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Posted August 14, 2019

Supplied Flyer: Family R.E.A.D.

We are pleased to introduce you to a new initiative for youth and families to explore non-fiction books and participate in interactive learning activities with IU East students and faculty.

Family R.E.A.D. – Read, Explore, Ask, Discover! events will be on the second Saturdays throughout Fall, from 10-11:30 a.m., September 14, October 12, and November 9, at the Campus Library in Hayes Hall, on the IU East Campus. All events are free.

The resource guide provides more information: https://iue.libguides.com/FamilyREAD and if you have any questions, call 765.973.8470. We are requesting registration – available through an online link in the guide - so we know how many supplies will be needed.

Junior Red Wolves Recruiting Members

Posted August 14, 2019

Supplied Flyer: Junior Red Wolves

The Junior Red Wolves is recruiting new members! More information about that: https://www.iue.edu/JuniorRedWolves. There you will find online and printable registration forms.

Membership is free, and open to youth through grade 6. Benefits include an Official Junior Red Wolves membership card; free admission to all regular season home athletic events; birthday greetings from Rufus, the IU East Red Wolves Mascot; and invitations to Junior Red Wolves special events.

Back to School Bash

Posted August 13, 2019

Flyer: Back to School Bash at the Wesleyan Church

The Wesleyan Church will be hosting the Back to School Bash on August 18 from 4:00-7:00 pm. This is a free community event, with the only expense being food trucks if attendees would like to purchase food.

There will be live music, inflatables, games, and more – at no cost to you. Plenty of fun for all ages….not just those who are actually going back to school. Bring your family, bring friends….and don't miss this super fun event at Wesleyan Church, 5600 U.S. 27 North, Richmond, IN!

Senior Adult Ministry August Meeting

Posted August 13, 2019

Alvin and Arlo are special guests at the next meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 27. These doggy ambassadors are "big guys with big reputations" who spend their time making people smile.

The meeting will be held at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. Bring friends and snacks to share. All senior adults are welcome.

Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the monthly meetings.

Come to enjoy friends and food and two special guests. For further information, call 765-962-4357.

Foundation Opens Application for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Posted August 13, 2019

The Wayne County Foundation is accepting applications for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. All Wayne County high school seniors are encouraged to apply.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is the 'crown jewel' of all of the awards administered by the Foundation. It pays full-tuition, required fees and a book stipend for four years. Recipients may attend any public or private, Indiana four-year college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis.

The scholarship will be awarded to two students based on the following criteria: Academic Performance, Statement of Future Plans, Extracurricular Activities/Work Experience, Recommendations, Overcoming Adversity, Community Service, and Financial Need.

All interested individuals should visit the Foundation's website www.waynecountyfoundation.org for a link to the Foundation's online application platform. The deadline to submit an application is by noon on Friday, August 30.

3Rivers Federal Credit Union and West End Bank S.B. Announce Strategic Acquisition

Posted August 1, 2019

Fort Wayne, Indiana and Richmond, Indiana – Three Rivers Federal Credit Union ("3Rivers"), and West End Indiana Bancshares, Inc. ("West End Indiana Bancshares") (OTC: WEIN), the holding company of West End Bank S.B. ("West End Bank"), announced today that they have signed a definitive purchase and assumption agreement whereby 3Rivers, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will acquire the assets and assume the liabilities of West End Bank, headquartered in Richmond, Indiana, in an all-cash transaction. Following the completion of this transaction, West End Indiana Bancshares and West End Bank will settle their remaining obligations and distribute their remaining cash to the West End Indiana Bancshares stockholders. West End Bank operates four bank branches in Richmond, Liberty and Hagerstown, Indiana and had approximately $298.8 million in assets, and 24,000 customers as of March 31, 2019. 3Rivers currently operates 16 branches in a seven-county area in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and has 82,000 members. This strategic acquisition will increase 3Rivers' total number of branches to 20, members to 106,000, over 400 employees and total assets to approximately $1.4 billion.

West End Indiana Bancshares was created in connection with the 2012 conversion of West End Bank's prior federal mutual holding company from the mutual to the stock form. As a part of such conversion, a liquidation account was created for the benefit of certain depositors of West End Bank. Since the sale of assets and liabilities to a credit union by an institution which had converted from mutual to stock form under the current federal rules has not yet been implemented by any other institution, there are certain uncertainties associated with the treatment of the liquidation account. As a result, we cannot predict at this time whether the organization will be required to distribute the remaining liquidation account to certain depositors of West End Bank, the amount of any such distribution, and the ultimate impact of any required payments on the amount of cash to be received by West End Indiana Bancshares stockholders in this transaction.

