Heavy Turnout at the Munster Rotary Run-A-Round on June 8

Munster Rotarians successfully organized the 35th Rotary Run-a-Round on June 8.
More than 94 runners participated in the 5K run and walk. Runners thoroughly enjoyed the excellent weather and the beautiful course. Serious runners mingled with casual runners, and people came out in great numbers to support the event.
Kudos to all Munster Rotarians who executed the race to perfection. More than 25 volunteers helped us run the event smoothly. A special thanks to Subir Bandyopadhyay, Chuck Kerr, and Terry Quinn for meticulously planning the event. Thanks also to the Munster Police Department for traffic control.
Finally, a big “Thank You” to all the race sponsors for their support.
Money raised from the event will be used to support deserving community projects and initiatives.
Please enjoy the photo album that captures the runners and volunteers in action.
Heavy Turnout at the Munster Rotary Run-A-Round on June 8 2024-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

Another Successful Year of the Dictionary Project 

Posted by Subir Bandyopadhyay
It was another successful year for Munster Rotary Club's Dictionary Project!
341 third-grade students and their teachers in Munster elementary schools (15 classes) received dictionaries.
A total of 10 Munster Rotarians participated in this year’s Dictionary Project. Rotarians Linda Dunn, Wendy Mis, Subir Bandyopadhyay, Chuck Kerr, Lee Millies, Terry Quinn, John Doherty, Gavin Crowe, Terry Quinn, Dave Nellans, and volunteer Melissa Crowe participated in this project.
It gave an immense sense of satisfaction to all Munster Rotarians to see 341 smiling faces of third-graders who received a dictionary!
Another Successful Year of the Dictionary Project Subir Bandyopadhyay 2023-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

Munster Rotarians Participate in the National Night Out Against Crime Event

Members of the Munster Rotary Club enthusiastically participated in the National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 2 in Munster. Many Munster residents who stopped by our booth and expressed an interest in what we do, distributed a fair number of Rotary pencils and discussed some ideas to help promote our club in the community.
Pictured below are (from the left) Rotarians John Doherty, Madhu Ranade, Linda Dunn, Wendy Mis, and Subir Bandyopadhyay. Several other Rotarians participated in the event, such as Chuck Kerr, Lorin Brown, and long-time volunteer Soumita Bandyopadhyay.
Munster Rotarians Participate in the National Night Out Against Crime Event Subir Bandyopadhyay 2023-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

Munster Rotary Participates in the India Fest

In the true spirit of community outreach, the Munster Rotary Club participated in the 2022 India Fest in Merrillville, IN on August 14. More than one thousand people enjoyed the food and cultural activities at the festival. Many people visited the Munster Rotary booth and inquired about the activities of the Club. Among the notable visitors to our booth were Congressman Frank Mrvan and Indiana State Representative Mike Andrade.
The display material highlighted the recent projects and initiatives of Munster Rotary, including the Dictionary Project, the Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner, the Rotary Run-a-Round, and donations to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, the Salvation Army, and the Munster Police Department.
Rotarian Subir Bandyopadhyay and long-time volunteer Soumita Bandyopadhyay responded to the inquiries by the visitors to the Rotary booth.
In the picture below, Congressman Frank Mrvan is seen taking a keen interest in the Munster Rotary projects on display.
Munster Rotary Participates in the India Fest Subir Bandyopadhyay 2023-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

Munster Rotary Helps Install Security Cameras in a Local Shelter.

The Rotary Club of Munster collaborated with SafeCHR, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting human trafficking, to install security cameras in Ashley House, a safe house for victims of human trafficking. This is made possible by a generous grant from the Rotary District 6540.
Pictured below are (from left) Rotarians Chuck Kerr, Ro Loughmiller, Kevin Feldman, Clyde Brown, Ron Millis, Anthony Andello, Dave Shafer, Tim Fesko, Steve Scheckel, SafeCHR Executive Board President Dr. Vijaykumar Dharla, Rotarian John Doherty, and Subir Bandyopadhyay.
Munster Rotary Helps Install Security Cameras in a Local Shelter. Subir Bandyopadhyay 2023-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Spaghetti Dinner on April 9, 5-7 PM Subir Bandyopadhyay 2021-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Munster Rotarians Fight Hunger during Covid-19 Pandemic

