Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Pennsy Trails of Hancock County

Mary Ann Wietbrock of Pennsy Trails of Hancock County with Louise Thompson of Kiwanis

Mary Ann Wietbrock with The Pennsy Trails of Hancock County spoke to Kiwanis about the organization and their activities. 
The Pennsy Trails of Hancock County Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit run completely by volunteers. Our mission is to encourage the development of a walk/bike trail in Hancock County along the National Road Heritage Trail, and to raise and distribute funds to Hancock County for that sole purpose. We aim to enhance education, funding, and safety on the Pennsy Trail in Hancock County.
Currently, the Pennsy Trail in Hancock County runs only from 600 West to 800 Wes and from  400 East to 150 West  through Greenfield.  The seven miles of trails in Greenfield are a part of the City of Greenfield’s Park and Recreation Department and were developed by the City of Greenfield.  The remainder of the Trail is being  developed by the County and the Pennsy Trails organization. 
The expected impact of the trail extension is to help link all of Central Indiana with an almost 170  mile trail from state line to state line.  It is hoped that expansion of the  trail will improve the health of the communities where the trail is, expand economic activities, and help with wildlife habitat restoration.
If you are interested in more information or wish to contribute to the project  you can go to the website at  or call 317.620.1006.
Wietbrock is a resident of New Palestine, Master Naturalist, Master Gardener, President of Pennsy Trails Group, Community Wildlife Habitat organizer, and Jacob Schramm Nature Preserve Land Steward. She can be reached at

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Howard Kellman, Indianapolis Indians

Barb Kauchak, Past President with Indianapolis Indians Broadcaster Howard Kellman
Howard Kellman, Voice of the Indianapolis Indians, is in his 44th year of broadcasting the Indianapolis Indians.  Mr. Kellman has called over 6,000 Indians games and was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018. 

The Indianapolis Indians are a professional Minor League Baseball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team plays in the International League. The Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Indians play at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis

Mr. Kellman's entertaining program included stories of players and coaches, short explanations of techniques required for different positions in baseball, and a discussion of the potential for players and the Indians for the coming year.  Mr. Kellman quizzed the Kiwanians about Indianapolis Indian players who had gone on to the majors.  The winners of the quiz won 2 tickets to the Indians game of their choice.  Lucky winners were Patric McClarnon, David Spencer and Scott Davis. 

He informed us that our new stadium, Victory Field, will be 23 years old this year.  He credits the excellent condition of the stadium with the fact that the team takes care of the facility and they care for the fans. 

 For more information you can see

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Healthy 365 Part 2

Amanda Hinkle and Amanda Everidge of Healthy 365
Amanda Everidge, Healthy Community Manager and Amanda Hinkle, System of Care Coordinator who spoke to Kiwanis about the Mental Health aspects of Healthy 365 last week returned to discuss the mental health or addiction issues.

Personality Change
  1. More agitated
  2. Withdrawn or isolating self
  3. Problem taking care of self (hygene)
  4. Feels hopeless
If you notice someone with these issues talk to them using these guidelines:
  1. Never wait, ask them now
  2. Be persistent
  3. Talk to the person alone
  4. Allow them to talk freely
  5. Have a resource list handy include a counsleor's name and phone numbers (use pocket referral booklet provided by Health 365)
  6. Allow yourself plenty of time
Use 24 hour hotline if there is an immediate danger of them harming themselves.

Healthy 365 offers QPR and other classes to help you learn and practice these skills.  For more information see their website 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Healthy 365 - Mental Health

Amanda Hinkle and Amanda Everidge of Healthy 365
Healthy 365 is an initiative Hancock Health (formerly Hancock Regional Hospital) to make Hancock County the healthiest county in Indiana.  Amanda Everidge, Healthy Community Manager and Amanda Hinkle, System of Care Coordinator spoke to Kiwanis about the Mental Health aspects of Healthy 365. 
They gave an overview of the Healthy 365 which is divided into:
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Mental Fitness
  • Healthier Choices
  • System of Care  
  • Congregational Network
Mental Health Resources include:
  • QPR training - a free 2 hour class teaching how to help reduce suicides by Questioning, Persuading and Referring.
  • Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement professionals
  • Mental Health First Aid classes
  • Rise Above it
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Pocket Guide
The conversation will continue next week when Hinkle and Everidge return to Kiwanis to answer questions and explain more about the programs.  For further information see their website 

Kiwanis Day at Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square Pancake House owner Costas Stylianou presents a check from the proceeds of the Kiwanis Pancake Day on February 18 to Patric McClarnon, Club Treasurer. Kiwanians Lori Elmore, Greenfield Clerk-Treasurer and Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell look on. 
Kiwanis thanks Costas for his generosity. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Valentines Day Party

The annual Kiwanis Valentines Day Party included games and fun. 

23 red, 23 pink, and 12 silver.

Patic McClarnon, Michelle Spriggs, and David Spencer tied in guessing the correct number of red candies. Michelle broke the tie and won by guessing the correct number of silver.

Barb Kauchak, Julie Dishman, and Carol Reddish were the party chairs.

David Spencer, Cheri Burrow and Mike Burrow won the trivia contest.

Pam and Phil Hayes, Barb and Digby Terry, and Penny and Bill Smith plqayed the Oldyweds game.

