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Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2010 12:00 am


Members of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (Iota Sigma) met at the Marion Memorial Tabernacle Church for the monthly meeting.

Charlotte Collins played the trumpet. Betty Fuller had devotions. Edith bailey, director of Open Heart Woman’s Shelter, was the guest speaker and gave the history of the shelter and what kind of services are offered to clients. Emaleen Sebree furnished refreshments.


Beta Iota

The Beta Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met march 6 at the Herbst United Methodist Church.

Barb Needler, president, welcomed 21 members and guest, missionary Ramona Lucht, to the breakfast meeting. Annie Larrison gave the blessing. The group celebrated Mildred Chapman, a 50-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma and founder of the Beta Iota Chapter. Barb Needler honored her with a 50-year pin and Margaret Wilson presented her with flowers. Anne Moudy and other members shared memories of Mildred’s impact on their lives. Federa Smith read letters of congratulations from members Petey Ross and Jane Haines.

Barb Needler introduced speaker Ramona Lucht who worked as a missionary for Wycliffe Bible Translators. She spent more than 30 years in Papua New Guinea developing a written language for and teaching the bush people of that country. She currently lives in Finland where she runs a school and teaches English as a second language. The business meeting included the election of Beta Iota officers for the next biennium.

The next meeting will be at 9 a.m. May 8 at the Herbst UMC (a date change from the DKG program book). Members of the finance and membership committees will host the meeting.


Duplicate Bridge

The Marion ACBL Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Hotel Marion, 501 E. Fourth St.

North/South winners April 1 were: Jean Bennett and Margaret Sisson, first; Fran Paladino and Nancy Traylor, second. East/West winners were: Bonnie Prybelski and Loretta Beck, first; Larry Embree and Louis Schwan, second. April 5 North/South winners were: Richard Stroup and Sally Todd, first; Connie Wright and Judi Bishop, second. April 5 East/West winners were: Fran Paladino and Nancy Traylor, first; Barbara Wilson and Peggy Chekouras, second.


Early Bird Bridge

The Early Bird Bridge Club met Monday at the Marion-Grant County Senior Center. Winners were: Kay Blume, first; Elaine Holquist, second; Edie Worl, third; Wayne Hall, fourth.


Delphian Study

The Delphian Study Club met April 2 at the Hostess House, 723 W. Fourth St., with nine members, hosted by Rheba Whitlock.

Beth Kachel reviewed the book “No One Would Listen,” by Harry Markopolos.

The next meeting will be the Author’s Luncheon April 23 in Indianapolis.


Miller’s Merry Manor

Residents at Miller’s Merry Manor enjoyed morning exercises, religious services and Bible study with Don, hall sensory groups, bingo, trivia, massages, Salvation Army bingo, story time, balloonie ball, a dog show, food talk and resident council, and a big band concert featuring Jody Anderson. Trivia winners were Jeanette Newman, Violet Sutton, Dorothy Rennaker, Betty German, Linda Allee, Brian Trimble, Kris Madley, Ray Ybarra, Mike Posey, Hazel Stanton, Laura Charles, Phyllis Davis, Mary Greene, Bob Gentner, Debbie Griffieth, Mary Smith, Rex Bright, Marguerite Miller, Nancy Baker, Susie Cager, Allie Brown, Betty Sprinkle, Pearlie Henry, Don Dohner, Barb Collins, Stan Hackworth, Carlos Faughender, Charolette Wheeler, Marjorie Dismuke, Maurice Shroyer, Jeff Alexander, Earl Porter, Mary Bradford, Clyde Gustafson, Betty Wildoner, and Larry Shane.



Take Off Pounds Sensibly met Monday at Temple Congregational Church, 1006 N. Western Ave.

Mary Huffman, leaders, opened the meeting with the T.O.P.S. Pledge and gave the K.O.P.S. Pledge. Best loser was Terri Long. Happy loser was Elizabeth Jefferies. Best loser of the month was Joyce Burgan. Installation of officers was held: leader, Mary Huffman; co-leader, Patti Sparks; treasurer, Loretta Scott; secretary, Mary Ellen Hawkins. A.I.M. was Thursday in Muncie.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the church.


