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Honoring the work of Tri Kappa

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By The Staff

Tri Kappa members across the state of Indiana are celebrating Tri Kappa Week, Feb. 22-29. The Tell City Epsilon Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa Inc. would like to thank the community for its kind support of the chapter's projects this past year.

Our biggest fundraising projects were Kaffee Klatch held during Tell City's sesquicentennial and 50th Schweizer Fest, its poinsettia sale in December and the community art-prints project. Sketches of well known landmarks throughout Perry County, part of an ongoing project, are still available for sale.

This year, Gov. Mitch Daniels issued an executive order proclaiming Feb. 22-29 as Tri Kappa Week in Indiana.

Daniels recognized the many programs we support. Tri Kappa gives more than $1.5 million dollars every year to important projects in the areas of charity, culture and education, both at state and local levels throughout Indiana.

Kappa Kappa Kappa, or Tri Kappa as it is more commonly known, was organized Feb. 22, 1901, by seven young ladies who attended a girls classical school in Indianapolis.

We are a philanthropic organization that has now grown to a powerful network of almost 10,000 members, made up of 146 active chapters and 120 associate chapters throughout the state. Tri Kappas are proud of their accomplishments and are committed to continuing our support in communities and throughout the state.

In the area of Education, 27 scholarships are currently given statewide and three are given by the local chapter, Epsilon Omega Chapter. The state Tri Kappa has a scholarship endowment fund used in support of state academic and key scholarships.

Today, we have more than $200,000 in this endowment.

The state Tri Kappa gifted and talented program provides program support to Purdue University, Indiana State University, the Indiana Academy, affiliated with Ball State University, and Rose-Hulman Institute.

We the People, an enrichment program that engages high-school students in a rigorous six-week study of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, also receives funds. The Gifted and Talented Fund is self-supporting and receives donations from individual chapters.

A Tri Kappa fund for college students' emergency needs has been established at 22 Indiana colleges and universities with an annual budget of more than $12,000. These monies promote education in very personal ways. Students have been given funds for books, tuition, child care, medicine, transportation home in emergencies, medical and dental, utility, repair and food.

Sometimes this small amount of Tri Kappa kindness and help can keep a student in school, when they may otherwise give up.

In the area of charity, The James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children is a very special project for Tri Kappa. Since 1922, when Riley Hospital was first built, Tri Kappa has contributed more than $1 million to the hospital for needed equipment and costs of building expenses and furnishings, equipment and other needs. We also support Camp Riley (for physically handicapped children) and the Ronald McDonald House.

Since 1927, Tri Kappa has supported a number of mental health projects. Indiana Special Olympics, the Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Alzheimer's Association are just a few currently supported through the Mental Health Committee.

In the area of culture, Tri Kappa has been a strong supporter of the Hoosier Art Salon since it was founded in 1926. We have an art collection featuring works by Indiana artists on permanent loan to Rose-Hulman Institute in Terre Haute. These paintings have been purchased throughout the years at the annual Hoosier Art Salon shows held each fall in Indianapolis.

Two fine-arts scholarships are given each year to students with concentrations in the areas of art, dance, drama, or music. A music award is also presented each year in honor of Twanette Nutter Flemming, a Tri Kappa and the composer of Tri Kappa's song.

The Epsilon Omega chapter not only donates to state projects, but also to many local organizations and needs within our community. Again we want to thank you, our friends and neighbors, for your continued support.

Kinnett is a member of the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa.