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Bridget Carson

Bridget Carson displays a collectible mug that was up for auction at the recent fundraiser for the club's education fund, which supports the scholarship program. (Kendal L. Miller photo)

Auction nets more than $1,000 for education fund

The Nov. 19 auction of prized items and gift certificates earned $1,262 for WPCI's annual scholarship program, including the Hortense Myers scholarship, the Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz Scholarship and the Gene and Julie Slaymaker Service to Journalism Award. The club will present the scholarships in May.

Attendees brought new and gently used (think: regifting!) items for the auction, and member Fred Granger once again served as master of ceremonies. Among the booty: tickets to performances, overnight stays in French Lick, member Margaret Nelson's prize-winning meringues and other baked treats, a year's membership in the Society of Professional Journalists and numerous tchotchkes and gewgaws. All the proceeds go to the scholarships.



Club honors contest winners
Granger and Garmel

Elizabeth Granger, left, was named Communicator of Achievement for the third time and will compete at the national conference. WPCI secretary Marion Garmel presented the award. (Kendal L. Miller photo)

Woman's Press Club of Indiana celebrated its members' achievements and honored scholarship recipients during the annual awards luncheon May 14 at Hollyhock Hill in Indianapolis.

Top awards included:

Elizabeth Granger, Communicator of Achievement. She will compete with other affiliatesÕ COAs at the National Federation of Press Women conference in September. This is her third COA award from WPCI, and she previously was a runner up at the national level.

Fred Granger, Kate Milner Rabb Award. This award honors a member who has made outstanding contributions to the club. Fred Granger has served as scholarship committee chair and helps out as auctioneer during the annual education fund auction.

Granger and Garmel

Fred Granger, left, received the Kate Milner Rabb award, WPCI's highest honor. WPCI secretary Marion Garmel presented the award. (Kendal L. Miller photo)

Gabby McLemore and Tory Ziege, both IU seniors, won Hortense Myers Scholarships for their work as student journalists. McLemore and her family and friends attended but Ziege was in Chile for a class trip.

Margaret Bauer, who could not attend, won the Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz Scholarship. She has taken on teaching journalism and advising student publications as a second career and will use the scholarship for training.

Individual professional members won for their previously submitted work from last year. The first place winners will compete at the national level and will receive honors during the NFPW conference.

In the high school contest, coordinator Elizabeth Granger reported that of the 179 entries from Indiana high schoolers, 17 first place winners will compete at the national level. Those results also will be announced at the conference.

Granger and Garmel

IU senior Gabby McLemore received a Hortense Myer scholarship. Fred Granger resented the award. (Kendal L. Miller photo)

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High school contest deadline extended to Feb. 22

Woman's Press Club of Indiana's high school contest's deadline has been extended from Feb. 12 to Feb. 22 to encourage more high school students to enter their best work.

Boys and girls are eligible to enter, and WPCI offers one free entry per Indiana high school. The group also presents cash awards to top winners.

All directions and a downloadable flier are on the Contests page. Good luck!

Enter communications contest by Feb. 1

The 2016 Woman's Press Club of Indiana Communications Contest is now open for entries! You will find complete information for entering the all-electronic 2016 competition on the Communications Contest pages of the NFPW website and within the pages of the electronic contest itself.

Deadlines:

  • You may submit all entries at one time or at various times from now until the contest ends.
  • Submit your entries online by Feb. 1.
  • A few categories require mail-in entries. These are categories 15A, 15B, 56Š59, 60B, 60C, 61B, 61C and 64 only. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 18. After that date, a one-time-only late fee of $25 will be added, whether you have one entry or many.

Eligibility:

  • Anyone who is a member of Woman's Press Club of Indiana or who is a professional communicator and either lives or works in Indiana is eligible to enter.
  • Work published from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015, is eligible for this year's contest.
  • Anyone who receives a first-place award in the WPCI statewide contest will be eligible to enter the NFPW National Communications Contest, providing 2016 NFPW membership dues have been paid.

Entry fees:

  • Members: $20 for the first entry; $15 for subsequent entries.
  • Non-members: $25 for the first entry; $20 for subsequent entries.

Enter the contest:

You may access the 2016 WPCI competition through the Contest page of the NFPW website. If you have trouble, use this Step-by-Step guide.


2015

Auction raises funds for scholarships

Woman's Press Club of Indiana raised more than $1,700 at its annual Education Fund Auction Nov. 21 at the home of treasurer Julie Slaymaker in Indianapolis.

Nineteen members and guests bid on items as diverse as theater tickets and "The Pelican," a ceramic figure of a pelican with eggs nesting in a straw basket, which goes home with a different member each year. Proceeds are used for scholarships for college juniors and mid-career men and women interested in entering or upgrading their skills in communications, for service to journalism and to members for advanced professional training.


Slaymaker, Stewart inducted in hall of fame

Slaymaker family

From left, Julie Slaymaker, IJHF president Sarah O. Wilson and Gene Slaymaker's family members at the hall of fame induction. (Ann Schertz for the Indiana University Media School)

The late Gene Slaymaker, longtime WPCI member who also served as treasurer, and Lotys Benning Stewart, one-time president of Woman's Press Club of Indiana, were inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame Oct. 24 in Bloomington.

Slaymaker won more than 200 awards for journalism excellence during his distinguished broadcast career, including numerous honors from the Radio-TV News Directors Association, two Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service awards for editorials against police use of deadly force, three national Headliners Club awards and scores more from The Associated Press, United Press International, the Indianapolis Press Club, The Society of Professional Journalists and 15 CASPER awards from the United Way.

WPCI administers the Julie and Gene Slaymaker Scholarship for Public Service, which awards $500 to a student or professional journalist who has provided public service to journalism in the past year.

In 1946, Stewart became The Indianapolis Star's full-time fashion editor, the first such position in Indiana journalism. A graduate of Shortridge High School and Butler University, Stewart had written at the high school and college level before joining the Star as a columnist. Her popular column, They Achieve, gained her a following that was ready to read her fashion reporting, too. She also was an early "mulitmedia" reporter, hosting two radio programs on WISH radio in Indianapolis. She was president of WPCI from 1946 to 1948.

Five others were inducted along with Slaymaker and Stewart. Learn more about them on the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame website.

Club celebrates contest award, scholarship winners

WPCI honored its own during the May 16 communication awards luncheon at Hollyhock Hill in Indianapolis. Among the winners:

  • Donna Penticuff, Communicator of Achievement. She will compete for the national COA award in September.
  • Kelly Jones Sharp, Kate Milner Rabb Award. This is the club's highest honor.

Contest winners include :

  • Marion Garmel: First place, personality profile, more than 500 words
  • Elizabeth Granger: First place, Cub Reporter, faculty adviser of student publication, station or site; first place, "With my focus on Leah," community, institutional or internal relations; first place, "Endless Artworks; Painting the Town," specialty articles, travel
  • Rita Kohn: First place, "Ballet Not a Dying Language at Indianapolis School of Ballet," feature story, online publication
  • Kendal Miller: First Place, Sleepy Hollow Fall Celebration rack card, advertising, billboards and banners; first place, AAA Home & Away, Route to Freedom, photo essay; second place, American Profile, Swiss Polka Dancers, single photograph, news or feature photo
  • Julie Slaymaker: First place, "On the Right Track," personality profile, 500 words or fewer; second place, "Lillian Thomas Fox," personality profiles, more than 500 words

The club's annual scholarships were awarded to:

  • Indiana University Media School student Amanda N. Marino, the Julie and Gene Slaymaker Scholarship for Public Service.
  • Tara Puckey, Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz Scholarship.

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Kleinhenz family continues to support scholarship

Woman's Press Club of Indiana long has been the beneficiary of the Kleinhenz family's talents and generosity, first though the participation and leadership of Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz, a 45-year-member of Woman's Press Club of Indiana who served the organization as president, historian and Bulletin editor before her death in 1977.

In recent years, her family has set up a scholarship in her name to benefit a woman 30 years or older who seeks education to further her skills in communications. Each year, WPCI awards and celebrates the recipient of this honor. We salute the Kleinhenz family for continuing to support Woman's Press Club of Indiana and aspiring communicators.

Organizations spotlight members

Our members continue to garner awards and accolades for their fine work. Here are just a few from this fall:

  • Former president and WPCI Communicator of Achievement Ann Allen was recognized in October for 24 years of "dedicated and responsible journalism" by the town of Akron, Ind., where she once published a newspaper and now chronicles the town in a column for the Rochester Sentinel. (Ann said she actually has written about this town for nearly 40 years, but who's counting?)
  • Member Kendal Miller's company, Photography by Kendal, was selected to be included in a report about Statewide Forums on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities. Also, her work has been featured frequently on ArtsWork Indiana's website and Facebook page, where her "All American Barn" is the cover image right now.
  • Former president Elizabeth Granger is featured on National Federation of Press Women president Teri Erhresman's current "member spotlight." The bio and Q&A give us all the chance to get to know Elizabeth a bit better. For example, she talks about what she's reading right now and about where she would like to live, as well as why she joined WPCI/NFPW.

Enter your best work in 2015 contest

The WPCI/National Federation of Press Women communications contest is open for entries! The whole process is online at this link on the NFPW website. Pass along the link to co-workers, professional colleagues or nonmembers who may wish to compete.

This process will enter your work in the WPCI and NFPW contests. Judges from other affiliates will determine the WPCI winners and place holders, who will be honored at the WPCI banquet in May. The WPCI first place entries will move on to the NFPW contest, where one winner and place holders will be determined in time for the fall annual conference.

A few tips about the online application:

  • Read this guide before getting started online.
  • More info also is on our Contests page, including the contest categories.
  • Once you are on the contest Welcome (login) page, click the white REGISTER link in the upper left corner of the contest site.
  • You will see an entrant form that prompts entrants to select "member" or "non-member" status and the name of the affiliate (including at-large) whose contest you are entering. Those selections will put you into the correct affiliate contest.
  • All directions needed to enter the contest are contained in the pages of the contest site. But if you have questions or need help entering, click the FAQ or Contact Us tabs on the contest navigation bar.
  • If you have questions, please contact contest directors Tara Puckey or Viv Sade.

Deadline is Feb. 2 for hard copies (books) and Feb. 9 for all others. Good luck!


