Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Womens Resource Center

De'Von Kissick-Kelly, Executive Director of the Women's Resource Center told Kiwanis about the Center, it's clients, and services Tuesday.  The Center is a funded project of the Women's Fund of the Hancock County Community Foundation. The Women's Center provides mentoring and connections to programs and services that help women and their families achieve self-sufficiency.To get more information or assistance call 317.695.1502 or e-mail devonkk@hcwrc.org.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Meals on Wheels


Kathleen Vahle, Executive Director of Hancock County Meals on Wheels told Kiwanis about the daily delivery of meals to homebound seniors, disabled, and those recovering from illness or injury.  Kiwanis has provided volunteers to deliver meals since the program began in Hancock County in 2001. 
 Meals on Wheels deliver a hot meal and a cold meal that is adjusted to a prescription from the client’s doctors.    Emergency meals are also provided that has shelf stable food that can be used if a delivery cannot be accomplished because of weather.  
Hancock County Meals on Wheels delivered 19,000 meals during 9,500 deliveries using 135 volunteers last year.  In addition to delivering the meals the volunteers provide a daily human connection to check on the client’s welfare.  The cost of the daily service is $7.50 with subsidized rates available.
For information on Meals on Wheels visit their website http://www.mealsonwheelsonline.org/ or call 317-477-4345.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Goodwill Industries (and more)


                           Bryan Spellman, Events and Collections Manager, Goodwill Industries

Bryan Spellman, Events and Collections Manager of Goodwill Industries told Kiwanis that the mission of Goodwill is to eliminate generational poverty.  The retail operations helps fulfill part of the mission and funds the rest. 
Goodwill 's programs include a Charter High School, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School.  Students who meet their expectations are guaranteed college acceptance or the opportunity to earn placement in a high demand career.
Ten central Indiana Excel Centers offer tuition free adult high school leading to a high school diploma.  Flexible schedules and classes, in house day care, and transportation assistance enable the students to earn a core 40 diploma as adults.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) pairs mothers pregnant with their first child with a registered nurse for ongoing home visits aimed at supporting mothers and families in providing the very best start for their children during the earliest, most developmentally critical years.
Job seeker services includes direct employment as well as placement with for profit business.
Non-profit organizations can assist Goodwill through the Collect & Connect Program.  The organization starts a collection program by contacting Goodwill and thee non-profits then fill 13 gallon bags with clothing.  Each bag is taken to the local collection center.  At the end of the collection period Goodwill issues a $5 voucher for each bag donated.  The vouchers can be redeemed at any Central Indiana Goodwill store for clothing and shoes.  The non-profit can give the vouchers to an agency to distribute to those in need or give them away directly,  For more information on Goodwill or their programs contact Bryan Spellman (bspellman@goodwillindy.org) or 317.524.4074.

Greenfield Kiwanis Santa House

Santa gets a skeptical look from a young lady at the Santa House last Sunday.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Busy Saturday

Scott Davis, Marcy Hoffman, Diana Wells, Becky Riley and Jan Burt at Butler
Don Hoffman, Gerry Smith, Joe Crist, and John Wells at Butler.
Kiwanians were busy this weekend.   In addition to 40,000 pounds of food volunteers, nine Kiwanians staffed the Butler concession stands Saturday at the Butler-Indiana State basketball game.   That evening Kiwanians were busy with the downtown Greenfield Christmas parade where Scott Kleine and the Moon Rover team participated in the parade, Kiwanian Tom Billings helped Santa at the Santa house. Kiwanians and Greenfield's first couple, Mayor Chuck and Kristen Fewell helped with the parade and the tree lighting.  Kiwanian and Councilmn-elect Dan Riley provided cheers to Kiwanians as they passed his courthouse viewing point.

40,000 pounds of food.


