Carroll White REMC — December 2018 Electric Consumer

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Gifts that keep on

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from the editor

Christmas state of mind

One of my favorite quotes about Christmas comes from an unlikely source: our country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge. He said, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.” I perpetually plan for Christmas. As soon as Dec. 26 rolls around each year, I’m already thinking about the following Christmas and how I can make it extra special for everyone. I always try to prepare early, shopping throughout the year, wrapping gifts as soon as I can and poring through cookbooks for new cookie recipes to try. I love swooning over photos of others’ holiday décor, popping favorite Christmas movies into the DVD player (sometimes even in the middle of the summer) and, on the day after Thanksgiving, unpacking the 20 or so boxes to begin decorating the seven Christmas trees scattered throughout the house. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is sharing my love of the season with readers like you. Throughout the years, the Santa side of me has shipped out ornaments, music and movies to lucky readers. This year, in a nod to my obsession with adding holiday touches to every room of the house — including the powder room — I’d like to give one of you this sleighful of beautiful Christmas bath goodies. Look below to find out how to enter. I wish you the very best this holiday season. And, during this special time of faith, family and friends, let me close with more of Calvin Coolidge’s wise words: “To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Three steps to stay comfortable all year long. 14 PRODUCT PICKS Have yourself an electronic Christmas.



16 INDIANA EATS Carriage on the Square Smokehouse: BBQ to get you back in the saddle. 17 FOOD Candy-coated Christmas: Sharing the sweetness of the season. 20 COVER STORY It’s the season of faith and hope. Charity is also a

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major component of these Hoosier-based companies’ business plans, not just during the holiday season, but all year round. 26 EVENTS CALENDAR 28 SAFETY Snow going: How to get ready for winter.



29 OUTDOORS Squirrel dinner by Chef Jack.

On the cover Luke Wright, founder of MudLove, is “the change” he wanted to see. Each ceramic mug, bracelet and more that MudLove sells provides one week of clean water to someone in need in the Central African Republic. The products are handcrafted at MudLove’s store and studio in downtown Warsaw and are sold in specialty shops and online. PHOTO BY RICHARD G. BIEVER



co-op news “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” CARROLL WHITE REMC P.O. Box 599; Monticello, IN 47960 800-844-7161 (Toll Free) MONTICELLO OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday DELPHI OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday EMAIL CEO Randy W. Price BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin M. Bender, 574-686-2670 4280 W, 700 N, Delphi

Margaret E. Foutch, 219-279-2677 7535 W, 500 S, Chalmers

Gary E. Gerlach, 574-595-7820 9833 S. Base Road, Star City

Kent P. Zimpfer, 765-479-3006 4672 E. Arrow Point Court, Battle Ground

Tina L. Davis, 219-204-2195 7249 W, 600 S, Winamac

Milton D. Rodgers, 765-566-3731 3755 S, 575 E, Bringhurst

Ralph H. Zarse, 219-863-6342 1535 S, 100 E, Reynolds

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Carroll White REMC is to provide members with superior energy and related services, meaningful contributions to their communities and a safe, productive environment for employees. “No job is complete until the member is satisfied.”

IMPORTANT DATES Cycle 1 November bills are due Dec. 5 and are subject to disconnect Dec. 27 if unpaid. Cycle 2 November bills are due Dec. 20 and are subject to disconnect Jan. 8 if unpaid. Meters are read using the Automated Meter Reading system. Cycle 1 meters will be read on Dec. 1. Cycle 2 meters will be read Dec. 15.

HEADING OUT OF TOWN? Remember to unplug electronics that draw a phantom energy load. Some gadgets, like TVs, chargers and gaming consoles, use energy when plugged into an outlet, even when they’re not in use. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


Carroll White REMC’s junior board members pose for a photo. Front row, from left: Katie Kleckner, McKenzie Vogel and Erika Campbell. Back row, from left: Maggie Emmons, Elijah Hudson, Ian Garbison, Andrew Schoen and Rylee Houston.

High schoolers selected for REMC’s junior board of directors


ight students from local high

be giving students hands-on experience

schools will serve on Carroll

with CW REMC, local businesses and

White REMC’s first junior board

nonprofit organizations. They will also

of directors. “This is a distinguished

have the opportunity to meet with other

opportunity for students to contribute

high school students.”

to their community, while building leadership skills,” said Alicia Hanawalt, CW REMC director of human resources.

The CW REMC junior board will meet monthly. It will participate in two community projects per school year.

Junior board members are Twin Lakes

“Students will provide a voice for their

High School juniors McKenzie Vogel

generation on expectations of electric

and Ian Garbison; Twin Lakes High

cooperatives,” Hanawalt said. “We

School seniors Erika Campbell and

look forward to their participation and

Maggie Emmons; Delphi Community


High School juniors Rylee Houston and Elijah Hudson; and Delphi Community High School seniors Katie Kleckner and Andrew Schoen.

“We are very excited about this new opportunity for students,” said CW REMC CEO Randy W. Price. “We require these students to act in a manner

“In October, these students began their

that will earn the continued trust and

junior board of directors training,”

confidence of the public. These students

Hanawalt said. “We believe that by

have the highest standards of conduct

giving high school juniors and seniors

and personal integrity. We look forward

this opportunity, it will help propel

to helping them learn the values of

their educational opportunities while

servant leadership.”

providing career enhancement. We will DECEMBER 2018



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Operation Round Up donations at $763,000 Operation Round Up’s board of trustees granted $14,915.48 to eight local, nonprofit organizations during its fourth quarter. “With this grant cycle of giving, Carroll White REMC has now eclipsed threequarters of a million dollars in giving,” said CEO Randy W. Price. “The total amount donated now stands at $763,000! “CW REMC embraces the cooperative principle of ‘Commitment to Community,’ and our members join with us in upholding that principle,” said Price. “The success of this program illustrates how collectively combining resources is a powerful way to help others!” The Monon Civic Preservation Society received the largest grant in the fourth quarter cycle. Its $5,000 grant will be used to replace the roof on the west side of the Monon Theater. Though once a thriving railroad community, Monon’s economy suffered when rail use declined. The historic downtown theater, built in 1938, however, managed to survive until early in the current century. In 2013, the Monon Civic Preservation Society, an Indiana Landmarks affiliate, purchased the theater with plans to restore it. The all-volunteer group used an Efroymson Family Endangered Places grant to assess the rehabilitation of the theater and the costs involved. The society has worked diligently to repair the auditorium’s roof. “Water poured in through holes in the roof, ran down the aisles and out the back door,” Julie Gutwein, secretary of the society, said about the extensive damage suffered at the theater. The Operation Round Up grant, Gutwein said, will be used for roof repairs over the apartment section of the theater. Approximately a year ago, the Monon Civic Preservation Society and the community gathered for the inaugural lighting of a new marquee. Grants from the North Central Health Services and Tippecanoe Arts Foundation helped finance the Art Deco design marquee. The marquee showcases the bold work being done to save an important piece of