2014

Pro, high school winners to be honored at national conference

Granger and Garmel

Elizabeth Granger will compete for Communicator of Achievement, and Marion Garmel will be presented with a third for feature news release at the national conference. (Photo by Kendal Miller)

Several professional and high school first place winners in the WPCI communications contest have won awards at the national level. They will receive honors at the National Federation of Press Women conference Sept. 4-6 in Greenville, S.C.

In the professional category, winners are:

  • Gena Asher: First in writing for the Web, second for radio interview, third for website development (nonprofit) and honorable mention for website development (for-profit).
  • Marion Garmel: Third for feature news release.
  • Elizabeth Granger: First for faculty adviser of student publications.
  • Kendal Miller: Honorable mention for photographer-writer.
  • Vivian Sade: First for news story, print.
  • Julie Slaymaker: Third in personality profile more than 500 words.

High school winners are:

  • Megan Yoder, Roncalli High School: First, yearbook copywriting.
  • Kyle Walker, Carmel High School: Second, columns.
  • Leah Arenz, Lawrence Central High School: Second, single page layout.
  • Molli Loftus, Lawrence Central High School: Second, video news story.
  • Sydney Johnson, Ben Davis High School: Second, yearbook layout.
  • Eric Pritchett, Plainfield High School: Second, yearbook photo.
  • Bryn Rediger, Plainfield High School: Honorable mention, feature photo.
  • Lindsey Farley, Southport High School: Honorable mention, sports photo.
  • Ben Majercak, Lawrence North High School: Honorable mention, cartooning.

WPCI celebrates state, national winners

Slaymaker and Sade

Julie Slaymaker, left, won first for best profile of more than 500 words and Vivian Sade won several awards, including firsts for news story and for feature story. (Photo by Kendal Miller)

Woman's Press Club of Indiana honored its communications contest winners and awarded other prizes at its annual banquet May 31 at Hollyhock Hill in Indianapolis.

The club's individual prizes went to Elizabeth Granger, Communicator of Achievement, who will compete with national COAs at the NFPW conference in September for the second time. Gena Asher received the Kate Milner Rabb Award winner for the second time.

Natalie Hoefer won the Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz Scholarship, given to a woman over 30 who is pursuing journalism education. Hoefer said she plans to enroll in an online journalism course offered through University of California - Berkeley extension.

IU junior Megan Jula won the Hortense Myers Scholarship. She was unable to attend because she is interning with a newspaper in England this summer.

Individual awards, professional:

  • Gena Asher: First in writing for the Web, in website development (nonprofit), in website development (for-profit) and in radio interview; second in radio interview; and third in radio interview.
  • Marion Garmel: First in public relations materials, nonprofit; first in feature press release.
  • Nelson and Puckey

    President Tara Puckey presented Margaret Nelson with a certificate for 35 years of membership. (Photo by Kendal Miller)

  • Elizabeth Granger: First in faculty adviser, student publications.
  • Ruth Hanley: First for books, novels for adult readers.
  • Kendal Miller: First in photography, photo essay, and in photographer-writer.
  • Vivian Sade: First in news story and in feature story, print; second in specialty story and in feature story, print; third in specialty story, print.
  • Julie Slaymaker: First in personality profile, 500 words or more.

Longtime member Margaret Nelson was honored for her work with the Prison Writing Contest, which has generated a letter of high praise from the Indiana Department of Corrections. Other members received recognition for significant years of membership.

See more photos by award-winning photographer and WPCI member Kendal Miller on the club's Facebook page (Woman's Press Club of Indiana).

Chin inducted into Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame

Ruth Chin

Ruth Chin was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame April 26. (Photo by Gena Asher)

Woman's Press Club of Indiana had a proud day at the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 26 when long-time member Ruth Chin joined more than 200 achieving journalists with Hoosier ties.

Chin has been a WPCI member since 1962, but her photojournalism career began 20 years before that at the Muncie Star. She was the first woman to shoot the Indiana boys' basketball tournament. She continued as photographer and writer at the newspaper for several years before opening her own photo studio.

WPCI secretary Marion Garmel assembled the nominating information for Chin and wrote the biography for the IJHF website.

Chin, who turns 90 May 10, spoke to the audience about her life and work, and said the induction into the hall was a "mandate" to get more work done.

Past president and current treasurer Julie Slaymaker nominated and wrote the bio for another new inductee, Lillian Thomas Fox, the first African-American in Indiana to work for a white-owned newspaper. Fox was a columnist for The Indianapolis News from 1900-15, and was an ardent organizer and advocate for health care and social issues.

Other hall of fame inductees were Walt Bogdanich, three-time Pulitzer winner who currently is editor of investigative projects at The New York Times; Earleen Fisher, former bureau chief for The Associated Press; Jim Hetherington who worked in print, television and corporate communications; and historical fiction novelist James Alexander Thom.

Attending from WPCI were Elizabeth and Fred Granger, Gena Asher, Marion Garmel, Julie Slaymaker and Linda Negro, a new WPCI member. Negro and Slaymaker are board members of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.

Chin joins seven other WPCI members who have been inducted into the Indiana Hall of Fame, including Hortense Myers, a WPCI and NFPW past president and past Communicator of Achievement who was inducted in 1963; WPCI's founding president, Hester Alverson Moffett, inducted in 1989; Mary Benedict, 1986; Ether Griffin White, 1992; Juliet V. Strauss, 2001; Betty Cadou, 2006; and Kate Milner Rabb, 2013.

WPCI co-sponsors Victoria Reitano visit to IUPUI

Victoria Reitano

Victoria Reitano guided attendees on the best ways to use social media to promote -- and protect -- their own brands. (Photo by Gena Asher)

Digital producer Victoria Reitano shared tips on using social media to promote one's brand, from composing tweets to keeping track of interactions with others, during a talk April 14 on the IUPUI campus.

Reitano, who has worked on Live with Kelly and Michael and bethenny, talked on "A Digital Guide." She showed attendees, who included IUPUI students and staff, and WPCI members, how to use social media to their best advantage.

Woman's Press Club of Indiana and the IUPUI chapters of Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists sponsored the talk.


2013

Auction supports Education Fund

Woman's Press Club of Indiana members rivaled one another in heavy bidding for items during the annual auction Nov. 16 to benefit the Education Fund.

Members gathered at the home of treasurer Julie Slaymaker for lunch and a chance to bid on items from theater tickets to dinner at a member's home to household items (both whimsical and usable!).

Garmel and Puckey

Secretary Marion Garmel and president Tara Puckey react to some of the spirited bidding during the club's annual auction. (Photo by Kendal R. Miller)

Joan Bey

Joan Bey checks out one of the items up for bid, Hoosier author Ray Boomhower's book, Jacob Piatt Dunn: A Life in History and Politics.(Photo by Kendal R. Miller)

Granger

Elizabeth Granger checks out baked goods, always a hit at the auction. (Photo by Kendal R. Miller)

See more photos on the WPCI Facebook page.



Members win national awards

NFPW logo

Ten members have won awards from the National Federation of Press Women, which will present the awards at its national conference in Salt Lake City Aug. 22-24.

Winners are:

  • Ann Allen, second place, humorous columns.
  • Gena Asher, second place, radio or television interview; third place, web site edited or managed by entreat, corporate or for profit.
  • Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, third place, continuing coverage or unfolding news.
  • Elizabeth Granger, first place, faculty advisor of student publication, station or site. Becky Killian, second place, news story, print- based newspaper.
  • Rita Kohn, first place, special programming, television.
  • Kendal Miller, second place, community, institutional or internal relations; honorable mention, columns, informational (how-to, Q&A,advice).
  • Viv Sade, second place, feature story, print-based newspaper.
  • Kelly Jones Sharp, first place, news or feature releases, multiple releases.
  • Elise Sims, third place, publication regular edited by entrant --- magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication.

Anyone who wins a first place award at WPCI's annual communications contest automatically is entered in the national competition.


Celebration includes nods to past, future

Granger and Garmel

Elizabeth Granger presented Marion Garmel with flowers and the Kate Milner Rabb Award, WPCI's highest honor. Garmel led the centennial committee and informs the club with frequent email newsletters. (Photo by Kendal R. Miller)

Past and current members of the Woman's Press Club of Indiana celebrated 100 years at the Hollyhock Hill restaurant in Indianapolis May 18.

Members and guests raised a toast, enjoyed dinner and cake and ice cream, and recognized members' achievements. They also viewed a short video detailing some of the club's highlights.

President Elizabeth Granger presided over the program, which included a recognition of members and guests. The club also inducted new officers: Tara Puckey, president; Mary Anne Barothy, vice-president; Julie Slaymaker, treasurer; and Marion Garmel, secretary. Puckey discussed a changing vision for the club to focus on education and training, perhaps partnering with other organizations to draw speakers and new members.

David Adams of Taylor University, who wants to work in international journalism, won the Hortense Myers Scholarship. Adams, who was unable to attend because of commencement, will use the prize to fund his internship in Washington, D.C., this summer. New president Tara Puckey received the first Gene and Julie Slaymaker Scholarship for Public Service to Journalism Award.


WPCI awards annual honors

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Ann Allen received the President's Award for all of her efforts researching WPCI's 100 years of history. (Photo by Kendal R. Miller)

The annual Woman's Press Club of Indiana annual communications contest was part of the centennial celebration May 18 at Hollyhock Hill in Indianapolis.

Top honors went to:

  • Rita Kohn, Communicator of Achievement, who will compete at the National Federation of Press Women contest in August;
  • Secretary Marion Garmel, who won the Kate Milner Rabb Award for her leadership of the 100th anniversary committee;
  • Ann Allen, who won the President's Award for her service to the club, particularly in the research and writing for the centennial reports;
  • Stephanie Ferriell Taylor, who won the Honeycomb Award for accumulating the most points in the communications contest.

