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Anthony Wayne Rotary hosts 5k to eradicate polio

Anthony Wayne Rotary will host the 5K Run or Walk to Eradicate Polio on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Shoaf Park. Polio is a preventable disease that permanently cripples its victims, mostly children. To raise awareness and funds to fight polio, this event will raise money for Rotary International, the volunteer fundraising arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative — a public-private partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The cost to participate is $15 per person. All proceeds raised go to fight polio and will be matched two-for-one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and walk-in registrations are welcome. A Kids’ Mile Fun Run will begin at 8:10 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 8:30 a.m. Walk-in registrations are welcome.

More information about the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club can be found on their website.

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The Four-Way Test

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
  5. and we have added a 5th at Anthony Wayne Rotary - Is it Fun?

District Governor Christina Dougherty's signature project for her year focuses on Literacy and is a project of our own Anthony Wayne Rotarian Florence Mugambi.  

You can find more information at: Ontulili Literacy Project



This article was in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 1/28/14

Associated Press
A Pakistani health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child.


The war against polio

Conflicts slow efforts at eradication

In Syria and Pakistan, this is occurring once again, threatening campaigns against the polio virus, a disease that primarily affects young children. Two years ago, in 2012, the global incidence of polio reached an all-time low and hopes were kindled that we might be on the verge of eradicating the disease. This month, India celebrated an important landmark: three years without a polio case; as recently as 2009 there were 741 confirmed cases there. Both Afghanistan and Nigeria, where the disease is endemic, also saw lower levels in 2013 than 2012.

But polio leapt forward in Pakistan, where it is also endemic, and there were new outbreaks in the Horn of Africa and Syria. In all these locations, a critical challenge is to vaccinate children, and that means health care workers must reach where they live. Unfortunately, war and violence are blocking their way.

In Pakistan, which recorded 85 cases last year compared with 58 in 2012, militants continue to kill health care workers who are attempting to vaccinate children. The World Health Organization warned recently that the city of Peshawar, in Pakistan’s northwest, is the world’s “largest reservoir” of polio virus. On Jan. 22 in Charsadda, 15 miles outside of Peshawar, six policeman providing protection for a polio vaccination team were killed when a bomb struck their vehicle; a boy nearby also died. On Jan. 20, gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on health workers carrying out vaccination campaigns in the southern city of Karachi, killing three.

The militants carrying out these attacks appear to be attempting to pressure the Pakistani government; they claim (wrongly) that the health care workers are spreading nefarious Western influences. In fact, the attackers are showing their own ignorance – the spread of polio in Pakistan can just as easily threaten their children, too.

In Syria, engulfed in civil war, slow and gradual progress is being made in efforts to vaccinate against polio after an outbreak last year, but there are still tens of thousands of children trapped in conflict zones who are receiving no humanitarian aid at all, much less vaccinations. Again, access is the key. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, which like all such groups is backed by the government, is at the forefront of the vaccination campaigns. But in a forthcoming article in the New York Review of Books, Annie Sparrow points out that in the civil war, polio is emerging in areas beyond government-controlled territory, and the needs are great. Both rebels and government forces must realize that polio does not take sides. More than 1 million Syrian children are refugees. Much needs to be done, and soon, to deny polio the opportunity to take a larger toll.


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Check out the article on the Bach Collegium led by Anthony Wayne Rotarian Dan Reuning!


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Take a step back in time with Bach Collegium

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Early music showcase

What: The Bach Collegium — A Baroque Music Ensemble performs in concert with vocalists, including the Collegium Singers and Fort Wayne Children's Choir's Chamber Choir.
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr St.
Cost: $20, adults; $5, students; and free, ages 12 and younger with a paying adult. Tickets available at the door and at

Opening night on Sunday highlights Baroque-era music, instruments

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

Let us take a step back in time and visit the Baroque era with Daniel Reuning of Fort Wayne's Bach Collegium — A Baroque Music Ensemble, the region's only early music choral and instrumental ensemble.

The time is somewhere between 1600 and 1750, and composers are developing new, groundbreaking forms of music. The arrangements were said to be of elaborate musical ornamentation with changes in musical notation, and development of new instrumental playing techniques.

