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Prop Member Spotlight

Nora Spitznogle joined the Propylaeum after being a featured speaker at a Prop Day Luncheon. Nora, Senior Director of Programs at Second Helpings, shared information about the mission, focus, and volunteer opportunities at Second Helpings.

“Right now, at Second Helpings, we are making 5,000 sandwiches a week and a lot individual family meals to meet needs.” Nora said. “We are operating satellite kitchens in restaurants that are closed.”

Nora grew up in Indiana and attended Lebanon High School then received a bachelors degree in Restaurant/Food Service Management from Purdue University.

A friend of Prop member Bev Watkins, Nora attended the 2017 Holiday Open House and took advantage of the half-priced membership. “I had been to the Propylaeum in the past for Thanksgiving dinner and to tour the mansion for an event. I was excited to join.” she said. When asked what she like about he Prop she said “Coming to the Propylaeum is like walking into a big hug. I aways feel welcomed at the Propylaeum, even when I haven’t been for a while.”

Nora has also brought two friends to the Prop who have become members, Kassie Ritman and Brenda Rising-Moore. “I knew they would be a great fit for the Prop.”

Nora enjoys programs and volunteering when she can, “I would like to volunteer more, but I’m happy to help when I can … I love parking cars” she laughed, referencing the Talbott Street Art Fair parking fundraiser.

“I have also really enjoyed participating in the suffrage events dressed as a suffragist. I was so disappointed when the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was cancelled.”

Nora has a daily blog and she has written a column about her experiences at the Indiana State Fair. She is also an avid collector of “ugly lamps and Pez dispensers.

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