Psi Iota Xi

The September meeting of the Zeta Mu chapter of Psi Iota Xi was held at the Jasper Group event room at 6:30 p.m. with President Ginger Hedinger calling the meeting to order with the recitation of the Opening Verse.

Patty Boeglin performed roll call with members answering with their favorite summer activity. Seventeen members were present. Guest Patty Ruhe was introduced by Kathy Johannemann.

Interspersed through the meeting were correspondence from the new National President Sandy Johnson and SW District Officer Terri Resler, a request for a donation towards Holy Trinity Music and Arts from Ann Nagy, a thank-you note from Pi Chapter for our basket donation to the National Convention raffle and a request for a donation from Jasper Community Arts.

Donations were approved for Holy Trinity for virtual music classes and the Jasper Community Arts.

Lynn Arthur reported on the state meeting held at Clifty Falls on July 19. Members approved donations totaling $8,000 to the following organizations that did not shut down due to COVID-19: Indiana Lolly Project, Hear Indiana Listening & Spoken Language Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, Hoosier Youth Challenge Library Fund, Metropolitan Opera National Council, Purdue Ft Wayne–Possibilities (ACC) Theater Camp and The Deaf Youth Sports Festival. A new rule was added to the state by-laws that a chapter cannot submit a project for consideration if they have a member on the project committee. The next state meeting will be held at Crane on April 17, 2021, with a Hawaiian/PIX flag theme.

The National Convention was held in Fort Wayne Aug. 14-16. Lynn Arthur represented our chapter. At the convention our chapter received first in contributions to Literature/Literacy, First Per Capita for Language/Literacy, first in contributions to Speech and Hearing and second to all Project funding in the SW District. Our chapter also received a Certificate of Merit Award and the Honeycomb Button Award for SW District. A new membership rule was instituted which would allow a member to hold membership in two chapters. Their active years would be tabulated as only one active year for one chapter and would pay dues for each chapter. The new National Long Term project is “Hear Indiana” an Endowment Gift to support $3000 Scholarships for the lack of Cochlear Professionals over the next several years for a total donation of $100,000. The membership approved the project committee proposed donations to the following: American Speech Language Hearing Foundation, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Bethel College Sign Language Interpreting Programs, St. Joseph Institutes Early Intervention & IHear Program Camp, Hoosier Art Salon and Literature/Literacy Grants. The new National officers were installed with Sandy Johnson being the new president. The 2021 convention will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 25-27 at the Brown Hotel.

Lynn Arthur reported the Language and Literacy camp was held virtually in June with one teacher and 12 students with 30-minute sessions. At the end of the camp, Leisa Lowrey hand-delivered books to all the students which were donated from her college sorority. The balance of the donated books were given to the Shared Abundance Food Bank for distribution.

Marci Backer distributed the Terri Lynn nut/candy order forms. Orders are due at the October meeting. There will be a flyer emailed to members to use due to the COVID 19 social distancing rules. Members were asked to promote the sales as much as possible since the Strassenfest fundraiser was canceled. There will also be the option for people to purchase on members' Facebook pages from a link that can be emailed. If you would like to order, you can also call Marci Backer at 812-639-2285 or any sorority member.

Leisa Lowrey mentioned when ordering on Amazon to make sure to select Amazon Smile at for a donation to be made to our organization on behalf of your purchases.

Several proposals for updates to our Standing Rules were submitted and discussed. They will be voted on at the October meeting.

Pauline Vonderheide proposed having our Installation/Initiation banquet which was postponed due to COVID at the October meeting. Members are to let Pauline know if they would attend to verify the minimum amount needed would be attained for the Schintzelbank to allow our gathering. More will follow on place and time.

Lynn Arthur will host Lunch Bunch at the Millhouse Restaurant on Sept. 23 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone wishing to attend should let Lynn know. Wanda Haas won the door prize. September birthday greetings were given to Carol Schmidt, Nancy Ziegler, Ruth Jarboe, Paula Marshall and Pauline Vonderheide.

Members were encouraged to bring any potential new members to a business meeting as we need to boost our membership.

The next meeting will be held Oct. 13 with the place and time to follow. The meeting ended with the Closing Verse.

Anyone interested in joining the Zeta Mu chapter can contact any member or President Ginger Hedinger at 812-630-2495 or Lynn Arthur at 765-748-3138 or any member. Local fundraisers support our Language and Literacy Camp held each summer in the month of June, a college scholarship, Jasper Community Arts as well as other community projects. The main mission of the Psi Iota Xi sorority is promoting, art, music, literature and speech and hearing.

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