Club Information

Fort Wayne

"Service Above Self"

We meet In Person
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Parkview Field, Second Floor, Suite Level
1301 Ewing at Brackenridge
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
United States of America
Phone:
(260) 341-1600
SOCIAL MEDIA
 
 
 
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Speakers
Michael Galbraith
Nov 02, 2020
CEO, Downtown Improvement District
October 2020
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Breaking News

MONDAY MEETINGS at Parkview Field

11:30 AM – NETWORKING
 
12:00 - 1:00 PM MEETING
 
DON'T MISS THIS!
 
October 26 2020
 
Dr. Jonathan Walker
Mindfulness 
 
If you can't attend in person, you can attend through Zoom:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7145544439
 
GREETERS: Johnny Tin Cap
INSPIRATION: Ruth Koontz
SPIN AUTHOR:  John Peirce
Web Master & AV: Jonathan Busarow
MENU: Chef’s Soups, Garden Salad, Balsamic Chicken Thighs, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables, Cookies
 
Programs coming up…. Remember to invite guests to hear our great programs!
November 2: Michael Galbraith, Downtown Improvement District CEO
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE OCTOBER 19, 2020 MEETING:
Spin Author - John Peirce
attendance on October 19th:  28 members + 5 guests at Parkview Field; 23 on Zoom
 
Moment of Inspiration
 
John Gliot shared the 12 principals known as the Scout Law as personal behaviors that could be “a great step
forward in guiding everything Rotarians do in our community.” They include:
 
Be Trustworthy. Tell the truth and keep promises.
Be Loyal. Show that you care about your family, friends, and country.
Be Helpful. Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.
Be Friendly. Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.
Be Courteous. Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.
Be Kind. Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.
Be Obedient. Obey the rules and laws of your community and country.
Be Cheerful.  Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.
Be Thrifty.  Use time, food, supplies, and natural resources wisely.
Be Brave.  Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.
Be Clean. Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.
Be Reverent. Be reverent toward God and respect the beliefs of others.
 
“Rotary Is...” – by Roger Reece
 
Roger Reece shared an event that changed his life even before he was born. His mother was stricken with polio as a child while she was playing in a farmyard with neighbors. She was paralyzed from the waist down and never walked again without the aid of braces and crutches. “What struck me was her willingness to press on in difficult times,” he said. She worked at the Children’s Home for 45 years. He recalled strapping her onto his motorcycle when he was a teenager and taking her for a ride, an event she remembered as one of the most fun of her life. Roger said her example made a multigenerational impact on his family.
 
He noted that Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio from the face of the earth will take a multigenerational approach. Younger generations of Rotarians have never seen a person with polio because the campaign was so effective in the U.S. He noted that the virus is active in just two remaining countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and urged Rotarians to donate to the Polio Plus campaign.
 
Rotary International is a partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative alongside the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.
 
 
New Member Introduction - Mike Dahm
 
Bill Harris introduced Mike Dahm, a Real Estate Broker/Advisor, Commercial Real Estate, as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne. Mike is a former member of the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club; when his office moved downtown, Mike decided to join the Fort Wayne Rotary Club.
 
Mike and his wife DeeDee have three children and four grandchildren. One of those grandkids is maintaining a family tradition, marking the tenth “Dahm” to attend Xavier University–Mike’s alma mater.
 
Mike is motivated to serve others through the Rotary Four-Way Test and simply seeing how he can help others.  Sports marks his favorite pastimes, from playing tennis and golf to watching college basketball and football.
 
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne, Mike!
 
 
COVID-19 crisis accelerates United Way’s
transformation as responsive convener
 
Soon after Matthew Purkey moved to Fort Wayne in February as the new president and CEO of United Way of Allen County, the pandemic threw vulnerable populations and the nonprofits who serve them into chaos. Purkey was able to draw on his Marine training to be the first to respond in times of crisis and his United Way Worldwide leadership training to create and lead a rapid response team.  His team was able to accomplish something that had never been done before. They convened all the major funders in the community to support the work of an emergency relief advisory board.  
 
United Way’s role is that of “dot connector,” he said. “We ask two questions: What is the community’s most pressing need? What can we do about it?”
 
What they did was raise $3.4 million for an Emergency Relief Fund. “We regard money as the fuel to engage the engine to measurably improve the lives of people in our community,” he said.
 
That fund enabled 35 agencies to create a quarantine center for the homeless used by 454 people, address the spiking suicide rate in the African American community, provide financial assistance to struggling households, and deliver over 600,000 meals to date. Three organizations—Brightpoint, Lutheran Social Services, and Catholic Charities--led the housing assistance program during a “tsunami of evictions,” Purkey said. They are bracing for the next wave as eviction projections expire.
 
Purkey provided the following data from 211 calls to demonstrate the surge in community needs:
 
Avg 211 calls per week
April
July
August
   Percent 
  Increase
Food
163.5
141
589.5
261%
Housing
87
251.5
869
899%
Utility
40.5
218
597.5
1,375%
Transportation
22.75
58
709.5
3,019%
Healthcare
13.75
48
98
613%
 
Purkey said he knew nothing about United Way until his Marine unit was assigned to perform humanitarian assistance in Haiti after an earthquake.  The marines were ill-trained for this duty, but he noticed a swarm of volunteers who seemed to know what they were doing. They were wearing “Live United” t-shirts.
 
“After that, I was hooked on United Way,” he said. He returned to Dayton as a civilian and volunteered for everything United Way had to offer. They hired him as manager of resource development, and his career path began.
 
Presidential Cabinet Award (and Paul Harris Award presentation) - Lori Stinson
 
Lori Stinson was recognized by President Jeff Peat for her active involvement in a number of projects, including the Golf Outing, and was therefore invited to participate in the opening of the "Presidential Cabinet".  As part of this recognition, Lori was awarded with a Paul Harris award.  Thank you, Lori, for your consistent Service above Self!
 
 
Rotary Foundation District 6540 Gala - November 12, 2020
 
The annual Foundation Gala will be a virtual event this year due to the pandemic.  President Jeff stated the Club is evaluating having a "viewing event" at Parkview Field for Club members.  More information to come in the near future...
 
Register for the Gala at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50034
 
This Date in History
 
On this date in History in 1781, British forces under General Cornwallis signed terms of surrender to General George Washington at Yorktown at 2:00 p.m. leading to the end of the Revolutionary War
 
This Date in Rock History 
 
On this date in Rock History in 1974, it was a date about "nothing":  The #1 album was Not Fragile by Bachman Turner Overdrive, featuring the hit single "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet", and the #1 song was Billy Preston's "Nothing from Nothing (leaves Nothing)".
 
 
Breakfast Club Starting October 28th
 
Fellow Rotarians! We are happy to invite you and your guests to join us for the first Rotary Club of Fort Wayne breakfast meeting! This is an alternative monthly option to our standard Monday Lunch Meetings.

This will be a largely informal meeting with a short programs highlighting internal aspects of our club. It is a great way to introduce new people to Rotary and get to know your fellow Rotarians.

We will be meeting at 9:00am at the Dash-In on Calhoun Street on Wednesday, October 28th. *** This is a time change from the original announcement***

We will be ordering from the regular menu (https://www.thedash-in.com/food-2) and each person will be responsible for their own bill.

Please RSVP to Ian McCormick at ianmichaelmccormick@live.com or 260-402-1347 by Saturday 10/24 to give an accurate count to the restaurant.

 

Racism 101:  "Examining, Understanding and Combatting"
 Rotary Club of Fort Wayne's Peace Committee invites you to join
 Summit City South Rotary Club in an "Antiracism Workshop".
 
Summit City South Rotary is hosting  a FREE , Virtual Antiracism Workshop on Tuesday, October 27th from 6-7 pm. with Dr. Emily A. Daniels.  They are encouraging Rotarians from across District 6540 to attend. Registration is required.  https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZMkfuyuqjkvG9DNnfcxziw  or use the link at the Summit City South Rotary Club Facebook page.
 
One of the Peace Committee's goals is to be a resource and to offer opportunities to our club members. Forming strong partnerships and working closely with Rotary Clubs in our District along with local organizations towards social change,  peace and justice.
 
Top 100 Movie Quote of the Week

President Jeff Peat paraphrased a line from the 1951 classic A Streetcar Named Desire:  "...I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers..."

 

Make It a Great Week!  Stay Safe!