Upcoming Meetings
Karen Cripe - President
May 20, 2024 12:00 PM
Label Logic
---Memorial Day Holiday---
May 27, 2024
No Meeting Today
Leah Plank, Horizon Education Alliance
Jun 03, 2024 12:00 PM
Triple P -- Positive Parenting Program of Elkhart County
Eric Garton, Robert & Peggy Weed Exec Director
Jun 10, 2024 12:00 PM
OFFSITE MEETING AT WELLFIELD
Not-for-Profit Grants and Scholarship Recipients
Jun 17, 2024 12:00 PM
Rotary Grant Awardees give brief presentations and we Award our Elkhart High School Scholarship
Annual First Responder's Appreciation Luncheon
Jun 24, 2024 12:00 PM
A celebration of gratitude for our community's First Responders
Dan Ryan, District 6540 PDG
Jul 01, 2024 12:00 PM
Mobility Ministries
Julie Cotton and Andrew Harman
Jul 08, 2024 12:00 PM
The Peaceful Transition of Power
Our Club Leadership
President
President Elect
Vice President (Elect)
Secretary
Treasurer
Rotary Foundation
Past President
Assistant Secretary
Executive Secretary
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Membership Chair
Meetings and Club Activities
 
Monday we welcomed Diego Morales, Indiana Secretary of State
Diego Morales is Indiana’s 63rd Secretary of State. Secretary Morales is the first Latino elected to a statewide office and is making history as an immigrant Secretary of State in our country. He previously worked in state government as an aide to Vice President Mike Pence during his tenure as Governor of Indiana. Secretary Morales brings extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to taking office,he was a proud small business owner. Secretary Morales grew up in Sellersburg, Indiana in Clark County. Later earning degrees from Indiana University, Purdue University and Tilburg University in the Netherlands and around the world. Secretary Morales also proudly served in the United States Army and National Guard. He’s been the recipient of numerous honors in recognition of his public service including the Kentucky Colonel and the Sagamore of Wabash. Diego resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sidonia, and daughter. The Morales family are members of Northside Christian Church in New Albany, Indiana.

Congratulations and THANK YOU Bob Homan for receiving a Paul Harris Fellow PLUS 3 Award through your ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation. Thanks as well to our own club President Julie Cotton for her achievement of PHF +2! Thank to ALL who support the Rotary Foundation. 
 
 

Thanks to the Elkhart Rotary Club contingent who delivered books to Garabito Satellite Rotary Club in Esterillos Este, Costa Rica. Elkhart Rotarians photographed include Ashley Bowen, Doug Risser, and Terri Rickel. Thank you for your service near and far!
 

Running List of Rotary Event Announcements 
Rotarians are an integral and engaged part of our active community! Here’s a list of upcoming events represented by Rotarians from the Elkhart Rotary Club. If you’d like more information, contact the Rotarian listed for the event or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to them. Are you a Rotarian with an event to share? Put it in the format below and email to Eric Garton, he’ll add it to the list.

 
  • May - Read United Volunteers needed in Elkhart Community School Classrooms: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/OkZA24IrVO Contact Natalie Evans.

  • Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Plant Sale at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The plant sale offers a variety of perennial and annual plants, vegetables, vendors, plant supplies and more! Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to Wellfield Botanic Gardens during the plant sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that day.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

  • Thursday-Saturday, June 6-8, Elkhart County Quilt and Fiber Expo Thursday & Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for full details visit: https://elkhartcountyquiltfiberexpo.org/ Contact: Susan Ginther.

  • Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in 5-6 p.m. Location TBD Contact: Peter Norton

  • Friday, August 16, The Great Cardboard Boat Race. Registration Opens May 1! Volunteers needed for August 15 Set Up & August 16 Race Day Volunteers Needed: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

 

Today we had the pleasure of inducting a new member to our club, Elkhart Community Schools' new Superintendent, Dr. Larry Huff. Dr. Huff was sponsored by Jim Rieckhoff, President Julie Cotton and Membership Chair Eric Garton did the induction.