Today, Reuning and his team of trained professional vocalists and instrumentalists are bringing this era back to life with original scores and period instruments.

To kick off the season, Bach Collegium will hold its opening night performance at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr St. Performing with the ensemble will be the Fort Wayne Children's Choir's Chamber Choir.

Reuning said the Bach Collegium presents Bach as Bach should be heard, with a fine mix of instruments and vocals.

“There is this wonderful wedding of voices and instruments that's the perfect blend,” he said. “They were made to complement voices and not obliterate voices.”

From the construction of bows down to the strings, early instruments physically were made differently than instruments today. All of the instruments played by musicians were made in the mid-1700s, and they are maintained and cared for dearly by their owners.

Using Baroque instruments, concerts reflect period performance practices, which typically include 30 to 50 vocal musicians and seven to 17 instrumentalists. The use of period instruments allows for a warm sound that blends with the classically trained voices.

The group takes great care to choose vibrant, resonant spaces for performances so voices and instruments can best showcase the style of the era, which is why St. Paul's church is an ideal location for opening night.

“St. Paul's is very much like the Leipzig church were Bach composed his music,” Reuning said. “It's another wedding of Baroque composition — it's a wedding of the music and the building. There's a wonderful resonance and an intimacy."

Tickets for opening night are $20 per adult, $5 per student and free for ages 12 and younger with a paying adult.

The Bach Collegium also invites everyone to join them at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 1500 W. State Blvd., for the eighth annual “Messiah” Sing-Along with Thomas Remenschneider. Holiday cookies and coffee will be served.

The nonprofit ensemble also offers a cookbook, “Masterpieces From Our Kitchen: A Taste of Bach,” for sale for $10 at most events and on its website,

We recently had Pancho Padilla speak to our club.  Here is a nice article on him from Rotary International's website.


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Cecil “Pancho” Padilla’s emotions hover so close to the surface that at times they engulf him. As he recalls his involvement in setting up a dental clinic in Mulege, Mexico, his voice wavers: “There was a polio-stricken girl we’d helped on an earlier visit, and on this visit we were able to find her a golf cart so she wouldn’t have to crawl through the dirt any longer.”

After a lengthy pause, he continues in a halting voice, barely audible. He talks about spotting the girl’s father standing alone, apart from a group gathered to celebrate the arrival of his daughter’s golf cart.

“I went over and asked him why he wasn’t part of the celebration. He said, ‘I’m so embarrassed. I’m ashamed. You provided my daughter what I can’t provide.’” Padilla wipes his eyes with the back of his hand, breathes deeply, and composes himself before finishing the story.

If you spend any time with Pancho Padilla, you discover that this instantaneous flood of feeling is not unusual. During his Rotary work in the field, which has taken him to more than 70 countries, he keeps his emotions in check and contributes his skills as a self-taught mechanic who can fix just about anything. But once he’s back home, with time to reflect, the memories can reemerge without warning.

Now 72 and living in Davis, near Sacramento, California, in the U.S., Padilla has been retired from Pacific Gas and Electric for two decades. For him, “retired” means buying and restoring vintage cars, cross-country motorcycling, drag racing, and volunteering through Rotary and Habitat for Humanity. He’s also transformed his living room and hallways into Rotary shrines. Among his Rotary medals, ribbons, and plaques is a world map pinpointing all his Rotary trips.

But Padilla’s passion for Rotary goes beyond his collection of memorabilia. After years of donating to The Rotary Foundation, he reached $250,000 in contributions in 2011, and he was inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society the following year. At the ceremony, he reminisced about the time his boss at Pacific Gas and Electric asked him to join the Rotary Club of Placerville. “I had no idea that what started out as a company requirement would ultimately become a passion and a lifetime of service.” Today, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Winters.



As the son of Mexican-American parents who owned a small farm in rural West Sacramento, the young Padilla mucked out the pigs’ trough and repaired broken equipment while his mother and father worked day jobs in town to support their family. “I never knew I was poor until I went to school and the other kids laughed at the patches on my clothes. My brothers and sister and I grew up happy anyway.”

