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An update on the war on drugs from La Porte County's High Intensity Drug Traffic Area team

La Porte County joined Indiana’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area group in January 2017, focused on people bringing drugs to La Porte County from Chicago or Detroit on Interstate 94, on the South Shore train, etc. Sheriff John Boyd told the media that he applied for this designation under a belief that the drug war is best attacked as a region and the effort locally, although enhanced the past several years, wasn’t enough.  Through the HIDTA group, the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with other agencies including the FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Attorney’s Office and Indiana State Police.  This brings additional manpower, funding and resources to aid in La Porte County’s war on drugs.

Mar 29, 2018
 
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Narcan training

Ann Klute from the La Porte County Health Department and Joseph Bunch from the La Porte County Drug Free Partnership will teach Rotarians about the proper administration of Narcan, training that could possibly save a life.

Naloxone (Narcan™) is an opiate antidote which reverses an opioid overdose in much the same manner as an EpiPen (epinephrine injection) reverses an allergic reaction. Opioids include heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain pills like OxyContin, Percocet, methadone, and Vicodin. It cannot be used to get a person high. If given to one who has not taken opioids, it will not have any effect on them, since there are no opioids in their system to reverse.

Apr 05, 2018
 
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President of the Maywood-Proviso Rotary Club - Leadership, Motivation and Personal Development

Talei Thompson is a professional speaker. He specializes in leadership growth and personal development as a member of Dr. John C. Maxwell’s leadership team. He volunteers his time as a mentor for the Black Star Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the educational experience of students in the Chicago land area.  As a volunteer for this organization he speaks to thousands of students each year, encouraging them to use their talents, gifts, and abilities to accomplish their dreams, goals, and aspirations. 

Talei is the C.E.O of E.T and T Enterprises Inc. He is the former interim President of the Chicago land south suburban chapter of SPAA, the Speakers Publishers and Authors Association.  He is also a board member and president of the Rotary Club of Maywood-Proviso, recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. Talei also serves on the Board for The Answer Inc., an Autism awareness non-profit organization.

Mr. Thompson studied at Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, is the loving father of two boys, as well as a member of Fellowship Baptist Church on the south side of Chicago

Apr 12, 2018
 
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STEM Coordinator Shelley Deutscher and sixth grade students

Lake Hills STEM Magnet School is located within walking distance to Lake Michigan.  Lake Hills is STEM accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. The school is currently in the second of a three year partnership with the Museum of Science of Industry. Approximately 500 kindergarten through sixth grade students attend Lake Hills.

Our school has become leaders in Michigan City Area Schools in the area of Coding and teaching Computer Science Skills to all of our K-6 students. STEM Celebrations of Learning are held to allow students to share their knowledge of coding with parents and the community.

Code is the list of instructions given to any computer in order for it to perform the desired actions. We live in a world that is becoming more reliant on technology every single day. At Lake Hills we are trying to prepare our students for their future in education and then the workforce.

Apr 19, 2018
 
Apr 25, 2018 12:00 PM
 
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Conversation with the founder of Yoga Mecca, who will lead Rotarians through a meditation

I find that from every teacher, every lineage, and every practice, you can glean new light and wisdom. My teaching is a fusion of styles and traditions including: Ashtanga, Power yoga, Iyengar, Yin yoga, restorative yoga, Akhanda yoga, Integral yoga, and the teachings of Ido Portal. The hallmarks of my teaching include: Freedom, Compassion, The Balancing of Pluralities into Singularity, and Fun.
I also practice gymnastics, capoeira, calisthenics, run, and rock climb in my spare time, which all inform my teaching.

Every yoga class is an opportunity to enlighten my students with the wisdom of the body, mind and spirit, to progress ever more towards Moksha, Ananda, Kaivalya, Mahasamadhi and Yoga.

Through the practice of yoga we all become a little more understanding, a little more compassionate, and a little more loving.

