By Nicholette Carlson
WARSAW — When it comes to motivators, family and community seem to be the two most important ones for Adam Clemens. He was born and raised in Warsaw, is sales manager at family-owned Rabb Water Systems and is a past president of the Warsaw Kiwanis Club.
Clemens was looking for a service organization that would help him give back to his community when he was encouraged to join Kiwanis. When he was told how Kiwanis is a partner with Riley Children’s Hospital and helped to support them, the decision was simple. “The connection with Riley is near and dear to my family,” Clemens explained, as his oldest daughter has been treated through Riley.
After being an active member, the nominating committee asked him to go through the process of vice president, president elect, president and then past president. Now as past president he is focused on simply remaining an active member of the organization. He enjoys being a part of the community and doing something for the greater good for that community. One of the highlights for Clemens is participating in helping to serve the Kiwanis pancake and egg breakfasts.
When the pandemic hit and many meetings and programs went virtual, Clemens was also able to assist by helping to keep everyone connected through his Rabb Zoom account. However, he is quick to hand thanks to another member for handling most of the technological side of meeting on Zoom. Currently about half of the members meet via Zoom and half meet in person. However, Clemens is happy to do what he can to help keep everyone connected.
Clemens has worked at Rabb Water Systems for 20 years in a full-time capacity, though he admitted he did some part-time “grunt work” delivering and loading salt and 5 gallon bottles throughout college. He has now been Rabb’s sales manager for the last seven years.
Earning a management degree from Purdue University, Clemens joined the Rabb business after graduation when they expanded services to Lafayette. After some time working in Lafayette, Clemens’ uncle asked if he’d want to come home and learn more aspects of the business. He is the third generation in the business, as Rabb was founded by his mother’s parents. “It’s really an honor to continue their legacy,” he commented.
“I was born and raised in Warsaw,” Clemens stated. “It’s my home.” So he was happy to take his uncle up on the offer. He loves the Warsaw community and was eager to raise his own family where he grew up. Having a close knit family, he also was happy to return home and be close to them.
He is on the board of the local Home Builders Association and has been involved with the organization for more than 15 years. He is also a state director for the Indiana Builders Association, representing his local association. Clemens and his family attend Warsaw Community Church. He spends most of his free time with his wife, Megan, and their children Alli, Caroline, Parker and Amelia.
One of Clemens’ fondest memories from college was attending a summer study abroad program through the University of Oxford in England. While at Oxford, he spent time backpacking across Europe and seeing many of the sights and museums.
A favorite place to visit is Orange Beach, Ala., where his extended family enjoys a large family vacation each year. Clemens’ tradition with his kids is to take them to the beach first thing in the morning to watch the sunrise. He also enjoys time on Winona Lake, boating, cooking out, playing cards with friends and day trips to Lake Michigan.