Jasper's Tri Kappa celebrates 75 years

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Members of Jasper's Tri Kappa met Tuesday to celebrate the chapter's 75th anniversary. The nonprofit is made up of local women who raise money to serve the Jasper community throughout the year.


JASPER — When Ruth Coller moved to Jasper after she married, she found it difficult to meet other women while taking care of her young children. When she was asked to join Jasper’s Tri Kappa chapter, she saw it as a way to feel a part of the community.

Coller and about 20 other Tri Kappa members met Tuesday to celebrate the local chapter’s 75th anniversary. The nonprofit is one of more than 130 chapters across the state that works to provide donations and service to other organizations in the community. In Jasper, this includes Jasper Community Arts, the Jasper Public Library, Habitat for Humanity and more.

There are currently 53 active members in the Jasper chapter who all work on a volunteer basis. The main goal is to help serve the community and promote the organization’s three goals — charity, culture and education — but it’s more than just a service organization, Coller said.

“When I ask people why they joined Tri Kappa, the first reason is almost always because they want to interact with other women,” she said. “It’s a great way to meet women from all different groups and diversities and form a bond together.”

Tri Kappa in Jasper also supports other causes such as Clothe the Children, which provides clothing to kids around Christmastime through Trinity United Church of Christ and Walmart, and several scholarships that go to seniors at Jasper High School. It also donates toys and pop tabs to Riley Hospital for Children and the Ronald McDonald House. Statewide, Tri Kappa raises more than $20,000 a year through pop tabs alone.

The organization also participates in programs around the area, such as the Pioneer Program, where members visit local schools and teach fourth-graders about covered wagons traveling into Indiana.

All of the money Tri Kappa Jasper raises comes from a single day — the annual garage sale, which takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day. This year, the sale raised more than $13,000, Coller said. That money is then distributed to local organizations throughout the rest of the year.

“It went really great this year,” Coller said. “We’re just excited to be able to keep serving the community.”

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