Volunteers and Kiwanians unloaded over 3,500 pounds of food donated by Kiwanis, Key Club, Builders Club and Key Kids.   Thanks everyone for your help.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Randy and Rita Johnson

Rita and Randy Johnson told Kiwanians about their family and their background in a Meet Your Kiwanian program. Randy and Rita are lifelong Hoosiers and met when working at an auto parts store,   Randy authored the book, "Forced Reckoning"  dealing with his memories working in the 2012 Presidential Campaign.   They have four children and thirteen grandchildren.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Meet Your Kiwanian

Debbie and Fred Applegate reintroduced themselves to Kiwanis on Tuesday.   They have been members of Kiwanis since 2000 and residents of Greenfield since 1981.   They are the parents of 3 children and grandparents to 5 grandchildren.  They own the Farmer's Insurance Agency in Greenfield. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rock Steady Boxing

Don Hoffman, Kristy Follmar, Marcy Hoffman, and Christine Timberlake
Kristy Follmar, Program Director and Head Coach of Rock Steady Boxing told Kiwanis about their innovative approach to Parkinson exercise therapy.  Christine Timberlake, Members Services and Coach accompanied her.  Chirstine’s husband Tom is a client of Rock Steady Boxing.  Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.
Rock Steady Boxing is the first gym in the country dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s. 
In the gym, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.
90 % of the clients are referred by their neurologists.    RSB provides 4 levels of classes depending on the stage of disease.  Insurance does not cover the costs so the $60 a month fee is usually paid out of pocket.  Lower fees are available for those on lower income.  Contributions are accepted to help with the program and volunteers are needed to help with the boxers.
For additional information go to https://www.rocksteadyboxing.org.

Key Club Food BackSack



Greenfield Key Club Members packed 55 BackSacks containing food for students who have nothing at home over the weekends.   This is an ongoing project that the Key Club has taken.  They pick up the food at the Food Pantry and then prepare the BackSacks.  This program is funded by Gleaners Food Bank and the Food Pantry functions as a Community Partner to distribute the BackSacks to each school system. For more information on how you can help go to http://hancockcountyfoodpantry.com

Friday, November 6, 2015

Rev. Glen Davis

Jim Cherry, Rev. Glen Davis, and Phil Hayes

Rev. Glen Davis,recently appointed minister at Willow Branch United Methodist Church, spoke to Kiwanis about his career and coming to Willow Branch.   Rev. Davis' appointment began 6 months ago.   He had been at Middletown.  His wife works in oncology at Covance.   He began his career as a youth pastor at age 19.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Party 2015

Hat winners from left to right; Standing; Karen Kleine, Carmen Hall, Pam Hayes, Patric McClarnon, Debbie Applegate, Dan Riley, and Fred Applegate.  Front Row, Evie and Denny Chapman

Michelle Spriggs, Rita Johnson and Susie Billings won the Halloween icon hunt contest.

Gerry Smith, Randy Johnson, Becky Riley and Terry Beagle with their teams pumpkins.

Scott Kleine, Fred Applegate and Dan Riley with their teams bats.

Jill Ebert, Dick Laird, and Steve Emmons with their teams skeletons.

Dave Willis, Christ Thompson, and Don Hoffman with their teams cats.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dave Medved Travels

Dave Medved shared pictures of his trip to the Grand Circle of national and state parks in Utah.  The tour included Bryce and Zion parks.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Imagination Library

Susie Billings told her fellow Kiwanians about Imagination Library.  Imagination Library is an early childhood literacy program launched by the Dollywood Foundation in 1995 thanks to the vision and generosity of singer, performer Dolly Parton.

Imagination Library is a program made possible through a partnership of the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) and the Hancock County Public Library (HCPL).
The Imagination Library program will provide an age appropriate book to all qualifying children who are residents of Hancock County. Books are delivered monthly to the home, and in the name, of the enrolled child…in other words, children will receive their very own books.
The people of Hancock County will be encouraged to invest in the future of our community’s children until the endowment fund is capable of full program support.  Until then, HCCF is committed to the program’s success and will provide the financial resources needed to fill funding gaps related to immediate book expenses.
  • To jump start the endowment, HCCF will celebrate the National Week of Philanthropy by encouraging the community to board the Imagination Library Express from November 9-13.
  • During that week, each $1 donated will be matched with .50 from a pool of $100,000 thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment.
  • Gifts will be matched during the National Week of Philanthropy from Monday, November 9, beginning at 8:00 am to Friday, November 13 until 4:00 pm.
For more information go to http://givehcgrowhc.org/imagination-library-landing-page.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Senior Services

