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Patsy Slack spoke to the Alpha Associate Group of Tri Kappaabout monarch butterflies. Here, shebegins the butterfly'smigration route with Brenda Henry.
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Altrusa members Saundra Lykins, Ruth Nutty, Janet Sexton, Josalyn Compton, Cathy Harvey and Fran Holmes visited the CASA office in the Fayette County Courthouse to donate three boxes of books for distribution to local children. At left is Michelle Richards, victims assistance and CASA director.
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Stephanie Kinnaman of Greenfield spoke Monday to Connersville Rotary Club about Gift of Life, a Rotary project that brings children from foreign countries to Indiana for life-saving surgery. Posing for a photo after the meeting are, from left, Gary O’Neal, club program chair; Leota King, who invited the speaker; and Dr. Kinnaman.
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Connersville Lions Club made a donation to Camp Woodsmoke to help support a pork chop supper. Here, Earl Whipple,left, the local club's committee member for the camp, receives the check from Bob Powell, club president.
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Mayor Harold Gordon, right, spoke to Connersville Kiwanis Club Wednesday. Pictured with him after the program is Frank Oakman, club president.


Thirteen members of Altrusa International of Connersville, Indiana, Inc. met for their monthly business meeting on Oct. 2 at First United Methodist Church. Before the meeting, members gathered at the CASA office in the Fayette County Courthouse to present three boxes of books to be distributed to children.

Janet Sexton reported on the bingo party held Sept. 24 at Caroleton Manor.

The remainder of the meeting time was spent finalizing plans for the 25th annual Chili Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Crosspointe Biker Church. Amy Hammons, cooker chairman, and Josalyn Compton, crafter chairman, announced that booth space is still available for both. Knives, flags, and Halloween suckers will be available for sale from members. The event will feature a silent auction and a raffle for cash prizes. Lunch will be served featuring Altrusa’s special chili recipe and homemade pies. Members of the CHS boys’ basketball team and 4-H will assist with serving and clean up. Garrie Woolery will once again emcee. The club appreciates support from local businesses and organizations for donations of cash and auction items.

Altrusa will have a program meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at First United Methodist Church. Dinner will be catered by Big Boyz Pizza. The program will be making a basket with Debbie Cates. The meeting closed with the Altrusa Benediction.


The Josiah Wedgwood Chapter 172 Questers met at First United Methodist Church for a general board meeting on Sept. 26. The room was accented in fall décor. Hostesses Helen DuBois and Paula Davis served a delicious apple cream desert on fall-themed plates and napkins.

New president Susan Spence welcomed the 12 members present and shared that this is the 57th year of Questers. She read the state’s quote of what a true Quester is: “A Questor is a socially well-adjusted intelligent person who has curiosity, enthusiasm, imagination and a good memory. Without memory, we have no past, without imagination, no future.”

Our local chapter’s purpose is, “To learn about collectables, antiques and history by sharing, research and study plus donating support for preservation and restoration of artifacts, existing memorials, historic buildings, landmarks and educational programs.”

Spence introduced and welcomed the new officers for 2019-20: Susan Spence, president; Patty Starr, vice president; Patsy Slack, treasurer; Patricia O’Leary, recording secretary; Paula Davis, corresponding secretary; Kathy Foerster, historian; and Sharon Scheller, cheer.

Susan shared the theme: Keep Calm and Quester on. She explained the original theme, “Keep Calm and Carry On” came from the British government in 1932 for political reasons. There were three posters made at that time and for some reason this particular poster was put away and not used. Patty continued that around 2000-03 a bookstore found the poster and put it up in their store and from there on the theme evolved.

Susan informed the group that Linda Mason is our newest member. She was out of town and will be joining us at the October meeting.

Patty explained to the ladies that we were very fortunate to receive the grant this past year for $5,000. We were one of two groups in Indiana to receive this grant.

The group was appreciative of the gentleman that drove the Fritz Conwell painting to South Bend to be restored. What a wonderful act of generosity. The painting will be done around the end of October or first of November and will need help getting the painting back to Connersville.

Connersville Questers will be sponsoring the 2021 spring convention. Favors are being made for the convention, which will be here in the blink of an eye.

Garden Tours will be the third weekend of June in 2020.

The next meeting will be at Patsy Slack’s home on Oct. 24. Patsy and Susan Scott will be hosting the evening and sharing their knowledge on history of Louisville Stoneware and Hadley Pottery.

Kiwanis Club

Mayor Harold Gordon spoke to Monday’s Kiwanis Club meeting about his four years in office and what has been accomplished during that time. A Democrat, he is running for re-election. He took questions from club members.

His Republican opponent in this fall’s election, Chad Frank, will be speaking with the club on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The club will have its regular monthly board meeting this week. The club meets at noon Wednesday at The Pizza Place.

Kappa Kappa Sigma

Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority, Inc., Zeta Chapter, met Sept. 23 at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church.

Prior to the business meeting, the convention ways and means committee had a box supper. Nineteen members brought their suppers in boxes, bags, and baskets, wrapped to be purchased at a silent auction. Each one described what they had in the box they had just bought. It was a fun way to have a meal together and everyone was pleased with their purchase. Members of the committee were Beth Isaacs and Saundra Lykins, co-chairs; Rita Bishop, Judy Bunyard, Lynette Cox, Gloria Doub, Cathy Goodhew, Jan Perry and Anita Simpson. 