Under the terms of the purchase and assumption agreement, West End Bancshares estimates that its stockholders will receive between $34.91 and $36.81 in cash consideration for each share of West End Indiana Bancshares common stock (the "per share consideration") they own. The amount of the per share consideration is subject to substantial variation based on, among other things, significant uncertainties with respect to the treatment of and costs associated with the liquidation account, West End Bank's equity at closing, the amount of corporate level taxation of such transaction, the amount of cash held by West End Indiana Bancshares at closing, costs related to the dissolution of West End Bank and West End Indiana Bancshares and the distribution of the remaining assets to stockholders and future operating results. Other factors that may cause a reduction in the per share consideration include, among others, costs associated with employee compensation and benefit arrangements and any West End Bank environmental problems with remediation costs over a threshold amount. Accordingly, investors should not assume that the ultimate consideration distributed to stockholders will be within the range set forth above.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of both institutions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, the approval of West End Indiana Bancshares's stockholders, West End Bank's depositors (if required) and regulatory approvals. The distribution of cash to West End Indiana Bancshares, Inc. stockholders is expected to occur within several months after completion of the sale of assets to 3Rivers.

West End Bank has served its community since 1894. All 4 banking locations will operate as branches of 3Rivers after the sale is finalized. West End Bank customers will become members of 3Rivers with full access to the credit union's wide array of products and services as well as its larger lending limit.

"We are excited to announce the acquisition of West End Bank. We look forward to being a part of the Wayne and Union County communities and welcoming their customers and employees into the 3Rivers family," said Don Cates, 3Rivers' President and CEO. "This acquisition will allow us to expand our footprint to serve more people and communities in Indiana, and it will result in expanded product, service and technology offerings for West End Bank's customers as well. We look forward to getting to know and investing in Wayne and Union Counties, as we begin the transition process. We mutually feel that this is an ideal fit, as we are both deeply engaged in the communities we serve, have a strong organizational culture, and a sincere care for our members' and customers' financial wellness. Additionally, we are committed to working closely together with our West End Bank partners to work towards as smooth a transition as possible." "We are thrilled about our new partnership with 3Rivers Federal Credit Union because of the expanded opportunities it brings to our customers, our employees, and our communities," said Timothy Frame, President & CEO of West End Bank. "3Rivers is a proven leader in providing the highest level of financial services, while also sharing our commitment to strong community support.

"The Board of Directors of West End Bank and West End Indiana Bancshares (WEIN) are excited and pleased with this combination with 3Rivers Federal Credit Union. We believe it continues our commitment to enhance shareholder value. In addition, it will provide a myriad of opportunities to our employees, customers, and the communities that we serve today," said John McBride, Chairman of the Board of West End Bank and West End Indiana Bancshares.

Additional Information:

In connection with the proposed merger, West End Indiana Bancshares will provide its stockholders with a proxy statement and other relevant documents concerning the proposed transaction. Stockholders of West End Indiana Bancshares are urged to read the proxy statement and other relevant documents and any amendments or supplements to those documents, because they will contain important information which should be considered before making any decision regarding the transaction. Stockholders of West End Indiana Bancshares will be able to obtain a copy of the proxy statement, and any other relevant documents, without charge, when they become available, at the Securities and Exchange Commission website (www.sec.gov), on the West End Indiana Bancshares website (ir.westendbank.com) or by directing a request to:
Robin Henry
Executive Vice President/Chief Human Resource Officer
West End Indiana Bancshares, Inc.
34 South 7th Street
Richmond, Indiana 47374

The information available through West End Indiana Bancshares' website is not and shall not be deemed part of this press release or incorporated by reference into other filings that West End Indiana Bancshares makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

West End Indiana Bancshares and certain of its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of West End Indiana Bancshares in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of West End Indiana Bancshares is set forth in West End Indiana Bancshares's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 29, 2019, and in the proxy statement for West End Indiana Bancshares's 2019 Annual meeting of stockholders, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 18, 2019. Additional information regarding the interests of these participants and any other persons who may be deemed participants in the transaction may be obtained by reading the proxy statement regarding the proposed merger when it becomes available. Free copies of this document may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.

