Program Debbie Wesley, Rotary Minute Donna

Club Projects

Aug 9 (Sat) At Boswell Bash -

11 am Dedication of Kentucky Coffee Tree in memory of Lawrence "Chief" Rainwater

11:30 am - 4 pm Ice Cream sales

District upcoming

Calendar of Events July - Aug 2014 Missy Houghtaling 2013-05-24 00:00:00Z
Blue Mango: A Training and Income Generation Program for Village Women
Blue Mango is a woman's program located in south India. Their objective is to run a sustainable business by and for marginalized women who are disabled, deserted, widowed or living with AIDS. They offer a supportive infrastructure, which enables women to gain finanacial stability and self reliance.
Their products include personal accessories, home furnishings, beaded jewelry, and children's stuffed toys. Blue Mango began in 2001. Because of gifts both small and large they have grown into a self sufficient social enterprise employing approximately 50 women. They design products according to market trends. Women are accepted regardless of education or experience. All profits are reinvested back into the program.
The children of the Blue Mango Women also benefit, with free tuition to primary school, child care, breakfast and noon meals, and a safe and happy playground.
The women are provided transportation to and from work, and they eat together as a community. The women give generously to the desperately poor in their community, stopping and offering a hot meal to those who look hungry and forgotten.
Blue Mango: A Training and Income Generation Program for Village Women Missy Houghtaling 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z
Boswell Rotary meetings will now be held at The Farmer's Table until further notice.
Meal arrangements are as usual. Call Linda at Gibson Furniture for reservations and cancellations. The meeting will begin at 6:30 as usual.
Note that the meeting Jan 24 is an outing to The Beef House for the Spring Garden seminar.
MEETING LOCATION CHANGE Missy Houghtaling 2013-01-18 00:00:00Z
Mentoring to Succeed Program
Boswell Rotary, Beautify Boswell and Boswell Elementary announce a joint project "Mentoring to Succeed Program", touching the future, one child at a time. Are you interested in participating? There will be a training session in January. 

For more information, contact Principal Gail Lange at 869-4134.
Mentoring to Succeed Program Missy Houghtaling 2012-12-16 00:00:00Z
Buddy Bags (Backpack) Food program

Boswell Rotary has completed our District Simplified grants project for 2011-12, which helped with financial participation in the food program.

Many thanks to donors who, after learning about the program and our participation with it, gave a financial donation in support of the program. Boswell Rotary, on behalf of the children, thank you!

Buddy Bags (Backpack) Food program Missy Houghtaling 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z
Boswell area projects: Welcome Signs and Lunch Buddies program!

Several people from Boswell Rotary and Boswell Elementary gathered to discuss upcoming projects including new town Welcome signs and the Lunch Buddies pilot program.

The Lunch Buddies program will start in January 2013. If you are interested in participating, please let Boswell Rotary or Boswell Elementary know. We are developing handouts for volunteers with the guidelines and goals of the program, and plan to have these ready in mid December! A training session will be held in January.

Stay tuned for further details!

Boswell area projects: Welcome Signs and Lunch Buddies program! Missy Houghtaling 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z
Pancake Breakfast

Mark the Boswell Elementary holiday bazaar on your calendar for Sat Nov 17.

Boswell Rotary will be holding a pancake breakfast from 8-10 am that morning to help assist with the school field trips.  The breakfast will be held at Boswell Elementary in the school cafeteria.  Requested donation is $5.  Tickets are also being sold.  Menu items include pancakes and sausage.

Rotarians are asked to help with setup Friday night Nov 16 at 5:30 pm; please meet at the Community center. 

Setup Saturday morning will begin again at 7 am at Boswell Elementary school cafeteria.

Pancake Breakfast Missy Houghtaling 2012-11-10 00:00:00Z
Andrew Pigman's Rotary Youth Exchange experiences

Andrew shared his experiences as a Rotary Youth Exchange last year to Riodosul, Brazil and also showed us some pictures from the year.  The town is located in the southern part of the country.  Andrew told us about his struggles as an exchange student not knowing the language at first, so communication was difficult.  They also experienced severe flooding soon after he arrived.  They brought in ShelterBox for those that lost their homes, so he saw Rotary in action.  Andrew and the other exchange students from the same school attended the Rotary meeting every week.  He also attended Interact, which he really liked.  The members and he became good friends.

Andrew told us about several of the trips he was able to take, including a last minute trip to be part of the Carnival.  His dad, Tom, was also a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Brazil and he was able to meet and connect with one of Tom's families from there.  The trip of a lifetime was a trip to the Amazon, and he related how different safety was there with a canoe race that was held in a storm, with no life jackets and only a small bailing cup!

