Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mindfulness and Creative Imagery

Katherine Murray, Hancock Regional Hospital Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator spoke to Kiwanis about using Mindfulness and Creative Imagery to reduce the effects of stress and enhance your sense of well being.  Classes are offered on Mindfulness from 1-2 pm on the first and third Fridays of each month.  A class on Guided Imagery is held from 1-2 pm on the second Friday of each month.  For more information contact Katherine at 317.468.4124 or kmurray@hancockregional.org

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hancock County Community Foundation

Mary Gibble, President of the Hancock County Community Foundation, spoke to the Kiwanis club about the foundation.  The foundation is 27 years old and has over 300 funds totaling over $40 million dollars.  100 of the funds are scholarships for Hancock County Students.  The Greenfield Kiwanis club has three scholarship funds.  In 2018 over $1.4 million was granted from various funds. 
The Foundation also has unrestricted funds to take care of community needs. Three programs are currently funded by these unrestricted funds: Level Up for local non-profits; Excellence Academy and Y-GIVE (Youth _ Granting, Investing, Volunteering and Engaging), a youth program.
The foundation also is involved in education for all age groups.  The foundation provides funds to each of the four school corporation educational foundations in addition to the 129 scholarships provided to the students The foundation provides non-traditional adult learners with scholarships in partnership with LINK.  Early Childhood Literacy is accomplished through the Imagination Library program in partnership with the Dolly Parton foundation.  The program provides high quality, age appropriate, reading materials to registered children from birth to kindergarten,  They receive 60 books in conjunction with the Hancock County Public Library.   An endowment fund will fund this program forever.  Currently $1.9 million of the goal of $2 million has been raised for Imagination Library.  1,578 babys and toddlers are currently enrolled in the program.  For more information on the foundation or giving to a fund go to


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fill a Truck Fill a Pantry

Bring canned goods or other non-perishable food items to club Sep 10 or 17.

Bring your food to the Walmart Parking Lot on Sep 21 from 10 am to 3 pm

Bring a cash contribution to buy food to club Sep 10

Volunteer to load, unload or sort food on Sep 21.  
Click here to sign up to volunteer Sept 21 at Fill a Truck
and follow the directions on the sign up page

4-H Youth Development

Brian Greer, 4-H Youth Development Educator with Kiwanis Vice-President David Spencer

Brian Greer, 4-H Youth Development Educator with the Purdue Extension spoke to Kiwanis about the programs offered and how they operate.  Brian came to Hancock County from Blackford County in May of this year.  He held the same position in Blackford County for 3 1/2 years.

Brian noted that most people upon hearing 4-H think of the Fair.  He said the Fair is the showcase for what the 4-H youth have been doing all year long.  He also noted many automatically think of animals and agriculture when hearing of 4-H.  70% of 4-Hers do not live on a farm  The only requirement for membership is that you enroll in at least one project.  There are over 60 projects to choose from including Arts and  Crafts; Bicycle; Cake Decorating; Collections; Entomology; Legos; Rocketry; and Woodworking.

To find out more see @HancockCounty4HIndiana at Facebook, visit webpage purdue.edu/extension/hancock or e-mail greerb@purdue.edu

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Read Up Program

Jeannie Roberts, Community Coordinator with United Way of Central Indiana spoke to Kiwanis about the Read Up Program. 
Jeannie thanked Kiwanis for our work with the Backpack program. She noted the program might be changing and she would keep us informed.
The Read Up program is 13 years old and is in its 11th year in the Greenfield-Central School system. The program matches volunteers with schools to promote a love of reading and help increase literacy skills for students who are struggling to achieve grade-level reading. The program is offered at Harris, Weston, and J.B., Stephens elementary schools. 
The volunteers work with 2 3rd grade students for 30 minutes each. The goal is for each student to have 50 Read Up sessions throughout the year. A one-hour volunteer training session is provided. Trained tutors help students with phonics and vocabulary and ask the student questions to help with comprehension. 
The goal of having third-grade students at reading level helps to assure academic success. It is said that from Kindergarten to 3rd grad a child learns to read and from 4th grade on reads to learn. If you would like further information about volunteering at any of the schools may call Jeannie Roberts at317.414.8288 or sign-up at uwci.org/readup-hancock.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Membership Recruitment Meeting