Winners include:

  • Ann Allen: First, columns, "Company Expected," "All That Rumples"; second, feature story, newspaper, "Family Battles."
  • Gena Asher: First (David Newell), second (Andrew Lam) and third (Connie Rufenbarger) for radio interviews, all of which aired on WFIU's Profiles series; first for website developed by entrant, nonprofit, for Breast Cancer: FYI; first for website developed by entrant, for profit, for College Mall Veterinary Hospital; second for electronic newsletter for Breast Cancer: FYI.
  • Stephanie Taylor Ferriell: First for continuing news coverage, "Deadly Tornado Kills" and second for Tammy Spangler murder trial; second for individual achievement for tornado extra, for photograph, "Speed factor in 4-vehicle crash," and for page design, Salem Democrat; third for continuing news coverage, "Standing strong against bullying," feature story for "Shop with a cop"; feature photograph for "My big green tractor"; news photograph for "tornado devastates Pekin"; honorable mention for enterprise reporting, "Moving forward."
  • Elizabeth Granger: First for special articles, travel, for "High-flying flags" and "Battling for Chihuly supremacy," and first for Faculty Adviser of Student Publications; second for personality profile, more than 500 words, for "Rocky Returns," and for special articles, food, for "Welcome to the jungle" and "A taste of up north."
  • Becky Killian: First in news story, newspaper, for "Outpouring of hope," and second in editorial, newspaper, for "It's time to repel prohibition."
  • Rita Kohn: In special programming, television, first for "Following Lydia" and second for "Rich Lives."
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  • Kendall R. Miller: First for news photo, "Swiss idol winner," in information columns for "In the loop: Trash and paint," and in community promotions for "Create and recycle"; honorable mention for news photo, "Moose Miller."
  • Margaret Nelson: Second for news photo, "Surprised by Grace."
  • Vivian Sade: First in feature for "Mother, son survive cancer together," for personality profile for "Woman's life outshines fear, loss and scorn"; second news articles, newspaper, for "Reality of job hits home"; third in individual achievement for "Navy shoots down veterans' war stories."
  • Kelly Jones Sharp: First for feature, magazine, for "Angels at his side," and for news releases; third in personality profile more than 500 words, "Anatomy of a leader."

See a slideshow from the centennial banquet and check out the club's Facebook page to see photos by member Kendal Miller.


Granger is LCHS Teacher of the Year

Granger and sash

Elizabeth Granger models her "Teacher of the Year" sash, fabricated by the art teacher and three students. (Courtesy photo)

Past president Elizabeth Granger has been named Teacher of the Year at Lawrence Central High School, the school announced May 14.

Granger teaches English and is the adviser of the Cub Reporter newspaper and will take on similar duties for the school yearbook in the fall.

Among her many honors, Granger was inducted into the Ball State Secondary Education Services Hall of Fame during J-Day Ceremonies at Ball State April 10, where she accepted Woman's Press Club of Indiana's special citations from the Ball State University Department of Journalism and the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.

In 2008, Granger was named Indiana High School Press Association Journalism Teacher of the Year.


Hoosier students win at NFPW

The National Federation of Press Women will award six prizes to Indiana high school students at the conference in August in Salt Lake City.

First place winners in the WPCI contest compete at the national level. Here are the results:

  • First place, editorial: Staff, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind., "The Policy for Punishment Should Accurately Reflect the Crime Committed";
  • Second place, environment: Vanessa Abplanalp, Katie Hinh, Moira McKinney and Tori Updike, Southport High School, Indianapolis, Ind., "Are We Making It Hotter?";
  • Third place, cartooning: David Choe, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind., "Graphic Perspective";
  • Honorable mention, columns: Caroline Varie, Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, Ind., "A 'Simpler' Life, a Chilean Life; A Proud Culture of Cultures; A Positive Side of Graffiti";
  • Honorable mention, graphics: Leah Arenz, Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, Ind., "Using Digital Devices for Schoolwork";
  • Honorable mention, video feature story: Henry Jackson, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind., "Color Me Impressed."

WPCI wins Ball State's Indiana Journalism Award

group accepts award at BSU

From left, Donna Penticuff, Elizabeth Granger, Jackie Davis, Marion Garmel and Julie Slaymaker accepted the award from Ball State's Department of Journalism. (Photo courtesy of Ball State University)

Woman's Press Club of Indiana is the recipient of the Indiana Journalism Award, given each year by Ball State University's journalism department.

April 10, WPCI president Elizabeth Granger accepted the award on behalf of WPCI at the annual university's Eugene S. Pulliam Awards Program. She received a beautiful plaque, which will be displayed at the May 18 100th anniversary awards luncheon.

Get all the details in a special report by WPCI secretary Marion Garmel, who also attended the ceremony with three more members.



Hall of Fame to honor WPCI

The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame will honor the Woman's Press Club of Indiana at its annual induction ceremony April 27.

Several WPCI members are hall of fame members, including Hester Alverson Moffett, Esther Griffin White, Juliet Strauss, Mary Benedict, Hortense Myers, Bettie Cadou and Kate Milner Rabb.


Governor, mayor issues proclamations for WPCI

tea room

Members celebrated Feb. 18 at the Ayres Tea Room
at the Indiana State Museum.
(Photo by Kendal Miller)

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Woman's Press Club of Indiana, which formed Feb. 18, 1913 at the Ayres Tea Room in downtown Indianapolis.

Both Gov. Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard issued proclamations naming Feb. 18 Woman's Press Club of Indiana Day. View the Indiana proclamation here and the Indianapolis proclamation here.

Events include an official anniversary party May 18 in conjunction with the annual communications contest. We'll honor our founders and celebrate the achievements of our current members.

Other honors:


Spencer County honors native daughter, Kate Milner Rabb

Kate Milner Rabb

Kate Milner Rabb

The Spencer County Historical Society will recognize the late Kate Milner Rabb, WPCI member and president (1929, 1930, 1931), as Commemorative Historian of the Year at its annual Historian of the Year banquet April 13 at the Spencer County Youth and Community Center at Chrisney, Ind.

The society asked for permission to read WPCI member Julie Slaymaker's biography of Rabb written for Rabb's induction into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2012. The club is proud that more organizations are learning about one of its pioneering members.



2012

Members mourn loss of Gene Slaymaker

Gene slaymaker

Gene Slaymaker

WPCI member and treasurer Gene Slaymaker, 84, died Dec. 15 in Indianapolis. He was the husband of longtime member Julie Slaymaker, and had had along career in broadcasting and public relations in the Indianapolis area.

All details are on this page, or you may view the obit and post condolences online at the mortuary's website.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a tax-deductible contribution be made to the Julie and Gene Slaymaker Scholarship Fund administered by Woman's Press Club of Indiana's Education Fund, Inc. Donations should be sent to the National Bank of Indianapolis, 49th and Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46201. Arrangements have been entrusted to Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary.

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Don't forget to pay your dues

Members, don't forget to pay your dues before the end of the year. Not only will you continue to support the club and the National Federation of Press Women, you'll also maintain your eligibility for the communications contest.

You may pay online at this link, which you should have received in an email from NFPW. Or, you may use this Word document or this form in PDF format to send your dues via the U.S. Mail.

Dues are $76 to NFPW and $20 to WPCI, for a total of $96 for professional members. Students pay $30 ($20 for NFPW and $10 for WPCI) and retirees pay $45 ($25 for NFPW and $20 for WPCI).


Auction brings $1,623 for education fund

wine bottles

Special wine bottles will sport a WPCI label commemorating 100 years.

Amid the usual rivalry and even a few tugs-of-war, attendees of WPCI's annual auction made off with treasures, prospective gifts and a few true white elephants Nov. 10 at the home of Fred and Elizabeth Granger.

Best of all, the proceedings drew $1,623 for the club's education fund.

The day included a business meeting and pitch-in lunch. During the meeting, members discussed plans for the upcoming centennial year to observe WPCI's founding in 1913. Among the plans are a celebration in conjunction with the annual communications contest awards banquet in May.

Member Angie Satterfield is working on commemorative bottles of wine, complete with WPCI labels, to use as gifts or fundraisers next year. The group will continue working on plans between official meetings.


Awards banquet honors Slaymaker, Garmel, contest winners

Tara and Jackie

Left, member Tara Puckey receives one of several first place awards for writing from contest director Jackie Davis. (Photo by Fred Granger)

WPCI awarded its top honors and many certificates to winning members for their work in the annual communications contest banquet May 19 a the Garrison at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis.

Member Julie Slaymaker won the Kate Milner Rabb award, WPCI's highest honor, for the third time. It is named in honor of Rabb, president in 1930 and 1931, and an Indianapolis Star columnist who recently was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Slaymaker was instrumental in leading the campaign to induct Rabb.

Member Marion Garmel was named Communicator of Achievement and will compete for the national title at the National Federation of Press Women conference in September.

The club also awards two scholarships each year. This year, Sarah Phinney, a Ball State University senior, won the Hortense P. Myers Memorial Scholarship. Stephanie Dolan, a junior at St. Mary of the Woods College, received the Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz Memorial Scholarship, which awards women ages 30 or older who are pursuing journalism careers.

Hall of Fame inducts Kate Milner Rabb

Hall of Fame

WPCI members and Rabb descendants gathered after Kate Milner Rabb's induction into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.

One of Woman's Press Club of Indiana's early presidents, Kate Milner Rabb, was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in ceremonies April 28.

Rabb was president in 1929, 1930 and 1931. A Rockport native, she was teacher, historian and journalist, gaining acclaim not only for her historical work and essays but also for newspaper columns that wove her love of history with storytelling and reporting.

WPCI's highest honor, the Kate Milner Rabb Award, goes to members who achieve professional excellence and devote exceptional service to the organization.

The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame inducted Rabb and four other journalists with Hoosier ties:

  • The late Mark Ferree, a longtime senior executive of the Scripps-Howard newspaper company who was a national free press advocate as president of the American Newspaper Publishers Association in 1960-62;
  • Skip Hess, who spearheaded numerous prominent investigative projects during more than 30 years as a reporter for the Indianapolis News and Indianapolis Star;
  • Steve Kroft, a native of Kokomo, Ind., who has been a correspondent for CBS’ 60 Minutes for more than two decades; and
  • David Weaver, an Indiana University professor whose research on working journalists and on agenda setting in media have gained notoriety.

Learn more about the hall of fame and the induction ceremony at its website.

WPCI honors high school winners

Congrats to all the young journalists who won an award in Woman's Press Club of Indiana's annual contest for high school students.

The club awarded 44 prizes for the best work in writing, photography, layout and video. Check out the entire list at this link to see all the schools represented.

Miller one of 11 winners in Skillman competition

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WPCI's Kendal Miller, center, is one of 11 winners of Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists competition. Skillman, right, and Karen Davis, Skillman's director of constituent services, presented the award. (Photo by Lenny Miller)

WPCI member Kendal Miller is one of 11 winners of Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's sixth annual Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists competition.