Thanks to Andrew for sharing your experiences with us!

Andrew Pigman's Rotary Youth Exchange experiences Missy Houghtaling 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z
Announcing New Boswell Projects!

A joint project between Boswell Elementary, Beautify Boswell, and Boswell Rotary is being designed.  Lymarie Fry, Gail Lange, Fred Lange, Cheryl Sondgeroth, Rick Neher, Mary Ellen Perry, Debbie Wesley, and Missy Houghtaling gathered to identify area needs and brainstorm project ideas on November 8, 2012 at 4:30.

It was generally felt that we need to do work to attract new people to town, and that includes making some improvements around town.  We agreed for 4 new "Welcome to Boswell" town signs, including involvement of the school children. 

The school children would also benefit from a mentoring program, to expand their horizons, learn a sense of community and volunteerism, learn more about careers, share interests, and have a stable relationship with an adult outside of the family. 

We also discussed purchasing new cameras for the school to use in conjunction with both projects.

These projects are in the beginning stages but they all sound so exciting!  Stay tuned, and let us know if you want to be involved! 

Our next planning meeting will be held on November 29 at 4:30 pm at Boswell Elementary.

Announcing New Boswell Projects! Missy Houghtaling 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z
Packing the Buddy Bags

Boswell Rotarians Donna Hollingsworth and Missy Houghtaling met at Benton Central on Wednesday November 7 to help teacher Janice Holihan pack the buddy bags for the food backpack program. 

The Backpack (Buddy Bags) program serves school aged children who are food insecure over the weekends, when free/reduced cost school meals are not available.  These children are provided a bag of food to take home every Friday with food for them and their family.  The bags are returned to school the following Monday to be packed again for the following weekend.  The program serves children at both Prairie Crossing and Boswell Elementary, as well as children in other area schools.

The 15 elementary age children serviced by the program in Boswell were identified by school officials because they displayed signs of hunger and/or the school knew there was a need.  These children were extremely grateful for the program because it helped provide needed food for them and their families who were suffering from hunger.  In our rural community, there is very limited access to food through resources such as food pantries and soup kitchen.

In addition to helping fund the program, Rotarians arranged to assist Benton Central with the program.  Rotarians helped sort food for all the children served by the program (at the three area elementary schools and at the high school) and packed the bags for the children of Boswell Elementary.  Rotarians offered to help pack bags in the future when it may be difficult to pack all the bags before the end of the school week.

This program is a collaboration of numerous groups in our community. Benton Community Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for the program.  The Benton Community School Corporation provides assistance by identifying those in need, providing storage space for the food, and regularly packing the bags by a special needs classroom.  Bags are delivered to the elementary schools by the inter-school mail system.

Packing the Buddy Bags Missy Houghtaling 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z
Polio update

Rotary International has made a new funding commitment of US$75 million over three years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Rotary, which has already contributed nearly $1.2 billion to the GPEI, announced the commitment at a 27 September high-level side event on polio eradication, convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The side event -- “Our Commitment to the Next Generation: The Legacy of a Polio-free World” -- brought together leaders of the remaining endemic countries, and representatives of donor governments, development agencies, the GPEI partners, and the media to underscore the urgent need to finish the job of global polio eradication. Although the wild poliovirus is endemic only in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria, other countries are still at risk for re-established transmission of the virus through its “importation” from the endemics.

Ban urged UN member states to ramp up their support for the GPEI, launched in 1988 by Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The partnership now includes the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation.

“This decisive moment is a matter of health and justice. Every child should have the right to start life with equal protection from this disease. That’s why I have made eradicating polio a top priority for my second term as Secretary-General,” said Ban.

New donors

“Governments need to step up and honor their commitments to polio eradication if we are to achieve our goal of a polio-free world,” said Wilfrid Wilkinson, chair of The Rotary Foundation. “We are at a true tipping point, with success never closer than it is right now. We must seize the advantage by acting immediately, or risk breaking our pledge to the world’s children.”

“The evidence is clear: if we all do our part, we can and will end this disease. But we must act quickly and give ourselves the very best chance to succeed,” said Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the leading donors to the GPEI. “When we defeat polio, it will motivate us to aim for other great health and development milestones.”

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB), a new donor to the polio eradication effort, announced a US$227 million loan to Pakistan, which will cover the majority of the county's polio vaccination campaign costs. The IDB also announced a $3 million grant for polio activities in Afghanistan.