Dr. Huff assumed the role beginning March 1, 2024, when he succeeded interim superintendent Mr. Mark Mow, who is assisting in the transition through the end of June 2024. Dr. Huff is a former Teacher and Principal with a bachelor's degree from the University of Indianapolis, a Master's degree from Marian University in Indianapolis and a graduate of the Indiana Aspiring Superintendent Academy. He earned is doctoral degree from Oakland City University with a focus on school superintendency in December 2020. He is Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention and a 3-time recipient of the Pike’s Superintendent Above and Beyond Award. As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Huff has provided district-wide leadership for all aspects of teaching and learning for the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township near Indianapolis.  During his time as Chief Academic Officer, Pike Township experienced increased student performance in IREAD-3 and ILEARN student achievement. Additionally, Pike Township increased its graduation rate to 96.2% for the 2022-23 school year. Dr. Huff has been driving success in the Pike Township Schools by developing academic vision, curriculum, professional development of faculty, data analysis and compliance.  He collaborates with all departments to support principals and teachers in the area of instructional leadership. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Huff to our Rotary Club and to the community.
 

Congratulations, Tom Pletcher, for receiving a Paul Harris Fellow PLUS 8 Award through your ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation. Also receiving awards today, but not present: Dean Leazenby and Tina Weldy, each receiving their first Paul Harris Fellow award. Thanks to ALL who support the Rotary Foundation. 


Today we welcome Anthony Tocci, DACdb software and IGNITE App Trainer as we present our Elkhart Rotary Club IGNITE app rollout to members

IGNITE is an phone app for our new (still transitioning) customer relationship software called DACdb that will manage our membership. The IGNITE app provides ease of use for civic organizations by not only helping manage their organizations, but by making member engagement more accessible. Members can pay their invoices, make donations, log service hours, add service projects to their calendars, send service selfies and so much more from this simple and clean app. Leaders can communicate one on one or broadcast messages to an entire group. While at events, members can connect with each other by scanning QR codes to save contact information. Member engagement has never been so easy!

Here's a link to DOWNLOAD LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS for IGNITE APP - or you find them on the "Important Downloads" Section of the homepage: https://elkhartrotary.org/


Running List of Rotary Event Announcements
Rotarians are an integral and engaged part of our active community! Here’s a list of upcoming events represented by Rotarians from the Elkhart Rotary Club. If you’d like more information, contact the Rotarian listed for the event or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to them. Are you a Rotarian with an event to share? Put it in the format below and email to Eric Garton, he’ll add it to the list.

 
  • May - Read United Volunteers needed in Elkhart Community School Classrooms: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/OkZA24IrVO Contact Natalie Evans.

  • Friday May 10, 7:30 p.m. Oaklawn's Got Talent at The Lerner Judges have selected four finalists who will wow you while we raise funds for local mental health and addiction treatment – and YOU vote for who wins! - Elkhart Rotary President Julie is a finalist! - audience votes pick the first place winner! More info and tickets at https://oaklawn.org/ogt/. Contact: Julie Cotton

  • Saturday, May 11, Race starts at 10:30, events and festival through 3:30. Dogapalooza at Oxbow County Park. Join the Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) for a timed trail run/walk in a pleasant natural environment. Runners, walkers, and their dogs will be gathering to enjoy time together, activities, great music, and sharing with others. After the race is over, stay a while for Elkhart County Parks’ Dogapalooza! Enjoy dog-themed vendors and activities, great food trucks, a beer garden, and so much more! Info and registration at https://elkharthumanesociety.org/pfac-at-dogapalooza/ Contact: Rob LaRoy

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Saturday, May 11, Postal Food Drive “Stamp Out Hunger” Volunteers Needed to volunteer with United Way to collect food or help at Post Office with distribution to pantries: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/X7AJNJXPO2 Contact Natalie Evans

  • Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in 5-6 p.m. Location TBD Contact: Peter Norton

  • Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Plant Sale at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The plant sale offers a variety of perennial and annual plants, vegetables, vendors, plant supplies and more! Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to Wellfield Botanic Gardens during the plant sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that day.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

  • Thursday-Saturday, June 6-8, Elkhart County Quilt and Fiber Expo Thursday & Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for full details visit: https://elkhartcountyquiltfiberexpo.org/ Contact: Susan Ginther. 