The business meeting followed with the singing of the Loyalty song and the opening ceremony. Laura Shoemaker, president, conducted the business meeting. Jenny Friend, secretary, read the minutes from the Sept. 9 business meeting. Sharon McHenry gave the treasurer’s report. Correspondence was read by Laura.

Karen Clark reported that the chapter would be selling nuts and chocolates starting at the Oct. 7 meeting. Peggy Mapes handed out Rada booklets. Orders should be returned at the Oct. 21 party.

Praises were heard from Karen Clark, Deann Cook, Saundra Lykins, Sharon McHenry, Jan Perry and Laura Shoemaker.

Anita Simpson won the 50/50. The attendance prize donated by Deann Cook was won by Sharron Schlichte. Loree Crowe will provide it for the next meeting.

The next meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 7, at Grand Avenue UMC. Hostesses will be Mary Stenger and Nancy Hughes.

Hostesses Jan Perry and Lynette Cox served refreshments. A fellowship time followed.

– Karen Clark

Rotary Club

Rotary is a service club with projects in many different parts of the world. One is called Gift of Life, in which Indiana Rotary clubs bring children from foreign countries to life-saving surgery at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Stephanie Kinnaman of the Greenfield Rotary Club spoke to Connersville Rotary about that on Monday.

Gift of Life started in 1974 with children in Uganda and came to Indiana in 1999. Children from the Middle East have also participated in the program. Up to five children a year are brought to Riley for heart surgery to fix defects which otherwise would result in their death before adulthood.

Besides bringing children to Indiana, teams from Riley are sent to the Middle East and Uganda, where they perform surgery on children there. Dr. Kinnaman has gone to Amman, Jordan, with the program. More than 80 children have received surgeries in seven trips by Indiana doctors.

Along with performing surgeries, the Indiana teams meet with health care givers in those countries, helping them learn how to provide better treatment for their patients.

“I don’t do heart surgery,” said Dr. Kinnaman, who is a pediatrician. “But Gift of Life has absolutely changed me. I see how lucky I am after seeing a mother who walked miles and miles so her children would have surgery.

“There is no better way to spread peace and goodwill than to save the life of a child.”

This week’s program will be about the Safe Haven Baby Box that is being installed in a local fire station. The club meets at noon Monday at The Pizza Place.

Fayette County Cancer Society 

The Fayette County Cancer Society met Sept. 23 at The Pizza Place.

President Judy Collier opened the meeting with prayer. Thirteen members answered roll call.

Over August and September the society has received extraordinary donations from the community. As we reach the conclusion of our fundraising in 2019, this money will enable us to help our clients through the end of the year and into 2020. FCCS wishes to acknowledge Kappa Kappa Sigma for the donation of $5,000; the Amvets, Sons of Amvets and United Auto Workers for their donation of $4,351; and all who supported the Duck Race, raising $1,940. All private donations throughout the year are greatly appreciated. Every dollar donated makes a difference. 

Minutes from the September meeting were presented by Juli Stansberry, secretary. A motion to approve was made by Jeanie Gronning and seconded by Betty Miller. Approved as written.

The treasurer’s report was presented by Sara Poe, treasurer. A motion to accept was made by Susan Carpenter and seconded by Linda Noble. Approved as written

Applications for August were two males, two females, ages 41-77 years. One breast, one lung, one ovary, one BCC.

Applications for September were six females, five males, ages 27-89. One melanoma, four lung, two Neuro-endocrine, one cholangiocarcinoma, one soft tissue sarcoma/lung, one colon, one breast.

The FCCS will have a booth provided by members at the Apple Dumpling Festival. Stop by, say hi and have a cookie. We will have information available for anyone with a need.

Please note the change in meeting time. We are now meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month.

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.

– Juli Stansberry, secretary

Eta Pi Kappa

Eta Pi Kappa had a social meeting Sept. 23 at the Red Cross building in Roberts Park with Loni Best-Pollitt and Sue Bunzendahl as hostesses. President Abel opened with prayer and turned it over to the hostesses, who served sloppy joes, chips, desserts and drinks

Members welcomed back Marilyn Fink, who had been absent for awhile due to illness.

Sheri McKinney collected nut orders and passed around sign-up sheets to donate time to sell nuts at our booth at the Apple Dumpling Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12. Members also are taking orders for nuts, our last fundraiser for this year.

Eta Pi Kappa is known for giving back to the community. We make charitable donations every year, including two $500 scholarships, to the Hope Pregnancy Center, Community Sharing, Lymphoma Leukemmia, Whitewater Valley Relay for Life, Wayne County Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, E.W. Tatman, Connersville Free Clinic, Fayette County Cancer Society, Fayette County Red Cross and House of Ruth.

Judy Getz won homemade articles furnished by Kim Bever and Marilyn Fink.

A business meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, with Dena House and Cena Graves furnishing homemade article. This is also a food drive for Community Sharing; members should remember to bring donations.

– Sheri McKinney