history in downtown Monon. This community’s downtown is designated as a National Register District, and the Monon Theater is an important part of the community’s history. Additional fourth quarter grants included: • The Streets of Monticello Association (S.O.M.A.), $1,000 earmarked to replace Christmas lights in downtown Monticello. • American Legion Post #75 in Carroll County, $2,000 to help shore up its building which is used for veterans and community organizations. • Carroll County Soil and Water, $600 to sponsor an Earth Fair for second grade students. This event promotes recycling. • Carroll County Community Center, $2,500 to replace existing lighting in the facility with more efficient LED lights. • Junior Achievement Carroll County, $750 to help sponsor JA It’s My Business program for 8th grade students at Delphi Community School. This school year, Junior Achievement will reach over 1,100 Carroll County students. • CDC Resources Inc., $2,000 to purchase electronic devices to assist their consumers. • Burlington Community Library, $500 to expand its media collection for library patrons. “We invite all members to be part of this success story,” Price said. “If you’re not rounding up, sign up today to be part of Operation Round Up.”

co-op news

Director nomination petitions The following are the guidelines from

in writing over their signatures not

the bylaws for director nomination pro-

more than three weeks after the district

cedures for Carroll White REMC.

meeting, and the secretary shall post

The bylaws state it shall be the duty of each director to call a meeting of the members of their district during the year in which a director is to be elected for their district at least 75 days prior to the annual meeting, and during such meeting and by the vote of the mem-

the same at the same place where the list of nominations is posted. Nominees and members making such nominations must be from the district in which a director is to be elected. Nominations from the floor at the annual meeting of the members will not be accepted.



bers present from such district, one

The secretary shall be responsible for

person from such district shall be nom-

mailing to each member of the coop-

inated for director for such district and

erative at least 10 days prior to annual

shall be certified by the member teller

meeting, a statement of the number

of such meeting to the board of the

of directors to be elected and showing

cooperative within five days after such

separately the nominations made by

meeting. Persons seeking nomination

the several districts.

the 12-month period commenc-

intent to seek nomination by providing


cooperative’s annual meeting of the

a petition with the signatures of at least

No person shall be eligible to become

15 members at least three weeks before

or remain a director of the cooperative

the designated date for the district


at a district meeting shall declare their

meeting. Such petitions shall be presented to the cooperative headquarters. No nominations from the floor will be received at the district meetings. Each

• is not a member and bona fide resident in the district from which he/ she is nominated; or

• fails to attend two consecutive meetings of the board of directors, including regular and special meetings, or fails to attend three regular or special board meetings during ing the first meeting following the members, unless such absences are attributable to illness, injury, or other just cause as determined by the board of directors. • has been an employee of the cooperative or a subsidiary of the cooperative within the last three years.

candidate seeking nomination shall be

• is or their spouse is, in the opinion

permitted to speak at a district meeting

of the board, employed by or holds

Expiring terms

for the candidate’s district. The Board of

a voting interest in an enterprise

Directors shall determine the maximum

Those directors whose terms expire at

the board reasonably believes to be

time to be allowed for each candidate’s

the next annual meeting June 17, 2019,

competing with the cooperative in



providing services to the coopera-

All nominations and voting at such meeting shall be by secret ballot, and each member present shall cast only one ballot. If two members are candidates, then the member with a majority of the votes shall be certified by the board. If more than two members are candidates for nomination, the member receiving a plurality of the votes shall be certified by the board.

tive or members of the cooperative.

District 2 — Kevin M. Bender

Not-withstanding the foregoing, the

District 4 — Margaret E. Foutch

board may find that such interest is nominal and is of minimal impact on the cooperative. In such case, the

The following are the boundary lines for those districts.

board may waive the conflict of in-

District 2 — The townships of Deer

terest. Further, a director’s election to

Creek, Jackson, Rock Creek, Adams and

the board of directors of the Indiana

Jefferson in Carroll County.

Electric Cooperatives or to Wabash Valley Power Association Inc. does not make such director ineligible

In addition to the district meeting

and does not constitute any conflict

nomination process, any 25 or more

of interest.

District 4 — The townships of Round Grove, West Point, Princeton, Big Creek and Union in White County and Gilboa Township in Benton County.

members may make other nominations



co-op news

Take control of your electric bills!

Community action agencies offer energy assistance Low income residents may be eligible for help to

Carroll White REMC’s PowerShift demand response switch

pay for electric service and heating fuel supplies

installation program, which had been focused solely on water

this winter. Local community action agencies

heaters, is expanding in 2019! Save $30 or more by participating.

have announced Energy Assistance Program (EAP)

You can receive a $30 annual credit if you allow a switch to be

guidelines for the 2018-19 season.

installed on your central air conditioner or a $30 annual credit for a

Eligible applicants must submit requests to their

switch installed on your pool pump. You can elect to install a switch

local community action agencies. Carroll White

on irrigation systems we well.

REMC cannot take applications for EAP.

This switch helps members minimize long-term energy costs by

When applying for the Energy Assistance

adjusting energy consumption during specific times. It’s possible

Program, applicants must provide the following

to save more than 53 megawatts of energy. That translates to


electricity we don’t have to buy and power plants we don’t have to

• Names and Social Security cards for all household

build. This helps keep everyone’s long-term energy costs low. For more details, call Carroll White REMC at 800-844-7161. The deadline to sign up for the additional PowerShift programs is the end of March.

members. • Income documentation for the past 12 months for all household members 18 years of age and over. (Gross income data is needed for calculations.) • Birth dates of all household members. • Renters must provide a copy of their lease agreement or housing affidavit. This affidavit must identify the party responsible for utility bills and who is authorized to live in the housing unit. • Divorced or separated households must provide legal divorce or separation papers or the absent spouse’s income will have to be counted.

Happy holidays!

• All households must provide the most recent heat and electric bills. 2018-19 federal EAP income guidelines: • 1 person in household, $23,372 gross income level

Carroll White REMC’s directors and employees

• 2 people in household, $31,034 gross income level

would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas

• 3 people in household, $38,336 gross income level

and Happy New Year!

• 4 people in household, $45,638 gross income level • 5 people in household, $52,940 gross income level

Our offices will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for

For complete information about obtaining

Christmas and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

emergency energy assistance, contact your local community action agency.




