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Rensselaer Rotary 4-14-2015
Hello, Rensselaer Rotarians!
Thirty-two members plus guest Elizabeth Hartmann were present to celebrate what we learned was National Deli Sandwich Day, courtesy of John Ahler. Today is also the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln, as well as the tragic sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage. This is also National Library Week. About 40% of the nation's population still relies on public libraries for Internet access.
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Rensselaer Rotary 4-07-2015
Hello, Rensselaer Rotarians!
Thirty members present today, plus Robert Blankenship's guest Pat Toben, Felicia Jones from Dr. Jordan Balvich's office, and RCHS students Zach Wamsley and Ryne Webb, whom our club will sponsor at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), April 17-19. Zach and Ryne will return after RYLA to speak of their experience there.
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Rensselaer Rotary 11-25-2014
Hello Rensselaer Rotarians!
Wow! Twenty-one members present today, plus guest Russ Martin AND TWO NEW ROTARIANS: Robert Monfort and Mike Pruitt. Welcome, Robert and Mike!
Kristen Ziese announced that the Bombers will leave Rensselaer Thursday at noon, with a police and fire truck escort passing through town on their way to Indianapolis for the state finals. Coach Chris Meeks will be our speaker next week; Rensselaer Rotary will give him $500. to continue to promote this excellent program.
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Rensselaer Rotary 11-18-2014
Hello Rensselaer Rotarians!
Our Run for Warmth was a lively gathering at 24/7 today, with 20 members present, plus guests Tom Fleming, Renée Harold, Mike Pruitt, and Betty Tonner. Coach Rick O'Dette and several baseball players were also present, as was Police Chief Jeff Phillips.
Thanks to Devon's for providing sandwiches, chips, two great soups, and cookies. Many thanks to Mindy and Deric Beier for hosting the event at their fitness facility. Also thanks to John Balvich, Jeff Gastineau, and WRIN staff for broadcasting the event. All funds generated by this event go to support the Gallagher Charitable Society Christmas Party for underprivileged children and their families on December 6Rotary provides a new coat for each child in addition to other items. Thanks to all for their support.
ELECTION of President-Nominee next Tuesday, 11-25.
BOARD MEETING next Tuesday, 11-25, at 11:15 @ eMbers.
Come to vote next Tuesday at eMbers!
Anne-Marie Egan
Secretary, Rotary Club of Rensselaer
Rensselaer Rotary 11-18-2014 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z
Rensselaer Rotary 11-11-2014
Hello Rensselaer Rotarians!
Great group today! Twenty members, plus Stephanie Johnson and her dad, Donald, John Groppe, Alan McFarland, Russ Martin, Mike Pruitt, and our own Rick Mangas, always welcome.
RUN FOR WARMTH next Tuesday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 24/7. Come for lunch, exercise, socializing. No formal meeting. We hope to raise $2500. to cover expenses of clothing, food, and gifts for local children in need, to be given to them on December 6 at SJC. You may donate cash, goods, or collect pledges for time spent exercising.
NEW MEMBERS: please be aware that you are billed $12.00 per week (dues $4.00, meal $8.00) whether you attend the meeting or not. Snowbirds are excused from meal charges.
BOARD MEETING November 25, 11:15 a.m.
Rensselaer Rotary 11-11-2014 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z
Rensselaer Rotary 11-04-2014
Hello Rensselaer Rotarians!
Nineteen members present today, plus guests Russ Martin and Mike Pruitt. The meeting was chaired by President-Elect Chris Widner, filling in for President John Balvich who is visiting his mother in Florida. Members who had not yet voted were fined $1. Jeff Gastineau provided some optimistic advance information about the upcoming RCHS football game vs. Wheeler.
Mindy Beier distributed fliers about the Rotary Run/Walk for Warmth, scheduled for Tuesday, November 18We will meet at 24/7 that day11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for lunch, socializing, exercising--all for a good cause. WLQI will be broadcasting onsite to promote the event.
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Rensselaer Rotary 10-28-2014
Hello Rensselaer Rotarians!
Seventeen members were present today,including new member Steve Wood, plus guests Russ Martin and long-time former Rensselaer resident and Rotarian, Alan Hurley.
Jim Dougans was our greeter and prayer today. Bill Stang's Fellowship included an announcement of the Puma football viewing party at the Pub this Thursday, 6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports.
We will be electing next year's President-elect on November 25. Volunteers and nominations are more than welcome.
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Rensselaer Rotary 10-21-2014
Twenty members present today, plus guests Pat Price and Brian Egan. New member Bob Evans greeted and led the prayer. Bob and Gail are about to leave for Arizona for the winter.