In addition, Julian Fantino, Canadian Minister of International Cooperation, announced a “Three for One Polio Challenge Initiative” with Rotarians in Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through the initiative, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Gates Foundation will each contribute to the GPEI C$1 for every $1 raised by Canadian Rotarians up to $1 million. Upon completion, the initiative would generate a total of $3 million for the GPEI.

These additional funding commitments follow action taken in May by the World Health Assembly, which declared polio eradication a “programmatic emergency for global public health.” Polio cases have plummeted by more than 99 percent since 1988, when the disease infected about 350,000 children a year. Although new polio cases are at an all-time low -- fewer than 150 worldwide in 2012 as of 19 September – the $790 million funding shortfall through 2013 has already curtailed scheduled immunization activities in polio-affected countries. If eradication fails and polio rebounds, up to 200,000 children a year could be paralyzed.

“Failure to eradicate polio is unforgiveable, forever. Failure is not an option. No single one of us can bring this long, hard drive over the last hurdle. But together we can,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Unwavering commitment

Rotary and its GPEI partners have reached more than 2.5 billion children with the oral polio vaccine, preventing more than 8 million cases of paralysis and hundreds of thousands of pediatric deaths. Rotary’s chief responsibilities in the initiative are fundraising and advocacy, an increasingly important role as the polio end game draws near.

Earlier this month, Rotary launched a new website to garner greater support for the global polio eradication effort. More than 6,000 visitors signed a petition on the site calling for world leaders to commit additional resources to close the funding gap. Wilkinson presented the signatures on Rotary’s behalf during the UN polio eradication side event. Visitors to the site can also estimate the potential dollar value they can generate by sharing the polio eradication message through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

“The unwavering commitment of Rotary members has been vital to the incredible progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative,” said Wilkinson. “How critically important it is for the global community to seize this historic opportunity before us to end polio now."

Source: http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/News/Pages/120927_news_unga.aspx

Polio update Missy Houghtaling 2012-10-07 00:00:00Z
Piyali Learning Center: Understanding will make difference in ending world poverty


A basic understanding of poverty is the inspiration Rotarians need to eradicate it, keynote speaker Deepa Willingham said during the second spouses plenary session at the International Assembly.

Willingham, a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA, told the audience that 1.3 billion people around the world live on less than US$1 a day and that 10 million children die each year before they reach their fifth birthday due to extreme poverty. “I find these numbers staggering and overwhelming. My heart aches with sadness,” she said. 

Figures like these led Willingham to form PACE Universal (Promise of Assurance to Children Everywhere) in 2003. The organization’s mission is to nurture the education, nutrition, health, and social development of young girls in the slums of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India, and other areas around the world.

“I’m just a simple Rotarian from a small town in Southern California, but I believe that I can make a difference by doing my share, however small that may be,” Willingham said.

Her club partnered with the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan to build a permanent building for the Piyali Learning Center, which will eventually serve 1,200 girls and 500 boys from impoverished villages around Kolkata.

The center will also help provide clean water, sanitation, and solar ovens to the community of Piyali Junction. “The aim of the center will be to bring about sustainable changes to the lives of citizens,” said Willingham.

Those living in extreme poverty “live with no hope in their hearts, they have no voice in their destiny or the ability to determine their future,” Willingham told the audience.

It’s up to Rotary to make a difference in the existence of extreme poverty, Willingham added. “Rotarians’ actions are a perfect example of how the power of one can work, changing the life of one child, one community, one village at a time.”

Source: http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/News/Pages/080118_news_ia_willingham.aspx

Piyali Learning Center: Understanding will make difference in ending world poverty Missy Houghtaling 2012-10-07 00:00:00Z
Amanda Mullins, Ag teacher and FFA Advisor at BC, lead the program in conjunction with students Emily Ade, Shelby Zink and Harley Myers.  FFA is an intracurricular organization with over 600,000 students wordwide, with headquarters in Indianapolis IN.  There are about 100 students at BC (Junior and Senior high).  They focus on career development and leadership skills.  There is a national convention as well.  The students and Amanda gave us examples of career development events and contests. 

They also discussed community service projects such as Trick or Treat for cans, Rake N Run, Lil Tractor pull at the 4H fair and Otterbein street fest, as well as community cleanup events.  They also have a project to help disabled people (they don't need to be Ag related).  They are open to new ideas for community service projects!

