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
(260) 341-1600
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Audrey Bruce and Ruth Ford
Mar 01, 2021
Go Baby Go Project
Faye Williams Robbins
Mar 08, 2021
Fort Wayne Community Schools' Family Engagement Center
Former Exchange Students
Mar 15, 2021
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Dr Mark Daniel, Superintendent
Mar 22, 2021
Fort Wayne Community Schools
Majorie Stephens
Mar 29, 2021
Better Business Bureau
Kristin Giant
Apr 05, 2021
Father Eric Zimmer
Apr 12, 2021
University of Saint Francis
David Jackson, Superintendent
Apr 19, 2021
Canterbury Schools
Barbara Baekgaard
Apr 26, 2021
The Bradley Hotel
February 2021
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Breaking News

MONDAY MEETINGS at Parkview Field via Zoom

12:00 - 1:00 PM MEETING
February 22 2021
Iric Headley
United Front Initiative
Zoom meeting link: 
ROTARY Is... Tim Gibson
SPIN AUTHOR:  Mark Hisey
AV: Holli Seabury
PROGRAM: Iric Headley: United Front Initiative
Programs coming up…. Remember to invite guests to hear our great programs!
March 1: Ruth Ford & Audrey Bruce: Go Baby Go Program
March 8: TBA
March 15: RYE Program
March 22: Superintendent Mark Daniel, FWCS
March 29: Marjorie Stephens: Better Business Bureau
  • Club Meetings to resume at Parkview Field starting March 1, 2021. We will continue to also offer the Zoom meeting option -  Please feel free to attend in whichever method works best for you.
  • Dues Statements are due. If you did not receive one or have questions, contact Mark Westerhausen. Please pay promptly…It’s easy to click on the link in the invoice and pay with your credit card.
  • As we attend club meetings on Zoom, don’t forget the support for service fee! Send a check to Rotary, PO Box 11141, Fort Wayne IN 46856 ($3 per week) or pay using paypal:
  • The Zoom Room is available for committee meetings.  Schedule with Jane.
  • To get to the Fort Wayne Rotary Club home page, use
Spin Author - Mark Hisey
     Attendance summary for February 15th:  49 plus 3 guests on Zoom
Moment of Inspiration -  Kathy Callen
In honor of this Presidents Day, Kathy chose a prayer spoken by President Abraham Lincoln on March 4, 1861, on the occasion of his inauguration as the 16th President of the United states.
In his inaugural address, Lincoln promised not to interfere with the institution of slavery where it existed and pledged to suspend the activities of the federal government temporarily in areas of hostility. However, he also took a firm stance against secession and the seizure of federal property. The government, insisted Lincoln, would “hold, occupy, and possess” its property and collect its taxes. He closed his remarks with an eloquent reminder of the nation’s common heritage:
“In your hand, my fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect, and defend it… We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
He prayed this prayer of peace:
Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage, we humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor, and glad to do Thy will.   Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.  Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.  Defend our liberties, and fashion unto one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.  Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those in whom Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nation of the earth.  In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail, all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Six weeks later, the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Civil War began.
“Rotary is…Why I'm Rotary Proud” – Irene Walters 

I asked myself, why am I so committed to Rotary that for the past 29 years, since 1992, I have devoted every Monday that I’m able, to attending our meetings and committing myself to our mission of Service Above Self.

Aside from all the wonderful people I have met and friendships I’ve made, which I treasure, for me, what stands out –are the lives we’ve been able to improve and enhance through our partnership with Washington School. Since 2005, under John Pierce’s strategic leadership, we have committed ourselves to lifting up a school that was in jeopardy, that had a failing ranking, and we helped raise it to an exemplary status. We have guided the development of their PTA and supported its events and project; we embraced the Lunch Buddy program and The Study Connection to mentor individual students.

Personally, that’s how I met my “little sister” who I’ve been with since second grade. She’s now a sophomore at Indiana Tech and is doing well.

We have enriched students’ lives by using Opera as a vehicle for teaching language arts, and through Early Act have fostered emerging leaders. WE have opened up a world of possibilities for the students and supported the teachers along the way. For me, nothing is more important than preparing children for a successful future, and education opens that door to opportunity and self- sufficiency.

