Letter to the Editor

Conservation club thanks all following gathering

Monday, October 13, 2008

To the Editor:

The Vigo County Conservation Club would like to thank all those who helped, sponsored or participated in the 13th annual Gathering of the People Powwow Sept. 26-28.

On Sept. 26, we held the fourth Powwow Education Day field trip for over 400 third-grade students from Vigo, Parke and Vermillion counties. This was a wonderful cultural learning event.

The children really enjoyed the hands-on experiences and learning about the dances and lifestyles of Native Americans. We would like to thank all those who helped make this a day to remember for these children.

We would also like to thank the teachers and children and the public for donating to the toy drive. Our toy drive was very successful and we want to thank everyone who came out and donated toys to the children of the Turtle Mountain Reservation in South Dakota. You have helped provide a nicer holiday for the kids, who otherwise might not have any toys or gifts at Christmas time.

We would also like to thank the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau for their support and assistance. We would also like to thank Woodburn Graphis for composing and printing the powwow program. We have had many compliments on it.

We want to thank our program sponsors: Crowder Trucking and RDR Brokerage, and Walls Fabrication and Welding of Rockville, Bob Bowen Ford, Jack's Fine Foods, Riddell National Bank, V.F.W. Post No. 1127, Oak Ridge Golf Course, Primerica, Pappy's Bar-B-Que, all of Brazil, Recognition Plus, Woodburn Graphics, Vigo County Conservation Club Spot Shoot, Terre Haute Moose No. 1009, Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau, Baesler's, Action Assault Paintball, Nancy's Nutrition Center, Whitetail Gallery, Republic Waste Services, Indiana State University Performing Art Series, and Fast Track, all of Terre Haute, State Farm Insurance agent Chris Bouwkamp, Crawfordsville, Cripple Crow and Me from Morgantown, A&W and Charlie Brown, Commissioner of Clay County, Archery Outlet, Staunton.

Special thanks go to all the members of the Vigo County Conservation Club, who provided delicious meals as always and who pitched in and helped in many other ways to have a successful powwow.

Vigo County Conservation Club, Inc.

Mark Blann and Steve Witt, Powwow Coordinators