MICHIGAN CITY — The Exchangettes Club of Michigan City held their monthly meeting at the Elks Club in Michigan City on Nov. 18.

The speaker for the evening was Debbie Sellers from The Social & Learning Institute.

The Social and Learning Institute is a privately funded non-profit organization providing a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization was started in the garage of Frances Mark in 1976. There are about 27 students between the ages of 20-71. It is a place of enrichment for students who have gone through regular school but still need to engage with their peers, and expand their talents and abilities. A Health & Wellness program is in place through a grant from the Health Foundation of La Porte. Each student has a Fitbit to monitor progress and learn about health. The three day a week program utilizes other services such as Reins of Life and Dunes Learning Center. Tuition is low as most students are on a limited income and living at home.

The Club was saddened by the loss of long time member Carmen Gondek. All will miss her. Melinda Nagle won the 50/50 and Terry Laux won the door award. The next meeting of the Michigan City Exchangettes Club will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Elks Club in Michigan City. This will be the club's Christmas Party. New members are always welcome.


Hesston Homemakers

La PORTE — Members of Hesston Homemakers Extension Club met at Lamb’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Monday, Oct. 28. Those present were Linda Barnes, Lila Brown, Connie Garrison, Teri Lebo, Cindy Pagels, Patty Sardeson, Sheri Schwenk, Pam Struebing, Betty Swanson, Donna Teter and Carolyn Warren. President Barnes opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the Homemakers’ Creed. Roll call was taken by members telling their favorite thing to do at Halloween. Sardeson read the minutes from the last meeting, and Garrison shared the treasurer’s report. Sardeson shared the health, safety, and wellness report on preventing falls to preserve members' independence. The song “Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead” was sung.

Barnes asked who was able to go to the recent educational retreat at the Extension Office. Swanson did and reported she found the session “What’s the Buzz” fascinating. The session was about bees and she thought it notable that cutting lawns cuts down on the bees’ food source. Several members were able to go to the play at the Little Theatre in La Porte in October. Struebing loved the experience, and other comments were that the actors were wonderful, music was great, and the main actress had a beautiful voice. The restaurant visited before the play was very good, and the weather was beautiful. The La Porte County Extension Homemakers’ International Faire was the same day as their outing so no one attended the international dinner; however, it was noted that past dinners have been informative and enjoyable.

Barnes announced the council Holiday Celebration on Dec. 3. The celebration will begin at 12 noon in the Community Building at the La Porte County Fairgrounds. Barnes plans on attending.

The lesson for the meeting was “Edible Flowers,” presented by Teter. She said people have eaten edible flowers for thousands of years and it may be a returning trend. In her talk, she made suggestions on ways to use edible flowers, gave us a handout of the more common edible flowers, and stressed the 10 rules for using edible flowers safely.

The suggestion was made that members decide where, and when, to have their Christmastime dinner since reservations need to be made. After discussion, they voted to go to Heston Supper Club on Dec. 9. Members will meet there at 6 p.m.

The door award was won by Sardeson, and Secret Pal gifts were given to Pagels, Sardeson, Swanson and Warren.

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