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Fort Wayne

"Service Above Self"

11:30 AM Lunch Served; Meetings 12-1 PM
Parkview Field, Second Floor, Suite Level
1301 Ewing St
Corner of Ewing and Brackenridge
Fort Wayne, IN  46802
United States of America

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(260) 341-1600
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MONDAYS
 
11:30 AM - LUNCH SERVED
12:00 - 1:00 PM MEETING
 
DON'T MISS THIS!
 
January 21
Dr. Tony GiaQuinta
President of the IN chapter of the
American Academy of Pediatrics
 
January 28
Mayor Tom Henry
State of the City Preview
 
February 4
Dr Neil Sharma
Gastroenterologist
 
February 11
Bill Brown & Catherine Hill
Downtown Improvement District
 
February 18
Chuck Surack
Sweetwater
 
February 25
John Hoham
Glorious Gate Rowing
 
from December 17, 2018
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What:    Rotary's Mardi Gras "Big Easy Feast" 
Where: Lincoln Financial Center 
When:  February 28,2017 
What:   Food will be served at lunchtime and again at dinner time 
                Parkview Field culinary staff will prepare an authentic New Orleans 
                themed meal 
 
 
BIG EASY FEAST!   MARCH 5, 2019   SELL OR GIFT YOUR TICKETS NOW!
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SPIN for January 21, 2019
GREETERS: Lynne Gilmore (Retired) & Evan Hyndman (Home Nursing Services)
CASHIER: John Hoffman (Star Excavating)
INVOCATION: Ruth Phillips (Plymouth Congregational Church)
SONG LEADER: Lori Stinson (Northeastern Group Realty)
SERGEANT: John Peirce (Peirce Consulting)
HOUSE:  John Hoffman (Star Excavating) & David Dyer (Tonn & Blank Construction)
SPIN EDITOR: Tom Wooding (Retired attorney)
Web Master & AV Guru: Jim Cress (retired Lutheran pastor)
PIANO: Masson Robertson (retired from IPFW and The Philharmonic)
PROGRAM: Dr. Tony GiaQuinta President of the IN chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
MENU: Salad & Soups, Sausage Stuffed Pork Loin, Mashed Sweet Potato, Corn & Assorted Cookies
 
News from our January 14, 2018, Club Meeting
Authored by Thomas Wooding    
 
WORKING HARD BUT STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE
 
In a data-heavy program, United Way’s David Nicole and Tiffany Bailey introduced us to the working poor of Allen County, otherwise known by the acronym of ALICE [Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed].
 
These are folks who are working hard but struggling to survive.  Here is their dilemma.  One the one hand, they don’t qualify for public assistance programs because their income exceeds the official Federal Poverty Level.  But on the other hand, that paycheck-to-paycheck income (even if regular) still isn’t sufficient to meet the actual basic cost of living in Allen County, let alone give them a measure of financial stability.
 
 
 
For a family of four – say, two adults, an infant and a preschooler – the official Federal Poverty Level is $24,300.  But according to the United Way’s ALICE Project data, the basic cost of living for such a family in Allen County is actually $53,160 (i.e., $4,430/month, or a combined hourly wage of $26.58/hour). 
 
The ALICE Project data shows that 22% of Allen County households fail to meet this basic cost of living threshold – this, in addition to the 14% of households that are already below the poverty level.
 
In addition to lack of affordable transportation and child care and housing, here are some of the other reasons why.  Most jobs in Indiana are low wage, paying less than $15/hour.  Additionally, due to the economic shift away from full-time and full benefit jobs, 1/3 of Indiana’s workforce are in temporary, part-time, or freelance employment situations.  And using to payday lenders to make ends meet at month-end just digs the financial hole even deeper.
Using the ALICE Project data, the United Way is now working with local government, community, non-profit, and faith-based leaders and organizations to find ways to help our working poor achieve financial stability.  These include collaborative initiatives; agency investments; promoting volunteerism; and advocacy.
 
All of us have a stake in this effort.  Family-sustaining income and financial stability are bedrocks for the success of our community and our region.  And equally important, they are integral parts of “the American Dream.’
 
 
Mardi Gras! Party Time!
  • Date: Tuesday March 5
  • Location: Parkview Field Lincoln Financial Event Center, 1301 Ewing Street
  • Time: 
    • Lunch: 11 am – 2 pm 
    • Dinner: 4 pm – 8 pm 
    • Cash Bar: Lunch and dinner 
  • Cost: $30 
  • Proceeds: Benefit the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne’s Riverfront Development Project, The Water Jet Fountains, which will open this summer.
  • To order tickets: Contact a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne or visit www.fortwaynerotarybigeasy.eventbrite.com.
  • Walk-ins welcome, although tickets are preferred 
 
In the next several weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, the Service Committee has taken on the challenge of Tackling Hunger.  As a first quarter project we are partnering with Miss Virginia’s Food Pantry and the Neighborhood Food Network of Associated Churches, in an effort to help families experiencing critical need.
 
We are asking for volunteers to join us on Wednesday January 30th, for a service day at Miss Virginia’s, 1312 South Hanna Street from 9:15-1:15.
A follow-up service day at the Associated Churches food warehouse will be scheduled for those still wishing to volunteer.
 
The Service Committee is asking all members to support our efforts by bringing in non-perishable food items. These donations will be collected at the next two meetings, January 21st AND 28th, at Parkview Field.  Look for Dave Dyer, who has offered to be out front with a pick-up truck on both dates.
 
Needed Food Items:
Canned Meat
Canned Fruits or Vegetables
Hearty Soups
Peanut Butter & Jelly