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Volume 84, Number 12 – September 21, 1999

John E. Bell, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. John Bell Secret Service, FBI, IP, will be the speaker. Mr. Bell will be introduced by WALT VALENTINE, Program Coordinator for the month of September.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - JIM CARNEY, 11:00 to 11:40 a.m., and GENE HILLS, 11:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Greeter - JIM FENN; Invocation - GORDON KINGMA; Music - BOB VERPLANK; and No High School guests on last Tuesday of each month; reserved for visits by vocational students from Indiana Business College and Ivy Tech State College.

CLUB CONCERNS and FAMILY NEWS: Prior to the invocation today, President GENE noted that JOHN BARRETT will be having hip replacement next Tuesday, September 28th, at Methodist Hospital; BILL HAYT, he thinks, is still at Regency Place of Lafayette; MARTHELLEN HOGUE, spouse of BOB, okay after correction of a heart rhythm problem; and DALE MC HENRY was to have laser surgery today on right eye cataract. And, requested members to remember JOHN; BILL; MARTHELLEN; DALE; LINDA EWING, spouse of KEN; BOB HIATT; and JOHN OSMUN in their thoughts and prayers.

BEV STONE at Rotary today; it was good to see her.

FRED KUIPERS chaired last Sunday’s annual American Heart Association’s “Heart Walk” which raised $48,000.00, four times the amount raised in last year’s event. FRED recently retired after 30 years as a cardiologist in Lafayette.


ROTARIANS CONSIDERING PROPOSAL OF NEW MEMBERS should note that JERRY MC CARTHY, Immediate Past Chair, Membership Education and Information Committee, will be conducting an “Information Meeting”, 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 28th, University Inn. Potential candidate(s) must attend a meeting such as this to learn more about Rotary in order to decide whether they would like to become a member; four potential members are already scheduled for this session. If interested, contact GRIFF for a “Membership Application” card.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE, BETTY NELSON, Chair, will be conducting a meeting, 5:30 p.m., Monday, September 27th, Conference Room, Hoffman, Luhman & Busch’s Office, to formulate a slate of Officers, Club Directors, and a Director for the Lafayette Foundation. The election will be held at the regular Club meeting, Tuesday, December 7th. Any Rotarian who would like to be considered or would like to suggest a Rotarian to be considered for a three-year term as a Club Director or the five-year term as Foundation Director, should contact BETTY or GRIFF.

SMALL GROUP DINNER: President GENE noted that the October dinner will be Wednesday, October 6th, at Sarah’s Oaks, 4545 W 660 S, Lafayette (map available if needed) - fried chicken dinner with all the fixins’ served family style. Cost is $15.00 per person, includes tax and gratuity, and must be paid at time of reservation. If interested, contact JANE TURNER at 463-1371, or e-mail <ttours@pop.nici.com>.

ROTARY PROJECT (Project): The Club Board at their meeting on Monday, August 16th, approved the Long Center Restoration and Renovation as a Club Project. The Foundation Board at their meeting on Wednesday, September 15th, pledged $25,000.00 over the next five years to this Project, and are hopeful that Club members and their families will match the Foundation’s gift. Member gifts to the Project will count toward Lafayette Foundation recognition levels of giving. BOB JEFFARES and Dick Jaeger, Co-Chairs of the Project fund drive will make a presentation at the September 28th Club meeting.

LAFAYETTE FOUNDATION FUNDED PROJECTS: Upon recommendation of the Funds Request Committee (TOM SCHMIDT, Chair, KAE MOORE, and BOB GARRISON) and Club Board, the Foundation Board approved: $4,000.00 to the A. H. Ismail Center/Purdue University, for purchase, shipping, handling, and set-up of an elliptical exercise machine; and $1,000.00 to the Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive Land Trust (NICHES Land Trust) to assist with (Indiana Heritage Trust Grant - $115,000.00, and a $11,000.00 challenge grant from the Roy L. Whistler Foundation) the purchase of 179.34 acres, within three-fourths of a mile of Wabash River frontage and one-third of a mile along Little Pine Creek, from the Weiler and Leopold families who want to see this land preserved and are selling for $10,000.00 less than the appraised value. There are over 50 acres of upland grassland and sloping savanna with an overstory of oaks and hickories, and 20 more acres of riparian woods; over 100 bottomland acres will be restored as additional riverine hardwood forest, with seasonal wetlands and wet prairie where soils permit.

