Club Meeting at PONDEROSA STEAKHOUSE

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.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Indiana Grand



Indiana Grand Casino, Grand Ambassador, Frank Thompson spoke to Kiwanis about the Caesars's Entertainment facility in Shelbyville.   The facility has 1,000 team members who staff a horse racing track, casino, and club house with multiple restaurants and entertainment facilities,  The entertainment includes live shows and music,  The restaurants include one Indiana's best buffets and  steakhouse.  The Grand also has space for fundraising events.

The racing facility has over 1.500 horse stalls and the 9,000 horses raced there last year. 

For more information see their website:  https://www.caesars.com/indiana-grand



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Stellar Community

Joannie Fitzwater, Director of Planning for the City of Greenfield
Joannie Fitzwater, Greenfield Planning Director spoke to Kiwanis about the Stellar Region Grant.   Greenfield is a part of the Health and Heritage Region which include the Town of Fortville, the City of Greenfield, and Hancock County.The Health and Heritage Region is the front porch of the eastern parts of the State, welcoming the rural areas to the bustling atmosphere of the state capital and inviting the metropolitan area to enjoy the heritage and charm of our agricultural roots. Our region is focused on promoting and cultivating the health, heritage, and heart of our area.
Some of the Greenfield projects include Broadway Flats apartments, Riley Literary Trail, Homeowner occupied repair projects, an Urban Park, 2 beds in Talitha Koum recovery house, an Inclusive Playground in Franklin Park, and Lizbuth Ann's Kitchen at the Riley Home and Museum 
For a complete look at all of the Health and Heritage Regions project see the website:  healthandheritageregion.com
 

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 www.PennsyTrails.org  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 MAWietbrock@yahoo.com.

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  http://howardkellman.com/.




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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.