Friday, September 24th, 2021

Tri Kappa members attend state convention

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2021

The 64th State Convention of Tri Kappa was recently held at the Indianapolis Marriott East. Council president, Chris Klus, presided with the members of the Gary, Merrillville, Winfield Beta Rho chapter acting as hostesses.

Representing Huntington Chi Chapter were Annette Carroll, delegate, and Angie Garcia, alternate. Samantha Garcia from the Chi Chapter also attended. The delegate from the Huntington associate chapter was Sandy Stephan, and the alternate was Carlene Peters. Others attending from the associate chapter were Ann Ambler and Nancy Carender.

Several business sessions were held during the three-day meeting. There were informative and historical exhibits demonstrating Tri Kappa’s work throughout the state. The Fine Arts winners from Province were displayed. Angie Garcia received third place for her Decorative Fiber piece.

Tri Kappa’s Philanthropy committee continues to support Riley Hospital, including the Riley Children’s Foundation, Riley Cheer Guild, HANDS in Autism and a program that supplies loaner hearing aids to severely hearing-impaired children.

The scholarship committee reported that local, province and state scholarships total almost $650,000 annually for Indiana students.

The mental health committee donated more than $16,000 to organizations to promote mental health needs of children and adults. Donations were made to the following organizations: Alzheimer’s Association, Best Buddies, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Junior Mental Health Association, Mental Health America Indiana, Prevent Child Abuse, National Alliance on Mental Health and Special Olympics. The Memorial fund donated more than $20,000 to local universities to help students with unexpected financial and personal hardships. The fine arts committee has been actively involved in the Hoosier Salon since it was organized in 1926. The Tri Kappa art collection is on display at the Logan Library at Rose-Hulman of Technology in Terre Haute. The committee also presents art and music scholarships every spring.

The gifted and talented committee has donated $11,300 to various programs including the Indiana Bar “We the People” enrichment program, the Indiana Academy for Science, Math & Humanities and Purdue University’s Gifted & Talented Educational program.

Friday night dinner guests were entertained with a humorous skit by the Province Officers and a fun game of Parliamentarian Bingo. On Saturday evening the band “Hit Locker” entertained members while they danced the night away.

The council officers for the 2021 to 2023 term were installed. They are Janet Perry of Paoli Delta as president, Laurie Bloom of Kendallville Alpha Associate as vice-president, Valerie Murphy of Kentland Epsilon Iota as secretary and Heather Nacke of Logansport Alpha Mu as treasurer. The adviser will be Chris Klus of the Gary, Merrillville Winfield Beta Rho Chapter.

Tri Kappa is a statewide philanthropic organization known for its work in charity, culture and education. It has approximately 7,351 members in 143 active and 98 associate chapters throughout the State of Indiana. The Huntington Chi and associate chapters donate to various local community organizations throughout the year.

Shown in the photo from left to right, are Carlene Peters, Sandy Stephan, Annette Carroll and Angie Garcia.