AUGUST 100% CLUB: Number indicates months of continuous attendance, no number indicates one month. ADAMS (87); BARRETT (24); BRANIGIN (2); BROCK (62); CARPENTER (4); CHISCON, AL (116); CHISCON, MARTHA (109); COHEN, FRITZ (44); COURTANEY (25); DOVERSBERGER; DWORKIN (2); EWING (50); FEUER (200); FILMER (43); FOSTER (48); FREY, HARLEY (144); FULLER (185); FUNK, CHRIS (19); GALBRAITH (2); GARRISON (23); GRAHAM; GRIFFITH (247); GRIFFITHS (47); HALL, MARGARET (102); HALL, YB (485); HAMMEL (5); HATFIELD (224); HOBBS (66); HOPKINS (49); HYCHKA (26); JACKSON (44); JANLE (25); KAVANAUGH (2); KECK (43); KLUSMAN (53); GRIFFIN KOEHLER (97); KOHLS; KOSMAN (16) - balance next week.

MAKE UPS: JERRY COLE, Bradenton Beach, FL (two times); JOHN DE CAMP; YB HALL; and LARRY LANE, Otterbein (JOHN, YB, and LARRY were the program); JERRY LIEDL, Hendersonville, NC (three times); and STEVE STUCKEY, Cheboygan, MI.

VISITING ROTARIANS: John Bonsett, Franklin; and Ed Elliott, Naples, FL.

VISITORS: Loren Garrison (Greater Lafayette), son and guest of BOB GARRISON (Loren is a Junior at Purdue); Jim Crain (Greater Lafayette and Naples, FL), guest of RON FRUITT; Scott Downey (Greater Lafayette), guest of OSCAR HOPKINS (Scott is Retail Administrator, Civitas Bank); and Dave Hankins (Greater Lafayette), guest of JIM KLUSMAN (Dave is Colonel and Commanding Officer Air Force ROTC.

JEFFERSON SCHOOL GUESTS: Cassandra Borges and Ian Biss, guests of the Club and hosted/introduced by KEN EWING. KEN presented certificates of recognition and President GENE presented a “Rotary Travel Mug” (4-Way Test on it) to Cassandra and Ian.

WALT VALENTINE introduced Wallace Shields, Wallace Shields Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service (SS), substituting for Paul McGowski, his supervisor, indicated that on July 5, 1865 the SS was created as a bureau under the Department of Treasury Department to combat the threat of counterfeiting to the nation’s economy. And, that significant changes occurred with the assassination of President Kennedy and the subsequent investigation of this by the Warren Commission which mandated specific changes. Mr. Shields closed by stating that the SS continues to suppress counterfeiting of currency and securities of the U.S. and foreign governments; is also responsible for investigating the fraud and forgery of U.S. checks, bonds, and other obligations; and has extended protective responsibilities for the President, Vice President, the President-Elect, Vice President-Elect and immediate families; former Presidents and spouses; children of former Presidents until age 16; visiting heads of foreign states or governments and spouses; major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and spouses; and others at the direction of the President.

COLLECTORS: JIM CARNEY, and JIM FOSTER, substituting for GENE HILLS; Greeting by CHRISTA KECK; Invocation by STEVE THOMPSON; Singing led by BOB VERPLANK; Rotary piano by REX KEPLER; and Free Meals Drawing (new members during the 1998-1999 Rotary year have be added to the pool for free meals drawing) - BILL HEATH and PARKIE PARKHURST.

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