Twin City Healthcare

Twin City Healthcare, Gas City, hosted an Easter egg hunt April 3 and had a great turnout. Other activities included social hour in the lobby, church, TV in the lounge, daily reading in the lounge, trivia, popcorn social, cookies at baking club, Wii bowling, chaplain visits, Catholic communion, Bible study, fancy finger social, crafts, gospel hour, ice cream social, and movie and popcorn. Friday bingo winners were Stephen Lyon, Watheta McNutt, Mae Trosper and Eileen Shepard. Georgia Myers won the coverall. Monday bingo winners were Eileen Shepard, Robert Fairchild, Mae Trosper, Georgia Myers and Watheta McNutt. Tom Miller was the coverall winner.


Past Matrons

Grant County Past Matrons met April 5 at the I-HOP Restaurant with 18 members.

Judy Creviston, president, Swayzee Chapter O.E.S., conducted the meeting. Attending were Cindy Lucas, Rhonda Maggard, Shirley Alexander, Linda Weaver and Kay Cullum, Swayzee Chapter; Mary Miller, Joyce Carlson, and Jerri Patterson, Upland Chapter; Sandy Stitt, Virginia Floyd, Janene Southwick, Doris Gordon, Janet Newby and Doris Hodupp, Fairmount Chapter; Joyce Hiatt, Kay Eichorst and Belva Pickerel, Mississinewa Chapter of Marion.

The president opened with the pledge to the flag. Secretary Cindy called roll. Six grand chapter committee members and one grand representative were introduced. Members of Mississinewa Chapter were hosts. Table decorations, prizes and favors were furnished by Joyce and Kay. Belva conducted several games with prizes awarded to Joyce Hiatt, Kay Cullum and Linda Weaver.

The next meeting will be at noon June 7 at I-HOP and will include the annual memorial. Hostess chapter will be Swayzee.


Marion Rotary

The Marion Rotary Club met Tuesday at the Meshingomesia Country Club.

Ruthann Sumpter, president, called the meeting to order. Kristi Small led the pledge to the flag, Alan Miller offered prayer, and Ruthann led reciting of the Four-Way Test. Jackie Hancock, sergeant-at-arms, reported no guests but one visiting Rotarian, Steve Currans, assistant district governor. Kelly Turner was the greeter. Ruthann reminded members about the upcoming district conference, April 30-May 1 in Indianapolis and encouraged our attendance. She also read thank-you notes from Marlo and Audrey Niverson, last month’s Students of the Month from Madison-Grant High School. Kora Edwards and Steven Hornett from Marion High School were honored at this meeting. They were accompanied by their parents and MHS principal James Bragg. Both are tied for second place in their class with a 4.49 GPA and both plan to attend IWU this fall.

In Raphael’s absence, Ken Israel asked for brag money for the Yellow Buckets with proceeds going to Family Services. Larry French and Ken Israel both bragged on the Butler Bulldogs. Jim Botkin bragged on his son, John, a hospitalist at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He has been asked to consider being the chief medical officer of Clarian West Hospital in Avon. Cindy Fortney recognized those members with April birthdays. Jackie Hancock was chosen at random and given a photograph of a member, also at random. She had to tell when she knew about Jim Cramer. The exercise promotes a closer relationship between club members.

Larry French announced there would be another planning session at Upper Crust. The speaker was Kevin Jones, program manager for the Alliance for International Business Education, a consortium of four U.S. and seven overseas universities. He spoke about his experiences with the medical team from Marion to Haiti after the January earthquake. Local physicians Dr. Tom Chowattukunnel, Dr. Dan Edwards, and Dr. Shawn Swan, and a team of nurses and other medical personnel performed surgeries and delivered babies under extremely harsh conditions. Kevin is going again with another team and will spend nine days working in the operating room our club built in the 1980s.

Mike Mendenhall has arranged for Dr. Harry Hall from IWU to speak about his experiences in China.


Busy Bees

The Busy Bees met Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Grant County, Sixth and Main streets, Jonesboro.

Free breakfast and blood pressure checks were followed by $1 bingo. Winners were Dottie Kerr, Mary Miller, Marilyn Brown, Belva Pickerel, Bronda Maughmer, Joan Heath, Doris Myers, Carl E. Myers Sr. (who celebrated a birthday), Jean Cochran, Brenda Myers-Choat, Imogene Frazier, Jane Pearson, Bill Pearson, Gladys Morgan, Betty Murphy, Barbara Orman, Janet Cripe and Joyce Warren. Coverall was a three-way tie: Mary Miller, Carl Myers and Gladys Morgan.

