Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on July 9 at the DAV, Michigan City.    

July Program Chair Fred Miller introduced U.S. Coast Guard officers Boatswain Mate First Class Adelynn Drescher and Chief Boatswain Mate Derek Crews. Miller said the community is very fortunate to have this lifesaving station located here in Michigan City. Both officers gave brief histories of their respective careers. 

Drescher gave a short history of the station, which was constructed in the early 1900s. The structure has had several major upgrades since being built. The station, which is located on Trail Creek across from NIPSCO, houses 21 active duty seaman and 8 to 10 reservists. Their mission is search and rescue. Yearly they perform approximately 50 rescues. They interact with many boaters throughout the boating season with more than 300 official contacts per year. Much of their time is spent training and maintaining their equipment. The station operates 24/7, 365 days a year; during the winter months the crew practices on the ice. During the "Polar Vortex," the crew donned their all-weather gear and walked across the ice shelf to the pierhead light. In response to a question, the Chief informed Exchangites their members are charged with public safety on the water during the August boat races. In response to another question, Crews said, “The weather is very unpredictable at times and many people do not realize how dangerous the lake can be.”

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The next meeting of Exchange is Tuesday. The meeting starts at 12 p.m. and doors open at 11:30 a.m. The program is to be Emily Reic, Barker Mansion.



MICHIGAN CITY — The Exchangettes Club of Michigan City held their monthly meeting at the Elks Club in Michigan City. Installation of Officers was held. Officers for the next year are Darlene Baker, president; Annette La Berge, president elect; Shannon Chavis and Lynn Gresham, co-treasurers; Jill Raia, secretary; and Mary Stark, past president. Board members include Janet Bakken, Gretchen Kalk-Castro, Pat McGrath, Susan Smith, Mary Tarnow, Terry Loucks and Marcie Bradford. Pat McGrath was presented the Exchangette of the Year Award.

Janet Bakken won the 50/50 and Gretchen Kalk-Castro won the Door Award.

A garage sale will be held on Aug. 10 to raise funds for the club.

The next meeting of the Exchangettes will be Monday at the Elks Club in Michigan City beginning at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome.


Lions Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The June 19 meeting of the Michigan City Lions Club was called to order at 12 noon at Immanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall by Boss Lion Nancy Hawkins. Lion Jean Poulard led the opening song and the Pledge to the American Flag; Lion Roger Potratz gave the invocation.

Welcomed as guest was Dan Blake, sponsored by Stephanie Sheirline.

Tail Twister DeNita Ton “twisted the tails” of Lions who regaled the club with interesting stories.

Annual Awards were announced today, including:

• Lion of the Year: Cindy Hall for her work on the Scholarship Committee

• Cliff Arnold Award: John Stimley for his civic work in the community.

Ron Retseck announced that this meeting would be his last one as treasurer as the 2019-20 Treasurer will begin serving at the July meeting.

Dollars for Dogs at Kabelin is scheduled for Saturday, Aug 10.

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