Club Meeting at PONDEROSA STEAKHOUSE

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.


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Springhurst Health Teri Gottschalk

Teri House Gottschalk from Springhurst Health Campus spoke to us about Senior Living and Springhurst here in Greenfield. We learned that “nursing home” is an outdated term, because there are several levels and variations of senior living from living in your own home to Adult Day Care to Facility Based Long Term Care among others with various costs associated. Springhurst is the only Full Continuum (has all levels of care) in Hancock County. Teri suggested making these decisions before you need to experience them. She also encouraged us to visit any site you may be considering rather than relying on Internet reviews which may be false. Beyond Medicare & Medicaid, these services can be paid for with VA Aid, Long Term Care Insurance, and personal funds. Resources for help beyond your physician include:
Senior Services-SHIP Counselor (317) 462-3758 or 1870 Fields Drive in Greenfield
Hancock Co. Veterans Service Office (317) 462-8767 or 98 E North Street in Greenfield
Alzheimer’s Assoc. alz.org, (317) 575-9620, 50 E. 91st Street in Indy, or the 24/7 helpline 18002723900
Medicare.gov

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Dr. Harold Olin G-C Superintendent

Dr. Harold Olin, Greenfield-Central Schools Supt. with Gerry Smith, Kiwanis President
Dr. Harold Olin, Superintendent of Greenfield-Central Schools spoke to Kiwanis about various activities within the corporation.  Dr. Olin, a Hancock County native, is a third generation educator.  He has 26 years experience in education the last 19 of which are in the G-C corporation.

He spoke of the Mission Statement for 21st Century Public Schools:
  1.  To prepare students to be successful in the workplace.
  2. To prepare students to active and responsible citizens.
  3. Help students discover and develop their talents.
He mention that 3 of our schools were 4 Star Schools and we have had 2 blue ribbon schools.  The high school has 19 varsity sports; 50 clubs; instrumental, choral, drama and dance performing arts; STEM; VexRobotics; Super Mileage; NASA Moon Rover Challenge; and Academic Teams.

The corporation is embarking on a construction project that will include air conditioning in the high school gymnasium, high school fine arts area, a new high school greenhouse, new weight room, roofing fixes, HVAC upgrades, building security upgrades, additional kindergarten classroom, restroom, and hallways.  

For additional information on the corporation or any of the schools see https://www.gcsc.k12.in.us/

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Greenfield Cental Junior High Builder's Club

Builder's Club:From left Adam Richarville, Sponsor; Madi Succaw, President; Mia Wampler, Vice-President; Alison Kirk, and Secretary; and Nick Uhl, Sponsor.  

Kiwanis Builder's Club Advisor Terry Beagle
Greenfield Builder's Club reported on their activities this year.  Builder's Club is a service organization available to students at Greenfield-Central Junior High School.  It has 15 members.  The sponsors are Adam Richardville and Nick Uhl.  The officers are Madi Succaw, President; Mia Wampler, Vice-President; Alison Kirk, and Secretary; and Grace Davis, Treasurer.

The club sponsored a Halloween Trick the Halls at the High School; Sold Ribbons to raise money for the Leukemia Society in honor of Ty, a Mt. Vernon student; rang the bell for the Salvation Army;  dressed up as their favorite President on President's Day; planning a beautification of the court area at their school.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hancock County Historical Society


Mike Kester, a Directorof the Hancock County Historical Society spoke to Kiwanis explaining the mission and operations of the Society.

The mission of the Hancock County Historical Society is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Hancock County Indiana.  The Society is  a local, mostly volunteer group that is a not-for-profit 501©3 organization. The HCHS is located in the Chapel in the Park Museum and the Old Log Jail Museum at 26 and 28 North Apple Street in Greenfield, Indiana. The historical society has a large collection of items in both the Old Log Jail Museum and in the Chapel in the Park Museum – with most of the displays located in the Chapel’s basement. There are several thousand items in the collection ranging from ice age animal fossils, Native American projectile points, pioneer artifacts, Civil war memorabilia, Victorian era clothing and accessories to World War I and II items. We even have some more modern day pieces.
The collections and buildings are open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm during the months of April through October.  Group tours *by request* at alternate hours.  Admission is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.  Memberships start at $20 per year.  To join the society or obtain more information see http://hancockhistory.org/.
 

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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.