Our Charter President: Jack Pitts In the photo is pictured from left to right, LL and Juanita Lowry, Jerry Hartman, Jack Pitts and David Wilson, President of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club. The Scottsburg Kiwanis were honored to have our Charter President, Jack Pitts attend our weekly dinner meeting. Jack told the current members how the club got started and some of the things they did in the community as a new club. He talked about how the pancake breakfasts started on Easter Sunday morning early since no restaurants were open on Easter morning at that time for breakfasts. He also talked about how the Flag Program started. Everyone enjoyed Jack’s stories and appreciated him taking the time to spend the evening with us and share some memories.
Leslie and The Raptors
Leslie Grow, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, recently spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club weekly meeting at the Quality Inn about the Dwight Chamberlin Raptor Center located at Hardy Lake. Leslie is an interpreter for the Raptor Program. The Raptor Center grew out of an effort in the late 80’s to provide care for injured animals and release them back to the wild. As the program grew, it became impossible to care for all the animals (beavers, raccoons, squirrels, deer, etc) that were being brought to the center. In a move to keep the center in operation, it changed its focus to just raptors. As it transitioned to caring for just these birds, the Friends of Hardy Lake were established to help provide support for the center. Scott County now has the unique privilege of hosting one of the very few Raptor Centers around. Raptors are cared for until they can be released. Those raptors too injured to ever be returned to the wild are used for educational purposed in the schools and with many other groups. Support for the Raptor Center may be provided to the Friends of Hardy Lake or by attending their breakfasts at the Hardy Lake Shelter area. The last breakfast for this year will be on 25 October from 7:00-10:00.
October is domestic violence month. CASA volunteers recently spoke at one of our club meetings about their work with kids in Scott County in families affected by drug abuse and domestic violence. CASA is raising funds to hire a full time coordinator to coordinate, manage, recruit and train volunteers. Donations are needed. They have 30 of the needed 64 volunteers. Pictured in the first photo are Lisa Kiser (CASA Volunteer) and Treasure Cole who was supported by CASA and is now in a loving, adopted home. In the second picture are Lisa Kiser (CASA Volunteer), Carol Dunn (CASA Volunteer), Jerry Hartman, Christa West (DCS Attorney), David Wilson, Pamela Cole (Adopted Mom of Treasure), Treasure Cole, Erick Mays and Angela Bray.
Midwest Gas Operations
Terry Shafer and Kelly Shafer recently spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club meeting about Midwest Gas, there operations and scope of natural gas distribution. Pictured with Terry and Kelly are club members Jerry Hartman and Lori Baxter. They gave a detailed presentation on safety when using natural gas and provided a demonstration.
Come see Josh Bleill speak at the Scottsburg Middle School Great Room on 7 Oct. Details below!
Domestic Violence Luncheon
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Scott County Prosecutor’s Office will host our annual Domestic Violence Luncheon on 9 Oct from 11:30-1:99 at MASP. Details are below. The lunch is free and they will have speakers. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to 812-752-3663.
Gospel Concert benefits Scout County Clearinghouse
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Denise Pulliam delivers a strong message about the use of heroin
Denise Pulliam recently attended and spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club dinner/meeting at the Quality Inn Hill Bar and Grill. Denise lost a son to a heroin overdose. She and her family speak out to groups and families to raise awareness of the drug abuse problem and to combat the stigma that keeps folks from seeking help. Pictured with Denise are Kiwanis members Terry Davis, Erick Mays and Jimmy Simmons. Denise lost her son on Thanksgiving weekend. They had everyone over to their home for a great Thanksgiving meal and had gone to the Christmas Parade to welcome in the holiday season. Her son never came home that weekend and was found dead in his car on Monday of an overdose of heroin. They buried their son on 1 December. Denise and her family chose not to close up over the tragic loss of her son and to try to make a difference for others struggling with addiction. In 2011 the leading cause of deaths in 24-64 year olds was drug abuse. It’s been rising since 1992, over a 118% increase between 1999 and 2011 alone. Denise and her family try to speak out as much as possible and have spoken at the CEASe Forum, churches and other civic groups like Kiwanis. Drug abuse effects people in both rural and urban areas, it crosses socioeconomic lines and destroys lives. More and more young people are involved in drug abuse. Denise and her familiy work closely with CEASe, Jeremy Stevens’ New Creation Addiction Ministries, and A Place To Be. They helped raise money for these groups to support their programs in fighting drug abuse in Scott County. Her family purchased a billboard sign on US 31 near that warns “Just one more time may be too many!” They have spoken on radio shows, been interviewed by WAVE 3 and did a live radio show for a station in Lexington, Kentucky. They have also started a Facebook page for those to share in their battle with drugs and to get support. They have dedicated themselves to spreading the word that drug abuse is real and have made a special effort to reach out to other parents. sccease.org has information and resources available to get help. Their message is clear, everyone is susceptible to drug addiction, if you’re taking drugs, you need to reach out for help and get off the path to destruction before it’s too late. The Kiwanis members thanked Denise for her efforts to spread the word about this serious and tragic problem in Scott County and applauded her family’s efforts.