West End Indiana Bancshares, Inc. and West End Bank S.B. are being represented in this transaction by Luse Gorman, PC and Keefe, Bruyette and Woods. 3Rivers is being represented by Howard and Howard, PLLC.

About 3Rivers:

Since 1935, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union has been empowering their community to achieve financial wellness by offering personalized service, tools, and education. The member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative has $1.1 billion in assets, more than 80,000 members, 16 branches, and over 340 employees. 3Rivers offers a wide range of financial solutions, in addition to trustworthy, lifelong guidance and relationships. For more information, visit 3riversfcu.org.

About West End Bank S.B.:

West End Bank, S.B. is an Indiana-chartered savings bank headquartered in Richmond, Indiana. West End Bank, S.B. was organized in 1894 under the name West End Building and Loan Association and has operated continuously in Richmond, Indiana since its founding. West End Bank has 4 branch locations which consist of two in Richmond, one in Hagerstown, Indiana and one in Liberty, Indiana. In addition to the four full-service locations, West End Bank also hosts limited service branches in schools within Richmond Community Schools. West End Bank also have a limited service branch and ATM located within Richmond High School. This student-operated branch is available to students and faculty of RCS twice a week. At March 31, 2019, West End Bank had total assets of $ $298.8 million and has 82 employees.

About West End Indiana Bancshares, Inc:

West End Indiana Bancshares, Inc. became the holding company for West End Bank, S.B. upon consummation of the mutual to stock conversion of West End Bank, MHC, the Bank's former mutual holding company on January 10, 2012. Other than owning the Bank and making a loan to the Bank's employee stock ownership plan, the Company has engaged in no material operations to date.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the anticipated closing date of the transaction and anticipated future plans and expectations. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words like "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," and "intend" or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could" or "may." Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include delays in completing the transaction, uncertainties regarding the proper treatment and calculation of the liquidation account, corporate level tax expenses, transaction expenses, additions to West End Bank's allowance for loan losses, difficulties in integrating West End Bank into 3Rivers, legislative and regulatory changes that adversely affect the business in which 3Rivers and West End Bank are engaged, changes in the securities markets and other risks and uncertainties. Except as required by law, none of 3Rivers, West End Bank or West End Indiana Bancshares undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statement is made.

Teen's determination results in low-cost veterinary camp

Posted July 29, 2019

Jasmine Roosa knew when she was a toddler that she wanted to be a "vegetarian." Of course, she meant "veterinarian" -- she was just still too young to pronounce the word.

Today at 16, she hasn't wavered from a plan that began before she was talking clearly. She's worked at a vet clinic since she was 13. She's attended veterinary camps every year since she was in the 7th grade.

Supplied Photo: Dr. Bhavsar and Jasmine during his demonstration.
Dr. Bhavsar and Jasmine during his demonstration.

And this year - with the help of a host of others including Reid Health's Community Benefit department and the Reid Health Residency Program - she organized a weeklong veterinary camp at her school. It was an amazing feat for someone who is still a couple of years from college. "I decided I wanted to make a veterinary camp here for the kids around this area who are interested in the profession or enjoy working with animals," she says.

So with the help of her stepmom, Kara Roosa, she spent well over 100 hours planning the weeklong camp at Northeastern school for only $50 a participant. She secured the Northeastern FFA as a sponsor. Her principal got involved. She rounded up 10 presenters, including veterinarians and a Reid Health physician. Businesses donated prizes and gifts. Five veterinary colleges helped out.

Roosa called the event the SPARK Jr. Vet Camp, named "for the qualities I believe are important to becoming a strong veterinarian and individual:"

S -- Self. Self-confidence is an important step for anyone in life
P -- Pursue. Being willing to pursue your path or dream.
A -- Achieve. Actively achieving your set goals.
R -- Responsibility. Fulfilling your commitments to school, family and community.
K -- Knowledge.
You have to be willing to gain the knowledge necessary to be a veterinarian and your best self. "So many people, businesses and colleges helped make this camp possible." Her mom Claire Baker was a camp leader and donated supplies. Her dad, Chris Roosa, helped her practice her own presentations. And she made it affordable. For comparison, one of the closest such camps she knows about is two hours away and costs almost $1,000. "I wanted a low-cost camp available to kids in this area."

