Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 20, at the DAV, Michigan City.    

August Program Chair Bill Hazelgrove introduced Jamie Miller. Miller is the development officer for the Unity Foundation of La Porte County. The 27 years young organization made charitable contributions to 80 organizations totaling $137,000 in 2018. The Unity Foundation has 501(c)(3) status.

“A lot of clubs utilize us for our tax status,” Miller said. A few of the 80 groups that benefited from charitable dollars last year included: The Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Charities, Citizens Concerned for the Homeless, La Salle Council Boy Scouts and the Salvation Army. Most of the charitable donations are endowed monies.

The Unity Foundation also supports education through scholarships and their ongoing support of the La Porte County Skill-Up network. One of the brochures distributed by Miller stated, “Unity Foundation of La Porte County is a local nonprofit that helps people invest in the future of La Porte County. Their gifts do good works within the community forever.”

A question and answer session revealed that Unity can accept donations in various forms such as: stocks, bonds and real estate. Donor Advised Funds enable folks to make donations to several entities. ”They make their gift list we make the donations!” Jamie also stressed that the foundation’s application to receive monies is quick and easy. To make a donation or to find out more about Unity Foundation of La Porte County call 219-879-0327 or go to

The next meeting of Exchange is Aug. 27 at noon with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. The program is about the A K Smith Center.


Genealogical Society

La PORTE — The La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society met at the La Porte Park Department Headquarters on Aug. 13.

After the business meeting, a program by Don Glossinger, director of the Michigan City Public Library, gave members and guests an update on the renovation in progress at the library. The second phase will be completed in the next few months, and the Indiana Room will require some fresh books to add to the collection. Don asked the Society for suggestions. He stated that public input is welcome.

On Sept. 10 the program will be a presentation of the Residency Awards. These awards — for First Families, Pioneer Families, Settlers and Civil War ancestors — are outlined on the society's website,, or visit their Facebook page.

The society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. The business meeting will start promptly at 7, and the social time and refreshment period will come between the business meeting and the program. The public is welcome at all meetings.

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