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Recipients of the 2014 Grants are from left to right: Teresa Galley and Ellen Mock with the Honeywell Foundation; Debi Wallick for Weekend Meal Deal; Kreig Adkins representing the Izaak Walton League; and Maryann Farnham of the Peru Public Library.
Connie Cutler shares the power of endowment building with the Boomerang Sisterhood.

What Goes Around Comes Around
Boomerang Sisterhood Awards 2014 Grants

The Boomerang Sisterhood came together to vote during their yearly grant cycle to help Miami County. Four organizations were invited to attend the ceremony at Garden Gate Greenhouse, where they presented their projects to members of the Boomerang Sisterhood. Awards totaled $3,500 and were granted based on preference of the membership.

United Way of Miami County received $1,500 for the Weekend Meal Deal program. Every Thursday, children who are in the free or reduced lunch program are given backpacks filled with nutritious and kid friendly food. The packs include easily prepared recipes that families can use to prepare weekend meals.

A $1,000 grant was awarded to the Miami County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Inc. Located at 700 W. Tenth Street, in Peru, the scenic 40 acre grounds holds a lake and clubhouse, and is a gathering place for local Boy Scout, Cub Scouts, and Girls Scout troops. The grant will pay for campsite grills and paint for clubhouse upgrades.

The arts were supported with a $500 grant to The Honeywell Center for the Holiday Banner Contest. Students from Miami County Schools submit holiday themed artwork for this competition. Winning entries will be converted into street banners and displayed on light poles in downtown Peru during the holiday season.

Literacy is an important area of funding for the Boomerang Sisterhood, and a $500 grant was awarded to the Peru Library’s Reading Programs. The Library has a program for all ages, and this grant will provide paperback books for summer and teen reading programs.

“The Boomerang Sisterhood is a granting project facilitated by the Miami County Community Foundation”, says Mary Alexander, Boomerang Sisterhood president. “Each year we come together as a group and learn about different charitable organizations in our community and support them collectively through grants”.

The Boomerang Sisters fulfill their mission through annual dues of $120. Half of the dues are distributed each year through grants and the remainder build an endowment fund held at the Community Foundation for future grant cycles.

Since 2008 the Boomerang Sisterhood has awarded over $25,000 in grants to thirteen Miami County charitable organizations.

Women interested in joining the Boomerang Sisterhood, should contact Connie Cutler Director of Development for the Miami County Community Foundation at 765-475-2859 or by email at

Blurred Lines with Jamey Dickens

When it comes to dating and relationships, are you in constant battle between the world’s expectations and the Word’s expectations? Is “talking” just talking? Does going out on a date suggest you are in a committed relationship? Is sex an important element in testing compatibility and building a “healthy” relationship?

Let’s face it… many of us get lost in attempting to define our relationships according to the world’s terms while we lose focus of the ideas God has already laid out for us. The lines our heavenly Father has drawn are blurred when we try to move them into our world.

We desire intimate relationships with others, whether romantic or not, because we are created in His image—in the image of a God who is interactive, relational and personal. Just as He longs for us to intimately experience Him, He longs for our earthly relationships to reflect Him. It’s time to discover what true relationships look like, step into those blurred areas and allow the light of God’s Word to bring us back into focus. Ephesians 5:8-10 says, “[We] groped [our] way through that murk once, but no longer…. The bright light of Christ makes [our] way plain…. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.”

Young men and women in grades 8-12 are invited to join BLUSH on November 15, 2014, as we strive to define those Blurred Lines. We will join dynamic speaker and youth pastor from Buckhead, Georgia, Jamey Dickens, as he offers truth and insights into what God has to say about dating, relationships, and yes, sex.

When: Saturday November 15, 2014.

Where: Oakbrook Church, Kokomo