Indiana

Indiana Chapter

Overview

WME-IN Chapter, Established August, 2009; Alpha and Beta Sororities Established 2011; Nonprofit 501c3 Charitable Organization

WME-IN CHAPTER OFFICES: 116 W 550 N, Valparaiso, IN 46385 and 7628 Lilac Road, Plymouth, IN 46563

CONTACT INFORMATION: 219-462-5270, wme_in@comcast.net

Donations can be sent to addresses above; well dedication program available; contact for details; 100% of all proceeds fund wells.

COUNTS TO DATE: WATER WELLS: 65; JERRYCANS: 5; WATER BACKPACKS: 9; COUNTRIES TOUCHED: Cambodia, India, Philippines, Mayanmar, Haiti, Kenya, China, Guatemala, Thailand, Peru

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

DIANE COOLEY, President -A Member of WME since 2009, Diane owned a retail business for almost twenty years and is grateful to now be involved with WME bringing women in America the opportunity to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through fresh drinking water.

JANET VALPATIC, Vice President -A Member of WME since 2010, Jan is an engineer and has a love for the Lord. She is grateful to be a part of WME using water to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Nations.

KATHRYN HEPKO, Secretary -A member of WME since the fall of 2014, Kathryn’s professional experience is rooted in sales and marketing. Her heart is blessed in knowing God and in bringing the truth of salvation through one drop of fresh water at a time.

BARBARA GRETTER, Treasurer -Barbara worked in the medical profession as a clinic nurse and in medical accounting. She has been a member of WME since 2009 and continues to love seeing each new well placed to save lives both physically and spiritually.

DARLENE BROWNING, Board Member, Alpha Member

Amanda Davis, Beta Member

Janet Davidson, Beta Member

Alexis Gage, Alpha Member

Paula Houston, Beta Member

Gail Jackson, Beta Member

Denise Morley, Alpha Member

Jennifer Poehler, Member

Connie Rudd, Alpha Member

Tammie Steele, Beta Member

Pat Walden, Alpha Member

Jeanie White, Beta Member

News

We are excited to announce that Diane Cooley and Jennifer Pohler of the Indiana Chapter led the charge to bring in funds with an all-encompassing rummage sale. Widow’s Mite Experience never ceases to amaze with the creativity of our ladies.

WME-IN Chapter 2013 Annual Report~ Dec 31, 2013
WIDOW’S MITE EXPERIENCE INDIANA CHAPTER It was a busy year for WME-IN Chapter! Widow’s Mite Experience-IN Chapter hosted their inaugural 5K run and walk for fresh water wells. Thanks to the hard work and efforts of the Beta Sorority in Linton, Indiana, the event was a tremendous success. We had over 100 registrations with enough funds to put toward two fresh water wells in 3rd world countries! Imagine the number of children who will be able to have clean drinking water because of these runners and walkers. The Lord provided a perfect fall day. Special thanks goes to the Family Life Center in Bloomfield, Indiana for supporting our effort. Due to the success of our event, we are already making plans for the 2014 run/walk! Mark your calendar for: Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Shakamak State Park in Jasonville, Indiana. WME-IN Chapter has shared the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ while digging wells….thanks to YOU! 2013 began with our 4th Annual Praise and Worship gathering which took place in Lebanon, Indiana. Our chapter has come to know the promise found in Matthew 6:33, that seeking and putting the Lord first before making any plans, will ensure His plan for our chapter. Nine water backpacks, three Jerrycans and fourteen fresh water wells later, certainly showed the Lord’s provision through donors such as YOU in 2013! In April, WME-IN sponsored a teaching from Darlene Browning, one of our members. It was an inspirational morning that touched the hearts of everyone who attended. May took some of us the the National WME Retreat held in North Carolina. It was here we learned the impact the overall organization is making throughout the world. Our most exciting accomplishment in 2013 was the realization of a vision the Lord gave to the Indiana Chapter in 2010….”Run the Distance”. Our chapter is in awe of what the Lord did through a very small group of women with very big hearts for people in need of the Gospel and fresh water. Due to the efforts of the launched program, WME-IN was able to sponsor two full wells! 2014 has begun and we are planning our 5th Annual Praise and Worship which will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana this year. We welcome anyone interested in joining our cause either through donation or through membership. WME-IN is literally changing the lives of the people we touch….at home and around the world. We pray for YOU and thank the Lord for YOU…truly a living example of His tangible love…giving hope and changing lives one drop of water at a time!

WME-IN Chapter Inaugural “Run the Distance/Walk the Distance” Race~ Oct 27, 2013
Widow’s Mite Experience-IN Chapter hosted their inaugural 5K run and walk for fresh water wells. Thanks to the hard work and efforts of the Beta Sorority in Linton, Indiana, the event was a tremendous success. We had over 100 registrations with enough funds to put toward two fresh water wells in 3rd world countries! Imagine the number of children who will be able to have clean drinking water because of these runners and walkers. The Lord provided a perfect fall day. Special thanks goes to the Family Life Center in Bloomfield, Indiana for supporting our effort. Due to the success of our event, we are already making plans for the 2014 run/walk! Mark your calendar for: Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Shakamak State Park in Jasonville, Indiana.

