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Mark VanOsdol, Jesse VanOsdol, Anna Pictor, Amy Pictor brave the cold on the Monon.

Steppin’ It Up for Riley Hospital for Children Photo and Story by Jane VonOsdol It was the type of morning that we haven’t seen too much this winter—one where the thermometer reads at a frosty 15 degrees and your breath freezes on your scarf in just a few seconds. Jesse VanOsdol, however, strapped on his backpack and waited on the Monon Trail for anyone who might brave the temperatures to join him for the “Walk With Jesse Day” in Carmel, Indiana. Jesse has been on a cross-country “Step It Up” walk to raise money for the Burn Unit at Riley Hospital for Children and was recently in Carmel on a break halfway through his walk. Jesse never dreamed that his life would take such a dramatic turn after high school graduation, but before the ink had barely dried on his diploma, he landed in the burn unit at Riley Hospital for Children. A bonfire accident left Jesse with second and third degreeburns on 15 percent of his body, facing possible skin grafts, and 66

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temporarily unable to walk due to burns on both of his lower legs. The first few days are a painful blur in Jesse’s mind, but through the prayers of many people and the wonderful care at Riley, Jesse healed up far faster than anyone expected. He didn’t need skin graft surgery, was released to outpatient care after just one week, and then was cleared to leave for school just three weeks later. On July 15, 2010, one month after the accident, Jesse left for Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) automotive training program in Kissimmee, Florida and another three months of training with UTI and Mercedes Benz in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Life was moving at such a fast pace that it took a while to process everything that had happened to him. “Despite how quick everything was moving, I just took on one thing at a time,” Jesse said. “I was really lucky and blessed. I had a lot of support. In some ways I really benefited from the aftermath of being burned. I got closer to family. I learned a lot about myself. I found that God really takes care of you. And the whole walk for Riley came about because of this.”

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Toward the end of all his training, Jesse was in a bookstore in California when he started reading a book about hiking across America. He was so captivated by the idea, that he decided he wanted to try the same thing after he completed his training, but he wanted to do it to benefit children who experience the horror of burns. With only about two months to pull everything together, Jesse and his parents, Mark and Jane VanOsdol of Westfield, contacted Riley Children’s Foundation and began making the arrangements. “I was excited because I could put some of my passion for adventure to a good cause,” he said. Jesse began his walk on November 17, 2011 from Huntington Beach, California and to date has walked over 1,400 miles (averaging about 23 miles per day) through four states: California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Most nights he sleeps in his bivy tent and eats out of his stash of food using a small camp stove. He’s been caught in the December Santa Ana wind storm in the Mojave Desert in California, been tracked for 15 miles by the border police in New Mexico following his boot tracks, been snowed on in the Dragoon Mountain pass in Arizona, and had to scale a 20-foot cliff pulling his cart up behind him after getting off trail. He’s also been given water by strangers in the desert when he was out, mysteriously found the exact gear that he needed in perfect condition lying at the side of a deserted road after his had broke, and witnessed the joy of a homeless man after stumbling across his home under an overpass.

On this recent freezing morning in Carmel, Jesse was waiting for some of his supporters to join him for the walk, hoping to get a chance to meet a few of the people who have thus far helped him raise $8,188 dollars toward his final goal of $15,000. Despite the temperatures, two diehard souls showed up: 11-year old Anna Pictor and her mom Amy Pictor. Anna is in the Girls of Grace group, a Bible study group for 5th grade girls led by Jean Gresham and Maryanne Roush. The group has been a big supporter of Jesse, raising over $300 through a craft and bake sale they held. Anna was excited to get to meet Jesse, walk with him for a cold mile, and hear a little about his journey. “Right away I noticed that Anna is a brave, sweet, outspoken little girl. She has a big heart, and is not afraid to mix with adults,” Jesse laughed. Jesse hits the trail (destination Jacksonville, Florida) again on February 25, along with his dad who is joining him for a week, picking back up where he left off in Austin, Texas. He’s excited to complete his journey and wants to meet his goal. “I’m hoping if the kids on the burn unit hear about me, that I can be an inspiration to them,” he said. To know there will times in life when you suffer and get knocked down, but that you can get right back up and do bigger things than you imagined.”

