The Carmi Kiwanis Club meeting was opened by Vice President, Eric Ralphs. Guests were introduced.
Key Club members, Sarajane Gray, Alexis Switzer, Olivia Gwaltney, Elizabeth Gwaltney and Mireya DeLarosa introduced themselves.
Holly Healy introduced Sam Koshiya, Director of Wabash Christian Therapy at the Oak Street office. Doug Hays introduced his wife, Larissa Hays, First Bank Branch Manager. Eric Ralphs introduced Michelle Vickers, Assistant Branch Manager of First-Mid. Keith Hoskins introduced his guest, Mark Cox.
Michelle Vickers won the 50/50 raffle and Amy McCarty won the Huck’s gas card.
Amy McCarty’s Good News is that the 4-H Pork Chop Supper will be 3/16. Fliers and tickets are available.
Holly Healy’s Good News was that Pancake Day served over 500 people last Saturday. Dr. Dixon thanked the club for donating tickets to students.
Corn Day Theme ideas are to be turned in to Katelyne Wolff before our next meeting, so the club can vote next week.
There will be an informational meeting this coming Tuesday, 9:00 a.m., at Town 7 Country Barber shop. New members, their sponsors and members are welcome to attend.
Rachel Stephens was introduced by Eric Ralphs. Rachel is the Lead Athletic Trainer, BS, LAT, ATC, employed by Wabash General Hospital. Rachel earned her degree from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. She has 15 years of experience and now helps athletes at Carmi White County, Grayville and Edwards County High Schools.
Dissection week in Rachel’s high school Advanced Biology class changed her goal from orthopedic surgeon to Physical Therapy which led to her career choice of Athletic Trainer. Rachel suffered an ACL injury in high school. The ACL injury is one of the most expensive injuries, with an average cost of $36,000.
Rachel loves working in the High School setting. She works 16 hours/week in Carmi. Most of her hours are set up on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the school for injury checks. Exercises are assigned to students with the goal of getting them back to their preinjury fitness. If significant progress is not made in 2 weeks, then formal physical therapy is recommended. Rachel attends games and is there for students that become injured to help recommend when medical services are needed.
Rachel also observes P. E. and student athletes working on weight training. She is there to correct incorrect movements that cause injury and make suggestions. Rachel enjoys working with Coach Simon. She appreciates how open he is to suggestions and anything new that she wants to try. Recently yoga was incorporated into part of football team’s practice to increase dynamic physicality and reduce injures. High school seniors can apply for the $2,000 Jack Cramer Scholarship. Learn more at www.nata.org. College students can learn more about $2,300 scholarships at www.natafoundation.org.