That hardscrabble upbringing toughened Padilla’s hands but not his heart. On the trip to Mulege, he instinctively identified with the wounded pride of the polio victim’s father, and just as easily with the victim herself. “As I’ve moved about to so many countries, there’s always a hook that gets me. A parent or a child just hugs me and squeezes me, and they don’t want to let me go because I’ve been able to help. That’s what keeps me going back.”

For a man so deeply involved with Rotary – he estimates that he owns and wears 97 shirts with the Rotary emblem – Padilla’s early connection to the organization was inauspicious. He spent his first four years attending lunch meetings at the Placerville club and meeting for drinks with club members after work, nothing more. But at a district conference in the late ʼ70s, he met a dentist, Don Ratley, who wanted to establish a dental clinic in Mulege. “I spoke Spanish, so he approached me to join him and translate,” Padilla remembers.



On that monthlong tour in 1979, Ratley taught Padilla how to be a dental assistant – a skill that would later serve him on missions to Africa and beyond. He and Ratley set up a basic clinic and mostly pulled bad teeth, Padilla says. There was a simple reason: They had no equipment for filling cavities. Today, the clinic receives support from many Rotary clubs and occupies a stand-alone building, outfitted with three dental chairs, X-ray machines, and denture-making gear. Among other handyman tasks, Padilla installed its ceiling fans. No local resident has to pay for any services there. “We’ve come a long way,” he says.

These days, when he’s not on a Rotary mission, you’re most likely to find Padilla acting as a volunteer wingman for Laura Day, governor of District 5160. Her 300-mile-long district includes 71 clubs and Padilla has agreed to drive her to visit all of them. “After so much time in the car together, I know him well,” Day says. “I know he’s slept on dirt floors in El Salvador, and probably didn’t change his clothes for a week in order to dig out a road or build a bridge. He’s done polio immunizations, medical clinics in the Philippines, dental assistance in Mexico, Nepal, and Africa – whatever was needed.”

On the near horizon is another monthlong dental clinic trip to Mulege with two teams that he’s organized, along with a mission to Haiti to help in a recovery project and a trip to Chile. For Padilla, the gratification that comes from service is intense and ever-present.

“Maybe I don’t have the words for what I feel, but there’s never any doubt that I’m going to get something from every project I go on. It could be as simple as a warm tortilla from a child, something that grabs the strings of my heart. I’ve asked myself many times, where would my life be without these experiences?”



This story originally appeard in the May 2013 issue of The Rotarian.



Polio Eradication?  We are This Close!



Ever wonder about the origin of Rotary's Four Way Test?  Read on to find out

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MATTHEW BROWN, a local businessman and member of the Cleveland Rotary Club, calls the club’s attention to its Four-way Test. Submitted photo
MATTHEW BROWN, a local businessman and member of the Cleveland Rotary Club, calls the club’s attention to its Four-way Test. Submitted photo
The guidelines that worked to turn around a failing company during the years of the Great Depression serve today as the moral compass of the world’s largest service club organization, Rotary International.

“The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do,” a protocol used by members of Rotary Clubs around the world as a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical code for personal and business relationships, will be emphasized by local clubs during the month of November. The test was scripted by a Chicago businessman and Rotary Club member, Herbert J. Taylor, during the depths of the Depression as he set out to save the Club Aluminum Products Distribution Company from bankruptcy. 

When he shared it with his employees, it was eagerly adopted. It became the watchword of the company, which successfully avoided financial collapse and rebounded to become a profitable enterprise.

The 24 words of the test are recited as follows: 

“Is it the truth? 

“Is it fair to all concerned? 

“Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 

“Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

Taylor shared the test with his Rotary colleagues, and it was eventually adopted in 1940 by Rotary International, the global service club organization, and continues to be used by Rotarians. Most clubs — like Cleveland Rotary, which meets at the Mountain View Inn at noon each Tuesday — proudly display the familiar text on a prominent banner. Other Rotary groups observe the practice of together repeating the test at each meeting.

