Club Meeting at PONDEROSA STEAKHOUSE

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hancock County Tourism and Visitor Center


Brigette Cook Jones,Executive Director of Tourism

Brigette Jones, Executive Director of Hancock County Tourism spoke about current activities.  She began by discussing what is promoted as Tourism destination in addition hotels and festivals.  She pointed out retail destinations such as the state's largest Hallmark Store,;Restaurants such as Carnegie's and the Wooden Bear; Lark Ranch, and Tuttles' Orchards are also promoted.
Some of the events that are promoted in a variety of media are; The Gem and Jewelry Show;The Hancock County Fair; The Riley Festival; Winterfest; Summerfest; and the Octagon House.
Tourism assists multiple organizations with grants to assist organizations to advertise their events or to help with equipment or facilities that are visited.
For more information on funding or events see http://visitinhancock.org/



Steve Ingram, Past Indiana District Governor

Steve Ingram, Past Governor of the Indiana District visited the Greenfield Kiwanis on Tuesday to inform us of the upcoming District meeting in August and the Key Leader retreat this fall.


Friday, July 12, 2019

Don Munden, Crime Watch

Lt. Don Munden, Shift Commander Hancock County Sheriff Dept.
Lt. Don Munden of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department spoke to Kiwanis about the Crime Watch program.  Lt. Munden stated, " When citizens take positive steps to secure their own property and neighbors learn how to report suspicious activity around their homes, burglary and related offenses decrease dramatically.."
Crime Watch groups receive information on:
  • Target hardening
  • Observation skills
  • Reporting Suspicious Activity
  • Terrorist Awareness and Preparedness
  • Identity Theft & Internet Freaud
  • Parking lot safety
  • Travel Safety
If you are intersted in creating a crime watch group or want further information see nnw.org or contact Lt. Don Munden

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Smart 911

President Gerry Smith with Greg Duda of Hancock County 911

Greg Duda, Public Information Officer and School Liaison for Hancock County 911 spoke to Kiwanis about the benefits and operation of 911.  911 has improved and changed a great deal as the majority of phones covered are cellular phones rather than landlines.  The following info can be registered to help responders if you have an emergency:

People and Household Info   You can add key information about members of your household that would help anyone you care or in the event of an emergency, whether the call is from the home or any mobile phone. 

Medical Info  No matter where you or your loved ones are, you can always have peace of mind that responders will know any critical medical condition and how to help before they even arrive.

Address and Location Info Giving responders visual details on an emergency location helps facilitate faster response, as does information on access points like hidden driveways or gate codes.

Other Info You can also add as much or as little information about your vehicles, pets, service animals, along with any special notes that you would want responders to know. 
 
For more information or to register your information see smart911.com

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Greenfield Main Street


Shelley Swift, Executive Director of Greenfield Main Street spoke to Kiwanis about the organization and it events.  Main Street helps coordinate downtown development and revitalization by making grants available for minor facade improvements and with the help of grants larger downtown facade projects.  In 2018 Main Street helped several organizations 10 organizations receive over $500,000 in grants from OCRA resulting in a total downtown investment of over $725,000. 

Annual events include: Shamrock the Block, an adult St. Patrick's Day celebration; Bikes in Bloom, a decorative event for downtown groups; Super Heroes 5K and Fitness Festival;Hometown Heroes, a celebration of First Responders held annually on 9/11; Chalk fest, a family sidewalk chalk event; Boos and Brew, an adult Halloween event;  and Shop Small Saturday, the local component of a national program to kick off the holiday season end encourage shopping at local merchants.
For more information see    www.greenfieldmainstreet.org. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Dickson Family Journey


Charlie and Leslie Dickson shared their journeys through the adoption process, foster parenting, and parenting with the Kiwanis.   In 2006 Charlie and Leslie had their first child.  After William's birth they were told they probably would not have anymore.   They started taking in foster children to care for and at the same time reduced their personal debt levels through a Dave Ramsey program.  
Five years later,  Ann was born to them,  their second.   They decided they wanted to adopt, but the amount of money was still a problem.  Suddenly money unexpectedly came in at the same time from multiple sources.   Charlie was sent to Italy by his employer, Nestle SA and while there visited a missionary family in the Ukraine they met through church.
Several were required visits before finalizing adoption they stayed with the missionaries and they helped a local church in Ukraine while waiting,  They received a court date instead of 8 and had the 30 day wait waived.  They now have have 4 children William, Ann, George, and Edward, have adopted Lidia and Vitali, and also had 2 nieces and nephew whom they cared for.  They had the help of several agencies, including Kids First Adoptions, Across the World Adoptions, The Villages , Hancock County DCS and Safe Families.

Sunday, June 16, 2019


Randy Sorrell, Director of Hancock County Economic Development Council, a non-profit, spoke to Kiwanians on Tuesday, June 11. He is originally from Henry County and practiced law for most of his career. He joined the Economic Development Council in 1999 and became Director in January 2019. . They brought in an intern from Ball State who’s hometown is Greenfield. They see a lot of growth along I-70 and Mt. Comfort Road corridors.


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Greenfield Kiwanians perform service projects to help people and organizations. We also perform service projects to raise funds to support Riley Children's Hospital and many local charities.