Bill Primus, exhalted ruler of the Vincennes Elks No. 291, welcomed four of five 2019 scholarship winners to a dinner at Slicers Restaurant on June 6 to commemorate their academic achievement in high school.The students were from Lincoln, Rivet and Washington high schools.

All were entered in the Elks National Foundation’s “Most Valuable Student” scholarship program, which selects winners on the national level, the Indiana Elks Association, that selects statewide winners. The local lodges also provide scholarships for their area. The awards locally were $7,400 and from the state $6,000, for a total of $13,400.

Savannah Cook from Rivet was the winner of the Vincennes MVS scholarship of $1,500. Cook also was awarded a four year $1,000 scholarship from the State Elks Association.

Second place girl was Abigail Wright from Washington High School, who was awarded $1,200 by the local lodge and also won $1,000 from the state. Elias Becerra, also of Washington High School, was the second place boy and received $1,200 from the local Elks Lodge.

Third place winners were Alison Hein and Kaitlyn Roman, both from Lincoln High School, who were awarded $1,000 by the local lodge. Hein was also a recipient of a $1,000 grant from the State Elks Association.

Issac Lane, from Lincoln High School, was the winner of the Richard A. Bauer Award for 2019. The $1,500 award is made annually to a Lincoln senior who has exemplified the spirit of Richard Bauer, who served the Vincennes Community School Corp for over 26 years as a school board member and as Secretary of Vincennes Elks Lodge No. 291. Lane will continue his education at Vincennes University.


The Francis Vigo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met on May 28. The meeting was called to order by Haley Lancaster, regent. Lancaster welcomed members and guests. Guests included Brooke Lueking, Good Citizen winner, and members of her family. Lindsay Owens read the minutes from the April meeting. The treasurer’s report was given by Rita Hagerty, treasurer. Debra Byrnes gave the registrar’s report. Music was provided by Joan Chambon.

Lori Marchino conducted memorial service in remembrance of our DAR members that we lost this past year.

Children of the American Revolution (CAR) report was given by Vanetta McDowell of Evansville.

Lancaster gave a report on the state convention and handed out the awards that the members and chapter won at state conference.

Reports of standing committees were given. American Indian minute and DAR Magazine minute by Denise Dayson-Bristol; Conservation Minute by Cathy Dever; Flag of the United Stated Minute by Elena Keene; Membership Committee by Lindy Heath; National Defense Report by Marchino and Service to America update by Lancaster. Lisa Ice-Jones presented the Grouseland Minute.

The program, presented by Byrnes, DAR Genealogy Preservation State Chair, was on DAR genealogy preservation.

Marchino gave the benediction and the meeting was adjourned.

Refreshments were served in the dining room by hostesses Owens, chair, Virginia Stangle, Marchino, Lynn Goodwin and Janie Mayall.

The next DAR meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Those planning to attend are asked to wear summer gear for a beach party. This is one week earlier than the normal meeting week.

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