New Leadership elected at Donaldson



DONALDSON, IN — Following a process of discernment and prayer, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Chapter delegates, during the Provincial Chapter of Elections held April 28-30, elected a leadership team who will direct them during the next four years. Sister Judith Diltz was re-elected as provincial and Sister Michele Dvorak was re-elected as first councilor. Sister Joetta Huelsmann and Sister Margaret Anne Henss were newly elected as councilors.


Sister Judith Diltz, a native of Mishawaka, Indiana, took her first vows as a Poor Handmaid in 1969.  Since that time, she has ministered in education and served the Poor Handmaid Community. She taught English at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Mater Dei High School and Kaskaskia College in Breese, Illinois; Marian High School in Mishawaka; and was the English and Humanities Professor/Faculty Assessment Coordinator at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana.  Sr. Judith also served as the PHJC Vocation Director, Postulant /Affiliate Director, and Director for Development.  She was Provincial from 2013 to 2017.


Sister Michele Dvorak has ministered in education since 1976.  She has been a teacher and principal in Indiana and Illinois and a Professor at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana where she also held the position of Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.  For the past four years, she served as first councilor of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Sister Michele was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and took her first vows in 1976.


Sister Joetta Huelsmann has served in different ministries since taking her final vows in 1972. She was a teacher, parish minister, director of religious education, pastoral associate, retreat house staff, and co-director and director of John XXIII Retreat Center in Hartford City. Sister Joetta previously served on the Provincial Team as councilor from 1997 to 2005. She was born in Breese, Illinois.


Sister Margaret Anne Henss, born in Trenton, Illinois, has been an educator, and controller and treasurer for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ American Province.  She has ministered at HealthVisions Midwest in Hammond, Indiana since 2008 as financial assistant/special projects and as the director of Mission and Communications. Sister Margaret Anne took final vows in 1973.


Installation of the Provincial Leadership team will be held July 9, 2017 in the Ancilla Domini Chapel, Donaldson.


As the Provincial Leadership Team begins its term of office, the Sisters minister with the knowledge of the congregation’s prayerful support. It is through dedication of the Sisters, Associates, members of the Fiat Spiritus Community, co-workers, and those serving in sponsored ministries that the charism of Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper, foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, continues to have a rippling effect in our society and the world.

The benefits of taking a cruise

We all know vacations are good for the heart, mind, and soul.   Plus they are just plain fun!   Take a second to read some of the benefits of taking a cruise.   Interested?   Jump on over to our directory – we have 2 members that would be happy to help you book your next trip.  AND – did you know most travel agents can set you up for an extended payment plan towards your cruise?
Discover the Benefits of Cruises
In this economy, many people are steering clear of very expensive getaways. One advantage of taking a cruise is the amazing pricing. Most cruise lines are all-inclusive packages. This includes a person’s cruise fare, lodging, food and some onboard entertainment and sightseeing. Cruise lines make it easy for the worrisome traveler by including everything they need. Instead of having to book plane tickets, call a hotel and then have to pay for food and entertainment separately, cruises offer it all. When a cruise trip is booked, the traveler can rest easy knowing no further calls have to be made, except to figure out their transportation to the port of departure.

$10,000 Hole in One Challenge!

Chance to Win $10000 at the 26th Annual

Pathfinder Kids Kampus Golf Outing on May 17th


Huntington, IN (April 28, 2017) – Pathfinder Kids Kampus Child Care Center in Huntington will hold its 26th Annual Golf Outing on Wednesday, May 17th. The fundraising event, sponsored by David Culp and Company, will take place at Norwood Golf Club, 5961 W. Maple Grove Road, Huntington. Registration and a lunch sponsored by Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church begin at 11:30 A.M., with a 12:30 P.M. shotgun start.


The cost for the Outing is $75 per golfer and $300 per team and hole sponsorships are available for $100. Pathfinder Kids Kampus is happy to pair golfers with teams if they do not have one. Online registration for the event is available at  Registration includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, a snack at-the-turn sponsored by NACCAP, and appetizers following golf.


A contest for a chance to win $10,000 sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank of Huntington will take place allowing participants in the outing to take one swing for the chance to win. If a hole in one occurs on hole #11, the winning golfer will receive $5,000 and Pathfinder Kids Kampus will receive and additional $5,000.  Certain restrictions will apply with the hole-in-one contest.


On Friday, April 28th, Bill Miller from David Culp & Co., Michael Zahn with First Federal Savings Bank, Patrick Davis from Norwood Golf Club, Loretta Mottram with Pathfinder Kids Kampus and children from Pathfinder Kids Kampus posed with a giant check at Norwood Golf Club.


At the outing, an auction will be held during appetizers following golf.  Items included in this year’s auction will be golf packages, a resort stay in Florida, and more.  This year, golfers will have the chance to enjoy the simulator at Norwood by participating in a closest to the pin contest sponsored by Neace Lukens Insurance.  All proceeds from this year’s Golf Outing support the programs and services offered to the children and families served by Pathfinder Kids Kampus.


