MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on July 23 at the DAV, Michigan City.
July Program Chair Fred Miller introduced Camie White, executive director of Duneland Health Council by affirming that Michigan City has several social services that donate a healthy amount of money each and every year. White told Exchangites the Council gives approximately $350,000 to deserving organizations yearly.
“Our funds originated from the sale of the old Memorial Hospital,” White said. The sale of the facility at 5th and Pine streets in 1997 netted the group about $8.1 million. “Through the aid of Horizon Trust, we will be able to continue for many more years to come.”
One of the programs sponsored by the council is the funding of college scholarships for nursing students who attend either Purdue Northwest or Ivy Tech Community College. White also highlighted a successful program that helps illegal drug dependent patients replace their addictions with exercise. The council operates with a mere 1 percent administrative cost. Find out more about this philanthropic group by logging onto: www.dunelandhealthcouncil.org
La PORTE — The June meeting of Hesston Homemakers’ Extension Club was held at Lamb’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Those present were Phyllis Austin, Linda Barnes, Lyla Brown, Marcy Dailey, Connie Garrison, Teri Lebo, Patty Sardeson, Skeeter Scott, Betty Swanson, Janice Smith, Pam Struebing, Donna Teter and Carolyn Warren. They welcomed new member Cheri Swank. Guests were Melina Dailey and Jessica Dieter and her young daughter Dandi. It was noted that Skeeter Scott will now be mailbox member. New program books were passed out.
Out-going president Teter opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Homemakers’ Creed. Sardeson read the Secretary’s minutes from the last meeting, and Barnes gave the treasurer’s report. Roll call was taken by members sharing their favorite berry and which one they like to pick the best. Wellness and health report was given by Sardeson. The song “Picked a Strawberry” was sung.
Teter said building watchers were needed to monitor the Community Building during the La Porte County Fair. A sign-up sheet to monitor the building was passed around. Struebing donated an apron and two paintings, Garrison donated a table runner, and Pagels donated a bowl warmer for the Extension Clubs Silent Auction. Teter asked for ideas for the grab bag items at the Extension Club's fair booth. After discussion, they decided not to contribute due to numerous auction items the club donated.
It was announced The Taste of Extension has been canceled this year. It was noted that next year the club will be responsible for the La Porte County Extension Homemakers Program Book. Outgoing president Donna was given a round of applause.
Guest Jessica Dieter presented a program on essential oils. Melina Dailey, who is learning the program, assisted her. Dieter shared her experiences with her use of essential oils, and believes they can help numerous physical problems and problems with personal relationships. She said essential oils are medicinal, a pure plant product, and not solely a fragrance. Essential oils are used aromatically, topically or internally. Samples were offered to members.
Secret Pal gifts were given to Teter, Dailey, Struebing and Barnes. Dailey won the door award.
The next meeting will be Aug. 26 at Lamb’s Chapel United Methodist Church at 6 p.m.. Sardeson will provide treats, and Lebo will call to remind members of the meeting.