The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club recently held its annual Christmas party
at the Hawthorne Park Social Hall in Porter, Ind.
Over 50 Rotarians, spouses, friends, and guests attended the sumptuous
buffet dinner, served by Ed Kis of Great lakes Catering.
Following the meal, President David Hiestand welcomed those gathered and
talked briefly about the club's many accomplishments during this past year.
Right on cue, David and Martha’s new baby applauded loudly when he was
Sergeant Tim Harris extracted the customary fines from those in attendance
and announced that the proceeds will be donated to the local Food Pantry.
Jim Jeselnick, the club's Foundation Chair, talked about the Rotary
Foundation and some of the many things it is able to accomplish due to the
generosity of club members. Jeselnick introduced member Dan Keilman who then
presented Michael Grubb with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Mike recently
retired after serving the Duneland community as both a teacher and as a
principal at Bailly Elementary school. Keilman said that he has been pleased
to work with Mike Grubb, mentioning the many services he has performed and
the sacrifices he has made for the Duneland School system.
Then, much to her surprise, Past District Governor Jim Jeselnick presented
Mike's wife Sharon Grub with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
Sharon had also recently retired from spending many years working with
Seniors at the Waters of Duneland and the Visiting Nurses Association in
Valparaiso. Her open door policy and willingness to advocate for her clients
had become the gold standard at VNA. In addition, Sharon's service to her
neighbors, family members, and many friends made her an ideal choice to
receive this recognition.
Jeselnick said this might be one of the few times that a husband and wife
had been honored in this fashion by the Chesterton-Porter Rotary club.
Beaming proudly from their seats were Kristin McGrane, Katie Fesko, and
Karen Kicho, three of the Grubb children who traveled in for this very
Finally, club members were thanked for their generous support of the Angels
Helping Angels program. Numerous gifts were purchased for 10 individuals in
the Duneland area for Christmas. Members are reminded that there will not be
Rotary lunch meetings on Tuesday, Dec. 24 or Tuesday, Dec. 31 due to the