  • Friday, August 16, The Great Cardboard Boat Race. Registration Opens May 1! Volunteers needed for August 15 Set Up & August 16 Race Day Volunteers Needed: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

 
Today we welcomed Chris Stager, President & CEO of Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County. Chris shared development updates important to our region including the new Amazon Local Distribution Center which will likely be turned on in Quarter 1 of 2025 and the new Hyper Center in South Bend. The local Amazon distribution center will have 6000 robots and handle on 1,000,000 packages daily! Chris also shared a little of where we're at in the progression of the Five Industrial Revolutions—Industry "4.0"—headed steadily toward Industry 5.0 and the challenges we face getting there.
 
 
There are serious challenges in our way, primarily POWER. It's estimated that US power consumption will DOUBLE in the next 10 years and our ability to create that increased electricity is limited. The new Hyper Center in South Bend will need 256 megawatts. For comparison, 100 megawatts powers approximately 18,000 households. There was a great question about the potential of solar arrays to make up the difference... It takes 700-800 acres of space for enough solar receptors to create 100 megawatts. We face a challenge.
 
 
We really appreciate Chris' time spent at our club today. Here's more about the EDC:
  • EDC's Mission: Create an economically vibrant community by: Recruiting, retaining and strengthening our economic base, and being a catalyst for diversification, innovation and economic change. 
  • EDC's Vision:  The EDC will leverage our entrepreneurial spirit, expertise and regional resources to develop a more prosperous community through a diversified, resilient and knowledge-based economy. 
  • Who We Are / What We Do: EDC is a not-for-profit economic organization serving the community with the cities, towns, chambers of commerce, investor partners, and businesses of Elkhart County, Indiana. We are known as the “Concierge to Elkhart County Industry”. Our primary objectives are the retention and expansion of local businesses, attraction of new businesses to Elkhart County, and local entrepreneurial development. 
  • History of the EDC of Elkhart County: The EDC of Elkhart County (EDCEC) was organized in 2001 as a public-private partnership and lead economic development organization for Elkhart County, Indiana. With a mission to attract and retain diversified businesses both domestically and internationally, the EDCEC serves as a resource and advocate to cultivate the competitiveness and profitability of business locating or expanding to Elkhart County, Indiana. 
  • The EDCEC delivers an integrated approach to economic development strategy combining business attraction, expansion and retention activities, workforce attraction and development as well as strategic long-term planning. The EDCEC teams with the real estate development, land use planning and design professionals to present comprehensive location solutions to new and existing companies. The EDCEC provides confidential relocation and economic development services in close collaboration with regional and national partners to assist with site selection, community networking, workforce attraction and development, and navigation through the state and local incentives and regulatory process. 
  • The EDC of Elkhart County is a nationally recognized economic development leader in the State of Indiana. The EDCEC provides strategic vision and “whatever it takes approach” to ensure continued Elkhart County economic vitality while providing quality job opportunities, a diverse and inclusive quality of place and continued prosperity for the residents and businesses of Elkhart County.
For more details visit: https://www.elkhartcountybiz.com/

Today we inducted two new Elkhart Rotarians!
  • Chad Douglass is a returning member who left the club in 2015 and is able to return, he is sponsored by Sherm Hansen and works for Lake City Bank.
  • Zac Quiett is the new CFO at Elkhart Community Schools and is sponsored by Doug Thorne.
Thanks to membership chair Eric Garton and President Julie Cotton for doing the induction today, we're excited to get these new Rotarians engaged in our community!
 

