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Hardke speaks to Progressive Club about local animal rescue program

Carlisle Progressive club members learned about the Carlisle Animal Rescue program from founder Melodie Hardke, pictured left during the March 12 hosted by Phyllis Hillman, pictured center and Shirley Hardke Stanley, pictured right. (submitted photo)
Carlisle Progressive club members learned about the Carlisle Animal Rescue program from founder Melodie Hardke, pictured left during the March 12 hosted by Phyllis Hillman, pictured center and Shirley Hardke Stanley, pictured right. (submitted photo)

Shirley Stanley welcomed Progressive Club members to her home for the March 12 meeting. Phyllis Hillman served as co-hostess with a delicious coconut cake.

Program emphasis for the meeting was conservation, and Stanley introduced guest speaker, Melodie Hardke. Hardke spoke on how she got interested in animal rescue through friends on Facebook. She started the Carlisle Animal Rescue Program in December 2012 through the city’s animal shelter. The first adoption came in January 2013, and the number has now grown to 70. Surprisingly, most placements go to the northern part of the United States.

Carlisle’s shelter has 10 kennels, and is always in need of sheets, blankets, towels, and food. The shelter functions mostly through donations. Anyone wishing to donate can drop items off at the police station. The club gave the city a $100 donation for the shelter.

During the business meeting, the club voted to sponsor Kimberly Lott to Girls State. Ann Lenderman gave a report from the district meeting, noting that the club placed first in Scrapbook, Education/Partnership, Art, and Public Issues; second in International Outreach, and third in Home Life. Ann also announced results of club sponsored artwork to the Ten Penny Art Contest. Alexis Miller placed first in acrylic, Jessica Ellis first in mixed media, and Tyler Teel second in pencil. The club elected the following officers for the 2014-2015 club year: president, Kathleen Faucet; vice president, Carolyn Flynn; secretary, Ann Davis; treasurer, Nancy Gregory; historian, Ann Lenderman; reporter, Sharolyn Sumner; and parliamentarian, Jane Ann Harper.

The next club meeting will be April 9. Members should meet at the Methodist church parking lot at 10:15 a.m. for a trip to the Arkansas Arts Center.

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