To quote Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Each of us has our own reason for being proud to be a Rotarian. Stop a minute and think about why YOU have decided to devote your time, talent and treasure to Rotary.

Our PR committee is asking each of you to tell us why YOU are Rotary Proud either in writing, 40 words or less, or by video, 60 seconds or less.


Can you think of a better way to raise the reputation and awareness of what Rotary does throughout the world and locally, or to recruit other like-minded people who want to make the world a better place, than by hearing our heartfelt, authentic reasons? Your reasons will not be put on a shelf. We will use them on our social platforms, in membership materials and in a campaign during Rotary Awareness Week.

So please help us by sending your statements and /or videos to Barb Wachtman or Mike Weber.

NOTE:  Please check out the recent "Why I'm Rotary Proud" email from Barb Wachtman, and note the corrected link for submitting your video:

Thank You!

Julie Sanchez & Karl LaPan
Northeast Indiana Innovation Center Breakthrough Program
Karl LaPan, President and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, explained that small businesses, those with 20 or fewer employees, are the "jobs engine" of any economy.  Nationally, 85% of all businesses are small businesses; in Indiana, 89% fall into this category.  Almost 9 of every 10 employers in our State are small businesses, providing more than 5 out of every 10 jobs.
Julie Sanchez is the founder of Expert Business Services, providing consulting, coaching and executive services in Fort Wayne.  Julie joined NIIC to develop and lead the Connected Communities Breakthrough Program.  The Breakthrough Program serves under-represented business builders in Allen county, and works with community-based entrepreneurship to catalyze talent in underserved markets and increase entrepreneurial opportunities.
Indiana currently ranks 47th in the rate of new entrepreneurs in the US, so there is great need for programs such as CCBP.  The central problem, in Indiana and the US as a whole, is access and equity in social and economic prosperity by under-represented entrepreneurs and business builders.
Karl identified a number of barriers to success for potential entrepreneurs, including:
  • Hard to navigate the system
  • Lack the right network
  • Their initial identified market is too small
  • Lack role models
  • Lack entrepreneurial skills
  • Language
  • Transportation
  • Capital access
The program is supported by a two-year grant from the Foellinger Foundation.  Not only is the grant's intent to provide access to entrepreneurial resources to historically excluded populations of business builders, a key objective is to help citizens live more connected and fulfilled lives.
The Breakthrough Program is designed to help founders overcome these barriers and realize their economic and human potential through entrepreneurship.  Key components of the Breakthrough Program include:
  • A flexible Training Program, with 8 paths to completion
  • Self-paced program, running from a business idea through initial launch
  • Top business teachings (NIIC Navigator)
  • Easy to understand format
  • In-built coaching with weekly Zoom meetings
Participants graduate with a one-page lean canvas or abbreviated plan.  Thanks to the Foellinger Foundation’s support, there is no cost to the program participants.  There are approximately 45 participants in the program, with available slots for 40 more.
The Breakthrough program website can be reached at:
Thank you, Karl and Julie, for the work you do to help so many individuals in our community achieve their dreams.

To view the recording of Monday's meeting, it is available for viewing at your convenience using the following link and Passcode:

Save The Date - District Conference April 22-24

From District Governor-Nominee Tim Gibson:
"This will be a District Conference like you've never seen before!!!!"
More to follow, we will let you know when registration is open.
Welcome New Member Susan Baier
‘Service is the rent you pay…’
The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne just got a service-filled, community-active new member! Meet Susan Baier, new Executive Director, Allen County Public Library. Susan tells us a bit more about herself below: 
Why in Rotary? To serve others, learn about the community, make new friends, and join a network of service-minded people.
What motivates you to serve others? This quote from Muhammad Ali says it all for me. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”  
Hobbies and family: Susan and husband of 20 years, Eric, have a 10-year-old Russian Blue rescue cat Toonces “who rules our household.”
What would people be surprised to know about you? I'm a total city person and love living downtown, but I grew up in a village of 400 people in southern Illinois and come from a farming and coal mining family.
Quick answers:
Dark or milk chocolate: Both
Dogs or cats: Cats, 100 percent
Favorite last movie or book: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (an Indiana author!)
Night owl or morning person: Morning
Beach or mountains: The desert!