Thanks much to Amanda and the students for sharing their story and time with us!
FFA Missy Houghtaling 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z
RI President Sakuji Tanaka's monthly message

Many of you know that we now have five Avenues of Service in Rotary. The fifth, and newest, is New Generations Service. There are many ways to serve through this avenue, and you will read about some of them in this month’s issue.

All of the work we do to educate children, to improve maternal health, to help families live healthier lives – all of this is service to New Generations. We also serve New Generations by working to eradicate polio, helping to ensure that future generations of children will be born into a polio-free world.

Our youth and young adult programs, such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange, are a very important part of this Avenue of Service. We must remember that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. By helping to develop young leaders and bringing younger members into our clubs, we strengthen communities – and Rotary’s future.

For most of my life, I have been a salesman. I learned long ago that being a good salesman is not enough. You must also have a good product. If you are a good salesman, you will make the first sale. But if you do not have a good product, you will make only the first sale. You will not make the second.

It is not enough to bring new members into Rotary. We want them to stay. We want the new, young members to become longtime members. We want them to be Rotary leaders in 10, 20, or 30 years.

How do we do this? We have to look at our product. We have to look at Rotary not with our own eyes, but with new eyes. When we invite a new member to join and that person’s answer is no, we should ask why. This is not to pressure someone into joining. It is to find out more information. What are the obstacles to membership? Is it an inconvenient meeting time? Is it too much of a time commitment? Is it something else that we have not thought of?

We need to ask questions, and we need to open ourselves to the answers. We cannot say, “No, we will not do this,” just because we have never done it before. Why not have child care at a meeting? Why not involve families in projects? Why not make attendance requirements less strict, or meet less often?

Our new Avenue of New Generations Service is an important step in ensuring many future generations of Rotary, and of Service Above Self.

RI President Sakuji Tanaka's monthly message Missy Houghtaling 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z
RI President: Through Service, we can bring peace

It’s a great honor to serve as your 2012-13 RI president and represent you in Rotary. Since joining this organization in 1975, it has changed my life and given me more than I ever anticipated. I look forward to sharing some of that with you.

Through Rotary, I learned the purpose of my life wasn’t to earn more, but to help others. Through our service, we learn that the problems that may seem large to us are really very small.

I also learned that through Rotary, we could build peace. As part of the first generation to grow up in Japan after World War II, I understand the importance of peace and its connection to our well-being.

Peace can mean many things for many people, but however we understand peace, Rotary can help us achieve it. Rotary helps us meet the basic needs of health care, sanitation, food, and education. These can bring peace. In addition, we need peace as well for vaccinators to go into countries such as Afghanistan to prevent children from getting polio. It is through our work as Rotarians that we help to build the foundation for a more peaceful world.

Through service, we can bring peace. This is why our 2012-12 Rotary theme is Peace Through Service.

Source: http://blog.rotary.org/2012/07/02/tanaka2/ 

Visit RI President Tanaka on his blog or via LinkedIn.

RI President: Through Service, we can bring peace Missy Houghtaling 2012-07-12 00:00:00Z
If I were president next year…

The club discussed ideas of things to focus on for next year.  One was the Friends of Rotary, the awareness and power of partnerships that brings, as well as bringing more of a formality to it.  We talked about mentoring and partnering for a project with the kids, with a project Lymarie Fry has asked about.  This would great with character development in line with Rotary ideals, and maybe we could tie it with our theme for next year “Peace through Service”.  [Another idea after the meeting was an art project to beautify the town that incorporated an element of peace with the kids.]  The discussion then turned to growth in general for the club.

Another suggestion was to bring back singing, with 2 songs per meeting.  It would serve to “get us all on the same page”.  We briefly talked about the programs/meetings, and the mix of programs has been great.  Our speakers from Purdue have been great.

Another suggestion was to have 3-4 outings per year for fellowship and fun, which could even involve the community.  Ideas included a trip to a ballgame, the train to Chicago (or even to Oshkosh where Sally lives).  Thanks to everyone for sharing their ideas.

If I were president next year… Missy Houghtaling 2012-06-23 00:00:00Z
Boswell Rotary 50th Anniversary Celebration

Boswell Rotary’s 50th Anniversary was celebrated on June 9 2012 at Boswell Elementary school.  The celebration kicked off with social time and music provided by Dan McKay Porat of 479xx.com and Fowler Rotary club president, with no cost to our guests who came from near and far.  There was a large collection of memorabilia.  Dinner was catered by G&G catering, and was absolutely wonderful.  There was a Rotary cake, as well as cookies and punch, for dessert.

