Save the date for SOAR’s 5th Chili Cook-Off. The event will be held at Southern Hills Church Family Life Center from 4-7 PM on March 14th. We are very excited to bring back this exciting event this year with even more flare.! Establishing a chili team is an easy way to advertise your business and/or organization. So break out those recipes, round up those teammates and have a “Yee Haw” of a good time.  There will be prizes for Judged Best Chili, People’s Choice Best Chili and Best Decorated Booth.  Registration forms can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dropped off at the SOAR! Office located in the Salem Public Library.

Advanced ticket sales are underway- Purchase your tickets at the Salem Public Library, $5.00 for adult, $3.00 for children. Tickets will also be available at door.

Also, businesses, individuals and organizations can sponsor a table. Levels of sponsorship are: Pepperoncini - $100.00, Jalapeno- $250.00 and Habanero- $500.00 or more. Sponsorship will be publicized in newspaper, social media and at event. Call Stephanie at the SOAR! office at 812-883-5600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Chili Cook Off Registration Form (pdf)


The Dictionary Project

Thanks to our generous sponsors for donating to our 2014 "The Dictionary Project!" Now, 316 Washington County Third graders have their very own student dictionary. Volunteer Ken Powell and SOAR! Board member Alice Nevels, along with SOAR! Director Stephanie Rockey conducted The Dictionary Project, which included a short lesson, at all three elementary schools in the county.

Special Thanks to these Sponsors: American Legion Auxiliary, First Harrison Bank, Fox & Kristy Purlee, Frank & Denise Newkirk, Jeans' Extrusions, Larry & Terri Medlock, Norman & Anne Terrell, Rita Elliott, Roland & Anita Sturgeon, Ron Haendiges- State Farm Insurance, Salem Crossings, Salem Exchange Club, Salem Lions Club, Sherry & Jerry Hammond, Tom E. Scifres- Attorney At Law and Washington County Prevent Child Abuse


Thank You Salem Exchange Club!

Salem Exchange Club made a donation to our 2014 Dictionary Project. Accepting the check from Salem Exchange Club representative Debbi Hayes is SOAR! Director Stephanie K. Rockey.