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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    November - President Paula Furr welcomed everyone to this very important meeting. She thanked the hostesses, Jan Stout, Jan Carpenter and Sona Hartman for the delicious refreshments. Our wonderful member Pat Smith is in the hospital and prayers will be going out to her. Also, Mary Laube had an accident at home and sustained a badly broken arm. November birthdays were recognized. Karen Cook was welcomed as our newest member. We were reminded to turn in our 10 stamped, addressed envelopes for the newsletters. Dues for 2018 should be paid as soon as possible. A clipboard was passed around to sign up for the Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 6. Reservations and the $12.50 payment must be submitted to our treasurer, Anita Arnold no later than Nov. 17th. If you reserve a spot you will be responsible for the payment even if you don't attend.
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  • Monday, October 30, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met at noon on Oct. 9, 2017 at the Crawfordsville Public Library. President Sheila Hodges welcomed attendees and acknowledged this month’s birthdays. After Sheila led 55 retirees in the pledge of allegiance, Cherlyn gave the invocation. Allen’s Catering provided a delicious meal for all.
    Following the meal Dr. Kathy Steele shared a slide presentation of a recent trip to Cuba. Fifty pounds of medical aid “gifts”, not donations, were taken there. A guide led 19 people from Havana to Cienfuegos to Trinidad and back. Depicted on slides were cigars, rum, and coffee beans. Kathy reminded us of Cuba’s takeover by Fidel Castro in 1959. Many cars of that age were restored beautifully and even used as private taxi service. Some buildings were renovated and provided very nice accommodations. A lot of socializing occurred along the concrete walkway, road, and seawall. The tour group viewed the U.S. Embassy, El Morro fortress and lighthouse, and a U.S. cruise ship while there. The embassy had been changed to a hotel and restaurant. The renovated financial area located near the cruise ship area had been upgraded. Buildings had arched colonnaded facades. Historical Catholic churches were also seen; some with gold ornamentation. Other countries may buy and renovate buildings that were in poor condition; thus, the tour group saw very nice juxtaposed with those less nice. Under current leadership rules and restrictions have changed somewhat. A service of two years is still required in the military for ages 18-20. All of the above and more was delivered with enthusiasm and entertaining humor by Kathy and enjoyed by all. She gave us insights into the current economy, foods, countryside, and culture of the people when the tour group traveled away from Havana. She loved the architecture but not the heat and humidity while visiting during the summer of 2017.
    Sheila thanked Kathy and requested her to share more future trips with us at MCRTA.
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Flower Lover Club met on Oct. 4 for a short trip. We met and carpooled to Fall Creek Farm in Yountsville for a lovely tea and flower arranging party. Jamie Smith and her helpers served us five kinds of homemade teas to taste and a contest was held to see who guessed all five varieties correctly. We enjoyed a delicious meal that was prepared using farm products and served on beautiful china. Jamie had picked lots of flowers, greenery and plants so we could create our own floral arrangements. She also provided the containers and we had a great time making something beautiful for our homes. A big thank you to Jamie and Fall Creek staff for a nice afternoon. There were five reservations for this event that have not been paid at this time. Please give your payment to Anita at the November meeting. 
    Our next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in St. John’s Church. This is a very important meeting to attend as we will be electing officers for 2018. 
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  • Monday, October 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    A business meeting was held Monday, October 2nd, 2017 in a meeting room at the Crawfordsville Public Library with President, Maggie Bryant, residing. The business meeting was called to order by Bryant and members were led in the opening verse. After announcements of birthdays and anniversaries, Bryant called for happy buck respondents. Maggie Bryant then took roll call. Pam Karle gave the Treasurer’s report and Julie Swick presented the minutes. Both were approved as presented. 
    Pam Karle shared correspondence. We received a Flyer from Indiana Repertoire Theater regarding upcoming events and a letter from Hear Indiana. No correspondence requiring action was received. 
    In old chapter business, updated programs were distributed and new member fees were discussed. The bylaw committee comprised of Jennifer Hunter and Nancy Buckles are continuing to review the national bi-laws and will share updates in the upcoming months. Maggie Bryant shared a reminder that dues are to be paid by the October meeting. Conductress, Michelle Dice, read the 2nd reading of prospective candidates for new membership. 
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  • Thursday, October 5, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met Sept. 11, 2017 at the Crawfordsville Public Library at noon. President Sheila Hodges welcomed newly retired teachers. Then Karen Patton circulated and essay written by Ray Seale about how times have changed. After Sheila acknowledged this month’s birthdays, the pledge of allegiance was recited, and Barb Foster gave the invocation. Allen’s Catering then provided a delicious meal for the 51 in attendance.
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  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 4:00 AM
    A business meeting was held Monday, Sept. 11th, 2017 in a meeting room at the Crawfordsville Public Library with President, Maggie Bryant, residing. A moment of silence was taken in honor of Patriot Day. The opening verse was stated and Lisa Kidd took roll call followed by announcements of birthdays and anniversaries. Pam Karle presented the treasurer’s report and Angie Griggs shared June meeting minutes. Both were approved as presented. 
