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Scecina Women's Circle's Lunch with the President

Founding members of the Scecina Women's Circle, led by chairwoman Nancy (Wagner) Leming '85

The new Scecina Women’s Circle gathered on March 23 to mix socializing and business during its luncheon with President Joe Therber

Nancy Leming ‘83, chair of the Scecina Women’s Circle, announced that the founding members so far have pledged more than $20,000 in support for the initiative, and women are continuing to join. The Scecina Women’s Circle will present its first scholarship in May to a graduating Scecina senior. 

“We are just six months in, and I am incredibly proud to tell you that we have reached our stated goals,” she said. “Forty-four women have committed to the Scecina Women’s Circle, simply because they want to make a difference. These women have pledged just over $20,000 to support Student Life at Scecina. 

“And we will model philanthropy for our community when we award our first annual $1,000 Scecina Women’s Circle scholarship later this spring,” she continued. “I can say with confidence that we are only getting started.” 

President Therber updated the Scecina Women’s Circle on the state of the school and thanked the group for its support. He spoke about Student Life at Scecina, an area that the SWC plans to support. The women are voting to decide which area of student life to support this year: Spring Musical, Student Clubs or Spiritual Retreat. 

“By choosing to pool your financial gifts and designate them to an area of Student Life, the Scecina Women’s Circle will have a direct connection to our students,” he said. 

The women were entertained during lunch by student cast members of “Mary Poppins,” Scecina’s 2017 Spring Musical. 

The Scecina Women’s Circle scholarship “is our way of helping a deserving student get a head start on their plans after Scecina,” Mrs. Leming said. “All seniors are eligible for this award, whether they are college bound, enlisting in the military, pursuing vocational training, or directly entering the work force.” Scecina Women’s Circle is the only known women’s philanthropic organization at a high school in Indiana. 

If you would like more information about the Scecina Women’s Circle, please email Jean Donlan at You also can visit 

What is the Women's Circle?

  • This philanthropic group began with a desire to organize the vital resource that is our Scecina women. 
  • Together we are stronger. By working and giving together, we will accomplish much more. 
    • We will reinforce the community bonds that are so meaningful at Scecina. 
    • We will model for our students the important influence of women in philanthropy. 
    • We will provide financial support to programs that impact Student Life at Scecina.

To join, please submit with your online payment here and make sure to note Scecina Women's Circle in the comments box.

Or you can mail a check to: Attn: Jean Donlan, Scecina Memorial High School at 5000 Nowland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201. You can download a pledge card here.