Matthew Brown, a Cleveland businessman and Rotarian, explained that the Four-Way Test can be applied to almost any aspect of life. 

“When men and women become members of a local Rotary Club, they are asked to use the test in their personal lives and business conduct,” he said. “Stories are sometimes shared by Rotarians about how the 24 words have helped them determine direction or make a critical business decision.”

Rotary exists in Cleveland in five clubs, including Cleveland Rotary, Bradley Sunrise Rotary, and the Cleveland High, Bradley High, and Cleveland Middle School Interact clubs. The service projects of the clubs are gathered into five areas: Club, Community, Vocational, International and Youth Service. The grassroots organizations focus on six principal areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and improving local economies.

The five local clubs donate time, labor and funds to various Cleveland-area nonprofits including the Boys & Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, and numerous other organizations that receive annual grants.

Photos of Lombard and Gable on the mantle at the Carole Lombard home.

Rotary to restore Carole Lombard plaque


Anthony Wayne Rotary members will restore the Carole Lombard plaque Saturday at the childhood home of the movie actress at 704 Rockhill St., where she lived until the age of 6.

Lombard, born Jane Alice Peters on Oct. 6, 1908, in Fort Wayne, became the highest-paid actress in Hollywood in the late 1930s, earning about $500,000 a year.

Lombard was married to Clark Gable when she was killed in a plane crash in 1942.


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Anthony Wayne Rotarian John Homrig putting Service Above Self and making a difference in student's lives.  Thank you John!

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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Nick Eastman, 11, one of Study Connection’s three Students of the Year, worked with volunteer John Homrig in the FWCS tutoring program, which marked 25 years.


Volunteer tutors see difference they make

FWCS’ Study Connection marks 25 years

Nick Eastman was never a bad student – he just struggled with reading and math.


Nick, now 11, was in the third grade at Glenwood Elementary School when his teacher suggested he enroll in a tutoring program called Study Connection, said Nick’s mom, Hope.


“He’s always been eager to learn, so when they offered it to him, he jumped at the opportunity,” she said.


And it wasn’t long before Nick began learning faster and better than ever before, she added.


On Thursday, Study Connection celebrated its 25th year of helping Fort Wayne Community Schools students. Over that time, about 10,000 students have participated in Study Connection, FWCS officials said.


Study Connection, which began in 1989, was founded by Don Wolf, retired CEO and president emeritus of Do it Best Corp. The program pairs students one-on-one with volunteers from the Fort Wayne community for a weekly one-hour study session.


Nick is now a sixth-grader at Lane Middle School and said although he’s doing well in school, he misses working with his friend and tutor, John Homrig.


“John was like the best tutor ever in my life,” Nick said. “He’s a good guy, and every day he would always smile at me and everything and when he saw me in the parking lot, he would say hi and goodbye.”


Hope Eastman said her son never ran out of good things to say about his tutor.


“He was always excited to see and start working with John,” she said. “One of his teachers told me Nick was always the first one in line to make sure everyone was ready to leave for Study Connection.”


Pair sticks together

On Thursday, Nick was named one of three 2013 Students of the Year for their hard work and continued improvement. Students Savannah Corrao and Elijah Mullis also received the award.


In his nomination letter, Homrig described Nick as an avid reader and dedicated student who enjoyed learning.


“In the almost three years I worked with Nick, I don’t recall him missing one session,” Homrig said in the letter. “He would always fly in with his book bag thrown over his shoulder, dropping it on the table and telling me what we were going to work on for the day.”


Homrig said at the end of each school year, Nick would always ask whether he planned to return for the next year.


“For him, it was an important part of the day, and I think Study Connection might have been an important component in building this young man’s self esteem,” Homrig said.


“I know he loved this program because in our last session, his eyes watered when he shared how much he would miss not being in this program next year.”


On Thursday, Homrig said he was thrilled to learn that Nick had been named a Student of the Year.


“The year before I started with Nick, I had told our coordinator that I didn’t know if I was really interested in tutoring anymore, but I offered to be on a substitute list,” Homrig said.