Miller's photograph, Garden Door, was selected from 110 submissions. During Women's History Month, Skillman and staff ask women artists from around the state to submit their original artwork for consideration.

The winning pieces will be on display in the lobby of the Skillman's office and on the website through the end of 2012.

Miller is a freelance photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including magazines and newspapers, and on books, CD covers, billboards, websites and brochures. In 2010, Miller's business, Photography by Kendal, was inducted into the Indiana Artisan Program, one of only eight photographers in the state whose work was included.

Penticuff receives AAF President's Award

Former NFPW and WPCI president Donna Penticuff received the 2012 President's Award from the American Advertising Federation / East Central Indiana for outstanding service to the organization and for professional achievement.

Penticuff was cited in particular for her 12 years of work expanding the scholarship program by updating procedures and increasing participation by more colleges and universities. She also was cited for establishing youth mentor programs through the AAF Education Committee.

She received the honor at the annual Addy Awards banquet in February in Muncie.

AAF is a leading professional organization for those in advertising and marketing. The ECI chapter has about 100 members in Delaware, Madison, Grant, Blackford, Randolph, Henry and Wayne counties.

Penticuff is a page designer and editor at The Star Press in Muncie, a job that will transition to a design center in early June. She also is a licensed real estate agent who is expanding this new career, though she continues to work in marketing and communications on a contract basis.

Group focuses on 100th anniversary

Members at the Sept. 17 meeting discussed plans for WPCI's 100th anniversary celebration in 2013 and a WPCI project to support literacy. Members considered several potential projects but tabled decision-making until the next meeting Nov. 12. Vice president Angie Satterfield is chairing the anniversary committee.

Secretary Marion Garmel reported on the recent NFPW convention, which she attended with Ann Allen, WPCI's Communicator of Achievement nominee. WPCI workshops were held in three streams: Using social media to support your career or cause, website advances and development, and literature and writing, including the status of book publishing.

Members make news

Puckey

Several WPCI members are making news, not just writing it.

  • Tara Puckey, right, was honored as the Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award winner at the Sept. 25-27 Society of Professional Journalists conference in New Orleans. Puckey recently received her bachelor's degree in journalism from IUPUI. Get the scoop here.
  • Member Vivian Sade is author of The Price We Paid for a Life of Freedom: The Memoir of a WWII and Korean War Veteran, the story of Carl Shoudel, a 90-year-old veteran who, with Sade, self published the book earlier this year through OutSkirts Press. Read all about the book and how Sade and Shoudel collaborate at this link.
  • In her position as managing editor of the Times Tribune, member Becky Kilian had to make quite a judgement call after rumors went viral in social media. Read all about it at this link.
  • Rita Kohn's book, True Brew, was a finalist for a 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Award given by the American Library Association. True Brew was the first place winner in nonfiction in the WPCI 2010 communications contest and will be awarded second place in nonfiction at the NFPW convention Sept. 8-10 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.(See a list of all WPCI winners below.)

WPCI members win at national level

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At the National Federation of Press Women's annual conference Sept. 8-10, these WPCI members will be honored for their work. All were first place winners at the WPCI contest for work published in 2010.

  • Ann Allen, Communicator of Achievement nominee, won a second in special articles, agriculture, and honorable mention in nonfiction book, history.
  • Gena Asher won a third place for website development/creation, for-profit organization.
  • Stephanie Taylor Ferriell won three second place awards for news reporting, personal opinion and photography.
  • Elizabeth Granger won a second for special articles, travel, and faculty adviser of student publications.
  • Rita Kohn won second for nonfiction book.
  • Kendal Miller won a first place and an honorable mention for photography.
  • Donna Penticuff won a second for newsletters, a third for website edited by entrant, and an honorable mention for external annual report.
  • Tara Puckey won a first for newswriting, a second for newspaper feature writing and a second for Web feature writing.
  • Vivian Sade won a first for website edited by entrant and honorable mention for website development/creation, special interest.
  • Elise Sims won a first for news or feature release.

See a list of Indiana high school national winners below. They will be honored at the conference as well.

WPCI looks ahead to 100th anniversary

Woman's Press Club will celebrate its centennial in 2013, and members already are looking at ways to commemorate the occasion.

At the July 16 planning meeting, vice-president Angie Satterfield accepted the job of kicking off the planning for a May 2013 celebration. Members brainstormed many ideas, including videotaping oral histories from many of our longest-serving members; suspending membership dues that year to attract new members; photo or video exhibits of the club's past; inviting former members to attend; contacting the governor's office for a special tribute; and creating a special centennial booklet or publication to mark the occasion.

WPCI formed in Feb. 18, 1913, at the Ayres tea room downtown, by a group of journalists and lobbyists interested in furthering their professions. It is a charter member of the Federation of Press Women.

Other meeting news included the callout for a member to oversee the high school communications contest and plans for those attending the NFPW conference in September, where 50-year member Virginia O'Hair of South Bend will be honored for her membership milestone.

Garmel represents WPCI as Communicator of Achievement

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WPCI member Marion Garmel is flanked by Donna Penticuff, former NFWP and WPCI president, and her husband, Dave Penticuff. Garmel was WPCI's Communicator of Achievement.

WPCI member Marion Garmel was one of nine Communicator of Achievement nominees at the September conference of the National Federation of Press Women. The winner was Cynthia Price, immediate past president, whom Garmel termed "a firecracker."

Garmel was accompanied by WPCI and NFPW past president Donna Penticuff and her husband, Dave.

Several members who did not attend the conference still made news. Among the communications contest winners were:

  • Anne Allen, third, general columns
  • Gena Asher, second for radio interview and second for website edited by entrant
  • Elizabeth Granger, first, faculty adviser of student publications, and second, specialty articles
  • Rita Kohn, honorable mention, nonfiction book
  • Kendal Miller, third, print photography, feature photo
  • Tara Puckey, honorable mention, writing for the Web
  • Elise Sims, second for news or feature releases (multiple) and honorable mention, feature releases (single)

One WPCI high school winner, James Cook from Roncalli High School, attended the high school luncheon. He won an honorable mention for an opinion column. Garmel reports this speech thanking WPCI and NFWP was impressive.

Here are the other high school winners announced at NFPW:

  • Allen Laman, Lawrence North High School, first place news story
  • Peter Manges, R. Nelson Snider High School, first place, cartooning
  • Jennifer Marvel, Warren Central High School, first place, single page layout
  • Alex Kryah, Lawrence Central High School, second place, columns
  • Jilly Burns, Fishers High School, second place, feature photo
  • Allison Gaffney, Southport High School, third place, video feature story and third place, sports story

2011

Auction nets more than $1,000 for Education Fund

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Gene Slaymaker admires one of Kendal Miller's photographs as the members examined all the auction items. They raised more than $1,000 for the education fund. (Photo by Gena Asher)

The Nov. 12 meeting featured the annual auction to benefit the Education Fund, and members raised more than $1,000 to support scholarships.

Fred Granger once again served as auctioneer, pursuading members to buy donated items ranging from a night at the West Baden Hotel, a variety of theater tickets, Ernie Pyle action figures, decorative items for the home (including a pelican statuette) and the work of some of our members (Kendal Miller's photographs and Vivian Sade's books).

During the business meeting that preceded the auction, members discussed the plans for the 100th year celebration of the club in 2013. Marion Garmel is heading the committee that will look events and activities for the year.

Margaret Nelson reported on the prison writing contest, which gained 90 entries after she used old-fashioned snail mail to contact prison authorities about the contest. (By the way, she also contributed her famous cookies to the auction. Heavy bidding ensued.)

President Elizabeth Granger also led the discussion of the club's literacy project, which she suggested could focus on getting books in the hands of young children.

WPCI meets next in March, when members will further discuss these projects as well as host a guest speaker for their education program.

Pay dues online

Your dues to NFPW and WPCI are due, and you may pay both online. You probably received an email recently that includes a link that goes directly to your own membership info. At the bottom of the email is a form you could print out and mail in with a check if you would prefer.

For the online method, all you have to do is complete the info, including a credit card number, and you are done.

Fees are $74 to NFPW and $20 to WPCI, for a total of $94. Student dues are $20 and retired professionals are $25.

Questions or problems? Contact NFPW directly at (800) 780-2715. All dues and membership information go directly to NFPW. WPCI membership chair Jackie Davis may be able to field your questions.

Don't forget that if you have not paid your dues, you won't be permitted to enter the communications contest.

WPCI awards contest winners, inducts new officers

Allen and Davis

Ann Allen, left, receives the Honeycomb Award from contest director Jackie Davies. Allen also won the Communicator of Achievement award. (Photo by Kendal Miller)

Woman's Press Club of Indiana honored contest winners and welcomed new officers at its meeting May 21 in Indianapolis.

Installed as officers were: Elizabeth Granger, president; Angie Satterfield, vice president; Gene Slaymaker, treasurer; and Marion Garmel, secretary.

Twelve members won first place awards and will compete with other entries from around the nation in the National Federation of Press Women's communications contest. Ann Allen won the Honeycomb Award for the most points garnered for all her entries.

Allen also is the club's 2011 Communicator of Achievement, an award given to a member who makes achievements in her area of communications. She will compete with other clubs' nominees for the national award at the NFPW conference.

WPCI's highest honor went to longtime member Margaret Nelson, recipient of the Kate Milner Rabb award, which honors a member who has made great contributions to the efforts of the club. For many years, Nelson oversaw the prison writing contest, as well as other contributions.

The club recognized several members for achieving notable years of membership: Virginia O'Hair, South Bend, 50 years; Donna Marlene Fitz, Freetown, 35 years; Vivian Sade, Churubusco, 15 years; and Rebecca Manley, Corbin, Ky., 10 years.


14 high schoolers win at national level

Indiana high school journalists have won awards at the national level, the National Federation of Press Women announced recently. The group will present awards at its national conference in Omaha in September.

Students who placed first in the Woman's Press Club of Indiana contest earlier this year competed at the national level.

