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
Phone:
(260) 341-1600
SOCIAL MEDIA
 
 
 
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Club Executives & Directors
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Breaking News

The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne is back to

in-person meetings at Parkview Field!

Zoom meeting attendance continues as an option.

Please attend via the means that works best for you!

 

MONDAY MEETINGS at Parkview Field and via Zoom

11:30 AM – NETWORKING
 
12:00 - 1:00 PM MEETING
 
DON'T MISS THIS!
 
May 17, 2021
 
Education on the Holocaust
Jaki Schreier, The Jewish Federation
 
  Zoom meeting link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7145544439 
 
INSPIRATION: Jim Cress
ROTARY IS...Ashley Warren
SPIN AUTHOR: Mark Hisey
House: Kathy Callen
AV: Kurt Beuchel
PROGRAM: Jaki Schreier, The Jewish Federation, Education on the Holocaust
MENU: Soups and Salad, Chicken Fajitas, Rice, Roasted Corn, Apple Crisp
 
Programs coming up…. Remember to invite guests to hear our great programs!
May 24: Brenda Gerber Vincent & Barry Schrock, Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.
May 31: NO MEETING IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY
June 7: Angelo Mante, Alive Community Outreach
June 14: Rich Beck, Allen County Commissioner
June 21: Paul Harris Community Service Awards
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS...
  • May 21: Community Service Award Nominations due
  • June 21:  Paul Harris Community Service Awards Program
  • June 24: Annual Celebration Dinner at Parkview Field
  • September 14: Big Easy Feast, Parkview Field
  • Rotary International Virtual Convention - June 12-16, 2021, Taipei, Taiwan
  • The Peace Committee's Book Club is held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
  • If you 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: https://paypal.me/FWRotaryFoundation?locale.x=en_US
  • The Zoom Room is available for committee meetings.  Schedule with Jane.
  • To get to the Fort Wayne Rotary Club home page, use https://portal.clubrunner.ca/4164 or www.rotaryfortwayne.org
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAY 10th, 2021 MEETING:
Spin Author - Mark Hisey
     Attendance summary for May 10th:  27 + 1 guests at Parkview Field; 28 + 7 guest on Zoom
 
Moment of Inspiration -  Dee Hoffman
 
Today is a special day for all of us who have been on the Rotary Youth Exchange committee over the years.  We will be hearing from some former students.  Whenever I have met one of our new inbound exchange students, no matter what country they are from, I admire their courage and their willingness to say "YES" to leaving their family, their friends, their country and also saying YES to new families, new friends, and a new country. 

It reminds me of something said by Mark Twain when it comes to making an important decision, such as whether to be an exchange student - and this is our Inspiration for today:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

 
“Rotary is…working together to change the world” – Suha Abbasi
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Proud
 
 
The PR Committee of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne welcomes (and longs for!) your "Rotary Proud" statements. Please take a moment to think why you are “Rotary Proud.” Then write or record your statement of 40 words or fewer. (Please limit videos to 60 seconds.)  Send your statements and videos to:  
 
Thank you so much!

In service,
Nichole Thomas
PR Committee, Rotary Club of Fort Wayne 
 
 
Annual Rotary Celebration Dinner
 

The 2021 Annual Rotary Celebration Dinner will be held Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Parkview Field.  Lynne says this will be a date in history you will not want to miss! 

 
 

 

      The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne is back to

      in-person meetings at Parkview Field!

      Zoom meeting attendance continues as an option.

      Please attend via the means that works best for you!

       

      MONDAY MEETINGS at Parkview Field and via Zoom

      11:30 AM – NETWORKING
       
      12:00 - 1:00 PM MEETING
       
      DON'T MISS THIS!
       