Steve Sorenson, from Fowler Rotary and our AG and the district’s DGN, have a presentation in recognition of the Charter members, followed by a Rose ceremony in memory of those charter members who had passed away.  Club President Missy presented two of the three living Charter members with a certificate of appreciation: Norman Butler and Jay Hartz.  Following dinner, Chief Rainwater shared a story with us.

Steve then presented the club with a newly issued Charter certificate, thinking that our original has been lost.  (The original turned up last minute—Thanks Steve!) 

Doc Fontaine gave a brief presentation on the history of women in Rotary and to Boswell Rotary, with special recognition of Boswell Rotary’s first lady Louise Furr.

Bill Hudson sang the song “Wabash Cannon ball” in memory of Charter member Tom Washburn, who had recently passed away.  Chief then shared with us another story, this one a story that Tom had told in the past.

Bill and Carolyn Hudson then sang the song “Remember when” in recognition and memory of Herb Pigman.  Bill is first cousin to Herb.  Don Bacon then shared comments about Herb with us, and Debbie presented Betty a rose.

Guests and current Rotarians shred memories of “50 years gone by”.  Missy recognized the current Boswell Rotarians; all past presidents were also recognized, many whom were in attendance.  Debbie Wesley gave special recognition to current Boswell Rotarians Darrell Daulton and Rick Neher.  Missy thanked everyone to has supported Boswell Rotary with their time, support and donation—past, present and future.

Thanks to everyone who made Boswell Rotary's 50th year celebration so special. We have proudly served our community and the world for 50 years. We heard stories about how the club how the club was formed, various personal memories, and how Boswell Rotary has been a constant in a not-so-constant world. Friendships were rekindled, and new ones were formed.

Thanks to all who've been part of Boswell Rotary's past, to the charter members, and to our current and future members who will carry us into the next 50 years. We couldn't do it without you all.

Thanks for your donations. A special thanks to Dan McKay Porat, 479xx.com and Fowler Rotary club president, for providing music for the evening! Also thanks to G&G Catering for an absolutely wonderful meal. The planning committee is to be congratulated for such a great evening.

In Rotary friendship and service,

Missy Houghtaling, Club President 2011-12

Boswell Rotary 50th Anniversary Celebration Missy Houghtaling 2012-06-09 00:00:00Z
A tribute to Herb Pigman

Editor's Note:  Rotary International, and the Boswell Rotary Club, lost a true friend and fellow Rotarian with the passing of Herb Pigman on May 18, 2012. Herb also served as the RI General Secretary for many years.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Betty, and his entire family, and to the entire Rotary world. Herb will truly be missed by all.  Boswell Rotary came together to support Betty and the entire Pigman family in whatever way they could, by providing food, support, and celebrating the Herb’s life.  I am proud to be a Rotarian. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Rotary Foundation in memory of Herb for the Polio Plus program.  Please see Missy if you wish any assistance in a contribution.

Boswell Rotary has received letters and cards from John Hewko, General Secretary, and Richard Kemper, Governor District 6540 1992-92,  Concord Rotary club.  From John Hewko: “Herb’s interest in Rotary and his dedication to its purpose was evidenced in many way.   Many Rotarians were privileged to know him…”

The following is a reflection from Tom Branum, Sr., PDG - Dist. 6560 & Past Rotary International Director 
We were gathered on a sad occasion to honor the life of a remarkable man, yet my memories are bright ones. I came away from that small rural church on a quiet country road feeling honored to have been there for the occasion and to have known Herb.  The gathering of friends and family on a beautiful sunny day was truly a celebration of his life.
My lingering impression as I drove home was that this was a living example of Americana in its best possible sense. Some people who are more sophisticated than me often say that those simpler times are behind us to never return. Yet there we were in a tiny church in the tiny community of Ambia, Indiana  experiencing evidence that the best and simplest parts of our society have not changed. Concluding the event with volunteers bringing food for 100 people into the church basement, allowing extended time for visiting with mourners has been the way of small country churches for generations.
One can reflect that Herb was a man recognized around the world, for doing remarkable humanitarian work, who happily returned to a small farm to live out his days among family and friends. Somehow I thought of other famous figures in history who have achieved the pinnacle of success and retired to a life of peace and serenity. Rotary was fortunate to have had him among us. 

A tribute to Herb Pigman Missy Houghtaling 2012-05-29 00:00:00Z
Children's needs in a crisis

Judy Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE, shared with Rotary what children’s needs are in a crisis.  Children of all ages are impacted by crises in different ways: by direct exposure or indirectly through their friends/family being impacted, by observation at a distance (or through media), by financial expenditures, and/or through fear of future disasters/crises and finding meaning. Even infants are affected, but infants are affected in different ways than say a teenager.  Judy’s presentation was centered on the Katrina disaster.