Scott County Chamber Director visits Kiwanis
Keith Colbert, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, recently attended the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club meeting at the Quality Inn’s Hill Bar and Grill to speak to the club about the Chamber and upcoming events. Keith is pictured with Kiwanis President Al Riggle. Keith talked about the book, “The Me I want To Be”. He talked about the condition found mostly in infants called FTT, Failure To Thrive. He explained this is not just found in infants but can be found in businesses and clubs also. Dave Church has been working closely with the Chamber to mentor businesses in our community suffering from FTT. Keith talked about the importance in knowing what we want to do for life, but equally to include in our goals and vision what we want to do for our community. He reminded all present the greatest investment we can make is in the lives of young people in our community. He talked about the mission of the Chamber to promote businesses and agriculture through such things as education, quality of life, community pride and tourism. The Chamber tries to promote and keep the businesses we have. In 1998 the Chamber had 118 members, today it has 323. The Chamber tries to help those businesses move from FTT to WTT (the Will to Thrive). The Agri-Business Committee has been active promoting the Farmers Market who not only sells products grown in Scott County but have instituted programs in the schools to teach students what products come from local agriculture. The Chamber also promotes Net Events for businesses and members to network with others in the community. They meet the third Wednesday every month from 7:30-9:00 to share. Keith talked about how the Chamber Exchange has grown and become a better, more informative monthly newsletter.
The Chamber has a new website: Scott County Chamber of Commerce – Home and they now are on Facebook. The next Chamber Award Dinner will be held on Monday, 3 November at MASP. Tables for eight may be purchased. The speaker is Greg Coker from Franklin, KY who will talk about Building Cathedrals. He’s a dynamic and motivational speaker. On 27 Aug the Chamber will host the Regional Business Expo at MASP from 11;00-4:00. There will be 79 booths from businesses from six counties. Keith reminded us we need to “Promote what we have!” He challenged us to use the gifts God has given us and become the person we were designed to be. He reminded us that pride in our community directly affects whether new businesses will come to Scott County. The Chamber in cooperation with MASP is hosting the Dale Carnegie Course to work on building relationships. Contact Keith at the Chamber if you’re interested in attending. The Kiwanis thanked Keith for his presentation.
Brady Wells speaks to Kiwanis
Brady Wells, Scottsburg High School men’s basketball coach, recently spoke to the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club at their weekly meeting. Pictured with Brady Wells is Scottsburg Kiwanis Club President David Wilson. Brady spoke about coaching the team and about his experiences. Coaching includes both teaching about the game and teaching about life lessons. As in life, a team and its players must learn to deal with adversity. This year’s basketball team will feature an exciting, fast-paced style of play that begins with aggressive defense. Brady appreciates the support that the team receives from the parents, alumni and friends, many of whom are in the same seats every year at the games. Brady played basketball and track and field in high school, and track and field at Hanover College. He has run 20 marathons, and his crowning achievement to day is finishing 30th at the Boston Marathon in 1985. He currently runs 60 to 70 miles a week and is preparing for his next marathon. The Kiwanians appreciated Brady’s informative and inspirational talk. The Kiwanis believe the best way to improve a community is to improve the kids. If you are interested in learning more, the Kiwanis meet on Thursdays at 6:30 at the Quality Inn.
Teresa Begley from Ivy Tech Corporate College
Teresa Begley, Executive Director from Ivy Tech Corporate College recently spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club meeting about her career at Ivy Tech, a little bit of its history and growth in Scott County. Pictured are Bill Hoagland, Erick Mays, Teresa Begley and Lisa Sutton. Teresa has been with Ivy Tech for 30 plus years, starting as a teacher and working with Ivy Tech in Madison, Sellersburg and now Columbus.
Ivy Tech is a State supported Post Secondary Institution. For years the big three schools in Indiana for enrollment were #1 Indiana University, #2 Purdue University and #3 Ivy Tech. Now Ivy Tech is #1 in enrollment with over 200,000 students state wide on 24 campuses. Ivy Tech was created in 1963 with the goal of having a campus within 33 miles of every resident in Indiana.
The Columbus Campus includes Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings Counties with a recent partnership started in 2013 with Scott County at Mid America Science Park. This arrangement started in late 2013 with the Welding Institute. It includes a virtual welder and a robotic welder. There are booths in the MASP where students get hands on experience. They started with six students in the 40 week program. The next class starts in Aug and so far there are eight students enrolled. They meet four days a week for 7-8 hours a day and finish as a Certified Welder. Ivy Tech started offering credit courses this summer. Several courses will be offered in August including an Intro to Agriculture and an Intro to Crop Production. They also offer non-credit training for students to brush up on classes such as Intro to EXCEL, Intermediate EXCEL, a power point class and a blueprint reading course.
An Advisory Council is standing up in Scott County to advise Ivy Tech on what courses to offer. They currently offer credit programs with Associate Degrees and Technical Certifications as well as non-credit programs for workers. They have an office at MASP, just look for the Ivy Tech entrance. The staff is there Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The Welding Program can handle up to fourteen students. Cost for the program is $7,000. Work One has scholarships. The minimum age for this program is seventeen. The class runs forty weeks but they are condensing it to 32 weeks with a new class starting in Aug 2014 and Jan 2015. Ivy Tech also offers dual credit welding at Austin HS, Scottsburg HS and Crothersville. There are twenty-eight students currently enrolled. They will earn 3 credit hours.
Coming events are an Ivy Tech Open House at MASP on 19 July and a Exposition at MASP on 27 Aug. The Kiwanians appreciated the presentation and learned a lot about how Ivy Tech is helping Scott County provide opportunities to our students.