Club news for week of Jan. 30

Rotary Club

Trained facilitator Debbie Kelley will give an overview of how to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse when the Brown County Rotary Club meets for breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. The meeting will be at Nashville’s Artists Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, Kelley will present a two-hour training program offered by Darkness to Light, a nonprofit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. It will start at 6 p.m. at the Brown County Community YMCA, 105 Willow St.

Currently a member of the YMCA board, Kelley is a retired global marketing executive who has volunteered and held board positions with nonprofits for more than 30 years.

Members of the community are invited to attend the Rotary meeting, especially those interested in exploring opportunities to be of service.


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 Feb. 1. Meetings are at the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane. All are welcome.

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

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 12-and-a-half-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.

Woodworkers club

The Brown County Woodworkers Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 the Brown County Public Library. Zane Powell will give a program on workshop safety.

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.