Fr./Dr. Bill Stang was in charge of Fellowship. John Price spoke about hopes that Indiana legislators will alter laws so that thefts and sale of metal from farms can more easily be prosecuted. Kristen Ziese reported that the Grants Committee of the Jasper County Community Foundation will meet tonight to allocate over $40 K in grant money to local entities. Jeff Gastineau reported feeling privileged to assist in filling backpacks last week. Committee chair Dene Mattocks reported that 65 bags were filled in about 25 minutes. Bags contained weekend food items including milk, cereal, green beans, cookies, macaroni & cheese, and popcorn.
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Rensselaer Rotary 10-14-2014
Kenny HaunJr., Chief of the Rensselaer Fire Department, was on hand to provide an update on the proposed new building and other projects. The Haunted House, a popular program from the past, will return October 29, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Fairgrounds. Last year's popular program, Trunk or Treat, co-sponsored with the Police Department, is scheduled for October 31, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Fairgrounds. Donaldson is also helping with the latter program.
Rensselaer Rotary 10-14-2014 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z
Rensselaer Rotary 8-19-2014
Hello Rensselaer Rotarians!
Eighteen members present today, plus guests Bob Evans and Brian Egan.
After the singing, John Ahler's fellowship questions yielded the following answers: Fall Festival is this weekend; George M Cohan wrote "Give My Regards to Broadway;" Little Cousin Jasper Festival is always the first weekend after Labor Day; James Whitcomb Riley is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery; Little Cousin Jasper Festival replaced 1973's Good Neighbor Days. John paid a Happy Buck because he has only 24 more years of children's college bills.
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Rensselaer Rotary 7-08-2014
Our program today was from the Fendig Summer Children's Theater production: Willy Wonka. Director Alex Witt introduced cast members who gave us a preview of several selections from the show. Performances will be Thursday and Friday of this week, RCHS Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Rensselaer Rotary 7-08-2014 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z
Rensselaer Rotary 11-12-13
Governor Christina asked why we had joined Rotary and why we stayed in Rotary. Like most of our members, she continues in Rotary because of her commitment to "service above self."  She asked us to consider Rotary's vast "tool basket" available to us in deciding what it is that we need to do, and how we may need to change in order to achieve our goals. We need to look ahead now! How do we get and keep new members? Internationally, Rotary is not keeping its members. We must offer more and make it valuable to the members.
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Rensselaer Rotary 11-12-13 Anne-Marie Egan 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z
2012 Change of Gavel
Held Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at Curtis Creek Country Club at 5:30 pm!!
2012 Change of Gavel 2012-05-13 00:00:00Z
Candidate for Circuit Court Judge
Candidate for Circuit Court Judge Deanna Nugent 2012-04-10 00:00:00Z
Board Meeting
A board meeting will be held on Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 4pm at Rico's.  
Board Meeting Deanna Nugent 2012-04-03 00:00:00Z
President of Saint Joseph's College Dennis Riegelnegg
President of Saint Joseph's College Dennis Riegelnegg Deanna Nugent 2012-04-03 00:00:00Z
Boy Scout Chicken Dinner
April 1, 2012 at RCMS.
Boy Scout Chicken Dinner Deanna Nugent 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z
Earnest Watson
Earnest Watson Deanna Nugent 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z
Property Taxes
Property Taxes Deanna Nugent 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z
District 6540 Rotary Foundation Chair Dan Ryan
District 6540 Rotary Foundation Chair Dan Ryan Deanna Nugent 2012-02-28 00:00:00Z
Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement Deanna Nugent 2012-02-21 00:00:00Z
Financial Arts
Valerie Fagens
Financial Arts Deanna Nugent 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z
Iroquois Valley Harmonizers
Iroquois Valley Harmonizers
Iroquois Valley Harmonizers Deanna Nugent 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z
Brian Townsend
Brian Townsend Deanna Nugent 2012-02-07 00:00:00Z
Paul Croyle from Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Paul Croyle from Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Deanna Nugent 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z
Jim Wallace candidate for Governor of Indiana
Jim Wallace candidate for Governor of Indiana Deanna Nugent 2012-01-17 00:00:00Z
Jasper County REMC
Jasper County REMC Deanna Nugent 2012-01-10 00:00:00Z
Indiana State Senator District 7
 Senator Brandt Hershman
Indiana State Senator District 7 Deanna Nugent 2012-01-03 00:00:00Z
Sheriff Terry Risner
Sheriff Terry Risner Deanna Nugent 2011-12-27 00:00:00Z
Heather Lyons Spanish teacher at RCHS
Travels with RCHS students.
Heather Lyons Spanish teacher at RCHS Deanna Nugent 2011-12-20 00:00:00Z
Indiana State Senator District 5
 Ed Charbonneau
Indiana State Senator District 5 Deanna Nugent 2011-12-13 00:00:00Z
Crisis Center
 Eastland Family Christmas Project
Crisis Center Deanna Nugent 2011-12-06 00:00:00Z
Gallagher Charitable Society Dinner
Gallagher Charitable Society Dinner Deanna Nugent 2011-12-03 00:00:00Z
Run/Walk for Warmth

