Lafayette and West Lafayette, Indiana



January - June, 2016

June 16

Lafayette Kiwanis Club invited Larry Ingraham, JASI Board Member, to talk about why Indiana is home to more than 250 Japanese companies including Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. and how a man from Lafayette influenced Japan. Hosted by Taka Ogata.

June 9

Lafayette Kiwanis Club invited Michelle Long, Assistant Manager Environmental Compliance and Energy, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. to talk about SIA's effort of Zero Landfill effort. Hosted by Audrey Schneider.

June 2

Lafayette Kiwanis Club invited Theresa Kulczak, Executive Director Japan-America Society of Indiana to talk about history of Indiana and Japan. Chiaki Tokiwa, Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator, Japan-America Society of Indiana introduced interesting and useful Japanese manner and culture. Hosted by Taka Ogata.

May 26

"The Future of Franciscan Alliance – St. Elizabeth Health" – The speaker will be Terry Wilson, President & CEO of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health. Hosted by Chuck Boonstra.

May 19

“How Generations Can Rediscover Nature” – The speaker will be Mitchell Ahnert, District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. Hosted by Audrey Schneider.

May 12

Joe Tiller National Football Foundation Chapter by Jim Vruggink. Hosted by Jeff Love.

May 5

“Taking flight” – A preview of the new Lafayette Aviators baseball team by Brandon Podgorski, Sports Marketing Director – MKE Sports & Entertainment. Hosted by Audrey Schneider.

April 28

West Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent, Rocky Killion, will talk about what comes after ISTEP. He says there is a better way to measure student and teacher performance. Hosted by Jim Hopf.

April 21

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis will make a slide presentation explaining the highlights of the State Street Project. Hosted by Jim Hopf.

Mar 31

Angie Manuel, Interpretive Naturalist of Prophetstown State Park, will speak about the medicine plants, herbs and wild flowers found on the park's grounds. Hosted by Diane Camberato.

Mar 24

Brooke Criswell, Education and Outreach Coordinator of NICHES Land Trust, will discuss this organization and the properties available for everyone to explore in Tippecanoe and adjacent counties. Hosted by Diane Camberato.

Mar 17

Director of Hands of the Future, Inc., Zonda Bryant, will discuss the present and future plans for this organization that links children with outdoors wild spaces. Hosted by Diane Camberato.

Mar 10

Jan Fawley, Superintendent of West Lafayette Parks and Recreation, will speak about the available park facilities and the plans for the future to accommodate a growing community. Hosted by Diane Camberato.

Mar 3

Ruth Coors, a member of the Indiana Beekeepers Association, will talk about the bee population, their importance to agriculture, and the environmental challenges facing the bee population. Hosted by Diane Camberato.

Feb 18

Guest Speaker is Libby Marks-Shepard, Executive Director of Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center (equestrian therapy for disabled children/adults). Hosted by Diane Stott

Feb 11

Guest Speaker is Lauren Glynn, Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center (Kiwanis Foundation grant recipient). Hosted by Diane Stott

Feb 4

Guest Speaker is Susan Brouilette, Executive Director of the LUM Immigration Clinic and Program Director for Healthy Families and Sustainable Communities. Hosted by Diane Stott.

January 28

Guest Speaker is Jennifer Layton, Executive Director of Lafayette Transitional Housing Corporation (LTHC). Jennifer will discuss developments in addressing the short-term and long-term housing needs of homeless and unemployed people in the Lafayette area with an emphasis on how LTHC and other agencies attempt to identify and support children and families without shelter. Hosted by Steven Riggs

January 21

Today’s speaker will be Marie Morse, Executive Director of Homestead Counseling Services, a HUD approved non-profit housing counseling agency. She will speak about the many different ways low-income or economically-challenged families can lose housing and the many different services that Homestead provides to keep local families with children living in homes in order to keep them from being evicted from residential properties or foreclosed upon and becoming homeless. Hosted by Steven Riggs

January 14

Laurie Mann, Executive Director of Family Promise of Greater Lafayette, a non-profit interfaith and inter-denominational agency that seeks to serve intact families, single mothers with children, single fathers with children, and aunts/uncles/grandparents with custody of children under the age of 18 in moving from homelessness or transient housing to finding permanent housing, will be speaking. Hosted by Steven Riggs

January 7

Steve Wittenauer of the National Scripps Spelling Bee will provide a brief background of the national spelling bee competition and the organizational fundraising goals behind the event that support educational programs in local communities. Steve will talk about Adult Learner’s Inc., a program in Tippecanoe County designed to help students who left high school without any real life plan and how they realize the need of reading and writing skills and other educational skills to improve their quality of life. Hosted by Steven Riggs