The Rotary Club of Munster recently presented The Salvation Army of Lake County and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana each with a $2,500 donation.The organizations will use the funds to buy food to assist individuals and families impacted by the pandemic.“Food banks and other humanitarian organizations have seen the need for food multiply since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” said Subir Bandyopadhyay, president of the Rotary Club of Munster. “We can think of no better way to put our donation to work to help people in need than to support these two fine organizations.”Between March and May the Food Bank has distributed 2,058,292 meals to individuals in need around the Region. The Salvation Army of Lake County has experienced a 500% increase in demand for its services since March.Source: https://nwindianabusiness.com/community/business-news-bits/support-plentiful-to-groups-assisting-community-during-pandemic/
Munster Rotarians Fight Hunger during Covid-19 Pandemic Subir Bandyopadhyay 2020-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Munster Rotarians Complete Dictionary Project

For the past several years, 3rd-grade students enrolled in Munster, IN schools, both public and parochial, have benefited from a literacy project sponsored by the Munster Rotary Club.
A handful of Munster Rotarians recently helped present "A Student’s Dictionary & Gazetteer" to nearly 350 students and their teachers. The excitement generated by these dictionaries is palpable, a sentiment echoed by their teachers. According to Munster Rotarian Linda Dunn, “The Dictionary Project is one of the most satisfying projects I’ve been associated with in my 17 years as a Rotarian. It’s a tremendous resource that helps expand students’ knowledge of the English language, geography, American history, and more.”
Our Club takes tremendous pride in contributing to the education of our youth. Thanks, Linda Dunn, for leading our efforts in the Dictionary Project over the years. Thanks to all Munster Rotarians, for labeling and distributing the Dictionaries.
Munster Rotarians Complete Dictionary Project Subir Bandyopadhyay 2020-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
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Munster Rotary 50th Anniversary Dinner

Posted on Jun 27, 2019
Munster Rotary Club is proud to celebrate its 50th Anniversary tonight at Theo’s Restaurant. We also thank District Governor Dan Ryan to join us in our celebration of this important milestone for our Club. In the picture above, Subir Bandyopadhyay is installed as the new President. In the picture below, the immediate Past President Jorge Benavente addresses the audience. 
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Bike shop in Tanzania continues to take form! Roger Sims 2018-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

Bike shop construction in Tanzania by Rotary International and others

Posted by Roger Sims on Apr 03, 2018
A bike shop is under construction in Tanzania to service the area surrounding Enaboishu by women operators who are skilled in renting and repairing bikes for fisherman and the public.  This is a joint project between the Rotary Clubs of Munster and Huntington, Indiana; globalbike and C-re-aid in Tanzania.
Bike shop construction in Tanzania by Rotary International and others Roger Sims 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Munster Rotary Club Bowling Fundraiser

Posted on Apr 08, 2017
It's bowling, it's fellowship, it's food, it's free prizes, it's fun and you won't leave disappointed!  Space is limited!  Contact your friendly Munster Rotarian for tickets or e-mail afinch@firstmerchants.com for more information including sponsorship opportunities.
What could be better than three hours of bowling at Plaza Lanes from 6 - 9 PM which also includes shoes, pizza & soft drinks & an entry to the door prize drawing!
The Munster Rotary Club sponsors local programs including Munster High School scholarships, distribution of dictionaries to all third graders and other local projects such as the shelter at Community Park.  Please come out and support us!
Munster Rotary Club Bowling Fundraiser Roger Sims 2017-04-08 05:00:00Z 0

Amanda Forum - The Times Editorial

Finding something positive following a horrific loss seems so unlikely.

Yet one Region family has done just that, helping turn the tragic slaying of their teen daughter into an initiative aimed at saving the lives of other youth.

Their quest to replace tragedy with hope and salvation for other teens is one worth noting and encouraging.

In 2011, 19-year-old Amanda Bach’s former boyfriend Dustin McCowan shot the Portage teen to death after she visited McCowan’s Union Township home, a jury determined.

The Portage woman’s partially clothed body was found the following day, less than 300 yards from the house in a wooded area along County Road 625 West at the Canadian National railroad tracks.

It was an excruciatingly painful way for Sandy and Bill Bach to lose their daughter.

But the couple and area nonprofits are continuing to honor their daughter’s life and legacy through a teen advisory council in Porter County. They also started the Caring Place, which created The Amanda Forum to bring awareness to youth about healthy relationships and the dangers of domestic violence.

Last month, more than 160 Lake County students and representatives from the East Chicago Central, Griffith, Munster, Hobart and Crown Point high schools participated in a forum workshop encouraging discussion about issues related to dating violence.

“Through all of the pain that we live with every day, it gives us a bit of comfort knowing that sharing her story may save someone else,” Bill Bach said during the October event. “If we save one life, it is worth it, and we feel like it’s doing a lot more than that already.”

A common response to tragedy is to shelter in mourning. Instead, the Bachs and their nonprofit partners are using this tragedy to help change the direction of others.

The October workshop resulted from a $3,000 grant awarded by the Munster Rotary Club. Meals were generously donated by Strack & Van Til grocery chain.

We hope this spirit of cooperation and desire to glean hope from tragedy spreads throughout Northwest Indiana.

In the end, everyone’s goal should be fostering a safer environment for our children and young adults.

Amanda Forum - The Times Editorial Roger Sims 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

Munster Rotary Run

Posted by Martha Rivas-Ramos on Jan 15, 2015

Just confirmed the date for our Rotary Run, get your shoes ready and join us on June 13, 2015.

Stay tuned for details and the application.

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Munster Rotary Bowling

Posted by Martha Rivas-Ramos on Jan 15, 2015
Our annual bowling fund raiser will be held on April 18, 2015, stay tuned for details.
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Spaghetti Dinner

Posted by Martha Rivas-Ramos on Jan 15, 2015
Join us on Friday January 30, 2015 for our annual spaghetti dinner.  The dinner will be held in the Munster High School Cafeteria from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.  All proceeds to benefit the local community.
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Security and Integrity of Your Data

Posted by Stephen Scheckel on Jan 11, 2011
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ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

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Integrated eBulletin for Easier Communication

Posted by Stephen Scheckel on Jan 11, 2011
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ClubRunner makes it easy to publish your weekly Club eBulletin, and send to all members and friends of the club, by incorporating home page stories and events with the push of a button.
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Welcome to our new website! Stephen Scheckel 2011-01-11 07:52:57Z 0

Today's topic - Historical preservation in Indiana

Posted by Roger D. Sims on Jan 10, 2011
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Partners in Preservation, Inc., is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization with a five-year track record. They have successfully nominated over 450 structures to the National Register of Historic Places. Their consultants work on a per-project basis to prepare National Register nominations for historically significant properties in the state of Indiana.
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Dawn Johnson to visit Munster Rotary on January 18th Roger D. Sims 2011-01-08 00:00:00Z 0

Chancellor Howard Cohen - reflections on his career at PUC

Posted by Roger D. Sims on Dec 04, 2010

On Tuesday, December 7th Chancellor Cohen addressed  the Munster Rotary Club and talked about the change in strategic direction that has occurred over the last decade at Purdue Calumet.  These changes involve faculty, curriculum and students.

Faculty have been engaged in meaningful contributions in the community that relate to subjects in the classroom.  These topic areas allow students to accomplish research that both increases their education but makes meaningful contribution to the community.

PUC students are better these days as the average SAT scores have been consistently raised 50 porints each year.  Students not able to gain access to PUC are often given access to Ivy Tech were they car start their college education.  Students now also have the opportunity

Howard Cohen, who as Purdue University Calumet chancellor has presided over record enrollment, the introduction of campus student housing, an innovative experiential learning initiative, strategies to advance student success and degree attainment, plus a more engaged university role in Northwest Indiana will step down next June 30.

Cohen, 66, has headed Purdue Calumet the past nine years.   He plans to remain at Purdue Calumet as a faculty member in the Department of English and Philosophy.

"This university has been a great source of pride for me," Cohen told his campus audience. "It has been my conviction that we are working in the most challenging and interesting sector in American higher education…If our country's future depends on expanding the proportion of our citizenry with post-secondary degrees, we regional universities are the best positioned agents of this national priority."

Howard Cohen"Purdue Calumet has seen great success under Chancellor Cohen's leadership," Purdue University President Cordova said. "He has taken the campus to a new level. He helped Calumet form a new vision for educational excellence; under his tenure campus-based research and private philanthropy have increased greatly. I applaud his commitment to students and his work in contributing to the economic growth of Northwest Indiana.

"Howard is enormously respected by both Purdue and the Calumet community as a strong proponent of the role of the regional university. On behalf of the entire Purdue system, I thank him for his tremendous leadership."

Chancellor Cohen will address the Munster Rotary Club this Tuesday!

Chancellor Howard Cohen - reflections on his career at PUC Roger D. Sims 2010-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

Munster Rotary Day of Service at Salvation Army

Posted by Roger D. Sims on Oct 08, 2010
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On Saturday, October 2nd eleven (11) Rotarians and family members assembled, sanded, cleaned and painted 34 stands for the Munster/Lake County bell ringing.  This project is important as the bell ringing season represents 70% of the Salvation Army income for the entire year.

Munster Rotary also supports the Salvation Army by ringing the bell and manning a kettle at Strack & Van Til's on Ridge Road in Munster during one day before the holidays.  This is just one of many benevolent organizations Munster Rotary supports each year.

This event also allowed for fellowship and visiting with Salvation Army leaders about other projects the Munster Club and Salvation Army could accomplish together.
Munster Rotary Day of Service at Salvation Army Roger D. Sims 2010-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

Merrillville Rotary needs our help

Posted by Roger D. Sims
Merrillville Rotary has submitted a video Lake Area United Way's campaign, Local Heroes. They could win $1,500 for their club to continue to "do some good" in the community.  It is the direct link and can't miss our video.... it is the first one on the page. You'll find their coat/clothing project very interesting.

The link can also be found on Rotary's Facebook page, Merrillville Rotary. 

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Sue Chen will make a presentation to Munster Rotary on February 5th!

Posted by Roger D. Sims
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Dr. Chen is a cultural event coordinator from Shen Yun Show Chicago.  She has a Ph. D from Univ. of Michigan and has been living in Naperville for more than 10 years with her husband Feng and two daughters, 15 and 13 years old.

She promotes the Shen Yun Show, a non-profit organization, who's goal is to revive 5000 years of history of the Chinese civilization and culture.

Sue will use a multi media presentation in her talk.

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Dr. Nancy Trimboli to address Rotary on January 22nd

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Nancy says at Trimboli Chiropractic, we bring to people, young and old, the knowledge and power of Chiropractic so that they may get their greatest enjoyment out of life.

Since 1993, Dr. Trimboli has been bringing the power of Chiropractic to Northwest Indiana. Their first priority is helping their patients with the pain and symptoms. They focus first on the actual cause of your pain, then work to stabilize the underlying cause. Then they utilize their extensive array of techniques such as Thompson Drop, Motion Palpation, Activator, Markey Distraction Techniques and Nimmo to help you stay pain free and avoid using medications or invasive surgical procedures.

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2012 Munster Rotary Women of the Year - Lydia Dershewitz

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The power of giving was celebrated during Tuesday's Munster Rotary Club Dinner honored Lydia Dershewitz as their 2012 Woman of the Year.

The Rotary Club received 17 nominees and trimmed the list to three finalists, which included Dershewitz, Alice Cannon and Paula Nellans.

"We felt it was imperative to honor our community women that make things happen," said Stephen Scheckel, Munster Rotary president and Munster Police chief. "All of the nominees have such great value to Munster. Lydia is just a wonderful person committed to touching people's lives."

Dershewitz volunteers her time for Hospice of the Calumet Area and feels there is no greater gift than giving.

"To be mentioned in the same breath as Alice Cannon and Paula Nellans is an honor in itself," said Dershewitz. "Honestly, I can only accept this on behalf of the patients and families of Hospice of the Calumet Area. I am truly blessed to be part of this incredible team that have so much compassion and love for what they do."