When: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Where:24/7 Club Fit

 WLQI Live Broadcast from 24/7 Club Fit

Rotary's lunch will be at 24/7 Club Fit on the 29th at 12:00pm!!

Run/Walk for Warmth Deanna Nugent 2011-11-29 00:00:00Z
SJC Event Services
SJC Event Services Deanna Nugent 2011-11-08 00:00:00Z
Library Presentation
Library Presentation Deanna Nugent 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z
Musch Renovation
Reconstruction of the old Beaver News/ Warner Hardware building
Musch Renovation Deanna Nugent 2011-10-25 00:00:00Z
October 25th Meeting
 Bring candy/monetary donation for the Rensselaer Care Center
October 25th Meeting Deanna Nugent 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z
Appalachian Voices
Help end mountaintop removal coal mining.
Appalachian Voices Deanna Nugent 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z
Birding Information presented by Dr. Barb Lucas
Birding Information presented by Dr. Barb Lucas Deanna Nugent 2011-10-11 00:00:00Z
Habitat for Humanity
Butch Claussen, board president, for the Jasper County Habitat for Humanity spoke today about the organization and how it works.  They are currently finishing up the house on East Elm Street which is the 9th Habitat home built in Jasper County.  The next home will begin construction in the Spring of 2012 in DeMotte.  If you are interested in voluteering your time workers are at the home on Saturdays at 8:30 am.   To learn more check out their website at http://www.saintjoe.edu/~habitat/jchabit2.htm
Habitat for Humanity Deanna Nugent 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z
2011 Foundation Dinner

Date:  Nov 04, 2011 at 5:00 PM - Nov 04, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Event Fee:  110.00 USD 
Location:  Lerner Crystal Ballroom

