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Ripples - April 3, 2001

Volume 85, Number 38 - April 3, 2001

UPCOMING PROGRAM (April 10, 2001)

John Livengood, President, Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana, will speak about the individual owner's perspective and Federal/State legislative issues of concern to owners/operators. Mr. Livengood will be introduced by RAY KAVANAUGH, Program Coordinator for the month of April.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - GENE HILLS, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., and GORDY YOUNG, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Greeter - SCOTT RUMBLE; Invocation - GORDON KINGMA; Music - JANE TURNER; and No High School Guests (Holy Week).

CLUB CONCERNS

Prior to the invocation today, President DAN TEDER requested members/spouses to keep the following in their thoughts and prayers: BOB HIATT; JOHN MC KEE; Dirk Reif, son of BARB; CAROL REW, spouse of CARL; FAE SPURLOCK; and BEV STONE.

PLEASE NOTE THIS SPECIAL INFORMATION: President DAN will be convening the regular Club meeting on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 12:00 noon or 12:05 p.m. rather than the normal time of 12:15 p.m. This will be an especially tight program due to the visit of the Group Study Exchange Team from BRAZIL (LINA REEVES-KERNER, Chair); the normally scheduled annual Scholarship & Citizenship Program (MARK RUSSELL, Chair, and BARB HANSEN, Vice Chair); and a presentation by Dr. Simeon Ehui from ETHIOPIA (Dr. Ehui is being honored by the Purdue School of Agriculture as a distinguished Agricultural Alum) who will make a presentation regarding the Ethiopia Lighthouse Project that our Club participated in via a Club, District, and Rotary International Matching Grant in 1999.

NOTE from BARB REIF…Thanks to Rotarians for their prayers and concern for our son, Dirk. He's healing from surgery and will soon undergo radiation therapy and then chemotherapy. So keep the prayers coming.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DUES STATEMENTS for dues period, May 1, 2001 through October 31, 2001, were mailed Saturday p.m., March 31, 2001, and dues are due by Monday, April 30, 2001. Please make a special effort to pay by that time, if not, it costs the Club to send out reminder statements.

SPECIAL INVITATION: DOUG TAYLOR, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity, notified President DAN that a "ribbon cutting ceremony" for Rotary's Habitat for Humanity house will be held at approximately 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2001 (Mrs. O'Bannon, spouse of Governor O'Bannon, will be participating in the ceremony) at the acreage immediately south, of Copper Gate Apartments on Poland Hill Road (west side). Probably the easiest directions to find the location would be to go south on 9th Street (past Central Catholic High School, over the railroad tracks, and past Earhart Elementary School) to 300 South (four-way stop). Turn right (or west) on 300 South and go to the first four-way stop sign, turn right (or north) on Poland Hill Road and go about three-quarters of a mile north to the acreage on the west side of the road.

DAVE LUHMAN, Co-Chair, along with BOB GRIFFITHS, "Sing for Greater Lafayette" thanked the Committee and all of the volunteers for their efforts on behalf of this function and noted that 526 tickets were sold. And, that counting all income, less estimated expenses, the event generated approximately $24,000.00 to be applied toward Rotary's Habitat for Humanity house.

85TH ANNUAL DINNER with the Purdue Varsity Glee Club under the direction of BRIAN BREED will be held Tuesday, May 8, 2001, in the Grand Ballroom of the University Inn Conference Center and Suites (University Inn) – Cash Bar at 6:00 p.m. and Dinner at 6:30 p.m. A significant part of the Club's costs related to the Dinner are the cost of meals provided to the Varsity Glee Club and spouses of deceased Rotarians. Please consider financial assistance to sponsor one, two, or more of the Club's guests even if you are unable to attend the Dinner on May 8th. Your support is needed and appreciated. Also, please remember, no regular Club meeting on this day, the Dinner takes the place of the regular meeting. Celebrate Rotary!

"SHOTS NOT SPOTS": Thanks to all, make-ups recorded, that assisted with this Rotary "Service Above Self" project - BOB ADAMS; DON BIDDLE; LAURIE BROSE; JIM BUESCHER; JOHN CARPENTER; MARTHA and AL CHISCON; FRITZ, Chair of this event, and LEONA COHEN; BARB DOSTER; HANLY HAMMEL; BILL HINZE; OSCAR HOPKINS; JAN GRIFFIN KOEHLER and Madison Koehler; MIKE KOSMAN; KATHY MEEKS; BILL PAPE; MILLARD PLUMLEE; FRANCIS PRITSCHER; LEW RUNNELS; SUSAN SMITH; WARREN STEVENSON; and LARRY TIPTON.

NOTE: Someone, hopefully a female, left a gray container of lipstick at Rotary on Tuesday, March 27th; GRIFF will have it at his table.

PROGRAM (April 3, 2001)

President DAN introduced TOM PEARSON, who in turn introduced JO WADE, who made a most interesting presentation about tourism in IN and Greater Lafayette. JO, using the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis noted: Strengths were location (middle of the country's population center (IN had 53.8 million visitors last year generating $5.9 billion, and Greater Lafayette had over one million visitors generating over $150 million) with highways galore and easy access), safe, clean, and friendly; Weaknesses lack of a definable image, i.e., least favored destination among contiguous states, and a government run and funded State Tourism Division (IN ranks last among contiguous states, i.e., IN ranks 40th nationally spending $4.5 million annually whereas IL ranks 2nd nationally spending $40.0 million annually); Opportunities are tourism is now very much impacted by the internet which is an equalizer, creation of the Museums at Prophetsown, golfing market, and a strong growth of the culture and arts community; and Threats continue to be a lack of understanding that tourism creates better communities for IN which impacts business development, retention, and expansion opportunities; there is a need to form stronger partnerships and support one another to really selling IN and Greater Lafayette as a tourism destination. In closing JO noted that Greater Lafayette, as well as IN, needs a stronger positive image toward ourselves and the world.

MAKE-UP: TOM SCHMIDT, Hart, MI.

VISITORS: Julie Goonewardene (former student of AL CHISCON and President, Cantilever Technologies, Purdue Research Park), guest of MARTHA and AL CHISCON; Greg Deason (Associate Director of Real Estate, Division of Real Estate and Staff Housing, Purdue Research Foundation), guest of GREG NAPIER; and Kim Gilbert (Attorney and Chapter 7 Trustee with Reiling, Teder, and Schrier), guest of STEPHANE DELLINGER.

HARRISON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Nick Cattin and Eric Steele were guests of the Club and hosted/introduced by TOM SCHMIDT. President DAN presented certificates of recognition, information brochures about Ambassadorial Scholarships for future reference, and Rotary travel mugs (Four-Way Test on them) to Nick and Eric.

APRIL BIRTHDAY TABLE: BOB FEUER, Chair, announced that Rotarians with birthdays in April contributed $1,871.00 to the Lafayette and International Foundations.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - GENE HILLS and GORDY YOUNG; Greeting by OSCAR HOPKINS substituting for SCOTT RUMBLE; Invocation by GORDON YOUNG; Singing led by JOHN BARRETT; Rotary Piano by HARLEY FREY; and Free Meals Drawing - JOHN OSMUN and GARY SUISMAN.

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