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Connersville Lions Clubmade a donation to Camp Woodsmoke. Here, Earl Whipple, left, the club's Woodsmoke committee member, receives a check from Bob Powell, club president.
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Patsy Slack gave a program about monarch butterfly during the recent meeting of the Alpha Associate Group of Tri Kappa. Pictured,Patsy Slack begins the monarchs’ migration route with Brenda Henry.

Tri Kappa Alpha Associates

Twenty-eight members of Alpha Associates of Tri Kappa met Sept. 30 at Connersville Presbyterian Church. The lunch menu included chicken salad provided by Big Boyz Pizza and apple cinnamon cookies from Kroger. The meeting room was decorated in fall colors with beautiful mums from McDivitt.

The ladies enjoyed a program on monarch butterflies presented by guest speaker Patsy Slack. She spoke of several amazing facts about the monarch. For example, a female monarch butterfly lays approximately 500 eggs randomly throughout an area. The butterflies search for milkweed plants to lay their small pearl-like egg onto. Milkweed plants are decreasing in this area, which is contributing to a lack of monarchs in our area.

Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico every fall. The land mass they fly to has shrunk from 500-plus acres to a new low of 1.7 acres. The lack of milkweed plants and urbanization are among the top reasons we are seeing this decrease.

Patsy asked members to plant some variety of milkweed plants in our gardens or even along fencing to help keep monarch butterflies alive for future generations. She had several different handouts about monarch butterflies to give us. The program was informative, telling facts and also a hands-on approach to get the important message out.

Patsy was presented a large hardy mum at the end of her program to thank her for a job well done.

Afterwards, President Barb Bodwell brought the sorority together for a brief meeting on the budget and future activities. The theme for the year is “A Season of Changes.”

The ladies ended the day with a game: Which apple fits? Open-ended sentences were provided using names of apples to complete the sentences. Kathy Matney, Cathy Harvey, Gayle Siebert and Elizabeth Holmes won caramel apple dip and a variety of apples. The mums served as door prizes and those winners were: Lori Clark, Sarah Smith, Donna Greene and Carol Howell.

The next meeting will be at First United Methodist Church. Co-chairwomen will be Phyllis Smith and Beth Ann Orth.

Lions Club

Connersville Lions Club recently donated to Camp Woodsmoke to help pay for food expenses for the annual Camp Woodsmoke Pork Chop Dinner on the last Sunday of September.

Camp Woodsmoke is 264 acres of woods and rolling hills in Franklin County near Greensburg. It offers a great opportunity for anyone with special needs to explore the wonder and beauty of nature and camping. There are accessible cabins to stay in, trails to experience nature, amphitheater for programs and shows, cafeteria with a full kitchen and more.