Then he got the call that Nick’s tutor had resigned, leaving an open position that Homrig knew he needed to fill.


“So I took over. Nick was always very excited about coming, and we clicked, I guess you could say,” Homrig said.


For the next 2 1/2 years, they were paired together, and Homrig began seeing improvements in Nick’s math skills and his ability to analyze more critically what he was reading.


“Study Connection is just a terrific program for these kids,” Homrig said.


Rewarding effort

Many of Study Connection’s volunteers are community residents who take one hour out of their week to meet with students and give them the one-on-one attention they need to succeed, volunteer Linda Ruffolo said.


About 79 percent of students are bused to and from local businesses for their tutoring sessions, giving students a chance to meet a mentor in the community and learn about local career opportunities.


Ruffolo, who works at IPFW as the executive director of development, has been involved with Study Connection since its inception.


“It’s a very rewarding thing, and I’ve enjoyed all of the children I’ve worked with over the years,” she said. “There are so many different kinds of children, children at different levels and from different backgrounds that need tutoring.”


Ruffolo said one of her favorite memories was of a student whom she didn’t quite click with at first.


“There was one child who I just didn’t have a really good rapport with, … and I thought when the session ended in spring, we were both thinking it was a good time to end it,” she said.


But nearly a decade later, Ruffolo was working at IPFW when the student came up and introduced herself, explaining that she was now in college.


“I said, ‘I’m so proud of you,’ and from then on, she would come over to my office and visit with me, and we talked about her classes and her boyfriend and all kinds of things,” she said.


“I thought I’d never hear from her again, but there she was doing great.”


Ruffolo said that over the years, the Study Connection program has grown and changed slightly, but the focus on helping students remains the same.


“For all of us who were lucky enough to have a good, strong family life, you’ll appreciate it so much more when you see how nearly half of our world struggles,” she said.


The biggest challenge is finding enough volunteers to meet weekly with students, Ruffolo said.


“We’ll always have more children who need this kind of help than people to do it,” she said. “… But once you’ve done it, you’ll see how rewarding and wonderful it really is.”

The Anthony Wayne Rotary 5K to Eradicate Polio was a huge success with a total of 184 participants!  The downtown club won the Men's title on a side bet (without the 4 Way Test applied I believe) and the Anthony Women won easily.  It was a great day for a great cause!


Here are the results:


AWRC 5K to Eradicate Polio Overall Results

AWRC 5K To Erdicate Polio 2013 Age Group Results



President Elect Carol Keplar reminded the crowd of the cause of the 5K and that we are "this close."

Great article on Anthony Wayne Rotarian Rudy Mahara's new venture in Downtown Fort Wayne

Hopeful for a hit

Looking to take advantage of traffic from Parkview Field, other nearby venues, Rudy’s opens in long-distressed neighborhood

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 10:38 am, Mon Aug 5, 2013.

Rudy Mahara Sr., with his well-sculpted Hemingway-esque beard, stout build and blue eyes that have the look of great distances and even greater stories, might pass for a veteran sea captain.

But the 60-year-old Mahara is not a sea captain. He is the president of Mahara Wealth Partners in Fort Wayne. And he has chosen to dock his dreams on a land-locked island of 25 mostly worn older homes and buildings on West Brackenridge Street, immediately southwest of Parkview Field.

It is a somewhat distressed downtown block the city hopes will one day emerge as a thriving multiuse area, and Mahara is the first since Parkview Field’s debut in 2009 to arrive on the island with a commercial enterprise: the aptly named Rudy’s.

It is an unlikely business for the area: a quaint, first-floor retail outlet in a renovated 1891 Queen Anne that will sell Indiana wines, Indiana microbrews, cigars and DeBrand Fine Chocolates. The second floor is zoned residential and will be occupied by a private corporation of cigar aficionados.

Mahara, who officially opened Rudy’s on July 31 after investing about $200,000 in the place, has all kinds of reasons for thinking the unique business will be a success, not the least of which is a small, beckoning red neon sign perched near the peaked eaves of the building.

