Speaker Date Topic
Dan Boecher - Hotel Elkhart Project Manager Sep 28, 2020 12:00 PM
Hotel Elkhart's Past, Present, and Future
Hotel Elkhart's Past, Present, and Future

Did you know?… On April 10, 1919, Elkhart Rotarians agreed to support the effort to build a new hotel – Hotel Elkhart. Completed in 1923, the Hotel Elkhart was “Home” to the Elkhart Rotary Club until 1974! The renovation of the Hotel Elkhart is being led by Project Manager Dan Boecher, Cressy Commercial Real Estate’s Community Development Director. Dan will share the hotel’s past, present, and future plans in this exciting presentation that will include updated images and renderings of the hotel including the bar, café, rooftop, and ballroom. The re-imagined Hotel Elkhart will be unlike any other and has a great story to tell!

Loretta Salchert, Executive Director Oct 05, 2020 12:00 PM
Ribbon of Hope - "The Gift of Time"
Ribbon of Hope - "The Gift of Time"

Ribbon Of Hope

What began as one person’s vision to provide emotional and spiritual support to cancer patients has grown to an organization that now serves patients, their family, and caregivers throughout Michiana.

Today a large number of committed individuals donate their time to provide spiritual and emotional support for our patients. A journey that began as a serious medical challenge for one has now successfully assisted more than 2000 patients fighting cancer.

Ribbon of Hope offers a variety of practical services to assist patients and family members. With the primary focus of caring for the spiritual and emotional needs of the patient.


Loretta Salchert - Brief Bio (coming soon)

Josh Sisk, Executive Director Oct 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Potawatomi Zoo - The Revitalization of Potawatomi Zoo
Potawatomi Zoo - The Revitalization of Potawatomi Zoo

Originally called the South Bend Zoo, Potawatomi Zoo began as a modest duck pond in Leeper Park in 1902. As the oldest zoo in Indiana, we are rich in history and building a promising future.

It is the mission of the Potawatomi Zoo to inspire excellence in education, conservation, and improved animal quality of life.

The vision of the Potawatomi Zoological Society is:

  • To protect and preserve the diversity of species on Earth
  • To provide guests with a unique and meaningful animal experience that is memorable, up close, and personal
  • To be recognized as a premier regional destination
  • To be responsible and respectful of the facilities and resources entrusted to us


Josh Sisk, Executive Director - Brief Bio (coming soon)

Bill Fenech, President & Co-Owner Oct 19, 2020 12:00 PM
Barletta Boat Company, LLC

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about our company. On the surface, there are a lot of things that separate us from our competitor’s pontoon boats. There’s a bigger story, though, that I’d like to share...a story that really gets to the heart of who Barletta Pontoon Boats is, and why this will make a difference to you.

With over 30 years of experience in the RV industry, one of the things I treasured most, was the personal connections I, and my company, made with our customers and dealers. The ability to stay in touch with the needs of our customers, employees, and ultimately the products we built was really the secret to our success. Grand Design RV, a company started by my brother Ron, good friend Don Clark, and me, used a unique customer-focused/dealer centric business model that developed and fostered these connections. In just four short years, Grand Design RV achieved wholesale sales of over $500 million and became the most respected towable RV company in the industry.

As an avid, long-time boater, I entertained the idea of entering the marine industry for years. From a distance, I could tell that the marine industry was ready for a shake-up and our customer-focused approach would do just that. The timing never seemed right, though, until June of 2017, when a local manufacturing facility became available. An overnight decision a decade in the making, I secured the location for what would become Barletta Boat Company.

Just as in 2012 with Grand Design RV, Barletta Pontoon Boats started with a blank canvas, allowing us to do things differently than what has been done over and over again. We believe the end result is a product, and a company, that you will love.

Here are just a few of the reasons why Barletta Pontoon Boats are the right choice for you and your family:

  • Customer Focus 
  • Experienced Boat-Builders
  • Simple, yet Refined Products 
  • Quality & Construction
  • Raising the Quality Bar 
  • The Best Dealers in the Industry
  • Unequaled Customer Service

We are building pontoon boats that will make a difference in the industry, and ultimately, in your family’s experience. My goal is not to be the biggest pontoon boat manufacturer in the industry; my goal is to be the best pontoon boat manufacturer in the industry. I appreciate that you have taken the time to learn about our company, and would be honored to personally welcome you to the Barletta Pontoon Boat family.

With Warmest Regards,

Bill Fenech
President & Co-Owner
Barletta Boat Company, LLC


Brief Bio - Bill Fenech

Bill has 30 years of Manufacturer/Dealer relations as a co-founder of Keystone RV in 1996 and Grand Design RV in 2012. Both companies are among the most respected in the industry. Known for building a high-quality product, truly partnering with their dealer network and excellent customer relations, Grand Design RV achieved record setting marks from RV dealers for the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Survey. A long-time boater, Bill plans on bringing his extensive MFR/Dealer experience to the pontoon boat business to create the best pontoon boat company in North America.

Chris Murphy, CEO 1st Source Bank Oct 26, 2020 12:00 PM
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago current monetary policy issues
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago current monetary policy issues

Chris Murphy, the Chairman and CEO of 1st Source and 1st Source Bank, is on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and will be speaking on what the Chicago Fed does and his take on current monetary policy issues. 

Over 47 years of banking and business experience, including serving as a Director and/or President and Chief Executive Officer of both 1st Source Corporation or 1st Source Bank for 47 years. Mr. Murphy contributes long-term perspective, current knowledge, and extensive contacts in all communities in which the Company does business. Prior to 1st Source, Mr. Murphy worked at Citibank, and while in college, for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Department of the Treasury

  • Extensive knowledge of 1st Source and 1st Source Bank and general knowledge in the finance/banking industry, investments, insurance, venture capital, and real estate investments
  • Serves as a director of Aunalytics, Inc., representing 1st Source’s investment in this provider of managed data center, data analysis, cloud and other technology related services
  • Serves on numerous boards including those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Medical Education Foundation (serves as the citizen’s advisory board of Indiana University Medical School at Notre Dame), the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce (emeritus), and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Previously served on the Board and Audit Committee of Beacon Health System or its predecessor. Previously served as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Indiana Academy, on the board of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, on the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for the Seventh Federal Reserve District and in Washington, D.C. and on public and private company boards
  • B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame, a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School and an M.B.A. from the Harvard University School of Business