Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Steve Vail, Executive Director of Hancock Hope House spoke to Kiwanis, Tuesday about Hope’s House operations and thrift store.
Vail said Hope House is a program for the homeless not just a homeless shelter. The mission of Hancock Hope House is to provide hope to the community while strengthening individuals and families on their journey to self-sufficiency. The do this by providing short-term housing to homeless families and individuals and by providing training through our Life Leads program to teach adults essential life-skills.
Hope House serves Hancock, Shelby and Rush counties with about 85% of the residents coming from Hancock County. The shelter provides space for men, women and families. All residents are screened to meet strict guidelines and for the protection of all the residents.
Hope House operates a thrift store, The WEARhouse, located next to the Hancock Hope House at 35 E Pierson St. About 50 percent of the budget of the shelter is derived from the store. The store is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are accepted up to one hour prior to closing.
For questions of further information see the website http://www.hancockhopehouse.com or call (317) 467-4991.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
|Bob Gullion and Joe Crist after unloading almost 2500 pounds of food for the 40,000 pounds of food challenge.|
Past President Scott Kleine and President Susie Billings unloading food for the 40,000 pounds of food challenge.
The Greenfield Kiwanis Club, Greenfield Central High School Key Club, Greenfield Central Junior High Builders Club, and the Greenfield Central K=Kids collected nearly 2,500 pounds of food and money for the 40,000 pounds of food drive.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Dick Kent and Nancy Kent were introduced to Kiwanis by
Kiwanian Susan Broome.
Nancy Kent, from the Food Pantry, spoke to Kiwanis recently. She emphasized that everyone working at the Pantry is a volunteer. She told new members that the Pantry started with five or six boxes of groceries and over the years has expanded to include many more families. The number of families served was 525 until recently when the number expanded to over 700 families being served in each of the last two months.
Nancy said contrary to popular belief that Hancock County did not have a hunger problem; one in five children go to bed hungry and in Hancock County 845 children between the ages of 1 to 17 are often hungry.
There is also an increase in elderly people needing help and they are the group least likely to be able to change their situation. The pantry serves 180 people over 65.
Another increase includes the newly poor, due to loss of jobs and running out of savings and unemployment compensation. Nancy said the comment she hears often is “I just never thought I would ever come to a food pantry”. While sad to have to make use of the pantry, everyone is so appreciative and thankful for the help. The pantry is serving all of Hancock County.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Phil and Pam Hayes introduced themselves to the Kiwanis Club in the Meet Your Kiwanian feature, Tuesday, November 26. With the exception of a short period of time both are lifelong residents of Hancock County. Phil started dating Pam when they were in high school. He went to Purdue. Phil and Pam were married while he was at Purdue. He was employed by Naval Avionics and later was employed by Raytheon when they took over the facility. Phil was a member of the board of Hancock Telecom.
Pam attended Ball State and later graduated from Beauty School. Phil and Pam had one son. In the 1990’s Pam decided to return to school and both she and her son graduated from college in 1996. She received her degree from University of Indianapolis and her son from Purdue. Pam is a member of the Board of the Hancock County Community Foundation.
Phil and Pam are members of the Willow Branch United Methodist Church and have two granddaughters.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Brigette Jones, hostess from the Riley Home, told Kiwanis about “Christmas at the Riley Home”, a special program Saturday, December 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. The program features characters from James Whitcomb Riley’s poems including, "Little Orphant Annie," "The Raggedy Man," "Aunt Mary" and "The Hired Girl".
"Christmas at the Riley Home" will be Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. Tours are scheduled every half hour with the first tour beginning at 4 p.m. and the last tour beginning at 8 p.m. Reservations are REQUIRED! – as there is limited availability within each tour – and the spaces do fill up quickly. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $1.50 for children 17 and under. Reservations are made by calling the Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department at 317-477-4340.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Bill Stroud, a pilot and 2nd Lieutenant during World War II spoke to Kiwanis on Tuesday night about his experiences in the war. Stroud, a retired insurance representative, told of his enlistment in the Army Air Corp in February of 1942. He was placed on inactive status until January 1943 when he was activated.
Stroud’s flight training took place in Ocala, Florida. His primary training was in a PT17. After 7 hours in the PT17, he soloed. The basic training followed in a PT13. Advanced training took place in an AT6. At the conclusion of this training he received his wings and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Combat training took place in Tucson Arizona. At the completion of his training he was sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey and sent to an RAF air base in Norwich, England.