The Munster Rotary Club's 2012 nominees included Linda Bevil, Helen Brown, Alice Cannon, Pamela Daniels, Lydia Dershewitz, Chris Dow, Frankie Fesko, Danette Garza, Wendy Mis, Carol Moore, Mary Anne Neiner, Paula Nellans, Shirl Pawlowski, Darlene Smith, Julie Stogsdill, Kasie Tenbarge and Carrie Wadas.


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Millessa Stewart, Radio One addressed Rotary on January 8th! Roger D. Sims 0

Munster Rotarians assist the Salvation Army with their Chistmas Assistance Applications on Nov 1st!

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The following Munster Rotarians were trained and then helped the Salvation Army with their Christmas Assistance Applications:

1. Lindsay Evorik

2. Roger Sms

3. Kim Modigell

4. Jennifer Wayco

5. Charlie Helms

6. Charles Gross

7. Martie Rivas-Ramos

8. Subir Bandyopadhyay

9. Michelle Wendlinger

10. Steve Scheckel

It was a labor of love both helping the individual families make applications for assistance and to help this wonderful agency with their outreach.

Thanks Rotarians!

Munster Rotarians assist the Salvation Army with their Chistmas Assistance Applications on Nov 1st! Roger D. Sims 0
On Nov 13th Jim Flannery addressed the Club on the Dunes Learning Center! Roger D. Sims 0

Munster Club is being trained for RI Future Vision projects for Internation & District Grants

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The Rotary Foundation’s new grant model supports district and club humanitarian and educational projects through three types of grants: district grants, global grants, and packaged grants.

  • District grants are block grants that allow clubs and districts to address immediate needs in their communities and abroad.
  • Global grants, which range from $15,000 to $200,000, fund large international humanitarian projects, vocational training teams, and scholarships that have sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the areas of focus.
  • Packaged grants allow clubs and districts to work with Rotary’s strategic partners to implement pre-designed projects.

On Saturday, October 20th in Merrillville the following Munster Rotarians will be trained:

Marti Rivas-Ramos
Lee Millies
Ron Millies
Roger Sims

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Lara Kalwinski, Vice President of the Legacy Foundation addresses Munster Rotary on the 16th

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Hammond native leads grantmaking and fund stewardship initiatives

Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, has named Lara Kalwinski as Vice President.

Kalwinski, of Hammond, is responsible for management of all Legacy Foundation grants initiatives. She also participates in asset development for the foundation, with responsibility for fund stewardship and donor relationship management.

“The board of directors and staff of Legacy Foundation are thrilled to have a leader with Lara’s intelligence, knowledge of the Northwest Indiana nonprofit and business communities, and insightful world view join our team,” said Harry J. Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer. “She brings a unique combination of roots in Lake County and experience helping to build philanthropic organizations nationwide and worldwide to her new role.”

Lara Kalwinski, Vice President of the Legacy Foundation addresses Munster Rotary on the 16th Roger D. Sims 0

District Governor Judy Walker addresses Munster Rotary on the 4th!

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Judy was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois.  She moved to Cedar Lake, Indiana, after elementary school, and graduated from Crown Point High School. Judy earned a bachelor’s degree in music education, with an emphasis on choral music, from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and was awarded a Dean’s scholarship for her graduate work in music education at the same institution.  Judy is a Professor Emerita of music from Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, and was executive director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony for six years following retirement from academia.  Currently, she is Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church, Griffith, Indiana.

Judy’s involvement in Rotary began on February 12, 2002, with the Hammond Rotary, where she served two consecutive terms as president.  In 2010 she became the Director of the Rotary World Choir through the International Fellowship of Rotary Musicians, and directs the choir for the Interfaith Service at the Rotary International Conventions.  Judy is a member of the Bequest Society, a Paul Harris Fellow +4, and a member of the Paul Harris 711 Club.

Judy is the proud parent of five talented, adult children (which include a set of twins), who have blessed her with eleven vibrant grandchildren.  Judy enjoys meeting people, studying the harp, and attending cultural events.

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Service Project at the Humane Society nets 11 workers including Rotarians, family & friends!