410 South Main St.
Elkhart, Indiana 46816
2011 Foundation Dinner Deanna Nugent 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z
We are working on repairing the signage area as you enter Rensselaer after the tornado hit back in May of this year.  Brown's will be assisting with some bushes.  Saint Joseph's College will continue to perform regular maintenence on this area.
Sign Deanna Nugent 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z
Riverwalk Project
 John Ahler noted that the walking bridge located at Bicentennial Park on West Washington St. and bridges over the Iroquois River into Weston Cemetery has been completed.  We have a number of non-profit organizations we are working with to make a donation to the parks department.  We are currently working on gathering a representative from some of these groups for a picture.
Riverwalk Project Deanna Nugent 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z
Rensselaer Police Chief Phillips
Rensselaer Police Chief Phillips Deanna Nugent 2011-09-20 00:00:00Z
Tree Dedication


With the recent passing of Deb Schrum, Rensselaer Rotary Officers' and Board have decided to dedicate a tree and plaque in her honor upon the opening of the hospital annex, made possible in part,  by her volunteer spirit, hard work , and dedication to the hospital and community at large.  We remenber her Husband, Dave, during the passing weeks!  God Speed.

Tree Dedication John Ahler 2011-09-20 00:00:00Z
Pork Burgers a Continued Success!
Once again the fair has come and gone, but what has not faded is the popularity of the Rotary Pork Burger. On the radio and on the grounds it was the talk of the fair! Thanks Rotarians, and what a great money maker for the club!
Pork Burgers a Continued Success! Chris Widner 2010-07-26 00:00:00Z
Rensselaer Rotary 9-03-2-13
Hello Rensselaer Rotarians!


Twenty-two members were present at the Pub today, plus guest Sheila Maxwell. We appreciated and enjoyed host Bill Bruce's food, service, and venue.

Mindy Beier announced that porkburger setup for Little Cousin Jasper Festival would be Thursday, with sales Friday from 10:30 to 1:30, then open again at 4:30Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 to 3. Help is still needed Saturday and Sunday

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Rensselaer Rotary 9-03-2-13 Anne-Marie Egan
Rensselaer Rotary 8-27-2013

Hello Rensselaer Rotarians!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Next meeting, September 3, at the City Office & Pub, next to the Ritz Theater on Van Rensselaer St. Speaker will be Ned Speicher, Superintendent of the Rensselaer Central School Corporation.

Starting September 10, we will meet at Clauss Bakery and Café, 110 West Washington St.for a four-week trial period. Parking will be available at CVS, corner of Washington and Cullen St.

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Rensselaer Rotary 8-27-2013 Anne-Marie Egan
Sept 3 Meeting

On September 3rd the Rensselaer Rotary Club will be meeting at the City Office and Pub for that meeting only and following that will begin a trial period at the Clauss Bakery September 10th.

Sept 3 Meeting Chris Widner
meeting July 23

President Mark Callaway conducted a club meeting(ROTARY FORUM) by asking for input into improving attendance and inspiring club member to be more active in the club. Discussions were held about returning to the practice of having a greeter for each meeting. If you can be a greeter contact Mark and have hime add you to the list.

Mark encouraged every member to contact those member that are not active and encourage them to attend our meetings.  Let them know that we miss them and would lke for them to attend our weekly meetings. Also, if you have any suggestions for speakers for our meetings, contact Mark and let him know who they are. The things that are important to our members is important to our club. We all need to pitch in and do our part to keep the club viable and moving foreward.

Membership was discussed and it goes without saying that we need new members as our club members are all getting older. New and young members bring a new and exciting perspective to our club. We encourage new, younger and female participants.  The club assessment was based on where our club is now, where we would like our club to be and how we get there. Hope to see you next Tuesday.

meeting July 23 Orville Perry
meeting on July 9

We had a full house today at our meeting. There we 23 members and 3 guest along with 14 kids and 4 adults from The Fendig Childrens Summer Theater.  The kids gave us a sample of there upcoming theater performance Singing In The rain. What a great job they did. Be sure to purchase your tickets and attend the show. It will be well worth you time and money.
meeting on July 9 Orville Perry
movie in the Park
Coming up on July 20th the Rotary Club will be helping to sponsor a Movie in the Park.
Join the club for a Movie in the parkSaturday July 20that dusk. Bring your kids or grand kids or anyone else that just wants to see a fun movie, oh and bring something to sit on, and enjoy with us.

