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Organization Reports

The Connersville Eagles Auxiliary collected donations to purchase several books for CASA children. Pictured, from left, are Sharion Shockley, Tina Jobe, CASA Director Michelle Richardson, Brandi Albers,Judy Bailey,Katrina Bailey, Evonne Dunkle and Myla Faber. CASA stands for Court-appointed Special Advocates and is a program of the courts in which volunteers seek to be the voice for childrencaught up in the legal system.

Kappa Kappa Sigma 

Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority, Inc., Zeta Chapter, met Monday, May 7, at East Side United Methodist Church. Thirty-four members were present. The meeting opened with the singing of the Loyalty Song. Chapter officers led the opening ceremony. President Jena Gilbert conducted the business meeting and Laura Shoemaker, secretary, read minutes from the last business meeting. Cindy Young gave the treasurer’s report in the absence of Sharon McHenry, treasurer.

Nancy Jurmanovich announced winners for the scholarship committee. Cindy Perez gave a brief report for the Bag Luncheon that will be June 9 at the John H. Miller Community Center. “Bee Kind” will be the theme. Purse sorting will be at 6:30 p.m. May 31 at her house. She still has tickets available.

There was discussion about the convention. We are all glad it is over. For the most part, everything went smoothly, according to our plan. There were issues we had no control over and we were upset, but could not do anything about. Overall, everyone had a great time and a lot of hard work was well received. Zeta Sister Cindy Young was installed as grand vice president for the coming year. She has been a grand representative of Zeta Chapter. Zeta sisters are the best.

Karen Clark said the sorority would again be serving food for the Quilt Show in Brookville on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19. She passed around a sign-up sheet for donations and workers. She rented a refrigerator for the pies. We will also be serving chicken/beef noodle cups, sloppy joes, pulled pork, slaw, brownies, cookies and drinks. Items can be brought to East Side at 6 p.m. Thursday. She will also be there at 9:15 a.m. Friday. Ladies for the first shift are asked to be at the gym by 10:30 a.m. both days. Set up will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Anyone available is welcome.

Beth Isaacs reported that the Anniversary Party will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Grand Avenue UMC. The theme is a “Picture Party” and members are asked to bring photos of KKS gatherings.

– Karen Clark

Fayette Garden Club

Linda Mason, president, called the April meeting to order with 11 members attending. Secretary Donna Scott read minutes. No treasurer’s report was given but members were reminded that annual dues are playable.

Plans for the plant sale on May 5 at Roberts Park were discussed. All members were urged to participate. Monty Mason, Arbor Day chairman, announced plans to buy and plant two trees in honor of deceased members. A tree will be planted to honor Carol Hoffman and a tree planted for Evelyn Wilson needs to be replaced.

Downtown pots were to be planted in early May. This year’s plants are blue petunias and and yellow lantana. Plants for the Clio Fountain circle and the Miller Garden have been ordered. All are to be purchased from McDivitt’s Farm Store. Mary Dalton was thanked for her early spring work in the Miller Garden.

Monty Mason presented the monthly horticulture report, stressing that old growth needs to be pruned from roses, especially the Knock Out variety. Gardeners should watch for garlic mustard and pull out all visible plants. He reminded us not to cut back daffodil foliage but let it die naturally to promote next year’s growth and blooms.

Connie Robb provided refreshments.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 16, for a tour of Allisonville Nursery near Fishers. Members may meet to carpool at 11 a.m. in the Central Christian Church parking lot.

Eta Pi Kappa

Eta Pi Kappa Sorority met May 17 at the Red Cross building in Roberts Park for a business meeting. Sorority president Dena House call the meeting to order with the sorority prayer.

Final plans for convention were discussed. It will be May 18-19 at the Brown County Inn.

Homemade articles were brought by Dena House and Fay King and won by Lisa Copeland and Linda Day. The 50/50 drawing was won by Ashley Jackson and the attendance prize by Kim Bever.

Next meeting will be May 21 with homemade articles brought by Phyllis Miller and Carmen Garrison. This will be a social meeting, not a guest party. The guest party will be in June.

Hostesses for the next social will be Tammy Tressler, Julie Boggs and Lee Ann Ervin.

Tri Kappa Alpha

Connersville Tri Kappa Alpha Associate Chapter met recently at the Whitewater Valley Art Association. The afternoon began with a tour and an art show provided by students of area high schools. The members voted on their favorite artwork, which included displays of oil paintings, acrylic, pen and ink, ceramics, and sculpture.

The members were treated to a box lunch from Brian’s Bistro in the WWVAA meeting room decorated with embroidered spring-themed tablecloths and potted flowers. Hostesses included Gayle Siebert, Rhonda Leiter, Becky Morris, Paula Davis, Molly Barbee and Carol Howell.

The program was given by WWVAA member Siebert who gave a background on the building, which has been renovated to house the association and its community programs. Various classes are available for the public to take part in artistic expressions.

President Lanie Rose led the 23 member in the collect. After the invocation, a moment of silence was held in memory of members Carol Hoffman and Patsy Miller. The secretary and treasurer reports were given and approved.

Correspondence from Alpha Xi chapter reminded the Associates that there are still cheese balls and nuts available for purchase. Contact Cindy Bernzott at her office to purchase. Thank-you notes came from freshman coach Julie Phillips at Connersville High School for items donated for the hygiene closet. Community Sharing and the Hope Center also thanked the group for their recent donations.

Door prizes were won by Barb Bodwell Watkins, Liz Holmes, Becky Morris, Sarah Smith and Wilma Meyers. The next meeting in May will be at the First United Methodist Church.

– Kathleen Sturgeon