Three steps – seal,


and equip – will keep you comfortable all year long!

With the winter weather temperature drops, you may have noticed your house feeling colder than you remembered last year. Or, you may have been reminded that your HVAC (short for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system isn’t working the way you liked, and that you’ve been meaning to look into ways to improve the situation. Look no further! If you want to improve your comfort during the cold (and, for that matter, warmer months), here are the three steps you should take:

If your home feels chilly, it could be from

Properly insulate your house to maximize comfort. Many

cold air making its way into your house.

houses can benefit from additional

Make sure you have the proper systems to heat and cool your home. After you have

You should search for and seal any air

insulation. This step should be taken after

sealed air leaks and properly insulated your

leaks. Search your home, high and low.

sealing air leaks. Air moving through the

home, you can check into new equipment.

I’m being literal here! The most important

insulation decreases its benefits. If part

Now that some of your house’s issues are

leaks to seal are up high in your attic and

of your HVAC’s ductwork is located in the

resolved, you may need smaller equipment

down low in your basement or crawlspace.

attic space, it is especially important to seal

to properly heat and cool your home to keep

Framing and places where plumbing or

that ductwork and bury it in insulation.

you comfortable. A smaller, right-sized, and

electrical wiring or ducts poke through the

By adding insulation properly, your HVAC

more energy-efficient system will reduce

ceiling also need to be checked. Sealing air

system will have to work less to maintain

your electricity use, which will help save

leaks keeps your warm, cozy air inside,

the temperature in your house, saving you

you money well into the future.

which also prevents cold outside air from

electricity and money.

Seal air leaks to prevent drafts.

coming into your basement or crawlspace.

The best way to diagnose potential issues in your home is to schedule an

recommendations on steps you can take to improve your home’s energy

Jeremy Montgomery

efficiency. If your home’s HVAC system is older than 8 years old, you may want

Parke County REMC

energy audit. You can contact your local electric cooperative’s energy advisor for details. Your co-op may even be able to provide the audit, which includes

to start researching replacement systems. You can get an idea of what options – and rebates – are out there to keep you comfortable all year long!






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Mid-term recap elections


BY SCOTT BOWERS Although most political pundits

Meanwhile, both chambers of


projected a Democratic “Blue Wave”

the Indiana General Assembly

to occur in the 2018 midterm elec-

will again see Republican super

tion, Indiana remained solidly red.

majorities. Despite marginal gains

40 10

by the Democrats in the state


Control of the U.S. Senate hung in the balance in the race between incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican challenger Mike Braun. Polling throughout indicated a close race, but

hold a 40-10 seat advantage in the Indiana Senate and a 67-33 seat

serve as Speaker of the House.

67 33

State Sen. Rod Bray replaces


advantage in the Indiana House.


Indiana Secretary of State Connie

percent. With Braun’s victory,

Lawson, State Auditor Tera Klutz

Indiana will be represented by two

and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell,

Republican senators for the first

all Republicans, were all decisively

time since 1998.

re-elected on Nov. 6.

Indiana’s five Republican and

No matter the outcome of the

two Democrat incumbent

election, Indiana’s electric

House members were all easily

cooperatives have always worked

re-elected. In the state’s two

constructively and successfully

open seat congressional races,

with elected officials from both

Republican Jim Baird (4th District)

parties on state and federal level

and Republican Greg Pence (6th

issues important to our industry

District) both notched significant

and the 1.3 million Hoosiers served

wins, receiving 64 percent of the

by our member cooperatives.

vote. For the first time since 2010, Democrats will control the U.S.




Pro Tem of the Senate.

defeated Donnelly



retiring David Long as President

ultimately Braun 51 percent to 45

legislative races, Republicans will

State Rep. Brian Bosma will again

the campaign


SCOTT BOWERS is vice president of government relations at Indiana Electric Cooperatives.





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product picks

Have yourself an





Remember the good old days, when a handful of plastic Army men and a broomstick horse could make a kid happy for hours? Today, the toys are a bit more complicated but just as much fun. Here are some


electronic gifts to bring smiles to the kids on your gift list. by JAY N E C A N N ON
















Finally — a loyal companion for your child that doesn’t require feeding or daily walks. Meet Cozmo Robot, a tiny computer that syncs to a phone or tablet, plays games, expresses emotion and evolves as you get to know him. With the included Code Lab, your child can customize Cozmo into a perfect sidekick. $180. 888-280-4331;

The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX lets your little one be part of the smart watch craze at an age-appropriate level. The watch features a camera for photos and videos, plus special effects, a calculator and a calendar. It comes in a variety of bright, fun colors. $55. 888-280-4331;

Little ones can work on math and reasoning skills with the Trademark Games Pretend Electronic Cash Register, which comes with play bills and coins, food, a basket, and even a bank card for make-believe spending. A working calculator tracks prices, and the cash register lights and sounds will help keep it real for your tiny merchant. $30. 800-462-3966;

Tired of sharing tablet time with your child? Here’s the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet, a kidoriented computer that’s not a toy. It includes access to games and educational content. You can even add Netflix, but don’t worry — the tablet has parental controls and a kid-proof case. $160. 888-280-4331;

Do you have a future Grammy winner on your gift list? You’ll be Santa of the Year when you give the Karaoke USA DVD/ CDG/MP3G Karaoke Machine with Screen/ Bluetooth/LED Display. Young singers will sing along into a professional microphone — to 300 included songs. A second microphone is included for duets. $220. 800-462-3966;

Got a budding LeBron on your gift list? Let your young athlete practice anywhere with the Franklin Sports Rebound Pro Frame Basketball Game. Features eight game options and a built-in digital scoreboard, and folds away when the season is over. $160. 800-462-3966;



Indiana eats

BBQ to get you back in the saddle BY NICK ROGERS In the days of horse-drawn carriages, the Greensburg carriage house was a place to park your ride. This former spot for steeds to sit back and relax is now a Decatur County restaurant halfway between Indianapolis and

CARRIAGE ON THE SQUARE 117 N. Broadway St. Greensburg, Indiana

Cincinnati to which barbecue fans often giddy


up and go.