Apr 26, 2018
 
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  In 2012, as the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics program celebrated its 20th Anniversary Season, MCAS Safe Harbor unveiled its Rookie Robotics Team. With a dedicated and talented team of high school students, the MCAS Safe Harbor Team 3936 earned the prestigious Midwest Region Rookie All-Star Award in Chicago and competed at the 2012 World Championships held in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. This season, the team was part of the #2 Seed Alliance Team that made it to the finals of the Indiana St. Joseph District tournament this weekend! We thank Team 71 of Hammond and Team 1501 of Huntington for choosing us to be part of their Alliance team. Our Blitz Drive Team did a great job of navigating the Arcade to secure Power Cubes for the Vault and the Pit Crew kept our robot working through 18 matches over two days. Well done, Blitz!!   As part of the Safe Harbor Afterschool Program and Hours for Ours mentoring program, which champion youth-based science and engineering activities in an Afterschool setting, our robotics program was one of three Afterschool programs nationwide to be showcased in the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Annual Report. Building on these accomplishments, we expanded our program to include the FIRST Lego League for Middle School students and the Junior FIRST Lego League for Elementary School students. Utilizing the proven FIRST Robotics suite of programs we are proud to begin inspiring engineers and scientists at the earliest stages of learning and then continuing to guide them through their high school years and on to their future roles as leaders in our communities. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership. With the support of our community, family members and mentors, the MC Robotics Team strives to build up our community’s children, help develop leaders of the future and provide a safe place for learning and innovation.
May 03, 2018
 

The Rotary Club of Michigan City will present its inaugural Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an educator within the Michigan City Area Schools system who embodies the Rotary motto of Service Above Self and exemplifies this message in his or her classroom.

May 10, 2018
 
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Real Food Blends

Originally inspired by their young tube-fed son, AJ, who is now the company’s “Chief Inspiration Officer”, and a belief that we all deserve real food, Julie and Tony Bombacino sought to create a company that provided easy access to 100% real food meals and nutritional variety to tube-fed people and their families, at home or on the go.

Years later and with millions of meals sold, you will still only find 100% real food in our meals. No corn syrup, preservatives or synthetic additives/fillers – just a variety of simple real ingredients to nourish your body and soul.

May 17, 2018
 
May 23, 2018 12:00 PM
 
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Since 1992, Unity Foundation of La Porte County has served donors, nonprofits and local communities. As La Porte County’s community foundation, it manages approximately $31 million in assets, administers more than 325 charitable funds, and has distributed approximately $16 million through direct grants and scholarships. Unity’s mission is to strengthen La Porte County now and forever by building permanent endowments; providing leadership; offering philanthropic vehicles for everyone; and, being a catalyst for social and economic vitality

May 24, 2018
 
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The Social and Learning Institute

The Social and Learning Institute has been serving the La Porte County area since 1976 as a privately funded non-profit organization providing a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Institute’s mission is rooted in the idea that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths and abilities--not by their disability--and that each person deserves every opportunity to thrive and participate fully in society. Programming is designed to expand minds, teach essential life skills, and help individuals recognize their worth through a structured balance of socialization and learning activities. Learn more.

May 31, 2018
 
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A history of La Porte University

Leigh’s presentation will be about La Porte University, which was founded in 1840 and included Indiana’s first medical and law schools as well as a literary department..  He’ll tell us about the rise and fall of the university, including  an interesting connection to Michigan City.  The La Porte University site was recently designated by an Indiana State Historical Marker.  Leigh’s book about he university was published with the support of the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte and is on sale at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum.

Jun 07, 2018
 
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Presented by the Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee will introduce the 2018 winners of the Rotary Club of Michigan City Foundation Scholarship.   Each year two graduating high school seniors, who exemplify ‘Service Above Self,’ are awarded $2,000 each.  The student applicants are asked to submit a short biography, letters of recommendation, and an essay on how they were  impacted by involvement in service activities, and how these activities touched and enriched the lives of others, especially those in need.  Please join our fellow Rotarians to welcome these thoughtful and accomplished students, hear about their service experiences, and their plans for the future.  Let’s also congratulate the parents for a job well-done!

