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Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority Zeta Chapter made a $250 donation to the free medical clinic operated at First United Methodist Church on Friday. Pictured accepting the check is the Rev. Frank Oakman, center, the church pastor; with Sharon McHenry, left, and Sara Poe, of the sorority. McHenry said the money comes from the sorority’s charitable fund, some of which is raised atthe group’s annual Christmas bazaar.

Kappa Kappa Sigma

Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority, Inc., Zeta Chapter, met Nov. 19 at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church with 27 sisters. An Initiation Ceremony was held for one new sister.

The meeting opened with the singing of the Loyalty Song. Chapter officers led the opening ceremony with Jena Gilbert, president, conducting the business meeting. Sharon McHenry, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s report and Peggy Mapes, vice president, read correspondence. Laura Shoemaker, secretary, read her report from the Nov. 5 business meeting.

Committee reports: Jan Perry reported it’s almost time to shop for Christmas, at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 12. Several will help shop and wrap.

Rada orders were turned in to Peggy Mapes. They will be back by Christmas.

Karen Clark reported that there were still a few items needed for the Bazaar on Nov. 30 at East Side United Methodist Church. 

Vice president Mapes read correspondence. She reminded everyone of Founder’s Day to be held at the Atrium in Indianapolis on Jan. 19, 2019. The cost is $35 and reservations are due Dec. 19. 

T-shirts are being sold for the 100th Anniversary. The cost varies depending on which style is selected. Order deadline is Dec. 16 from this link: www.customink.com/fundraising/kappa-kappa-sigma-centennial

Praises were heard from Karen Clark, Saundra Lykins, Sharon McHenry, Tina O’Neal, Jan Perry, Laura Shoemaker and Donna Stern.

There was no 50-50. The attendance prize provided by Connie Robb was won by Beth Isaacs. Sharron Schlichte will provide it for the next business meeting on Dec. 3rd at East Side UMC. Gloria Doub and Peggy Lykins are hostesses.

The meeting ended with the officers leading the Closing ceremony. Hostesses Donna Stern and Beth Isaacs served delicious refreshments. A fellowship time followed.

– Karen Clark

Tri Kappa Associates

Connersville Tri Kappa Associates met at the Fayette County Public Library with the officers as hostesses. President Lanie Rose called the meeting to order at 12:10. Recording secretary Kathy Sturgeon read the minutes from the last meeting. Corresponding secretary shared thank-you notes from the Hope Center, Fayette County Cancer Society and Salvation Army, which were all recipients of donations from the associate chapter.

Louise Whitaker said that members should check page 43 in the fall edition of Cross Keys, where there was an article and picture of Patsy Kehl Miller, who was being remembered with a plaque for her long role in Tri Kappa as state president and in memory of her kindness and generosity to fellow members.

Scholarships being offered for members and family are also covered in the state magazine, including the Key Scholarship for members who want to go back to school; the academic one for students who have strong goal statements, extracurricular, social and working background; Fleming Award for a music major; and the Fine Arts Grant for a music/art/drama major.

Philanthropic projects for the year include September, donation to the library; December, canned food for Community Sharing and excess money to the Fayette County Bicentennial; April, Hygiene Closet at CHS; and May, Ronald McDonald House with donations accepted at every meeting.

Treasurer Hoffman’s report was approved as read.

Members who won various door prizes of Tri Kappa memorabilia donated by the officers: Cathie Matney, Beth Ann Orth, Lori Clark, Sara Poe, Wilma Meyers, Sarah Plough, Carol Howell and Barb Bowden.

Melissa Scott, the library’s children’s department director, gave the program about the new Indiana Evergreen program which the library just joined. Old library cards need to be transferred to the new Evergreen plan. Tri Kappa members took advantage at this time to update their membership in order to be able to borrow material from all over the state through this open source integrated library system.

The next Tri Kappa Associates meeting will be the Christmas Party from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the culinary arts department at Whitewater Valley Technical Career Center. The speakers will be Mike and Jenny Sparks, co-chairs of the Fayette County Bicentennial celebration.