I would also take this time to remind everyone that the club has a facebook page that can be found by doing a search for Rensselaer Rotary or clicking the link on our webpage.

movie in the Park Chris Widner
Kristen Ziese-Jasper Foundation, Inc

The Jasper Foundation was established in 1991 to serve the needs and philanthropic aims of donors who wish to better their community, now and in the future. Community foundations do this by providing donors with a flexible, tax effecient way to ensure their charitable giving achieves the greatest possible impact. Because donations are endowed, they are never spent. Instead they are permanently invested to produce income.

There are over 400 communtiy foundations that exist nationwide with Indiana leading the nation with 95. Every county in the state is served by a community foundation or an affiliate fund of the community. Indiana Community foundation assets are growing at more that twice the national average and over 300 million have been added to the staes community foundation in the last four years.

Kristen is the Executive Director and with a board of directors oversees the daily operations of the foundation.

Kristen Ziese-Jasper Foundation, Inc Orville Perry
Stephanie Johnson-REMC

Stephanie was our speaker today and presented a detailed power point on the first 75 years for REMC. REMC provides electric power to all of rural Jasper County.  REMC maintains all lines and poles and purchases its electricity from a cooperative. They used to purchase power from Rensselaer but have not purchased from Rensselaer for years because Rensselaer could not provide them with the power they needed. They have a board of directors who work with their CEO, Bryan Washburn, to set policy.

Their average monthly bill is About $160.00 per customer compared to About $2.00 per month when they started in 1938. In 1941 REMC had just 1084 customers and 391 miles of lines compared to 8500 customers and 1078 miles of lines. More information is available on their websit at www. jasperremc.com

Stephanie Johnson-REMC Orville Perry
Michael Cruz-Executive Director for CDC Resource

Michael was our speaker today(4/9/13) and he told us that CDC has been helping individual and families with intellectual and developmental disabilites for over 59 years at three locations. Rensselaer, Monticello and Delphi are the locations and five counties are served by them.  Both Rensselaer and Monticello have Thrift Shops that provide a hugh financial boost for the organization. A diverse range of services and support provided for local residents who have intellectual/developmental disabilities as well as life skills training, industrial work, housing options, recreational activities and educational opportunities.

We also provided Rensselaer School Library with a grant to purchase books for second grade class. Labels DONATED BY RENSSELAR ROTARY were placed in each book. Approx $900.00 was donated to this project thru a distict grant, Rensselaer Rotary and private donations.

We also got an update from Mark Callaway for Jessica Arnold about our World Affairs Conference at Rensselaer High School on May 10th. More information will follow on this in the near future.
Michael Cruz-Executive Director for CDC Resource Orville Perry
Karen Wilson-Jasper County Emergency Management

Karen talked to us today about her job and what it includes from both the local level and the state level. She talked about our local group LEPC(Local Emergency Planning commission)that includes law enforcement, fire and other first responders as well as local executives. The group meets at least quarterly to discuss matters of importance to the county residents. Her coordinator for The State Deparment of Homeland Security was also in attendance. The District 1,which includes Jasper, Newton, Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties, mobile command center was available for inspections by Rotary members. The command center is available for emergencies in any and all of the 5 counties in District 1. Russ Shirley brought the command center from Porter County, where it is stationed. He is the EMA Director for Porter County.

The command center is a large truck that has the most modern technology for mapping, internet, radio equipment and telephone equipment. It can be used in any of the counties in District 1 in the event an emergency knocks out our local communication center. There are 5 mobile centers around the state. They are stratigically located based on population.