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On Saturday, August 25th for nearly 3 hours in the heat 11 Rotary volunteers labored mightily to clean the large dog run at the shelter on 45th Street of under brush, weeds and debris.  Dozens of lawn leaf bags were filled and moved.  Here is the list of those hearty souls who accomplished this task:

Chuck Gross
Chuck Kerr
Steve Scheckel
Jennifer Wayco
Riley Wayco
Morgan - Riley's friend
Ralph Rogers

Thanks to Marti for organizing our Day of Caring project and to all who helped and worked so hard!
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Flora Arzanipour regarding acupuncture on Aug 21st!

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About Flora Arzanipour

Graduated from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, IL. She is nationally certified and licensed Acupuncturist by the State of Indiana.

She is founder of The Community Acupuncture in Munster, IN. She is well known for her effective, gentle, and powerful treatment.

Flora is a member of IAAOM ( Indiana Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine). Her degrees and certificates include:

· Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

· Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

· Advanced course of Acupuncture in Guangzhou, China.

· Cosmetic Acupuncture

· Member of American Pregnancy Association

· Master Tung’s Acupuncture

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Joint meeting with Hammond and Gary Rotary at PUC Room with a View

Posted by Roger D. Sims
The program on the 24th is a tour of Purdue Calumet's Center for Innovation through Visualization and Stimulation sponsored by Wendell Carey of Gary Rotary.  Our own Dan Hendricks will say a few words prior to the tour.

CIVS is a multidisciplinary center that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3-D visualization and virtual reality technologies. Using the center’s resources, it is possible to see and interact with complex data in ways that are beneficial for experts, yet also understandable by audiences of many different backgrounds. The technology and resources at CIVS are currently being used to solve many different university research problems, industry issues, and community problems, as well as offering new possibilities for education and training.

CIVS is continuing the development and implementation of cutting edge simulations, computer graphics, advanced visualization, and computing technology to serve faculty, staff, and students of Purdue Calumet, as well as industry and the community.

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Beth Millies addressed Animal Rescue issues on April 3rd!

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Beth is currently a volunteer with Lake County Animal Center in Crown Point. She shared what she has learned about animal shelters and shelter pets in the past 3 years.

In early March Beth went down with a group of other volunteers to Henryville Indiana to help search, rescue and reunite animals who were displaced by the tornado with their owners.

The four-hour, 250-mile trip was organized on Saturday, March 3rd by shelter community liaison Victoria Beasley, of Crown Point.  They set out to reach the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter in Jeffersonville, Ind.

A bridge that was out prevented the volunteers from reaching that destination, but they did drop off their supplies at the fire department in Henryville, she said. Beasley said she heard the shelter in Jeffersonville was doing well in the wake of the tornadoes that devastated the area that Friday.

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Rob Young of DeTech will discuss Fire Safety on March 13th!

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Major Causes of Fires

Fire protection doesn’t have to be difficult. Even the simplest things can help save you and your family from a home fire.

Accidents and Carelessness

Many people believe that if they are careful they are much less likely to have a fire. While it is true that being careful will make you safer it will not stop fire from happening. Most fires are not caused from carelessness. They are caused from every day living that is almost impossible for us to change.

Electrical Wiring, Electrical Outlets and Faulty Wiring

Whether it’s in an electrical outlet or a short in the wall, many fires are caused by electrical wiring. Older homes are particularly susceptible, as they were not wired for the many, many appliances that we have filled our homes with. Many homes that were built in the 50′s -70′s have aluminum wiring that gets very hot and increases the chance of fire.


Lamps, toasters and even baby monitors can short out. Be particularly careful with older appliances and extension cords. Even new appliances can be the source of a home fire. To be safe, appliances should be unplugged when not in use. Unfortunately, not all appliances can be unplugged, leaving your home at risk 24 hours a day.


Heating is another major cause of residential fire deaths. This is especially true in southeastern states and among wood stove users in the north.

Unattended Stoves

Another cause of residential fires is cooking, but not due to defective stoves or ovens. Often, it is because of unattended pots or the burner being left on accidentally -and who hasn’t done that at least once or twice?