In December, 1944, 2nd Lt. Stroud flew his first bombing mission into Germany. He flew 11 more missions before Germany surrendered in 1945. During questions Stroud stated that he had about 400 hours of flight time before his first mission. He also stated that his bomber was equipped with the Norden bomb sight that had been built in Indianapolis.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Digby and Barb Terry introduced themselves to their fellow Kiwanians on Tuesday evening during the Meet Your Kiwanian program. Both Digby and Barb grew up in Logansport, Indiana and started dating their sophomore year in high school.
After high school Digby began architectural studies in Indianapolis while Barb worked in a bakery in Logansport. Digby’s studies were interrupted by a tour of duty with the Army. While Digby was in the Army they were married and began their family. Digby finished his education after the Army and began a career in education architecture. Projects he worked on included the St. Michael’s school and Riley Children’s Hospital.
Barb and Digby will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in December. They have three sons, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Sally Turner, assistant to the Greenfield Chief of Police, spoke to Kiwanis about the Cops-4-Kids program. The program provides clothing, toys and other items to local children in need. Children from ages 2 to 18 will be picked up by a policeman on December 8, taken to breakfast at McDonalds and then to Wal-Mart to shop for clothing and toys.
The program needs money and volunteers to assist the police. Donations should be mailed before December 1 to Greenfield Police Department, 116 South State Street, Greenfield, Indiana. If you are interested in volunteering or want more information call GPD at 477-4410.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Paula Jarrett of United Way and Jeannie Roberts of Youth as Resources updated the Greenfield Kiwanis club membership on their programs in Hancock County. United Way with Kiwanis’ participation helped place over 40,000 school supplies in all the schools in Hancock County through “Back Pack Attack”. This summer United Way, Gleaners Food Bank, Hancock Regional Hospital, Greenfield Parks Department and Kiwanis helped provide meals to youth at the Riley Park each weekday.
Paula Jarrett told Kiwanis that their mission at United Way is education, basic needs, income stability, and health. This is accomplished through community contributions which help fund numerous agencies including Mental Health America, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, and Hancock County Senior Services.
Youth As Resources (YAR) utilizes the creative minds of our community’s youth to improve our local counties. YAR gives youth a voice and creates a better community for all through volunteering. They do this by challenging youth to channel their creative energy and skills into projects that will help the community, awarding grants to youth volunteer groups, and providing youth a voice in the programs as board members to YAR. Jeannie Roberts said grants are made to groups of at least three students in grades K through 12 for as much as $1000.
Jarrett also talked about the Read Up program that started 7 years ago with Indianapolis Public Schools and was introduced in Greenfield 5 years ago. Selected children in third grade are matched with trained tutors in a weekly thirty minute session. Comprehension, vocabulary and pronunciation are emphasized. Currently 109 tutors and 14 substitutes are tutoring students in the schools.
To learn more about these programs contact the United Way at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.467.2346.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Scott Kleine, Past President of Greenfield Kiwanis received the Todd Kaminski.Community Service and Educational Service Award.
In 2002 the Greenfield Central School Foundation (aka Set a Good Example Foundation) created two awards to recognize adults who set a good example and display positive role model leadership in education and in the community. The education award was named after the Set A Good Example Foundation (SAGE) founding father and former principal at Greenfield-Central High School, Robert Albano. The community award was named after Dr. Todd Kaminski, a Greenfield dentist, who also helped found SAGE and served on the SAGE and GCSF Board of Directors for 25 years.
Riley Festival Board member Tom Billings introduced Board member Becky Gaines, dressed as Queen of Autumn, to speak to Kiwanis members. A spirited Gaines spoke instead of her husband, the King of Autumn, to the club about the coming Festival events.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Rose Division Lt. Governor Sue Otte of Rushville, installed the 2013-2014 Greenfield Kiwanis Officers Tuesday evening. Picture are from left, front row: Susie Billings, President; Sue Otte, Lt. Governor, Rose Division; Scott Kleine, Past President; Becky Riley, President-Elect, Jim Cherry, Vice President; Donna Owen, Secretary. Back Row from left: Dave Medved, Director; Patric McClarnon, Treasurer; Tony Dudley, Director; Paulette Richardson, retiring secretary.
