Category Archives: Club Activities

Front row, from left to right: Mark Swanson - Sergeant-At-Arms, Tom Archbald - Secretary, Loree Hanas - Youth Services Director, David Hiestand - Vice President, and Trent Albert - Public Relations Director. 2nd row, from left to right: Christina Fickel - Community Relations Director, Jane Delligatti - Club Administration Director, Carmen Lynes - Treasurer, Heather Olson - Immediate Past President, Tim Harris - President-Elect, and Nate Cobbs - President.

New Board of Directors and Inspiring Community Leaders

Front row, from left to right: Mark Swanson - Sergeant-At-Arms, Tom Archbald - Secretary, Loree Hanas - Youth Services Director, David Hiestand - Vice President, and Trent Albert - Public Relations Director. 2nd row, from left to right: Christina Fickel - Community Relations Director, Jane Delligatti - Club Administration Director, Carmen Lynes - Treasurer, Heather Olson - Immediate Past President, Tim Harris - President-Elect, and Nate Cobbs - President.
Front row, from left to right: Mark Swanson – Sergeant-At-Arms, Tom Archbald – Secretary, Loree Hanas – Youth Services Director, David Hiestand – Vice President, and Trent Albert – Public Relations Director. 2nd row, from left to right: Christina Fickel – Community Relations Director, Jane Delligatti – Club Administration Director, Carmen Lynes – Treasurer, Heather Olson – Immediate Past President, Tim Harris – President-Elect, and Nate Cobbs – President.

The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club recently installed new officers at a special evening meeting held at The Spa Banquet Center in Porter.

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Martha Hiestand, Rotarian of the Year David Hiestand, and Heather Olson

Past President David Hiestand was honored with the Rotarian of the Year award for his work on a number of Club initiatives since becoming a member in 2008, including leading the Club’s partnership with Westchester Public Library for Rotary popcorn sales and a new sponsorship program for the Library’s summer Movies in the Park series; establishing a member mentor program; creating dunelandrotary.org and serving as the Club’s webmaster; leading the creation of a variety of Club social activities; and for volunteer service at Duneland Diamond baseball field work days, Rebuilding Together Duneland, and the Club’s annual fundraisers.

Paul Harris Fellowships were presented to Rotarian and Past President Bill Dean, and Duneland community volunteers Jody Klein and Dan Amling.

The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the humanitarian efforts and education programs of The Rotary Foundation. Those programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.

Additionally, Rotarians also designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize a community member whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.

Jim Anton, Paul Harris Fellow recipient Bill Dean, and Heather Olson
Jim Anton, Paul Harris Fellow recipient Bill Dean, and Heather Olson

The first Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Past Rotary Club President Bill Dean by fellow Past President Jim Anton. Bill was honored in recognition of his contribution to the Rotary Foundation, his sponsorship of two water tank projects in Guanajuato Mexico during his Rotary presidential year, and his volunteerism with Rebuilding Together Duneland, the Rotary Fish Fry, and mentoring students.

Paul Harris Fellow recipient Jody Klein with her daughters Emily and Kylee, and Heather Olson
Paul Harris Fellow recipient Jody Klein with her daughters Emily and Kylee, and Heather Olson

Community volunteer Jody Klein was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by her sister and Rotary President Heather Olson for her longtime service as a youth sports coach with the Duneland Family YMCA, and as a weekly volunteer in Mrs. Bachuchin’s kindergarten class at Bailly Elementary.

Heather Olson, Paul Harris Fellow recipient Dan Amling with his daughters Jessica and Megan, and Rotary Community Service Director Christina Fickel
Heather Olson, Paul Harris Fellow recipient Dan Amling with his daughters Jessica and Megan, and Rotary Community Service Director Christina Fickel

Dan Amling, volunteer leader with the Duneland Diamond baseball field, was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary Community Service Director Christina Fickel for his leadership and partnership with the Chesterton-Porter Rotary to enhance the baseball field and surrounding areas at 5th and Porter Avenue in Chesterton.

Outgoing Rotary President Heather Olson ceremoniously passes the gavel to incoming President Nate Cobbs
Outgoing Rotary President Heather Olson ceremoniously passes the gavel to incoming President Nate Cobbs

Outgoing President Heather Olson listed Club successes for this past Rotary year and individually recognized and thanked current Rotary Board members before installing the new Board of Directors for fiscal year 2015-2016. Finally, she continued the tradition of passing the gavel to the incoming president, Nate Cobbs, who will assume leadership of the Club on July 1.

Rotary, a global network of community volunteers, is one of the largest and most influential international humanitarian service organizations worldwide. Founded in Chicago on February 23, 1905, today over 1.2 million members belong to 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries. To learn more about the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club,  join us for lunch and a weekly meeting on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. at the Westchester Public Library Service Center, 100 West Indiana Avenue in Chesterton.

