The Austin High School Maverick Challenge Team

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The Austin High School Maverick Challenge Team won the regional competition and became the first Maverick Challenge Team from Scott County to compete at State levelPictured are Kiwanis member and team mentor, Dave Church, team members Michael Cissell, Gavin White & Jordan Meadows, and Austin High School Business teacher and Austin High School Key Club Faculty Advisor Chandra Talley.  Their presentation was for a start up company, Cre’s Garden “Garden Like a God”The team made their presentation to the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club at their regular dinner meeting at The Kitchen.  
Maverick Challenge is a high school business planning competition for high school students in Southern Indiana including Austin and Scottsburg.  The program aims to further develop the innovative spirit of our region by reaching out to high school students and showing them viable careeer opportunities through entrepreneurship.  Working with Kiwanian Dave Church, business teachers Ms Talley in Austin and Ms Depreist and Mr Chrenshaw in Scottsburg, students had access to all the tools needed to take their business idea from a concept and develop it into a full business plan.  Online tools were offered in the development phase of the project.  Students had to present their business plan to judges Matt Carter, Kelly Dulaney (Kiwanis Corporate member Chamber of Commerce), Chris Garten (Kiwanis Corporate member from Signature Countertops) , Shelly Lakins (Kiwanis Corporate member from New Washington State Bank) and Ray Niehaus.  
The Maverick Challenge teams from Austin and Scottsburg competed at MASPark on February 3rd and the top team won $500.  The winning team from that competition then competed on Saturday in Columbus and won another $500.  

 

This is a great opportunity to help students learn about viable career opportunities, networking with and being mentored by entrepreneurs in the community.  Special thanks to the Maverick Challenge sponsors in Scott County:  Genesis Plastic, New Washington State Bank (Kiwanis Corporate Member), MASPark, Scottsburg Kiwanis Club and the Scott County Chamber of Commerce (Kiwanis Corporate Member).  
The Kiwanis members appreciated the presentation and expressed their pride in the achievements of this outstanding team.

Scottsburg Kiwanis President Terry Davis

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Kiwanis President Terry Davis recently retired from the Department of Natural Resources after over 30 years of service.  Since several of the Kiwanis members couldn’t make it to his retirement ceremony, the club has a small ceremony for his Kiwanis family at our weekly dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on the Square.  Congratulations Terry!

 

Joe Gibson, member of the Lexington Historical Society

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Joe Gibson, member of the Lexington Historical Society, recently attended the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club dinner/meeting at The Kitchen to talk about Scott County’s most historic community, Lexington.  Pictured is Joe making his presentationJoe pointed out that Lexington was one of Indiana’s earliest pioneer towns.  Its’ beginning started around a log tavern and Indian trading post in 1804.  It showed such promise that in 1813, Lexington was one of eight towns considered for the location of the Indiana Territorial Capital.  
 
With the forming of Scott County in 1820, Lexington was chosen to serve as County Seat  By 1860, it was some town, with a population of over 500.  Lexington could boast of having livery stables, doctors, a newspaper, several blacksmiths, a train station, a school grist mill, a wooden mill, saw mills, barrel heading and stave factory, a tannery, a bank three hotels, five churches and a small college.  Lexington remained the principal down of Scott County for many years even though it was rather inaccessibly located in the extreme southeast corner of the county.  It was only natural that the County Seat be moved to a more central location.  
 
In 1871 the town of Scottsburg was laid out and with the completion of the new courthouse in 1874, the records were transported by wagon from Lexington to Scottsburg.  It is said that there were many hard feelings caused by the transfer of the County Seat, and tempers ran high over that matter for a long time.  With the removal of the County Seat, the businesses and the residents left Lexington and relocated at the location of the new County Seat.  Today Lexington is a small, peaceful community. 
 
Historical events that should be noted involving Lexington include:  The state’s second newspaper, the “Western Eagle”, was printed in 1815-1816.  The first “Wildcat” Bank, which involved a swindling operation in Indiana occurred in 1815.  In 1863, Confederate General John Morgan stopped in Lexington for a night during his raid across southern Indiana.  In 1868, the trial of the outlaw Reno Gang occurred in Lexington.  The Reno’s had been responsible for the first train robbery in the United States.
 
Asa M. Fitch deserves credit for one of Lexington’s claim to fame.  In 1876, he established in Lexington a plant to make chewing gum.  It is said to have been the first such industry in America.  In 1885, Fitch also patented the first farming plow on wheels.  Through the years many famous men were involved with the town, General William McFarland, one of Lexington’s founders, was an adjutant general to General William Henry Harrison during the war of 1812, and served as Indiana Territorial Repreentative from 1811-1813. 
 
William Hendricks, Second Governor of Indiana, first U.S. Congressman from Indiana, Territorial Representative from 1813-1814, Secretary of the Indiana Constitutional Convention, practiced law in Lexington.  William H. English, born and raised in Lexington, ran for Vice-President of the Unite States in 1880, was U.S. Congressman from 1853-1861, and he brought about the building of Indiana’s most recognized monument, The Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Circle in Indianapolis.  Joseph H. Shea of Lexington, Indiana, was appointed Ambassador to Chile form 1916-1921, y President Wilson.  
 
Captain Will English served as Indiana Staate Senator from 1908-1920, serve d with Colonel Teddy Roosevelt’s “Rough Riders”, during the Spanish American War.  William Storen served as Indiana State Treasurer from 1932-1940.  These are just a few of the illustrious men who are part of the heritage that is Lexington’s.  
 
The Kiwanians thanked Joe for his presentation and appreciated learning more about Lexington, IN.

Scottsburg Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast

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The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club hosted the first pancake breakfast of 2017 in March. The SMS Builders Club, SHS Key Club and AHS Key Club provided volunteers to assist Tickets were donated to the SHS Tennis Team, SHS Key Club, AHS Key Club, and the Boy Scouts to raise money for their programs and projects The two Key Clubs were raising money for the upcoming District Leadership Convention in Muncie, IN.
The next pancake breakfast will be on 6 May!
Photo 1:  Kiwanis member Kathy Yount and her daughter, SHS Key Club member Justice Gabbard.
Photo 2:  Judge Jason Mount and his family.
Photo 3:  Customers enjoying the breakfast.
Photo 4:  Chris Wakeman and Don Cooper in the kitchen.  Builders Club student, Jack Land washing dishes in the background.
Photo 5:  Two SMS Builders Club students washing dishes.
Photo 6:  Kiwanis member and SMS Builders Club faculty advisor Lisa Sutton.
Photo 7:  Builders Club member Dyllen Whittymore, SCSD2 Kiwanis member Denise Pelfrey and SHS Key Club President Rachel Pelfrey.
Photo 8:  Happy customers!
Photo 9:  We depend on our customers for the programs and projects we do for the kids–Thank You!!
Photo 10:  Kiwanis member Paul Rogers with friends enjoying pancakes.
Photo 11:  Some of our happy customers—Thank you for your support!
Photo 12:  Kitchen crew–Builders Club on the dish washer, Wes Clark on the sausage and Don Cooper on the flapjacks er, pancakes!