Psi Iota Xi

The monthly meeting of the Zeta Mu Chapter of Psi Iota Xi was called to order on March 9 by President Ginger Hedinger at 6:30 p.m. at the Jasper Group Event room. There were 14 members and two honorary retired members present. The meeting began with the Opening Verse. The tables were decorated with green garland and clovers and leprechaun pots of gold filled with treats for the Spring Fling party to be held after the meeting.

Members answered roll call in honor of Women’s History month by naming a woman of interest from history that was famous or a woman who was important to them in their life. The secretary’s report was approved as distributed. Secretary Patty Boeglin read a thank-you note from Sue Taylor, a request for scholarship renewal from last year’s scholarship winner, Olga Castillo, and a change of status request from Andrea Kluemper. The change of status request to move to Alumnae status for Andrea was approved.

Treasurer Leisa Lowrey reported we received a rebate from Terri Lynn for increased sales over last year and a donation from Amazon Smile.

Ginger Hedinger, Leisa Lowrey, Paula Marshall, Lynn Arthur and Deb Stemle will attend the Indiana State meeting to be held at Odon on Saturday, April 17. Two members will be delegates, one will handle the sales booth and two will be pages.

Girl’s State will be held virtually this year and details have not been finalized. Junior and Senior candidates will be allowed to attend this year since the 2020 Girl’s State had been canceled due to COVID-19. The list of candidates will be forth coming and will be voted on at a later date.

Ginger Hedinger read the State Project Proposals which will be voted on at the State meeting. There is $7,000 allotted from the state budget for projects. The proposed projects are: Indiana Lolly project which provides art activities for children and their families at Riley Hospital and Peyton Manning Children’s hospital, Hear Indiana’s Listening & Spoken Language Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children which is a non-profit organization that provides a camp with activities focused on friendship, recreation, self-advocacy, outdoor challenges, leadership and assertiveness skills, public speaking skill development and FUN to campers with hearing issues, Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy Library Fund which provides books and possibly E-readers to Cadets, Purdue Fort Wayne- Poss-
Abilities (ACC) Theatre Camp which sponsors a camp for individuals ages 6-23 who use augmentative/alternative communication (ACC) devices to communicate, Psi Iota Xi American Sign Language Scholarship which provides two scholarships in the ASL program at Vincennes University and may continue on to Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, and The Deaf Youth Sports Festival that serves the deaf/hard of hearing youth ages 5 through high school whose access to organized sports during the regular school year is often restricted or non-existent due to communication barriers.

Psi Ote of the Year nominations are being taken. Any nominations should be submitted to Ginger Hedinger.

Lynn Arthur from the Language and Literacy Camp committee reported the camp will be held in person at the new elementary school. Lynn will be searching for teachers.

The committee for the Strassenfest Arts & Wine Festival reported the brochure event information and booth application form will need to be re-submitted due to a glitch. A discussion followed regarding more fencing being used to allow more social distancing and the entrance fee being raised by $1 so snacks could be provided at no charge. The committee will take these requests under advisement.

The National meeting will be held June 25-27 at the Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, with a derby theme. More information will follow at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions being finalized.

Nominations for officers were held. Ginger Hedinger will continue to serve as President and Leisa Lowrey will continue to serve as Treasurer. Lynn Arthur was nominated for Vice President. Anyone interested in filling the Secretary position should advise Ginger. Present Secretary, Patty Boeglin, will continue to serve if a replacement is not forthcoming. Officers will be voted on at the April meeting.

The Installation and Initiation Banquet information will be provided at the April meeting.

Lynn Maitlen won the attendance door prize. Birthday wishes were given to Deb Stemle and Anne Steffen. Toby Jaent will host Lunch Bunch on March 25 at the Millhouse Restaurant starting at 11 a.m. Members should advise Toby if planning to attend.

The next meeting will be April 13 at the Jasper Group Event room at 6:30 p.m. Following the April meeting, committees will go through memorabilia to determine items that need to be preserved for historical reasons.

The meeting ended with the closing verse. Members enjoyed the Spring Fling following the meeting hosted by committee members Sharon Cox, Patty Cox and Pauline Vonderheide. Members staying for the fling provided appetizers and a game of Quarters was enjoyed. Shamrock plants were given as prizes to winners; Patty Cox, Deb Stemle and Lynn Maitlen.

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. 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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