Linda Hart, Executive Director of Hancock County Senior Services (HCSS) told Kiwanis about the agency.  HCSS is a community based not-for-profit agency committed to promoting awareness of the issues and challenges of Hancock County’s seniors, individuals with disabilities, and their families.  HCCS is committed to providing comprehensive non-medical support services, including senior and public transportation, to allow individuals to maintain the greatest possible independence.
HCCS provides several services:
Transportation – Non-emergency transportation for various destinations is provided by Hancock County Senior Services (HCSS) for county residents 60 years of age and over and by Hancock Area Rural Transit (HART) for residents under 60 years of age.  Vehicles are available Monday to Friday from 7AM to 5PM.
Homemaker – Our staff provides housekeeping assistance to seniors and the disabled.
Outreach & Insurance Information – Staff provides assistance in accessing appropriate social services programs, writing bill payments and balancing checkbooks.  They also help with various government forms.
Respite & Assisted Care – Staff provides respite to relieve a regular caregiver by providing non-medical, in-home supervision to frail seniors or disabled.
Handyman – Our handyman provides lawn mowing, snow removal, yard maintenance, and minor home repair.
Volunteer to the Homebound – Volunteers reduce isolation with companionship and assistance for the frail and homebound.
Telephone Reassurance – Telephone calls are made to isolated, frail seniors or those with disabilities to check on and reassure them.
Information & Referral – The agency has trained personnel who will answer questions about services and community resources and will assist with the appropriate referrals.
Legal Assistance – A representative from Legal Services Organization of Indiana is available the first Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon at our office to assist seniors with their legal questions and documents.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2015-2016 Officers Installed


From left:  Becky Riley, Past President;Chris Thompson, President Elect; Jim Cherry, President; Patric McClarnon, Treasurer; Barb Kauchak, Vice President; Steve Burt, Director; Pam Hayes, Director; and Donna Owen, Secretary

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Proscecutors on burglary prevention


Hancock County Prosecutor, Brent Eaton, and Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Daphne Whitmire told Kiwanis members about the M.O.S.T. program.   M.O.S.T. is the abbreviation for Multi-Jurisdictional Offender Strategy Team.  It is led by community prosecutors who proactively address burglary-related crimes through prosecution and prevention initiatives.
They told the Kiwanians that the odds of a resident of Central Indiana being the victim of a burglary were 1 in 19.  The odds for auto theft are 1 in 64.  Most burglaries take place in broad daylight from 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.   The average burglary takes 4-7 minutes.
Multiple strategies can be used to prevent becoming a burglary victim.  Tips were offered including common sense strategies to avoid letting strangers know if neighbors are on vacation, reporting suspicious activity to police, and trimming bushes and shrub around the house.
Detailed informational brochures and forms are available from the Hancock County Prosecutor’s office by calling 317.477.1139.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

BOWL THIS SATURDAY



BOWL SATURDAY
Greenfield Kiwanis Bowl-a-thon 
at Strike Force Lanes,
Saturday, September 26
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Children $10, Adults $20  
 INCLUDES SHOES and 3 Games


Kiwanis supports Riley Children’s Hospital and several Hancock County non-profits
Riley Children’s Hospital       Food Pantry       Soup Kitchen       Hope House  Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation
      Young Children Priority One

Hancock  Senior Services     Literacy Coalition
Back Pack Attack     Nameless Creek Youth Camp
Relay for Life     Cystic Fibrosis
Three $1,000 Scholarships for Hancock County Students
Special Olympics
Greenfield-Central Key-Club
G-C Junior High Builders Club
Greenfield Intermediate K-Kids
Maxwell Intermediate K-Kids
 

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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.