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
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Speakers
Allison Geradot & Brad Little
Feb 01, 2021
Community Foundation's Women's Fund
Randy Harter, Historian
Feb 08, 2021
Fort Wayne Then & Now
Barbara Baackgaard
Feb 15, 2021
The Bradley Hotel
Iric Headley
Feb 22, 2021
United Front Initiative
January 2021
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Breaking News

MONDAY MEETINGS at Parkview Field via Zoom

11:30 AM – NETWORKING
 
12:00 - 1:00 PM MEETING
 
DON'T MISS THIS!
 
January 25 2021
 
Mayor Tom Henry
City of Fort Wayne

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING UPCOMING MEETINGS:

 
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and for the safety of our members, visitors and the Parkview Field staff,
weekly Club meetings will be on Zoom until further notice.
 
INSPIRATION: Jaki Schreier
ROTARY IS...  Ron VerLee
SPIN AUTHOR:  John Pierce
AV: Holli Seabury
PROGRAM: Mayor Tom Henry
 
Programs coming up…. Remember to invite guests to hear our great programs!
February 1: Brad Little and Alison Geradot: Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund
February 8: Randy Harter: Fort Wayne Then & Now
February 15: Julie Sanchez: NIIC Breakthrough Program
February 22: Iric Headley: United Front Initiative
March 1: Ruth Ford & Audrey Bruce: Go Baby Go Program
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS...
  • Club Meetings on Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7145544439 
  • Dues Statements are due. If you did not receive one or have questions, contact Mark Westerhausen. Please pay promptly…It’s easy to click on the link in the invoice and pay with your credit card.
  • As we 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
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JANUARY 18, 2021 MEETING:
Spin Author - Stasha Carrasquillo
     Attendance summary for January 18th:  48 plus 4 guests on Zoom
 
Moment of Inspiration -  Chuck Wolfe
 
Chuck Wolfe honored the work of Martin Luther King, Jr., challenging all of us to consider how we can be instruments of peace and social justice, and quoting MLK Jr., “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, he will lift some bruised and beaten bother to a higher and more noble life.”
 
 
“Rotary Is...the World Affairs Conference" - John Hoffman
 
John Hoffman highlighted the World Affairs Conference, which normally would have been held in the Fall of 2020. Due to COVID complexities, it has been rescheduled for this Spring with a strong focus on local attendance, but potential to reach into other nearby clubs virtually. The Spring virtual event would allow students to attend from their schools with two-way interaction capabilities.
 
The virtual conference will be approximately 90-minutes and is an opportunity for Rotary to share with 200+ students in FW, as many as 1000+ throughout our Rotary district. Students are introduced to global topics that connect to local interests, as well, introducing them to the scope and mission of rotary.
 
Volunteers are needed - those interested in participating in this year’s event should contact John.
 
 
And now, for that Long-Awaited Announcement...
 
Club President Jeff Peat and Past President Holli Seabury unveiled the generous news that Praveen Kollipara, MD is following Rotary’s tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others with granting ALL Rotary Club of Fort Wayne members 1,000 Paul Harris recognition points in honor of our collective work with Rotary’s Global Grants, providing Paul Harris Fellow recognition for each Club member.  This incredible distinction also elevates the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne to the exclusive 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club.
 
Recognition from Dr. Kollipara includes 126 Paul Harris recognitions:
  • 1st time PHF   57
  • PHF +1            19
  • PHF +2            10
  • PHF +3            11
  • PHF +4              7
  • PHF +5              4
  • PHF +6              6
  • PHF +7              4
  • PHF +8              8
 
In addition to these recognitions, the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne also has 3 first-time PHFs honoring a family member, plus 10 more Paul Harris levels from members taking advantage of the District Match. PHF awards will be distributed in-person at a future club meeting when COVID-restrictions allow.
 
Thank you, Dr. Kollipara, for your generosity and support of Rotary!
 
 
PROGRAM:
John Frischie
District Governor, Rotary District 6540
 
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Ben Franklin
 
District Governor John Frischie provided a full summary of our district’s activities and response to COVID complexities. He shared his personal experience of morphing into a “Virtual Governor” and needing to scrap the plans for the year, replanning everything in response to virtual limitations and still not being cleared for in-person club visits to date.
 
Governor Frischie emphasized that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Rotary has always embraced and embodied change. And the necessary changes of this year have also introduced elements of the Rotary experience that can be more welcoming for some members. Clubs like the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne who have been able to adapt engagement virtually have benefited the most from this shift. And, he applauded the Fort Wayne community’s talent pool and willingness to share time and talent in support of Rotary efforts.
 
The following goals and activities were also covered in Governor Frischie’s overview:
 
2020.2021 Goals/Activities:
  • Making virtual club rooms welcoming to members.
  • Focus on youth; Go Baby Project, Medical assistance for children in Mexico with Heart to Heart. The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne will be supporting the Go Baby Go project through a local doctoral student at Huntington University which fits well into our maternal and child health focus.
  • Renewed emphasis on Diversity; welcoming everyone and always applying the 4-way test
  • Increased involvement with global grants from local clubs
  • Establishment of new Rotaract Clubs and satellite clubs
  • Environment-focused Rotary club is actively in the works
  • Implementation of the New District newsletter
DG Frischie - Many thanks for joining our Club for today's meeting.  We are grateful for your leadership!
 
This Date in History
 
On January 18, 1803, Thomas Jefferson sent a secret message to Congress asking for “the appropriation of two thousand five hundred dollars, for the purpose of extending the external commerce of the United States.” This money was used to fund the Lewis & Clark expedition.
 
On this date in 1981, minutes after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as the 40th president of the United States, the 52 U.S. captives held at the U.S. embassy in Teheran, Iran, are released, ending the 444-day Iran Hostage Crisis.
 
This Date in (very, very soft) Rock History
 
 Barry Manilow’s scored his first #1 single with “Mandy” on January 18, 1975. He would go on to sell more than 75 million records over the course of his career after working his way to success first as a commercial jingle writer (including “Stuck on Band-aid,” and “Like a Good Neighbor”), piano player for Bette Midler, and opening act for Dionne Warwick.
 
Top 100 Movie Quote (American Film Institute)
 
From the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire - “You had me at hello.”