Indiana winners are:

  • Laura Peng, Carmel High School, Carmel, first in double truck layout.
  • Sara Rogers, Carmel High School, second in opinion, "Believing in allegiance: Why to honor every veteran this year."
  • Yameen Hameed, Carmel High School, Carmel, second, single page layout.
  • Lucas Sweitzer and Wes Keown, Southport High School, Indianapolis, second in graphics, "Culinary Destinations."
  • Henry Zhu, Carmel High School, third in features, "Home Sweet Home."
  • Marianna Cooper, Carmel High School, Carmel, third in video news story, "Small Business on Main Street."
  • Greg Price and Sam Mirpoorian, Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, third for video feature story, "The Yo-Yo Man."
  • Clayton Leslie, Southport High School, Indianapolis, third in video sports story, "Athletic Access."
  • Elisabeth Bell, R. Nelson Snider High School, Fort Wayne, third in columns, "The elderly annex Facebook," "Hovering mom needs to land," "Mom driving drives her crazy."
  • Jack Leibovitz, Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, third in feature photo, "Season 'marches' on: Sophomore Marcus Berry digs deep as he performs the second movement, Oblivion, on his bass clarinet."
  • Cally Frazier, Greenwood Community High School, Greenwood, honorable mention in reviews.
  • Claire Gallman, Greenwood Community High School, Greenwood, honorable mention in environment, "Project: Atrazine."

Earlier this year, nearly 50 students at Indiana high schools won awards for their work as part of the Woman's Press Club of Indiana High School Journalism Contest. See a list of all the winners and read judges' comments about their work at this page.


WPCI updates bylaws, taps into social media

Gene, Elizabeth, Angie, Marion

From left, 2011-13 officers are Gene Slaymaker, treasurer; Elizabeth Granger, president; Angie Satterfield, vice president; and Marion Garmel, secretary.

Woman's Press Club members updated bylaws and learned tips and tricks of social networking during their March 19 meeting at member Tara Puckey's home.

The group's proposed bylaws were adopted in order to be more in line with the National Federation of Press Women's bylaws and to reduce the number of officers. Now, the club will have only the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Also, rules regarding student members were expanded.

After a business meeting and lunch, Tara Puckey and Gena Asher led the group in looking at ways to better use social media professionally and personally. Other members added their own suggestions to the conversation, and a few members took advantage of the available assistance and signed up for accounts that afternoon.

Join WPCI on Facebook by searching Woman's Press Club of Indiana, and follow the club on Twitter at wpcindiana. Also, check out Puckey's 50 Sites in 50 Minutes to explore more social media sites. (Note: This site is password protected; use your WPCI member password.)

The next meeting is May 21, when WPCI initiates officers and awards communication contest winners. Get the scoop on the meeting on the Events page.


Kleinhenz' contribute $1,000

WPCI president Julie Slaymaker reports that Dr. Chris and Marge Kleinhenz have contributed $1,000 to the WPCI Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz Scholarship. Dr. Chris Kleinhenz is her son.

The $500 scholarship is for mature Indiana women interested in upgrading their skills in order to re-enter the journalism job market or upgrade positions in that field.

Woman's Press Club of Indiana is a charter member of the National Federation of Press Women, and Kleinhenz was elected to national office at the 1937 founding meeting in Chicago. (Then-WPCI president Vera Hall also was elected at that time.)

WPCI's most recent recipients of the scholarship were Pam Robinson and Kendal Miller.

2010

Annual auction raises funds

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Member Fred Granger enticed bidders with Margaret Nelson's cookies at the Nov. 20 auction to raise money for the education fund. From left are Joan Bey, Granger and Nelson.

Members attending the fall meeting and annual auction raised money for the Education Fund and celebrated the fall season with a buffet lunch Nov. 20 at the home of member Marion Garmel.

During the meeting, they discussed several upcoming deadlines and events:

  • The deadline for dues is Dec. 31, 2010. Pay online at the National Federation of Press Women website, which now requires individual registration. Here's what to do first:
    • Log onto the NFPW setup page and complete the information.
    • Log onto the dues page at NFPW and complete the info. If you are not comfortable doing this online, you may print out the form, complete it and send it to NFPW. All directions are at the bottom of that form.

  • Your dues must be paid to compete in the 2011 Communications Contest. The deadline for entries is Jan. 10, 2011. Download all forms and check out the categories and requirements on our Contests page. Questions? Contact WPCI contest director Jackie Davis by e-mail at davisja63@hotmail.com.

  • Also in March, we'll elect a slate of officers. If you'd like to serve or would like to suggest a potential officer, e-mail Gena Asher, a member of the nominating committee, no later than Feb. 1.

  • Marion Garmel is taking nominations for the Kate Milner Rabb and Communicator of Achievement nominees. Please e-mail your nominations to her at mgarmel@earthlink.net no later than March 1.

  • Members will discuss changes to bylaws at the March 19 meeting. Please bring your directories to the meeting. Keep track of all meetings, times and locations on the Events page

Puckey re-elected to SPJ

Member Tara Puckey was re-elected to her post as campus representative for Society of Professional Journalists at the organization's recent conference in Las Vegas.

Puckey garnered the majority of votes to keep her position as one of two national campus representatives. She is a journalism student at IUPUI and an active member of WPCI and NFPW.


WPCI tours Titanic exhibit

The fall meeting featured a group tour of the Titanic exhibit at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. Meeting and refreshments followed at the Slaymaker home, where members reviewed the Chicago national conference news and made plans for the Nov. 20 meeting, which features the annual education fund auction. Stay tuned to the Events page for details.

Members attend NFPW in Chicago, bring home hardware

Nine WPCI members attended the National Federation of Press Women conference in Chicago in August to network with members, learn from other pros at workshops and collect their national awards.

At the Aug. 27 banquet, WPCI first vice president Elizabeth Granger was named co-first runner up in the Communicator of Achievement competition, and 10 other members won other honors during an Aug. 28 ceremony (see a full listing below).

Read all the details in this special report, including a list of winners.

Calendar sales support Education Fund

The calendar features photos from winners' home counties, such as this shot from the Indianapolis Children's Museum.

The all-new Woman's Press Club of Indiana high school journalism calendars are available now by mail order and, in addition to giving you a photo-filled 2010-2011 calendar, they also provide a unique way to celebrate WPCI's high school winners and sales support the Education Fund, which provides scholarships.

First vice president Elizabeth Granger designed and produced the calendars, which run from June 2010 to December 2011. They feature photos of notable sights from each high school winners' home counties.

Calendars are $16 each with shipping. If you order three to six calendars, price is $14 each. More than seven calendars, price is $12 each.

Annual contest luncheon honors members

Puckey and Garmel

Tara Puckey, left, and Marion Garmel are the 2010 Kate Milner Rabb award winners. Puckey also won the Hortense Myers scholarship.

WPCI members and guests applauded members and scholarship recipients during the annual communications contest luncheon May 15 in Vevay, Ind.

Top honors went to Marion Garmel and Tara Puckey, co-winners the Kate Milner Rabb Award, WPCI's highest honor given to a member who achieves professional excellent and exceptional service to the organization.

Elizabeth Granger won the Communicator of Achievement Award, and she will compete with other communicators during the National Federation of Press Women's conference in August.

Satterfield at winery

Elizabeth Granger is the 2010 Communicator of Achievement.

WPCI sponsors scholarships each year at $500 each. Kendal Miller and Pam Robinson each won a Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz scholarship, named in honor of the 45-year-member of Woman's Press Club of Indiana who served the organization as president, historian and Bulletin editor before her death in 1977.

Puckey, an IUPUI journalism student and freelancer, won the Hortense Myers scholarship. Former UPI statehouse reporter Myers is remembered by her colleagues on the beat and in the journalism classroom as a fair but relentless reporter who sought the truth in every story she pursued.




Plan now for NFPW conference

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The National Federation of Press Women national conference is Aug. 26-28 in Chicago, a lucky location for WPCI.

This conference has special significance for two reasons. One is that the first annual meeting of the National Federation of Presswomen took place May 6, 1937, at the Chicago Woman's Club.

The second is that at the meeting, two Woman's Press Club of Indiana members were elected to the newly-formed NFPW: Vera Hall as vice president and Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz as secretary.

Plan now to take advantage of early bird savings. All the details are on the NFPW conference Web site.

Annual awards luncheon May 15

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The Schenck Mansion may be haunted, but WPCI members will take their chances there May 15. (Photo by Kendal Miller)

Celebrate with the communications contest winners, scholarship winners and other honorees at the annual luncheon and awards celebration May 15 at the Schenck Mansion in Vevay, Ind.

The day begins at 11 a.m. with a business meeting followed by buffet lunch that includes barbeque and picnic foods. After lunch, WPCI hands out awards from the communications contest, scholarships to student journalists and recognizes the Communicator of Achievement and Rabb Award winners.

All the details, including how to RSVP, are on the Events page. Send in your check and reservation no later than May 8!

Scholarship deadlines April 20

Do you know a college journalism student or adult woman looking to upgrade her journalism skills? Invite them to apply for one of our two scholarships. All details are on these downloadable Word documents:

Awards are made at the banquet in May. Check out the Scholarships and Grants page for more info.

WPCI awards high school journalist honors

More than 70 high school journalists won awards in the Woman's Press Club of Indiana 2010 high school contest, contest director Elizabeth Granger announced.

Those students who won first place awards will compete at the national level during the National Federation of Press Women's conference in Chicago in August.

See a list of all the Indiana winners.

Improve skills, network:
Development meeting features advice

Satterfield at winery

Angie Satterfield, right, and guest check out the wine list as Kathy from Oliver Winery opens bottles for tasting. (We also had a meeting!)

WPCI's professional development meeting March 20 at Oliver Winery in Bloomington featured members and guests offering advice on career survival and development.

Keeping up with skills and networking were the two chief suggestions for surviving an economic downturn as a communicator or teacher. (See Resources for a list of tips.)

Members also heard a treasurer's report. The Kleinhenz family recently made a donation to the Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz scholarship fund.

The group also welcomed new or returning members Mary Sue Best, Pam Robinson, Kendal Miller, Judith Karst, David Penticuff and Jan Eberle.

Secretary Marion Garmel reminded members to send notice of their achievements and awards to historian Jackie Davis for inclusion in the bio archives, which are part of the Indiana Historical Society. Treasurer Gene Slaymaker added that the club will need this kind of information to properly celebrate WPCI's 100th anniversary in 2013.

High school contest deadline Feb. 22

Contest postcard

The deadline to enter the Woman's Press Club of Indiana contest for high school journalists is early this year: Feb. 22.

All materials are on the Contests page.

First place winners compete at the national level during the National Federation of Press Women conference. Last year, six Indiana high school students placed at the national level.


