2021 Annual Report

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To build a positive business environment by providing strategic leadership, advocacy, and resources for our members.


Dawn Lowe Executive Director

Leah Kane Marketing Administrator




SPONSORSHIP One new major sponsor!


in office space to the Indiana Small Business Development Center


extra hours of time to local businesses after hours

Letter from our Executive Director Every year brings new excitement, energy and there are always changes that lie just around the next corner. This year was no different for the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce. We came off of a hard 2020 just like everyone else but kept our commitment to our members by providing opportunities for marketing through our different events and publications; leadership both in and out of the office; resources and education through things like timely emails, lunch & learns and major events.

We are finishing the year strong as we have already gained 316 new members in 2021 and a new sponsorship in Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home and the year isn’t quite over. This annual report reflects a lot of change and growth for the Chamber of Commerce. Most importantly though, this year serves as our 115th year in existence so this report shows legacy and value in the work we have done for so many years.

We are proud to partner with great organizations like the City of Greensburg, Economic Development Corporation Greensburg Decatur County, Decatur County Community Foundation, Main Street Greensburg and Visit Greensburg. Having a seat at the table allows us to stay on top of different projects and ideas as we all collaborate together in an effort to grow our communities.

It goes without saying, but our Board of Directors help forge the path ahead with great vision and ideas for this Chamber as we work to support our well over 300 members.

Someone asked me one day what the Chamber does, and I simply replied, “We help”. We help young entrepreneurs, small business and large organizations; city and county businesses. So whether you are a business in Decatur County or you do work in Decatur County, we are here to help and support you every step of the way. As I write this, we are in the beginning stages of a rebranding campaign. We are so excited to roll out a new look, new ideas and new programs in 2022 that will only help elevate your business platform.

To the Board – you rock! Simply put, you are the best and together as a team, we are making a difference here in Decatur County. To our members, Thank You. Thank you for allowing us to serve you! And to our future members, get ready because we have a ton of ideas and energy so this is definitely one train you will want to jump on!

Bring on 2022!

Dawn Lowe

Executive Director


Mandy Lohrum (Non-Profit) President

Leslie Thackery (Downtown) Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home

Jason Barbieri (Banking) Past President

Barb Bohman (Accounting) Treasurer

Dr. Jarrod Burns (Education) Decatur County Comm. Schools

Rachel Sullivan (Utilities) Decatur County REMC

Kelby Owens (Financial) Phase Financial - Kelby Owens Laura Walsman (Medical) Decatur County Memorial Hospital

Shawntea Stille-Jackson (Industry) Honda Manufacturing of Indiana

Joshua Marsh, Mayor City of Greensburg

Mark Koors Decatur County Commissioners

Laura Welborn Greensburg Daily News Sandy Biddinger WTRE AM 1330

Phillip Deiwert Decatur Co. Visitors Commission

Brent Lee WRBI 103.9 FM


Bryan Robbins, Executive Director Economic Development Corp.


• Westmill Building • Grand Re-Opening Aspen Place Dining Hall • North Decatur Jr. / Sr. High School Cybersecurity Lab • Speranza House • Los Charros D&G Mexican Grill & Bar • Malone Staffing Solutions • Jennifer Davis Photography • Dogwatch of Southeast Indiana • Nicole Ponsler Mural Dedication • Green Sign Co. 50th Anniversary • The Branch Gathering Place + Coffee House • Pickleball Courts at Rebekah Park • Greensburg City Hall Re-Opening • Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day • Tree City Brew Company • Tree City Firearms Academy • Athletico Physical Therapy

2020 Annual Meeting & Awards (held virtually)

Legislative Update

Annual Women in Business Conference (held virtually)

36th Annual Golf FUNdraiser

Lunch & Learns

Leaders & Lagers Networking Nights

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Speaking Engagements


Future in Farming Ag Day Breakfast


• Westmill Building • ToGo Delivers - Greensburg ToGo • Dogwatch of Southeast Indiana • Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Greensburg • Los Charros D&G Mexican Grill & Bar • American Red Cross • Hoosier Harvest Market • All for One Ministry • The Branch Gathering Place + Coffee House • Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp

• Steele Digital Marketing Solutions

• Malone Solutions

• Maximum Results Real Estate

• Jennifer Davis Photography

• Tree County Players

• Groups Recover Together

• Rayzor Cuts Signs & Designs LLC

• Tree City Brew Company

• Tree City Firearms Academy

•Tree City Bee Company LLC

• Athletico Physical Therapy

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP S&G Seeds was awarded a liifetime membership during our 2019 Annual Meeting. Arthur C. Stewart sold his first seed in corn in 1918 at the age of 30. As a leader in hyrbrid corn technology he passed the love for farming on to his children who carried on the growing seed business. Fast forward to 2018, the Stewart family and employees celebrated 100 years of being in the seed business which is still in operation today, now known as three different companies: Stewart Seeds, S&G Seeds, and Stewart Select Angus. Three companies with one mission to help farmers find success.

