Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter
April 2018 issue



JULY 21: Meet the 10th Man to Walk on the Moon
(An event sponsored by Hoosier Uplands & Mitchell Opera House)


IIWF Updates

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July 21: Meet the 10th Man to Walk on the Moon
An event sponsored by Hoosier Uplands & Mitchell Opera House

A once-in-a-lifetime event is coming to Mitchell, Ind.!

On July 21, 2018, United States Air Force Brigadier General and NASA Astronaut Charlie Duke will participate in Galactic Gathering II: Faster and Farther Than Ever, presented by Virgil I. Grissom Memorial, Inc.

There are two opportunities to see Duke on July 21.

Both programs require tickets, which can be purchased at:

  • Photo Opportunity | 2 to 4 p.m. – Duke will pose for photographs with the public at the First Baptist Church in Mitchell.
  • Symposium | 7 p.m. – Duke will make a presentation and take questions at the Mitchell Opera House.

Duke's special guest appearance in Mitchell is sponsored by Hoosier Uplands and the Mitchell
Opera House. Proceeds for the event will go to Virgil I. Grissom Memorial, Inc.

Learn more about the full Galactic Gathering weekend event.

About Charlie Duke

Duke was the 10th and youngest man (out of 12 total) to walk on the moon when he landed Apollo 16 there on April 21, 1972. Today, only two (including Duke) of the five surviving men speak about their time on the moon.

Duke was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 16. He, along with astronaut John Young, spent 20
hours walking on the surface of the moon during his extravehicular activities (EVA), conducting
experiments and bringing home rocks and soil samples for further study. Duke's experience as an astronaut began in 1966. Before his own trip to the moon, he was the voice inside the control room as Neil Armstrong made man's first steps there. Duke also communicated with the crew of Apollo 11 as they landed the lunar module with only seconds of fuel remaining.

Duke was backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 13 when he caught the measles. This incident
grounded primary crew member Ken Mattingly, as depicted in the movie “Apollo 13.” Due to Mattingly not having immunity to the measles, he would be reassigned to a later mission.

Duke is a former Air Force fighter and test pilot. He has logged thousands of hours in jets such as F-101 Voodoo, F-104 Starfighter and the T-33 Shooting Star aircraft.

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IIWF Updates

A review of 2018 General Assembly accomplishments

The 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly provided a few life preservers for working families, but little was done to create the systemic improvements needed by nearly 1 in 3 Hoosiers left underwater economically. In our March 22 blog post, we review the Institute’s agenda to “right the ship” for working families, with items specifically chosen to be easily implemented, even in the short session with no budget bill.

Then we compared the agenda with the final tally of what the General Assembly accomplished in 2018, so policymakers know how to correct the course in the future.
Read more.

HB1245 to reform Indiana’s occupational licensing laws 
(Find out how CAAs can apply these changes to clients!)

This session the General Assembly lifted the blanket ban on many occupational licenses for people with prior criminal records, which affects nearly 1 in 4 Hoosiers. Occupational licensing can lead to a 10 to 15 percent increase in income and can lift people out of low-wage jobs, improving the economic well-being of those who hold licenses. Our March 27 blog post explains how HB1245 will reform Indiana’s occupational licensing laws. It also touches on how Community Action Agencies can apply these changes to the benefit of clients, their families and their communities.
Read more.

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