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  • Club News: INFBP  Meet Kathy Townsend
    Wednesday, August 02, 2017 9:31 PM
    Editor’s Note: the Indiana Foundation for Business and Professional Women is highlighting a member of the club each month.
    Kathy Townsend has been a member of the Indiana Foundation for Business and Professional Women (INFBPW) for four years now. Townsend is the Family Assistance Director for the National Guard, working there for nine years. Her husband Todd is also in the National Guard. They have four children and five grandchildren. 
    Kathy is the current secretary for the INFBPW. She is currently serving her second term. Townsend takes excellent notes of each meeting and also attends all board meetings to record all that is discussed and voted on. She has been on the nominating committee and will serve as needed in all local events.
    Q. What prompted you to attend a BPW meeting and decide to join? 
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  • Monday, July 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Opening-Eleven people attended the regular meeting of FISH July 20, 2017, in the library of the First United Methodist Church. President Phil Wray opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M. with prayer.
    Committee Reports:
    Linen-Barb-VanArsdel sent her report. From May 24 through July 19 there were 20 families representing 64 individuals. The following items were given: 31 sheet sets; 9 blankets; 10 comforters; 1 mattress pad; 5 Afghans/throws; 24 bath towel sets; 5 kitchen towels; 13 bed pillows; 1 place mat set; 3 soft pillows; 6 curtains; 1 bath rug; 13 baby items; 1 throw rug. Shelves are well supplied for fall, but twin fitted sheets, towels and drapes are still needed.
    Financial-Daryl Fry said from April through June 2017, there were 77 applicants. The financial committee assisted 71 (202 family members) with rent $1,125; utilities $3,699; and miscellaneous $143. The total distributed was $4,967; total requested was $12,670. The limit is $75.
    Nutrition-Deb Threlkeld reported there were 49 clients in May, 5 of which were new. In June there were 50 clients, 14 of which were new. The lessons involved were reading food labels and checking nutritional value of food.
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  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 7:53 PM
    The Dubble Duzzen Homemakers met on June 21 for our annual picnic at the beautiful home of Patsy Stephens. We were greeted with lovey tables with flowers for everyone to take as a favor. Everyone enjoyed a pitch-in lunch, what a large variety of delicious food to choose from. We have great cooks in our club. Many members had guests with them. Nice time visiting and enjoying the great food.
    With the weather being not too hot, we had a short business meeting on the patio. Members that was present were, Sue Caldwell, Sandy Caldwell, Linda Cooper, Peggy Dixon, Cheryl Douglas, Janet Fagan, Sue Foy, Pat Hall, Mary Jo Harmon, Eulah Jaynes, Marilyn Lewis, Marcia Neel, Patsy Stephens, Sue Tandy, Judy Tully, Doris White and Janet White. Guests that enjoyed the day with members were: Montgomery County Home Extension President Martha Swick, Dorothy Coudret, Judy House, Charlotte Kruckow, Ruth Holt, Barbara Runyon, Barbara Ramsey, Janet Williams, Nancy Powers, Carol Fyffe and Alana Stradling.
    The club really enjoyed you being a part of our day. 
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  • Friday, July 07, 2017 9:10 PM
    Crawfordsville Flower Lovers Club met at the Big Lots parking lot to carpool to the Garfield Park Conservatory in Indianapolis. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Sisters Pancake House. We then toured the park, display gardens, children's edible garden and tropical Conservatory in wilting heat.
    A short meeting was held. President Paula Furr discussed the 2017 Garden and Arts Event. More tickets were sold for this tour than any other in 14 years! She thanked all members for their participation in creating a great event that was enjoyed by the community.
    President Furr gave us the sad news that Pat Porterfield, a beloved member of our club, had passed. Memories were shared of Pat and we will make a donation in her memory.
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  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 9:55 PM
    The month of June begins a new year for the local Business & Professional Women’s Club of Crawfordsville. New President Kym Bushong welcomed 22 members and two guest. The pledge was led by Nikki Conkright and Kym gave the blessing for the day and the food, prepared by Allen’s Country Catering. After Kym recognized the committee for the month and social time was ending, the program would begin. There was to be no speaker this night but a reflection on the membership and future of the club. It was brought out that our need is to recruit new and younger members. Those present had a chance to voice their opinions and thoughts on thinking outside the box and visualize what the millennials would want from our organization. Much discussion was had and many ideas were focused on. Future ideas will be brought to the club throughout the year. New Vice President, Jill Jarvis, gave a challenge to all in attendance to invite a guest each month as a possible new member. 
