Lions Club

MICHIGAN CITY — President, Nancy Hawkins, called the meeting of the Michigan City Lions Club to order at Noon on July 17 at Emmanuael Lutheran Church.

“My Country tis of thee” was sung and the pledge of allegiance recited. Denita Ton gave the blessing and members prayed for Stephen Beardslee and new member, Danny Blake.

Nancy started the business meeting by welcoming new member, Danny Blake. No guests were in attendance. Membership updates were asked of Timothy Leary. He reported all but two members renewed. Ron Retseck offered to reach out to one of them to see if they were still considering renewal. There was nothing to report regarding illnesses or absent reports.

Lunch was served by Polish Peasant. Chicken chow mein, eggroll, salad, peaches and cottage cheese. Cookies for dessert.

Nancy continued the business meeting with a report on the annual Golf Outing at Beechwood in La Porte. The event was rained out this year, but the Michigan City club and the other neighboring five clubs were still able to raise a nice amount for Lion’s charities through local sponsors.

Members said they were all appreciative of the local businesses that support them year after year. The Golf Outing planning committee will being meeting in December and a chairperson is needed. The next Golf Outing is planned for the Friday before Memorial Day in 2020 at Beechwood Golf Course in La Porte.

Roger Potratz reported on the club’s Dogs for Dollars event that is coming up Aug. 7 at Kabelin’s off U.S. 20 in Michigan City from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Roger asked for donations of: soda/water, condiments, bake sale items, small chip bags, and advertising in the newspaper. The price for a hot dog, drink and chips is a free will offering to the Lions Club. A sign up sheet was passed around for volunteers to work shifts.

Linda Cripe, Treasurer, reported the account balances for both the operating account and charities account.

Melinda Nagle reported that speakers are needed for January, February, March and June. She reminded members to update their contact information for the annual directory.

The Christmas Party will be Dec. 4. The joint meeting with Rotary will be in November. They will still sell Poinsettias this year, $15 for a triple plant and they will arrive in December on a Saturday, provided by Varners Greenhouse in Michigan.

Denita Ton did the tail twist.

No speaker due to business meeting and Nancy adjourned the meeting with a thought of the day...

“You may thing that you are completely insignificant in this world. But someone drinks coffee every morning from their favorite cup that you gave them. Someone heard a song on the radio that reminded them of you. Someone read the book you recommended, and plunged headfirst into it. Someone remembered your joke and smiled, returning home from work in the evening. Someone loves himself a little more, because you gave them a compliment. Never think that you have no influence whatsoever. Your trace, which you leave behind with even a few good deeds, cannot be erased.”

Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on July 16 at the DAV, Michigan City.   

July Program Chair Fred Miller introduced Ms. Emily Reic, Executive Director of Michigan City’s Barker Mansion. Fred reminded the crowd that the Mansion at 7th street is one of Michigan City’s greatest assets. The mansion was built in 1909 and contains several artifacts such as tea sets, clothing and furniture. The executive director is always researching the time period revealing new facts about the Barker family and the mansion as well as Michigan City.

As a Michigan City department head, Emily, supervises a staff of six along with one intern as well as volunteers.

She told Exchangites some of the history of the mansion that housed classes of Purdue University from 1948 to 1968. Emily also dispelled rumors of tunnels leading from the Barker Haskell factory works, on the west side of town, to the mansion big enough to walk through. Yes there is a tunnel, but it served as a conduit to bring electricity and steam to the home. In fact, the Barker Mansion was the first home in the area to have such modern amenities.

The mansion itself belongs to the city of Michigan City and much of the yearly funding comes from the city. Emily informed the lunch crowd that she and her staff will be starting a podcast in the very near future and that they do many forms of outreach and collaboration throughout the year. “We have a kid’s camp and over 21 events to get our message out,” she said. The mansion also sponsors a “Traveling Trunk” program that brings history to the classroom. Weddings are also performed in the gardens of the mansion through the season. To take a tour or to find out more about the Barker Mansion, log onto: You can also call the mansion at 219-873-1520.

The next meeting of Exchange is July 23. The meeting starts at 12 p.m. and doors open at 11:30 a.m. The program is to be Michigan City High School Principle.

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