Teams assigned to community projects

Jeff Rasche (right) makes a point to the rest of Team Dental during their first meeting to discuss the project. Nicole Mann (center), practice manager of the Jane Pauley Community Health Center, is sponsor of the project.
Jeff Rasche (right) makes a point to the rest of Team Dental during its first meeting to discuss the project. Nicole Mann (center), practice manager of the Jane Pauley Community Health Center in Greenfield, is sponsor of the project, which seeks to establish dental hygiene “stations” at food pantries and other locations.

Members of the Class of 2018-19 will take on five community projects during their studies this class year.

The projects and the project teams were unveiled during Community Issues Day on Oct. 3.

A committee made up of members of the LHC board of directors had been meeting since the summer to solicit and evaluate project proposals. It settled on these five:

Plan a bike rodeo to promote Greenfield as a bike-friendly community and to raise awareness of bicycle safety. Members of Team Bike: Cindi Faunce, Debra Cochran, Amanda Kirchner, Marie Castetter and Angela Birdwell.

Document historic structures in Hancock County that were designed/built by influential architects. With the help of Greenfield Historic Landmarks, the team would research the history of the buildings and produce the information in an easy-to-use format. Members of Team Landmark: Donna Butler, Mary Meek, Ted Munden, Rhiannon Pope and Tara Carie.

Establish oral hygiene stations at food banks and other locations where at-risk populations can be impacted. The stations would include a baggie containing toothpaste, a toothbrush and floss. The packet also would contain information about clinics and advice on good oral hygiene. Project would seek out partners to promote and distribute the packets. Members of Team Dental: Susan Wildey, Angie Lyon, Jeff Rasche and Linda Garrity

Research and develop an app that highlights amenities in Greenfield and Hancock County. This would cater to visitors and also local people who are interested in learning more about their community. Other communities have similar apps that could serve as a template. Members of Team Main Street: Brian Dowden, Kim Crist, Rebecca Zapf, and Dina Davis

GoGreen Week: Focusing on children as the audience, design and implement a campaign to promote recycling and conservation of resources. Members of Team Green: Allyson Smith, Sunshine Nichols, Katie Ottinger, Amy Sutton and Jeff Inskeep

Class learns about community needs

The class of 2018-19 learned how fast hard-earned money can disappear like candy.

The metaphor was applied literally during a poverty simulation on Community Issues Day on Oct. 3. On a class day devoted to understanding Hancock County’s safety net and the nonprofits that work to keep it in place, the class’s first exercise of the day was to figure out how to stretch a paycheck across all the needs a family encounters. Instead of money, the class members used Smarties candy, “spending” 15 pieces of candy on housing, transportation, food and other needs.

Once their budgets were tapped out, facilitator Paula Jarrett, CEO of PSJ Consulting LLC, introduced the real lesson: She told each “family” to wipe four Smarties off their grid of needs. The class members struggled to re-prioritize their spending to cover all their expenses. The result: As happens in the real world, these simulated families had to do without.

The exercise was an eye-opener for a number of class members, who haven’t suffered such struggles before.

That was the idea of the exercise and the rest of the class day, which included visits to the Hancock County Food Pantry, Hancock Hope House and the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen. They also sat in on roundtable discussions with the CEOs of six county nonprofits who provide services to those in need.

The Landing Place in downtown Greenfield played host to the class. Jarrett and Lori Cooley of Hancock Regional Hospital were day chairs for the session.

Retreat kicks off 24th class of Leadership

Twenty-three members of the new class of Leadership Hancock County began their studies on Sept. 13-14 with a lively retreat that included thought-provoking seminars and team-building exercises.

Meet the new class:

Angela Birdwell, Hancock Physician Network

Donna Butler, city of Greenfield

Tara Carie, Hancock Regional Hospital

Marie Castetter, Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office (Nancy King Scholarship winner)

Debra Cochran, Purdue Manufacturing Extension

Kim Crist, Hancock Regional Hospital

Dina Davis, Hancock Regional Hospital

Brian Dowden, NineStar Connect

Cynthia Faunce, Hancock County Public Library

Linda Garrity, Hancock Regional Hospital

Jeff Inskeep, Inskeep Ford

Amanda Kirchner, Inskeep Ford

Angie Lyon, Hancock Hope House (Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce Scholarship)

Mary Meek, Greenfield Banking Co.