Running List of Rotary Event Announcements 
Rotarians are an integral and engaged part of our active community! Here’s a list of upcoming events represented by Rotarians from the Elkhart Rotary Club. If you’d like more information, contact the Rotarian listed for the event or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to them. Are you a Rotarian with an event to share? Put it in the format below and email to Eric Garton, he’ll add it to the list.
  • May - Read United Volunteers needed in Elkhart Community School Classrooms: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/OkZA24IrVO Contact Natalie Evans.

  • Friday May 10, 7:30 p.m. Oaklawn's Got Talent at The Lerner Judges have selected four finalists who will wow you while we raise funds for local mental health and addiction treatment – and YOU vote for who wins! - Elkhart Rotary President Julie is a finalist! - audience votes pick the first place winner! More info and tickets at https://oaklawn.org/ogt/. Contact: Julie Cotton

  • Saturday, May 11, Dogapalooza. Oxbow County Park. Join the Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) for a timed trail run/walk in a pleasant natural environment. Runners, walkers, and their dogs will be gathering to enjoy time together, activities, great music, and sharing with others. After the race is over, stay a while for Elkhart County Parks’ Dogapalooza! Enjoy dog-themed vendors and activities, great food trucks, a beer garden, and so much more! Info and registration at https://elkharthumanesociety.org/pfac-at-dogapalooza/ Contact: Rob LaRoy

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Saturday, May 11, Postal Food Drive “Stamp Out Hunger” Volunteers Needed to volunteer with United Way to collect food or help at Post Office with distribution to pantries: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/X7AJNJXPO2 Contact Natalie Evans

  • Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in 5-6 p.m. Location TBD Contact: Peter Norton

  • Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Plant Sale at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The plant sale offers a variety of perennial and annual plants, vegetables, vendors, plant supplies and more! Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to Wellfield Botanic Gardens during the plant sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that day.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.

  • Friday, August 16, The Great Cardboard Boat Race. Registration Opens May 1! Volunteers needed for August 15 Set Up & August 16 Race Day Volunteers Needed: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

 
Today we welcomed a team from Horizon Education Alliance and our presentation featured Sarah Koontz, Director, CareerWise Elkhart County and Rolondo Lopez, Advocate for Youth Apprenticeship. Sarah was introduced by Brian Wiebe, President/CEO of Horizon Education Alliance, and she shared about the CareerWise Elkhart County -- Modern Youth Apprenticeships, and was joined by Rolondo at the podium to share his own experience. CareerWise Elkhart County offers a two- to three-year apprenticeship designed by businesses and offered in partnership with schools, taking students out of the classroom and putting them in the workplace in meaningful, paid positions for 16-24 hours per week while earning high school and college credit. For details visit: https://www.careerwiseelkhartcounty.org/
 
 
 
 
For complete details and how to get involved, visit: https://www.careerwiseelkhartcounty.org/

J&K Kissinger Award Winner for 2024 - Terri Rickel
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS, Terri Rickel, the 2024 J&K Kissinger Award Winner for Rotary District 6540! The J&K Kissinger Award was established in 1987 by then District 6540 Governor Bill Heinhuis to honor Jack and Kay Kissinger for their many years of dedicated service to Rotary at the local, national, and international levels. Terri joined the Elkhart Rotary club in 2005 and was elected to the board in 2008. She has served in all officer positions on the Board and served as the Club president in 2015-2016. She continues to be very active on various committees within the club including the Caring Committee and Membership Committees, performing new member orientations and ensuring that new club members are up to speed on their responsibilities as well as being aware of their opportunities within the club. She and her husband Bob have attended four international conventions. Terri is especially proud to be a Paul Harris Fellow. Within our Rotary District 6540 she has served as Assistant District Governor for several terms working with Concord, Elkhart, Goshen, and Plymouth Clubs. Additionally, she has served on the Administrative Council and Membership Committee. Terri is currently the Rotary District 6540 District Governor Nominee Designate. The award was presented on Saturday at the District Conference by Elkhart Rotary Club President Julie Cotton. Congratulations, Terri!
On Saturday, April 20, our club members and INTERACT Students volunteered for our twice-annual County Road 6 trash cleanup!
Thanks to all who help make our community a better—and CLEANER—place to live, work, and play!
 
