The Tried, The True, and The New

If the Indiana Society of Chicago were to create a banner, the words “Tradition” and “Celebration” and of course, “Indiana” would most likely be emblazoned on it. But the world teaches that “words held on high don’t always take hold at ground level.”

And in that light, the Society’s Board of Directors met during the summer of 1995 for an introspective planning retreat – and made a reality check. The result was a strong reaffirmation of purpose and setting of some new goals and resolutions:

Clarify and communicate its purpose and philosophies by reassessing the Society’s role in a changing world in its mission statement

Underscore its support of education by providing scholarships to Indiana students through an education foundation

Develop more awareness of the Society’s purpose and value by building alliances with Indiana organizations and cultivating media relations

In 1997, the Society responded to a critical need for financial assistance to deserving students and formed a foundation to provide scholarships to greater Chicago area men and women attending colleges and universities in the State of Indiana. An Indiana Society of Chicago Scholarship has since been awarded at each Annual Dinner to students in their junior year from that year’s honored educational institution. The response from the membership has been enormous — the generous contributions have allowed the Society to award multiple scholarships within a given year.

Early in the century, the Society’s summer outings to Hazelden, Culver’s Lake Maxinkuckee, South Bend and Indianapolis were enjoyed by the members. The tradition was re-established in 1997 with a September outing to Ade’s refurbished Hazelden. Its rededication, with dignitaries from the State of Indiana and Newton County presiding, was part of a festive day featuring golf, tennis, tours, entertainment and an old-fashioned hog roast with all the trimmins’. This historic event co-sponsored by the George Ade Memorial Association, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Society of Chicago was revived, and reflects the new outreach direction of the Society.

Seizing an exciting opportunity the Indiana Society of Chicago commissioned a painting in the promotional poster-art series, a combined effort by the South Shore Railroad and numerous Northwest Indiana businesses, under the auspices of the Northwest Indiana Forum. This painting, by noted artist and Indiana Society of Chicago member, Mitchell Markovitz, uniquely depicts our world-famous skyline towering above Lake Michigan as viewed from the shores of Hammond, Indiana. Poster reprints are available for purchase by members and collectors alike. Most importantly, all proceeds from the sale of these poster reprints are directed to the Society’s Scholarship Foundation.