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1999 Marilyn Woods

Small Business Grant:

1961 Richard Welsh

2000 Robert Frensemeier

2008 Kramer Keations

1975 Paul A. Bauer

2001 Dyar Forkert

2009 Pampers Paws

William R. Cook

2002 Jim & Jere Sturges

2010 Adamo's Pizza & Italian Grill

Oscar Ewing

2003 William H. Robbins

2011 Dawg Haus Diner

William Hunter

Joe & Susan Rust

2012 Crystal Clear Window Cleaning

Elsie Mock

2004 Sheila Doerflinger

2013 Stephen Legal Group

John Stewart

2005 John Corya

2014 Cornerstone Bakery

Gillman Stewart

David Miers

2015 RBSK Partners

1976 Dr. Robert P. Archer

2006 Dale & Sharon Crites

2016 High Point Orchard

Lewis Beesley

Tom Menkedick

2017 Mayasari Indonesian Grill

1976-77 Louis Millman

Dr. Clifford Childress

2007 Chris Tebbe

2018 Top Notch Tool & Engineering

1978 James Hargitt

Walter Lowe

2008 Bob Jackson

2019 Rouge Bridal

1979 James Dent

Anna Paul Lowe

Ivan Nading

2020 WTRE

1980 Howard Maudlin

Paul Nagel

2009 Russel Wilhoit

Dr. Clyde Wildman

2010 Bill & Jackie Blasdel

Past Presidents:

1982 Hugh Miller

Forest Kyle Wildman

Jay Hatton

1922-23 Charles Thompson

1983 Herb Scheidler

1923-24 Lemual Dobyns

1984 Don Whipple

1977 Dr. Dale Dickson

1981 Ken Lovell

Raymond Rolfes

Business Leader:

1924-25 John Shoemaker

1985 Herb Kohler

Frank Braden

2011 Bryan Robbins

1935-37 Edward Hancock

1985-86 C.F. McClughan

1978 Van Batterton

2012 Jim Saler

1937-39 Will Sheidler

1987-89 Christina Lovin

1940-41 Walter Easley

1989-90 Ed Kasamis

1941-42 John Ben Jones

1991 Joseph Riddell

1942 Loyd Kanouse

1991-92 Paul Pank

Vivian Batterton

1979 Ralph Ponsler

Don Horan Community Leader of the Year:

Herbert Scheidler

2013 Don Horan

1942-44 Walter Lowe

1993 Sue Colee

1980 Frank Hamilton

2014 Oris Reece

1944-45 Hubert Wickens

1994 Don Schilling

1981 Ernest Haston

2015 Don Schilling

1946-47 Charles Platt

1995 Robert Scheidler

1982 Frank L. Townsend

2016 Alan & Kristy Lowe

1947-49 Raymond Rolfes

1996 Jackie Blasdel

Dorothy Townsend

2017 David J. Frye

1949-51 James Lanham

1997 David Leas

1983 C. Herbert Scheidler

2018 Mary Lou Davis

1951-52 Lynn Thurston

1998 Dr. Arthur Turner

1984 Hugh Miller

2019 Dianna Robbins

1952-53 Gerald Thornburg

1999 Martin Swarn

1985 Robert Scheidler

2020 Tami Wenning

1953-54 Roy Beeson

2000 Edna Domingo

1954-55 John Porter

2001 Dale Freese

Myer Schreiber

1986 Robert Bostic Morgan Miers

Entrepreneur of the Year:

1955-56 Brayton Deal

2002 David J. Fry

1987 Tom Burns

2006 Robin Smith - MudHouse Pottery

1956-57 Charles Newton

2003 Mark Schabel

Frank Corya

2007 Stier Heating & Cooling

1957-58 Howard Hungerford

2004 Dr. Robert Cupp

Joseph Riddell

2008 Amy Meyer - Pampered Paws

1958-59 Himer Mitchell

2005 Roger DuMond

1988 Charles Whitehead

2009 Dr. Matthew Gauck

1959-60 William Hunter

2006 Steve Freeman

1989 Toni Colins

2010 Bill Obermeyer -

1960-61 Lowell Springmeyer

2007 Jill Clift

1990 Roger Finley

Obermeyer Agri Group

1961-62 William Critser

2008 Christie Gard

1991 Mary Lou Oak

2011 WTRE 1330 AM & 104.3 FM

1962-63 Howard Ernstes

2009 Paul Pank

1992 Howard Maudlin

2012 Cutting Edge Sporting Goods

1963-64 Norman Kanouse

2010 Tom Hunter

Hugh Miller

2013 Neal's Chop Shop

1964-65 Alden Westhafer

2011 Jenni Hanna

1993 Cleo Duncan

2014 Tree City Stitches

1965-66 Howard Maudlin

2012 Tammie Spurlock

Mike Gasper

2015 Denim & Honey

1966-67 Charles Newton

2013 Diane Hart- Dawson

1994 Marge Hunter

2016 Mayasari Indonesian Grill

1967-68 Calvin Baker

2014 Anita Sipes

1995 David Fry

2017 The Lemonade Girls:

1969-70 Rex Peoples

2015 Johnny Budd

1996 Sheldon & Elizabeth Smith

Carmen Thackery & Brenley Jameson

1970-71 William Cook

2016-17 Susan Burkhart

1997 Clifford Byard

2018 James Ogle

1971-72 John Stevenson

2018 Paul Pank

1998 Neil & Greta Solgere

2019 Emilie Redelman

1972-73 Robert Kalb

2019 Rachel Sullivan

2020 Kelby Owens

1974-75 Paul Nagel

2020 Jason Barbieri


Community Service Award:

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