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Ripples - July 10, 2001

Volume 87, Number 2 - July 10, 2001

UPCOMING PROGRAM (July 17, 2001)

Rotarians JIM BODENMILLER and LIZ SOLBERG, Co-Chairs, Vision 2020, will report on some conclusions from the work of the past several months that have surfaced via a mid July final report. JIM BODENMILLER and LIZ will be introduced by JIM HANKS, July Program Coordinator.

NOTE: This week's "Ripples", July 10th issue, was not electronically sent, but bulk mailed to all Rotarians. It will be forwarded to CHRIS FUNK to be placed with back issues of "Ripples" that he maintains.

NOTE: Committee assignments for the 2001-2002 Rotary Year are on the back of this issue of "Ripples." Please check to see your committee(s) assignments and become involved. If your name is not listed and you wish to be involved, please contact GRIFF with your preferences, the appropriate committee chair will be notified. Should your name be spelled incorrectly, or you are listed on a committee that you do not wish to participate, please contact GRIFF; that correction will be made when the next six-month "Ripples" supply is ordered in early December. Rotary needs your assistance and hopefully you need Rotary's assistance.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - MARTHA CHISCON, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., and FRANCIS PRITSCHER, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Greeter - PAUL POST; Invocation - JOE MICON; and Music - BOB MEYER.


Prior to the invocation today, President OSCAR HOPKINS (President OSCAR), requested members/spouses to keep the following in their thoughts and prayers: BOB FIELDS; BOB HIATT; REX KEPLER (REX had hernia surgery yesterday, and it was reported today that he was doing okay); JOHN and EUDORA MC KEE; ED PAGE (GUS GUSTAFSON and LEW RUNNELS reported that ED was up and moving around in a very limited manner via a walker – still no visitors for a little longer); VAN PEETERS, spouse of RAY (RAY called this p.m. to relate that VAN is home from Home Hospital and doing quite well); Dirk Reif, son of BARB; CAROL REW, spouse of CARL; FAE SPURLOCK; and BEV STONE.

HARLAND WHITE was voted "Honorary" status in the Club by the Club Board of Directors at their meeting last evening, Monday, July 9th. As of August 30th, HARLAND will have been a member of the Club for 41 years. HARLAND and LUCILLE are now in Room #28 of the Courtyard Section at Westminster Village.

MARTHA CHISCON called the Editor's attention to an article in the latest (July 2001) issue of "The Rotarian" entitled "Members—Our Greatest Asset." If you have not, it would be worth your time to read it; portions of the article will be featured in future "Ripples."


"SHOTS NOT SPOTS" is scheduled for Wednesday, August 8th, Tippecanoe County Fair Grounds (Home Ec Building), and volunteers are needed. All four spots are now filled: 10:00 a.m. - Noon - BOB ADAMS; GREG EBERHARD; JAN GRIFFIN KOEHLER and Madison Koehler; BETTY NELSON and JOHN TROTT; Noon - 2:00 p.m. - JOHN CARPENTER; GENE HILLS; BILL HINZE; PAUL POST; and FRANCIS PRITSCHER; 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - MARTHA and AL CHISCON; JIM FUNK; BARB HANSEN; and JOE KRAUSE; 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - CARA CARREON; ELAINE ELLISON; JIM FOSTER; LEW RUNNELS; and PHIL SWAIN.

NEXT SMALL GROUP DINNERS (Dinner) on Thursday, September 5th, with KEN EWING; please contact JANE TURNER or GRIFF if you are interested in "dining with KEN."

PLEASE CONTINUE to be on the lookout for Lafayette Adult Reading Academy (LARA) space; LARA is in need of 12,000 square feet and at least 100 parking spaces. If you have any ideas regarding this amount of space, please contact JoAnn Vorst at 476-2920.

MAKEUPS: CARA CARREON, Frankfort (two times); PHIL KLINGER, Daybreak; SUSAN SMITH, Monticello; STEVE STUCKY, Cheboygan, MI; and JAY WILEY, Delphi.

