Don’t even think about making supper tonight!
Tonight, Thursday, Jan. 26, is the first large social event in Hobart this year. The Hobart Kiwanis Club is having its annual chili supper.
The event is always well attended — drawing between 500 and 600 diners each year. It is a great time to visit with friends and at the same time help this wonderful organization raise funds to help with the work it does in our community.
On the menu will be chili, a hot dog, salad, bread and coffee. Dessert and other beverages will be available. The place, as usual, is the St. Bridget Community Center. The hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 10.
I hope to see you there!
Congratulations to the Maria Reiner Senior Center. In the three-and-a-half months the center has been open, more than 11,000 persons have used it.
This speaks well of the great job that director Pat Broadaway is doing.
If you have not visited the Center you are missing the many programs the Center has to offer. Great Job, Pat!
Please join me in wishing a well-deserved retirement to Pat Starbuck.
During the 30 years that Pat served as CEO of Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Indiana, she helped make the lives of thousands of families who have a child or children with cerebral palsy a little easier by giving them a few hours away — two or three days a week. Pat is the second CEO to serve that organization.
The organization was founded in the early 1970s by Martha Turulus who was a special education teacher in the Gary schools. She saw a need for such an organization.
At that time Zeb Vinovich and his wife had a child with cerebral palsy. Zeb was the owner of the popular Country Lounge. A group of his patrons raised the needed funds and started the school in New Chicago.
For many years this group, along with some bequests, was the sole support of the school. Presently some Medicaid funds are received.
In the early years the clients and their families did not contribute to their care. Now a very minimal charge is made to the families.
A few years ago the name of the school was changed to The Center for Possibilities to reflect the change in the type of children the center serves.
Many families bless the names of the late Martha Turulus and of Pat Starbuck.
Pat, may you have a Happy Retirement.
On Sunday, Jan. 29, the Augustana Lutheran Church will kick-off a year-long celebration in commemoration of its 150th anniversary.
The church was started under the name Swedish Lutheran Church. It conducted services in Swedish only until about 1916 at which time English services were added.
At the present time, all services are in English.
The Swedish Ambassador will be at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The anniversary committee is compiling a book of memories anyone may have of the church.
My favorite memory is of the great sausage, egg and cheese casserole the Women’s Group serves at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Along with the casserole they serve fresh fruit, orange juice, sweet rolls and coffee.
To share a memory call the church office at 942-3574.