2009

Club mourns Lilian Carmer's death

Lilian Carmer

Lilian Carmer (courtesy photo)

Longtime member Lilian Carmer of the North Vernon Plain Dealer-Sun died Dec. 20. She was 73.

Carmer, assistant editor of the Jennings County newspaper, spent more than 52 years there, specializing in government reporting. She rarely was without her camera.

A contender for the Honeycomb Award for many years, Carmer was the WPCI Communicator of Achievement nominee this year.

Read Carmer's obituary and editor Bryce Mayer's reflections on Carmer.


Auction draws over $1,000 for scholarships

Fred granger as auctioneer

Auctioneer Fred Granger enticed (and entertained) the crowd of bidders. WPCI raised more than $1,000 for the Education Fund.

WPCI's annual auction Nov. 14 raised more than $1,000 for the Education Fund and will support scholarships and professional development.

Members bid on (and "won") items ranging from a West Baden Hotel package worth several hundred dollars to antique glassware and unique works of art to theater tickets and holiday ceramics. The bidding was hot and heavy for many of these items, with auctioneer/member Fred Granger spurring the bidders to heights neither they, nor their pocketbooks, had quite imagined. The total: $1,088.

The group also conducted a business meeting before the auction and pitch-in luncheon. A few highlights:

  • Materials for the upcoming communications contest are available (details on the Contests page).
  • Members who have names of prospective members should send them to third vice president Jackie Davis, who will send an invitation to those people.
  • Sweatshirts still are available for $29 plus shipping.
  • The high school communications contest is underway and coordinator Elizabeth Granger will need more judges as the contest now has 17 categories, three more than last year. The deadline is earlier, too.
  • Ann Colbert told the group about her upcoming plans to give a presentation on gender issues in the reporting of the Nobel prizes at University of Oxford (U.K.) in December.

WPCI members sent a flurry of e-mails after the day's events to thank hosts Gene and Julie Slaymaker and (in some cases) to gloat over their winning bids.

The next regular meeting is in March, tentatively set for Bloomington.


Oct. 17 meeting features updates, talk on military journalism

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White on navy, the new sweatshirts say "Press Women Make Headlines."

Reports on members' activities, club programs and plans for upcoming fundraisers were on the docket at the Oct. 17 meeting of Woman's Press Club of Indiana, held at the Loon Lake Lodge restaurant in Indianapolis.

President Julie Slaymaker led the meeting, which included a recap of the National Federation of Press Women conference activities and presentation of new member directories. Also, Margaret Nelson reported on the Prison Writing Contest, which garnered 170 entries this year. Judging is underway.

Member Tara Puckey delivered the program with a description of her recent participation in a military program designed to acquaint journalists with military training, from boot camp to a school for new majors. Sponsored by the McCormick Foundation and Kansas University, "Bridging the Gap" takes journalists to Ft. Leavenworth and Ft. Leonard Wood for the embed experience.

The club also discussed fundraisers, beginning with the upcoming auction at the Nov. 14 meeting that supports the Education Fund, which provides scholarships. Members already are gathering items and asking for gifts from organizations, including the West Baden Hotel.

Members also purchased sweatshirts, emblazoned with "Press Women Make Headlines", the proceeds of which also support the Education Fund. Plans are afoot to take this sales campaign to a national level.

Get the scoop on the meeting at the Events page.

WPCI members collect honors at national conference

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Delegates and members from WPCI included Emily and Donna Penticuff, Jackie Davis, Katie Davis, Julie Slaymaker, Marion Garmel and Ann Colbert. (Photo by Gene Slaymaker)

Several WPCI members won awards at the National Federation of Press Women's national conference in San Antonio Sept. 10-12.

WPCI President Julie Slaymaker, one of the delegates who attended the conference, won a first place for a personality profile of 500 words or fewer.

Other Indiana winners were Ann Allen, first for feature story, magazine; Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, first places for page layout and editorial, and honorable mention for news reporting; Elizabeth Granger, first place for faculty adviser of student publications, honorable mentions for feature story and special articles, and third place for photography; Donna Penticuff, first for newsletter and third places for Web site development and audiovisuals.

Also winning were Lilian Carmer, third for photography; and Jackie Sheckler Finch, seconds in special articles (health, home) and third in special articles, travel.

At the conference, Julie Slaymaker also was named Northeast Quadrant Director for NFPW.

NFPW hosts a silent auction throughout the weekend, which netted $4,000 this year for the Education Fund. The highest-grossing item was the French Lick Resort Hotel weekend package arranged by WPCI's Elizabeth Granger. Hoosier members fought for the prize, with Gene Slaymaker outbidding Donna Penticuff for the package.


NFPW elects new officers, hosts workshops

Delegates from Woman's Press Club of Indiana joined other affiliates in electing new offers for the National Federation of Press Women. They are Cynthia Price, president; Lorrie Potter, first vice president; Teri Ehresman, second vice president; Val Ensalaco, treasurer; and Carol Clark, secretary.

Former NFPW and WPCI president Donna Penticuff remains director of the finance committee. She attended the conference with her daughter.

Indiana delegates were WPCI president Julie Slaymaker, secretary Marion Garmel, treasurer Gene Slaymaker and Ann Colbert.

Also attending were former NFPW treasurer and current WPCI contest director Jackie Davis and her daughter, Katie Davis, former WPCI treasurer.

Garmel reports that conference workshops concentrated on social networking and blogging in a time of falling newspapers and other mainstream media.

Speakers included the columnist Heloise, who talked about her mother, the founder of the syndicated column, Hints from Heloise, who started the column as a way to help officers' wives.

The keynote speaker at the luncheon honoring high school students was Sophie Eve D'Arcy, co-founder of Kids Speaking Up, a group that combats apathy among K-12 students.

NFPW's 2010 conference is Aug. 26-28 in Chicago. For more information, visit the NFPW Web site.


Barothy panelist at author's fair

Member Mary Anne Barothy, author of Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl's Sentimental Journey about her work with Doris Day, was a panelist at the Indiana Authors Fair Sept. 26 at the Indianapolis-Marion County Central Library. The Writers Center of Indianapolis presented the panel.


Rosswurm's news Web site making headway

Former WPCI president Vivian Sade Rosswurm continues to mark new ground with her Buscovoice.comnews Web site, which now is a partner with a national Web site, Examiner.com. Buscovoice garners thousands of hits per week as it covers area news and competes with traditional media.

Anyone who thinks news coverage is dead should talk to Viv about ways to move good old solid reporting to new media.


700 Club interviews Scoggan

WPCI member Nita Scoggan and her husband, Bill, were featured on a recent 700 Club TV report on Alzheimer's. The news crew interviewed the couple about his battle with the disease.

The piece aired Sept. 23, but you still can see the story at the CBC Web site.

You also can find out about Scoggan's documentary, available on DVD, at her Web site, www.NitaScoggan.com.


WPCI welcomes new members

WPCI has two new members, Emily Metzgar of Indiana University and Fred Granger, freelance photojournalist and husband of member Elizabeth Granger.

Metzgar is an assistant professor at Indiana University's School of Journalism. Learn more about her at EmilyMetzgar.com

Fred Granger is no stranger to WPCI members as he often has assisted us during meetings. His membership briefly was held up when his application materials were sent to Illinois instead of Indiana. We're glad we got him back!


Puckey is SPJ national college rep

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WPCI member Tara Puckey gave a three-minute campaign speech when running for campus representative. SPJ delegates voted for her and another college student Aug. 29.

WPCI member Tara Puckey, a journalism student at IUPUI, is one of two Society of Professional Journalists student members to win the office of campus representative.

SPJ delegates voted on this office Aug. 29 during the SPJ national convention in Indianapolis.

Puckey and two other candidates delivered three-minute speeches in which they explained their goals if elected. Puckey talked about her desire to raise SPJ's profile with college students, especially at IUPUI, where she hopes to jumpstart a student chapter.

Puckey has been a member of WPCI for about a year and in that time, has contributed by using her graphics skills to update documents and brochures for the group.


Six high schoolers win national honors

Six Hoosier high school journalists have captured national honors in the 2009 high school journalism competition sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women.

Winners are:

  • Anton Barnett, Warren Central High School, first place in reviews;
  • Stephanie Hodgin, Carmel High School, second place in single-page layout;
  • Peyge Wolfe, Muncie Central High School, second place in news writing;
  • Samantha Peterman, Muncie Central High School, third place in sports photography;
  • Lauren Kreigh, Lawrence North High School, honorable mention in feature photography;
  • Cody Wopshall, Muncie Central High School, honorable mention in column writing.

All six are being invited to the student luncheon at the NFPW national convention in San Antonio in September.

To qualify for the national competition, each had captured a first place at the state level through the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana's contest earlier this year.


Delegates, attendees set for NFPW

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Woman's Press Club of Indiana is sending president Julie Slaymaker, secretaries Ann Colbert and Marion Garmel and treasurer Gene Slaymaker as voting delegates to the National Federation of Press Women conference in September. Jackie Davis and Katie Davis also will attend.

The conference, Sept. 10-12 in San Antonio, features workshops, keynote speakers and other events. This is an election year, so the Indiana delegates will be casting their votes for NFPW officers.

Attendees will report on their experiences at the next WPCI meeting Oct. 17.


WPCI awards highest honors, contest winners

Garmel, Carmer

From left, WPCI secretary Marion Garmel presents Lilian Carmer with the Communicator of Achievement award.

At the May 16 annual awards luncheon in Vevay, Woman's Press Club of Indiana announced its two top honors as well as the winners of the 2009 communications contest, and awarded its two scholarships.

Carmer is Communicator of Achievement

Lilian Carmer is WPCI nominee for Communicator of Achievement, the highest award given by the National Federation of Press Women. It recognizes a member who has demonstrated outstanding journalistic achievement, service to the community and to the organization. Carmer will compete with nominees from other state affiliates at the national convention in September in San Antonio, Texas.

Carmer is an award-winning columnist and photographer for the North Vernon Plain Dealer and Sun in Jennings County, where she started work in 1958 as a bookkeeper. Today she is assistant editor of both papers, which still are published separately though with the same staff.

Her specialties are the courts and the police, but she also writes features, historical articles and human-interest stories. In 1969, she began her popular column, "Covering the Courthouse," a full page weekly in the North Vernon Sun. Her commitment to open access and freedom of information resulted in her receiving the Key to the Courthouse in 2008, and winning the 2008 Charlie Biggs Commitment to Community Award from the Hoosier State Press Association.