The next meeting will be at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the church.


York House

Residents at York House participated in Bible study, social hour, exercise, day care egg hunt, baking cookies, wellness clinic, singing with Dan, manicures, hair day, Moor’s step into spring, Saturday morning walks, games of bingo, shut the box, toss up, spoon egg race, checkers and Yahtzee, and an Easter egg hunt. Bingo winners were Zelda Snodgrass, Lois Blair, Alan Dill, Mary Gray, Viola Keller, Dorothy Wright, Marsha Pitts, Rosalie McKinney, Niel Kershner, Bill Collins, and Karen Goff.


Gaslight Apartments

Residents of Gaslight Apartments participated in bingo Tuesday and Thursday. Members of Richland Chapel United Methodist Church called bingo Tuesday. Coverall winners were Vena Tyner and Julieann Arrick. Other events included Schwan’s delivery and grocery. Upcoming events include bingo Tuesday, Richland Chapel UMC, and 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Amboy Methodist Church; carry-in meal for residents at noon Wednesday; grocery delivery Wednesday and Saturday afternoons by Hodson’s Market; 1 p.m. April 26, information on new programs from Great Lakes Home Health, free presentation on home monitoring system, incontinence training, and managing diabetes and CHF, open to the public.


Suite Living

Residents at Suite Living enjoyed trips to Dollar General and the Big Dipper, celebrated Twinkle’s birthday, spelling bee, corn hole, evening bingo, regular bingo, walking club, daily exercises, devotions with Rev. Charles Lunkley, Bible study and church service with Mount Olive UMC, and an Easter egg hunt for residents, friends and family.

Evening bingo winners were Myna Cravens, Rex Rosenthall, Rose Harlen, Mary McCord, Mary Cook, Catherine Arbaugh and Bob Curless. Regular bingo winners were Marian Miller, top winner, Catherine Arbaugh, Rex Rosenthall, Pat Shroyer, Mary McCord, Bob Curless, Bonnie Said, Rose Harlen, Dorothy Knepshield, and Rosalind Carter. Card bingo winners were Bonnie Said, top winner, Catherine Arbaugh, Rose Harlen, Dorothy Knepshield, Myna Cravens, Rex Rosenthall and Mary Cook. Corn hole winners were Bob Curless, Oli Martin, Dorothy Knepshield, John Cox, Bonnie Said, Virginia Coan, Jeanette Erwin and Sybil Turner. Spelling bee winner was Genny Pinkerton with “collaborate.” Bonnie Said, Pat Shroyer and Mary McCord also participated.


Monday Conversation

The Monday Conversation Club met April 5 at the Hostess House, 723 W. Fourth St., with 18 members.

Jan Tuin and Jane Rosenberg entertained members. Jean Johnson, president, conducted a brief business meeting during which next season’s calendar was completed. Jane Rosenberg presented a program highlighting the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, 1858-1924.

The next meeting will be April 19 at the Hostess House.



The Waggin’ Tails 4-H Dog Club met April 6 at the 4-H Fairgrounds.

The meeting started with obedience and agility practice. Members went over announcements and new rules. The trivia question was, “What is a dog’s internal temperature?” Guest speaker Steve Grindle gave a lecture on dog psychology.

The next meeting will be April 13 at the 4-GH Fairgrounds.


Alpha Zeta

Alpha Zeta Chapter met April 6 at Cracker Barrel Restaurant with six members.

Judy Babb, president, presided. Discussion included the Indiana Province Convention, Sept. 10-12 at Clifty Falls Motel, Madison; Round Table by Gamma Chapter, May 2 in Lafayette; and Camp Del-Ja-Ri, July 4-10.

The next meeting will be at 1 p.m. May 4 at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant.


Department Club

The Marion Women’s Department Club met April 6 at the Sunnycrest United Methodist Church with 37 members to celebrate its anniversary date with a Silver Tea,

The tradition started in 1916 and is still observed to recall the past, enjoy the present and look to the future of the club. The club maintains five departments of cultural interest with related programs to share with members. Donna Wysong, president, called the meeting to order. Lois Mains led the pledge to the flag and Juanita Rapp led the reading of the Collect. Martha Swain read a special meeting report to announce appointments of Freda Moon to second vice president and chairman of membership with Katherine Bobson as co-chairman. Wilma Fleenor was named historian. Leona Ruch presented the door prize to Jacqueline Wiles. The courtesy department reported one get-well card sent to a member.