Ted Munden, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department

Sunshine Nichols, Hancock Physician Network

Katie Ottinger, Hancock County Community Foundation

Rhiannon Pope, Hancock Regional Hospital

Jeff Rasche, Greenfield Police Department

Allyson Smith, Hancock Health Foundation

Amy Sutton, Greenfield Intermediate School

Susan Wildey, Greenfield Banking Co.

Rebecca Zapf, Elanco Animal Health

Send us your project ideas

Greg Woods (left), Nick Riedman and Staci Starcher, members of the Class of 2018, present a summary of their community project during the class's graduation celebration. The three were part of Team Debate, which successfully put on five political debates last spring as part of its project to create county debate committee.
Greg Woods (left), Nick Riedman and Staci Starcher, members of the Class of 2018, present a summary of their community project during the class’s graduation celebration. The three were part of Team Debate, which successfully put on five political debates last spring as part of its project to create county debate committee. The committee will soon be planning debates in this fall’s general election.

HANCOCK COUNTY – Leadership Hancock County is reaching out to nonprofits and other community groups for ideas for community projects.

Enrollees in the leadership academy, which begins its 2018-19 program on Sept. 13, undertake community projects as part of the curriculum. The projects help class members apply lessons they’ve learned in leadership and teamwork. They also help the organizations.

Community groups are encouraged to submit proposals. They can run the gamut, from helping conceive and put on events to coordinating improvements at nonprofits’ facilities. Projects last year included an insect/bird garden at the Hancock County Public Library; a redesign of the offices of Bentley’s Buddies and Friends, a reading program for children; and creation of the nonpartisan Hancock County Debate Commission. You can look over all our past community projects by clicking on the “Projects” tab at the top of our home page.

Deadline to submit project ideas is two months earlier this year: They are due Sept. 7. Applications are available by clicking on the “Applications” tab at the top of our home page. Projects will be unveiled to the class on its Community Issues Day, Oct. 3.

Leadership Hancock County is a tuition-based program that works to identify and nurture emerging leaders. Founded in 1996, it has graduated more than 400 people, including many who have gone on to prominent leadership roles in community organizations, businesses, schools and government.

More information is available online at www.leadhc.org. You also can send email to info@leadhc.org.

Class of 2017-18 finishes with a flourish

After eight months, more than 70 hours of class time, and untold hours working on their community projects, the 24 members of the Class of 2018 took the stage and presented the culmination of their hard work.

The graduation celebration on Wednesday, May 2, was the climax of the 2017-18 program. In front of family members, friends, mentors and fellow alumni, the class members presented short programs on their six community projects, finishing to applause and receiving plaques for completing the program. They also received copies of John Maxwell’s inspiring collection of daily leadership devotionals, “The Maxwell Reader.”

The highlight of the evening came at the very end: Maria Bond, communications director at Mt. Vernon schools, received the 2018 Stacia Alyea Excellence in Leadership Award. The honor was voted on by class members on the class’s last program day, March 7, and it was presented by last year’s winner, Laurene Lonnemann.

Laurene and Maria
Maria Bond (right) and the 2017 Alyea Award winner, Laurene Lonnemann, celebrate Maria’s honor.

Nearly 100 people attended the celebration, which was held for the first time at Bradley Hall in downtown Greenfield. With early-evening sunlight illuminating the stained-glass panels high in the ballroom — including one depicting Ned Bradley, a prominent leader in Greenfield in the late 19th century — the audience enjoyed a reception and dinner before the six project groups made their brief presentations.

The projects were notable this year because half of them originated with class members themselves. The class was tasked last fall with making suggestions for community projects, and a committee consisting of members of the LHC board sifted through a record number of submissions. All of the projects were rousing successes this year, but the three class-member sponsored ones felt extra special. (You can read more about the community projects by clicking on the “Class Projects” tab at the top of the page, then clicking on “2017-2018.”)

The master of ceremonies, LHC Board President Donnie Munden, announced at the end of the evening that enrollment is now open for the 2018-19 academic year. (You can access the application under the “Applications” tab at the top of this page.) The board’s Curriculum Committee already has met twice to consider changes to the program for the coming year, including revisions to introduce more leadership training in place of some of the traditional studies in county history, business/commerce and government. More information will be available soon.