Children's early exposures become prototypes, and children notice (but may not understand) but parents don't know what to say or do. Children with direct exposure may have their life disrupted, they may live with fear, danger and trauma or they may witness violence, death, and destruction.  Parents may find it difficult to function or support children.

In talking with children in times of crises, first be sure to take care of yourself.  Break the cycle of silence using creative means of expression (pictures, stories, puppets, paintings etc).  You should work to correct misunderstandings, and reassure children honestly and realistically.  Also be sure to manage media exposure and teach media literacy.  Don’t assume they aren’t affected.

Other information is available a thttp://www.cfs.purdue.edu/extension/...ldisasters.pdf.

Children's needs in a crisis Missy Houghtaling 2012-05-10 00:00:00Z
Easter Egg Hunt

A big thank you to John Morris and the committee for putting together a great egg hunt, and all Rotarians who came out to help.  It was a lot of fun and a great success!

Easter Egg Hunt Missy Houghtaling 2012-04-10 00:00:00Z
Managing Stress

Kelsie Muller presented the program managing stress.  Stress is very personal.  We seem to have one crisis after another, such as, storms, war and the economy.  Do what you can with what you have (Roosevelt).  Journaling can be a great help in dealing with stress.  The old idea was that event “A” led to stress “X”, but this has been shown to be incorrect.  The new research shows that ABC leads to stress “X” where A is the event, B is the person’s resources, and C is the meaning (Reubin Hill’s model of stress).  In this way, your stress level depends highly on your resources, and exercise, nature and walking can all be helpful when dealing with your stress. 

The program led to a good discussion within the audience present.  Thanks to Kelsie for a great program, and to Lauren for arranging the program.

Managing Stress Missy Houghtaling 2012-03-29 00:00:00Z
Ronald McDonald House

Dan Pusey, Utilities Engineer with Purdue University Physical Facilities, gave the program on Ronald McDonald Houses.  His wife Donna also joined us for the evening.  They are blessed with four children: William (deceased), Dena, Anna, and Kara. 

Dan and Donnas’ oldest son, Bill, was diagnosed with acute myoblastic leukemia in 1986.  He put up quite a fight, and passed away in 1987.  The family spent quite a bit of time at the Indiana Ronald house. The family has sponsored a room in Bill’s name, and another is named after PEFCU.  There are plenty of local ties to the house that LOVE built.

The first house was founded in Philly PA with a fundraiser of shamrock shakes at McDonald’s.  It provides a home for families.  It has been shown that patients heal better when surrounded by family, and it is too costly to stay at a hotel.  You also never know how long a particular patient will be in the hospital, and everyone is unique.

The Indy house was started in 1982.  It started with 24 rooms, and it was full by the time they opened.  One of the founders was one of Dan’s high school classmates, and the reunited during their stay at the house.  They added another wing while the Pusey family was staying there.  There are now six self contained suites (apartments), sort of like a half way house.  The patients are too sick to go home, but have stayed as long as they can at the hospital.  The Indy house now has 50 rooms with a 99.9% occupancy. 

The only rule is that there is a child under 21, and a parent.  They do not need to be from Indiana, nor go to any one hospital.  The cost to the house per room is $75 per night, and families are asked to pay $15.  The average amount families’ pay is $3.  There are 11 full time staff, and the rest is by volunteers.

The house is funded by donations, in part by pop can tabs which has raised $600,000 for the Indiana house.  You can sponsor a meal, or a room, as well.  The MdDonald’s charites boxes at the restaurants are under a different umbrella, but 25% of these donations go to the Indiana house.

Each house is an independent 501(3)c charity.  Each one must run independently.  There is also one in South Bend, Evansville and Fort Wayne.

The house is a home away form home for those that need it.

 Thanks to Dan for a great program from the heart.

Ronald McDonald House Missy Houghtaling 2012-02-23 00:00:00Z
Rotary's Areas of Focus

Rick led a discussion on Rotary’s six areas of focus.  Herb talked about health, and the anniversary of the last case of Polio reported in India one year ago (Jan 13).  This is a tremendous achievement.  This has been achieved against all odds.  It gives a boost to eradication in the remaining countries: Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan each which has its own challenges.  The CDC and WHO are elevating this to an emergency status to finish polio eradication.  This has been the largest public health initiative in history.