A Dozen of Us Literary Group met at the Fayette County Library with members present Billie Bertch, Dr. Joanne Guttman, Stephanie Hoffman, Susan Keifer, Peggy Locke, Joyce Peak, Sarah Plough, Kathy Sturgeon, Pat Tribble and Gertrud Whitaker. President Locke presided, with the first business discussing membership, those not attending and possible new members.

November’s book was The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons, about four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer. For 15 years, four “girls of August” gather to spend a week at the beach, until tragedy interrupts their ritual. One member dies in an automobile accident and the other members do not resume their vacation until the widower remarries. He suggests a new rendition of the August sojourn at the new wife’s family retreat on the South Carolina coast. Now they reunite for a week of startling discoveries. Far from civilization, the women uncover secrets that will change them in ways they never expected.

Locke started the discussion with biographical information about Siddons, who has 17 novels on the New York Times bestseller list.

Keifer labeled the book as another great read that allowed readers to empathize with the women who face problems universal to all women.

Bertch reviewed the characters as those who could represent everyone. These women who had baggage before they went and were already struggling through personal problems. On the isolated coastal island, more physical and emotional hardships cause them to come together as a group which could finally learn to rely on each other to survive.

“Siddons has authored several novels with this theme about the cycles of life for women which cause them to change for the better of each other and their sisterhood,” summed up Sturgeon.

The Dec. 8 meeting will be a social at the Fayette Historical Museum, 200 W. 5th St. A member will give  a tour of the museum with commentary about the moving and updating of the site.

Fayette County Cancer Society 

The Fayette County Cancer Society met Nov. 29 at The Pizza Place. President Betty Miller opened the meeting with prayer; 14 members attended.

Prior to the meeting Emily Bockover, coordinator of the Pajamas in the Park fund-raiser, presented a check for $3,058.25 to the society. The FCCS is grateful for the support given to us by the community and the hard work of the organizers of these events. 

Minutes from the October meeting were presented by Linda Noble, secretary. A motion to approve was made by Lanie Rose, seconded by Mary Barbour and approved.

The treasurer’s report was presented by Sara Poe, treasurer. A motion to accept was made by Lanie Rose and seconded by Jeanie Gronning.

A total of three new applications and one update were received for Oct. 22-Nov. 24: one male, three female. Ages 61-69 years; two breast, one melanoma; one metastatic update.

The FCCS wants the community to not forget about the turban project. Contact Fayette Regional Health System for information.

Lanie Rose, nominating committee chair, presented the following slate for 2019: Judy Collier, president; Donna Warner, vice president; Juli Stansberry, secretary; Sara Poe, treasurer; Patty Rockwell, assistant treasurer; and Mary Barbour, Jeanie Gronning and Nancy Hughes, board members.

President Miller presented the board recommendation to change the meeting times to 6 p.m. for board and 7 p.m. for Society starting Jan. 28. After discussion the time change was approved.

The Fayette County Cancer Society would like to sincerely thank our supporters, families, and friends. It is the lifeblood of the Society throughout the year and what makes the dream of our founders in 1952 alive and helping the community as they believed it would.


The Connersville Kiwanis Club met at The Pizza Place Nov. 28. President-elect Frank Oakman called the meeting to order.

November program chair Jim Bertch introduced Amy Engle, director of Whitewater Adult Education. WAE provides free classes for community members interested in preparing for high school equivalency, entering the workforce or college, and those who want to know English. WAE is located at 717 W. 21st St. and the telephone number is 825-9394.

Engle said there are 131 students working on the High School Equivalency. Last year, 51 students earned the HSE and this year, 14 have completed it so far.

Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Don Kowalke will be the speaker on Dec. 4.

Eta Pi Kappa

Eta Pi Kappa Sorority met Nov. 19 at Penny’s for a Thanksgiving dinner with 24 members present. Dena House led the sorority prayer.

A meal of turkey, ham and trimmings was enjoyed. Tables were decorated in a fall theme.

Charlotte Cain was pledged in as a new member. Everyone received a gift.

Hostesses were Loni Pollitt, Brenda Shepard, Phyllis Miller, Tracy Boggs and Jennifer Pollitt.

A business meeting will be Dec. 3. Homemade articles will be brought by Tami Tressler and Cindy Jones.