Tuesday through Friday: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

After a successful run of smoked meat sales

Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

from a food truck, Hans Schreiber opened

Carriage on the Square Smokehouse six years ago. The usual suspects, smoked fresh and in-house, are all there — pulled pork, brisket, chicken and (after 5 p.m.) ribs. Schreiber also smokes corned beef, slings smokehouse burritos, and offers some grits and mac-and-cheese dishes. He also puts his own barbecue-style spin on nachos — the Walking Pony for the sweeter side and the Running Pony for the spicier touch — and loaded, smoked potatoes (the Wobbling Carriage or, for a bit of a kick, the Runaway Carriage). Whatever your selection, slather it with one of six sauces or fixings named for Schreiber’s mother, aunt and four uncles. There’s the Linda Rose (sweet Kansas City style), Chad (spicy Kansas City), Faith (Carolina mustard), Art (creamy smoke sauce), Rolland (mild horseradish cream) and Gery (coleslaw topping). Plus, if you pay with cash, you can save 5 percent off your bill. If you’ve still got room — or just an unyielding sweet tooth — sample such ice cream options as graham cracker or key lime pie. Be careful, though: Once you’ve savored the flavors at Carriage on the Square, not even wild horses might be able to drag you away. Nick Rogers is a communications manager with Purdue Agricultural Communications.




Candy-coated Christmas

Crock-Pot Candy by Gale Rhodes, Battle Ground 1½ lbs. white chocolate

Layer these ingredients in the

(almond bark)

order given in the Crock Pot.

4 oz. German baking chocolate squares 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips 24 oz. dry roasted peanuts (lightly salted is best)

Cook on low for 2 hours. Stir and drop by teaspoonsful onto wax paper-covered cookie sheets. Cool. Makes 6 dozen candies.

Bonus recipe at

See J. Johnson’s recipe for Something Sweet.




Cream Cheese Mints

Peanut Butter Snowballs

by Mike Hackman, Columbus

by Riley Carothers, Elizabethtown

1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese (room temperature)

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2½ cups confectioners’ sugar

½ cup creamy peanut butter

Red food coloring

3 T. butter, softened

Cinnamon flavoring

1 lb. white candy coating, coarsely chopped

Green food coloring Mint flavoring

In a bowl, combine the sugar, peanut butter and butter.

Granulated sugar

Shape into 1-inch balls and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.

Beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until consistency of pie dough. Separate into two equal portions. In one portion, add drops of red food coloring and cinnamon flavoring. In other portion, add drops of green food coloring and mint flavoring. Mix together each individual portion. Pinch off small piece of cream cheese mixture. Roll into ball. Pour granulated sugar into a bowl; roll ball in sugar. Press into silicone candy molds and turn out at once. Cook’s note: Can be eaten immediately or stored in the refrigerator indefinitely! This is a fun activity that you can involve even small children in!



Meanwhile, melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Dip balls in melted candy coating. Cook’s note: Dark, white or milk chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes labeled “almond bark” or “candy coating” and is often sold in bulk packages. It is the product used for dipping chocolate. A substitute for 6 oz. chocolate coating would be 1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet, dark or white chocolate chips and 1 T. shortening melted together.



MudLove founder Luke Wright stands in the company’s break area where his employees are surrounded by the company’s motto: “Our collective purpose is to disrupt patterns of brokenness through thoughtful and creative pursuit of love.”

Gifts that keep on BY BRIAN D. SMITH While his fellow Hoosiers go gift shopping in the falling snow, Luke Wright will spend December selling items that promote running water. Wright’s craft studio/retail store in Warsaw, known as MudLove, specializes in pottery, bracelets, necklaces and other handmade creations. But there’s a heart behind the art: 20 percent of all profits go to Water for Good, a Winona Lake-based organization that drills fresh-water wells in the impoverished Central African Republic. As Wright explains, “We want our products to be a tool for putting love into action.” Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the state, the entire inventory of Amerie Boutique supports charitable causes near and far. A cotton sweater contributes to fair wages for disadvantaged women in Peru. A backpack repurposes scrap leather from India while offering enhanced opportunities to local artisans. A bracelet provides funding and job training for the residents of an addiction recovery program in Kentucky. “Our slogan is, ‘Shop with a purpose,’” says owner Gina Mullis, 34, of Evansville. In this season of giving, Indiana businesses like MudLove and Amerie exemplify the spirit of giving back. They hope to stir the humanitarian instincts of shoppers by offering them more charitable bang for their buck.




From left, Tim Strider, Beth Prall and Bryce Hoffhein — all employees at MudLove — work on the clay bracelets by punching the shape and holes out with specially designed equipment. They use Xacto knives to perfect the clay pieces.


o what’s the meaning of

destructive lifestyle,” Wright says. “But I

the bigger question of what had caused

MudLove? Wright, 33, who felt

spent my last two or three semesters in

it in the first place.

a divine calling to use his art for

the ceramic studio as much as I could.

the benefit of others, sought a name

That was where I found my peace and

that would literally and figuratively

my joy and my passion.”

symbolize his mission. ”Clay without

His path from college student to business owner was more haphazard than choreographed. A pre-pharmacy major at Indiana Wesleyan University, he was doodling idly in biology class one day when an epiphany struck. Wright, who had dabbled in art since

Mullis, of Amerie (pronounced AMer-ie), had already found her passion when a life-changing event rocked her world. Having spent six years teaching middle school English and



wonder about the future symptoms, severity and progression of their disease.

she resolved not to let MS rule her

young students in her care.

life. A friend suggested that the stylish

strange tingling in her arms, and by

his own life. “I was leading a fairly

well understood, so patients can only

opportunity to guide and educate the

he missed the creative process.

miles away – but first he had to refocus

the central nervous system. MS is not

Mullis decided to stop teaching, but

Then one morning she woke up to a

improve the lives of people nearly 7,000

sclerosis, an incurable, unpredictable

coaching cheerleading, she relished the

childhood, suddenly realized how much

That recognition would lead him to try to

yielded the chilling diagnosis: multiple and often incapacitating disease of

water is dust,” he says, “and the same is true for us.”

Several months of medical tests

week’s end she had lost feeling in her hands and feet. Mullis spent the next five days receiving steroid infusions of up to 12 straight hours, which alleviated the numbness. But that didn’t answer

educator open a clothing store, which appealed to her – kind of. “Something was missing,” she recalls. “I didn’t want to just sell clothes. I was coming from teaching, so it made sense to continue doing something where I could give to others.”

Her answer was Amerie, whose name is a combination of “amity” (friendship) and “reverie” (a state of dreamy meditation). After compiling a lengthy list of possible monikers, Mullis settled on Amerie “because the ‘A’ pops up first on searches.”

