Pictured are Kristine Alderfer (L) and Amy Deardorff (R). Alderfer was the delegate and Deardorff was the alternate at the 64th State Convention of Tri Kappa recently. Photo Provided.
Pictured are Kristine Alderfer (L) and Amy Deardorff (R). Alderfer was the delegate and Deardorff was the alternate at the 64th State Convention of Tri Kappa recently. Photo Provided.
The 64th State Convention of Tri Kappa recently was held at the Indianapolis Marriot East. Council President Chris Klus presided with members of the Gary Merrillville, Winfield Beta Rho chapter acting as hostess.

Representing the Warsaw chapter were Kristine Alderfer, delegate, and Amy Deardorff, alternate.

The delegate from the Warsaw associate chapter was Kim Hensley.

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 Providence Conventions were on display.

Tri Kappa’s Philanthropy Committe continues to support Riley Hospital, including the Riley Children’s Foundation, Riley Cheer Guild, HANDS in Autism and a program that supplies loan 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 Institute 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 by a skit by province officers and a game of parliamentarian bingo.

The Council officers for the 2021-23 term were installed. They are: Janet Perry, Paoli Delta, president; Laurie Bloom, Kendallville Alpha, vice president; Valier Murphy, Kentland Epsilon, secretary; and Heather Nacke, Logansport Alpha Mu, treasurer.

The advisor 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 Warsaw chapter was established in 1909 and now has 63 members. Its projects are Tri Kappa Bingo, Tri Kappa trivia night, spring flower sales and Tri Kappa Tri'd and True cookbooks.

Donations in the local community are made to Baker Youth Club, Boomerang Backpacks, Salvation Army, Fellowship Missions, JPAC, Joe’s Kids and CASA.