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Volume 87, Number 3 - July 17, 2001

UPCOMING PROGRAM (July 24, 2001)

Rotarians JIM BODENMILLER, Board Vice President, and DENNIS DUNN, Immediate Past Board President, will provide an update on the Museums at Prophetstown (MAP). This will provide current MAP leadership an opportunity to provide a progress report regarding delays in State funding, and clarify questions reported in the July 13th issue of the "Journal and Courier", and provide an optimistic long-range outlook. JIM and DENNIS will be introduced by JIM HANKS, July Program Coordinator.

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 - BARB REIF; 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; JOHN and EUDORA MC KEE; ED PAGE; Dirk Reif, son of BARB; CAROL REW, spouse of CARL; LEW RUNNELS (CHUCK HORNER reported that LEW, after he and CHUCK and JERRY MC CARTHY had played tennis Thursday a.m., went home, about noon suffered a mild heart attack, was rushed to St. Elizabeth Medical Center emergency facility, had quadruple bypass surgery around 3:30 p.m., yesterday, Monday, July 16th, everything went fine and may be taken off the ventilator today, Tuesday p.m., will be recovering for a number of days at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and no visitors - cards would be appreciated); FAE SPURLOCK; and BEV STONE.

REX KEPLER back playing the piano today following hernia surgery on Monday, July 9th; Club is certainly lucky to have two pianists - REX and HARLEY FREY.

RALPH and MARJORIE MORRIS' grandson, Jonah Busch, son of Tom and Kathy (Morris) Busch, is in Central AFRICA with the Peace Corps, and received a Rotary T-shirt, with Rotary seal on it, for volunteering to assist with the PolioPlus Project that was being held near where he is located. Jonah forwarded the T-shirt to RALPH and MARJORIE; Grandpa had the T-shirt at Rotary on Tuesday, July 10th, and was quite proud.

ROTARY/PMO HABITAT HOUSE start has been postponed from Friday, August 17th, to Friday, September 21st, due to site preparation problems caused by rain. Keep Friday and Saturday, September 21st and 22nd, open on your calendar to help with this project. Portions of the house will be pre-paneled, but all of this will need to be done so that the roof can be put on the framed house on Monday, September 24th. JON HUSTON and BOB VERPLANK will be supervising the work team during Rotary/PMO's involvement in construction.

BRUCE OWENS' e-mailed that he and spouse, NONNIE, will become FL residents and plan to spend the summers on their boat on Lake Michigan. Until they move to FL, their address will be 430 Main Street, Lafayette 47901-1368; BRUCE's cell phone is (847) 910-9610. Their FL address and telephone will be the same as listed in the Pictorial Directory, i.e., 17809 Courtside Circle, Punta Gorda, FL 33955-1985 – telephone (941) 639-3809.

PRESIDENT OSCAR and GRIFF attended a nation wide large Club meeting on Saturday, July 14th, at Rotary International (RI), Evanston, IL. The meeting was called to stress increasing membership where RI's $2 million "Rotary Global Quest" program to stimulate membership was presented. Also, a report on the recent Council on Legislation was reviewed with the following major membership enhancing changes:

  • Much greater authority delegated to Club Boards in the areas of membership, classification, and attendance;
  • Only two types of membership: Active and Honorary;
  • Clubs with 50+ membership, with Club Board approval, may have up to 10% of membership in each classification;
  • Dropped automatic termination for missing four successive meetings;
  • Club Board's decision to liberalize excused absences;
  • Club Board may cancel up to four meetings per year;
  • Transfers easier, i.e., Rotarian who moves may ask to join another Club, Club Board then may accept or reject; and
  • Exclusive territory or sharing territory has been eliminated.


JUDITH C. RHODES (JUDY) with classification COMMUNITY SERVICE—Clerk-Treasurer-West Lafayette, was introduced by her sponsor, GRIFF. JUDY and her spouse, DAVID, are the parents of son who is a junior at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School, and reside at 3008 Sparta Street, West Lafayette 47906-1112 – telephone 497-0238. DAVID is Prof. of Horticulture with office in the Horticulture Building at Purdue. JUDY is Clerk-Treasurer of West Lafayette with office at 609 West Navajo Street, West Lafayette 47906 - telephone 775-5150.

PROGRAM (July 17, 2001)

PRESIDENT OSCAR introduced JIM HANKS, July Program Coordinator, who then introduced JIM BODENBMILLER and LIZ SOLBERG, Co-Chairs, "Vision 2020". LIZ noted:

  • Our vision is a safe, healthy, and accessible Greater Lafayette community that embraces our rich history, culture, and diversity. We are the stewards of our natural resources, striving to balance planned growth and economic vitality. Our citizens, government, business, social, and educational institutions are all actively working together to achieve our community goals;
  • In 1997 it was felt that there should be a pro-active activity, on a totally community basis, to look into the future;
  • A Task Force was formed and with assistance from the Civic League, "Vision 2020" was initiated;
  • Last September, 11 large meetings were conducted to assess a "sense of vision", i.e., what needs to happen;
  • The process was consensus based (analyzed community strengths and weaknesses; identified action areas; worked in committees to develop each action plan; and reviewed, wrestled with and came to consensus on the elements in each action plan); inclusive (specifics about involvement; over 1,000 actively involved; 110 to 200+ at the 11 meetings; and many did more by participating in action committee meetings); and evolving (visioning processes also active in West Lafayette and Purdue); and
  • From these meetings seven "Action Areas" were formed, i.e., Government; Education-Learning; Environment; Future Leadership; Government; Quality of Life; and Smart Growth – an eighth "Action Area" was added, Land Use, that took items from the other seven.

JIM and LIZ spent time reviewing these eight "Action Areas." JIM indicated that an Implementation Steering Committee is forming that will: Promote implementation of the plan; Provide accountability for the plan; Forms and tracks sub-committees as needed; Ensures continued inclusive process (seek broad-based input); Convenes future "stakeholder" meetings as needed for specific issues; and Adapts plan as issues evolve. The "Vision 2020" report will be published in August with copies available on tables at a future Rotary meeting.

VISITING ROTARIAN: Allen Milburn, Lebanon. Allen is the Deputy Governor representing William "Bill" McFadden, District Governor, District #6560 and here checking with President OSCAR regarding District Governor McFadden's visit to the Club on Tuesday, August 7th. Allen also represents District Governor McFadden with the Attica-Williamsport, Flora, and Daybreak Clubs.

VISITORS: WAYNE MAYES, spouse of VICKI, and Jacob Sanders, visiting from Bloomington, grandson of VICKI and WAYNE; Rev. Peg Nowling (New Pastor of First Baptist, Lafayette), guest of GORDON COPPOC; and Madison Koehler, daughter of JAN GRIFFIN KOEHLER.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - MARTHA CHISCON, and FRANCIS PRITSCHER; Greeting by PAUL POST; Invocation by JOE MICON; Singing led by BOB MEYER; Rotary Piano by REX KEPLER; and Free Meals Drawing - JOHN CARPENTER and MARGARET HALL.

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