The Kentland Rotary Club met at Hazelden Country Club near Brook, IN on December 2 for their Annual Meeting and Seventy-Fourth Anniversary. A social hour was enjoyed from 5:30 -6:30 pm after which the members and guests sat down to a scrumptious dinner featuring salad, chicken, pork tenderloin, green beans, potatoes, wild rice, and apple cobbler.

Rotarian Dr. Jay Brinkman led the gathering in the singing of several Christmas Carols.

President-Elect Jim Schoen led the ‘business’ portion of the meeting.

Past presidents Darrell Fredrickson and Kirby Drey were presented with tokens of appreciation for their leadership.

The Guest Speaker for the evening, District 6540 Governor-Elect Steve Sorenson, a member of the Rotary Club of Fowler, expressed appreciation for the Kentland Club’s service to the community. Sorensen went on to share his passion to eradicate poverty and hunger in our local communities, which will be the platform for his District 6540 Governorship starting in July 2014.The Kentland Rotary Club meets every Monday at noon at the Steve Ryan Community Center

On Monday December 16 from 6 – 8 pm the club will host an event with Tracy Smith, coach of the Indiana University baseball team, at the Steven Ryan Community Center.

Tracy will share details of his career from South Newton athlete to College Baseball Coach of the Year at IU. Admission is free. There will be free refreshments as well. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds from donations and an auction will be shared with the Brook, Goodland, and Kentland Baseball Associations and the South Newton Baseball program.