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Ripples - January 9, 2001

Volume 85, Number 26 - January 9, 2001

THIS IS FOR SURE: Effective Tuesday, January 16th, Rotary lunch will cost $7.50; first increase since Rotary has been meeting at the University Inn Conference Center and Suites - four years.

UPCOMING PROGRAM (January 16, 2001)

Roger Dickinson, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, New Castle, IN, will talk about basketball in IN. As BOB BROCK indicated in his letter, this is a prime time to talk about this subject, and to look forward to hearing about the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. BOB, Program Coordinator for the month of January, will introduce Mr. Dickinson.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - BETTY DOVERSBERGER, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., and JOHN TROTT, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Greeter - JERRY MC CARTHY; Invocation - CORKY MITCHELL; Music - BOB GRIFFITHS; and High School Guests (McCutcheon) CHIP RUTLEDGE.


Prior to the invocation today, President DAN TEDER (President DAN) requested members/spouses to keep the following in their thoughts and prayers: RHONDA FEUER, spouse of BOB, BOB indicated that RHONDA was home and doing much better following her surgery; BOB HIATT; JOHN MC KEE; FAE SPURLOCK; and BEV STONE.

DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the family of HAROLD TAYLOR who died at the scene of the 8:12 a.m. crash, Friday, January 5, 2001, when the driver of another car lost control of his vehicle and went left of center at Montgomery County Road 1100 North between Linden and Romney and hit HAROLD's southbound automobile. HAROLD became a member on February 26, 1957, was President of the Club - 1971-1972, was District Governor - 1975-1976, had two Paul Harris Fellow Awards, and had contributed at the Diamond Participant Level of the Lafayette Rotary Foundation (LRF). The following was e-mailed about HAROLD's death, which in the Editor's opinion covers his contributions to Rotary, "As others, who knew HAROLD, I am distressed over his death. He was one of my mentors when I joined Rotary eons ago. I always considered him to be the personification of what Rotary is all about on the local, district, and international scenes. He was a thoroughly decent and humane individual." HOWARD DIESSLIN will offer a eulogy to HAROLD at the January 16th Club meeting.

Dick Gripe offered and outstanding eulogy to Y.B. Hall today.


SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING/INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS CAMPAIGN - 2000: FRITZ COHEN, on behalf of JERRY MC CARTHY, Co- Chair, Salvation Army Committee, announced that 135 Rotarians had contributed $12,867.00, and that the kettles on Saturday, December 16th, the day that 88 Rotarians were "Bell Ringers", contained $5,523.47. Therefore, this would be, thus far, a total of $18,390.47 generated by the Club toward the Salvation Army's Christmas goal. Additional Rotary/Salvation Army Envelopes (Envelopes) were turned in today; therefore, there is still time to make a contribution – GRIFF will have Envelopes available for the next few Club meetings.

"SERVICE ABOVE SELF" VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARD NOMINATION form submission deadline is Wednesday, February 7, 2001. Nomination forms are available from TOM SCHMIDT, Chair, Vocational Projects Committee (Committee), Committee members, see back of "Ripples", or from GRIFF. Please make an effort to consider nominating someone, Rotarian or non-Rotarian.

MAKEUPS: JOHN CARPENTER, Naples Bay Rotary Club, Naples, FL; JOHN noted that: (1) This is a Club of 35 members, good group, and a lot of "cut-ups"; and (2) 60 years ago, January 2nd, he was inducted in the U. S. Navy.


NOTES FROM CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING – Monday, December 11th, continued from January 9th "Ripples."

Club Board: (7) DAVE BOUGH led a discussion of a request from Rotarian, Dr. Ramesh Bellamkonda, Rotary Club of Bangalore West, INDIA, for the Club to participate in a 3-H (Health, Hunger, and Humanity) Project of $250,000.00 to $500,000.00 in the southern part of the state, near Bangalore city; the Board decided not to participate due to the very narrow window of time for application for matching funds to be submitted to Rotary International (RI), very limited time for getting feed back from Club membership, and at this time it would be competing with Salvation Army fund raising; (8) Certification of Club election of officers/directors on Tuesday, December 5th, was approved; and (9) Board approved the following requests/recommendations of the Rotary/Service Above Self Committee: (a) Identify this project as the Club's "Major Project" for the 2000-2001 year; (b) Commit to build "Rotary" Habitat for Humanity House; (c) Request each Rotarian to buy, or sell, two to four $50.00 tickets; (d) Recommend contributions through LRF be credited toward levels of recognition; (e) Checks payable to the LRF; and (f) "Low–key" kick-off in December to encourage 2000 year-end tax deductible contributions. It is hoped that the LRF will act in a positive manner on Item 9(d) at their January 2001 meeting.

PROGRAM (January 9, 2001)

President DAN introduced JIM BODENMILLER and LIZ SOLBERG, Co-Chairs, Vision 2020, and JIM: (1) Listed briefly the thrust of Vision 2020, i.e., Create a vision; Across community strengths and weaknesses; Define action areas; and Identify what needs to be done and how best to do it; (2) Noted that the National Civic League (League) had been employed to assist; and (3) Introduced Drew O'Connor, who made a few remarks about the League and their perception, very positive, about what has been/is being done. LIZ, wearing her other hat, i.e., Project Manager and City Department Head, City of Lafayette Railroad Project, used the balance of the program time to bring everyone up-to-date on railroad relocation by noting: Celebration of the last train planned for April or May 2001; Project in existence for 30+ years, started in the 60's; Will eliminate 41 crossings; Next to last phase will be to pull out crossing tracks and smooth crossing giving preference to streets; and Last phase to place 72" separate sewage and ground water drainage lines, for future expansion, under crossings as Erie Street is extended.

VISITING ROTARIAN: Z. E. E. Evans, Daybreak.

VISITORS: CAROLYN PRITSCHER, spouse of FRANCIS; Lisa Decker (Clerk, City of Lafayette), guest of JIM BODENMILLER; Candiss Vibbert (Executive Assistant to the President of Purdue), guest of MARTHA CHISCON; Cara Carreon (Director of Marketing, Rosewalk Village), guest of FAYE COLE; Bob Brown (Director of Development, Education), guest of JIM HANKS; John Huie (Special Assistant to the President, Purdue, for State Government Affairs, and Prof. of Agricultural Economics, and former Lafayette Rotarian), guest of OSCAR HOPKINS; Ray Viskanta (W. F. M. Goss Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue), guest of BILL PAPE; Steve Gates (Bank One Indiana NA), guest of DAVE SMITH; Barbara Coury (Director of Development, Nursing), guest of CHRIS SMITH; Drew O'Connor and Derek Okubo (National Civic League), guests of LIZ SOLBERG; and Kent Burrow (Huth Thompson LLP), guest of STEVE THOMPSON.

WEST LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Caroline Nelson and Will Dunlap were guests of the Club and hosted/introduced by EARL PARK. President DAN presented certificates of recognition, information brochures about Ambassadorial Scholarships for future reference, and Rotary travel mugs (Four-Way Test on them) to Caroline and Will.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - BETTY DOVERSBERGER and JOHN TROTT; Greeting by BRUCE OWENS; Invocation by GENE COURTANEY (excellent invocation in tribute to YB HALL and HAROLD TAYLOR); No Singing due to time limitations; Rotary piano by REX KEPLER; and Free Meals Drawing – BILL ANDREWS and BRIAN BREED.

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