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Volume 85, Number 47 - June 5, 2001

UPCOMING PROGRAM (June 12, 2001)

Bill Whitinger, Field Superintendent, Vectren Energy Delivery, formerly Indiana Gas, will speak on "Are You Sure Its Safe To Dig?" Mr. Whitinger will be introduced by OSCAR HOPKINS, President Elect and Program Coordinator for the month of June.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - DICK KOHLS, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., and STEVE HICKMAN, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Greeter - BOB MEYER; Invocation - JIM HOBBS; and Music - KATHY MEEKS.


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

CORRESPONDENCE from REX KEPLER…Members of the Music Committee and all Lafayette Rotarians…It is with warmest thanks and gratitude to have been given the recognition I received at the May 22nd Club meeting…What a genuine surprise it was to be the recipient of this most beautiful plaque. And, that all the members seated at the "music table" – my how they can keep a secret! I am most appreciative of the ovation given, and for the opportunity I have had through all these years to serve our Club through music…I began playing piano in Rotary year 1967-68, back in the days when AL STEWART was active, he always taught us: "There's no fun without music, and no music without fun." Together, we've had a long tenure…Thanks again…REX

Correspondence from MARY GRAHAM, spouse of deceased TOM…The pleasure is all mine, flowers, Purdue Glee Club, food, and transportation…Stamp did its part…Thank you…MARY

CONGRATULATIONS to DICK and GINGER SMITH on the arrival of their first grandchild, Benjamin Richard Smith, born to Cynthia (Partner in the law firm of Holder and Smith) and Richard L. (Estimator with Mid-States Construction Co.) at 11:45 a.m., Sunday, June 3rd, at Home Hospital; weighed 8 pounds and 15 ounces. Thanks to DICK and GINGER for their significant contribution to the Lafayette Rotary Foundation in honor of Benjamin Richard Smith.


GREGORY W. DEASON (GREG) with classification EDUCATION—Executive Vice President & Treasurer-Purdue Research Foundation-Real Estate, was introduced by his sponsor, GREG NAPIER. GREG and his spouse of 15 years, MELISSA, are the parents of three sons, and reside at 3020 N 750 W, West Lafayette - telephone 583-0041. GREG is Associate Director, Real Estate, Purdue Research Foundation, with an office at 3000 Kent Drive, West Lafayette - telephone 494-1727 and FAX 494-0130.

GREGORY R. REGER (GREG) with classification EDUCATION—Vocational-Executive Director-Indiana Business College, was introduced by his sponsor STAN MITHOEFER. GREG is the father of two sons, and currently resides at 1225 Burberry Court; #83, Lafayette 47905 - telephone 448-2741. GREG is Executive Director, Indiana Business College, with an office at 2 Executive Drive, Lafayette 47905 - telephone 447-9550 and FAX 447-0868.


SUSAN SMITH, Chair, 2001-2002 Music Committee, is seeking Rotarians willing to lead, or arrange for, music for a month during the next program year. She welcomes all volunteers, especially newer members, and would like to finalize the schedule by Friday, June 8th. Please consider sharing your voice with fellow Rotarians and call SUSAN at 423-5361 x 108 (office) or 447-3921 (residence).

INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION COMMITTEE MESSAGE from JIM TURLEY, Committee Chair: The Rotary International Foundation Year ends on June 30th. The Lafayette Rotary Club International Foundation Committee is urging each Rotarian to consider a year-end gift to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Use a contribution of $100.00 to start your Paul Harris Sustaining Membership, or add to/complete a Paul Harris Fellow. We also have some small international projects which need commitments by the end of the Rotary year. Please call DAVE BOUGH, BILL HATFIELD, or JIM TURLEY for more information. Make your checks payable to the "The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International" and provide specific information in the memo section of your check. Send to DAVE LANDGREBE who will record the contribution and send your check on to Rotary International. Please try to do this before June 15th to give DAVE time to assemble the checks and information to forward to Rotary International in time to get Rotary year end credit for you and our Club.

MAKEUPS: DICK GRACE on board the World Renaissance, cruise to GREECE; LE ROY SILVA, Indianapolis; and TERRY WEST, Daybreak.

JUNE BIRTHDAY TABLE: CORKY MITCHELL, Chair, announced that Rotarians with birthdays in June contributed $1,219.00 to the Lafayette and International Foundations, and Habitat for Humanity.

PROGRAM (June 5, 2001)

President DAN introduced OSCAR HOPKINS, who in turn introduced KEVIN O'BRIEN, who made a most interesting presentation regarding the Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA).

Prior to the start, KEVIN appraised a treasured vase for FAYE COLE (FAYE went into great detail regarding the family history of the vase as she presented it for appraisal) and in the process, KEVIN dropped the vase and broke it. The vase was worthless, it was a ruse on the part of KEVIN and FAYE to show that collectibles are not always as valuable as an individual thinks.

KEVIN noted that in the early 1980s TCHA was growing and the Feast of the Hunter's Moon (Feast) was helping to fund a major archeological dig at Fort Ouiatenon (Fort). The Feast, over the years, generated a lot of money and TCHA expanded a great deal in staff, acquisition of property, and educational programs; a disastrous Feast in 1999 necessitated that TCHA cut on staff and programming.

In the past year, unprecedented changes have been made, i.e., overhauled the financial reporting system; reconstructed by-laws; reduced the size of the TCHA Board; introduced Board member term limits; and created the TCHA Foundation.

Goals for the next 10 years include:

  • Building a new museum of national, State, and local importance (Focus will be the exhibition and interpretation of the Fort, one of the very best French Colonial archeological sites in the entire country);
  • Re-open the Fort excavation site by spring of 2002 (Original site is only one tenth excavated and it is the most pristine, un-excavated site of its type in the entire U.S.);
  • Revitalization of the Battlefield Museum;
  • Develop plan for a 10-year program, begins in 2002, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812;
  • Rehabilitation and restoration of the Fowler House; and
  • Assess the 93,000+ collection and sell off non-relevant items to other museums or over E-bay (money can only go into object purchase).

VISITING ROTARIANS: Gerry Isaacs, former Lafayette Rotarian, Gainesville, FL.

VISITORS: ELAINE BAUMGARDT, guest and spouse of BILL; Chris King, son and guest of MIKE (Chris in his third year of law school at New York University); Mark Kuipers, son and guest of FRED (Mark in School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Purdue, and just returned from a cooperative program period with NASA); and Sherm Kessler (Former Purdue Trustee and Farmer from New Ross), guest of BETTY NELSON and JIM FOSTER.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - DICK KOHLS and JO WADE substituting for STEVE HICKMAN; Greeting by TOM SCHMIDT; Invocation by JOE MICON; Singing led by BOB VERPLANK, substituting for KATHY MEEKS; Rotary Piano by REX KEPLER; and Free Meals Drawing - DON BIDDLE and REX KEPLER.

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