 

Rotarians are an integral and engaged part of our active community! Here’s a list of upcoming events represented by Rotarians from the Elkhart Rotary Club. If you’d like more information, contact the Rotarian listed for the event or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to them. Are you a Rotarian with an event to share? Put it in the format below and email to Eric Garton, he’ll add it to the list.
  • April/May - Read United Volunteers needed in Elkhart Community School Classrooms: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/OkZA24IrVO Contact Natalie Evans.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 4-7 p.m. Goodwill's Little Black Dress Signature Event. An exciting evening of fashion, fun, and philanthropy at the Four Winds Event Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit Goodwill's programs to empower people to achieve their most abundant life. Ticket info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/goodwills-little-black-dress-signature-event-tickets-818952748717?aff=oddtdtcreator Contact: Monica Abair

  • Saturday, May 11, Dogapalooza. Oxbow County Park. Join the Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) for a timed trail run/walk in a pleasant natural environment. Runners, walkers, and their dogs will be gathering to enjoy time together, activities, great music, and sharing with others. After the race is over, stay a while for Elkhart County Parks’ Dogapalooza! Enjoy dog-themed vendors and activities, great food trucks, a beer garden, and so much more! Info and registration at https://elkharthumanesociety.org/pfac-at-dogapalooza/ Contact: Rob LaRoy

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Saturday, May 11, Postal Food Drive “Stamp Out Hunger” Volunteers Needed to volunteer with United Way to collect food or help at Post Office with distribution to pantries: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/X7AJNJXPO2 Contact Natalie Evans

  • Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in 5-6 p.m. Location TBD Contact: Peter Norton

  • Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Plant Sale at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The plant sale offers a variety of perennial and annual plants, vegetables, vendors, plant supplies and more! Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to Wellfield Botanic Gardens during the plant sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that day.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber. 

  • Friday, August 16, The Great Cardboard Boat Race. Registration Opens May 1! Volunteers needed for August 15 Set Up & August 16 Race Day Volunteers Needed: https://volunteer.crossroadsuw.org/opportunities/yRy7zguZ16. Contact: Natalie Evans

 
Today we welcomed Kyle Brown, National Weather Service Meteorologist
Kyle presented: "Indiana's Changing Climate" and covered topics including:
  • Winter 2023-2034
  • Great Lakes Ice coverage
  • 10 Indicators of a Warming World
  • Indiana Trends - what's happening here?
  • Took Questions and provided additional resources
 
 
What do rising statewide temperatures mean for Indiana?
  1. Hotter summers: Heat illness/stress
  2. Earlier Spring than a century ago (IN Climate Change Impact Assessment)
  3. Warmer overnight low temperatures
  4. Increased energy use (mainly summer; less furnace use in winter)
  5. Longer frost-free season: Has already lengthened by 9 days vs 1915. Could extend allergy season.
  6. Increasing ozone: poor air quality
  7. Warming winter could affect the types of plants that thrive in IN
  8. Warmer seasons could mean double-cropping in the north or a wider variety of crops planted
 

While the climate change conversation revolves largely around temperare data, because it is widely available, there are nine other indicators for a warming world. 
From the 3rd National Climate Assessment released in 2014, the 10 indicators are:

  1. A decrease in arctic sea ice
  2. An increase in air temperature over the oceans
  3. Increased humidity
  4. Decreased snow
  5. Increased temperature of the lower atmosphere
  6. Decreased glaciers
  7. Increase in sea surface temperature
  8. Increased Ocean heat content
  9. Increase in global sea level
  10. Increase in Air Temperatures over land
These National Climate Assessments are written by more than 300 scientists and experts, guided by a 60-person federal advisory committee. The fifth assessment was published late last year.
 