    Jennifer Hunter shared correspondence. We received a flyer from Hear Indiana about upcoming conference, the Riley Messenger magazine, a letter from the West Central District Officer wanting to schedule an upcoming visit, a letter from the National VP indicating the need for district officers and proposed bi-law changes, and an application from state for project proposals. Hunter gave a synopsis of National Convention. An award was presented to Gamma Xi Chapter for Speech and Hearing largest amount per capita. In correspondence requiring action, Hunter presented a letter from the National VP indicating the need to propose bi-law changes by April. Local chapter bi-law review committee was formed and includes Jennifer Hunter and Nancy Buckles. 
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  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    President Paula Furr called the meeting to order with 26 in attendance. She thanked the September hostesses- Theresa Huxhold, Myrna Slinker, Dorothy Fogel and Sandy Yelensky for the refreshments and decor. Dorothy provided a beautiful arrangement that was made by Jamie Smith of Fall Creek Farms. She announced 12 birthdays for this month. We were reminded to keep members who are ill in our thoughts and prayers. There are some items to discuss at the November meeting, helping with the landscaping at the Rotary Jail and amending our by-laws concerning memorial contributions for family members. Our club was offered a space at the Harvest Hoopla Farmers market on September 30th. Executive committee will set up the booth and talk to patrons about Flower Lovers Club and our contributions to the community.
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  • Monday, September 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    Opening-Fourteen people attended the regular meeting of FISH September 21, 2017, in the library of the First United Methodist Church. President Phil Wray opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M. with prayer.
    Committee Reports- Clothing-Betty Pollitt, chairman, reported a total of 71 clients representing 237 family members for July and August. Two thousand one hundred forty items of clothing were distributed. In July, 8 bags of linens were taken to the linen closet. The Wabash men helped with the seasonal change of clothes and moved furniture for Betty. The closet is now in the basement where it used to be; as soon as the elevator work is completed, there will be more room for clothes. 
    Linen-Barb VanArsdel reported that from July 20 through September 20, she had distributed 16 sheet sets, 14 blankets, 4 comforters, 19 bath towel sets, 1 set of placemats, 10 drapes/curtains, 6 sofa pillows, 4 pillows, 1 sleeping bag, 4 kitchen towels, 5 bath rugs, 1 throw rug, 1 shower curtain, and 2 baby items. Donations from many caring people make this ministry possible.
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  • Monday, September 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    September 20 the meeting of Dubble Duzzen was held at Janet White's home. President Judy Tulley opened the meeting with "Life is that dance we do in the space between making it happen & letting it happen," followed by the flag salutes and the mission statement. 
    Cheryl Douglas, songleader, led members in the song of the month and Happy Birthday to Janet White.
    Words of inspiration were given by Sue Foy based on Psalm 85 about dreaming for a better future. In the verses, it tells how heaven and earth ought to blend and harmonize. Good things will happen when God restores and turns toward the people and the people turn toward God. Those in the passage had sinned and felt God's anger but more importantly experienced His forgiveness. They longed for a new beginning. The coming together created an image of harmony.
    Roll call (What skill you would like to master) was answered by sixteen members. Answers included cooking, conversational, sewing, promptness, saying no, and musical.
    Minutes and Treasurer's reports were accepted. The Council meeting reported many items. It was attended by Tulley and Peggy Dixon.
    Upcoming nut sales, due Oct. 1, International Night, Oct. 10, District Meeting, March 20, which Dixon chairs, the Holiday Expo, Nov. 4, and the leader lessons were discussed.
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  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:30 PM
    The Flower Lovers Garden Club met at St. John’s Church on Aug. 2. There were 28 members in attendance. Our hostesses were Ellie Dieckmeyer, Sandy Lewien, Belinda Grimble and Dee Frazee. President Paula Furr gave a devotion and we all enjoyed the delicious food provided by the hostesses. Anita Arnold gave the treasurers report and announced that the 2017 Garden and Arts Walk was a great success. Twelve birthdays were recognized for August. President Furr discussed possible trip ideas for 2018 and asked for input from all members. On years that we do not host a garden tour, the club frequently takes a chartered trip. Kathy Houghton announced a possible collaboration with the Rotary Jail Museum. The grounds will be revitalized in the style fitting the period of the building. Jo Anderson announced that she knew of a person who had rain barrels available. If anyone is interested, contact her. A revision of the by-laws concerning memorial contributions was proposed. Extending memorials to club member’s immediate family created a lively discussion. Nancy Bowes made a motion and it was seconded, but more input is needed to come to a quorum. 
    Our next meeting will be on Sept. 6 at St. Johns. The hostesses will be Theresa Huxhold, Myrna Slinker, Dorothy Fogel and Sandra Yelensky and our program will be “End of summer garden year in review” by Jim Luzar of Purdue Extension. If you have any plant pest or disease questions please feel free to bring stems or leaves to receive a diagnosis from Mr. Luzar.
