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Eta Pi Kappa Sorority donated to Lexi’s Fight, presenting a $500 check to Amanda Angel to be used to help buy a special trike or swing for her daughter, Lexi, who has a rare mitochondrial condition. Pictured from left are Sheri McKinney; of the sorority; Angel; and her grandfather, Jerry Lewis.
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The Eagle Riders, Fraternal Order of Eagles 1065 Benefit, has continuously given support to the Fayette County Cancer Society. Pictured are members of the Eagle Riders presenting a check for $6,115.37 to the FCCS.
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Connersville Rotary Club learned about two of its newest members during the club meeting on Aug. 5. After the meeting, program chairman Gary O’Neal, left, posed for a photo with Rose Phillips, center, and Brian Christie.


Ten members of Altrusa International of Connersville, Indiana, Inc. met Aug. 7 at First United Methodist Church. The meeting opened with the club collect and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Josalyn Compton reported that two flags have been sold recently. Saundra Lykins reported knife sales of $21.50. Flags and knives are available from Altrusa throughout the year.

Committee chairs for the Oct. 12 Chili Challenge reported to the group. Amy Hammons, cooker chairman, reported that letters to cookers are ready to be mailed. Crafter chairman Josalyn Compton reported that to date 12 booths have been reserved. Booth space is still available. Members will be contacting potential sponsors in the coming weeks.

The next meeting will be Aug. 21 at the Huddleston House. A tour begins promptly at 4:30 and costs $5 per person. Members should arrive by 4:15. The group will eat at No. 9 Grill following the tour.

Four members shared brags. The meeting closed with the Altrusa Benediction.


The Connersville Kiwanis Club met at The Pizza Place on August 7. President-Elect Devin Hornsby eagerly called the meeting to order. The club enjoyed singing Old McDonald Farm. It was the chicks, ducks and pigs.

Members are reminded that weekly meetings have been reinstated.

Some discussion about the fish fry was held.

The monthly board meeting will be Aug.14.

Eta Pi Kappa

Eta Pi Kappa sorority celebrated its 92nd anniversary July 21 at El Caballo Blanco Mexican restaurant with 21 members attending. Hostesses were Judy Getz, Marilyn Fink, Tami Tressler, Lettie Blair and Phyllis Tinch.

President Missy Abel opened with the sorority prayer before the meal. The committee provided dessert of cupcakes and cookies.

President Abel presented gifts to recognize Sue Bunzendahl and Loni Best Pollitt for 30-year membership and Missy for 40 years. Fay King, Pat Tressler, Phyllis Miller, Sue Guerin, Jennifer Pollitt, Bunzendahl, Roxann Evans and Sheri McKinney won door prizes.

Eta Pi Kappa Sorority is know for giving back to the community. The only way we are able to achieve this is with the help of the community with fundraising projects. The first this year was a flower sale in May. The second will be a garage and bake sale on from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 24 at 2800 Grand Ave. Nut sales will start in September. We will have a booth at the downtown Fall Festival on Oct. 12 with a variety as well as taking orders.

The sorority gave scholarships this year to CHS seniors Elisa Bottomley, Caroline Poe, Creighton Burns and Hannah Lucas. We wish them well as they head off to college.

In July, EPK presented a $500 check to Amanda Angel for her daughter Lexi. We had helped her five years ago to buy a trike. Amanda had posted about having a fundraiser to purchase a new one, since Lexi outgrew the first one. Her mother said they are also trying to get her a special swing. Lexi has a rare mitochondrial condition. You can check out her Facebook page, Lexi’s Fight.

The next business meeting will be Aug. 12. Mary Austin and Guerin will provide homemade articles at the Red Cross Building in Roberts Park.


Two of Connersville Rotary Club’s newest members, Rose Phillips and Brian Christie, had the opportunity to introduce themselves to club members by giving biographical talks last Monday.

Phillips said she has always felt lucky to be here. Her father, who came from Belgium to the United States in 1912, was supposed to be on the Titanic on the cruise when it sank but a last-minute change of plans put him on a different boat. Then, during World War I, he had been put in a pile of the dead but someone noticed he was still alive.

She is from a small town in Ohio and has been a teacher much of her life. She enjoys singing and is active in church. She met her husband, Jim Phillips, at the wedding of his son to her daughter about 30 years ago. They married last winter.

Christie, works at Union Savings and Loan, where he hoped to become a loan officers and vice president. A Connersville native, he is part of a set of triplet brothers. He has been married four years and he and his wife have one child with another on the way.

Mary Helen Hankins won the 50-50 drawing and donated it back to the club.

Cindy Young is scheduled to provide a program about the Gleaner’s food truck at Monday’s meeting. The club meets at noon at The Pizza Place.

Daughters of Isabella

The Daughters of Isabella met July 24 at the Knights of Columbus with 33 members present.

The meeting was called to order by the Regent Joyce Nobbe. Prayer was led by the Chancellor Georgia Lucas. The Pledge to the flag was led by Regent Joyce Nobbe. The spiritual activity was given by Chancellor Georgia Lucas.

Roll call was taken by Recording Secretary Theresa Faw, who also read the minutes of the last meeting. Treasurer Connie Todd gave the treasurer’s report.

Communications were read from State Regent Merge Beckman, St. Elizabeth/Coleman Center and Brookville Circle #103, 100 Years Celebration, Aug.18.

Darlene Frank gave the Scribe Report.

Fundraising committee report by Cheryl Hreno, Painting of Statues or whatever you would like to paint, Aug. 18, 1-5 p.m.

Sick Report was by Connie Rigling; Membership by Stephanie O’Brien; Social by Mary Ann Miller; Respect for Life by Regent Joyce Nobbe; and Welcome Baskets by Pat O’Leary.

On Aug. 25, we will serve the Community Meal. For information call Betty Powell.

Anyone interested in going to the Fall Workshop Oct. 27 in Ellettsville should call Regent Joyce Nobbe.

Mark your calendar for Aug. 26, our picnic at Cambridge City with Mass at 5:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish. It’s a fun evening.

The Spring Fling date is April 25 -26, 2020. 

The Good of the Order was given by Connie Rigling.

Election was held: Fr. Dustin Boehm, chaplain; Connie Rigling, regent;Jennifer Swim, vice regent; Joyce Nobbe, past regent; Pat O’Leary, financial secretary; Theresa Faw, recording secretary; Connie Todd, treasurer; Wanda Fisher, first auditor; Eileene Wiley, second auditor; Stephanie O’Brien, third auditor; Darlene Frank, scribe; Karen Lippincott, chancellor; Sue Frank, custodian; Linda Grote, monitor; Norma Dudley, banner bearer; Jeanne Hawkins, first guide; Betty Powell, second guide; Kathy Ammerman, inner guard; Karen Frank, outer guard; and Mary Ann Willhelm, musician.

Members took the Obligation. The 50/50 drawing went to Pat Peter.

Following the meeting refreshments were served and an enjoyable program. Members told about some of their most memorable Items or memories in their life.

Those on the committee were Karen Sue Frank, Wendy Sargent, Annette Riedman, Suzanne Kelly, Joy Seffrin and Charmagne Amyx.

Committee for the Aug. 26 picnic at Cambridge City includes hostess ladies at St. Elizabeth and Phyllis Becht. Bring a covered dish.

 – Darlene Frank