Read all about Carmer at the Plain Dealer-Sun.com.

Slaymaker wins Rabb Award

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WPCI secretary Marion Garmel (right) presents Julie Slaymaker with the Kate Milner Rabb award. (Photo by Mary Ann Wyand)

Current WPCI president Julie Slaymaker is the recipient of the Kate Milner Rabb Award, WPCI's highest honor given to a member who achieves professional excellent and exceptional service to the organization.

Slaymaker is a freelance magazine writer who has worked in the Indianapolis newsgathering, radio and public relations arena since the 1960s. She currently writes profiles for such magazines as Indianapolis Woman, Indiana Super Lawyers, Indianapolis Monthly, and various alumni magazines.

She is the only person to be twice elected president of Woman's Press Club and become a two-time winner of the Rabb Award (she won the award in 1991). She is a two-time WPCI nominee for the National Federation of Press Women's Communicator of Achievement Award. She also is a past president of the Indiana Professional Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists.

She and her husband, Gene Slaymaker, are co-owners of Slaymaker Associates. They recently became the first recipients of the IndyPro SPJ Award for Service to Journalism in recognition of their more than 20 years of administering the SPJ communications contest. The award will be presented annually in their name. Slaymaker has been WPCI treasurer for the past year and will again serve as president for the 2009-11 term.

WPCI awards two scholarships

Chris Kleinhenz, May Lee Johnson

Chris Kleinhenz, left, with May Lee Johnson, recipient of the Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz scholarship.

Also at the meeting, WPCI presented its two scholarships. May Lee Johnson of South Bend won the Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz scholarship, named in honor of Kleinhenz, a 45-year-member of Woman's Press Club of Indiana who served the organization as president, historian and Bulletin editor before her death in 1977. This year, Kleinhenz's son, Chris, and his wife attended the meeting to see the presentation of the scholarship.

WPCI student member Tara Puckey received the Hortense Myers scholarship, named in honor of the former UPI statehouse reporter and WPCI member.

Other meeting news:

The Honeycomb winner this year is Elizabeth Granger. This award goes to the member who nets the most points in the communications contest. Points are based on numbers of winning entries. (See a full list of winners.)

New officers also were inducted. They are:

WPCI announces high school winners

The work of 14 Indiana high school students will compete at the national level in this year's National Federation of Press Women student competition.

First place winners of the Woman's Press Club of Indiana high school contest go on to the national level. First vice president and contest organizer Elizabeth Granger announced winners in May.

A total of 53 students earned first, second, third and honorable mention awards in categories from writing and photography to graphics and layout.

NFPW will announce the winners at its conference in San Antonio September.

For a complete list and judges' comments, check out this link.

'Best of the Best' calendar features high school winners

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Get a jump on planning for fall and 2010 by purchasing a 14-month calendar featuring Indiana scenes.

The featured locations represent the home counties of each of the first place winners in the WPCI high school contest.

Order by mail using this form (PDF format). Pricing starts at $12 each if you order one or two. Consider buying them as gifts and save: Buy three to six and pay only $10.50 each. Buy seven or more and the price drops to $9 each.

Questions? Contact Granger by e-mail.

SPJ honors Slaymakers with award in their names

The IndyPro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists established a new annual award in honor Gene and Julie Slaymaker during the group's annual awards banquet April 24.

The "Julie and Gene Slaymaker Service to Journalism Award" will be given each year in honor of their 20 years of administering the SPJ contest.

This was a surprise to the couple, who weren't able to attend the banquet this year due to the passing of Julie's father. Perhaps it is improper to send congratulations along with condolences (or vice versa?), but WPCI members will take that chance.

WPCI elects new officers

Garmel, Bey, Slaymaker, Slaymaker

From left, WPCI secretary Marion Garmel, Joan Bey, president Julie Slaymaker and treasurer Gene Slaymaker admire a sign erected especially in honor of WPCI's March meeting.

Woman's Press Club of Indiana nominated officers at the March 21 professional development meeting at Lawrence Central High School,Indianapolis.

Officers are:

During the workshop portion of the meeting, Ball State University journalism instructor John Strauss talked about convergence and the future of newspapers. He said journalism is storytelling, and by keeping that in mind, journalists should not be afraid of using the latest tools to tell those stories.

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Kleinhenz donates $1,000

Speaking of scholarships, treasurer Julie Slaymaker reports that Christopher Kleinhenz recently donated $1,000 to the Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz scholarship, administered by Woman's Press Club of Indiana, which bears his mother's name.

The scholarship, awarded in May, is for mature Indiana women desiring to upgrade their skills in order to re-enter the journalism job market or to upgrade positions in that field. This award is in memory of Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz, a 45-year-member of Woman's Press Club of Indiana who served the organization as president, historian and Bulletin editor before her death in 1977.

Kleinhenz and his wife, Margaret, live in Madison, Wis., but hope to be on hand when the donation formally is presented.

March meeting features convergence workshop

If you feel you're in the dark on topics like Web 2.0, crowdsourcing or the blogosphere, put the March 21 WPCI meeting on your calendar.

The professional development session will feature John Strauss of Ball State University and a workshop on "convergence," that blending of new media journalists are hearing so much about.

The meeting starts at 11 a.m. at Lawrence Central High School, 7300 E. 56th St., Indianapolis (directions). After a hearty lunch once again catered by Fred Granger, the workshop gets down to business.

If you plan to attend, contact third vice president Elizabeth Granger by March 18 to RSVP.

Cost is $10, checks payable to WPCI. As always, members may bring guests, including those curious about membership in WPCI.

Want to make a weekend of it? Check out tourism possibilities at Indy.org and Indiana State Tourism.

Carmer wins top HSPA award

Scarlett Syse of HSPA and Lilian Carmer

Scarlett Syse, left, presents "The Charlie" award to WPCI member Lilian Carmer. (Courtesy photo)

Woman's Press Club member and North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun staffer Lilian Carmer won the Charlie Biggs Commitment to Community Award at the 42nd annual Hoosier State Press Association Foundation's annual awards ceremony Dec. 6 in Indianapolis.

Carmer, the assistant editor of the Plain Dealer & Sun, celebrated her 50th anniversary with the newspaper earlier this year. Carmer's main news beats are the courthouse and police, but she has covered everything from human interest features to farm news during her half century with the county's two newspapers.

She has championed governmental transparency and accountability through her reporting and writing, many times warning officials of potential Open Door Law violations, thus avoiding infringements on the public's right to know.

"The Charlie" award is named for Charlie Biggs, former publisher of The Hope Star-Journal, who died in 2003. Carmer and Biggs were friends as well as professional colleagues who conversed often on community and journalistic issues before his death.

Carmer has won numerous HSPA, Woman's Press Club of Indiana and National Federation of Press Women awards over the years.

Read the full story at the Plain Dealer & Sun Web site.

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2008

November meeting nets $832 for education

The WPCI November meeting earned $832.50 for the group's education fund, which sponsors grants and scholarships.

Members sought and brought items for the annual auction. These included:

  • A night for two, including two spa services, at the West Baden Hotel in French Lick, Ind.;
  • Tickets to plays and productions at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, American Cabaret Theatre and Indianapolis Civic Theatre in Indianapolis;
  • Items ready for gift-giving, such as boxes of greeting and note cards, candles and picture frames;
  • Member Margaret Nelson's macaroons and cookies, which included her State Fair Blue Ribbon-winning recipes tucked under the plates. (Bidding went very high for these delicacies!)

Officers also gave their reports. Contest director Jackie Davis stressed that contest entries must be received by Jan. 5, 2009, a firm deadline in order to get first place winners on to the National Federation of Press Women contest. All materials to enter the contest are on the Contests page.

Granger is Teacher of the Year

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The Indiana High School Press Association named WPCI's third vice president Elizabeth Granger the 2008 Indiana High School Journalism Teacher of the Year at its state convention Oct. 17.

Granger teaches English and journalism at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, where she also advises the student newspaper, the Cub Reporter. As a further nod to Granger's influence on her students and staff, IHSPA named the Cub a 2008 Hoosier Star, designating it the best high school newspaper in the state in the large-population high school category.

Granger also is a freelance writer, winning several awards for her travel writing. She is WPCI's high school contest coordinator and plans the organization's four meetings each year.

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Six members win national awards

Penticuff, Asher, Shuler, Garmel

From left, WPCI members Donna Penticuff and Gena Asher; NFPW president Marsha Shuler; and WPCI member Marion Garmel at the NFPW conference.

Members Donna Penticuff, Gena Asher and Marion Garmel attended the National Federation of Press Women conference in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Sept. 11-14. They attended workshops on a host of topics, from podcasting and blogging to using digital cameras, and enjoyed dinners and luncheons with members from affiliates around the country.

Six WPCI members are winners in the annual National Federation of Press Women contest:

  • Jackie Scheckler Finch won a first place, special articles, arts and entertainment; and second place, section/supplement edited by entrant.
  • Becky Manley won second place, special articles, science, ecology, environment or energy.
  • Donna Penticuff won first place, annual report, external; second place, billboards; and third place, non-profit Web site edited by entrant.
  • Gena Asher won second place, Web site development and creation, for-profit organization; and third place, Web site development and creation, nonprofit organization. She was WPCI Communicator of Achievement and was recognized with 16 other COAs from other affiliates during a special ceremony Sept. 12.
  • Elizabeth Granger won second place, faculty adviser of student publications.
  • Mary Ann Barothy won second place, non-fiction book, general.

High school students win at NFPW

Six high school students who were winners in the Woman's Press Club of Indiana state contest went on to win honors at the national level. At a special luncheon during the NFPW conference, high school winners were announced.

  • Kristine Morgan, Southport High School, honorable mention in opinion.
  • Jacklyn Chen, Carmel High School, third place in columns.
  • Ashley Elson, Carmel High School, third place in sports photo.
  • Michael Bush, Southport High School, third place in cartooning.
  • Jeanette Wall, Center Grove High School, honorable mention in reviews.
  • Meredith Dover, Lawrence North High School, second place in double-truck layout.

12 net awards in annual contest

Becky Manley, Gena Asher

President Becky Manley (left) presents Gena Asher with the Communicator of Achievement award.

A dozen members snagged more than 60 awards at the annual WPCI communications contest luncheon May 17 in Indianapolis.