      May 10, 2021
       
      Rotary Youth Exchange
      Former Inbound Students Reflect on their RYE Experience
       
        Zoom meeting link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7145544439 
       
       
      INSPIRATION: Jim Cress
      ROTARY IS... Suha Abbasi
      SPIN AUTHOR: TBA
      House: Kathy Callen
      AV: Lynne Gilmore
      PROGRAM: RYE, Former Inbound Students Reflections on their experience
      MENU: Soups and Salad, Marsala Beef Tips, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables, Ass’t Desserts
       
      Programs coming up…. Remember to invite guests to hear our great programs!
      May 17: Jaki Schreier, The Jewish Federation, Education on the Holocaust
      May 24: Brenda Gerber Vincent & Barry Schrock, Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
      May 31: NO MEETING IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY
      June 7: Angelo Mante, Alive Community Outreach
      June 14: Rich Beck, Allen County Commissioner
      June 21: Paul Harris Community Service Awards
       
       
      ANNOUNCEMENTS...
      • May 21: Community Service Award Nominations due
      • June 24: Annual Celebration Dinner at Parkview Field
      • September 14: Big Easy Feast, Parkview Field
      • Rotary International Virtual Convention - June 12-16, 2021, Taipei, Taiwan
      • The Peace Committee's Book Club is held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
      • If you 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: https://paypal.me/FWRotaryFoundation?locale.x=en_US
      • The Zoom Room is available for committee meetings.  Schedule with Jane.
      • To get to the Fort Wayne Rotary Club home page, use https://portal.clubrunner.ca/4164 or www.rotaryfortwayne.org
       
      HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAY 3rd, 2021 MEETING:
      Spin Author - Mark Hisey
           Attendance summary for May 3rd:  52 + 7 guests at Parkview Field; 18 + 7 guest on Zoom
       
      Moment of Inspiration -  Randy Roberts
      In Oct. 2018, Carol and I went to Rotary headquarters in Chicago for the weekend  to celebrate our joining the Arch Klumph Society. The Arch Klumph Society [AKS] is awarded to Rotarians who donate at least $250,000 to the Rotary Foundation. We had asked to remain anonymous until now. On this special Fort Wayne Rotary day I hope to inspire others to do the same.
       
      For the AKS induction ceremony we were invited to deliver a speech about our Rotary experience. There were 32 of us from all over the world joining ASK that weekend. They wanted our talk ahead of time so that it could be translated into 6 languages. We invited our daughters Kirsten and Michelle to join us for the speech and other Rotary activities. I gave them a tour of Rotary headquarters. While on the top 18th  floor we wanted our photo taken but everyone was gone for the day. Finally a lone woman was walking by. I stopped her and asked if she could take our photo which she graciously did and then introduced herself. She was Pres elect Mark  Maloney’s wife, Gay. She invited us into his office to meet him. We had a nice long conversation with him.
       
      As my “Rotary Is” for today I would like to share the short speech I gave.... but just in English.
       
      “Rotary is…” – Randy Roberts
       
      I joined the Downtown Fort Wayne Rotary Club 49 years ago in May 1969. At that time my Grandfather and Uncle were members and had been presidents. My father-in-law was the long time treasurer. My Uncle’s brother-in-law, Bill Rastetter, was on the RI Board. At 27, I was the youngest member of the club of over 300 members. There were no women and very little diversity. We have come a long way!!
       
      Many of my closest long-time friends are in Rotary. The weekly programs help me stay informed on local and international issues. As I talk to people about joining Rotary, I try to discourage them from joining to get business, but rather to join because they have a heart for service to others.  That is what I like most about Rotary .... being in a room full of people who live “Service Above Self”.
       
      While we do important work in our local communities, my favorite Rotary achievement is promoting international peace and understanding.  Through our Peace Centers, student exchanges, and other exchange programs, I think Rotary is the most efficient and effective NGO in making the world a better place.
       
      My wife, Carol, chose Clean Water as her area of emphasis. She named her AKS designation Water is Life! because clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are all basic necessities for both a productive life and a healthy environment.
      All six areas of focus are extremely important.
       
      I suggest we add a 7th, equally important area of focus:  that is Climate Change and a Sustainable Environment, and how it affects all the other six areas.
      I thought my suggestion of the environment as a new 7th Area of Focus might be  a bit edgy but its not every day you get to talk to the Rotary International President and Board of directors.
       
      As we were leaving the stage President Barry Rassin grabbed my hand and thanked me for suggesting the new 7th area. I am sure he was already considering adding the Environment as an area of focus since his home is in the Bahamas and is threatened by raising sea levels.
      Early this year Carol and I became the first Rotarians to choose the new 7th Area of Focus, the Environment with an additional AKS donation.
       
