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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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October 2017
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership Chair
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Breaking News
October 16
Debbie Meyer
Executive Director, Erin's House for Grieving Children
October 23
Megan Gearhart
Returning Outbound Rotary Exchange Student
October 30
David Bennett
Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
October 16, 2017
GREETERS: Al Diefenbach (WM Imaging Solutions) & Andy Hyndman (ONI Risk Partners) & Stacy Brettin (Indiana Tech)
CASHIER:  Carole Fuller (Community Volunteer)
INVOCATION:  Tom Heil (Associated Churches)
SERGEANT:  Kim Wagner (IPFW))
SOCIAL MEDIA: Elise Alabbas (Fort Wayne Dance Collective)
HOUSE:  Rob Patrick (1st Source Bank) & Randy Rider (Crossroads)
SPIN EDITOR: Staci Brettin (Indiana Tech)
Web Master Jim Cress (retired Lutheran pastor)
PIANO: Masson Robertson (retired from IPFW and The Philharmonic)
PROGRAM: Debbie Meyer, Executive Director, Erin's House for Grieving Children
Menu: Soup & Salad Bar, Beef Stroganoff & Apple Dumplings
News from the October 9, 2017 Club Meeting
Written by Bruce Haines 
News from the October 9, 2017 Club Meeting    
FW Housing Authority-Investing in Bricks, Mortar and People
For George Guy, CEO and Executive Director, the mission statement of the Fort Wayne Housing Authority is his motivation, “building and developing vibrant, inclusive neighborhoods throughout Fort Wayne, offering residents safe, quality, affordable housing and programs that foster community, alleviate poverty and encourage long-term economic self-sufficiency.” FWHA owns and manages more than 800 units of conventional housing, administers and manages more than 3,000 vouchers, and helps provide homes to over 3,500 families and nearly 9,000 family members. With a team of nearly 50 housing, maintenance and social service professionals, FWHA aims to create partnerships to offer resources that will empower our residents and enhance their quality of life. For example, many residents require more than just housing. After much consideration on what could be done to assist, FWHA opened a Resident Services Resource Center by utilizing an empty space in one of our communities. The Center allows us to offer immediate assistance to residents with issues such as finding food and clothing.
Another illustration of mission in action is provided through the Ready to Rent Program, which was developed to assist homeless individuals and families who are ready to move from an approved shelter into a rental unit and who are willing to adhere to a Housing Stability Plan for 12 months. FWHA was selected to oversee the client’s daily progress and help them transition from the homeless shelter to stable housing by way of providing the Case Management Services. In order to be eligible for the program, one must possess a high school diploma or GED, have three months of consecutive work experience within the past twelve months, and have some form of verified income. The eligibility of each candidate primarily depends on the household income potential — 30 percent of the gross potential income must be enough to afford housing on their own, as the program’s end goal is for the client to become independent of assistance after 12 months.
The FWHA 2016 Report to the Community provides an overview of the housing projects and developments underway, as well as a summary of programs, residents’ spotlights, financials and the agency’s strategic goals.
Welcome Our Newest Rotarian!
David Holbrook (right) was introduced as our newest member to our club by Roger Reece (left). David was born in Findlay, Ohio and grew up in Bryan, Ohio where is now resides. He received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest State Community College and a BA in Business Administration from Defiance College. He worked as an RN for ten years in a several capacities. David has been a nursing home administrator since 2007. His wife Jamie is a senior procurement specialist for Con-Agra Foods. They are the parents of two daughters, Elizabeth (16) and Isabella (13). David’s passions include his family, music (all genres), his service to the geriatric population in our community, and he is an avid fan of the Denver Broncos and the Ohio State Buckeyes! Welcome, David!
World Affairs Conference coming up
Mark your calendar for the next World Affairs Conference on Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the IPFW International Ballroom. According to Chairman John Hoffman, 250 students are expected to attend to discuss and learn about the topic of immigration. This is a great (and fun) volunteer opportunity, plan to attend!
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It’s an 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, with our own Lisa Waterman leading the northern third of Indiana as governor of District 6540.  
The All IN Rotary Statewide District Conference will be about celebration, inspiration, information, networking and more.
  • What: All IN Rotary Statewide District Conference
  • When: Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2018
  • Where:  Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
  • Early bird registration fee:  $119 (Expires October, 31!)
  • To register: Visit
Widening the path to become a Paul Harris Fellow
The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne’s Foundation Committee wants to help more members become a Paul Harris Fellow, new Foundation Committee Chair Jeff Peat announced at Monday’s meeting.
To become a Paul Harris Fellow, a Rotarian contributes $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation. This contribution can accrue over time or be a lump sum.
Peat explained the Club’s Foundation Committee decided to use some existing Foundation funds to help members become Paul Harris Fellows by matching their contributions. He noted members who have accrued $500 toward their gift will now receive a $500 match from the Foundation fund to enable them to become a Paul Harris Fellow.
Additionally, Peat emphasized the Club stands to enrich its Foundation Fund with robust attendance at the October 6 District 6440 Foundation Dinner at Memorial Coliseum.  Attendance rewards are:
  • $1,000 for clubs with 10% of members in attendance. For the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne, this translates to at least 15 attendees
  • An award to the club with this highest per capita percentage of attendees
  • An award to the club with highest contributions to the Rotary Foundation
Peat urged members to attend the District Foundation Dinner to support Rotary, our Club, and our own District Governor Lisa Waterman. For Foundation Dinner reservations, please visit
Mardi Gras Feast 2018
Mark your calendar for Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13, when the second-annual Mardi Gras feast will take place. More details soon!