Membership Committee Judy Laird, Kathy Medved and Judy Crist

Prospective Members: Deenna Batton, Mitch and Nancy Staples, Dave and Karen Wise, Mary Watkins,and Marcy and Mich Carl
Prospective members were introduced to Kiwanis.  The committee of Judy Laird, Kathy Medved and Judy Crist provided an informational meeting to inform prospects about Kiwanis.  Susie Billings spoke about the 551,000 adults and children who make up Kiwanis International.  Julie Dishman about the Enthusiastic, Givng, and Fellowship we enjoy.  Patric McClarnon spoke about the projects we do to raise money for our charities.  He mentioned the largest contribution we make is to Riley Hospital for Children.  Clara Starkey spoke about why she is a Kiwanian and how she joined Key Club while in High School, continued in college as a Circle K member and joined our club after college.  Prospective members are:Deenna Batton; Mitch and Nancy Staples; Dave and Karen Wise; Mary Watkins;and Marcy and Mich Carl.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell

Mayor Chuck and Kristen Fewell

Mayor Chuck Fewell reported on recent City of  Greenfield events and accomplishments at the Tuesday Kiwanis meeting.

  • The Sister Cities exchange group from Kakuda is here now.  Next year will be the 30th year of the Sister Cities Exchange program started by the late Mayor Keith McClarnon.
  • Greenfield with partner Fortville received Stellar City designation.  The two will share over $15 million dollars in grant funds.
  • The city will use part of the Stellar funds to build an all-inclusive park for challenged youth at the Franklin Park baseball fields.
  • The Riley Park Aquatic Facility pool was revitalized over the winter and two new water slides were added.  In addition, the pool was modified to include a zero entry pool which allows easier entry without steps permitting those in wheelchairs to utilize the pool. The pool renovation is in addition to the splash pad that opened last year.
  • The Mayors Youth Council will again be functioning with projects under the direction of Planning Department Associate Jenna Wertman,
  • Zoning code is being revised and permitting is being updated to make it easier to get permits.
  • Redevelopment along Pennsy Trail in the downtown area is being planned to include an amphitheater and new residential and commercial areas.
  • The Art Council has obtained a grant for a Historical Marker for Will Vawter.  A statue of Vawter is in the exploratory stages.
  • In the Industrial sector BWI opened with about 150 employees, Yamaha Precision Propellers broke ground for a new design and production facility, and Avery Dennison doubled the size of their facility.
  • New Home Construction continues throughout the city
  • Workforce development is being planned

FOOD DRIVE September 21

Help Fill a Truck to fill our Hancock County Food Pantries and the Soup Kitchen.
The Drive will take place SEPTEMBER 21 2019  AT WALMART PARKING LOT



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winners:  Esther Michael, Emma Walker and Leah Jacobs
Kiwanis awards three scholarships in honor and memory of three former members: J.B. Stephens, Robert Eagleston, and Dr. William Griffing.  The three recipients of the scholarships were introduced to the members on Tuesday, August 6.

Leah Jacobs, is a Senior at Purdue University who is studying Agriculture Education.  She has been active in FFA and spent time this summer shepherding FFA members around Washington D.C,  She is the recipient of the J.B. Stephen scholarship in Education.

Esther Michael is a recent graduate of Greenfield-Central High School and will be attending Taylor University.  Esther was a volunteer at Hope Center Indy which helps trafficking victims. She is interested in pursuing business and social entrepreneurship.  She is the recipient of the Robert Easgleston scholarship in Business.

Emma Walker is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and is a student at Anderson University where she is pursuing  her BSN.  She obtained he CNA while in High School.  She helped obtain bedding for families and volunteered at Lifeline.  She is the recipient of the Dr. William Griffing scholarship in Science.

The scholarship review committee is composed of Cheri Burrow, Ellen Manolopoulos, and Glenna Shelby.


