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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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Speakers
Zach Lear
Aug 07, 2017
Fitness at Any Age
John Ketzenberger, President of IN Public Policy
Aug 14, 2017
Indiana Public Policy
ANNUAL GOLF OUTING AT ORCHARD RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB
Aug 21, 2017
NO REGULAR MEETING AT PARKVIEW FIELD
District 6660 Governor Do Nguyen
Aug 28, 2017
Bringing World Peace
Hector Garcia
Sep 11, 2017
A Discussion of His Art
Jim Anderson
Sep 18, 2017
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Deanna Mohre
Sep 25, 2017
Peg Perego Corporation
Richard Florea
Oct 02, 2017
CEO Skyline Corp
George Guy
Oct 09, 2017
Fort Wayne Housing Authority
 
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Club Executives & Directors
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Treasurer
Membership Chair
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Secretary
 
 
Breaking News
DON'T MISS THIS!
 
July 24
Cheryl  Ferverda
Soaring Hawk Raptor Rehab
 
July 31
 US Representative James Banks
(please send number of guests to Jane)
 
August 7
Zach Lear, Fitness at Any Age
 
August 14
John Ketzenberger
President, Indiana Fiscal Policy
 
August 21
NO MEETING
ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
ORCHARD RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB
 
August 28
District 6660 Governor Do Nguyen
Bringing World Peace
 
 
The Spin Information and Speakers were provided Jane Wilks, fwrotarysecretary@gmail.com
The Spin was organized and posted by James Cress, rotaryclubfwspin@gmail.com
 
Rotary meeting of July 17, 2017
Tom Wooding, Spin editor
 
Rotarians: People of Action
           
            “Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and
            problems-solvers share ideas, join leaders,
            and take action to create lasting change.”
            (RI website)
           
I begin with Tim Gibson's thought-for-the-day tribute to Club member Lisa Waterman – our new 2017-18 District Governor:  “Lisa is all-in and always challenges herself to make Rotary better.”  In short, Lisa is the perfect exemplar of the change-creating, person-of-action description of a Rotarian, quoted above.
 
That slogan is part of RI's re-branding effort to better describe our organization and what it does.  And perhaps, Lisa suggested, even our insignia “wheel” pin should be re-branded, prominently adding the word ROTARY, to better identify us to the world at large.
 
One of Lisa's DG goals this year is to support and publicize RI's “End Polio Now” campaign by walking a mile with, and collecting donations from, local Rotarians after each of her fifty-five District 6450 club visits this year.  (And this being the first such visit, a group of us donated to that campaign and accompanied her on a mile walk, immediately following last Monday's meeting.) 
 
 
After more than 30 years and in excess of $1 billion, Rotary's once audacious, change-the-world goal of eradicating polio forever really is very, very close.  Year-to-date, Lisa said, only 10 new cases of polio have been reported worldwide.  But, even when that number becomes zero, as it surely will, Lisa cautioned that polio inoculation must still continue worldwide for an additional three years to cover the last possible incubation period for this terrible disease.
 
Another of Lisa's goals as DG is membership retention and growth.  Rotary's total membership is stagnant at 1.2 million – the same as it was back in 1995 – and membership is actually declining among North American clubs.  Lisa cited our own District as an example.  In 2012, it had 2500 members; now, just 2441.  And so her membership goal this year is to return our District to its former 2500 level.
 
Even our own Club needs to be membership proactive.  Lisa noted that we lost 4 members last month … a happenstance occurrence, perhaps … but not something to be ignored.  “Who should be in Rotary,” she asked, and then challenged each of us to come up with 5 names.  “Who haven't you seen at our meetings for a while,” she asked, and then challenged each of us to reach out to fellow members who have gone-missing.
 
Lisa's third goal this year is get all clubs in our District involved in preventive meth addiction education.  With the cooperation of schools, and in conjunction with health care professionals, she wants Rotarians to help implement the successful “Don't Meth With Us” program with 5th and 6th grade students throughout Northern Indiana.  (For a brief description of that program, go to www.dontmethwithus.com)
 
And finally, Lisa hopes to inspire all of us to give enthusiastic commitment to our Club, to our District, and to Rotary International itself.  “Be excited.  Take action.  Be a leader.  Make a difference.”
 
Hey!
Club dues are past due, please make payment now. See Jane Wilks or Mark Westerhausen for information.
 
July and August Happy Hour plans
Enjoy good friends and good times in a good location:
  • July 26, Summer Nights at the Embassy, featuring music by local artist Jon Durnell. Cost is $5 at the door which opens at 5 p.m. Beverages and food available for purchase.
  • Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m., 45-minute cruise on Fort Wayne’s rivers on Sweet Breeze, a replica of an 1840 model canal boat. Boat will launch from Headwaters Park West. Attendees should park in the county parking lot where Calhoun ends at Headwaters Park. Limited space, only 40 spots available. Prepay with cash or check to Rick Zolman. Jane Wilks can accept credit cards.
 
Get your early bird discount for ALL IN statewide Rotary Conference in spring 2018! 
For the first time in 80 years, Rotarians throughout Indiana will come together next spring for a statewide district conference.
 
The All IN Rotary Statewide District Conference will be about celebration and inspiration. Together, we will celebrate “Rotary: Making a Difference” and you will be inspired by the many accomplishments of Hoosier Rotarians. Guaranteed!
 
WHAT: All IN Rotary Statewide District Conference
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2018
WHERE:  Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEE: Just $119
 
Together, we will:
·         Network and share ideas with Rotarians from all three Indiana districts
·         Be inspired by great speakers
·         Enjoy downtown Indianapolis
 
Register today at the special early bird rate of $119: www.allinrotary.org.
 
Another party!
Join the Elkhart Rotary Club as its members celebrate the 100th Anniversary with special guest RI President Ian Riseley.
 
Where: Wellfield Botanical Garden
              1011 N Main St, Elkhart IN 46514
When: Thursday August 10 (under the tent)
            Reception at 4:30 p.m. (EST)
            Buffet at 5:30
            Program at 6:15
            Party at 7:00
 
Cost: $40 per plate
RSVP to:
or call 574-266-2006
For more information, contact Eric Garton (chair), Ann McCuistion (president) or Scott Puckett (past president).
 
Be a Washington School difference-maker 
WE NEED YOU on Thursday, Aug. 10, 4:45-7 p.m., for Back to School Night at Washington as we prepare and serve dinner to the students and their parents!  
Why do we need you? We will be serving 300-400 people.
What a great way to spend a Thursday night and help families of Washington enjoy a nice meal and ring in a new school year!
 
Responsibility: Greeting the students and parents, setting up, preparing and serving some awesome food!
We can head out afterwards for Thirsty Thursday if your spouse or significant other would like to meet us downtown.See Julie Bobay and Lori Stinson for more information.