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  • CLUB NEWS: People, progress and partnership
    Monday, May 20, 2019 2:41 AM
    Heather Perdue, the Director of Philanthropy at the IU Health Foundation visited with the Crawfordsville Kiwanis this week.
    With the goal of “Making Indiana the Healthiest State in the Country” Mrs. Perdue is working with the foundation that supports sixteen hospitals in the Indianapolis suburban area. The Foundation began in January of 2018 by integrating other foundations from the hospitals that are now part of the IU Health network. IU Health is now the largest healthcare organization in the state with over 33,000 employees.
    As part of their philanthropy work Mrs. Perdue talks about the three “P’s”, People, Progress & Partnership:
    People – Attracting and Training the top clinical and leadership talent to their hospitals, providing patient assistance and team member support and delivering patient-centered, whole person care.
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  • Monday, May 20, 2019 2:36 AM
    The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met May 13, 2019 at the Crawfordsville Public Library. Forty-nine members and three guests were in attendance. The meeting was called to order by President Stan Covey at noon. Covey recognized the May birthdays and the invocation was given by Darlene Dusek. A delicious lunch was served by Allen’s County Kitchen.
    The program was given by Cherlyn Hunter. Cherlyn traveled to Cambodia on a mission trip and shared the experience with us. Hunter’s work there involved working with a pastor and his school. Her photos helped us understand the culture of extreme poverty that tourists don’t normally see when they visit the country.
    Secretary’s Report and treasurer’s report were approved as read.
    Membership---Marilyn Spear reported that dues were now being collected for the 2019-2020 year. 
    Legislative---Bill Combs gave a wrap up of the legislative session as it pertained to educators. Bills that passed included:
    • (HB 1001) The 13th check
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  • Paramedics visit Rotary
    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 9:33 PM
    Joe Crane and Rachel Kenner (pictured), Paramedics with the Crawfordsville Fire Dept. spoke this week at the Crawfordsville Rotary Club meeting. They covered the opioid crisis, in Montgomery County. They went over some the solutions to the county problem. They said every day they have a call because someone OD's. They try to help any way they can, with treatments and placing people in treatment centers in and around they area. The biggest problem they have is only 40 percent of the people they see accept treatment. The club meets each Wednesday at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.
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  • TCU reps visit Rotary
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:04 PM
    Ryan Keener and Amy Wells spoke at this week’s Rotary Club meeting. Amy is the local branch manager of TCU and introduced Ryan Keener. Ryan said TCU started back in 1931 by 8 teachers who were not happy with traditional banking at the time. But today TCU is not just for teachers. Ryan lives in the Avon area and is a commercial loan officer at the Avon Branch. TCU's total assets are 3.2 billion, they have 300 million in loans outstanding including commercial loans. They are Not For Profit organization. Which means they return profits to their members and they can donate to outside non profits, such as the $108,000 to the United Way last year. Their website is or call them at 800 333 3828. The Crawfordsville Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. 
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  • Kiwanis welcomes three new members
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville Kiwanis welcomed three new members this week. Songmi Howard - Sponsored by Toshie Kazahaya, Jimmie Richardson - Sponsored by Gary Behling, and Tori Gregory - Sponsored by Char Lingen These three new members have realized the need in our community to help kids and Kiwanis is for kids! Pictured are Toshi Kazahaya, Songmi Howard, Gary Behling, Jimmie Richardson and Tori Gregory.
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  • Rotary hears about rehabilitation program
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:17 PM
    Jason Austin from Through the Gate spoke to the Crawfordsville Rotary Club Wednesday at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. He gave the highlights of this women's ministry. He said it is bible based drug rehabilitation for women. They can house up to 12 women for the classes. Part of the requirements included attending classes following the instruction and after a while working for the CFC which is a cleaning service that the women do for various places, like churches and businesses. Jason can be reached at (765) 339-7300. The web site for the ministry is
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  • CLUB NEWS: A Tree Grows With Main Street
    Friday, April 19, 2019 9:09 PM
    It may not be the “Tree of Heaven” as mentioned in that other book but Crawfordsville Main Street is trying to grow many trees around Crawfordsville.
    Sue Lucas, Program Manager of Crawfordsville Main Street visited with the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club on Thursday to tell us about their project of planting trees around the city of Crawfordsville. It is no small task to identify the trees currently planted, to assess their health and to then determine which trees would help the vitality of the area in which they will be planted. Lucas says everyone needs some shade occasionally and it is needed in Crawfordsville. These trees will help to provide that tree canopy around the city so residents and visitors may better enjoy the community while visiting.
    If you would like to participate in their project Crawfordsville Main Street is holding two planting parties on April 25th and April 26th. The April 25th planting will be at 10 am at Milligan Park near the skateboard ramps and on April 26th they will be planting a Patriot Elm near the courthouse gateway and VFW on Market Street at 1 pm.
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  • Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    On Monday, April 1st, 2019, a PIX business meeting was held at the Crawfordsville District Public Library with President, Maggie Bryant, residing. The business meeting was called to order by Bryant, members were led in the opening verse and birthdays and anniversaries were announced. 
    Vice President, Dice took roll call and Pam Karle gave the Treasurer’s report, which was approved as presented. Julie Swick presented the March meeting minutes, which were approved with one correction. 
    Jennifer Hunter shared correspondence. Correspondence not requiring action included a letter from State President, Deedra Runyan, thanking the chapter for inviting and allowing her to participate in our Everyone Reads event. A letter was received from Janeane Murphy requesting inactive status due to professional and personal reasons. A letter from the state nominating chair regarding slate of officers to be voted on at the state meeting. Taffy Day sent a reminder of preconvention reports being due which as been taken care of by Pam Karle. Hear Indiana sent a letter regarding camp donation requests. Athens Arts sent an invitation for their upcoming art show on April 6th. 
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  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met April 8, 2019 at the Crawfordsville Public Library. Forty-two members were in attendance. The meeting was called to order by President Stan Covey. Covey recognized the April birthdays and gave the invocation. A delicious lunch was served by Allen’s County Kitchen.
    The program was given by Tom Mellish, Executive Director of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. Mellish updated the group on the status of bills in the legislature. He encouraged all members to attend the Legislative Brunch on April 9. Of note was that in 2021 the Superintendent of Public Instruction will be called the Secretary of Education and the position will be appointed, not elected. Mellish encouraged all members to access for current developments during this legislative session. 
    Secretary’s Report and treasurer’s report were approved as read. 
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  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:32 PM
    Fifteen Master Gardeners of Montgomery County met at the 4-H grounds in Crawfordsville on Monday, April 8. President Susan Smith called the meeting to order 6:30 p.m. Secretary and treasurer’s reports were approved. It was announced that the Indoor Gardening Series is happening at the Crawfordsville Public Library this month. Plans for several upcoming projects were then discussed. 
    Master Gardeners will host one of eight learning stations at Ag Days on April 17 and 18. All the 4th graders from Montgomery County will attend this event. Master Gardeners signed up to speak to the students about seeds and the plant life cycle at their station.
    The Master Gardener’s annual spring plant exchange will be held at the fairgrounds on Saturday, May 11 from 9:00-1:00. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. The event is free, and the public is invited to bring in plants, seeds, gardening magazines, and other gardening related items to exchange with other gardeners. Please, no invasive plants!
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  • CLUB NEWS: Frey visits Rotary
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:58 PM
    Montgomery County Commissioner John Frey spoke at this week’s Rotary Club meeting. 
    He gave us highlights of the new comprehensive plan that has been adopted by the commissioners. He said this plan is needed to help to encourage more businesses and developers to build in Montgomery County.
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  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:57 PM
    Eleven people attended the regular meeting of FISH March 28, 2019, in Room 202 of the First United Methodist Church. President Bud Arnold opened the meeting at 7p.m. Daryl Fry gave the prayer.
    Committee Reports
    Clothing-Betty Pollitt, chairman, reported in January 2019, 38 clients and 105 individuals were given 870 items, and in February 51 clients and 170 individual were given 1200 items. 
    Food Pantry-Carol Spencer reported that in January, 292 clients representing 1050 individuals. There were 3630 pounds of food donated. In February there were 243 clients representing 856 individuals. Donations of 4948.5 pounds of food were received. 
    Unfinished Business-Amy Claycomb relayed information regarding the building preparation at St. Bernard Church for the new food pantry. This included updates on doors, electrical, painting and locks. Board of Health and Food Finders will inspect the new facilities. Bud Arnold is checking on a freezer for the pantry.
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  • Hibiki visits Kiwanis
    Friday, April 5, 2019 9:00 PM
    On Thursday the Lafayette based Japanese Friendship Choir, Hibiki, visited the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club. Hibiki, a Japanese word meaning “resonance”, currently has 14 members that include a 99-year-old Japanese woman, an American woman who lived in Japan for 42 years and two mothers of small infants that travel with the Choir. Only five members of the choir are permanent residents of Indiana while the others are living here temporarily and will return to Japan due to their spouse’s job transfers.
    Although the songs they sing are mostly in Japanese the English translation was provided. Many of their songs are about children, happiness and peace, and building friendships for the future.
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  • Rotary hears about drones
    Thursday, April 4, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dirk Garriott from Sim Aerial Drone services spoke to the Crawfordsville Rotary Club Wednesday. He gave the club an idea of how drones speed up surveying and lowered costs. He said using drones is safe, efficient, and cost effective and reduces man hours. His company does 4D mapping aerial imaging and infrared imaging. The Crawfordsville Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at noon at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.
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  • Tea, anyone?
    Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:50 PM
    Put on your 1950s outfit along with that special hat and join the members of the Montgomery County Extension Homemakers for a cup of tea and a fun evening. “Rockin’ Around the Teapot” is this year’s theme for the Montgomery County Extension Homemakers Spring Tea. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 9 at the Montgomery County 4-H building. Many vendors will be available. It is open to the public. Committee members who are organizing this year’s tea are pictured from left to right, Martha Swick, Peggy Dixon, Judy Chastain, Monia Buckles, Amy Endicott, and Susan Vaught. Not pictured are Beth Carroll, Marge Benge, Judy Tulley, and Patsy Stephens. A special thanks goes out to Route 32 Restorations and Auctions for use of the car. 

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