Jun 14, 2018
 

Sinai Forum

Learn about the exciting speakers at the upcoming Sinai Forum to be held at the Student Activities Center, Purdue Northwest, North Central Campus

Since 1953, The Sinai Forum has provided exceptional, affordable programming on important issues of the day in a town hall setting for the residents of the greater Michigan City area. Over the years, the Forum has featured Nobel Prize recipients, former heads of state, Pulitzer Prize winners, recognized media personalities, and famous performing artists. Season after season, Forum audiences have been inspired, educated, enlightened, and entertained. www.sinaiforum.org 

Jun 21, 2018
 
Jun 27, 2018 2:30 PM
 
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Human Trafficking - Indiana Attorney General Office

The Office of the Indiana Attorney General helps protect the rights, freedoms, and safety you enjoy as a citizen of the Hoosier state.

Denise Robinson is Chief Counsel of Investigations with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in Indianapolis where her duties include supervision of the civil and criminal sections of the Investigations Division and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Human Trafficking Unit is part of criminal investigations and is staffed with both Deputies Attorney General and Special Investigators.
Until January 20, 2017, Denise was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. Employed as a full-time deputy prosecutor in Indiana since 1992, Denise joined MCPO in April 2006 starting in the Homicide Division where her prosecution of homicide cases included cases seeking life without parole and/or the death penalty. In 2007, Denise became supervisor of the Homicide Division; in 2011, she became the Special Crimes Unit supervisor which included complex homicide prosecutions, including child homicides, as well as other high profile prosecutions in Indianapolis. She was also the homicide coordinator for MCPO, which included responsibility for screening and filing all homicide-related cases. She has successfully prosecuted, as lead counsel, numerous high profile homicide cases.
Before coming to Indianapolis, Denise was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Elkhart County, Indiana for over three years where she was responsible for prosecuting homicide and major felony cases, heading the drug task force, and conducting in-house training for deputy prosecuting attorneys and for law enforcement. Prior to Elkhart County she was Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for over ten years, serving LaGrange County, Indiana.
She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, her J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Laws in International Business and Trade from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She is currently enrolled at Christian Theological Seminary in the Master of Divinity program.
Denise has instructed law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys in Indiana and throughout the United States on various legal and trial topics. She has taught for the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), AGACL and various state prosecuting agencies on topics including DNA, arson and other complex homicide prosecutions, child death cases, jury selection, cold case homicides, pre-trial issues in death penalty and other complex homicide cases, and human trafficking

Jun 28, 2018
 

Happy Independence Day!

Jul 05, 2018
 
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Invite your family and friends!

Enjoy a picnic at the Barker Mansion garden. Invite your family and friends!

Special guest Singer Dina Bach.

In 1968, the Mansion, also known as Barker Civic Center, was presented to the City of Michigan City under terms of a legal agreement between the City and the donor, Catherine Barker Hickox. Her wish was that the Mansion, her childhood home, should be used as a cultural and civic center in memory of her father, John H. Barker. A commission was established to direct the Center’s activities which would include restoration, preservation and documentation of the Mansion and its artifacts. These activities are for the purpose of education, research, and interpretation of the life-style of a wealthy industrialist of the late 19th century for a broad public audience.

Such is the background for the evolution of the Barker Civic Center whose specific mission is as follows:

  • Present a historically accurate portrayal of Barker family life, especially that of John H. Barker - family man, citizen, entrepreneur, industrialist, and philanthropist; and also that of his daughter Catherine Barker Hickox - orphan at age 14, heiress, businesswoman, and founder of the Barker Welfare Foundation.
  • Offer tours, programs and exhibits portraying the cultural, social and economic activities of the period, thereby fostering the public’s appreciation of the mansion’s original furnishings, architecture and gardens.
  • Serve area schools with specially focused tours, games and programs.
  • Create a gracious and hospitable atmosphere for usage by non-profit civic and cultural groups and for lectures, recitals, and weddings.
  • Welcome the public to the Mansion and to our many programs as a volunteer.
  • Preserve and maintain the Mansion and its contents in order to ensure its place on the National Register of Historic Places.
Jul 12, 2018
 
Jul 25, 2018 2:30 PM
 
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Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City

Recognized as a visionary leader in the community and economic development profession, Clarence Hulse is known for his passion and talent in implementing and executing a community’s vision. His diverse background includes achievements in performance management, affordable housing, strategic planning, redevelopment, business recruitment, project financing and building community partnerships. In his current role as the Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City IN, he is spearheading the revitalization in the area.  Working with the current Mayor of Michigan City, Ron Meer, over $1billion in public and private investments have been completed and/or initiated in Michigan City.