Karen Wilson-Jasper County Emergency Management Orville Perry
Birding Programs and Resources

Dr. Barbara Lucas was our speaker today(3/19/13) showed a slide show of both local and some birds she had recently photographed in Arizona. She had a marvelous presentation of local backyard variety of birds as well as bird identification and bird songs. She talked about The Wonder of Birds, Sandhill Cranes from Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Area and Guided Bird Watching Walks. Pictures included a nesting eagle found south of Rensselaer and she said according to DNR there are at least 161 nesting eagles in Indiana. It is believed that they may be many more.

She provided us with a handout with web sites and information to allow us to further explore the wonders of birdwatching.


Birding Programs and Resources Orville Perry
Mayor Steve Wood

Mayor Steve Wood was our speaker today(3/12/13) and gave us the yearly update for Rensselaer City. He talked about the recent annexation and their plan to add city water to the area some time in the future. The Melville storm water project is complete and a major renovation/addition is being made to the electrical department is underway. Major snowstorms were handled by the city street department in exemplary fashion. Great job!!!!  Steve is doing a great job as mayor and we welcome him to come back to Rensselaer Rotary anytime.

We also presented checks to the 9 charitable organizations that were beneficiaries of our TRAILER TRIVIA. A total of about $1600.00 was divided between the agencies and our trailer fund received another $600.00 from the event. Great job by Mindy Beier and John Ahler and others in organizing this event.

It was decided to donate $100.00 to The Rensselaer Post Prom group to help the with expenses in keeping our kids safe on prom night.

We are screening applications for our St. Joe scholarship(we had 6 total applicants) and we hope to announce the winner next week.


Mayor Steve Wood Orville Perry
Nick Losekamp-District Executive Director Boy Scouts of America

Nick talked about the core values of Boy Scouts and how the scouts benefit of the various camps and outings during the year. Camp Cary and Camp Buffalo are  two of the local training facilities in the area. Many scout badges are earned thru individual and group participation. He also explaimed various sources of scout funding and the expense ratio-to-income, spending most of the money on scout functions. Donations are the scouts largest source of income.

Don't forget our Boy Scout Chicken Dinner on April 7th at Rensselaer Middle School from 11:00am until 1:00pm. Tickets can be purchased from any scout of any member of Rensselaer Rotary.

Nick Losekamp-District Executive Director Boy Scouts of America Orville Perry
Jasper County Economic Development.

Kevin Kelly told us about the his job as director and what he does to encourage new businesses to locate inJasper County. He talked about Wilson Industries, Advanced Auto Parts and Monsanto. He talked about the I65 corridor and how we are a hub for business between Indianapolis and Chicago. Wilson, Advanced and Monsanto  are only three of the many businesses that have either built new buildings or recently expanded their facility to include the employment of local residents. He talked about the County Council and tax abatement and how it works. More information is available on the web at www.jaspercountyin.com

Also, Penny Titus from Congressman Todd Rokita's office was with him and she gave us a handout on what our congressman  is proposing for new legislation and some of the committees he is serving on. Penny and Kevin had just finished a tour at Monsanto in Remington.

Jasper County Economic Development. Orville Perry
Cheryl Query and Michelle Resendez spoke to us about the sexual assult team from The Jasper County Hospital and how it operates to assist law enforcement and the prosecutor in preparation ofa case for court. They help obtain eveidence and can testify in court. They provide this service for Jasper and surrounding counties. They also provide assistance and support for the victim.
S.A.F.E.R. Orville Perry
Marissa Mangas -trip to China

Marissa showed a slide presentation of her trip to China including major cities and sites she visited with her group. She highlighted the cultural differences, modes of travel and eating experiences. She said American automobiles are very commonly seen as well as Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds and WalMart.  She talked about the major boom in construction in China and said nearly every corner has some type of construction taking place. She visited the Great Wall and said that her trip was a once in a lifetime experience and that she was very appreciative of Rensslaer Rotarys support. Her presentation was enjoyed by all.
Marissa Mangas -trip to China Orville Perry
Supt. Ned Speicher Rensselaer Central School Corp.