Over 50 Kiwanians and guests attended the Summerfest outing at Indiana Grand Casino and Race Track on Tuesday, July 30.  They enjoyed a good lunch and a good time.  Phil Hayes was the winner of a contest and was awarded his own horse.  ( pictures will be posted at a later date)

Monday, July 29, 2019

Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy

Troy Joslin is the Director of the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy in Knightstown. This national program has 50 sites in 28 states & 1 US territory and serves at risk youth/high school dropouts ages 16-18 through the National Guard. It is a 17.5 month program: during the first 5.5 months, cadets stay at the Old Soldiers & Sailors Home (the only site in IN) in a military-style environment; during the second 12 months, cadets have a mentorship. There are 1800 graduates in Indiana, and after the program, 36% pursued further education, 26% were employed, and 2% went into the military. The voluntary program includes 40 community service hours and educational classes (GED, college courses, and/or vocational classes). There are 2 groups per year starting in January and July with an average class-size of 100. Funding is provided (75% federal & 25% state), so no cadet or their family needs to pay for this program. Cadets create an action plan for how they want life to be after the program.

Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy is always hiring and looking for volunteers to be mentors for the cadets.For more information see hoosieryouthchallenge.org

Kiwanis Shoppoing for Back Pack Attack

Kiwanians Carolyn Helgason, Stephanie Haines, and Terry Beagle shopped for the Back Pack Attack.  Thanks to them for loading the van to load the school bus and thanks to Walmart for their contribution.

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.

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

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/.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Maxwell and Greenfield K-Kids

Maxwell Intermediate School K Kids: Andrew Traebel, President; Jennifer Blasdel,Sponsor; Owen Kerkhof, Vice-Presidnet; and Bailey Wiseman, Sposnor

Greenfield Intermediate School K-kids: Katie Creamer, Sponsor; Natalie Jones, Secretary/Treasurer; Romie Bennett, Vice President Elect; and Deena Batton, Sponsor.

The K-Kids from Maxwell and Greenfield updated the Kiwanians on their activities this year. 

Maxwell K-Kids held two food drives, one for the Food Pantry and one for the Soup Kitchen.  They also had a plastic bag recycling event, made Holiday cards, cleaned classrooms, and made cards for the teachers.

Greenfield K-Kids  participated in the Homecoming Parade, sold pink ribbons for Breast Cancer, held a canned food drive, helped nursing home residents, made posters for a talent show and did a treat box for the Harris Staff,

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Peyton's Promise

Eric and Molly Belling, Founders of Peyton's Promise
Eric and Molly Belling, Peyton's Promise Founders, and Peyton Belling's parents spoke to Kiwanis about Peyton's promise. They founded Peyton’s Promise, Inc., to honor and remember our son, Peyton Daniel Belling. While it is not possible to sum up Peyton’s life in words, he was our wonderfully energetic, deeply caring, 3½-year old boy who loved his family, Thomas the Train and the color orange. Peyton’s life here was greatly shortened by childhood cancer and Peyton’s Promise, Inc. was founded with the specific goal of utilizing donated proceeds for meaningful purposes that provide comfort and support to families going through difficult situations.

Peyton Daniel Belling was born on September 20, 2011. He had a strong personality with many little quirks. Even at a young age he knew what he wanted, set out to get it, and rarely changed his mind.On January 7, 2015, Peyton was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After a week of treatment, he returned home until he became worse and eventually was admitted to Riley Hospital.  On February 25, 2015 Peyton took his last breath.

Eric Belling said, "It is a strange feeling to leave the hospital without your child."  The grief process for families who have that feeling is one that can be helped with things and processes that Riley Hospital has developed.  One of the first things they funded was a memory box that hand or foot casts from the child could be preserved in.  The hospital had run out of money to purchase the boxes and was sending the casts home in towels.  Peyton's Promise first fundraiser gave money to buy the memory boxes.  Additional fundraisers have purchased bereavement books that help parents, siblings, or other relative  deal with grief; the Hope and Healing program at Riley; and Art and Music Therapy programs.   The current project is an app for the phone which would allow 24x7 support for grieving families.  