As the former Director of Economic Development in Jeffersonville IN, he was instrumental in creating 3,500 new jobs and $300 million in capital investment. In creating the Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Institute, he improved the city’s neighborhoods and won recognition by the Indiana Planning Association winning the 2011 Outstanding Community Initiative Award. He also served as the Executive Director of the Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise Association implementing strategies to assist small businesses on Mainstreet, promote tourism and augment historic preservation in the downtown.

Clarence earned his BS at Harding University, AR in Public Administration, magna cum laude and an MS in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. In his spare time, the native of Belize keeps up with current events-global and national, travel, art and music festivals, Roman and Greek history, biographies, golf and fishing.

Aug 16, 2018
 
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Executive Director/Boys and Girls Club of Michigan City

Since 2015, Brandi Lewis has served as Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City. Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Club movement, she worked for Dunebrook for over 14 years developing her passion for empowering others and serving the community. Under her leadership, Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City has benefited from an array of innovative programs, expanded partnerships and increased involvement in the greater Michigan City community. 

Brandi studied for 3 years at Indiana University Bloomington before receiving both her undergraduate degree in Communications and MBA from Purdue North Central.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a graduate of Leadership Northwest Indiana. Born and raised in Michigan City, she is married to her high school sweetheart with 3 children.

Aug 23, 2018
 
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Ivy Tech Community College

Dr. Sue Ellspermann has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service. In January 2018, under Ellspermann’s leadership, Ivy Tech launched its new five-year Strategic Plan, “Our Communities. Your College. Pathways for Student Success and a Stronger Indiana.” The plan’s vision is for Ivy Tech students to earn 50,000 high-quality certifications, certificates, and degrees per year aligned with workforce needs. The plan aligns with Indiana’s goal to equip 60 percent of the workforce with a high-value, post-secondary degree or credential by 2025. Through achievement of this goal, the College will help increase Hoosier per capita income and support the transformation of the state’s advanced industries economy. The plan development covered 18 months, including a restructure of the College, comprehensive fact finding conducted internally and externally, including thousands of faculty, staff, students and statewide stakeholders. In May 2016, she was selected to serve as President of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. She is the ninth individual to hold the position and first female president for the college. She replaced Thomas J. Snyder who announced his retirement in September of 2015 after serving as President since 2007. Ellspermann assumed the role of President on July 1, 2016. Prior to officially assuming the role as President, Ellspermann visited all 14 regions and 22 different locations in June of 2016 as President-elect. She convened 52 small groups meeting with an estimated 750+ faculty and staff on a listening tour prior to July 1. She most recently served as Indiana’s 50th Lieutenant Governor from 2013 until March of this year. As the vice chair of the Indiana Career Council she led efforts to align Indiana’s education and workforce development system to meet the needs of employers which is her continued focus at Ivy Tech. Her public service began in 2010 when she was elected as the State Representative for District 74. Ellspermann formerly served as the founding Director of the Center of Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana and also owned and operated Ellspermann and Associates, Inc, an independent consulting firm licensed in the training and facilitation of Simplex Creative Problem Solving. Early in her career she spent time with Frito-Lay and Michelin Tire Corporation. Ellspermann holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Louisville in Industrial Engineering and a B.S. from Purdue University also in Industrial Engineering. She is married to James Mehling, a recently retired high school principal. She has a blended family of four daughters, three sons-in-law, two grandsons and two granddaughters.

Aug 30, 2018
 

District Governor 6540

Sep 20, 2018