Reid Health's involvement included Jay Bhavsar, D.O., who led a suturing training session that involved stuffed animals and then a demonstration using a sheep heart. This presentation was special to him -- doing a sheep heart dissection when he was in high school is what sealed his decision to go into medicine. So he knew first-hand the power of impressions and experiences for young minds.

"It touched me, knowing the part that played in my own career choice," says Dr. Bhavsar, who is enrolled in the Reid Health Family Medicine Residency program. "If someone has that moment, like I did, it can be life-changing."

The event in June involved more than 20 Northeastern students grades 6 through 11, over a five day schedule with presentations about animal exams, the costs of owning a pet, pet first aid, equine dentistry, multiple case studies and more.

"Our goal with the camp was that when campers left, they would have a better understanding of the veterinary profession," says Jasmine. "And we 100 percent are planning on doing the camp next year, opening it to students across the county."

Grants: More than $147,000 to promote wellness in Reid Health service area

Posted July 29, 2019

Reid Health Community Benefit is awarding $147,030 in grants for programs designed to promote physical activity, good nutrition and healthy weight.

The grants represent the second awards of two grant cycles for the year. Grants, along with other specific outreach and requirements to meet the system's not-for-profit status, have put almost $176 million back into the community in the last five years. A committee of Reid Health's governing board and community members reviews grant requests. The grants are awarded as part of the health system's efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization.

The grants include:

  • $1,400 to Amigos Latino Center to fund the Annual Amigos Health Fair.
  • $10,775 to Birth to Five to support the Parents as Teachers program.
  • $11,800 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County to support Clubfit programming expenses.
  • $2,000 to Circle U Help Center for the healthy shelf stable food program.
  • $2,225 to Columbia Community Center, Inc., for playground equipment and to create an area encouraging increased physical activity.
  • $2,000 to Communities in Schools of Wayne County to fund supplies for physical activity programming at Wayne County schools.
  • $35,000 to Connersville Parks & Recreation to renovate and establish tennis and Pickleball courts in Roberts Park to increase access to exercise opportunities.
  • $2,115 to Cope Environmental Center tosupport the Hike Yourself Healthy and the Get Outside-Play programs.
  • $2,100 to Council on Rural Service Programs to provide Darke County, Ohio, youth with access to fitness opportunities.
  • $2,000 to Gateway Hunger Relief Center to support healthy supplies for the child box program.
  • $5,000 to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to support the Produce Hope program in multiple counties in Reid Health service area.
  • $2,000 to Hope Center to support the Healthy with Hope program, educating clients on good food choices and providing healthy recipe kits.
  • $3,000 to Natco Community Empowerment Center - Love Makes Cents to support the Healthy You, Healthy Me series to educate adults and children about nutrition, physical activity and weight.
  • $12,300 to Richmond Farmers Market to support the SNAP Double Dollars Program.
  • $4,804 to Richmond Friends School for playground equipment in the back outdoor classroom.
  • $2,729 to Richmond Parks & Recreation to support the walking club and kids triathlon, part of the "Get Healthy in our Parks" series.
  • $3,475 to Richmond Parks & Recreation to support the Just Us Kids Outdoors series.
  • $13,365 to Richmond Parks & Recreation to support revitalization of Middlefork Reservoir, including a boat fleet to create new exercise opportunities.
  • $3,300 to the Richmond Youth Football League to fund purchase of new helmets in compliance with concussion safety standards for youth.
  • $11,692 to Wayne County Cardinal Greenway to support the walking-running training, and free bike rental programs.
  • $2,500 to YMCA of Darke County to support the Diabetes Education and Weight Loss programs.
  • $11,450 to the YMCA of Greater Dayton to support the Diabetes Prevention and Livestrong Program.
Details, videos

Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance increased general knowledge, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act added new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals in the areas of community health needs assessment (CHNA), implementation strategy, billing and collections and reporting. In 2014 the IRS issued final rules implementing these requirements. The goals of these provisions are to ensure that tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities and to ensure greater transparency and accountability.

In addition to grants, the Reid Health Community Benefit sponsors various programs focused on community health, specifically in the areas of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Weight, and Access to Care.

Related link: www.Reidcommunities.org

Al-Anon Meetings

Posted July 22, 2019

Al-Anon offers help and hope for families and friends of problem drinkers. It is an anonymous fellowship and there are no dues or fees. Meetings are held Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. 10 th Street, Richmond, Indiana.

