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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Backpack Attack

Duane Johnson, manager of Walgreen’s, Terry Beagle, Bob Gullion and Sondra Gullion. Also helping but not pictured were Tom Beagle, Bill Reddish and Carol Reddish.

Duane Johnson, manager of the Greenfield Walgreen store rings up five carts of school supplies purchased by Greenfield Kiwanis club to donate to the Backpack Attack. Walgreen’s helps the community by providing items at cost so more items can be purchased to help children. The school supplies were taken to the United Way Office and will be assembled and given to Hancock County Schools. The schools will give the packs of supplies to children that need help providing required supplies.

Hoffmans: Members of the Month

Greenfield Kiwanis featured Don and Marcy Hoffman as speakers of the month in “Meet a Kiwanian (or two)”. The Hoffman’s regaled the group with the story of their meeting and life before and in Greenfield. Don came from Ohio and Marcy from California but consider themselves happy Hoosiers now.

Chief Jester talks to Kiwanis

John Jester, Greenfield Chief of Police, spoke to Greenfield Kiwanis recently. He explained that he has 38 officers (one female officer), and one undercover detective on his staff. There are currently three narcotics officers counting sheriff and state police in the community working drug trafficking along I-70. Ten officers serve voluntarily on a SWAT team. Unfortunately crime problems in Hancock County have become more serious.

Many juvenile crimes have slowed due to stringent curfew laws. Home invasions have increased and criminals have become bolder in the area. Hard drugs are not as large a problem in Greenfield as in other areas but pills have become a bigger problem. Gang involvement is seen as minimal so far.

The Department is constantly working on image. The Shop with A Cop program helps show a kinder side of the law. Also, a Citizen’s Academy to educate adults into how police procedure works has generated community support for the department.

One of the best items added for use by the department is the “Dash Cam.” Putting video recorders in each car provides proof of activities that make for better understanding for families of offenders.

Contact the Greenfield Police Department at 477-4410 if you are interested in volunteering to help “Shop With A Cop” or to make a monetary donation.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Greenfield Kiwanis Hosts Rose Division

Tom Billings and Bob Gullion hang Kiwanis sign before the recent Rose Division meeting hosted by Greenfield.

 Attending a Kiwanis meeting in Greenfield were present Lt. Governor of the Rose Division, Bruce Johnson from Cambridge City and incoming Lt. Governor, Bob Jacobsen from Richmond.

Greenfield Kiwanis hosted the Rose Division at their meeting recently. Twenty-four guests from Brookville, Cambridge City, Richmond, Connersville, and New Castle attended and shared information about fund raising.

Nan Hendrickson presents Riley poems

Nan Hendrickson, former resident of Greenfield, gave the program for July. She read and recited some of the poems of James Whitcomb Riley and brought some old books and “paper dolls” of Riley and Orphant Annie. She also read us a poem she had written about Granny’s kisses (they won’t wash of, you know).

Marty Foster joined Kiwanis at the last club meeting. She was sponsored by Dan Riley and has lived in the Greenfield area for eight years.

Kiwanis invites new members to join. Anyone interested in joining a fun and great service organization may come as a guest to a regular meeting on Tuesdays at the Victorian Rose at 6:00 p.m. One exception is the regular Tuesday meeting on July 13 was changed to Monday, July 12 and included the Rose Division District meeting. There will be no meeting Tuesday, July 13. Come any other Tuesday to get acquainted.

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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.