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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

(260) 341-1600
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Irene Paxia, Amani Family Services
Oct 22, 2018
Issues Faced by Immigrants to Northeast Indiana
Andy Downs, Purdue Fort Wayne
Oct 29, 2018
The Election Season of 2018
October 2018
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership Chair
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Breaking News
12:00 - 1:00 PM MEETING
October 15
Congressman Jim Banks
October 22
Irene Paxia, Amani Family Services:
Issues Faced by Immigrants to Northeast Indiana
October 27
Andy Downs, Purdue Fort Wayne
The Election Season of 2018
SPIN for October 15, 2018
GREETERS: Greg Allen (First Federal Bank) & Parry Leavell (Star Financial Bank)
CASHIER: Ron Kohart (Kohart Properties)
INVOCATION: Sharon Pohly (Girl Scouts)
HOUSE:  Chris Bien (MSKTD) & Randy Rider (Crossroad)
SPIN EDITOR: Kelly Updike (Embassy Theatre)
Web Master & AV Guru: James Cress (retired Lutheran pastor)
PIANO: Masson Robertson (retired from IPFW and The Philharmonic)
PROGRAM: Republican Incumbent Congressman Jim Banks
MENU: Big Easy Taste Test: 
  • Soups—Chicken Gumbo & Corn & Crab Chowder
  •  Salads-- Kale & Quinoa & Spinach with Balsamic Vegetables 
  • Vegetables—Cajun Sweet Potato Fries, Red Beans and Rice & Vegetable Jambalaya
  • Entrees—Roasted Cajun Pork Loin & Chicken Fricassee
  • Dessert—Chocolate Mousse & New Orleans Bread Pudding 
News from October 8, 2018, Club Meeting
Authored by Kelly Updike    
From Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Driver to Congressional Candidate
Courtney Tritch has held some interesting and impactful jobs in her career path to running for Indiana’s Third District representative. Whether it was her first post-college (IU, Phi Beta Kappa graduate) gig as a weinermobile driver, her work for the Downtown Improvement District, her job as a vice president at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership or her current position as owner of Courtney Tritch Consulting, Tritch says she is well-prepared to make needed changes in Congress.
Tritch said the recent years of economic successes in Fort Wayne and the region, such as Parkview Field and the Regional Cities initiatives, were due to people who were “willing to work together. That is not happening at the federal level.
“It’s not about partisanship,” Tritch said, “it’s about making the right decisions for people (in our district). We need some integrity in our politicians.”
For example, Tritch said she watched the recent health care debate and felt that “rather than working across the aisle, they just wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), when 20 million people will lose their health insurance. I want to make affordable, accessible health care a priority. I’m advocating for the Medicare option, where anyone can buy into Medicare insurance as an option. … I want to be practical, I want to do what works for people.”
Tritch brings a personal passion to her candidacy: Her sister died from pancreatic cancer at age 39; when Tritch approached her own 39th birthday, she contemplated “what it meant to be here, when she (Tritch’s sister) was not.” With her mother as a sounding board, Tritch spent many hours talking about her role in life and was stunned to lose her mother suddenly in 2016. Her father, Dr. Daniel Tritch, had died in 2006. “They taught me to stand up for people who don’t have a voice,” Tritch says of her decision to run for Congress. To that end, Tritch said she has held multiple town hall meetings, which were broadcast via Facebook Live, and said she seeks out “experts” on a wide variety of issues to learn more herself as well as inviting those experts to talk with the public.
Tritch stated she is proud that her campaign is focused on positive messages and not on personal attacks of her opponent, incumbent Rep. Jim Banks. Tritch said Banks has constantly made inflammatory and incorrect statements about her personal life and political positions.
Tritch’s top platform issues are health care, education, clean energy and jobs & the economy. She also is concerned about veterans, the 40 percent in our community who live in poverty and the country’s increasing debt.
Tritch is working to set up live debates with her opponent, saying that a tentative date is Oct. 28, with a confirmed date of Nov. 2, 7 p.m., on WANE TV. She recently wrote editorials that offer her view on health care – at – and also on immigration and the economy – at
More about Tritch can be found at
“I’m asking you to think about what kind of country you want to live in,” Tritch told club members. “Are you willing to vote, get your friends to vote, volunteer, what are you willing to do? We can’t continue on this divided path.”
Big Easy Feast Taste Test
You will be delighted by the lunch menu today – we are taste-testing the food for our upcoming Big Easy fundraiser. Yum!
Welcome, New Member
In what may be a first for the club, Rotarians welcomed new member Dan Gabbard, a fourth-generation Rotarian. Dan’s grandfather is Bill Gabbard. Dan is a licensed real estate broker with Zacher Company. He is a recent IU graduate, who is excited to become a member. Welcome, Dan!
Help at the World Affairs Conference
You will soon receive an email asking for volunteers for the Oct. 30 World Affairs Conference. New this year is an essay contest, where the top three writers will received scholarship funds. Volunteers for this and other fulfilling tasks are needed. Contact John Hoffman at to assist.
Past Rotary Governor Lisa Is On The Air!
Recent District Governor (and Club Rotarian) Lisa Waterman is hosting Financially Speaking with Lisa on Saturday mornings at 10 am on WOWO. 
Rotary Friendship Exchange update
District Governor Lisa Waterman reports that the upcoming Rotary Friendship Exchange is now full. While you may put your name into the “bowl” for consideration, at this point it will only be if someone currently signed up is not able to attend.  The current friends attending include: Dawn Harvey, Lisa and David Waterman, Lorelei Verlee, Ruth Koontz, and Jeff and Becky Gaskill. 
PURDUE OMNIBUS LECTURE SERIES will present Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club which is the book for our Rotary Club of Fort Wayne on October 30th. If you would like to join our book Club on November 14  at 5:30 pm at Granite City and attend the lecture together at 7:30 pm, please contact Barb Wachtman, Jane Wilks, or Hollie Seabury for information.
The Foundation Million Dollar Dinner will be held next February at Notre Dame. This is an inaugural event recognizing members who have given $10,000 or have committed to putting in their will a gift of $10,000 or more. Arch Klumpf, the founder of the Rotary Foundation, once said, “No one can tell us what Rotary will be tomorrow, but one thing is certain: What Rotary will be tomorrow depends upon what we Rotarians do today.” You are encouraged to consider the foundation for your annual giving and/or in your will. Together, we make the foundation work!

Rotary 5K report
Bill Harris reported the unofficial results of the recent Rotary 5K event. The preliminary report on the proceeds indicate a benefit, including matching funds, of more than $16,000. Bill expressed thanks to committee members, Rotary members, sponsors and everyone who was involved: Thank you very much!

Membership Development training workshop opportunity
Dave Kaverman reminded members of the workshop next month on Oct. 27 in Plymouth from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. titled “Simply Irresistible:  a Contemporary Approach to Membership.” We’d like to have a number of members attend to develop synergy around membership development. If you are interested, please contact Dave.
WHO: Rotary Club of Fort Wayne Members and Guests
WHAT: Happy Hour!
WHEN: October 23, 2018, 5-7 PM (4th Tuesday each month)
WHERE: Club Soda, 235 E Superior Street
COST: $12 per person (one drink ticket and appetizers provided)
              (Photo is from September's Happy Hour at Club Soda.)