Linda talked about conflict resolution and its importance.  If you have war and fighting, you’ll never get ahead.  John talked about both basic education, literacy and water in addition to how everything is connected.  Betty and Herb talked about maternal and child health.  Herb recalled a visit once to Indonesia, where they had 5 tables set up a the chiefs house for a morning of socialization and wellness checkups.  There were tables set up for a weigh in and general checkup, immunization, dental health and nutritious food.  Missy and John talked about the importance of economic and community development.

Thanks to Rick for the discussion.

Rotary's Areas of Focus Missy Houghtaling 2012-01-12 00:00:00Z
Preparing for 2020
Dr. Kathryne Newton, Ph.D., presented the program entitled "Preparing for 2020" at the Boswell Rotary meeting Jan 5, 2012.  She is professor of Industrial Distribution, Department of Technology, Leadership and Innovation at Purdue. 
There is a new workforce around the corner with big changes ahead.  There will be five generations working in organizations side by side with vastly different values, beliefs, and technology skill sets.  A new e-economy is bringing with it a different way of doing business.
There will be three important demographic shifts.  The US is getting bigger, older and more diverse.  The non-Caucasian workforce will double.  By 2014, millennials (born between 1977 and 1997) will represent almost 47% of the workforce.  Additionally, more women are now in higher education than males, and more will stay in the workforce (about ½ compared to 1/3 in 1967).
We discussed the major traits, influences, broad traits, defining inventions and key traits for each of the five generations:  The Traditionalists/Veterans (1922-1945), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1976), Millennials (or Generation Y, 1997-1997), and the newest Generation 2020 (or Z, 1997+).  Each of these generations thinks, communicates, and works differently in addition to having different values.
The new e-economy is what Bill Gates calls "IAYF" or immediately at your fingertips.  The world is flatter, and we are a culture of connectivity.  This means for managers that the new generation will be using technologies much farther ahead than the companies that are hiring them.  The importance of social media will continue to grow.
We also discussed sustainability, which is the capacity to endure.  There is a triple bottom line: people, planet and profits.
The major predictions as we move to 2020 include the workplace revolving around mobile devices.  Corporate curriculum will use video games, simulations and alternate realities as key delivery models in their training.  Lifelong learning will be a business requirement.  Corporate social responsibility will be used to attract and retain employees.  Diversity will be a business issue, and social media literacy will no longer be an option.
Thanks to Lauren for arranging the program, and to Dr. Kathy for the great program, information, and discussion related not only to the corporate world but also to Rotary.
Preparing for 2020 Missy Houghtaling 2012-01-05 00:00:00Z
Hope for the Holidays Charity Sale
The Hometown Hubsters 4-H club and Boswell Rotary are teaming up on Saturday, December 3, 2011, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Boswell Elementary Gymnasium for a “Hope for the Holidays” Charity Sale.

We are asking for the community's help in this project.  We are asking for donations of gently used clothing, household items,  toys or any unwanted items that you no longer want or need.  You may drop the donations off at Gibson Furniture between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Monday – Saturday.  If you have any questions, please call Debbie Wesley at (765)869-5155.

We are also asking if you have a canned food item that you could donate to please bring it with you when you drop off your donation or you may bring it with you to the sale.

The proceeds from this sale will be donated to the 
Benton Community Food Pantry in Fowler.
Hope for the Holidays Charity Sale Missy Houghtaling 2011-11-22 00:00:00Z
Experience Egypt at Boswell Elementary school
Boswell Rotary helped tonight as volunteers at Boswell Elementary school's Egypt night.  It was an on-the-road version of the Indianapolis Children's museum Egypt display.  What a great night for the kids and families!
Experience Egypt at Boswell Elementary school Missy Houghtaling 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z
Experience Egypt!

The Boswell Elementary PTO would indeed like volunteers to help at their project on Wednesday evening, November 9. There will be a mini training starting at 4:30 at Boswell Elementary.  As decided at our last meeting, the Rotary meeting for November 10 will be cancelled.  The board meeting will be moved to November 17.  This sounds like an awesome project!

Please let Missy know if you will be helping so we can get back with the PTO.

Experience Egypt! Missy Houghtaling 2011-10-31 00:00:00Z
Don Lehe: The Four Way Test

State Rep. Don Lehe spoke to us about his vocation and how he applies the 4-way test.  Boswell Rotary thanked him for visiting us on such a beautiful fall harvest day.  Don was first elected in 2002.  His current territory includes White, Benton and some of Newton counties.  It is being redistricted and his new district will not include our area.  This will be a big change.