VISITING ROTARIAN: Sharon Pattison, Terre Haute Downtown.

VISITORS: Joe Zych (Accountant, Girardot, Strauch & Co. CPA), guest of DICK BARTHOLOMEW; Scott Walker (New home construction, Century 21 Right Angle Realtors), guest of FAYE COLE; and Linda Hill (Attorney with Norfolk Southern Railroad), guest of LIZ SOLBERG.

JULY BIRTHDAY TABLE: SUSAN SMITH, Co-Chair, along with KIRK CLARK, turned in an additional $629.00 from Rotarians with birthdays in July. This brings the July Birthday table total to $2,154.00 with contributions designated for Habitat for Humanity, Lafayette Rotary Foundation, and The Rotary International Foundation.

PRESIDENT OSCAR, last week with his 2001-2002 Rotary Year goals on the overhead, advocated that the Club demonstrate Rotary International President Richard D. King's theme, "Mankind Is Our Business", by making a difference in our community and the world. He noted that:

  • Our Club is made up of leaders of businesses, of community organizations, and thought processes, and challenged all to utilize this wealth of knowledge and experiences to maximize this opportunity, through fellowship and action, to help others;
  • Rotary has the leadership to perform many needed and useful activities that can play an important role in the continued development of our community;
  • Effort in World Community Projects, while more difficult to see first hand or feel a part of, through contributions make a difference in the PolioPlus project and other such projects;
  • "Singing For Greater Lafayette" is the Club's major action plan to benefit our community, this will be our third year of evolving development, and will require adjustments;
  • Retention of members is a critical Club concern and some new ideas to better retention are being explored;
  • Building of the Rotary/PMO Habitat House will be a major community project and require effort from many of us to see that project through to the end; and
  • Support of the Lafayette and The Rotary International (RI) Foundations (District Governor, during his visit on Tuesday, August 7th, will stress setting aside .25 cents per day for the RI Foundation).

PROGRAM (July 10, 2001)

PRESIDENT OSCAR introduced JIM HANKS, July Program Coordinator, who noted that:

  • The next four July Rotary programs will be responsive to the general monthly theme of, THE PLAN - THE PROMISE - THE PROBLEMS - THE PRESENT, and will spotlight four community institutions or movements and will attempt to answer these four P's of community advancement;
  • Today's focus is on one of this community's oldest, born in 1931, cultural organizations, Civic Theatre;
  • AL CHISCON was one of the principal "movers and shakers" that transformed the small band of theater enthusiasts into a thriving non-profit community theater geared to reach children, youth, and adults;
  • Performances held in Duncan Hall, Sunnyside Middle School, Cason Street Workshop, and now, through TOM MORAN, the major catalyst, in the acquisition and modernization of the former Monon Depot; and
  • The Monon Depot is observing its 100th birthday; Civic Theater is 70 years old; Civic Youth Theater is 15 years old; and the Monon Depot has been the Civic Theater's home for 20 years.

JIM then introduced Gerriann Fish; Susan Kisinger; Craig Lafuse; Bob Mindrum; Suzanne Paine; Michael Petry; and Carla Suppinger Scott who presented snippets from past shows and a glimpse into the 2001-2002 season. JIM introduced Andrew Russell, son of MARK, who will be directing one of the summer productions, Henry and Ramona , at the County Amphitheater, and noted several other involved Rotarians/spouses: ED and SUE EILER; BUTCH HANCOCK; JIM HOBBS; BOB JEFFARES; BILL and MARY ELLEN LOVELL; KATHY MEEKS; CHRISTY SMITH; VIRGIL ST. JOHN; JANE TURNER; and JAY WILEY.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - MARTHA CHISCON, and FRANCIS PRITSCHER; Greeting by PAUL POST; Invocation by TOM SCHMIDT; No Rotary Singing today; Rotary Piano by HARLEY FREY; and Free Meals Drawing - STAN MITHOEFER and MARK RUSSELL.

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