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Notices and stories in this issue


Special Notices


Special Meeting June 20th at

County Emergency Management

building, 2100 E. Empire


Regular meeting resume June 27th


Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI
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Stories in this issue

Dave Boelke is a Survivor
Who is LECO?
Passing the Baton to Joseph Taylor
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Dave Boelke, The Survivor
Dave Boelke, shown in full "hunter's orange", with rifle and backpack, just as he wore setting out to hunt elk in Colorado.  Dave's father introduced him to elk hunting in 1973.  He's made annual trips to continue the tradition. He wanted a more intense experience so in 2016 he booked a "deep camp" trip with an outfitter. He planned to spend a week with another hunter in a cabin about four hours by horseback from the outfitter's base camp.  It was November at an altitude above 10,000 feet.  On the first morning, he and his fellow hunter made a plan to rendezvous at a selected landmark about 3hrs away.  Dave planned to circle right, his partner would circle left, both men looking for signs of movement by elk or bears.  Dave overshot the landmark and after a while realized the cold night was quickly approaching.  His backpack had all the normal equipment"  gps, compass, snacks, matches, water, mirror and Kindle ebook reader. He built a fire and planned to head back in the morning. He refused to panic.  The gps, which Dave had depended on to navigate the forest, had a dead battery.  Without that device he had no idea which way it was to the cabin. He decided to stay put until he was rescued. Dave's hunting buddy reported him lost the next morning.  Eventually Dave saw the helicopters and moved in their direction. The search party that grew to 43 people and ten helicopters took three days to see the shimmering reflection off Dave's mirror.  Dave was hungry and dehydrated but otherwise OK. Dave plans to add fresh batteries to his emergency kit.
Who is LECO?
Scott Chrispell, manager of electronics research & engineering, had the answer to our question.  LECO is a shortened version of Laboratory Equipment Corporation.  The company was founded by Carl Shultz and George Krasl in 1936.  Today descendants Carl and Chris Warren manage this family owned business with 600 employees in southwest Michigan and 1,400 world wide.  LECO’s first product was an analyzer that measured the carbon content of steel, a very important parameter.  LECO continued to focus on analytical instruments that focused on increasing quality of production or efficiency.  Their reputation and expertise led to expansion in to other production areas.  Today they make equipment for metals, energy, mining, food and managing the environment.
LECO is vertically integrated, making it own enclosures, controls, electronics, sensors, software and more. Of course today they have apps for iPhones for remote access and management.
   Scott described the new building going up on Hilltop road as a customer experience center.
   Last year was LECO’s first entry in the Great Bed Race put on by Rotary and Slumberland.  Scott is promising a faster bed this year and a team that will be better prepared for the competition.
Passing the Baton to Joseph Taylor
President Elect Joseph Taylor, left, is shown received the president's pin from Brian Saxton.  Joe will officially take the reins on July 1st.  This was the culmination of Installation Night which included Brian's review of a great club year under his leadership. He named Alice Ford his Rotarian of the Year for her innovative "garage sale" to raise funds for polio eradication.