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Ripples - September 4, 2001

Volume 87, Number 10 – September 4, 2001

UPCOMING PROGRAM (September 11, 2001)

Rotarian DENNIS DUNN, President, Growing Child Inc., and Program Coordinator for September, will speak on "Successful Schools Depend on Successful Parenting." Originally Stan Jones, Commissioner for Higher Education, was scheduled to be the speaker, but a schedule problem necessitates that he and DENNIS exchange dates. Mr. Jones will be the speaker on September 25th. DENNIS will be introduced by President OSCAR HOPKINS. 

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - HOWARD DIESSLIN, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., and GORDY YOUNG, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Greeter - TOM FREY; Invocation - CHARLENE SULLIVAN; Music - BOB GRIFFITHS; and High School Guests (McCutcheon) hosted by KIRK CLARK.


Chip Rutledge and Jim Fenn presented a eulogy for Varro "Tip" Tyler.

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

DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the family of BOB FIELDS who died at 2:20 a.m., Monday, September 3, 2001, in Home Hospital. BOB had been a Rotarian since October 26, 1971. An eulogy will be offered at the September 11th Club meeting.

CONGRATULATIONS to BETTY DOVERSBERGER ("Leader" picture) who became the latest Rotarian to be "profiled" in the series of articles by Lillian Price in the August 31st issue of "The Lafayette Leader." Congratulations to a very deserving person.

CORRESPONDENCE from SHIRLEY WEST, spouse of TERRY…Dear Members of Lafayette Rotary…Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful good wishes for my speedy recovery. The beautiful lavender azalea is most appreciated. Sincerely, SHIRLEY WEST

CORRECTION: For the past few weeks in "Ripples" and during introduction at Club meetings, Selene Phillips has been listed and introduced as being a Visiting Rotarian from North Forks, ND. That is incorrect, it is Grand Forks, ND; sorry Selene for that error.

FRITZ COHEN, Chair, Community Service Projects Committee, received a note from Donella Carter, Tippecanoe Health Department, thanking everyone who helped with "Shots Not Spots"; she noted that 252 children were administered 491 shots.

E-MAIL FROM HANS NAUMANN: AZ address is 9517 East Sunridge Drive, Sun Lake, AZ 85248-5915, telephone (480) 895-8194, cell telephone (602) 751-2667, and new e-mail addresses: Hans hnaumann@robsoncom.net and Irma Azznana@robsoncom.net .


ROTARY/PMO HABITAT HOUSE construction starts Friday, September 21st; this day and Saturday, September 22nd, are extremely important as the framing must be done these two days so that the roof can be put on the house on Monday, September 24th. Rotarians are needed for the next two weeks to assist with various phases of construction, especially cleanup. Sign-up sheets will be available at Rotary each Tuesday, so please check your schedule and volunteer to help with this "Service Above Self" project.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT: SANDY PEARLMAN, Vice Chair, Community Project Committee, announces that the next project will be the United Way Week of Caring, 9:00–11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 18th. There is need for 10 volunteers to put resource materials for new parents into plastic bags which are distributed to every new parent who gives birth at Home Hospital (need about 3,000 per year). SUSAN SMITH, President/CEO, Family Services, Inc., indicated that the work will be done at FSI's office, corner of 8th and Main Streets, near Sarge Oak Restaurant. Sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board in the back of the dining room.

DAYBREAK'S FUND RAISING AUCTION: Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 16, 2001, to attend the Daybreak activity. Free lunch at 1:00 p.m. and auction begins at 2:00 p.m.

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY TABLE: GIL SATTERLY, Chair, September Birthday Table, announced that Rotarians with birthdays in September contributed $1,205.50 to the International and Lafayette Foundations.

PROGRAM (September 4, 2001)

PRESIDENT OSCAR introduced DENNIS DUNN, Program Coordinator for September, who in turned introduced Dr. Suellen Reed, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who made a most interesting presentation regarding the performance measuring, i.e., how schools are doing. Dr. Reed noted positive statistical information regarding the performance of IN 4th and 8th grades (mathematics), and 10th grade (mathematics and science) public school students compared to regional, national, and international scores. She indicated that:

  • Comparing scores is extremely difficult and cited that 60% of IN students participated in the SAT testing; however, only 26% participated in OH, 12% in IL, and 11% in MI;
  • Students should be encouraged to enroll in rigorous curriculum to better prepare themselves for college and/or after high school vocations; and
  • Students should learn skills and learn how to use them.

Dr. Reed closed by pointing out that the century prior to this one that children, their parents, and close relation spent eight hours a day in face-to-face interaction and learning experiences; at the turn of this century the time spent under similar circumstances was seven minutes. Therefore, it is extremely important that communities (Rotarians) set good clear examples for the youth of the community.


VISITING ROTARIANS: Tom Funk, Guelph, Ontario, CANADA; and Suellen Reed, Rushville. Tom is CHRIS FUNK's brother, a Past President of the Guelph Rotary Club, and Professor of Agriculture Economics and Head, MBA Program, University of Guelph.

VISITORS: John Barada (Communication Specialist for State Department of Public Instruction), guest of the Club and introduced by DENNIS DUNN; Ted Wolfe (Oncology Administrative Director, Oncology Institute and Rotarian from Monroe, LA), introduced by GRIFF; Gregg Donat (Judge, Superior Court 4), guest of BILL HATFIELD and DAVE SATTLER); David Lahr (Retired electrician and member of Board of Zoning Appeals, City of Lafayette), guest of MICHAEL HUNT; Sherm Kessler (New Ross farmer and former Purdue Trustee), guest of BETTY NELSON.

HARRISON HIGH SCHOOL GUESTS: Holly Baker and John Hunter were guests of the Club and hosted/introduced by LIZ SOLBERG. President OSCAR presented certificates of recognition, and Rotary travel mugs (Four-Way Test on them) to Holly and John.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - HOWARD DIESSLIN, and GORDY YOUNG; Greeting by CHRIS JOHANNSEN; Invocation by KEITH SMITH; Singing led by BOB GRIFFITHS; Rotary Piano by REX KEPLER; and Free Meals Drawing – JIM FENN and BILL PAYNE.

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