Don is involved with several committees including the ag, health, and elections.  Everyone always tries to be truthful and fair, though friendship doesn't always happen as there are some issues that Don will not compromise on.  He does try to represent his district.  

Don talked to us about topics including agritourism, clean water, budget, local government reform, renewable energy, air quality, immigration, affordable health care, smoking ban, and roads.   Many thanks to Don for an informative program.

Don Lehe: The Four Way Test Missy Houghtaling 2011-10-06 00:00:00Z
Herb Pigman: "This is your life"

Rick shared some history on Herb from “A Century Of Service: The Story of Rotary International”.  Herb served twice as general secretary, in 1979-86 and 1993-95.  Herb returned to the Secretariat as a senior staff member for PolioPlus as well. 

Rick told us about Herb’s involvement with WHO, in discussing how Rotary could follow through with immunizing the world’s children against polio.

Rick finished with the quote from Herb in the book.

Herb Pigman once compared the growth and development of Rotary with that of flight.  “Early in this century, a fragile machine of wood and wire and fabric lifted from the dunes of Kitty Hawk”… “Shortly thereafter, from the commercial canyons of Chicago, there arose an equally fragile idea-that of Rotary.  In the [100 years] since, both have thrived.  Flight has linked communities, nations, and continents.  So has Rotary.  Flight has promoted a sense of our global community.  So, indeed, has Rotary.  Flight brings a wider horizon.  Intellectually, so does Rotary.

Thanks to Rick for the Rotary minute, and our thanks to Herb for all the work he has done for Rotary and for the work he continues to do!
Herb Pigman: "This is your life" Missy Houghtaling 2011-07-28 00:00:00Z
DG Mike’s Challenge to Boswell Rotarians

DG Mike challenges us in each of the areas of focus and to take on a task in each.

Family:  Take a look at a situation in your personal life for family that you want to change.  Challenge yourself to make the change.  It doesn’t have to be grand but it should be personal.

Continuity:  Take a look at Rotary with an analytical eye. Ask yourself if you are physically or financially involved.  Get involved with Rotary projects.

Change: Identify something you want changed.  It may be your personal passion you wish to share, some element of the meeting you want to change, etc.  Reach within to make Boswell Rotary better.

DG Mike’s Challenge to Boswell Rotarians Missy Houghtaling 2011-07-21 00:00:00Z
DG Mike Crabill’s Message to Boswell Rotary

DG Mike started off with the theme for the year, with an emphasis and effort on family, continuity and change. Mike shared with us the humility that comes with the job, and that the district is here to help the clubs.   The district exists to support the clubs.

We should turn our eyes to the needs in our community and worldwide to support the community.  We should also continue to do the things we do well but with a fresh view and renewed spirit.  We should change the things we aren’t doing well, and ask ourselves several questions:  why, what are our results, what is the benefit vs effort, is there a better way, and is there something else we should do that will have a higher impact?  All this ensures the continued relevancy of Rotary.  Mike challenged each of us in the three areas of focus.

The district objectives are to focus within to improve.  There will be no new projects form the district this year.  DG Mike also thanked Boswell Rotary and Benton County Rotary clubs for their continued participation in district events.  As a district, our clubs need to improve on membership.  With 30% of clubs in our district having 25 or fewer members, we can easily get burned out.  We should focus on new members who have an interest in Rotary.  Tell your Rotary story and share your passion.  Take care of our members, spread the work around, be bold and experiment!

Mike thanked our club for our great contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  We should also think of serving beyond the club level.  Come to district events.  Feel free to ask Missy or AG Steve for further information.

Mike announced that the Foundation dinner will be held in Elkhart IN on Nov 5.  This is in honor of PGD Terry McKay who passed away earlier this spring.  Mike promises that the meeting will not be too long and that he will find a way to keep it on time, while recognizing those who should be recognized.

The district conference will be held at the Blue Chip Casino and Resort in early June.  We will have some Rotary breakout sessions, but not necessarily all breakout sessions will be related to Rotary.  Mike is planning a fun conference, with entertainment by District 6540 Rotarians and a display area to showcase what we’ve done in our community and internationally.

DG Mike finished by asking us a question.  When were you most proud to be a Rotarian?  Now?  Five years ago?  If you didn’t answer “now”, what has changed?  Have you changed?  Our club changed?  Rekindle your spirit and bring your passion back.

DG Mike Crabill’s Message to Boswell Rotary Missy Houghtaling 2011-07-21 00:00:00Z