Wright knew little about business when he began selling his own creations. “But I had clay and I had ideas, and I was excited about clean water,” he says, noting that his family had attended church with Water for Good founder Jim Hocking. “He was fed up with people dying [from contaminated water], and I loved his story.” Wright first set up shop in a Winona Lake garage, and using an antique alphabet stamp set inherited from his grandmother, he created ceramic bracelets bearing affirmative messages such as “hope,” “faith” and “love.” Although he now disparages those early efforts as “pretty ugly,” the $1 bracelets found a following, attracting not only repeat customers, but purchases of five, 10 and other multiples at a time. He founded MudLove a year later, in 2009, and in the ensuing near-decade has raised $450,000 for clean water. His shop gained unexpected national attention in 2016 when Warsaw native Ben Higgins, who appeared on Season 20 of the reality TV show “The Bachelor,” visited MudLove during a hometown promotional stop and wound up wearing a “hope” bracelet around his wrist in all 12 episodes. A Washington Post story about the “electric-blue string bracelet with a

Gina Mullis displays some of the products her company, Amerie, sells. While in the process of opening a new storefront in downtown Evansville, Mullis kept a rack of clothes and other items handy in the small office of her apartment for private DECEMBER 2018sales events.


small clay plate” generated additional buzz, prompting a collaborative effort on behalf of Higgins’ favorite charity, Humanity and Hope United Foundation, which funds projects for the poor in Honduras. Higgins agreed to publicize the effort, and Wright agreed to donate half the proceeds of “hope” bracelet sales, which amounted to about $60,000. Wright supports local charities, too: The original garage in Winona Lake now hosts a “give back gift shop” called Belove (be-LOVE), featuring the wares of both MudLove and wife Whitney’s handmade jewelry business, Bel Kai. A homeless shelter, a battered women’s shelter and a nonprofit art studio have received donations from Belove, whose jewelry line includes everything from handmade necklaces and earrings to custom pieces sporting song lyrics and company logos.

Amerie, which turned 4 years old in November, began with five charitable brands and now handles 80, stocking products from 15 to 20 brands at a time. A common label is “fair trade,” meaning wages and working conditions adhere to accepted guidelines. Mullis is in the process of relocating her business from Newburgh to an Evansville storefront. Before that, she was reaping about 70 percent of her revenue from the shop and the other 30 percent online. Internet sales have skyrocketed during the transition, which would lead some business owners to consider operating online exclusively.

At MudLove’s retail store and studio in Warsaw, visitors will find a bin of small clay “plates” with a large variety of messages and words that can be used for necklaces or bracelets.

Left: Gina Mullis playfully peaks through a “Live Laugh Love” metal cutout — one of the home décor items she sells. Below: Cam Mutchler, one of MudLove’s newest employees, applies glaze to what will become bracelets. After graduating from high school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this past spring, the ceramics artist came to Warsaw to work at MudLove. “I felt God calling me to use the talent He gave me to give back to people in need,” he said.

But the bricks-and-mortar boutique is more than just a retail space to Mullis, says her mother, Tina Bowman of Indianapolis. “She has to have that interaction,” explains Bowman, who worked for 26 years at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “She struggles financially, physically and emotionally, but this is what keeps her going.” Mullis acknowledges that Amerie is therapy for her – a positive pushback against a disease that leaves many patients debilitated and despondent – and she’d rather give back than give up. She has yet to take a salary from her business and works a second job as a student advisor for an Indiana digital school system. Still, every day at the boutique gives the former teacher a chance to continue educating. “There’s so much more meaning than just buying a shirt when you can hear the story behind it,” she says. “It’s not just shopping anymore – you’re part of an experience.”

I didn’t want to just sell clothes. I was coming from teaching, so it made sense to continue doing something where I could give to others.


Brian D. Smith is a freelance journalist from Greenwood. DECEMBER 2018



FLAGSHIP STORES: MudLove: 122 S. Buffalo St. Warsaw, IN 46580 Belove: 804 Park Ave. Winona Lake, IN 46590 Visit apps/locations to see more retailers. Partners with Water for Good so each purchased product provides one week of clean water to someone in the Central African Republic.

AMERIE WWW.AMERIE.ORG Based in Evansville and available online 317-694-4770 Supports a variety of non-profit organizations and carries brands that give back. Potter Juan Lopez carefully finishes off what will become a MudLove tumbler on the wheel.




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“A CHRISTMAS STORY COMES HOME,” Hammond (Lake), Indiana Welcome Center. View scenes from the holiday movie classic. Enjoy special events, contests and photos with Santa. Take your picture with “Flick” on the flagpole and browse the official “A Christmas Story” merchandise in the gift shop. Center hours vary. Free. 219-989-7979. KOUTS CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSES, Kouts (Porter), citywide. Visit local craftsmen and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Lunch served on Saturday. Maps available online. Free. 219-405-1452. christmas.


NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH THE TIME TRAVELERS, Delphi (Carroll), Delphi Opera House. Classic rock songs from the early days to the present. 9 pmmidnight. Tickets, $30. 765-5644300. info@delphioperahouse. org.



CHRISTMAS WALK, Terre Haute (Vigo), Fowler Park. Walk through the village and visit our pioneer volunteers in their 19th century cabins. For a small fee, enjoy carriage rides, crafts, hot drinks, and sweet treats. Stop into the gift shop for many homemade items. 4-9 pm. Free. 812-462-3392.


PURDUE CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY WINTER WORKS 2018 DANCE CONCERT, West Lafayette (Tippecanoe), Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University. The company will perform Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The selected eight new dance works by dance faculty and student artists will take place in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre. Tickets: $14 adults, $11 students, $7 children (12 & under). 765494-5993.


KOKOMO NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION, Kokomo (Howard), downtown courthouse square. Annual lighted ball drop, live music, fun activities and fireworks. 10:30 pmmidnight. Free. 765-457-5301. downtown-events.



BEDFORD CHRISTMAS AROUND THE SQUARE, Bedford (Lawrence), Downtown Square. Live entertainment, craft vendors, chili supper, free Santa photos, kids’ barrel train rides, and window decorating contest. Illuminated parade, 6 pm. Free. 812-329-4221.


SANTA CLAUS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION, Santa Claus (Spencer). Roast chestnuts on an open fire, drive through Santa Claus Land of Lights and write a letter to Santa. Free. 812-937-4199. SantaClausInd. org/Christmas. Event also takes place on Dec. 7-9 and 14-16.




BUDDY JEWELL, Mitchell (Lawrence), Mitchell Opera House. Country star Jewell will perform a variety of his hit songs along with some Christmas tunes to celebrate the season! Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at 7 pm. 812-849-4447. aprince@



CHRISTMAS IN SHIPSHEWANA, Shipshewana (LaGrange), townwide. Light parade and tree lighting ceremony. Other holiday events include a “Gift of Lights” drive-through light display, Chocolate Day, Kids Day and Santa visit. Free. 866-631-9675. Event runs through Dec. 31.


