LUM "Retirement" Follies - A Salute to Joe Micon
TOMORROW | 7 p.m. | St. Tom's | Free
This Friday evening, Lafayette Urban Ministry hosts the ninth annual LUM “Retirement” Follies celebrating Joe Micon, LUM executive director, who will be retiring at the end of the month. The event includes a program to honor Joe Micon for his 41 years of service to our community through his work at Lafayette Urban Ministry. After the program, there will be a reception with refreshments. 

The details of the LUM “Retirement” Follies are as follows:
  • THIS Friday, March 6 | 7 p.m.
  • FREE | Open to All 
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, 535 W State Street, West Lafayette, Indiana

In lieu of gifts the Micon Family requests that individuals make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry in honor of Joe Micon. There will be a collection at the event to benefit the LUM Good Samaritan Fund .
Joe Micon: A Change Agent at LUM & Beyond
From 1980 to 1989, Joe Micon directed the LUM Advocate Program (now the Good Samaritan Program ), Jubilee Christmas , Repairs on Wheels and Social Justice . In 1990, he was appointed by the LUM Board of Directors as the third Executive Director, where he established LUM as a 21 st Century model for church engagement.  

During Joe Micon’s tenure with Lafayette Urban Ministry:
Joe Micon expanded LUM’s fundraising, established LUM’s social media presence and grew LUM’s membership to 47 churches . LUM was recognized by MSW Online Magazine as one of the 99 Most Effective Non-profit Organizations in America. 

Joe was elected to two terms in the Indiana General Assembly, from 2004 to 2008, and became the first social worker to serve . His legislative accomplishments include increasing Indiana’s minimum wage , co-authoring full day kindergarten , making state taxes more progressive, securing more funding for K-12 remediation and expanding Indiana’s 21 st Century Scholars Program. During his two terms, consumer protections were strengthened and death rates for teen drivers decreased. Joe was also a strong advocate for Purdue University .
Join us for the ninth annual  LUM Follies  and help us celebrate  Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director , who is retiring soon. The event a program to honor Joe Micon for his  41 years of service  to our community through his work at  Lafayette Urban Ministry LUM Follies highlights and order of events  are as follows:
  • Procession - LUM Students & Campers, Staff, Board, Past Presidents, Religious & Education Leaders, Elected OfficialsPast Executive Directors & Joe's Family
  • Love Has Come—LUM Ecumenical Choir accompanied by Michael Kelsey, Lee Anna Atwell, Jim Brehm, Larry Guentert & Lisa Tally
  • Welcome—Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP, St. Thomas Aquinas Center
  • Invocation—Bishop Timothy Doherty, Catholic Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana
  • Purdue Varsity Glee Club Ensemble—Purdue Medley
  • Presentations—Mayor John Dennis, West Lafayette & Mayor Tony Roswarski, Lafayette
  • Land of the Free—LUM Ecumenical Choir featuring soloists Jim Brehm & Jeffrey Auguste, and accompanied by Michael Kelsey, Lee Anna Atwell, Larry Guentert & Lisa Tally
  • Presentation (Video)—Greg Porter, Indiana State Representative
  • Black Voices of InspirationLift Every Voice & Sing
  • Presentation (Video)—School of Social Work, Indiana University
  • LUM Ecumenical Choir: Immortal Invisible, Be Thou My Vision, and It Is Well With My Soul, soloist Fred Koning, and accompanied by Michael Kelsey, Lee Anna Atwell, Larry Guentert & Lisa Tally
  • Presentations—Ron Alting, Indiana State Senator; Sheila Klinker & Chris Campbell, Indiana State Representatives
  • Black Voices of InspirationForever
  • Michael Kelsey—A Musical Salute to Joe Micon
  • Remarks—Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director
  • Presentation—Katie Stewart & Jon Micon, Joe Micon’s children
  • Reception—Newman Hall, Lower Level of St. Tom's, sponsored by Lafayette Brewing Company

In lieu of gifts the Micon Family requests that you  make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry   in honor of  Joe Micon
LUM Board President Reflects on Joe's Impact
As you know,  Joe Micon , LUM’s Executive Director, will be retiring on March 31, after 41 years of dedicated service. I can think of no one else who has been such a major change agent for good in our community and state.

In true Joe Micon fashion, he has asked that LUM not provide him with any gift of value upon his departure. He shares that having had the opportunity to serve so long at LUM is gift enough.

Joe has agreed to allow me to ask you to  share a monetary gift to LUM’s programs in his honor . I am hoping you will consider such a gift in the amount of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or more.  Your gift will be used to support LUM’s important programs for at-risk children and working families.

I know Joe would also be truly honored if you could join us THIS Friday, March 6 , at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue for his special  LUM Retirement Follies  tribute. Details above.

Finally, I encourage you to read Joe Micon’s recent " Farewell Address"  to the LUM board of directors. It is affirmation of all the good that all of us working together have achieved during Joe’s years at LUM. I believe your spirits will be lifted as you read his heartfelt message. { To READ - Joe Micon's Farewell Address - click  HERE .}

Thank you for your kind consideration. Place your gift in the mail or give online, please click the button below.


Joan Foord Low
President, LUM Board of Directors
Do You Know Joe? See Below. We're Sure You Do!

Over the past 41 years, Joe Micon has been the person behind each LUM program, has raised money to support these programs, and has advocated for local families, both through LUM and as a State Representative. He is now ready for retirement.

So, now that You Know Joe , please join us in a celebration of his 41 years of service to our community — at the LUM Retirement Follies THIS Friday,  March 6 , at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Center (535 W State Street, West Lafayette, IN). It's Free & Open to All.