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.