WME-IN Chapter April Breakfast Seminar-“Running the Race of Life”~ Apr 27, 2013
In April, WME-IN sponsored a teaching from Darlene Browning, one of our members. The morning included a breakfast, lecture, breakout discussion groups, and a presentation from President Diane Cooley featuring the mission of WME-IN. It was an inspirational morning that touched the hearts of everyone who attended.

WME-IN Presentation to Fourth Graders ~ Apr 1, 2013
For the past three years, the teachers from St. Paul’s Catholic School in Valparaiso, Indiana have invited Indiana Chapter President Diane Cooley to speak to their students about the mission of WME. Each year the children are read the Elsie Story along with the Biblical history of the widow in the temple. The children have opportunity to carry the Jerrycan and wear the backpack to know first hand what a child their age would have to experience when transporting water to their home. The children have been touched greatly by WME as they have been instrumental in funding four wells, Jerrycan’s and water backpacks. WME-IN thanks the Lord for these children and their teachers. They literally are the Hands and Feet of Jesus. “And a little child shall lead them.” Isa 11:6

WME-IN Chapter 2012 Annual Report ~ Nov 22, 2012
Thanksgiving is a time to pause and reflect on the past, then express one’s heart to another. We, the Indiana Chapter of Widow’s Mite Experience, offer you a review of accomplishments. Please realize that by the Grace of God, none of this would have happened had it not been for you. 35 FRESH WATER WELLS…Since our inception in the fall of 2009, WME-IN has set yearly goals. Due to your generosity, each year’s goal has been met. For 2012, we have reached a total of 21 of our 20 well goal! LOCATIONS…The wells you have sponsored have reached villages in Thoguta, India; Sitha, Mayanmar (Burma); Haiti; Lutuni, Kenya; Hyderabad, India; Cambodia, China, Guatemala, Thailand and Peru. LIVES AFFECTED…On average, one well services a minimum of 300 people. With 35 wells resulting from your gifts, more than 10, 500 people have fresh drinking water. MOST IMPORTANTLY…WME has shared the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ while digging these water wells. We pray for you and thank the Lord for YOU…an example of His tangible love. You have given hope and have changed lives.

WME-IN PENNIES FOR WATER–Woman donates water jug of money for wells ~ Nov 13, 2010
THE HERALD BULLETIN-Monday, November 15, 2010-ANDERSON–Fifteen years ago, Carretta “Corky” Corzine and her best friend began putting pennies into an old glass jug for water coolers. It was never decided what the pennies would go toward, that is, until a recent Bible study class. “Our teacher was saying that, even a penny or a nickel, you would be surprised how far this would go for digging a well,” 73-year old Corzine said. On Sunday, that jar of pennies became the symbol for the Indiana Chapter of Widow’s Mite Experience, a North Carolina based organization of women that raises money to build wells in third-world countries. “It’s penny by penny,” said Darlene Browning, a Franklin member of the Chapter. “We’re not asking for commitments; we’re not asking for pledges. We’re asking for people’s change.” Corzine’s penny-by-penny donation was presented Sunday at a Praise and Worship session at the Madison Park Church of God, which served as a sort of kick-off for the Chapter. Bob and Esther Crnkovich said they attended the hour long session because they’d wanted to praise, but were interested in learning more about the well program. “We just heard about the music,” Esther Crnkovich said. The two-foot glass jar was wheeled in the Madison Park Church of God on a stand made special for the presentation. “I would be very curious to know how much is in there,” Corzine said. “It’s just pennies, as far as I know.” Corzine said she was making the donation in the name of her best friend, Lynn Henthorn, who died in March at age 71. The two women had been best friends for 20 years, Corky said. They traveled the nation and world together. They lived together. And, somewhere along the way, they decided to start putting their pennies together. “Every couple nights, we would empty our billfolds and put the pennies in there,” she said. “We had no idea at the time what we would do with them.” Browning said her Chapter members, and maybe her grandchildren, will begin the task of rolling the pennies this week. “Since this is going to a nonprofit, I don’t want to lose whatever the percentage is that it would cost to have someone count them for us,” she said. The Indiana Chapter of Widow’s Mite began in October 2009 after a group of women attended a conference in North Carolina, Browning said. Browning said the Indiana Chapter is expecting to fund 20 well projects this year. It costs $1800 to drill a well, she said. A small silent auction on Friday raised enough for the first well, Browning said. “I hope people will feel inspired to help in this well drilling because this is the only way for them to get fresh water,” Corzine said. According to the World Health Organization, the lack of safe drinking water is the cause of about 80 percent of sickness and disease globally. Corzine said she knows her best friend would approve of the donation. In fact, she’s already stood in their “hobby room”, where the jar has been for 15 years, and told Lynn all about it. “I said, ‘Lynn, I know you would approve of this,” Corzine said this week, “because you will be a part of that well’.” Contact Christina M. Wright, 640-4883, christina.wright@heraldbulletin.com

Events

September 10th- Join us for our first annual women’s conference: trials, tears, and triumph.

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