Former exchange student from Asia visits Crawfordsville

By Billy Jo Rose

Begimai Aibekova came June 19 for an extended visit with her former exchange parents, Tony McElhinney and Penny Penfield.

She is from Kyrgyzstan in central Asia and arrived after a flight of five hours from Kyrgyzstan to Instanbul and 11 1/2 hours from Instanbul to Chicago. She was an exchange student from 2013-2014 at WACO High School and graduated with the class of 2014. She had already graduated in her homeland and is now in Architectural college, with one year left to obtain her degree. She will return home on July 29. Begimai would love to hear from any classmates or anyone else that remembers her while here.

Tony and Penny relate that it was a real pleasure to have her as their exchange daughter and they are so happy to have her visit.

The Wednesday Study Club met at the Crawfordsville American Legion Hall on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Eleven members were present to share in the theme ?Your Favorite Day? or ?What Makes You Happy?? Program leader Linda Wiltfang began the program referring to the book ,? The Artist?s Way, A Spiritual Way to Higher Creativity?by Julie Cameron and then began the group share of favorite days.

President Pauline Richardson led the business meeting with the members? recitation of the Flag Salute and the Club Collect. Several book briefs were shared. Attention was brought to the ?little lending library? in from of the WACO Elementary School.

The minutes and treasurer?s report were given. The 2018-19 program books will be distributed at the next meeting in September. Date, time and place to be announced.

The hostesses Ruth Erwin, Pauline Richardson and Marilyn Rees served refreshing sundaes with homemade chocolate sauce.

Wayne and Debbie Lowe returned Monday following a visit since Thursday at the home of their daughter and family, Lance and Karen Brisky in Eagan, Minnesota.

They went especially for the high school graduation reception of their grandson, Adrian Brisky.

Adrian graduated May 31 from the school of Environmental Studies in Eagan.

Renee Lowe of Cheyenne, Wyoming was also among the guests.

In regard to Crawfordsville alumni, the committee is looking for the Crawfordsville yearbook, the?Crawfordsville Caller? for the years, 1944, 45 and 46. Anyone that has these and would like to donate them please get in touch with Phyllis Eisele.