Everybody won a prize

Barb and Digby were the longest wedded and the grand prize winners for getting the most correct answers.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Travels in Egypy and Jordan

Deborah and Gerry Smith
Deborah and Gerry Smith shared pictures of their recent trip to Egypt and Jordan with their fellow Kiwanians.  Their trip included exploring the pyramids, a Nile cruise, a visit to the Valley of the Kings, the Aswan area of Egypt and side trip to Jordan to Petra. 

Deborah had pictures of her parents visiting many of the sites they visited when she was growing up and living in Iran.  She was able to visit many of those same sites and create similar pictures.  They also enjoyed riding camels and donkeys.  Their itinerary included Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Carnac, Aswan and Petra Jordan. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Meet Your Kiwanians

Louise Thompson and Stephanie Haines, New Kiwanis member
New Kiwanis members Louise Thompson and Stephanie Haines introduced themselves to Kiwanis.

Louise is a 17 year member of Kiwanis having been a member of the Portage, Indiana club before she move to Greenfield to be with her daughter's family which includes a 3 year old grandson. Louise also has a son who is completing his masters degree in Baltimore, Maryland.
Louise worked for Ivy Tech in northern Indiana and transferred to the Ivy Tech facility in Indianapolis.  She is currently working at the Ivy Tech New Castle facility.  She recently took classes and the exam for her real estate license and intends to affiliate with an agency in the near future to be a part time agent.
She volunteers with Kiwanis, Pennsy Trail, Hope House and the Humane Society. 

Stephanie Haines recently joined the club.  She is a native of Greenfield who now works for the Hancock County Public Library.  Stephanie works on the bookmobile and said she has gained a broader knowledge of literature including graphic novels, the Hamstersaurus Rex series, and the
Danny Dragonbreath book seriesShe also is pursuing her Masters in Library Science and enjoying the lighter reading it provides.  For pleasure reading she has been reading the book Help me about a woman who read a self help book each month.  In addition to reading, Stephanie is a regular contributor to the Daily Reporter.  She shared a column she has written on Goat Yoga.  Her humorous column delighted the group.  
Welcome to our newest members, 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Meals on Wheels

Kathleenn Vahle, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels with Kiwanis Past President Barb Kauchak

Kathleen Vahle, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Hancock County for the past 5 years, spoke to Kiwanis about the services provided in the county.  She noted that Kiwanis has been helping serve Meals on Wheels since 2001.  Currently there are 33 Kiwanis in the MOW data base.

In 2018, there were  134 clients locally with 900 to 1200 deliveries each month to service them.  Last year there were 12,358 deliveries.  Statewide in Indiana there are 23,462 clients who received over 2,000,000 meals last year.

On Fridays, weekend meals are delivered to 12 % of clients or 943 meals locally last year.

Future projects include replacing uncertain United Way funding and acquiring routing software to map delivery routes.  A new board member is also needed.

To learn more, volunteer or contribute go to the website

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Friends of the Theater

Barb Kauchak, Kiwanis President and Chris VeHorn, Friends of the Theater Board Member
In 2017, the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, a privately owned historic theater at 122 W. Main St. in Greenfield, lost its long-held county funding - a critical source of taxpayer support for the downtown performing arts venue. Fearing the doors might close, the local arts community came together to find a solution. And so, the Friends of the Theater was born.
Chris VeHorn, a Board Member of Friends of the Theater spoke to Kiwanis about the mission of the organization.  Chris Cota VeHorn's  involvement in community theater, both on stage and off, led her to become a part of the Friends of the Theater board. Chris is recently retired from a 31-year teaching career and currently flipping houses. She is excited to have a part in the preservation and maintenance of this wonderful asset in our community.
The H.J Ricks Centre for the Arts, formerly the Village Movie Theater, was donated to the community for civic purposes.  The theater is used by Crazy Lake Acting Company, George and Icy Vaughn Scholarship, Ricks Weil Theater Company, Kids Play, Inc., Wilkerson Dance Studio, and Dance East Ballet Co.    The Centre is also available for other purposes on a rental basis. 
The first three restoration projects are: Restoration and repair of the marquee sign which includes rewiring and replacing lighting with LED; fixing a buckling exterior wall; and replacing 45 chairs and repairing 100 chairs in the auditorium.  Much of the backstage area also needs painting . 
To support the restoration and maintenance efforts go to .

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Riley Old Home Society

Dave Crider, President of the Riley Old Home Society spoke to Kiwanis about current projects with the Society.  David joined the Board of the Society in 2013 and became President of the Society in 2016.
Crider oversaw the review and update of the the Bylaws of the Society and Operating agreement with the City of Greenfield.
Lizabuth Ann's Kitchen was a garage behind the old Mitchel home that now houses the Museum.  It was converted into a seasonal use space for meetings with a single bathroom and limited kitchen.  This occurred in the late 1970's almost 50 years ago. It was determined that a new facility with better seating capacity, two bathrooms, and up to date kitchen facilities should be built.  In the process it was determined that the new kitchen would be joined to the Museum in a way that would make the Museum ADA accessible.  The fundraising is nearing completion and the project should be completed in 2019.  Persons who wish to contribute to this project  can send their check to the Riley Old Home Society, P.O. Box 1068, Greenfield, Indiana  46140 

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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.