Category Archives: Honors and Awards

2017 RYLA Applications

The 2017 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 31th annual District 6540 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp at Camp Tecumseh YMCA Outdoor Center, Brookston, Indiana. The camp will take place April 21st through April 23rd. 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 2017 RYLA Application is available for download here.

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.

David Hiestand
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.

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.

Josh DeVries, May 2014 Student of the Month

Congratulations to Chesterton High School Senior, Joshua DeVries, who was named the Student of the Month for May by the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club.

Joshua, who represented the Music department, plans to pursue a professional career in playing the cello.  His early interest in music stems in part from his mother, who is a musician and listening to his older sister play the violin.  He currently plays cello as a member of three orchestras—The Chesterton High School Advanced Orchestra, where is his cello section leader; Chicago Youth Symphony –he is co-principal cellist; and the South Shore Orchestra.  As a member of the South Shore Orchestra, he has had the opportunity to visit and play in China on three different occasions.  He has been named a three time member of the Indiana All-State Orchestra and Two-time Honor Orchestra of America member.

Additionally he has excelled academically and is a member of the National Honor Society, 5 percent club, and recently received his Academic Ring Award.  He participates in the Cadet Teaching program and has been a cadet teacher at Bailly Elementary School.  He also teaches cello to students in the area.

After graduation, he plans to study cello performance and attend the Chicago College for Performing Arts.  His long term career goal is to be in a position to perform as well as teach.

 

2014 RYLA recipients

The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club announces the selection of Kelsey Neiswinger and Logan Castro, junior students at Chesterton High School, as delegates at the 28th annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp, to be held from April 11 through April 13.

Dan Keilman, local RYLA committee chair, stated that the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club will be among the 55 Rotary Clubs of District 6540 in Northern Indiana that are sponsoring high school students who will develop their leadership potential throughout the weekend at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana.

The camp is an intensive youth training experience and will feature outstanding speakers and workshops focusing on decision making, critical thinking, effective communication, ethics, career development, public service, contemporary issues, and other challenges facing leaders of today and tomorrow.

Kelsey Neiswinger is the daughter of Phillip Neiswinger and Kerry Klein. Logan Castro is the son of Todd and Diane Castro.

Larry James Memorial Scholarship Award 2012

The Larry James Memorial Scholarship Award is the result of proceeds from a trail race that CHS Coach Steve Kearney, Alisha Brown and John Marshall coordinate which is sponsored by the Chesterton Porter Rotary club.  The race is called the “Bride of Zoy” and is held each year in and around the Indiana Dunes State Park.  The scholarships are given in memory of Chesterton High School Coach Larry James who coached both cross country and track at CHS and was very instrumental in putting Northwest Indiana Cross Country on the map all across the state.  Coach James was respected by all those who ran for him and his participation in Invitational’s across the state, by fielding outstanding and very competitive individuals and teams, he was able build awareness of Duneland programs across the state.

schlppicThis year’s Larry James Memorial Award goes to Senior Linda Graff. Linda was a four year letter winner for the Trojan Cross Country Team. She, on average, was a Top 5 scorer for the Trojans through her sophomore to senior year. Her 5K personal best time was 20:06. She was named team Captain her senior year by her teammates and coaches.  Her hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm for Chesterton cross country will continue to be seen in the younger runners that she had influenced throughout the last four year.

CC S 2012Tyler Rusboldt was the male reciepiant of the award.  Tyler’s accomplishments include being a two year Captain, all DAC, all Sectional, all Regional, all Semi-State and a PR of 15:56.  Tyler’s dedication and hard work helped establish him as one of the premier runners in Northwest Indiana.  Starting as a freshman with very little experience leading to the breaking of the 16 minute barrier as a senior is a great example of perseverance.  He led a very young and inexperienced team to their 12th straight state finals appearance.  The Larry James award is designated to go to a senior that through the commitment to putting in long hours on the roads and trails becomes the best runner at Chesterton High School that plans on continuing his education and running career at a university.  Tyler has committed to the University of Missouri to continue his running and education.    Tyler Rusboldt is truly a deserving student athlete of this award.

2012-2013 Installation Banquet

The Club held its annual Installation Banquet which installs the new Board of Directors for the next rotary year.  The Club was also able to honor a number of first time Paul Harris Fellows, including Tom Archbald, Jake Bristol, Bernie Doyle, Eric Graham, David Hiestand, Brock Lloyd, Carmen Lynes, and Michael Sawyier.  Becoming a Paul Harris Fellow signify a commitment made to Rotary International’s Foundation which helps humanity around the globe.  Chesterton-Porter Rotary is proud to have a large number of Paul Harris Fellows and we hope to continue to increase the number of Paul Harris Fellows next year.

Chesterton-Porter Rotary Board 12-13
Front Row – Carmen Lynes, Heather Olson, Brock Lloyd, Back Row – Tom Archbald, Tim Harris, Jim Jeselnick, Chuck Parkinson, Trent Albert, Not Pictured – Dan Keilman, Sheri Zimmer, and Chris Fickel

The Club was honored to have as its guest and speaker, Ed Futa, past Rotary International General Secretary.  Ed gave a wonderful talk about the importance of local clubs to the Rotary International mission.  Local clubs provide on-the-ground support and manpower to make the work of Rotary possible.  When Rotary goes into an area to give assistance, we don’t just leave.  Our members remain because they are local residents that live and work in the communities we are assisting.

Thank you to everyone that made this year’s Installation Banquet possible.  See you again next year! (or next Tuesday)