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Photos providedAbove: Connersville Rotary Club installed three members last Monday and had a visit from the assistant district governor. Pictured during installation are, from left, new members Tim Lakes, Craig Dishman and Brian Christy. Conducting the installation is, second from left, Gary O’Neal. Below: After the meeting, assistant district governor Jan Roestamadji of Union City posed with Wes Widdows, club president.
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Above: Connersville Rotary Club installed three members last Monday and had a visit from the assistant district governor. Pictured during installation are, from left, new members Tim Lakes, Craig Dishman and Brian Christy. Conducting the installation is, second from left, Gary O’Neal. Below: After the meeting, assistant district governor Jan Roestamadji of Union City posed with Wes Widdows, club president.

Fayette County Cancer Society

The Fayette County Cancer Society met Feb. 25 in The Pizza Place with 15 members attending. President Judy Collier opened the meeting with prayer. 

The FCCS is grateful for the support given by the community and the hard work of the organizers of these events. 

January minutes were presented by Juli Stansberry, secretary, with motion to approve by Lynette Cox and second by Nancy Hughes. 

The treasurer’s report was presented by Sara Poe, treasurer, with a motion to accept by Mary Barbour and second by Nancy Hughes.

Five new applications were received for Jan 25.-Feb 25: three males, two females; ages 60-85 years. Types of cancer: breast, 1; multiple myeloma, 1; skin, 1; lung, 1; and lung with brain, 1.

Lanie Rose will chair the bucket drive; Mary Barbour will chair the duck race; and Betty Miller will chair the fair booth.

The FCCS wants the community to remember the turban project. Contact Fayette Regional Health Center for information.

The Eagle Rider Benefit will be June 15. Cynthia’s Hallmark in Greenfield will be hosting a fashion show on June 23. Tickets are $10 and will be available from any FCCS member.

– Juli Stansberry, secretary 


Nine members of Altrusa International of Connersville, Indiana, Inc. met at noon March 6 at First United Methodist Church. President Carolyn Doub called the meeting to order and led the group in the Club Collect and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Melinda Sudhoff, membership chairman, reminded members of the annual membership drive April 17 at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. Members should invite guests.

Altrusa will host a bingo party at Caroleton Manor March 19. Josalyn Compton reported that 18 flags were sold to community members in February.

The slate of officers for the 2019-2020 program year was approved.

Plans were made for a fundraising event at Cynthia’s Hallmark in Greenfield on May 3.

The club will send representatives to the District 6 Conference in Muncie April 5-7.

Two members shared brags. The meeting closed with the Altrusa benediction.

The next meeting will be March 20 at 5:30 at the Fayette County Museum with Josalyn Compton and Carolyn Doub as hostesses. The meal will be catered by Rip’s Family BBQ.

Kappa Kappa Sigma

Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority, Inc., Zeta Chapter, met Feb. 18. at East Side United Methodist Church. Thirty-two Sisters enjoyed their evening beginning with a taco bar. There was also a cheese ball, chips and dips and desserts of mini cherry cheesecakes, chocolate cheesecake brownies and cherry dump cake. The tables were decorated in red, white and blue in honor of President’s Day with favors of jelly beans, peanuts and popcorn in red, white and blue muffin cups.

Afterwards a game of President’s Jeopardy was enjoyed. The group broke into three teams. Belinda Foreman designed the game and had a Jeopardy board with categories such as: Presidential Quotes; By their side; FLOTUS-(First Ladies of the United States); For the Love of Food; Presidential Pardon Me-OOPS; and Consider it Done. Money questions were listed under each category and teams could choose a level from $200 to $1,000 and there was even a ‘Daily Double.’ Committee Sisters, representing Vanna, adorned sparkly pink bow ties and removed the point values from the board to reveal the answer. Belinda then read the answer. Teams had a time frame in which to respond in the form of a question. If they didn’t answer correctly, they did not get the points. Other teams could not answer and Belinda gave the correct response. The game concluded with Final Jeopardy and teams could wager an amount, just like the game on TV. Other Committee Sisters kept score. It was a fun evening and everyone had a great time. Nice going Belinda for the game! Winning team members included Judy Bunyard, Loree Crowe, Jenny Friend, Nancy McClain, Sharon McHenry, Dee Dee Perez and Donna Stern.

Door prizes were won by Sue Mitchell and Sharon McQueen.

Committee members were Beth Isaacs, chair; Karen Clark, Gloria Doub, Belinda Foreman, Ashley Hundley, Peggy Mapes, Melissa Myers, Jan Perry, Pat Sparks and Cindy Young.

The next business meeting was to be at East Side UMC on March 4. Hostesses were be Jena Gilbert and Loree Crowe. Farrell Smith will provide the attendance prize.  Convention Delegates were to be drawn. All dues and assessments must be paid before the meeting to be eligible as well as having attended two-thirds of business meetings and parties throughout the year.

– Karen Clark


The Josiah Wedgwood Chapter 172 of Questers Inc. met at Higher Praise Worship Center on Feb. 28 with 12 members present. Sharon Scheller and Robin Nickel served cake and coffee. Spring flowers graced the table and each piece of cake.

In old business, a final piano restoration report was sent to International Questers by President Patsy Slack. Members approved the slate of state and international officers. Program and hostess signup sheets for 2019-20 were circulated. The state Spring Convention will be April 13 in Carmel. Slack must receive reservations and $30 by April 1. The nominating committee for local chapter officers consists of Patti Starr and Mary Dalton.

Lea Ann Robinson spoke about the need for volunteers in our community. A food drive will be happening soon. Members are encouraged to be more involved in the many opportunities.

On March 28, Susan Spence will present a program of favorite old toys at First United Methodist Church. It was suggested that each member bring a childhood toy. April 25, the meeting will be at the Levi and Catharine Coffin Interpretive Center and State Historical Site in Fountain City. Questers are urged to bring a guest to this Underground Railroad house tour.

Patti Starr presented over 100 Golden Books, with many first editions in her collection. Some of the books were originally 25 cents and a child could own their own book. The Poky Little Puppy by Gustaf Tenggren was the top seller in the 20th Century. The writers and illustrators were some of the best in the industry. Wilken, Williams and Scary were some of those mentioned. Usually the books were 24 pages due to the shortage of paper during World War II. Series of books include Disney, Sesame Street, Christmas themes and Winnie-the-Pooh. During the first five months of Golden Books publication, a million and one-half books were sold. Archival sleeves can be purchased to protect the books. 

The group was adjourned until the March 28 meeting. 

Eta Pi Kappa

Eta Pi Kappa Sorority met Feb. 11 at the Red Cross building in Roberts Park with 10 members attending. President Dena House opened with the sorority prayer. Treasurer’s report and December minutes were read and approved. Dena read correspondence from the Hope Center. Birthday and anniversary wishes went out for January and February. Sheri McKinney gave the final report for the fall nut sale, which went well.

New officers were installed: Missy Abel, president; Carmen Garrison, vice preisdent; Lori Pollitt, treasurer; Jennifer Pollitt, secretary; Cena Graves, rush captain; and Sheri McKinney, publicity manager. Abel handed out new books for the year.

Fifteen members attended the Feb 25 meeting. It was a social with Donna and Fay as hostesses, serving pizza, desserts and drinks after President Abel said prayer. Drawings were won by Marilyn Fink, Cena, Jennifer and Pat Tressler. Marilyn won the 50-50; homemade articles provided by Missy and Sheri were won by Pat and Day.

The next business meeting will be March 11 with Kim Huvor and Jennifer bringing homemade articles. The meeting will be a food drive for Community Sharing.

– Sheri McKinney