Week of May 20, 2019

Everett Thomas reminded the club of health challenges of Bob Shreiner and Jack Thomas and provided the invocation.

Gene Stutsman led singing.


Cory Metzger introduced guests -  Bob Cripe's wife Betty, daughters Marcia Thompson and Melanie Winans and grandson Garret Winans.


Jamie reminded members of a special meeting on June 7 commerating the chartering of Goshen Rotary on June 1, 1919.

Jamie awarded Dave Birky with a PHF+2 pin for contributions to the Rotary Foundation.


Brett Weddell reported on a successful Help A House held May 11.  Rotarians Jamie Stickel, Brett and Robin Weddell, Lynn Morris, Rick Yoder, Glenn Stutzman and Dave Birky helped with the project assisting a single Mom with a special needs daughter make several repairs to her home and improve landscaping.


Dave Birky announced the May Social will be held May 21 @ 5-6 PM @ Goshen Brewing Co.


Cole Patuzzi provided the History Minute from our Club's past 100 years, focusing on philanthropy  provided by the club in it's first 70 years.

1927 - donations to assist needy students

1930 - first mention of donating to the Salvation Army

1933- Provided Scholarships for Goshen College students

1955- first mention of Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army

1934 - Provided funds for students @ South Bend Sight School

WW II - raised nearly $60000 for War Bonds

1963 - provided funding for Goshen High School Marching Band to go to Atlantic City to march in Miss America parade

1965 - sponsored the formation of Nappanee Rotary Club

1969 - Built the Shanklin Park Pool and donated to the City of Goshen for Goshen Rotary's 50th  anniversary

1980 -  Raised several million dollars for the construction of the Boy's Club

1989 - Raised over $250,000 to renovate the Shanklin Pool

1989 - Raised funds and built the Elkhart County Community Building @ the 4-H Fairgrounds


The program was provided by Bob & Rob Cripe about their experience on a recent Honor Flight.  Honor flights started in 2006 to provide veterans a free opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. to view the military monuments commemorating their service.  Bob was one of 3 WW II vets and 85 other vets on the trip.  There have been 159,000 Honor Flights since inception of the program. Honor Flights originate from Ft. Wayne, Lafayette, Indianapolis and Evansville in IN. There are 140 Honor Networks across the country. 

Each Vet had a traveling guardian (who donated $400) and 16 staff also accompanied the group. Each trip is $100,000.

The day started in Ft. Wayne @ 4:30 with a send off from the airport of over 1000 people.  

Upon arrival @ Regan National there were 400 more people in the terminal cheering the Vet's.  A special treat was to meet Karen Pence, who's plane had arrived @ the airport, and upon learning of the Honor Flight, took time to meet individually with all the Veterans.

The Veterans toured on 4 charter busses with police escort to the monuments in Washington, D.C. They visited the WWII Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Mall, Arlington Cemetery, Changing of the Guard and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Air Force Memorial.

On the return plane trip to IN all slept except the pilots.

On arrival @ Ft. Wayne there were over 1000 people greeting the Veterans and it took Bob over an hour to get through the terminal with all the well wishers. Each Veteran was provided with mail - Bob received 65 letters from friends thanking him for his service.  

Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile