Club news: Local groups prepare for fall events, fundraisers


Howard Greene, president of teh Hancock County Food Pantry board, recenty accepted a check from Hancock County Retired Teachers to help with the pantry’s move to a new location. Susan Geesa, HCRT president, presented the check.

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Retired teachers work on service projects

GREENFIELD – Hancock County Retired Teachers this month presented the Hancock County Food Pantry with a check for $200 to go toward supplies as the pantry moves to its new location at 2040 W. Main St. in Greenfield. Howard Greene, president of the food pantry board of directors, accepted the check from Susan Geesa, HCRT president.

Also during the September meeting, retired teachers assembled bookmarks to be given to children who will be reading with Bentley’s Buddies.

Hancock County Retired Teachers meet the second Wednesday of September, November, March, and May at Nameless Creek Youth Camp. Meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All educators who taught or live in Hancock County are welcome to attend. For information, contact [email protected].

Sorority to sell pickles, cheeseballs

 Members of Psi Iota Xi make cheeseballs each year as a fundraiser. Submitted photo

GREENFIELD – The Upsilon chapter of Psi Iota Xi recently announced a new fundraiser – pickles – to run alongside its most well-known project, cheeseballs. Money raised supports speech and hearing, art, literature and music efforts in Hancock County.

The chapter will sell Sechler’s Pickles, a company based in St. Joe, Ind. Sechler’s Pickles sources cucumbers from the Midwest, and all packing and processing happens in Indiana. The chapter is offering a variety of single-jar and bulk products, as well as gift baskets. To view products and prices, visit the chapter’s Facebook page @PIXupsilon or text (preferred) or call Katie Ottinger at 317-318-8313.

Cheeseballs is the organization’s largest fundraiser. The chapter will be following health protocols and always prepares cheeseballs in a commercial kitchen with supervision of a food service professional. Cheeseballs will be ready for pick-up or delivery in mid-November. Cheeseballs are available for order. They are $8 each and come in savory and chocolate chip dessert flavors. Savory cheeseballs can be ordered rolled in nuts or without nuts. To order, text (preferred) or call Ottinger at 317-318-8313.

The Upsilon chapter will also have a booth at the Greenfield-Central High School Holiday Bazaar Dec. 2, to sell both cheeseballs and pickles. No advance order is necessary at the bazaar; items will be sold first-come, first-served while supplies last.

Psi Iota Xi, founded in 1897 in Muncie, is a women’s philanthropic organization with chapters throughout the midwestern United States. Psi Iota Xi chapters are focused on raising money and offering volunteer service to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Membership in Psi Iota Xi is open to any female 18 years of age and older. Those interested in joining the Upsilon chapter in Greenfield, can contact Katie Ottinger at 317-318-8313.

CASA volunteers attend conference

Hancock County CASA volunteers attended a conference recently in Indianapolis.   Submitted photo

GREENFIELD – Hancock County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers recently attended the 2023 Indiana State GAL/CASA Conference in Indianapolis. The conference theme was “Imagine the CASA-bilities” and focused on trauma and resilience. Volunteers and staff members participated in seminars and trainings and heard from keynote speaker, Melissa Roshan Potter, a fierce advocate for children who have lived through trauma and abuse much like herself. Hancock County CASA is always welcoming volunteers with open arms. Learn more at

Homemakers plan cooking, shopping events

GREENFIELD – Hancock County Extension Homemakers are planning two upcoming community events.

A Heritage Cooking Class will be at 6 pm. Oct. 11 at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield. Local homemakers will be demonstrating how to make roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Samples and light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free but registration is limited. Register by Oct. 6 at

The group’s annual Country Vintage Market will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, 620 Apple St., Greenfield. The event features hand-made items, primitives, baked goods and more; admission and parking are free. For vendor inquiries, email [email protected].

Greenfield Elks planning fall, holiday events

GREENFIELD – Greenfield Elks are planning several upcoming community events.

A trivia night to benefit the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the lodge, 820 S. State St., Greenfield. Team play is $10 per person and dinner will also be offered by the lodge, which opens at 5 p.m.

A Trunk or Treat event will be 3-5 p.m. Oct. 29 at the lodge.

A veterans breakfast free to all veterans is planned for 8-11 a.m. Nov. 11.

The club is also planning a euchre event to benefit the KBMSK at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 with dinner available at 5 p.m.