New members are always welcome. For further information, contact us at feelingsoffreedom@outlook.com or call 765-966-4151.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - August 2019

Posted July 17, 2019

Supplied Flyer: August 2019 Singles Interaction Newsletter

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

EAA Chapter 373 Brings EAA's B-17 to Richmond Airport and Hosts a 1940's Hangar Dance

Posted July 12, 2019

Supplied Flyer: See the B-17

The local Hagerstown EAA Chapter 373 is sponsoring EAA's B-17 at the Richmond Municipal Airport August 23-25, 2019. Join us for an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in the world. You won't want to miss Aluminum Overcast when it visits Richmond Municipal Airport Aug 23 through 25, 2019. Ground tours and mission flights of the B-17 will take place daily.

Climb aboard this fully restored Boeing B-17 bomber and step back in time to the World War II era. Feel the might of this magnificent flying machine as it soars through the sky on your mission flight where you'll discover why it's called the Flying Fortress. Stand in the footsteps of the bombardier, the navigator, and the waist gunner and relive history by experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in one of World War II's most vital and magnificent aircraft.

Ground Tours

2-5 p.m. (unless noted), weather permitting
$10: Individual Rate
$20: Family Rate (adults/children up to 17)
Free: Children under 8 (with paying adult)
Free: Veterans / Active Military

Mission Flights (weather permitting)

Advance Purchase
$409 EAA Members
$449 Non Members

Walk Up Purchase

$435 EAA Members
$475 Nonmembers

To book your flight, go to the web site, B17.org, or call EAA at 1-800-359-6217.

ABOUT THE B-17

More than just an airplane, the B-17 is living history that holds a remarkable connection to the past and is the most iconic image of World War II. Today, it serves as a tribute to those known as the greatest generation: the bold men and women who built and served on the heavy bombers in the 1940s. People of all ages will appreciate the history associated with this airplane that helped the Allies achieve victory. We invite families to visit and learn all about our aircraft and our organization. Relive the story. Join the flight.

Revenues from the B-17 tour help cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft and aid our ambition to "keep 'em flying" for many years to come. Our tour stops will be hosted by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the B-17's stories.

1940's Hangar Dance

Supplied Flyer: 1940's Hanger Dance

In conjunction with the B-17 visit, EAA Chapter 373 will host a 1940's Hangar Dance on Saturday Night, August 24 from 6-9 PM. Dress in 1940's attire and enjoy entertainment by the Ladies for Liberty. A buffet style dinner will be served and raffle tickets for B-17 flights will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the evening will be used for youth aviation scholarships and activities. Tickets at $30 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Please visit EAA Chapter 373 on Facebook or search for B-17 Hangar Dance on Eventbrite for tickets.

Shoes for Kids donates to Reid Health Care Pavilion patients

Posted July 29, 2019

An impromptu distribution of athletic shoes to patients at the Reid Health Care Pavilion in Connersville last week marked another first for the longstanding "Shoes for Kids" program of the Reid Health Foundation.

Supplied Image: Reid Employees behind shoe boxes.Shoes for Kids, funded by the annual ReidRide, has provided money over the past 11 years to give out more than 12,000 pairs of shoes to kids in the Reid Health service area. Last Friday -- just three days after Reid Health took over the behavioral health program for kids and youth -- 26 more were added to that list.

"The children were very appreciative of them," said Susan Ream, Administrative Director of Reid Inpatient Psychiatry. "One said, 'This is better than Christmas!" Another patient said the shoes were the nicest ones he'd ever had.

"When we took ownership of the Care Pavilion, we recognized there was a need. It made sense to provide shoes for these kids." -- Justin Burkhardt, Reid Health Foundation

Justin Burkhardt, Foundation Director, said the distribution came about on short notice when Reid Health Care Pavilion staffers noticed patients who didn't have good shoes. "When we took ownership of the Care Pavilion, we recognized there was a need. It made sense to provide shoes for these kids. It isn't normal for us to have shoes on hand, but we happened to have some this time."

ReidRide began in 2009 with less than 200 riders on a rainy morning at Petro truck stop. ReidRide 11 was just held on July 13. Funding from sponsorships and registrations provide the dollars to buy and distribute athletic shoes throughout the region served by Reid Health.

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