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Going Big with a Little By Janet C. Streibel Katie Pallone, Big Sister to York, incorporates activities into their schedule that foster tradition and promotes their creativity.

Katie is someone I can talk to and call on if I need advice. We have made several pieces of pottery and we really enjoy baking cupcakes together. I struggle with math so she helps me out with my school work which has made a big difference. York, Katie’s Little Sister

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their family. We consider it an honor to take those calls.” Many different family situations require the need for a mentor, such as a family that is dealing with some health issue or a single parent. Darcey reminds us, “Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to have positive academic, socioemotional and behavioral outcomes for youth who face adversity. We are a research backed, evidence-based program. Our standards are high, and our practices are exemplary. We take our work very seriously and are honored to work with so many amazing families, volunteers, and supporters…There are always more boys ready to be matched with mentors, so we especially need more male mentors and Big Couples.” Mentoring Opportunities Close to Home Katie Pallone: Big Sister to York Katie Pallone, of Carmel, has been a Big Sister to 11 year

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old York, for two years now. “York is very creative,” says Pallone who works as a Financial Advisor at La Salle St. Securities and has served as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters for three years. “I have taken York to paint pottery, decorate cupcakes, and other places that bring out her creativity.” Pallone has even taught York how to swim. York sings in choir and plays the cello. Someday, she wants to move to California and become a singer. “I try to instill tradition whenever I can within our activities” says Pallone who has decorated gingerbread houses and carved pumpkins with York. They have even helped out at the Fishers Food Pantry at United Methodist Church and then treated themselves to cupcakes afterwards. Pallone recalls one of her favorite family traditions when her mom would make her homemade cookies on the first day of school. Even in college, her mom would send her cookies to celebrate the new beginning of the school year. Likewise, Pallone has also taken York cookies on the first day of school to carry out this special custom. Pallone shares her experience when she admits, “There is plenty of need for strong, enduring, mentoring relationships on every side of town. You can volunteer by becoming a big, helping at community events, sponsoring events, or even assisting with college funding…After becoming a big brother or big sister to make a difference in a child’s life, people soon realize how big of an impact that this child has made in their lives.” Offering Convenience & Flexibility

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Rick and Shirley have introduced me to new things. I didn’t even know I liked classical music before Shirley and Rick took me to the Palladium in Carmel. We have gone to different restaurants and tried new foods together. They offer me academic advice. I was struggling in Biology and with Shirley and Rick’s help, I was able to raise my grade by an entire letter! They are both very dependable and I know I can ask them anything or call on them if I need to.

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Shirley and Rick Altstadt, of Carmel, are a” Big Couple” to 16 yr. old Allen—meaning that together, they mentor him as a team. Actually, Shirley began mentoring Allen (solely) when he was in third grade as part of the school program. She would have lunch with him weekly. Eventually, this progressed into a “Big Couple relationship” (Shirley and Rick), just before Allen started sixth grade. “Allen lives with both his parents and his mom used to be a little.” says Rick. “Her experience was so positive that she wanted to extend this opportunity to Allen. Shirley and Rick, whose two daughters are grown, have enjoyed their time with Allen. They have taken him to the Carmel Palladium, and to Chicago (as part of an organized trip and one of many, by Big Brothers Big Sisters.) They have also frequented various sports-themed places like the bowling alley and the Colts game. Allen, a freshman, plays football, basketball and runs track. Shirley and Rick attend most of his sporting events. “It doesn’t matter what age you are as a mentor,” says Shirley. “Each generation gives a child a different perspective of life.” Let’s face it. Every child can benefit from more adults who believe in them, inspire them, and help them discover their possibilities.

