Community notes: Lions, American Legion, Partners for Clean Air

La Porte Lions
La Porte Lions met July 14, 2020, at Quality Inn and Suites, where it was announced that a free stair lift is available to anyone who needs one.
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 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 towards 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, please 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, 2020, 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.

American Legion Post 83
American Legion Post 83, 228 E. Lincolnway, La Porte, 219-362-3542 announces the following:

Take 2: 2020 Breaking Free Karaoke night. with Funkytown tunes 7 p.m. Friday, Aug.7; open to the public; finger foods available.

Also, Family Feud game night, Saturday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Play a live version of family feud. Fun, laughs and lots of drinking. Need a team of 5. $5 per person, all money paid to winners. Please sign up by Wed., August 19. If questions, call Kathy at 219-380-9383 or send a text.

Partners for Clean Air

The Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air Awards ceremony is now a virtual event, partners announced today.

Partners for Clean Air is a coalition of Northwest Indiana businesses, industries, local governments, community groups and individuals committed to improving overall air quality and public health through voluntary actions. Members of the Partners for Clean Air Program develop Air Quality Action Plans designed to be implemented on Air Quality Action Days as a way of reducing harmful pollutants.

The event, previously scheduled for Aug. 7 at the Hammond Port Authority, will now take place in an online format. The virtual awards ceremony will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7.

The virtual event will feature speakers, scholarship award winner recognition, the annual awards ceremony, and recognition of program members.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Bruno Pigott will provide an update on Northwest Indiana air quality as part of the virtual event.

Four awards will be presented for voluntary actions taken to improve air quality during 2019, one in each of the following categories: business, municipal, industrial and the Mark Siminski Bicycle Award. The winners were selected from among nominees submitted to the Partners for Clean Air Steering Committee earlier this year.

The winners of the first ever Partners for Clean Air scholarships will be recognized. Abigail Glover of Valparaiso High School and Taryn Schermer of La Lumiere School in La Porte were each selected to receive $2,500 scholarships from among the participants in the competitive essay contest this spring.

The virtual event is free, but registration is required. Register online at


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