Children Playing with Matches

Children and grandchildren playing with matches are a major source of home fires. According to the Burn Awareness Coalition, burns are the number one cause of accidental deaths in children under two, fire and burn injuries are the second leading cause of accidental deaths in children ages 1-4, and the third leading cause of injury and death for ages 1-18. Matches and lighters in the hands of young children are a significant factor in fire fatalities. Educating parents and grandparents to the seriousness of this issue is paramount.

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Young Woo Kang, died on February 23rd

Posted by Roger D. Sims

Young Woo Kang

Young Woo Kang

Born in Gyeonggi Province, S. Korea on Jan. 16, 1944
Departed on Feb. 23, 2012 and resided in Springfield, VA.
Memorial Service: Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012
Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions.

Young Woo Kang, international disability rights pioneer, died of cancer on Thursday, February 23, at the age of 68.

Kang, who lost his eyesight at the age of 14, was the first blind Korean to earn a Ph.D., and in 2002, he was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that makes recommendations to the President and to Congress on issues affecting the 54 million Americans with disabilities. The U.S. Senate twice confirmed his nomination, and for six years, Kang worked on issues ranging from the inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency planning to cultural differences and attitudes in empowering people with disabilities.

His journey from a blind teenager to Presidential appointee was a remarkable one.

Kang was born in South Korea in 1944, and his father passed away when he was 13 years old. The following year, Kang suffered a retinal detachment in a sports accident. At the time, discrimination against the handicapped – and the blind in particular – was widespread. It was a common superstition that seeing a blind person would bring bad luck, and the only occupations available to a blind person were as a fortune teller or masseuse.

In 1960, after several unsuccessful surgeries, it was confirmed that Kang would never regain his sight. His mother, devastated by the news, died of a stroke within hours of learning of his plight. His older sister was then charged with caring for the family, but the stresses of the responsibility for herself and her three younger siblings would be too great, and sixteen months later, she, too, passed away.

As he coped with his grief, Kang turned his focus and resolve to his rehabilitation – and refused to accept a fate determined by superstition and prejudice. Initially denied even the opportunity to take the college entrance exam, he challenged the system, placed 10th among hundreds of applicants, and graduated with highest honors from Yonsei University, Korea's oldest and most prestigious private university.

He then had to successfully lobby the Korean Ministry of Education to change its policy that prevented people with disabilities from studying abroad. Through the support of a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship and additional scholarships through the University of Pittsburgh, in 1976, Kang became the first blind Korean to earn a Ph.D.

Kang was determined to help others follow in his footsteps and to open even more doors for people with disabilities. He wrote an autobiography, A Light in MyHeart, which has been translated into seven languages, is a U.S. Library of Congress talking book, and was the basis for television and motion picture movies in South Korea. He also created a foundation to promote equal participation for the disabled and quickly became an internationally-renowned disability rights advocate, author, and speaker.

Prior to his appointment to the National Council on Disability, Kang urged passage of legislation in Korea similar to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and former President George H.W. Bush and former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh aided in his efforts.

Through his foundation and as a Board Member of Goodwill Industries International, he founded Goodwill in Korea, which serves thousands of people every year and provides job training and career services to people with disabilities and others who are trying to enter the workforce.

As Vice Chairman of the World Committee on Disability, he was a driving force behind the establishment of the Franklin D. Roosevelt International Disability Award. This Award recognizes and encourages progress by nations in expanding the participation of people with disabilities, in fulfillment of the goals of the United Nations World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons.

Kang also served as a Senior Advisor to the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and Board Member of the National Organization on Disability. He received many honors and awards, including an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Yonsei University, being named a University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumni Fellow, and the Rotary Foundation's Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.

Kang is survived by his wife, Kyoung Sook Kang, who retired after nearly three decades of teaching visually impaired students in the Gary, Indiana, public school system; his son Paul Kang, an ophthalmologist at Eye Doctors of Washington and past President of the Washington DC Metropolitan Ophthalmological Society; his son Christopher Kang, Senior Counsel to President Barack Obama; and four grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at 6pm, at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church, 15451 Lee Highway, Centreville, Virginia, 20121. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be sent to the Korean Central Presbyterian Church or to the Rotary Foundation, Dr. Young Woo and Kyoung Sook Kang Peace Fellow Fund (E10860), 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.
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