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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
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.
and Greenfield Mayor Dick Pasco
Greenfield Mayor Dick Pasco spoke to the Kiwanis about the current
state of the city.The mayor’s
grandfather and father were charter members of the Greenfield Kiwanis
Club.Dick Pasco served in all the
offices of the local club except that of Treasurer.He was President of the local club
twice.In addition to the local Kiwanis,
Dick served as Lt. Governor of the Rose Division and Governor of the Indiana
District of Kiwanis.Before becoming
mayor, Dick served as a member of the Greenfield City Council for twenty years
and served as a member of the Hancock County Council.
The largest city project in terms of financial cost and complexity is
the Potts Ditch project.The project is
estimated to cost about $10 million.The
mayor is in hopes that the project will come in at less than that amount.He noted that the project needs to be done
now because of the deteriorating tunnel system.This is an excellent time to do this project with bonds as the interest rates
are at historic lows.In addition other
revenue will be used so that the project will not require the entire amount to
The next priority for the city is street repair.The mayor stated that state distributions
will increase next year allowing more repair to be completed.The mayor said traffic studies would be
conducted to determine high traffic areas that should be priority.
The Downtown revitalization project is the third large project.Consultants were hired and developed a master
plan to aid in obtaining grant money for the revitalization.The mayor hopes that apartments would entice new
people to live downtown by the Pennsy Trail and then become a part of the
community before they purchase a home.
The mayor said ongoing issues always include Public Safety, employee
benefits and wages, and cost containment.
County Clerk of Courts, Marcia Moore with Kiwanian and Election Board member, Bob Bogiggian.
County Clerk, Marcia Moore discussed the merits of using a Voting Center system over the traditional precinct voting. The system has been proposed for implementation in the 2014 Primary election.
Since Moore was elected Clerk the number of voters and precincts has increased. The number of precincts increased from 38 to an expected 59 for next years election. Using the traditional method of voting each precinct would have a set of election day poll workers and a unique or shared polling place. Using the voting center system only 12 election sites will be in operation in the county.
This provides for potential savings :
Payroll expense from fewer poll workers
Rental savings from less building rental
Printing savings from use of electronic poll books
23% of the county voters cast their ballot in early voting in the most recent election. Multiple locations will be available to cast their votes prior to election rather than only the courthouse.
For more information see http://www.hancockcoingov.org/ , click clerk, then click elections, then click voting centers.
Nancy Davis, Executive Director of Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation with Susie Billings, Kiwanian, Hospital Volunteer, and Hospital Foundation Board Member.
Nancy Davis, Executive Director of the Hancock Regional
Hospital Foundation spoke to Kiwanis about the foundation and its current activities.The hospital foundation partners with the
hospital to provide services to the community.
The current campaign to provide an endowed fund to help
bridge insurance and government reimbursement and actual cost of hospice care
has raised $1.8 million towards a goal of $3.0 million.Reimbursement averages only 30% of the costs
of hospice care.Currently the hospital has
a separate 7 room facility for care that provides patients with respite, palliative,
hospice or pain management care.Since
the facility opened in September 2011 it has served over 300 patients.
Some of the most public activities of the foundation are the
annual golf tournament and the Women Helping Women dinner.The golf tournament provides funds for
nursing scholarships.Women Helping
Women hosts an annual fund raising dinner to fund mammograms, breast health education
and MRI’s for uninsured or under insured women.The dinner this year will take place at St. Michael’s Parish Life Center
on October 23, featuring comedienne Diana Jordan.