Guests were Mary Russel, Shirley Jarrell, Rita Guenin, Etlna Miller, Barbara Pyle, Eikon Schweiger, and Susan Langford. Shirley Lett is a new member. Barbara Boyd, chairman, and Lois Mains, co-chairman, of the literature and drama department, introduced Margaret Freitzel who discussed the life of a pioneer woman. Hostesses were Dee Briles and Leona Ruch. Refreshments were furnished by Gerri Lessley, Wilma Fleenor, Jean Laymon, Freda Moon, Ruth Fuller, Margaret Wilson, Betty Whitham, Martha Swain, Jacqulin Mauk, Janet Cripe, Margie Vice and Donna Wysong.

The next meeting will be April 20. American citizenship and public welfare department will introduce Susan Eichorn speaking on recycling.


Colonial Oaks

Residents at Colonial Oaks Retirement Community participated in exercise, shuffleboard, errands, game night, ring toss, putt-putt, bingo, hand massages, blood pressure checks, mall trip, pecan pie social, crafts, and a visit from Ephesus Community Outreach group. Bingo winners for April 2 were Margaret Kuhn, Thelma Thompson, Warren Draper, Martha Maddox, Maxine Blake, John Lucas, Wanda Draper, Mildred Chapman, Iona Losure, Gerry King, Elaine Holquist, Cheryl Rogers, Ruth Blackard, Fern Danforth, Mary Emrick Mary Betts, Ruth Bromley, Jo Ella Timbs, and Wilma Leach.


Portfolio Club

The Portfolio Club met April 5 at the Hostess House, 723 W. Fourth St.

Attending were Peggy Chekouras, Pat Fager, Lila Milford, Rhonda Mueller, Margie Murrell, Marilee Murphy, Louise Personette, Ruthann, Jan Scott, and Shirley Wiseman. Hostess and presenter was Margie Murrell. She reported on the book, “From the Heart,” by Robin Roberts. The social committee, led by Peggy Chekouras, announced that the spring luncheon will be April 19 at Gaithers in Alexandria.


Rotary North

Stan Steiner opened the meeting of Rotary North with the pledge to the flag, a moment of silence, and the four-way test. Members will try to outsource the landscaping around the drinking fountain. John Zech will have the meter reinstalled and turn on the water. He will also order the Rotary sign. New members are actively being recruited. Jennifer Seybold, wife of Marion’s mayor, director of Marin Street Marion, brought Joe Musser, attorney, Mary Eckerle, director of the Marion Public Library, and Athena Dunston, city planner, Main Street’s board. Main Street Marion is interested in its own booth at Mississinewa 1812 and would like to see how the club runs its pork chop booth. Volunteers are hard to find, so the group is considering making a contribution to Main Street Marion if it will provide man and woman power to out booth.

The next Rotary family movie will be June 4 to coordinate with Main Street Marion’s First Friday. The screen could be set up in the parking lot of the Grant County/STAR Bank YMCA with the back of the screen facing the river.


Psi Iota Xi

Psi Iora Xi met at the home of Karen Wolf with 15 active members.

Election of officers for the coming year was held: president, Patti Soultz; vice presidents, Linda Kitts and Peg Soultz; recording secretary, Shari Southworth; corresponding secretary, Carolyn King; treasurers, Becci Frantz and Allycin Chism; conductress, Terry Collier and Barb Tucker. New membership applications were read for the third time and voted on. Three new members joined the organization. $2,850 was allocated to eight local projects, including Grant County Literacy Council, Grant County Red Cross, Hostess House, Marion Civic Theatre, Marion Public Library Young Adults/Teens Literacy Program; Salvation Army, Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired, and Tucker Vocational.

President Soultz encouraged all activity sheets be turned in and dues be paid by the end of this month. Scholarship applications and national convention information will be discussed at the next meeting. Patti Soultz and Carolyn King will represent Gamma Tau Chapter at state convention, April 17 in Nashville, Ind.


Metro Exchange

The Marion Metro Exchange Club met Thursday at Marion General Hospital.