“One thing for sure is that the stadium is 250 feet away from me and there’s (thousands) of people 70 times a year that walk by the stadium and when they leave, they can’t help but see the neon sign up there,” he said.

“The other thing for sure is that housing is going in across the street and there will be development there. And so that will only enhance this.”

But even if the business doesn’t flourish, Mahara believes it could easily be transitioned back to living quarters that in this era might fetch a better-than-decent rental price because of the building’s location.

City Redevelopment Director Greg Leatherman is among those rooting for Mahara.

“I give Rudy credit for blazing a trail,” Leatherman said. “He’s stepping out. He’s doing it with passion. Time will tell, but I want him to be successful. I’m just hoping the success will be long-term and year-round.”

Mahara, one of the founders of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne and in the financial-planning business for 30 years, said the idea for Rudy’s came gradually and pretty much by accident.

“In no way did I envision anything like this,” he said. “It just evolved.”

He purchased the building at 409 W. Brackenridge three years ago, thinking he might move his financial-planning business there from its location on West Jefferson Boulevard near Jefferson Pointe.

One thing led to another.

On a whim while he was surfing the internet, he applied for a liquor license and to his surprise received one. Then he bought the assets of the Esquire Cigar Club on Thomas Road, including the club’s inventory of cigars, humidor lockers, couches, tables, chairs, flat-screen televisions and wooden Indian sculptures.

The next development was pure serendipity.

“My wife (Susan) was tasting some wines in Madison, Indiana, and they gave her a sweet wine and a piece of chocolate,” he said. “And her mouth exploded like a chocolate-covered cherry. And she said, ‘We’ve got to see if we can put DeBrand’s in Rudy’s.’”

DeBrand co-owner Cathy Brand-Beere agreed to offer the Fort Wayne company’s chocolates for sale at Mahara’s enterprise, and the concept for Rudy’s began to take shape.

It is more than a quick-transaction business. There is a walk-in cigar humidor, although no smoking is allowed inside the first floor at Rudy’s or immediately outside; a 15-seat wine-tasting area in a cozy dining room; 60 seats under umbrellas in a spacious “beer garden” at the rear of the business; and about 20 seats on the front porch and lawn bordered by a white-picket fence.

On game days, Mahara said, Rudy’s will fire up a grill and offer hot dogs and sausages to patrons.

“Beer and wine and chocolates and hot dogs: Who doesn’t like that?” he asked.

When baseball is not in season, he envisions Rudy’s as a place where people can settle in for a drink or two, friendly conversation and perhaps a bite of chocolate.

“I think the biggest business,” he said, “will be women coming in and tasting a sweet wine and having a piece of chocolate in the afternoon during happy hour. It’s a happy-hour kind of place.

“It will be a fun atmosphere and the types of things that we might do with entertainment would include the symphony to some type of acoustic-guitar performances. There are so many possibilities.”

Although the impetus for the business was the proximity to Parkview Field and the minor-league baseball games played there, Mahara also expects to see patrons from the nearby Grand Wayne Convention Center, the Harrison apartment complex, hotels and the soon-to-be-developed four-acre plot across the street from Rudy’s.

The city has bought most of the properties on that plot west of Parkview Field between Brackenridge and West Jefferson, and Leatherman said demolition of roughly a dozen structures will be carried out through the end of September.

The city will then seek development of multifamily housing, and “we’re going to try to create a situation that provides us with the highest quality housing we can get.”

Mahara owns up to the fact that one of his goals with Rudy’s is to plan for his retirement. Money from the retail business will help, as will the lease to the corporation that will use the well-appointed and well-ventilated second floor as a drinking, smoking, TV-watching, card-playing hangout.

Mahara identified the corporation as Maduros LLC, but declined to reveal the corporation’s members. He said the corporation’s activities have nothing to do with Rudy’s downstairs and noted that corporation members will access their lair through a private entrance.

Money aside, there are other, more altruistic reasons for Rudy’s.

Mahara said he wants to be one of the catalysts for a better downtown and encourage others, particularly some of the well-off customers of Rudy’s, to take a similar interest in improving the area while at the same time appreciating the struggles of his neighbors on Brackenridge.