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and Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. They have also visited the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. In addition, they have played basketball and baseball—both sports that Ziah loves to play. Plus, they’ve attended many games of different sports. “I’ve been doing this for twenty-three years now and it is fun,” says Tollini who was awarded “The Unsung Heroes Award” in mid-December by the Indianapolis Rotary Club for his dedicated commitment to helping others in the community. He continues, “Being a mentor isn’t work. You enjoy it. You get to see much of what Indianapolis has to offer through a young person’s eyes. It reminds you of when you were a kid. You can see how different the kids are from you as they’re living in a different culture and environment.

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Changing Lives for the Better Here is what some of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters are saying about how their Littles have changed their lives: “My experience as a Big has been rewarding, fun and educational! I get to not only play a positive role in a child’s life, but have a lot of fun doing it. Everyone involved in the entire process, has been nothing but great. I can see myself being a part of this program for a long time!” Ryan Quesenberry “It has changed my life adding another dimension where I feel I am giving to the community, helping to shape a person and getting back a lot from him. I love being around this young person and I like how he shares information with us.” Shirley Altstadt, Big Couple “Without the involvement of Allen, my association with young kids would be limited. I’m learning about what kids are doing today, their culture, and how he deals with everything.” Rick Altstadt, Big Couple

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Divvy it Out – Small Plates, Big Impression Good things come in small packages…and that is the absolute truth at the new, innovative and fun Divvy restaurant in Carmel, where small plates to share and “fun” are their specialty. There are over 100 cute, little scrumptious dishes on the menu to “divvy” out – from seafood, spreads, salty snacks, cheese, all types of meat, vegetarian, sweets and so on (and I can go on, trust me). Even the beer and wine tasters are cute and presented oh just so! One of the unique elements is the offering of gluten free, vegan and lactose free dishes, which is hard to find at most restaurants. Small plates are the “future of dining” according to Kevin “Woody” Rider, owner and chef of Divvy and The Library. For Kevin and his wife Richelle, fellow owner and chef alike, starting this restaurant was an easy choice. “We eat that way anyway,” said Kevin. “It’s a fun way to dine.”

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The dishes at Divvy are the culmination of the past four years of Kevin and Richelle’s travels. “We ate at 27 restaurants in Seattle,” explained Kevin. “And you can’t go ten steps in Chicago without finding a great restaurant.” Another favorite dining destination was New York City. “Divvy is a melting pot of all those traveling adventures. We just wanted something different, edgy and fun.” When you walk in the door you are immediately drawn into the chic and edgy atmosphere. “We wanted a wow factor,” Kevin said. “The bar tops are poured concrete, the floor is made entirely of reclaimed wood, the overhead lights look like floating clouds. You get a good feel when you come in.” As you are greeted at your table, you are given the choice of sparkling or bottled water (for a nominal fee), plain tap water or their specialty tap water chilled and infused with a cucumber lemon mixture. Very refreshing and a great twist highlighting the things to come. “We wanted an alternative option that was of no cost to our customer,” said Kevin.

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Carmel High School senior Jackson Schuette with his mom, Leigh, shortly after being awarded the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship.

Carmel Caddie Breaks Par and Earns Scholarship Photos and Story by Stephanie Carlson Curtis

Like a typical little brother, Jackson Schuette followed in the footsteps of his older sibling, Jordan, when he signed up for the caddy program at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel. Six years later, both he and his twin brother, Alex, have the opportunity to attend college thanks to the many miles he logged lugging bags. The chance of attending Indiana University in Bloomington was way out-of-bounds, until Jackson, a senior at Carmel High School, applied for and won The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. According to the Western Golf Association, the full tuition and housing scholarship for golf caddies is renewable for up to four years and helps deserving caddies realize the dream of attending college. The WGA believes living and working together provides Evans Scholars an opportunity to develop leadership capabilities and strong communication skills. Although many of their communication skills have already been developed hands-on on the course. 20

