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Fort Wayne

"Service Above Self"

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Parkview Field, Second Floor, Suite Level
1301 Ewing St
Corner of Ewing and Breckenridge
Fort Wayne, IN  46802
United States
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Breaking News
 
DON'T MISS THIS!
 
May 29
NO MEETING IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY
 
June 5
Venla Laurinseppa
A Year in Fort Wayne as RYE student from Finland
 
June 12
Vicki Heckman
Canine Companions
 
June 19
David Maynard
Life Lessons Growing up at NASA
 
June 26
Bruce Kingsbury PhD
Wetlands: Jewels of the Forest
 
 
The Spin Information and Speakers were provided Jane Wilks, fwrotarysecretary@gmail.com.
The Spin was organized and posted by James Cress, rotaryclubfwspin@gmail.com.
 
News from the May 22, 2017 Club Meeting was written by John Peirce.
 
Wounded warrior describes how he found way back from despair, new way to serve
“The service we render determines who we are. It forges our character and tempers our soul.”
 
The words may have resonated with the Rotary motto, “Service above self,” but they emanated from Steve Prater, retired Army veteran and Wounded Warrior who now serves as outreach coordinator for homeless veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fort Wayne.
 
While on a tour of duty in Iraq, Prater’s vehicle was blown into the air by an IED. On impact, he hit his head on a post inside the vehicle and spent 28 days in a coma.
“Soldiers find their sense of purpose, motivation and direction in service to their country,” he said. That is one reason so many struggle when they return to civilian life and have to redefine their purpose. For him, it was a struggle just to read, talk and walk again as he recovered from his brain injury. He credits his wife with leading him out of the darkness and into a new life based on showing compassion to others. He credits a doctor with suggesting he could do something for other vets.
 
Prater challenged Rotarians to be a mentor to someone and to find a way to serve veterans on Memorial Day. In his role, Prater serves vets in 29 northern Indiana counties and five counties in Ohio. In his new civilian role, he partners with organizations like Shepherd’s House, the Salvation Army and Volunteers of America to serve vets.
 
He closed his Rotary lunch presentation with a concrete example of how some vets are living. “Two weeks ago, I got a call from the sister of a vet. She said he and his family were living in a camper in her driveway. Could I help?” In that case he could, but not all vets qualify for VA services because they do not meet the federal definition. “I call that a travesty,” he said.
 
 
Annual Celebration Dinner!!
 
Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
The details on the place and theme will be announced when you receive your invitation.
Put the date on your calendar!
 
 
 
Join us for a day trip to see the Cincinnati Reds take on the Chicago Cubs!!
             
 
                                                              When: Saturday, July 1 | Bus Leaves at 11:00 AM | First Pitch 4:05 PM
 
Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH

Prices: $80 per person – includes, ticket, bus fair, sandwich, chips, drinks, and PRICELESS memories with Rotarians, friends and family!
 
Want to Buy a Ticket? Reach out to Allie Braun, alliebraun1025@gmail.com or
 
Sponsored by the FUNMeister Committee