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Sorority welcomes new member

GREENFIELD – The Upsilon chapter of Psi Iota Xi initiated a new member this fall: Lisa Bowling.

Bowling lives in Greenfield with her husband, Tim. Together, they have five children. Bowling is now an accomplished bead artist. After 40 years working in retail management, she was recently able to retire. She now teaches bead embroidery classes for the Indiana Bead Society and spends her free time crafting new designs, working in the yard, and spending time with her grandchildren.

The Upsilon chapter will be selling cheeseballs at the Holiday Bazaar at Greenfield-Central High from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 while supplies last. Cheeseballs are $8

each and come in savory and chocolate chip dessert flavors. Savory cheeseballs can be purchased rolled in nuts or without nuts.

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. For more information, contact Katie Ottinger at 317-318-8313 by text or voice call.

Retired teachers work on service projects

 Members of the Hancock County Retired Teachers Association and the Whitewater Valley RTA recently met and took a photo with their service projects. Pictured are Susan Geesa, Marge Targett, RuthAnn Monaghan, Linda Rosenberg, Marty Mullin and Peggy Carson. Submitted photo

GREENFIELD – The Hancock County Retired Teachers Association met at Nameless Creek Youth Camp for their November meeting. Members heard from veteran Craig Sherman, who spoke of his experiences in the Naval Reserve and of his trip with the Indy Honor Flight.

Guests from Whitewater Valley Retired Teachers Association brought supplies for Bentley’s Buddies. HCRTA and WVRTA are helping each other with their service projects this year. While HCRTA is collecting items to support Bentley’s Buddies in Hancock County, WVRTA is collecting gently-used shoes which are sent to South and Central America. The money raised supports their local scholarship fund.

Members are reminded to report their volunteer hours to Peggy Carson by Dec. 31.

The next meeting of Hancock County Retired Teachers will be March 13. All educators who taught or live in Hancock County are invited to attend. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Knightstown DAR completes fall projects

 Judith Tompkins, sixth from left, was recently welcomed as a new member by Major Hugh Dinwiddie officer Sherry Rigney (far left), Amelia Wyatt, Dianne Taylor, Karen Campbell, Brenda Cotton and Denise Akers. Submitted photo
 Major Hugh Dinwiddie Chapter officers honor nominee Rana Rodeffer (fourth from left), Outstanding Teacher of American History from Knightstown High School. Pictured from left are Amelia Wyatt, Sherry Rigney, Brenda Cotton, Rodeffer, Dianne Taylor, Linda Ashwill, Denise Akers and Karen Campbell. Submitted photo

KNIGHTSTOWN – The Major Hugh Dinwiddie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently recognized Rana Rodeffer as its nominee for “Outstanding Teacher of American History.” Rodeffer teaches American History at Knightstown High School and sponsors History Club. Her nomination has been submitted to Indiana’s DAR History Chair for state consideration.

Also this month, the group welcomed new members Pamela Barnes and Judith Tompkins; potential members are always welcome to attend meetings.

Earlier this fall, Denise Akers, Marianne Hughes, Mary Miller, Karen Campbell, and Brenda Cotton attended Indiana DAR Fall Forum in Indianapolis. A focus was given to DAR women in nursing. Vice Regent Karen Campbell was among those honored.

Members donated to the chapter’s Sunshine Fund, which will support Wreaths Across America that places Christmas wreaths on the graves of veterans in cemeteries across the nation.

MHD participated in two Veterans Day events. Members passed out flags, veterans’ pins, and Bells for Peace cards at Knightstown Elementary School. They also participated in a veteran’s breakfast at Glen Oaks Health Campus. This was followed by a program, appreciation certificates to veterans, roses to widows of veterans, and a new United States flag was presented to the facility. Veterans and widows then rang their “Bells for Peace” in celebration of the anniversary of Armistice Day.

The chapter will meet at Kopper Kettle for a Christmas gathering in December. Holiday treats will be collected and donated to homeless veterans and families.

Two clubs hosting benefit breakfast

FORTVILLE – A Breakfast with Santa event is coming up, supported by the Fortville Alpha Phi chapter of the Psi Iota Xi sorority and the Mt. Vernon Optimist Club.

The event is scheduled for 8-10:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Mt. Vernon High School cafeteria, door seven. The event includes breakfast, crafts, a Santa visit, live music and a free book giveaway to each child. Canned goods are accepted for a local food drive. Tickets are $10 per adult, children 8 and under are free; proceeds benefit Shop with a Public Servant. Learn more at mvoptimist.com.

Shrine Club to host meeting

GREENFIELD – The November meeting and meal for the Hancock County Shrine Club will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov 28 at the Fraternal Order of Police, 400 E. Davis Road, Greenfield. Cost if the meal is $10 per person; past presidents will be honored with a free meal. Dues for 2024 will be accepted at $10 as well.

Reserve a spot by Nov. 24 to President Scott Harvey, 317-371-4821 or email [email protected].

NARFE to host December meeting

GREENFIELD – The next local meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Elks Lodge, 223 E. Third St., Rushville. For more information on the organization, contact chapter service officer/editor Richard T. Wagner, [email protected].

Students named to angus association

GREENFIELD – Two local students were recently named as new junior members of the American Angus Association.

Makynze Ellis and Rhett Rodgers, both of Greenfield, were named to the association earlier this month. Junior members of the association are eligible to register cattle in the AAA, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association, and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national or regional events. The AAA is the largest beef breed association in the world with more than 22,000 active adult and junior members. Visit njaa.info for more.