Steve Dixon, president, called the meeting to order. Nancy Edwards gave the invocation and led the pledge to the flag. Mark Draves, director of Carey Services Inc., was introduced by Franklin Bounds, program chairperson. He stated that Carey Services initially served individuals with disabilities. That is still a major focus, but Carey Services also serves the community through programs designed to assist the poor and working poor. It also provides a Head Start Program for children, and has added an infant day care designed to assist teens to teach parental responsibility. The recently developed Capabilities Healthcare Clinic will have an open house for the public at 4:30 p.m. April 14.

The next meeting will be at 7 a.m. Thursday at MGH. Tim Fedor, manager of Big R Store, will be the speaker.


Advance Club

Advance Club met April 7 at Indiana Wesleyan University with 11 members and three guests to celebrate the spring closing party for the 111th birthday of the club.

Following lunch in the student union building hosted by social committee members Julie Halverson, Barb Pack and Kelly Turner, members were treated to an informative presentation by artists Rod Crossman and Debbie Luttrull regarding the stained glass windows they created for the new chapel at IWU. Program books for the upcoming year are available by contacting Debbi Powell.

The next meeting will be in October at the home of Marla Keppler.


Senior Center

Euchre winners April 2 at the Marion-Grant County Senior Center were: Carol Morgan, first; Lottie Terry, second; Marilyn Rau, Bob Bartlett, Duane Apple, third; Anna Biddle, fourth; most lones, Edna Yentes. Euchre winners April 6 were: Marilyn Rau, Ruth Blackard, first; Wilma Elliott, Ray Bush, second; Paul Haley, Marge Stevens, third; Phyllis Whitaker, fourth; most lones, Karen Huston, Donna Ditton. Bingo winners April 1 were Donna Hoke, Ilene Sheridan, Violet Marley, Jane Pearson, Bill Pearson, Pauline Dunning, Betty VanHoosier, Dorothy Lane, Phyllis Whitaker, Martha Shockey, Phyllis Springer, Linda Holsinger, Mary Burnett, Mary Ann Miller, Jean Cochran, Gladys Morgan; coverall, Jane Pearson, Frances Heral. Bingo winners April 2 were Kathryn Volmer, Mary Miller, Jane Pearson, Gladys Morgan, Phyllis Whitaker, Joyce Warren, Mariam Glover, Verlie Hutchison, Margaret; coverall, Donna Hoke, Bill Pearson. Bingo winners April 5 were Donna Hoke, Mary Miller, Martha Shockey, Pauline Dunning, Lottie Terry, Jean Cochran, Dorothy Lane, Frances Heral, Imogene Frazier, Joe Frazier, Jane Pearson, Betty VanHoosier, Mary Burnett, Delores Vetor, Gladys Morgan, Phyllis Whitaker, Rosanna Bloxson; coverall, Ilene Sheridan. In Wii bowling March 31, high scores went to Carolyn Williams, 205; Duane Apple, 190; Jane Miltenberger, 182; Don Moon, 117.

Upcoming activities:

Monday: 9 a.m., bridge ($1); 9:30 a.m., Dominoes; 10:15 a.m., senior exercise; 11:15 a.m., lunch; 12:30 p.m., bingo ($1); 6 p.m., travel show, come learn about all the trips the senior center has to offer, tour companies will make presentations and answer questions.

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m., Chatter ’n Stitch; 10 a.m., sing-along; 11:15 a.m., lunch; 12:30 p.m., euchre ($1).

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m., Wii bowling; 9:30 a.m., crafts; 11:15 a.m., lunch; 1 p.m., line dancing; 1 p.m., art class.

Thursday: 10 a.m., blood pressure checks; 10:15 a.m., exercise; 11:15 a.m., lunch; 12:30 p.m., bingo ($1); 3:30 p.m., Best Years Singers, rehearsal.

Friday: 9 a.m., art group; 10 a.m., Breakfast for your Brain; 11:15 a.m., lunch; 12:30 p.m., euchre ($1); 5 to 7 p.m., baked potato dinner, $7, proceeds go to Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired and the senior center.


Evening Exchange

The Marion Evening Exchange Club met Thursday at the Hostess House, 723 W. Fourth St., with 20 members and guests.

Tom Mansbarger led the group in prayer. Joe Brown led the pledge