Gena Asher won Communicator of Achievement and Marion Garmel was named Kate Milner Rabb Award winner.

Jackie Sheckler Finch had the most points based on awards to be named sweepstakes winner.

For a full list of winners and their honors, check out the 2008 winners page.

WPCI awards scholarships

During the annual awards luncheon, WPCI also presented two scholarships.

Ball State University student Ellen Gilmer, Indianapolis, came out on top of the competition for this year's Hortense Myers award, a $500 scholarship. Gilmer maintained a 3.87 grade point average at Ball State University while serving as features writer for the Ball State Daily News and contributor to the student-run magazine, Expo Magazine.

Gilmer also was selected to participate in a NewsLink Immersion Program in which she produces stories for publication in print, web and broadcast. She is an intern-reporter and photographer for Current in Carmel and Westfield; an assistant editor for the International Journal of Social Education in Muncie; and writer-photographer for the Franklin Township Online News.

Angie Satterfield, Vevay is the winner of the $500 Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz scholarship given to a woman over 30 years of age who desires to upgrade her skills to seek a better job in the field of journalism or to re-enter the journalism job market.

Satterfield coordinates tourism promotion for Switzerland County in Vevay, overseeing the operations of four retail stores with arts, crafts and agricultural products produced by county residents. She is active in her community with youth, historical, architectural and public service groups. With an elementary education major, she has completed some distance education courses from Ball State in Muncie and some computer classes from Ivy Tech in Madison. She wishes to take journalism and public relations classes to enhance her skills for her present and future work.

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WPCI awards high school winners

WPCI's annual high school contest awarded 56 honors to high school students and publications in March, 2008.

First place winners compete at the national level at the National Federation of Press Women conference in September. Indiana first place winners were:

  • Matt Spears, Warren Central High School, Indianapolis: Editorial
  • Kristine Morgan, Southport High School, Indianapolis: Opinion
  • Nicole Burts, Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis: News
  • Abby Large, Southport High School, Indianapolis: Feature
  • Zach Bucholtz, Munster High School, Munster: Sports
  • Jaclyn Chen, Carmel High School, Carmel: Columns
  • Michael Bush, Southport High School, Indianapolis: Cartoon
  • Ashley Elson, Carmel High School, Carmel: Sports photo
  • Allie Renkert, Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis: Feature photo
  • Jeanette Wall, Center Grove High School, Greenwood: Reviews
  • Nick Reasoner, Warren Central High School, Indianapolis: Graphics
  • Shannon Veerkamp, Greenwood Community High School, Greenwood: Single page layout
  • Meredith Dover, Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis: Double truck layout
  • Mary Queisser, Carmel High School, Carmel: Environment

For a full list of winners, check out this page.


Gena Asher

Gena Asher led a talk about copyright and digital ethics. (Photo by Mary Ann Wyand)

March meeting addresses finances, copyright

WPCI met March 22 at Lawrence North High School for the spring education and business meeting.

Newly-appointed treasurer Julie Slaymaker brought members up to date on financial matters and second vice-president Gena Asher led a discussion on copyright and ethical use in the digital age.

The members enjoyed a soup and salad lunch provided by third vice-president Elizabeth Granger and her husband, Fred.

President Becky Manley, who could not attend, sent an e-mail reminding members to make their nominations for Communicator of Achievement and the Kate Milner Rabb award as soon as possible.

The next meeting will be the annual awards luncheon May 17.

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2007

Fall meeting features annual auction

(November 2007) WPCI met Nov. 17 at the Slaymaker home in Indianapolis and conducted the annual auction to raise funds for the Education Fund, which provides scholarships.

During the meeting, members discussed ways to build up the general fund. They also discussed the upcoming communications contest, and contest director Jackie Davis reminded members of the rules and regulations, including how to fill out the envelopes.

After lunch, interim vice president Vivian Rosswurm auctioned the many items members brought for the fundraiser, including an autographed Pacers jersey, tickets to a variety of Indianapolis theater events and other items perfect for gift-giving.

The next meeting is March 15.

Monty shares advice on freelancing

WPCI member Julie Slaymaker appreciated writer Lisa Monty's article, "Freelance doesn't have to mean being paid late," so much that she asked Monty's permission to publish it on the WPCI Web site. Monty generously agreed, and many thanks. Access the article here.

Four high schoolers win at NFPW

Four WPCI high school communications contest winners went on to win awards at the National Federation of Press Women contest:

  • Veronica Delgado, Munster High School, Munster, won a first in sports photography;
  • Cza Cza Castillo and Amy Karch, Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis, won third place in reviews;
  • Abby Large, Southport High School, Indianapolis, won an honorable mention in opinion writing;
  • Joe Slabaugh, Muncie Central High School, Muncie, won an honorable mention in news writing.

Members discuss finances, contest

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Far left, Elizabeth Granger reports on the high school winners at the meeting in South Bend.

WPCI met Oct. 6 at the Cushing Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast in South Bend to discuss finances and upcoming programs and goals.

For finances, the club will focus on beefing up the operating fund, while the education fund appears to be healthy. The group also hopes to publicize the contest as well as attract new members.

Historian Jackie Davis reminded members to submit their materials to her to update bio files.

The next meeting is Nov. 17 and includes an auction, proceeds of which benefit the education fund.

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Seven attend national conference

Attendees at 2007 NFPW conference

From left, seated are Marion Garmel, Gena Asher and Katie Davis. Standing, from left, are Donna Penticuff, Julie Slaymaker, Jacquelyn Davis and Vivian Sade-Rosswurm.

Seven WPCI members attended the National Federation of Press Women conference in Richmond, Va., Sept. 20-22 and returned with fresh ideas and information to pass along to other members.

Donna Penticuff, Gena Asher, Jacquelyn Davis, Katie Davies, Marion Garmel, Vivian Sade-Rosswurm and Julie Slaymaker joined over 200 members from affiliates around the nation to hear about ways to get more members involved in the First Amendment Network, recruit new members and retain current ones, and encourage professional development.

Members heard professionals share advice and media trends in at least a dozen small workshops. General meetings featured speakers such as the mayor of Richmond, governor of Virginia and best-selling author Adriana Trigiani. Members also heard a guest panel talk about the development and promotion of activities surrounding the 400th anniversary of the settlement of nearby Jamestown.

This year marks NFPW's 70th anniversary, so in addition to workshops, members were treated to several "birthday" events, including a revue of fashions through the ages, featuring WPCI member Julie Slaymaker, and several presentations about inspirational NFPW members through the group's history.

Attendees at 2007 NFPW conference

Showing off the WPCI display are Vivian Sade-Rosswurm, Julie Slaymaker and Jacquelyn Davis.

Indiana members also hosted a table representing WPCI's history since its founding in 1913. The display included a scrapbook, clippings and memorabilia.

NFPW also supports an online feature of the National Women's History Museum. "Women on a Deadline" is an interactive feature that describes women journalists and their accomplishments.

New president Marsha Schuler encouraged members to get involved in FAN, an NFPW program that connects members with their local legislators to promote First Amendment issues. NFPW now has a link on Facebook to keep FAN supporters apprised of the latest news.

WPCI members made their own news at the conference. Jackie Davis was the WPCI entrant for the Communicator of Achievement award, which was won by Peggyann Hutchinson of Oregon. At the awards banquet, Gena Asher won two firsts and an honorable mention; Elizabeth Granger won one first and one second place award; Lillian Carmer won first and second place awards; Donna Penticuff won a second place award; and Elise Sims won a third place award.

Check the NFPW Web site for a complete wrap-up of national conference events.

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Scholarship, award winners celebrate at annual luncheon

(June 2007) Members of Woman's Press Club of Indiana celebrated communications awards and honored scholarship winners at the annual awards luncheon at Palais Royal in Centerville, Ind.

2007 College Winner: Mastin

Pictured are (from left) WPCI member Margaret Nelson, Amy Mastin, Katie Mastin and WPCI vice president Vivian Rosswurm.

The college scholarship winner, Katie Mastin, a Ball State University junior, won the Hortense Myers Scholarship of $500. Katherine Newkirk, a journalism graduate student at Indiana University, won the $500 Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz award for older women returning or starting journalism studies.

Mastin attended the ceremony with her mother, Amy Mastin, who is news editor at the New Castle Courier-Times. Newkirk did not attend.

In member honors, historian and National Federation of Press Women treasurer Jackie Davis, Indianapolis, won the Communicator of Achievement award and will compete for honors at the national level in September.

Vivian Rosswurm and Gena Asher

Vivian Rosswurm, left, and Gena Asher.

Gena Asher, Bloomington, was named the Kate Milner Rabb Award winner this year.

In the communications contest, Lilian H. Carmer, Dupont, received eight first place and five second place awards to win the 2007 Honeycomb Award. The Honeycomb was the title of a 1969 autobiography by author/reporter Adela Rogers St. Johns. See a full list of communications contest winners here.

Two members reported other honors. Margaret Nelson completed her studies in the ecclesial lay ministry program of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. She was honored in a special ceremony May 17.

Lawrence Central High School journalism adviser and WPCI third vice president Elizabeth Granger won the Superintendent's Award from the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis in recognition of her winning first place for advising student publications from the National Federation of Press Women for two consecutive years. She won the WPCI award for advising student publications at the May 19 ceremony as well.

Joan Bey

The group also honored these members for reaching milestone years of service: Judith Karst, Culver, 20 years; Elaine Bell, Warsaw, 30 years; Janet Eberle, McCordsville, 35 years; Jane Ford, Indianapolis, 45 years; and (pictured) Joan Bey, Indianapolis, 55 years.

WPCI installs new officers

(June 2007) WPCI also installed new officers at the May 19 meeting, with several retaining their posts.

Officers for the 2007-2009 year are:

  • Elizabeth Manley, president
  • Vivian Rosswurm, acting vice president
  • Gena Asher, second vice president
  • Elizabeth Granger, third vice president
  • Katie Davis, treasurer
  • Marion Garmel, secretary
  • Jackie Davis, historian


High schoolers net WPCI awards

(June 2007) WPCI awarded 49 prizes to high school students around the state for their work in reporting, design, photography, editorial writing and reviews. WPCI member Elizabeth Granger, who oversees the high school contest, said the club had 142 entries from high school journalists around Indiana.

The high school contest supports efforts of young journalists and recognizes their best work.

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