      We joined the Arch Klumph Society for two reasons. One was altruistic and the other self-serving.
      As we view the daily news and see wars, wild fires, underfunded education, unhealthy water, inadequate healthcare....the list goes on. We feel sorry for the challenges so many people face and wish we could help them.
      Well we can....we are Rotarians!!
       
      There are 1.2 million of us in 35,000  clubs in 167 countries. Together we can and do make a difference in the World. Rotary International has identified our 7 areas of focus to combat these challenges. Our contributions to the Rotary Foundation at any level is a positive step.
       
      YOU can make in making the world more livable.
       
      The second reason we joined AKS is financial. Financial planners say we should have at least $750,000 and hopefully one million dollars for our retirement. They also say about a third of your portfolio should be in fixed income investments. Fixed investments available today and the past many years including U.S.Treasurys, CDs, and Bond ETFs  pay between almost zero % and up to 3.5% as shown on this slide.  And the higher rates carry risk and are not guaranteed.
       
      Our donation to AKS is called a Charitable Gift Annuity, CGA for short. Rotary guarantees us a 5% return for the rest of our lives which covers the fixed income portion of our portfolio. I would rather get a 5% return. This rate is based on several variables and when established is locked in by contract with the RI Foundation and with no risk. At your demise you leave knowing that you have left a legacy that will continue doing good work in your name.
       
      And one more advantage, you get a very nice tax deduction for your donation!
       
      Yes $250,000 is a lot of money. But if you consider it the fixed income part of your retirement and set joining AKS as a goal for your retirement, I think you will be pleased with your decision to join AKS.
       
      For more information regarding AKS, please contact Rebecca Tanaka, Planned Giving Officer with The Rotary Foundation.  Rebecca's email address is rebecca.tanaka@rotary.org, and she can also be reached at (847) 866-3166.
       
       
       
      Rotary Proud
       
       
      The PR Committee of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne welcomes (and longs for!) your "Rotary Proud" statements. Please take a moment to think why you are “Rotary Proud.” Then write or record your statement of 40 words or fewer. (Please limit videos to 60 seconds.)  Send your statements and videos to:  
       
      Thank you so much!

      In service,
      Nichole Thomas
      PR Committee, Rotary Club of Fort Wayne 
       
       
      Annual Rotary Celebration Dinner
       

      The 2021 Annual Rotary Celebration Dinner will be held Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Parkview Field.  Lynne says this will be a date in history you will not want to miss! 

       
      Oxygen Plants needed in India as they battle a COVID-19 surge
       
      Holli Seabury reported that in response to the dire situation in India and the lack of available oxygen, the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne is partnering with the Rotary Club of Gurgaon Harmony Iberis to place oxygen plants in the Palwal and Mumbai locations of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children's Hospitals (https://srisathyasaisanjeevani.org/). We have been given permission by RI to do a fast track global grant which they will approve 3 days after submission. They will not be making a match to this grant so we will need to raise all of the funds. The advantage is that Rotarians will get gift credit.
      If you were at the Monday meeting, you saw club member Dr. Praveen Kollipara and the Jyothi Corp make a $50,000 pledge to this project. Clubs in India are also fundraising and Dr Kollipara is reaching out to the Indian community in Fort Wayne. You will remember last spring, when Ft Wayne was in desperate need of PPE, our local Indian community worked with our club to raise $50,000 for PPE to give to Parkview and Lutheran hospitals and for local non-profit health centers. Now the need is in India.
       
      The total cost for these two oxygen plants is $140,000 US. To make a tax-deductible donation:
      Go online to the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne's Paypal account at www.paypal.me/FWRotaryFoundation   Put in the notes that it is a donation for the oxygen plant - you can specify the plant location.
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      For Rotarians, this gift counts toward your next Paul Harris or major giving level. Gifts will go to global grant GG2126721. Gifts made through the Paypal account will be sent to RI and you will receive gift credit. 
       
      Please forward this request on to anyone you feel may want to help. The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne and Jyothi Corp have an ongoing relationship with the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children's Hospitals, and we know firsthand the critical role they play in providing free cardiac surgeries to families who could never afford the surgery otherwise. They have been incredible partners on many global grants, saving the lives of thousands of children and allowing them the chance to live a long and healthy life. We must act now to assist them in this terrible time for India. 
       
      Thank you for your consideration of this request, the need is so great and so urgent.