NOBLE COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF COOKIES, CANDIES AND CRAFTS, Albion (Noble), Dekko Room, Noble County Office Complex South (2090 N. State Road 9). Homemade cookies and candies will be for sale at $7 per pound along with crafts for sale. 8 am-1 pm. 260636-2111.


SHIPSHEWANA ICE FESTIVAL, Shipshewana (LaGrange), downtown. Watch experienced ice carvers compete and create sculptures representing local merchants! $5 admission for chili cook-off. Pins for sale at participating merchants and at chili cook-off. Pin ensures January discounts. Check website for times. Free. 866-631-9675.



METAMORA CHRISTMAS WALK, Metamora (Franklin), Business District. Santa, carolers and lanterns along the Whitewater Canal. Shops open until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. Event hours vary. Free. 765-647-1212. Event runs until Dec. 16.


15TH ANNUAL HOLIDAYS UNDER THE SPIRES, Oldenburg (Franklin), Town Hall. Spend the day in the Village of Spires enjoying entertainment, old world style. 10 am-8:30 pm. Free. 866-647-6555.


WINTER WINE WALK, Corydon (Harrison), downtown. Sample wines from Southern Indiana wineries and do some holiday shopping. $15 admission fee includes souvenir glass for participants, hors d’oeuvres, and plenty of wine sampling. 3-7 pm. 888-738-2137.

This calendar is published as a service to readers and the communities electric cooperatives serve. Electric Consumer publishes events free of charge as space allows, giving preference to free community festival and events in and around areas served by subscribing REMCs/RECs. While Electric Consumer strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time may change without notice. Electric Consumer advises using contact phone numbers or internet sites to check times and dates of events before making plans. To add events to Calendar, please use the “Submit and Event” form under the “Talk to Us” or “Calendar” buttons at; or mail your info to: Calendar, Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224. Please submit info two months before the date of the event.



safety outdoors

STORM KIT: Preparing your car for winter safety

Snow going


INSTALL WINTER WIPERS. Just be sure to remove them once spring rolls around. INSTALL WINTER TIRES. If you can see your breath, it’s time to install winter tires. KEEP WASHER FLUID FULL. Consider keeping a


he best time of the year to start winterizing your home is before the temperatures start to drop

and snow is already on the ground, but if you’re reading this and haven’t already made those small changes to your home, consider this your nudge to get started! Preparing your home for cold temperatures doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Understanding how to winterize your home to keep it running smoothly will not only keep you safe, but

• Insulate pipes in exposed or unheated areas.

spare bottle or two in the trunk.

• Keep your thermostat above 55 F.


• On especially cold days, open cabinets

PRESSURE. You should

to let warm air reach sink pipes.

Roof damage To avoid rooftop water damage from clogged gutters, clean your gutters after the last leaf of the season falls. This will keep ice and water from building up

check pressure more regularly during winter and refill your tires as needed. KEEP THE GAS TANK AT LEAST HALF FULL.

around the foundation of your home,

A full tank can help prevent

which could possibly cause leaking on

gas line freeze ups. Not

Protecting pipes

your roof.

only that, but if you’re ever

This winter, plan ahead for burst pipes,

Before a storm hits, have a professional

stranded, your engine may

water and tree damage, and unexpected

check the trees around your home.

be the only thing to keep you

power outages. Knowing how to prepare

Dead or dying limbs on your trees will

for these common incidences can be

most likely fall during the first big storm,

warm until help arrives.

beneficial to you and the safety of your

causing damage to not only your home


but possibly to your neighbors’ homes as

it will keep your energy bill lower, too.

If a pipe does burst in your home, avoid electrocution by calling your electric cooperative right away to turn off your electricity before going down in a basement or before touching any plugged-in appliances.



Winter appliances

unable to see behind you

When preparing for winter weather,

could create unsafe driving

remember to check on winter appliances


that have been stored away. Look over appliances like snowblowers and


Here’s how you can protect your pipes

generators to be sure the wiring isn’t

this winter:

cracked and that all other parts are in

KIT: ice scraper, bag of sand

• Turn off outdoor faucets and have

working order.

sprinkler systems blown out by a

Start preparing your home for winter


now and enjoy the comforts of knowing

• Drain outdoor hoses. • Remove and drain window A/C units.



you and your family will be safe from

and a shovel, cell phone, flares, first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, jumper cables, warm clothing,

unexpected dangers in and around your

non-perishable food and


beverage items.


Squirrel Dinner by Chef Jack

garlic and onion. After marinating for two hours, I drained and dried the pieces of squirrel, lightly coated them with hot sauce and rolled them in a flour dredge, then browned them in peanut oil in an iron skillet. Once browned on both sides, the squirrel


pieces were placed in a foil lined broiler

I haven’t had much of a chance to get out

water. He quickly bagged them up for me,

pan, covered and sautéed in homemade

and challenge the squirrel population this

and I was on my way.

blackberry wine, garlic, adobo, onion, and

Four squirrels were too much for my wife

red pepper. I slow-cooked the squirrel

year. The ones raiding the bird feeder and those making forays across our yard to the neighbor’s butternut trees live under an unspoken umbrella of protection here

and me to eat at one sitting, and I planned on fixing two and freezing two.

on the home front. However, their wood-

When I got home, my wife said, “Why

land cousins are fair game.

don’t you invite my sister, LeaAnn, and

On the way home from work a couple

our brother-in-law, Warren, for a squirrel

pieces at 275 F for three hours and basted them several times with the thickened blackberry wine sauce. The results were excellent! Paired with blackberry wine, the meal included


mashed potatoes, fresh sweet corn, home-

time friend and veteran squirrel hunter

I checked to see if they were “game” for

the pan drippings from the iron skillet. As

Bill Barker. I found Bill in his usual place…

some wild game. Warren couldn’t re-

for the squirrel, it was full flavored with a

standing at his work bench and fine tun-

member ever eating squirrel, and LeaAnn

touch of blackberry and fall-off-the-bone

ing one of his classic turkey calls. Before I

thought it was years ago, and she remem-


left, he casually commented, “Would you

bered it as being tough. But they said they

like to take home four squirrels I killed

were up to the challenge.

The meal got rave reviews!

Having gnawed on many a squirrel leg,

It never fails to surprise me when I see

weeks ago, I stopped by to see my long-

this morning? Karen and I have eaten about all the squirrel we want this fall.” You betcha, Bill!