The 5th Annual Golf Outing is June 1 at Arrowhead Golf Course.  A luncheon is available to non-golfers preceding the golf at 11 am with a shotgun start at 1pm.  To sponsor a team or the event or register for the lunch go to https://www.peytonspromiseinc.org/gol.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Greenfield Soccer Club

Barb Kauchak, Kiwanis Club Past President with Michael Reeves, President of the Greenfield Soccer Club Board of Directors

Michael Reeves, President of the Greenfield Soccer Club Board of Directors spoke to Kiwanis about the Club.  The Club officially started in 1992 and is a part of the international soccer program goverened by FIFA and the US Soccer organizations.  Locally Greenfield Soccer has 700 recreational (rec) players in the Spring and 500 in the Fall.  In addition  there are 250 club travel players and 60 academy players.  These programs cover 2 1/2 years of age to 18 years of age.  There is even an adult league.

The club is also sponsor of a Summer Youth Soccer Camp for children aged 5 to 14 for both boys and girls.  The club also includes a Futsal program; TOP Soccer which is an outreach program for those who are differently abled, Father Daughter Soccer, and Trunk or Treat at Halloween,

The Soccer Club has an economic impact with 3,000 spectators attending soccer games on Saturday with many of those from other communities to view travel games., 

For more information on Soccer in Greenfield see https://www.greenfieldsoccer.org/

Champion Easter Candy Carrot Salespeople

Drew and Judy Mulligan sport Bunny Ears as Champion Salespeople for the Easter Candy Carrots

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sheriff Brad Burkhart

Sheriff Brad Burkhart with Kiwanian Marcie Hoffman

Hancock County Sheriff Brad Burkhart spoke to Kiwanis about the current plans to build a new jail. His presentation focused on his three most often asked questions:
  1. Is the Jail Overcrowded?
  2. Are you going to get a new jail?
  3. Where will it be?
The current jail was build with a capacity of 157 inmates,  Model jail populations are modeled on an 80% capacity giving a model capacity of  about 126.  Currently the jail has 243 inmates.  Additionally we have 51 inmates house in LaGrange and Davies counties and 72 inmates in the Community Corrections facility. 

A new jail must be built to alleviate overcrowding, 

The current plan is to build a jail at the northwest corner of the former county farm site east of Jaycie Phelps Road,  The facility would be built with a pod structure capable of doubling capacity in the future.  Initially the capacity would be 440 inmates.  The county hopes to break ground in September of 2019 and occupy the facility in  December of 2020.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Clara Starkey, Edward Jones

Clara Starkey, a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Greenfield spoke to Kiwanis about the current investing environment. Using the Jone monthly magazine as a guide we learned the 5 Reasons for Optimism, the Steps to Stay on Track Toward your Goals, The Power of Three and With Kids and Money, School's Always in Session. 

Clara was a member of the Key Club while in High School at Greenfield-Central and a member of Circle K while in college.  She served in leadership in both clubs.  She became a financial adviser when she realized she had a God given gift to understand financial numbers help other understand those numbers. 

For further information on Edward Jones and their services you may contact her at clara,starkey@edwardjones.com or call her at 317.462.7077.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Kurt Vetters, Greenfield Author

Kurt Vetters, Greenfield resident and author, spoke to Kiwanis about his two books.  His first book, Confedeate Winter tells the story of a true-life family caught up in this grand adventure. The Federals conscript John Sweeney, the father, in late 1863 as General Sherman prepares his march on Atlanta and the sea. His son William is left in charge of the family farm, until one early fall morning.
Freedom Spring tells the story of a young African-American soldier in the American Civil War. For Jim Coffee, a fourteen-year-old slave in 1864 Alabama, life was about to turn upside down. Freedom Spring is a novel of Jim’s journey from slavery to the Union Army and freedom.Meghan Markle’s great-great-great-great grandfather, Joseph Betts, fought in the battles portrayed.Following the research of esteemed North Alabama historian and author Peggy Towns,
Vetters has traveled speaking about his books and visiting battle sites He noted that he is a supporter of Battlefield reclamation.  Many historic battle sites and graveyards are lost or in the process of being lost to development and neglect.
Kurt Vetters, a direct descendant of six Confederate veterans, former U.S. Army Captain, Civil War reenactor, husband, father and grandfather who lives in Greenfield. His books are available at Worland Cleaners, Postnet, Florida Cracker BBQ and Amazon.

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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.