It may sound a bit convoluted, this idea of mixing development by people of means with a recognition of those less fortunate. But there is a thread of reason, and the heart of the bearded man on the urban island is evident when he talks about what he wants others to see.

“As I’ve met my neighbors on Brackenridge,” Mahara said, “they’re all good people. They’ve just had a poor twist in their lives. So, one, I want to help turn that neighborhood around. And I’ve given many of them work and jobs to help me.”

He also wants others who have money to adopt the same kind of attitude toward the neighborhood and perhaps invest in it.

“I want ‘em to see it,” Mahara said emphatically. “I want ‘em to see it. One day, there were four half-million-dollar cars parked out there and one of the guys says, ‘You know, I saw a guy go through a garbage can and I felt like I should give him some money.’

“And I said, ‘You know what, they’re all just like you and I, but the circumstances of life are different.’ I want others to help develop the area but be cognizant of the people there. I think there’s a way for me to have a foot in both worlds and make a contribution.”

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As many know Tom Heiny was known for his Letters to the Editor of the local newspapers.  His son, Chris, placed the following touching Letter to the Editor honoring his Father:


Letters to the editor






Wise words still relevant even after Dad’s passing

My dad, Tom Heiny, wrote many letters to the editor. Dad died May 5, and now I write one in honor of him.

My dad was my first hero. He could do anything. He took me aside when I was very young and set me on a course of reaching for the best in life. That teaching never deserted me no matter what I faced. Dad stressed character and modeled a method of fairness that I thought was extraordinary. It so impressed me that I carried it into all my personal and professional dealings as a foundational model.

In these last few years Dad aged with a lot of courage. He faced significant health challenges and limitations. And through it all, he never failed to tell the world how wonderful Mom is and he never failed to say thank you for the smallest courtesy or assistance. What a graceful way to live in a most challenging time.


The last few months I saw peace, love, humor and the angel’s presence in Dad’s eyes. And though I could see that he was getting tired, I could also see that he knew where he was going. The best of who I am is because of what Dad taught me. I could ask for no better father.

I also write this letter with a message. Our times together pass all too quickly. Never take your loved ones for granted. Their gifts and blessings in your life are truly irreplaceable. We can pursue many roads, but in the end it is the quality and content of our relationships with one another that matter most.




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Anthony Wayne Rotarian Sarah Horacek was featured in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette for her community leadership.  Congrats Sarah!


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We welcomed the Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team from Austria on Friday, April 12, after they arrived at the Fort Wayne International Airport.  The team will be visiting various Rotary clubs throughout northern Indiana during their stay for the next 30 days.


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 Here is a copy of a recent Time Magazine article (link is at the end of the story).

 Pakistan against the polio

There’s no one place a virus goes to die — but that doesn’t make its demise any less a public health victory. Throughout human history, viral diseases have had their way with us, and for just as long, we have hunted them down and done our best to wipe them out. In the developed world, vaccines have made once-common scourges such as measles, rubella, mumps and whooping cough rare to the point of near-extinction. Only once, however, has any virus been flushed from its last redoubts in both the body and the wild and effectively vaccinated out of existence. That virus was smallpox, which ceased to exist outside high-security labs in 1977. Since that day, humanity has been free to put the vaccines against the disease — and the terror its periodic outbreaks would cause — on the shelf forever.

Now we are tantalizingly close to another such epic moment. This time the disease in the medical cross hairs is polio, and there’s no minimizing the progress made against it. Just 25 years ago, polio was endemic to 125 countries and would paralyze or kill up to 350,000 people — the overwhelming majority of them children —  each year. Now the disease has been run to ground in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, and in 2012, it struck only 215 people worldwide. Thanks to aggressive global vaccination programs led by Rotary International, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and, most recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the year just beginning could be the disease’s last.

(TIME: Read the magazine story on polio, available to subscribers here)

But polio still has strong-armed friends. On January 1, as the rest of the world celebrated the New Year, gunmen in Pakistan shot and killed seven medical aid workers — six of them women or girls — who had been part of the anti-polio drive. Those killings followed nine others in December, as well as the shooting of a Ghanaian doctor, also conducting polio-vaccination work in Pakistan, in July. The month before that, the Pakistani Taliban blocked the planned vaccination of 161,000 children until U.S. drone strikes in the country were halted.