    After a short break, the business portion of the meeting began will all officers in attendance. Kathy Townsend presented the minutes from the May board meeting and the May meeting. Faye Hemphill presented the Treasurer’s report. Fay and Diana Gould presented the new budget for the year. An addition was made and after discussion the budget would be accepted. 
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  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:50 PM
    Flower Lovers Garden Club met on June 7 at the big shelter in Milligan Park for the annual picnic and plant auction. There were 35 in attendance with one guest, Pam Taylor. President Paula Furr led with a devotion and we all enjoyed a delicious array of picnic food in a very windy setting. A signup sheet for next months' trip was circulated. On Wednesday, July 5 we will meet at the Big Lots parking lot at 9:15 to carpool and leave at promptly at 9:30 to visit Garfield Park in Indianapolis. We will be having lunch at the Sisters Place restaurant. Reservations for the trip must be turned in by June 26. President Furr congratulated Janet Hook on her recent retirement, and thanked Anita Arnold for getting new signs for the Garden and Arts tour. Kim Ruggles was also thanked for her idea to give members discount cards provided by Davidsons Greenhouse. The club will donate $50 to the Animal Welfare League in the name of Chuck Phillips who made the garden tour yard signs for us.
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Alice Phillips received high recognition and praise at the 2017 recent Annual Meeting of the LWV of Montgomery County as she completed her term as President. 
    Nancy Bennett was elected President for 2017-2019 along with David Long First Vice President, Karen Gunther-Secretary, and Lynette Ziuchkovski-Director. Board members whose terms continue 2017-2018 include Katy Myers-Second Vice President, Joyce Burnette-Treasurer who will be assisted by Ed Fain, and Gail Pebworth-Director.
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  • Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:19 PM
    Opening-Ten people attended the regular meeting of FISH May 18, 2017, in the library of the First United Methodist Church. Vice President Bud Arnold opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M. with prayer.
    Committee Reports- Clothing-Betty Pollitt, chairman, sent her report to the secretary. During March through April there were 63 clients representing 207 individuals. 1238 items were distributed and 3 large bags were taken to the linen closet.
    Linen-Barb VanArsdel sent her report. From March 15 through May 17 there were 22 families representing 70 individuals. The following items were given: 32 sheet sets; 8 blankets; 13 comforters; 1 mattress pad; 6 throws; 36 bath towel sets; 6 kitchen towels; 9 bed pillows; 10 curtains; 2 bath mats; 7 baby items. Donations have been up which is typical for spring. All items are appreciated.
    Financial-Daryl Fry said in March the financial committee assisted 27 (78 family members) with rent, utilities, and miscellaneous requests totaling $1,988. In April they assisted 26 clients (65 family members) totaling $1,861.
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  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:56 PM
    Flower Lovers Garden Club met on Wednesday May 3 for the annual May Brunch with 43 in attendance. Members brought flower arrangements or baskets that were used to decorate tables and were then taken to Hickory Creek Care Center and Lane House in the spirit of May Day. Hostesses were Roberta Bowman, Donna Tanner, Laura Hutson and Jan Horner. Our delicious lunch was catered by Jenny Beasley of Shady Rail farm. President Paula Furr gave a devotion and we enjoyed our lunch with the meeting following. She displayed the types of flowers that we will be putting in the Downtown planters. We are coordinating with the Crawfordsville Main Street hanging baskets. Plants are to be in the pots before Mothers Day. Plant material was picked by planter chairperson Donna Stewart, Priscilla Zachary and Paula Furr. A big thank you to Vicki at Davidsons Greenhouse for helping us with the flowers and their community contributions.
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  • Monday, May 08, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met April 10, 2017 at the Crawfordsville Public Library at noon. The lunch was served by Allen’s Catering.
