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Hear the Latest on IndyCar & IMS at April Meeting of Members

Join us on Thursday, April 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Indianapolis to hear from Mark Miles, President and CEO of Hulman & Company. As President and CEO, Mr. Miles guides some of the biggest names in the Indy business world, including Clabber Girl, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, IMS Productions and other Hulman business entities. Go to www.indybar.org for additional information and online registration.

Are You a Trivia Whiz?

If so, grab some friends and team up for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s IBF Trivia Night! Don’t miss this casual, fun event emceed by local legal celebrities Scott Chinn and James Bell on Tuesday, April 16 at the Northside Knights of Columbus. Two drinks and appetizers will be included with the $25 registration fee. Teams of up to five people—both members and non-members are invited—will compete to become the IBF Trivia Champion. Learn more and register online at www.indybar.org.

Pitch in at the Great Indy Cleanup!

The IndyBar Go Green Committee is teaming up with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for the April Great Indy Cleanup and encourages anyone interested in volunteering to sign up for this free event! The Great Indy Cleanup will concentrate on near westside communities this year and will involve a variety of projects including sprucing up parks,painting fire hydrants, alley cleanups and perhaps even painting some murals, as well as other tasks. The event will take place on April 27 and will run from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mayor Greg Ballard will be on hand to kick off the day at 8:45 a.m., and lunch will be provided at 1 p.m. for all volunteers. Those interested in volunteering should register on the IndyBar website. Family and guests are welcome! 

Weekly IndyBar Bill Watch Available

As a service to IndyBar members, the Legislative Committee reviews pending legislation and, with the approval of the IndyBar Board of Directors, monitors progress. The most recent Bill Watch can be found at www.indybar.org/news/bill-watch.•

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