Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on March 5 at the DAV in Michigan City.    

March Program Chair Dan Granquist introduced the treasurer for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, Justin Kiel. The owner & publisher of The Regional News and the Westville Indicator thanked the Exchange club for inviting him to speak on the operations of NIRPC. The Executive Board member of NIRPC began by giving a brief history of the condition of the roadways throughout the region in the early 1900s.

“Only about 9 percent were improved surfaces like gravel, stone or brick," he said.

In 1916, Congress passed the first federal highway funding legislation. Congress passed long term funding for road improvements after World War I; realizing their importance for possible military use. The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 created the Interstate Highway System.

“The act created $41,000 miles of interstate was 90 percent funded by the federal government,” he said.

In the early '60s the focus turned to planning which created ‘Metropolitan Planning Organizations’ or MPOs. This led to the creation NIRPC by the Indiana General Assembly in the mid '60s.

“The three main tasks of NIRPC are to create plans for transportation, economic development and environmental policy,” said the Council President for the Town of La Crosse.

The counties of La Porte, Porter and Lake benefit from the endeavors of NIRPC. During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., NIRPC advocated for the Indiana Dunes to become a National Park. NIRPC projects are funded with more than $500 million per year and the funding is distributed to cities and towns on the basis of population. Large projects are committed to many years in advance.

Kiel said, "10 percent of the populace does not use a car for transportation.” These citizens utilize public transportation such as trains and or buses. Transit of all kinds fall under the prevue of NIRPC. Kiel encouraged Exchangites to express their thoughts to their local officials who have the ability to influence transportation policy because at the end of the day, they’re building it for you. For more information, go to

The March 12 Exchange meeting starts at 12 p.m. and doors open at 11:30 a.m. The program is to be Officers of St. Anthony’s Hospital.


Extension Club

La PORTE — The Hesston Homemakers’ Extension Club met at Lamb’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Feb. 25. Those present were Phyllis Austin, Linda Barnes, Marcy Dailey, Teri Lebo, Patty Sardeson, Skeeter Scott and Donna Teter. Co-President Teter called the meeting to order, and members opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the Homemakers’ Creed. Sardeson read the Secretary’s minutes from the last meeting and gave the health report on food portion sizes. Lebo led the song “Candy Man.” Roll call was taken by telling members their favorite type of chocolate and how they enjoy it. Barnes gave the Treasurer’s report. She reported donations were given to Lamb’s Chapel United Methodist Church and the Good Shepard Food Pantry at the end of the calendar year. It was noted that Extension Homemakers dues are due May 15.

In other business, Teter shared that Volunteer and Community Support Forms were due to the Extension Office by March 1. Teter will contact Pam Struebing to remind her to turn in the volunteer form. A thank you card was read from retiring Marcia Wolfe.

The next Extension Homemaker Retreat and Potluck Dinner, held at the Purdue Extension Office, is scheduled for Thursday, March 14. Registration begins at 2:45 p.m. with the lessons beginning at 3 p.m. Lessons include “Let’s Talk Thyroid,” “Superfoods,” and “Light Bulb 101.” The potluck dinner and quest speaker portion of the retreat is scheduled for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the last session ends at 6:30 p.m. All Extension Homemakers are encouraged to attend the retreat, and advanced reservations with the Extension Office are requested. Teter, Sardeson, and Austin plan on attending.

Co-President Austin reported on lesson topics chosen for future educational retreats for 2019 and 2020. Lessons scheduled for October 2019 are: “Indiana CBD, Update 2,” “What’s the Buzz About Bees”, and “Cooking Under Pressure.” The March 2020 lesson topics are: “Breathe Easier: Asthma and Allergies,” “Friends Defining Healthy Eating Trends,” and “Staying Sharp; Debunking the Aging Brain.” Finally, retreat lessons planned for May 2020 are: “How Sweet it is…. is Sugar Addictive?” “The Power of Positive Thinking,” and “Focus on Dollars & Sense: How We Mis-think Money and How to Spend Smarter.”

