Club news for week of Jan. 17

Preservation society

The Brown County Cemetery Preservation Society, a committee of the Peaceful Valley Heritage group, meets at 1 and 4:15 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the archives room at the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St.

The next meeting will be Feb. 13. The public is welcome at all events.

Rotary club

Brown County Democrat Editor Sara Clifford will talk about the history of the newspaper and the journalistic process when the Brown County Rotary Club meets for breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at Nashville’s Artists Colony Inn.

The Democrat recently won a record-high 41 awards at the Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, including general excellence for the eighth year in a row.

Clifford has been editor since November 2009. She previously worked at the Bedford Times-Mail, the Vincennes Sun-Commercial, and her hometown paper, the Paris (Illinois) Beacon-News. She and her husband, Derek, were introduced to the county as tourists and moved here in 2005. They are the parents of three sons, ages 3, 5 and 10.

Members of the community are invited to attend the meeting at 105 S. Van Buren St., especially those interested in participating in service projects.

Quilters guild

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Star Quilters Guild’s regular monthly meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Masonic Lodge, 4131 Rocky Ford Road. Doors open at 8:45 a.m., and the meeting starts at 9:30 a.m.

The program will be presented by several guild members showing hand-quilting techniques.

All are encouraged to bring their latest sewing project for show-and-tell. It is also requested that participants bring one 12½-inch finished square with a valentine theme to contribute to the block-of-the-month project.

All squares will be put into a drawing, and the one drawn will take home all the squares contributed for the month.

There is no charge for the meeting; all are welcome.

If Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation cancels classes, the quilters meeting is cancelled.

Weight-loss group

COLUMBUS — National nonprofit weight-loss group Take Off Pounds Sensibly, also known as TOPS, meets in the MainSource Bank meeting room, 2310 W. Jonathan Moore Pike. Monday meetings begin with weigh-ins at 10:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at 11:30 a.m.

All are welcome to try the club for free.

For more information, call Jacky Harmon at 812-603-4667 or visit the national website at


The Writers, Readers and Poets Society meets from 7 to 9 p.m. first and third Thursdays each month to read and discuss the literary compositions of those present.

The next meeting is Jan. 18. Meetings are at the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane. All are welcome.