Financial assistance awards are given to high school seniors each year. The first one was awarded in 1964 to Sherri Mullins Fehlinger. She was given $100.
Over the years, sorority members have supported many groups and organizations, including the Batesville food pantry, Batesville Area Ministerial Association, Margaret Mary Community Hospital Walk, Batesville Music and Arts Festival, Ripley County Relay for Life, Think Pink, Ripley County Community Foundation Women in Philanthropy Luncheon, Batesville United Methodist Church Summer Food Program, Batesville Area Historical Society, Explore to Learn Museum, Safe Passage and Southeast Indiana Health Center.
They have also purchased items for Margaret Mary Health, Batesville Memorial Public Library and Liberty Park.
“The last two years, we have been able to budget sister’s choice. Each sister has money to give to her favorite charity,” Prickel announces.
Annual themes are set by international headquarters. In 1963, the theme was “This is the Way,” and this year it is “Light Up Your Life.”
Current Theta Nu Chapter officers include President Gayla Vonderheide, Vice President Jan Prickel, Treasurer Elaine Howell, Recording Secretary Anne Baran and Corresponding Secretary Diane Fullenkamp.
Other members are Janice Brougher, Jody Bruns, JoAnn Butt, Sue Connelly, Judi Craig, Jane Fitzpatrick, Lori Giltz, Mary Heim, Laurie Krieg, Marilyn Rennekamp, Susie Rowland, Val Stutler, Lou Voegele and Sandy Zeigler.
Meetings, which are often at members’ homes or the library, are usually held the second and fourth Mondays from August through May. Invitations to join the group are by member recommendation.
Prickel adds, “We do enjoy meeting together. Membership in our organization provides us opportunities to contribute to our community and to develop lifelong friendships.”
Diane Raver can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.