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  • Friday, August 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    We have always been a bit "mixed" up and this meeting will show you this. The August meeting of Dubble Duzzen met in the home of Patsy Stephens. Stephens began the meeting with delicious refreshments of Cherry Delight, chocolate pie and Fruit Pizza served with yummy Dreamsicle Punch. The napkin prizes were won by Sandy Caldwell, and Eulah Jaynes. Then, the meeting was opened by President Judy Tulley's welcome. The flag salutes were recited along with the club creed. Peggy Dixon gave the inspirational words based on Proverb14:1,"A wise woman builds her home but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands".She said there was a "clean and very comfortable" home that had a Rosette Basket in the entrance that was so inviting to all who entered the home. The house was not filled with brand new fine items . But all who came were gladly recieved and taken care of much like Jesus' disiciples were taken care of when they were out doing His work. We all need to realize that we need to be caring to all who enter our surroundings.
    The treasurer's report was read & approved. In the absence of the secretary, the minutes of last meeting was not read.
    Fourteen members and Pat Hall's daughter Charlotte answered the roll call which was 
    "Where is the most interesting place you've been.” All had different answers spanning world and some loved the county's offerings, too.
    Song Leader Cheryl Douglas led the group in "School Days".
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  • Club News: INFBP  Meet Kathy Townsend
    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 9:31 PM
    Editor’s Note: the Indiana Foundation for Business and Professional Women is highlighting a member of the club each month.
    Kathy Townsend has been a member of the Indiana Foundation for Business and Professional Women (INFBPW) for four years now. Townsend is the Family Assistance Director for the National Guard, working there for nine years. Her husband Todd is also in the National Guard. They have four children and five grandchildren. 
    Kathy is the current secretary for the INFBPW. She is currently serving her second term. Townsend takes excellent notes of each meeting and also attends all board meetings to record all that is discussed and voted on. She has been on the nominating committee and will serve as needed in all local events.
    Q. What prompted you to attend a BPW meeting and decide to join? 
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  • Monday, July 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Opening-Eleven people attended the regular meeting of FISH July 20, 2017, in the library of the First United Methodist Church. President Phil Wray opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M. with prayer.
    Committee Reports:
    Linen-Barb-VanArsdel sent her report. From May 24 through July 19 there were 20 families representing 64 individuals. The following items were given: 31 sheet sets; 9 blankets; 10 comforters; 1 mattress pad; 5 Afghans/throws; 24 bath towel sets; 5 kitchen towels; 13 bed pillows; 1 place mat set; 3 soft pillows; 6 curtains; 1 bath rug; 13 baby items; 1 throw rug. Shelves are well supplied for fall, but twin fitted sheets, towels and drapes are still needed.
    Financial-Daryl Fry said from April through June 2017, there were 77 applicants. The financial committee assisted 71 (202 family members) with rent $1,125; utilities $3,699; and miscellaneous $143. The total distributed was $4,967; total requested was $12,670. The limit is $75.
    Nutrition-Deb Threlkeld reported there were 49 clients in May, 5 of which were new. In June there were 50 clients, 14 of which were new. The lessons involved were reading food labels and checking nutritional value of food.
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  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 7:53 PM
    The Dubble Duzzen Homemakers met on June 21 for our annual picnic at the beautiful home of Patsy Stephens. We were greeted with lovey tables with flowers for everyone to take as a favor. Everyone enjoyed a pitch-in lunch, what a large variety of delicious food to choose from. We have great cooks in our club. Many members had guests with them. Nice time visiting and enjoying the great food.
    With the weather being not too hot, we had a short business meeting on the patio. Members that was present were, Sue Caldwell, Sandy Caldwell, Linda Cooper, Peggy Dixon, Cheryl Douglas, Janet Fagan, Sue Foy, Pat Hall, Mary Jo Harmon, Eulah Jaynes, Marilyn Lewis, Marcia Neel, Patsy Stephens, Sue Tandy, Judy Tully, Doris White and Janet White. Guests that enjoyed the day with members were: Montgomery County Home Extension President Martha Swick, Dorothy Coudret, Judy House, Charlotte Kruckow, Ruth Holt, Barbara Runyon, Barbara Ramsey, Janet Williams, Nancy Powers, Carol Fyffe and Alana Stradling.
    The club really enjoyed you being a part of our day. 
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  • Friday, July 7, 2017 9:10 PM
    Crawfordsville Flower Lovers Club met at the Big Lots parking lot to carpool to the Garfield Park Conservatory in Indianapolis. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Sisters Pancake House. We then toured the park, display gardens, children's edible garden and tropical Conservatory in wilting heat.
    A short meeting was held. President Paula Furr discussed the 2017 Garden and Arts Event. More tickets were sold for this tour than any other in 14 years! She thanked all members for their participation in creating a great event that was enjoyed by the community.
    President Furr gave us the sad news that Pat Porterfield, a beloved member of our club, had passed. Memories were shared of Pat and we will make a donation in her memory.
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