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2015 RYLA Applications

The 2015 RYLA applications are now available for this year’s District 6540 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club is searching for candidates to attend its 29th annual District 6540 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp at Camp Tecumseh YMCA Outdoor Center, Brookston, Indiana. The camp will take place from April 17-19, 2015. Award recipients will be able to participate in a weekend leadership camp.

Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young people, the camp will feature many challenging activities including workshops, speakers, discussions, sports, music, and fun. Topics will focus on decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, public service, contemporary problems, and career development.

The participants will live, work, study, and play together in a democratic setting under the guidance of professional counselors and educators.

The 2015 RYLA application can be downloaded here.

June 13, 2014 Movies in the Park

Summer is Here!

The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club is in full summer mode now that the Summer Film Series has started.  The Rotary Club sells popcorn and drinks during the Westchester Public Library’s series.  The first night was June 13, 2014, which featured a performance by the Valparaiso University/Community Band and the film Frozen.

Club and community alike had a great night and enjoyed the great weather.

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Fish Fry, April 25, 2014

The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club and the Chesterton High School Interact Club will hold its annual fish fry on April 25, 2014 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S. 5th St. The all-you-can-eat dinner will feature hand breaded Alaskan cod from Dan’s Fish Fry Service, chicken tenders, potato salad, cole slaw, bread and butter, dessert and beverages. Dinners are $9.50 for adults and $5.25 for ages 5 to 12. Take-outs will be available.

Proceeds from this event help support a variety of local and international service projects including the Rotary Field at 5th and Porter, Re-Building Together Duneland, high school scholarships, and others.

Tickets are available from any Rotarian, or call chairman Eric Graham at (219) 313-3652.

Jocelyn Hibshman, RTD President, Tom Archbald, Site Coordinator and David Hiestand, Rotary Club President

Rebuilding Together 2014

Chesterton Porter Rotary Club recently presented Rebuilding Together Duneland a donation of $1000.  Rebuilding Together Duneland is our local chapter of Rebuilding Together which assists low income homeowners by improving their quality of life through the rehabilitation of their homes.

RTD’s mission is to rehab homes of people who are physically and/ or financially struggling and who live in the Duneland School District. Without the strong financial support given by local businesses, organizations such as Rotary and individuals, RTD would not be able to make a sustained impact on the community.

The Chesterton Porter Rotary Club is proud to support such a service organization through both financial contributions and volunteers.

End of Summer – Movies in the Park

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We wrapped up our final Friday night Movie in the Park with pre-movie entertainment by the South Shore Brass Band, and the feature film Puss in Boots. The goal of the sales of the popcorn and soda is only to cover the costs of providing these refreshments to the community. Thanks for another great summer!

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Pictured are Club President Brock Lloyd, Rebuilding Together’s Jocelyn Hibshman and club Secretary Heather Klein Olson.

Rebuilding Together and Rotary

Pictured are Club President Brock Lloyd, Rebuilding Together’s Jocelyn Hibshman and club Secretary Heather Klein Olson.
Pictured are Club President Brock Lloyd, Rebuilding Together’s Jocelyn Hibshman and club Secretary Heather Klein Olson.

Chesterton Porter Rotary Club recently presented Rebuilding Together Duneland a donation of $1000.  Rebuilding Together Duneland is our local chapter of Rebuilding Together which assists low income homeowners by improving their quality of life through the rehabilitation of their homes.

RTD’s mission is to rehab homes of people who are physically and/ or financially struggling and who live in the Duneland School District. Without the strong financial support given by local businesses, organizations such as Rotary and individuals, RTD would not be able to make a sustained impact on the community.

The Chesterton Porter Rotary Club is proud to support such a service organization through both financial contributions and volunteers.

New Rotarian Nate Cobbs

Pictured are David Hiestand, Nate Cobbs and past club president Jimmy Anton.
Pictured are David Hiestand, Nate Cobbs and past Club President Jim Anton.

The Chesterton Porter Rotary Club recently welcomed new and returning member Nate Cobbs of Harbor Trust of Michigan City.  Cobbs and his wife Karen with their two kids are returning to the area after a move from South Bend and all look forward to serving the community that he grew up in through service projects and fundraisers that support the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self”.

New Rotarian Dan Bloomquist

Pictured are David Hiestand, Daniel Bloomquist and club president Brock Lloyd.
Pictured are David Hiestand, Daniel Bloomquist and Club President Brock Lloyd.

The Chesterton Porter Rotary Club recently welcomed new member Daniel Bloomquist of the Horizon Bank. Bloomquist looks forward to serving the community that he grew up in through service projects and fundraisers that support the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self”.