Teter led discussion of the need to increase the treasury for the upcoming year. Members decided to have the club's white elephant sale in April. Members may bring any three items of whatever they have that they no longer want. Club dues will be collected at the April meeting and club officers will be chosen.

Austin presented the lesson “Tips to Promote Meaningful Social Engagement.” Social interactions have a positive benefit on cognitive health. Suggestions were on how to make a new connection, or where to seek different opportunities to engage others. As people age, it is important to keep a circle of friends to share ideas with and have at least one trustworthy person that can counted on. Help others, volunteer, join organized clubs or interest groups, religious gatherings to make social connections.

Secret Pal gifts were given to Dailey, Scott and Sardeson, and the door award was won by Sardeson. The next meeting will be March 26 at 6 p.m. at Lamb’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Barnes will serve as hostess and Lebo will call or text to remind members of the upcoming meeting, collection of dues, and white elephant sale.


Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on Feb. 26 at Danny Bruce DAV #23.

The day's speaker was Sgt. Chris Yagelski, who spoke to the club about this year’s Easter Egg Hunt which has grown to more than 70,000 plastic eggs. The egg stuffing will take place at the Sr. Center on April 10 from 8 a.m. until done. The hunt will take place on April 13 with a shot gun start at 12 noon. There are three age categories separated by drift fences. Some of the eggs contain candy, but there are special eggs that contain gold coins that can be redeemed by the finder for sports equipment. Last year the event was enjoyed by more than 2,500 kids. Weather permitting there will be zoo animals for the children to see and in some cases pet.

Yagelski went on to talk about the rebirth of the Silence the Violence program which starts on March 1 and is the purchase of handguns ($100) and long guns ($50) by the police department with VISA gift cards funded by Horizon Bank. If you have a gun at your home and intend to keep it, write down the make, model, serial number, so that if it is ever missing or stolen, you can report it with necessary information.

Scams are in the news especially this time of year. There is a phone app that the scammers can use to spoof any name and phone number so you think that the call is legitimate and in every case that is furthest away from the truth. The following is a short list of entities who won’t call you and ask you for personal account information: IRS, Social Security, NIPSCO and the phone company, just to name a few. If you get such a call, do not give out your personal information or account numbers. If you respond to the scammer and send money by any means, it is gone and lost. If you want to donate money to a certain cause, write a check and mail it directly to the benefactor. Be aware that phone solicitations by solicitation companies soak up to 80 percent of what they collect over the phone so the charity gets a minuscule part of whatever you donate. Yagelski said there are no police or firemen manning phones asking for money. The Club presented Yagelski with a $200 check toward the expenses of the Easter Egg Hunt.

The next meeting of the Michigan City Exchange Club will be on Tuesday at the Danny Bruce DAV #23 on Ohio St. Michigan City. The speaker will be Justin Kiel, Treasurer, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at noon. If you would like to find out more about Exchange and our service to the community, join them for lunch. 


Lions Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michiana Lions Club held their meeting on Feb. 14 at the Sugar Bowl Restaurant. After opening the meeting, Boss Lion Jamie Miller took a moment to thank all who had brought donated snack items for the Keys to Hope Resource Center. She also reported that there were 40 Lions in attendance at the 3rd Cabinet meeting, which was hosted by the Michiana Lions Club.

Lion Brian Pagels announced that his wife, Sue, will be having a pop-up antique sale at the JATC IBEW Technical building, 301 E. 8th St., on March 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. He asked the club if they would provide food for the event. Everyone was in favor of doing this as a fundraiser for the Club.

Boss Lion Jamie announced that the Michiana Club received the Club Excellence award for the second year in a row, She congratulated Lion Steve Helmken, who was president last year. The club received a patch to add to the banner.

The evening concluded with Tail Twister Lion Verne Hixon making his way around the room after imparting his “Words of Wisdom.” 

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