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CLUB NEWS: Indiana Kiwanis Club met Tuesday

on May 02, 2013 10:49 AM

Wayne Obitz, president, called the April 30 meeting of the Indiana Kiwanis Club to order and welcomed guests Amy O’Neal, Dr. Lorraine Guth and Christine Butler to the meeting.

O’Neal, representing the Indiana Area School District, and Dr. Lorraine Guth of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania department of counseling, spoke to the members of the club concerning a State Farm grant program that they are applying for that deals with bullying in schools. They explained that this project creates an elementary school program that embraces diversity and promotes the acceptance of all people. Three elementary schools in the Indiana school district, including Horace Mann, Eisenhower and Ben Franklin, will participate in the program using K-kids as their core group. IUP faculty and IUP graduate students will also participate in the program. This program is important because it makes one feel comfortable about being one’s self and thus helps prevent bullying. They also hope to have the support of the Kiwanis Club of Indiana. If the grant is accepted, the program should begin in September.

Calvary Counseling Ministry counselor Christine Butler, M.A., explained that this type of faith-based service is greatly needed within the Indiana community. A goal of this ministry is to honor and respect others’ religious beliefs and principles, taking care not to impose any particular value system but rather to encourage people to explore their own. Confidentiality will be strictly followed and clients may self-refer or be referred by others.

The counseling ministry will address such issues as depression, stress, grief, difficult relationships and abuse.

Susan Heberer briefly reminded members of the fashion show scheduled for Saturday at Indiana High School beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Fred Yun, Kiwanis secretary, reminded members of the May board meeting, and that the breakfast for the National Honor Society members has been moved to May 23 at 8:30 a.m. at Rustic Lodge, White Township. There will be no breakfast meeting that morning.

Yun also reminded members of the Eliminate Project meeting with past Pennsylvania Kiwanis Governor Ethan McBeth to be held Friday at noon at Eat’n Park, White Township. Members are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project.

Yun also thanked members for all their hard work and dedication in making the third annual trivia night a success. A total of 170 people attended and 15 Kiwanians worked the event along with three Circle K members. This has become a very successful fundraiser and should only get better in the future.

Kiwanian Barbara Tel-thorster informed Kiwanis that the annual Arc of Indiana County garage sale will be June 15-16 and June 22-23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mack Park Fairgrounds. They will be accepting donations after May 20, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Indiana contact Yun at (724) 465-7509.

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