Supt. Speicher talked about the new school building on Melville Street and recent renovations to existing building and about the Monnett School building which reverts to Rensselaer City. Rensselaer graduation rate is between 91 and 92% up from the mid 60s when he came to Rensselaer. He talked about the safety and security of all buildings in the corporation and the fact that Rensselaer City Police, The Jasper County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police have trained in the school buildings and are all familiar with the school floor plans in case they are needed.

The school has several teachers and staff that are state certified in emergency response and that each school building has an emergency plan in place for emergency response.

Supt. Ned Speicher Rensselaer Central School Corp. Orville Perry
Dan Ryan-The Rotary Foundation

Dan talked about how The Foundation works to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the ealleviation of poverty around the world. EVERY ROTARIAN, EVERY YEAR and END POLIO NOW are just two of the programs that Dan talked about. With the assistance of Past-President and Past District Governor John Balvich , A special award was presented to our own Allen Mushett. Allen received a MAJOR DONOR award for donating $10,000.00 over the past  several years. There were only two MAJOR DONOR AWARDS this year for District 6540 and we are honored that one of our own was one of them. Thank You Allen.
Dan Ryan-The Rotary Foundation Orville Perry
North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center

Brenda Hagadon, Executive Director of the Crisis Center was our speaker on 11/20. She told us about the services offered to women and children suffering from abuse and broken homes because of domestic violence, physical and mental abuse. She supplied us with a list of things that are needed by the crisis center and also advised that they need Christmas gifts for families that reside there or have resided there during the year. For more information call the crisis center. The center serves Jasper, Newton and Pulaski Counties.

Also, a big THANK YOU to Rein Bontrager and The Fellowship of Living Hope Church for a donation of $445.00 for our Walk for Warmth event next week.

North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center Orville Perry
Samantha Paschal-Purdue Agricultural Eduaction Ambassador

Samantha is a student at Purdue and is serving as Agricultural Education Ambassador- one of only 20 in the nation. Spoke about the increasing need for agriculture to provide food for the worlds growing population which is projected to be more than 9 billion by 2050. World population is growing at a rate comparable to adding a city like Lafayette, Inmdiana every day of the year. The number of farms is declining but larger farms are producing more than 10 times the amount of food they did in 1935 due in part to better genetics, fertilizers, pesticides and herdicides. Purdue University is playing  an important part in advancing the technology needed to produce more food, more nutricious food and food that is affordable to the worlds population.
Samantha Paschal-Purdue Agricultural Eduaction Ambassador Orville Perry
Rotary Board Meeting-Friday-Nov. 9 at 4:30pm

Meeting will be held at Rico's Bar and Grill and pizza will be served. Any members as well as board members are invited to attend. Our regular meeting for Nov. 27 has been cancelled and moved to Wednesday for our annual WALK FOR WARMTH at 24/7 Club Fitness Center. Dinner will be from 11:00am-1:00 pm but money and coats can be dropped off anytime during the day. Mindy will have flyers at next weeks meeting and will handle the advertisement for the event.
Rotary Board Meeting-Friday-Nov. 9 at 4:30pm Orville Perry
RCHS = Exchange Students

Lorena Just from Germany and Maud Sanderaal from Norway were guest speakers on Nov. 6. They shared some of thier countries traditions and talked about their new experiences in The United States and at Rensselaer High School.
RCHS = Exchange Students Orville Perry
Change of Gavel directions
At the following link you will find information and directions to the combined change of gavel ceremony. We hope to see you all there and as a reminder dress is buisness casual we're going to relax and have fun!

Change of Gavel directions Chris Widner
Future Speakers
Open Invitation
Future Speakers Chris Widner
Getting your website password
Getting logged into the website
Getting your website password Chris Widner
New Facebook page
We also have a new face book page!
New Facebook page Chris Widner