Polio is a notoriously slippery disease, one that relies on — indeed its very survival depends on — just the kind of holes such sabotage efforts open in the vaccine safety net. In 2003, polio was similarly near its end when clerics in Northern Nigeria halted inoculations — claiming that the vaccine contained HIV and was designed to sterilize children. Within two years, cases of polio linked to the Nigerian strain were raging across 16 countries. And since once case of paralysis can result for every 200 cases of polio infection, that means there may be 199 other carriers silently and unknowingly spreading the virus.

(MORE: At the U.N., a Vow to Eradicate Polio by 2015)

Using children as viral suicide bombers this way is a new — and grotesque — form of bioterrorism, and the world, for now at least, is not standing idly by. After the December killings, Pakistani officials pledged to continue with the country’s plans to deploy 250,ooo health care workers to vaccinate 35 million children this year. The governments of Nigeria and Afghanistan have similarly vowed to see the eradication drive through to its end, as have the U.N. and the other institutions involved in the battle. The Islamic Development Bank has put fresh money behind the  push, donating $227 million to the vaccine program in Pakistan in particular. This is on top of the billions already provided by Rotary and the Gates Foundation alone.

All of that money could turn out to be very very well spent. One billion dollars per year over the next few years could save $50 billion  over the next 20 years in the costs of continuing to chase the disease around the globe and treat the children who are felled by it. And there is no way, of course, of putting a price tag on the suffering of those stricken children — or the importance of sparing other victims the same fate. The war with the poliovirus and its human defenders has been joined — and 2013 could be the year in which the climactic battles are fought.

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PDG Floyd & Betty Lou Lancia Induction into
the Arch C. Klumph Society at
Rotary International

On Friday, October 19th, PDG Floyd & Betty Lou Lancia were inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society at Rotary International in Evanston, IL, for their outstanding support of The Rotary Foundation.  Floyd & Betty Lou were honored to have their children present for the recognition ceremonies. 

Thank you Floyd, Betty Lou & your entire family for your special gift to The Rotary Foundation, which will do great work around the world for many years to come!  You are an inspiration to all of us in District 6540 and beyond. 

The Lancia's join PDG Bill & Miriam Cable as the only other District 6540 honorees as members of the Arch C. Klumph Society, which honors those who give at least $250,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation.

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To learn more about the Arch Klumph Society, and to see additional pictures and information about all of the honorees from three different countries recognized at this special event held at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, IL, click here.

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Assignments for 10/15:

Host: Bryan Sharp

Invocation/4 Way Test: Rod Severine

Pledge/Rotary Minute: Kevin Rothgeb

Member Minute: John Smith

Sergeant: Bob Moore

Rollotto: Art Spiering


Assignments for 10/22:

Host: Mark Stetzel

Invocation/4 Way Test: Sharon Tucker

Pledge/Rotary Minute: Dick Walls

Member Minute: Gordon Walter

Sergeant: Jeff Walls

Rollotto: Korinda Walls


Assignments for 10/29:

Host: John Waszak

Invocation/4 Way Test: Sam White

Pledge/Rotary Minute: Kerry Ashment

Member Minute: Greg Bowton

Sergeant: Bill Bandor

Rollotto: Boardy Bell


Assignments for 11/5:

Host: Dave Brennen

Invocation/4 Way Test: Matt Brinkman

Pledge/Rotary Minute: Al Brothers

Member Minute: Justin Brugger

Sergeant: Ron Buskirk

Rollotto: Deb Conklin


Assignments for 11/12:

Host: Dan Colbertson

Invocation/4 Way Test: Kevin Davidson

Pledge/Rotary Minute: Aron Dellinger

Member Minute: Leigh Roberson

Sergeant: Leigh Roberson

Rollotto: Gene Dellinger

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New Generations Committee Chair and Director Sarah Horacek
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