Summary:
  • Continental United State: This was our warmest winter on record
    • Indiana: Second warmest winter on record
    • Michigan: First warmest winter on record
  • Ten indicators of a warming world should not be ignored
  • We've had 47 consecutive years of an above-average global temperature
  • Resulting in an Earlier Spring, warmer nights, increased energy use, poor air quality
  • Rising precipitation: Number of 2” precip days increasing
  • Decreasing snow
So what can we do?
Learn more about how you can help. The Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University collaborates with Hoosiers and organizations throughout the region to better prepare Indiana and the Midwest for environmental changes that affect individuals, communities, businesses, and natural systems. View more here: https://eri.iu.edu/index.html
 
About Kyle: Kyle Brown began working at the National Weather Service, Northern Indiana office, in the fall of 2017. He has worked with the team to provide weather information to partners and the public for a variety of significant weather events ranging from ice storms to tornadoes. As a Chicagoland native and a graduate of Valparaiso University, these conditions are par for the course. Snow Is his favorite weather phenomenon. The most epic snow event he witnessed was the Chicagoland Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011, measuring nearly two feet of snow at his home in Brookfield. Outside of the office, baseball, car shows, car auctions, and car care are his hobbies; in which his 2-year-old son is taking some interest.
 

Running List of Rotary Event Announcements 

Rotarians are an integral and engaged part of our active community! Here’s a list of upcoming events represented by Rotarians from the Elkhart Rotary Club. If you’d like more information, contact the Rotarian listed for the event or email elkhartnoonrotary@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to them. Are you a Rotarian with an event to share? Put it in the format below and email to Eric Garton, he’ll add it to the list.

  • Thursday, April 18 at 5 p.m. Thirsty Thursday - come enjoy a drink and fellowship with fellow Rotarians and guests. Come on, come all, drop in 5-6 p.m. Location IF THE WEATHER IS GOOD, Jackson Rooftop… If not, BRASS ELK. Contact: Peter Norton

  • Friday, April 19 Ryan's Place Annual Gala at the Crystal Ballroom. Theme: See You at the Movies - Info and registration at https://ryansplace.org/events/gala/. Contact Aileac Deegan

  • Saturday, April 20 beginning 8 a.m. Join us for our twice-annual County Road 6 Clean-up. Normally each section takes less than an hour. You’ll earn a meeting make-up credit and we’ll leave our world a little cleaner than when we found it. Meet in the parking lot of the Northland Corporation @ 3410 E. CR 6 to be given your trash bags, gloves, your road section assignment and a donut for fuel! Contact Bob Homan to signup.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 4-7 p.m. Goodwill's Little Black Dress Signature Event. An exciting evening of fashion, fun, and philanthropy at the Four Winds Event Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit Goodwill's programs to empower people to achieve their most abundant life. Ticket info here. Contact: Monica Abair

  • Saturday, May 11, Dogapalooza. Oxbow County Park. Join the Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) for a timed trail run/walk in a pleasant natural environment. Runners, walkers, and their dogs will be gathering to enjoy time together, activities, great music, and sharing with others. After the race is over, stay a while for Elkhart County Parks’ Dogapalooza! Enjoy dog-themed vendors and activities, great food trucks, a beer garden, and so much more! Info and registration at https://elkharthumanesociety.org/pfac-at-dogapalooza/ Contact: Rob LaRoy

  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. Girls on the Run 5k. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. Volunteers help ensure our end-of-season 5K Celebration is possible. If you’re interested check out the details at https://www.girlsontherunmichiana.org/5k-elkhart and sign up today. Contact: Julie Cotton.

  • Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. Elkhart County Symphony. ¡FIESTA SINFÓNICA! Featuring LALO CURA at the Lerner Theater. Repertoire: Marquez, Danzon No. 2; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Info and tickets at https://elkhartsymphony.org/. Contact: John Hill 

  • Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m. Stand-Up for Church Community Services. Join us at the historic Bristol Opera House for an evening of crazy funny comedians -- headlined by Mike Armstrong! Mike has appeared on HBO, Fox, and CMT and will be forever known as the Ex-Cop on the Bob & Tom radio show. Hosted by Corey Mann, the event also features comedians Michael Downing, Elise Davies, and Scott Callahan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/36247/production/1192983 for details and tickets Contact: Keith Sarber.