Chamber Seeking Mob Families

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a new program to encourage shopping local.

The Chamber is seeking groups (aka Mob Families) to conduct “hits” at Chamber of Commerce member businesses and organizations.

Persons interested in being a Mob Family Leader (aka Don) are encouraged to contact the Chamber Office at or by phone at 812-883-4303. The program will begin in March and continue thru October. Mob Leaders will put together a family, name their family, keep track of the money spent by their family and have fun! Mob families that conduct the most ‘hits’ and have the largest families will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner.

Current Mob Families: 

  • Family Ties – led by the Godmother Mindy Gunn
  • Wash Co Mob Family – led by Keeley Stingel
  • Salem Cheerleaders – led by Rhonda Smith and Lana Hamilton
  • The Royal Family – led by Angie Wilson
  • The LaSalinda Family – led by Denise Newkirk
  • Contact the Chamber to get your Family Added here!

Giving from the Heart Event - April 18th

The Women's Giving Circle of the Washington County Community Foundation is celebrating its fifth annual Giving from the Heart event on April 18, 2015 at Southern Hills Church. The Women' s Giving Circle is once again hosting a spring tea. The mission of the Women's Giving Circle is to provide opportunities, encouragement, knowledge and hope to women and girls. Last year, the Women's Giving Circle embarked on a new focus of improving the selfesteem of girls in our county and are making headway in this endeavor.

Did you know:

  • 75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating.
  • Over 70% of girls age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks.
  • "One of the main factors in teen promiscuity is self-esteem. When a teen has little or no self-confidence, he or she will use sex as a means to build confidence."

We are requesting your sponsorship for this event to help give women and children in Washington County a better outlook on their future. We are requesting that you let us know your sponsorship intentions no later than March 29, 2015.

At the tea, the Women's Giving Circle grant recipients will be announced and awarded in the same day as well as entertainment and wonderful food. Through last year's event, we were able to grant over $7,300.00 for programs such as kickstarting an afterschool program at Bra die Shrum Elementary through Youth First, providing outreach through the Laundry Love program, and empowering females at risk through Hoosier Hills PACT.

Sponsorship levels are:

  • Title Sponsors - $1,000 or above - Includes special recognition in the media, top billing in the program listing, and eight ballots.
  • Heart of Gold Sponsors - $500.00 - Includes media attention, recognition in the program and six ballots.
  • Heart's Desire Sponsors - $250.00 - Includes media attention, recognition in the program, and four ballots.
  • Sweetheart Sponsors - $150.00- Includes media attention, recognition in the program, and two ballots.

For additional information, contact Judy or Lindsey at the Washington County Community Foundation (812) 883-7334. Thank you for considering this request. We look forward to seeing you at this special event.


Protect Your Tax Refund - Keep Your Identity Safe

It seems like every day we hear about a new data breach, a company being hacked, or someone’s identity being stolen. Do you know why? Because criminals make a business out of identity theft. In fact, last tax season, the Indiana Department of Revenue upped its security to battle identity theft criminals and stopped $88 million in attempted identity theft tax returns.

You might be wondering what identity theft has to do with the Indiana Department of Revenue. Criminals steal real taxpayer identities and file tax returns to request and steal the victims’ refunds. Identity theft criminals submitted 74,000 fraudulent returns the department identified and stopped during the 2014 tax season. The department helped thousands of legitimate taxpayers realize their identities had been stolen.

So how did the department spot this identity theft? Last tax season, the department used increased security features that again will be used this tax season. The department took what it learned last year about identity theft and used that information to make this year’s program stronger to protect more Hoosiers.

All Indiana income tax returns will have their basic identity data (not the entire return) submitted to an automated identity verification database. While 95 percent of taxpayers’ identity information is expected to be verified as a result of this process, some taxpayers again will be selected to take an Identity Confirmation Quiz to further confirm their identities.

Those selected will receive a letter from the Indiana Department of Revenue. The quiz contains four short questions, which only the person asked to complete the quiz would be able to answer. It is taken on a secure website hosted by the department or over the phone. It should take no more than two minutes to complete.

Through the identity protection program, the Indiana Department of Revenue is making sure Indiana tax refunds are only issued to taxpayers whose identities have been confirmed. The department thanks taxpayers for assisting the department in protecting Hoosier identities.

For more information about the identity protection program, identity protection tips, and tips for protecting your tax refund, visit the department’s Stop ID Theft website at