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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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Dr Wendy Robinson
Feb 20, 2017
The State of Our Schools
Susan Imler
Feb 27, 2017
Swiss Re
February 2017
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Rotary Big Easy Feast!
Great Food! Great Cause! Great Fun!
Tuesday, February 28: lunch 11:00 am -- 2 pm, and dinner 4 -- 8 pm;
cash bar at both meals.
Cost: $30 per person
Location: Lincoln Financial Event Center Parkview Field,
1301 Ewing Street, Fort Wayne
Proceeds: Benefit Rotary Club of Fort Wayne's
Riverfront Development Project
or contact a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne!
February 20
Dr. Wendy Robinson, FWCS Superintendent
The State of Our Schools
February 27
Susan Imler
Swiss Re
The following story was written by Tom Wooding about our Rotary meeting on  February 13, 2017.
From Vaudeville, to Broadway, to Hollywood, to Las Vegas and beyond, the self-created 67-year-long entertainment career of Mae West is itself the stuff of legend. Singer, dancer, actress, comedian. But also playwright, screenwriter and author. Mae West's name is forever linked with her curvaceous sex symbol body and her trademark suggestively-delivered and often-bawdy one-liners. (All that's missing at the end is the stock Vaudeville drum-thump to make sure you got the double entendre joke!)
Wearing one of Mae's trademark oversize Belle Epoch hats, our speaker, Marilyn Moran Townsend, presented a short revue of highlights of Ms. West's remarkable career. Remarkable because of its longevity. But also because it spanned the entire spectrum of entertainment media – theater, movies, nightclubs, radio and even television and records. (Were she alive today, I don't doubt that Mae, ever the attention-getting self-promoter, would be on Twitter, too!)
Mae's lifelong, trademark “when I'm bad, I'm better” stage/screen persona combined the familiar temptress behavior of a vamp with something entirely new – the lighthearted, wisecrack-making swagger of an independent (and presumably sexually liberated) woman. It was the perfect publicity generator! And she played it to the hilt. Arrested for indecency in 1927 as both the star in and author of the provocatively titled (and smash hit) Broadway play Sex, Mae chose to serve a 10-day jail sentence rather than pay a fine. And afterward, she quipped that she had worn “silk panties” the whole time. 
Her subsequent 1928 Broadway play, Diamond Lil, was an equally successful, subversive jab at the conservative Prohibition Era climate in America that followed WWI. 
Then, Mae joined the 1930s glamor of Tinsel town, making hit movies like She Done Him Wrong, I'm No Angel and My Little Chickadee with the stars (or soon-to-be stars) of Hollywood – George Raft, Cary Grant and W.C. Fields. And it made her rich. By 1935, she was the highest-paid woman (and the second-highest-paid person in America, after newspaper magnet William Randolph Hearst), earning more than $483,000 that year. So her famous “rich is better” wisecrack turns out to be more than just a joke. Success became its own publicity-generator!
Throughout her career, Mae played a push-the-envelope game with “public decency” censorship. Everything from the mildly flirtatious (“I've been in more laps than a napkin”) to the bawdily risqué (“Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me”). And even a seemingly innocent line like “Beulah, peel me a grape” acquired another dimension when Mae said it. Intonation and timing were everything!
But what played well enough on Broadway or in the movies, despite increasingly successful “public decency” censorship, ran into a complete roadblock when she tried to take it to radio. In 1937, as the result of public uproar over a Garden of Eden skit on the Chase & Sanborn Hour, NBC Radio banned Mae “an unfit radio personality.”
And so she retreated into her very successful nightclub acts, an equally successful Broadway revival of Diamond Lil, writing her autobiography Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, and various bit-role film or TV appearances over the years – including a memorable duet with Rock Hudson of “Baby, It's Cold Outside” during the 1958 Academy Awards.
But by then, Mae had long since become a pop culture icon – variously serving as the humorous slang nickname for WWII inflatable life jackets; the inspiration for Salvador Dali's bright-red surrealist “Lips Sofa;” and making a part-of-the-crowd photo appearance on this famous album cover … “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
 Congratulation to Kelly Updike,
 First time Paul Harris Fellow!
 Congratulations to 
 Mark Westerhousen!
 Paul Harris Recipient!
Special Rotary Happy Hour Update
We will be at the GnomeTown Brewing Co. (next to Hoppy Gnome).
“Brew Your Own Beer” for Happy Hour in February and March. 
We will do the brewing in February, let it all ferment for three weeks and then taste our work in March. 
Save the Dates:
Tuesday, February 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (or so, it takes about three hours for the brewing process; not all need to stay)
Wednesday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
There will be no charge for attending either month but each Rotarian will need to buy his/her own eats and drinks, outside of the “Rotary” beer in March.
If you have any question about either event, please reach out to Dave Kaverman,


We have an immediate need for a tutor for the
remainder of the school year.
Time Commitment
One hour once a week during the school year.
Day:          Tuesday
Time:         2:55- 3:55
What if I can’t commit to every week?  
We encourage the buddy system - find a partner who would be willing to share a student.  As buddies, the two of you take turns meeting with your student. We can assist in finding you a partner.
 How do I prepare or do I need any special skills to be a Study Connection volunteer?
We are looking for people who have a desire to provide a student with a positive role model. As a volunteer you may be asked to help a student with their homework, basic math, reading skills, and organizational skills. 
 If you are interested and have additional questions – please give us a call.
 Julie Bobay           (260) 760-7287      
 Lori Stinson          (260) 415-9702