    Vice President Sheila Hodges introduced Ken Pierce, Area 4 Director IRTA and his wife Susie. Ken spoke on what is happening at the State House in the Legislative Sessions and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. Ken told us that at this time IRTA has 22,102 members. IRTA is always trying to attract new members. When communicating with IRTA they will request our Social Security number. They already have it and want to verify your identity. It is good to give them the last 4 digits of your social security number. Be sure to read the IRTA newsletters. Check out the web page and the face book page. There are many available benefits offered by IRTA; Life Alert, Credit Card, scholarships for relatives of members that are going into the teaching profession. There is also monetary support for Teachers in need, Donation to the IRTA Foundation, Estate Planning, and retirement planning. 150 people attended the Legislative Brunch. COLA and the 13th check were discussed. Over 1,000 bills were introduced into the Legislature. 
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  • Sunday, May 07, 2017 11:30 PM
    We see signs of spring all around us with the green grass, spring flowers, red bud trees and all the beautiful tulips around the Pizza Hut. This is where we got together for our April meeting. Members who were present were Sandy Caldwell, Sue Caldwell, Linda Cooper, Peggy Dixon, Cheryl Douglas, Sue Foy, Pat Hall, Mary Jo Harmon, Eulah Jaynes, Marilyn Lewis, Patsy Stephens, Sue Tandy, Judy Tulley and Janet White.
    After a great lunch and pleasant conversation, President Peggy Dixon called the meeting to order. She thanked Sue Foy for being hostess today and welcomed new member Sue Caldwell. Members answered the roll call question, a favorite rainy day project. Most answered curling up and reading a good book. Other answers were napping, sewing, working on crafts, making cards, baskets, using the computer and some even liked to clean house.
    The thought of the month was: Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. Linda Cooper gave the inspiration for this month. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give by Winston Churchill.
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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:37 PM
    A business meeting was held on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Crawfordsville District Public Library with President Jennifer Hunter presiding. The meeting began with the opening verse followed by announcements of birthdays and anniversaries. Maggie Bryant took roll call. Jennifer Slavens recorded geranium orders. The treasurer’s report was given by Lisa Kidd which was approved as presented. Angie Griggs presented the minutes which were approved as printed.
    Correspondence not requiring action was shared. This included a thank you letter from Tonya Michael, the Riley Messenger, an invite to the Talk / Walk / Run for Hear Indiana on April 29, an invite to the Athens Art Gallery Fundraiser on April 8, a letter from the State Chapter listing the slate of officers, a letter from the Alpha Omicron Chapter in Vincennes letting us know that they agreed to sponsor a camper for the Hear Indiana camp, and a reminder to turn in our Chapter’s Helicon Article.
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  • Sunday, April 09, 2017 10:31 PM
    Flower Lovers Club held their April 6 meeting at St John's Church with 29 in attendance. Hostesses Roberta Bowman, Donna Tanner, Donna Strand and Ruth Hallett presented a beautiful buffet of refreshments and decorations for our enjoyment. Ruth's beautiful jeweled eggs adorned the tables along with flowers and bunnies! President Paula Furr gave a devotion and called the meeting to order and new business was discussed. We welcomed a new member, Nona Yancy.
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  • Monday, April 03, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met March 13, 2017 at the Crawfordsville Public Library at noon. The lunch was served by Allen’s Catering.
    Vice President Sheila Hodges introduced Bill Combs who shared interesting facts of being a Civil War Reenactor. The reasons that Bill became active in Civil War reenactment was he wanted to honor the soldiers who fought. It is fun. He gets to continue being a soldier and it is a family event. Some of the vocabulary used during a reenactment is quick quarter, hard tack box, ammunition box, stack, bacon, eggs, bread, potatoes, cheese, stew, rice, and salt pork. The Medical Staff at a reenactment are real life medical personnel. Embalming came into being during the Civil War. After the Civil War, Indiana retired the 14th Regimental colors in Logootee, Indiana. Now the flags are stored at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Indianapolis. Bill Shared pictures from numerous reenactments that he and his son have participated in. 
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  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:00 AM
    Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana has plans to install officers and hear from State Rep. Sharon Negele at its 51st Annual Meeting April 7. The group will meet at the Beef House in Covington. Negele will be the guest speaker. 
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