I know how a fox squirrel, when fried by even the best cooks, can be tough and

made bread and squirrel gravy made from

individuals taste exotic fish or wild game for the first time and then say how good


it tastes. If wild fare is given good care

I was surprised and greatly pleased to

I made up my mind to try to make their

can’t beat the things that come from our

see Bill walk to his garage refrigerator,

wild game experience an enjoyable and

Good Lord’s larder for flavor or taste.

open the door and point to four young

tasty affair. Donning my chef’s hat, I

fox squirrels, cleaned and soaking in salt

quartered the squirrels and proceeded to

Thinking I might have squirrels to clean,

marinate the pieces in a dry red wine with

in the field and is properly prepared, you

Over the years, we have eaten and cooked just about anything you can name from the woodland and waters, and we’ve dined on a bunch of other exotic species as well… raccoon, muskrat, ‘possum, beaver, bison, quail, pheasant, prairie chicken, duck, goose, wild turkey, groundhog and so many more. However, I draw the line when it comes to the insect world. I’ll leave the dining on bugs, worms and such to the likes of Andrew Zimmern.

Squirrel… it’s what’s for dinner!

JACK SPAULDING is a state outdoors writer and a consumer of RushShelby Energy living along the Flatrock River in Moscow. Readers with questions or comments can write to him in care of Electric Consumer or email

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pets safe during the holidays Keeping your The holidays are wonderful times for

prevent anxiety and carsickness. Have

inflammation of the pancreas, which can

families and friends. But they aren’t

veterinary records handy in case of

be life-threatening. Keep pets on a normal

without risks for our animal companions.


diet even though they may try to persuade

“Whether you are leaving your pet at home or traveling with them during the

ORNAMENTS. When using holiday

you not to!

decorations, remember that pets don’t

NEW PETS. Many love the thought of

understand the words “breakable,”

surprising somebody with a new puppy or

“family heirloom,” or “sentimental value.”

kitten on Christmas morning. However,

Rambunctious dogs, cats, and ferrets have

because the holiday household is full of

been known to topple many an ornament

hustle and bustle, decorations, toys, treats,

and knick-knack, and sometimes even

and stress, the excitement can cause a

whole Christmas trees. Help prevent

new pet to be confused or overstimulated.

mishaps by keeping larger and weightier

If you’ve decided it’s time for a new family

ornaments close to the floor, and valuable

member, consider waiting until the week

VISITORS. Pets can sometimes be

ornaments out of reach from curious

after the holiday. Puppy- or kitten-proof

overexcited, confused, or frightened by

mouths, noses, and wagging tails. Keep

the house, and introduce your new pet

the onslaught of holiday guests. You can

knick-knacks on shelves inaccessible to

into a quiet, safe environment.

help by keeping your pet in a quiet part of

your animal companions. Also, make sure

the house, and making sure he/she has

Christmas trees are tethered to a nearby

a safe retreat from children and well-

wall or window frame if you have ferrets

intentioned visitors.

or cats fond of climbing.

TINSEL. Long, skinny pieces of plastic


or string can be very dangerous to

greenery like holly, ivy, poinsettia, pine,

our furry friends. Cats and kittens are

cedar, balsam,

especially attracted to shiny tinsel. If

amaryllis, and

eaten, thin pieces of string or tinsel can

mistletoe can be

cause the intestines to bunch up, and

very toxic if a pet

can even cut through the intestinal

ingests them. Visit

wall. Either situation could be fatal, and

the ASPCA for a full list

would certainly necessitate a trip to the

of poisonous plants. If you


have an emergency, you can

holidays, planning is necessary to ensure they are safe,” said Dr. Steve Thompson, Purdue Veterinary Medicine clinical associate professor of small animal community practice. The following list can help pet owners as they consider safety for their animal companions during the holiday season:

TRAVELING. Pet owners who travel and leave their pet at home can board

call the animal poison control hotline at 1-888-426-4435.

the animal or find someone to watch

OVEREATING. People aren’t

it at home. Before boarding a pet, do

the only ones who sometimes

your homework and get references

indulge in too much of a

to ensure you’re using a high quality

good thing. Table scraps,

kennel. Animals should receive standard

garbage raiding, and counter

vaccinations about two weeks before

surfing can add up to lots of

boarding to ensure they have built up

rich food in a pet’s stomach,

the proper antibodies against common

which may lead to stomach

diseases. Animals that travel with you

upset. Even worse, too much

might need a mild sedative to help

rich food can lead to serious



Be sure to contact your veterinarian in case of a holiday crisis. In cases of emergency, contact the Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Emergency and Critical Care team at 765-494-1107.

Wabash Valley Power news

Insulation Invitation:

Encourage the heat to stay in your house this holiday season

With all the planning this holiday season,

An inefficient system costs more to heat

and may even personally do the audit.

home improvement projects may be the

and maintain water temperature. A test

The audit will include a thorough review

last thing on your mind. Yet with the

to see if you need more insulation is

of your home’s energy use, identifying

arriving winter weather, one thing is

simple: Touch your water heater to see if

potential areas of concern and even

certain: Your wallet won’t just feel lighter

it is noticeably warm. If it is, you should

recommendations to resolve them.

because of presents! Heating bills for the

consider adding an insulating blanket

winter months can add even more stress

by carefully following the directions. If

Taking a few steps will help improve the

to the season. Fortunately, you can take

the water heater is not warm, there is no

comfort — and energy cost — of your

steps now to help reduce your energy

need to add more insulation.

home all year long. Your local electric cooperative may even offer POWER

bill and maintain your home’s comfort. Properly insulating your home will

Insulate your water lines.

MOVES® rebates for qualifying upgrades

encourage the heat to stay in your home

Adding insulation to your hot water pipes

to equipment in your home. Contact

— and prevent your heating system from

can help keep your water hot longer,

your local electric cooperative or visit

working harder, which costs you money.

reducing the time it can take to get hot to learn more.

Here are some steps to take:

water to your fixtures. If your water pipes are exposed to colder air, such as an

Seal up your ceiling, attic and air ducts.

unconditioned basement or crawlspace,

If you read our article in September’s

even more sense.

properly insulating the water lines makes

Electric Consumer or this month’s

Parke County REMC, then you know the

A home energy audit will help identify problems — and solutions.

importance of properly sealing your

If you want to learn more, you

home. Gaps around lighting, pipes and

should contact the energy

other cut-outs can cause heat to escape.

advisor at your local electric

Expandable foam can be used to fill the

cooperative. He/she can

cracks and prevent escaping air. You

provide details on a

also can review the air ducts to ensure

home energy audit

energy column (on page 10) by Jeremy Montgomery, the energy advisor at

they are air sealed and well-insulated. Since the ductwork carries the air you’ve paid to heat, any gaps or poor insulation can prevent that toasty warm air from reaching the rooms in your home.

