Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on Tuesday afternoon Sept. 3 at the DAV, Michigan City.    

September Program Chair Dale Simmons introduced Ed Merrion of the Interfaith Community PADS program. PADS stands for Public Action Delivering Shelter. Merrion gave a brief history of the community’s efforts to house the homeless. There has been no single place that afforded shelter for this at risk community. They have been offered a series of churches and the Salvation Army on a rotating basis. Merrion said the plan is to bring them all together under one roof. PADS has been offered the old Sacred Heart Church on W. 8th Street to serve that purpose.

The church on the west side of Michigan City needs a great deal of renovation before it can act as an overnight shelter for both men and woman clients, Merrion said. Some of the needed improvements include: a new larger water supply line as well as a drain line, fire suppression system, kitchen and an American with Disabilities approved chair left. Merrion has been busy writing grants for the 501(c)(3) program.

Merrion told Exchangites the number of homeless have grown over time. Thirty-six men were housed each night this past year. “We are seeing more woman than ever before,” he said. Merrion also said PADS is not a "flop house;" each guest must register with Keys to Hope and actively work toward improving their situation. To make a donation or to volunteer log onto or call 219-276-7582

The next meeting of Exchange is Sept. 10. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. and doors open at 11. The program will be the annual Book of Golden Deeds program.


Hesston Homemakers

La PORTE — Twelve members of Hesston Homemakers Extension Club met at Lamb’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Aug. 26. Those present were Phyllis Austin, Linda Barnes, Lila Brown, Connie Garrison, Teri Lebo, Cindy Pagels, Patty Sardeson, Sheri Schwenk, Janice Smith, Pam Struebing, Betty Swanson and Donna Teter.

President Barnes called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the Homemakers’ Creed. Roll call was taken by members telling their favorite summertime activity. Barnes announced that Marcy Dailey has decided to not continue in the club. Sardeson read the secretary’s minutes. It was noted that the order of lesson presentations in the club has been changed. Swanson will present a lesson on bottled water in September, and Teter will tentatively present her lesson in October.

In old business, discussion concerning the Extension Clubs’ Fair Booth continued. It was noted that the banner the club donated was not easily seen in the booth, and some of the items sold at the booth reminded one lady of a garage sale. Several ladies said they preferred the handmade items made by extension club and community members that were available in previous years. President Barnes asked if anyone was able to visit the Indiana State Fair. No one attended the Indiana State Fair this year; however, Swanson shared memories of previous state fairs. The treasurer’s report was given by Garrison. Swanson led members in the song, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”

In new business, Barnes announced the “Health Benefits of Massage” Workshop on Sept. 3 and passed around a flyer with information. At this time no one planned on attending. Barnes lead discussion on possible fall outings for the club. Suggestions were: going back to Shipshewana, experiencing a corn maze, visit Conner Prairie, go to the historical Chellberg Farm, attend the Sunflower Fair in La Porte on Sept. 21 or the Door Village Festival on Sept. 8, find an October Fest, or attend a play in the area. After discussion and research, members decided to do two things. On Sunday, Sept. 22, they plan to go to the Apple Festival at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which is held at the historic Chellberg Farm. Those interested in attending will meet at Sardeson’s home at 11:30 a.m. and will car pool to drive to the National Lakeshore. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members also plan to attend a 2 p.m. matinee performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Little Theatre in La Porte on Saturday, Oct. 19. Several ladies decided to meet for lunch before the performance.

Garrison presented a lesson on the effects of birth order on a child’s developing personality. She stated some characteristics of first born children are they often struggle with perfection, appear to be somewhat like a small adult by seven or eight years of age, are independent and are more motivated than later born children, they may feel that they have been dethroned by siblings, and are often self-critical. Middle children are often loyal, they stick to commitments, don’t have as many hang-ups as first born children, have many friends but they don’t feel as important in the family. Last born often are risk takers, they like attention, fly by seat of pants, are clowns, make people laugh to get attention. Last born children usually are bold enough to try things, appear cocky, but have self-doubt, and can be rebellious. Only children often are self-centered, confident, and share many first born qualities, and are comfortable with those older or younger than themselves. Parents tend to identify with the child in the same birth order as them. Interestingly, Garrison said adopted children keep characteristics of their birth family order, not the adopted family.

Struebing presented the health, safety and wellness report on CBD oil.

Frist of all, CBD doesn’t have the element that makes one high.

Struebing said the best quality of oil is found at the health food stores, and if shopping for CBD oil people should look for a pure, organic source.

The door award was won by Pagels and a secret pal gift was given to Sardeson. Schwenk announced that Williams Orchard is opening and will be selling apples in the near future.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 30, at Lamb’s Chapel United Methodist Church at 6 p.m.

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