Debbie Applegate, Coach; Jennifer Knecht; Ellen Manolopoulous; and Sue True
The 2013 Kiwanis Spell Bowl team helped raise money for the literacy fund at the Hancock County Public Library. The team dropped out of competition when they failed to spell barbellate. It means barbed: having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers"
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
|Margaret and Kevin Selmier with Glenna and Jim Shelby, our newest members of the 2013 Kiwanis class.|
|Linda Hart, Executive Director of Hancock County Senior Services, Inc.|
Linda Hart, Executive Director of Hancock County Senior Services, Inc. told Greenfield Kiwanians about the organization and the move to their new building. Senior Services is best known for their transportation service but they also offer homemaker, handyman, information and referral, outreach programs with senior health insurance, volunteer, telephone reassurance, respite, assisted at food care and legal services. The services are paid with funding provided by client donations, community support, United Way, Central Indiana Council on Aging, and local government.
The new building is located at 1870 Fields Boulevard and was made possible through a United Way capital grant funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. That grant matched funds raised throughout the community. The Senior Services moved into the building in March, 2013. The new facility provides larger and better garage space, larger office space, public education spaces, and a library for caregivers.
Hart stressed that despite the conclusion of the capital fundraising program that Senior Services needs continued community support. Volunteers, Board Members, participation in food fundraisers at local restaurants, fundraising programs, and direct contributions are all needed.
Additional information can be found at their website, www.hcssi.org or by calling (317) 462-1103.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Pictured are: From left seated Susan Hoover, Louise Stegerman, Pam Hayes and Barb Kauchak.
Standing from left: Phil Hayes, Dick Laird, Judy Laird, Ted Keller, Donna Keller, Chuck Fewell, Jan Burt, Steve Burt, Nancy Kiser and Gov. Elect Vanessa McClary.
Kiwanis Indiana District Governor Elect Vanessa McClary spoke to the newly inducted members of Kiwanis. McClary joined Kiwanis Club of Bloomington and later was a member of South Central Indiana Kiwanis Club. McClary served for several years on the board of both clubs and was named Charter Distinguished President, as well as distinguished Secretary of the South Central Indiana Kiwanis Club. She was a Lt. Governor of the Hoosier Division for three consecutive years, Indiana District K-Kids & Builders Club Administrator for nine years and Indiana District Key Club Assistant Administrator for eight years. She has been a Kiwanis International Distinguished member Worldwide Service Project Committee, as well as two years on the Kiwanis International Diversity Committee. She spoke about her themes for next year for membership of Each One-Reach One with the goal that each Kiwanian will bring in one new member.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Donnie Munden of the Hancock County Sherriff’s Department spoke to Kiwanis about the neighborhood crime watch program. Munden stressed that getting to know your neighbors was one of the most important parts of any successful program.
Specific tips to harden your home so that it is less inviting to thieves and intruders include:
· Cycle lights on timers so that they come on and off at different times
· Stop mail and paper deliveries or arrange for someone to collect them
· If you have an alarm system have signs at the door or the mail box indicating that.
The Sherriff’s office will organize a crime watch meeting for a neighborhood when requested.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Dr. Christina Lamb, Director of the Greenfield Community Choir spoke to Kiwanis about the choir, upcoming concerts, and efforts to develop the choir. Dr. Lamb has a Doctor of Arts degree in Choral Conducting/Vocal Performance from Ball State University. She has directed choirs of various types and sizes since 1989. Since 2003, she has been an Assistant Professor of General Music at Ball State, where she is the music director at Burris Laboratory School. She is also the Director of Music at Bradley United Methodist Church in Greenfield.
The Greenfield Community Choir is celebrating its fortieth year. The choir was first under the direction of the late Charles Wright. The choir has four major concerts and performs at other community events. A Gospel Concert, October 19 at Bradley United Methodist Church is the next concert. A Christmas concert at St Michaels Catholic Church is December 8.
For more information on joining, supporting, or attending a concert see the website, http://www.greenfieldcommunitychoir.com .
Photo: Dr. Chris Lamb, Greenfield Community Choir Artistic Director
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Meet Your Kiwanian featured Jim and Susan Cherry. Jim and Susan are lifelong residents of Hancock County. Jim is the fourth generation to live and farm here. Susan is the fifth generation. Jim graduated from Hancock Central High School and Susan graduated Charlottesville. They met and began dating while in high school.
Jim and Susan have two sons. The entire family farms about 3,000 acres. A unique aspect of their farming is their joint venture with Elanco to farm land and donate the receipts from the 50 acres farmed to the Food Resource Bank. All of the seed, chemicals and labor are donated for the 50 acres. The Food Resource bank tries to increase crop productivity through education. They are fighting hunger by collaboration with countries that need help and are teaching better methods and techniques for farming.
Jim and Susan have been married for forty-eight years and attend the Willow Branch United Methodist Church.
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