Insulate your (older) water heater. If you have an older water heater, you may have an inefficient water heater.





Five middle school students join the ranks of community service award winners Every year since 2009, five community service-minded middle school students have been awarded Youth Power and Hope Awards from Indiana Electric Cooperatives and its magazine, Electric Consumer. This year’s winners — two sixth graders and three eighth graders from throughout the state — prove you’re never too young to make an impact in your world. All of these busy volunteers play key roles in helping others in their schools or communities. Each of the Youth Power and Hope Award recipients will receive $500. They are also being honored at the Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting on Dec. 4.

Elysia Laub, Lowell Sixth grade, Lowell Middle School Daughter of Andrew and Heidi Laub Although Elysia Laub is only 11 years old, she’s well versed in community service. She and her family participate in their church’s Angel Tree at Christmastime, she raises money and participates in a walk for the poor and she makes Valentine’s Day cards for veterans. But her greatest impact was borne from a classroom activity conceived by her fifth grade teacher, Kerri Coapstick. During Coapstick’s “Genius Hour” on Fridays, students can pursue a topic they are passionate about. “While my other students were finding the best recipe to make slime or experimenting with art techniques, Elysia’s passion was to organize, promote and facilitate a school-wide food drive for the local food pantry,” Coapstick noted in her recommendation letter for Laub. As a result of Laub’s project, the school collected enough donations to fill the back of a pickup truck. “I did this food drive because I don’t think anyone should have to go hungry,” Laub said. “If want to change things, I have to do something. I can’t just sit around and wait.”



Campbell Lively, Kokomo Sixth grade, Hamilton Heights Middle School

Nathan Jekel, Floyds Knobs Eighth grade, Highland Hills Middle School

Daughter of Carrie Lively

Son of Mike and Elizabeth Jekel

When Campbell Lively built an “ARK" to ensure homeless community members would be warm in the wintertime, she started from the bottom up. ARK stands for Acts of Random Kindness, a program she created this summer. She came up with the business plan at camp, then began working on ways to make money to turn ARK into a reality. She raised $126 through sales of homemade friendship bracelets. With that money, she bought material to begin making blankets to sell and also donate to those in need. In three months, she raised over $1,300 for ARK.

For Nathan Jekel, community service is a lifestyle. “When someone helps someone else create a better life, then they can be inspired to help someone else,” he said. In just one year, Jekel has logged in over 200 hours of community service. He is a member of the Youth Leadership Board for Miles for Merry Miracles, a youth-led organization focused on improving and enhancing communities through youth development and wellness initiatives.

“Even though I am helping others, I am really the one who ends up feeling good about the service I am doing,” Lively said. “I have learned so much by giving back to others.” Jared Bourff, one of her sixth grade teachers, said he is motivated by her positive attitude and how she helps others. “She reminds me to pay it forward every chance I get,” he said. “Campbell has not only shown me what it means to be selfless, but also what it means to be a servant leader in her community.”

Jekel has since become a leader of Good to Grow Green, teaching over 500 elementary school students about healthy lifestyles, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and philanthropy. This summer, Jekel helped launch Teens for Tobacco Twenty-one (T4TT), which educates parents and students about the harmful effects of tobacco products and advocates raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco to 21. In addition to his other community-based activities, Jekel serves on the youth advisory board for his Indiana state senator, Sen. Ron Grooms.

Elliott Rosswurm, Attica Eighth grade, Attica Jr./Sr. High School Son of Nathan and Suzanne Rosswurm This junior high student council president helped found the “Start with Hello,” campaign at Attica Jr./Sr. High School. Inspired by a movement started by parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, the campaign was designed to get students to talk to others who may not be in their “friend” group. As part of the initiative, inspirational notes were placed on every locker at Rosswurm’s school, hot chocolate was provided to students and at lunch numbers were drawn to encourage students to sit at random tables to meet others. Student Council sponsor Rachel Swank said he went “above and beyond to make his classmates feel included and help end social isolation.” Another student council-led program that Rosswurm helped organize focused

on raising money to purchase four new microwaves for his elementary school. Through school-wide “dress up days,” such as pajama day, hat day and boot day, the student council raised enough money to purchase the microwaves in just a week. In addition to his involvement in student council, Rosswurm volunteers at a local animal shelter and is an active 4-H member. “Both student council and 4-H have provided me the opportunity to be involved in my community and to make a difference,” Rosswurm said.

Zeta Whitmer, Rochester Eighth grade, Rochester Middle School Daughter of Phil and Christa Whitmer Zeta Whitmer’s community service outreach is as near as her Fulton County community and as far as Uganda.

member of Rochester Middle School’s “Champions Together” program. "Champions Together” is a collaborative partnership between the Indiana High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics Indiana. It promotes servant leadership among student athletes and those with intellectual disabilities. Whitmer plans “Champions Together” activities and gives speeches about the program. Her school has been selected to be the state’s fourth official banner school. As president of her school’s National Junior Honor Society, Whitmer plans group community service projects and talks with local business leaders to discover ways to help the community. Within her school, her sixth grade social studies teacher Dan Bailey noted Whitmer spearheaded a campaign which impacted her fellow students. “One of Zeta’s ideas was to write inspirational messages on the walls of the school and bathrooms to address the self-image concerns that many middle school students struggle with.” Whitmer said one of the “coolest” things she has done to serve others is to make bracelets for and correspond with 23 Ugandan children.

Whitmer is president and executive board



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responsibilities in a day 1. Calibrate electric meters at consumers’ homes. 2. Complete routine equipment inspections. 3. Locate and mark underground lines.

Brad Wentworth Meter Technician Noble REMC

How long have you been in your position? I started in 1998 as a meter reader and this position in 2006.

What education and training was needed for this position? Our advanced metering infrastructure allows the cooperative and consumers to monitor electricity use in almost real time. I had to learn how this equipment works and about the tools I use to keep the meters functioning properly.

What part of your job do you find to be most fulfilling? I spend more time in public relations than most would think, and it’s one of my favorite parts. I know I’ll be interacting with our consumers at some point in every day, and I’ll be able to explain how our system works to reassure them how our meters help both the cooperative and them.



Why did you choose to accept a job at a co-op? I worked long hours at my previous job, and I wanted to transition to a job that would allow me to stay close to home and spend more time with family.

How would you describe working for a co-op? I am proud to work for my electric cooperative. When community members learn where I work, I get such positive and complimentary reactions. They enjoy that they’re able to receive service from an electric cooperative. I’d also never worked anywhere that asked for my input. Four days into this job, more than 20 years ago, I was asked to contribute my ideas. This kind of culture really sets electric cooperatives apart.

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