Fern Eddy Schultz speaks about the history of Salem Heights Cemetery and Salem Chapel United Methodist Church

Genealogical Society

La PORTE — The La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society met June 11.

Each June, the regular meeting of the Genealogical Society is held at one of the historic cemeteries in La Porte County.

This year, the Salem Heights Cemetery, south and east of La Porte on Ind. 4 has been selected. A pamphlet listed early burials and veterans buried there. Fern Eddy Schultz spoke about the history of the cemetery and Salem Chapel United Methodist Church. Members and guests told stories of other families.

Next month the Society will return to the usual meeting place at 7 p.m. in the headquarters of the La Porte City Park Department, 250 Pine Lake Avenue. The business meeting will be followed by "The Sons of the American Revolution", presented by Doug McGriff, Chaplain of the Duneland chapter of the Indiana Society of the American revolution. Guests are always welcome.

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Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on June 11 at the DAV, Michigan City.    

Program Chair Jim Fisher introduced Bill Trowbridge, Erin Mooneyhan and Kim Latchford of Paladin. Formerly known as Michiana Resources, the humane services organization helps adults and children with disabilities create a better life for themselves. Paladin, with roots dating back more than 50 years currently serves 635 clients. With a staff of 280 and an annual budget of $11.5 million, Paladin offers several programs including: pre-vocational training, employment opportunities, day habilitation, behavior management, respite care, patient advocacy and various children’s programs. Paladin manages five separate facilities with two located in La Porte County. Paladin is a needs based provider of services and emphasizes a team approach to overcome the individual’s challenges. Paladin’s vision is: For all persons to have the opportunity to discover their personal potential, be self-sufficient, and fully integrated into their community.

Paladin currently strives to advance several items/issues to become more proficient including: onsite behavioral services, emergency transitional home for clients, an appropriate day service facility, and consistent funding from the county. Paladin has merged or partnered with several organizations such as Parents and Friends and Head Start of La Porte County. Paladin plans to partner with Imagination Station July 1. The Michigan City Exchange Club presented the Paladin team a check in the amount of $2,000. Exchange Club President John Sheets emphasized, "Yours is the kind of organization we like to support!"

The next meeting of Exchange is June 18 and starts at 12 p.m. and doors open at 11:30 a.m. The program is to be Exchange Club member Phil Freese.

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