Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on July 14 at the DAV, Michigan City.

The Oct. 17 Exchange Club Fundraiser at the Senior Center now have cash raffle tickets that will be available to Exchange Club members to start selling. See John Sheets to get your allotment of tickets to sell. Ron Ostrega will be formally recognized as this year’s recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds at the Sept. 15 Exchange Club Meeting. The meeting will have an earlier start than normal – the meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. David Jocelyn administered the oath of office to Mike Kopec, Immediate Past President.

Guest Speaker for the meeting, Rich Mrozinski, La Porte County Commissioner District 2, spoke to the Club about the county finances and some of the larger projects that are needing immediate attention. Mrozinski also discussed the 7,000 veteran’s that live in La Porte County, and how they are currently being served by a single Veteran Service Officer.

Mrozinski described the need in the county as great and there really needs to be a second Veteran Service Officer position. Rich explained how the economic benefits that would be delivered to La Porte County by hiring a second position would way more justify the cost for the second position. Mrozinski thanked the Exchange Club for its continued support of Veteran issues and for supplying flags that given out on Veteran’s Day.

The next meeting of Exchange is July 21 the meeting starts at 12 p.m. and doors open at 11:30. The guest speaker will be Tony Mancuso-Administrator LaPorte County Health Department.

Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on June 23 at the DAV, Michigan City.

Exchangite Phil Freese talked about one of the Students of the Year that the club selected. Freese read Michigan City High School’s Megan Steinhiser’s essay on Being a Responsible Citizen. Megan wrote about the overpopulation of cats and dogs. Megan also discussed how working at a dog rescue shelter impacted her life including her personally adopting a rescue dog. Megan’s passion for animals is not surprising as Megan plans on pursuing her career dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Exchangite Jim Fischer made the club aware of Student of the Year winner Zachary Kizziar. Zachary is also a recent graduate of Michigan City High School. Jim discussed Zachary’s childhood and his unique background. Zachary was the Exchange Club’s ACE scholarship winner, which entitled him to a $400 stipend. Zachary in addition to winning the local club scholarship won the Indiana District Exchange Club award, which is an additional $1,000 stipend. Zachary will be looking to pursue his studies in mechanical and chemical engineering local at Purdue North Central.

La Porte Lions

La PORTE — The La Porte Lions met July 14 at Quality Inn and Suites.

Boss Lion Barb Smeltzer led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion Sandra Provan offered prayer. Lion Tom Ruda proposed and Boss Lion Smeltzer seconded acceptance of the June 9, 2020 minutes; the motion was approved.

Lion John Spiggle gave the treasurer’s report with balances of $255.56 in the Administrative Fund; $5,000 in a CD; and $26,857.01 in the Lions Alert Service Fund. Lions Ruda and Doug Buell proposed and seconded a motion to approve the report, which was approved.

Lions Alert clients have been notified verbally that they have not been charged a monthly fee since May, because Lions cannot test the service at La Porte Hospital ER; they will all be sent a letter to that effect.

Correspondence: A thank-you note was received from scholarship winner Samantha Shei, and the club was invited to the Banner Night for incoming District Gov. Will Farrellbegg on July 17.

A motion to donate $100 to the wife of Vice Dist. Gov. Dave Dickinson, who suffered a stroke, was proposed by Lion Diane Spoljoric, seconded by Lion Ruda; the motion carried. A motion to donate $100 toward a tricycle for an autistic child was proposed by Lion Spoljoric, seconded by Lion Ralph Howes; the motion carried.

Lion Spoljoric said to continue collecting bottle tops, but keep them at home because of the COVID-19 virus. She said an Acorn stairlift has been donated to the club, so if anyone knows someone who needs one, contact Boss Lion Smeltzer at

Since Maple City Lions are disbanding, a motion to donate dictionaries to the two elementary schools they used to give to was made by Lion Spoljoric, seconded by Lion Buell; the motion carried.

Chevrons from Lions Clubs International were given to Lions Brook Schnable and Oscar Ryl-Kuchar, 10 years; Spiggle, 30 years; and Howes, 40 years. The following Lions earned attendance pins in 2019-20: Spoljoric, 3 years; Smeltzer, 5 years; Sandy and Teri Burkhart, 6 years; Brook Schnable, 9 years; Ruda, 12 years; Provan 16 years; Ken Schnable 19 years; Buell and Spiggle, 31 years; and Paul Marsh, 43 years.

The next meeting will be Aug. 11 at the Eagles Lodge, 5:30 p.m. social, 6 p.m. business. Any Maple City Lions are welcome to join La Porte Lions, but they must do so before Maple City Lions disband to protect their years of service.

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