To register for the Golf Outing, please go online to, or stop by Pathfinder Kids Kampus located at 435 Campus Street, Huntington Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. For questions regarding the golf outing or sponsorship opportunities, please call (260) 355-2546.


Pathfinder Kids Kampus, the child care division of Pathfinder Services, offers Early Head Start programming for children 0 to 3 and expectant mothers, early intervention services along with child care for children from infancy to age 12 and preschool.  Pathfinder Kids Kampus is a Level 3 Paths to QUALITY Provider and is the only licensed child care center in Huntington County.  Pathfinder Kids Kampus can be found on the web at


Pathfinder Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit comprehensive human and community development organization headquartered in Huntington, where it was founded in 1966. In addition to Huntington County, Pathfinder Services also serves individuals and families in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joe, Starke, SteUben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley Counties.  Additional information about Pathfinder Services can be found at

Natural Building Opportunity at Moon Tree

Natural Building:
Stomping & Building with Cob
We’re building an outdoor shelter at MoonTree Studios–mixing cob (clay, sand, and straw) and applying it to form the shelter’s walls. This is a great opportunity to learn about natural building and have fun with your kids or grandkids, too!

If you’re staying all day, bring a sack lunch. If you’re game for the whole event, ask about tent camping, if that’s your thing!

Friday & Saturday, June 2 & 3, 2017 –
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day

Please register by Friday, May 19

MoonTree Studios | (574) 935-1712 |

Pallet Project!

The Starke Chamber along with Bass Lake Bum and The Feed Barn will be hosting a fun morning project on June 10th at 10:00 am.   Please join us at the Chamber Depot as we paint/whitewash pallets to create our rustic Stars and Stripes.   The event link on our facebook can be found at:

Pre-registration is required.   The event will cost $30/project and will include all materials.   We hope to see you there!


Click June 10 Pallet Project for the registration form

Earthworks Summer Camps


Exploring, creating and experimenting – that’s what’s happening at the Earthworks Summer Camps.
The Earthworks Summer Staff are eagerly awaiting your child’s arrival at
Check out the Earthworks website for dates and topics for each of our six weeks of summer camp.

The cost of each session is $180 with a 10% discount for siblings.
Scholarships are available for qualifying families. Contact Cheri at 574.935.1746 for details.
Register TODAY!!!  Don’t let your child miss out on experiencing NATURE this summer!

Chester Recognized as Best in the Region!


Valparaiso’s Chester, Inc Architectural & Construction Services & Information Technologies Divisions were honored by the readers of Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly as one of the best businesses in three different designations in our region! The “Best of” awards allow readers a chance to take pride in our region and to acknowledge local businesses doing it right!
Chester Inc is honored in the following categories in Northwest Indiana:

Best Commercial Architectural Design Company – Winner
Best Information Technology Consulting Company – Winner
Best Commercial Construction Company – Runner-up

“It’s quite an honor to be recognized by the readers of the region for these illustrious designations as “best of” in our region. It truly represents the professionalism and diversity Chester Inc offers our clients and the region’s businesses. I think a lot of businesses appreciate the fact we are unique in the region within our offerings as a one stop shop for all their architectural design, general contracting construction services and information technology needs,” says Rich Shields, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Chester Inc.

Chester Inc. is structured into three primary divisions: Architectural and Construction, Information Technologies, and Agricultural Services.

Update from State Rep Jim Pressel

Dear Friend,

During the 2017 legislative session, I joined lawmakers to pass the largest ongoing investment in state and local infrastructure in Indiana’s history. Signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb, this measure is a comprehensive, responsible and sustainable plan to fund Indiana’s roads and bridges over the next 20 years.

Hoosiers will start seeing results of this investment beginning in July, as an additional $357 million in state and $260 million in local road funding will be released. This funding will continue to increase year-over-year.

We refused to shift the tax burden onto those who don’t drive or onto future generations through bonding. Instead, we focused on a conservative, user-pays model where those who use the roadways contribute to maintenance and improvement.

Indiana’s gas tax hasn’t increased since 2003, which means it’s been losing buying power each year due to inflation. Under the new law, Hoosiers can expect to pay an extra 10 cents per gallon of gas at the pump. Likewise, the tax on diesel, last adjusted in 1988, and other fuels will be increased at the same rate. These fees will be indexed annually for the next seven years, but won’t increase more than 1 cent per year.

Hoosier taxpayers made it clear that if user fees increase, the revenue should be directed to roads. Every cent from the above fuel taxes already go exclusively towards roads. Our plan moves further in this direction, phasing all of the remaining revenue generated through the sales tax on gas over to roads. By 2025, every cent of state taxes, both fuel tax and sales tax, collected at the pump will fund only roads and bridges.

To help support local roadways, the new law establishes a $15 annual registration fee on all vehicles, a $50 fee on hybrids and a $150 fee on electric vehicles. Electric and hybrids currently pay little to no gas tax. In all, the average Hoosier driver can expect to pay about $5 more per month to help maintain and improve our roads and bridges.

Overall, this sustainable, user-based approach will fund our transportation infrastructure for the next two decades without saddling future generations with debt.

If you have questions or comments, contact me at 317­-232­-9850 or email


State Rep. Jim Pressel