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“You do what it takes to keep the game going,” said Jackson. “Even if it means carrying three bags.” This tenacity is just part of the reason why he gained recognition; excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need are also a part of the equation. Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association Vice President of Tournaments and an Evans Scholar recipient explains more than 800 caddies attend college on a four-year scholarship from the Evans Scholars Foundation. “I caddied in Chicago and chose a career I am passionate about, to see other kids earn this scholarship is my way to pay it forward.” Leigh Schuette, who is a single mom, feels a burden is lifted from her shoulders. “As anyone knows, sending kids to college is a financial challenge but sending twins is really tough,” said Leigh. “Not only did the caddying give Jackson spending money and enough to buy a car, it taught him the

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value of hard work and he knows when to spend and when to save.� So, what’s so hard about caddying? “Waking up at 4:00 a.m. and sometimes I would have to do two loops on the same day,� said Jackson. Loops are eighteen-hole rounds and not every round is four hours of pleasant conversation. “One time a golfer duck hooked a drive. He wasn’t happy. He took the driver, snapped it in half, helicoptering it into the lake. I just stood there and was quiet.� But, most of the time golfers don’t want him to be quiet. They want to know about him, “I’ve really developed the ability to hold a conversation,� said Jackson. “The people I caddy for want to know what’s going on in my life and they are genuinely interested. And, they have all helped shaped me into the person I have become.� His mom agrees. “What a great place to grow up, in a successful, athletic environment,� said Leigh. Pellegrino couldn’t agree more. “I’ve been on the podium – on the other side. About 230 kids will earn this scholarship which is about a $60,000 value here in Indiana.� Since 1930, when the first two Evans Scholars enrolled at Northwestern University, more than 10,000 men and women have

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benefited from this award, and most will attend one of the 14 universities across the nation where the Evans Scholars Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House. Not only is Pellegrino a scholarship recipient and has had the honor of awarding the accolade to other young people, he wants to spread the word about upcoming tournaments. “You never know who the next John Daly is going to be.” Referring to the 1991 PGA Championship held at Crooked Stick, he extends an invitation to attend the BMW Championship which kicks off Labor Day weekend and will attract the premier players on the PGA Tour. “Our goal is to bring the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mikelson and Sergio Garcia to premier facilities of golf – the cathedrals of golf which are the best courses in the country.” That said, as a caddie, Jackson has had the opportunity to work with talented golfers, focused businessmen, celebrities and in his more than 400 rounds of golf, has learned some valuable life lessons. He is honored to have been chosen as an Evans Scholar as he plans for his future and the chip in when its his turn to pay it forward knowing his best rounds are yet to come, and most likely will not be on the golf course. Congratulate Jackson online! Visit www.atCarmel.com and leave a “comment” on this story online!

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The Sound of Music Gives Teachers Treble The Carmel Education Foundation has been hosting this talent showcase for more than a quarter of a century. It’s come so far and is still providing money for scholarships and teacher grants that would not otherwise be funded. So, your dollars truly make a difference! Every child benefits from the community’s generosity and every teacher realizes they can teach beyond what is expected of them because of the unexpected commitment. So, what is the telethon? The Carmel Education Foundation, or CEF, is the non-profit funding partner for Carmel Clay Schools. Since 1966, the CEF has been raising money for scholarships for Carmel High School seniors and it still does so. “However, more recently, the CEF has shifted its focus to raising dollars to give to Carmel teachers in the form of grants,” said Janet Corbin, chair of the 2012 CEF Telethon. “We all want our fine city’s schools to excel, and the CEF helps in this endeavor by fostering innovation and creativity in the classroom by funding teacher’s ideas that are not covered by the school budget.” Every year, CEF awards grants to “Great Teachers with Great Ideas,” and chances are one or more of your children has been affected by one of these grants. In fact, CHTV students videotaped and edited performances, a learning experience for them as well as a chance to help teachers. The show will be aired on CHTV on March 20, 21, and 22. “The Carmel Education Foundation provides support to all 15 schools in the Carmel school district. Donations to the telethon helps the foundation provide education grants to teachers, allowing them to develop new curriculum and instructional methods, access new technology, and provide other value-added educational opportunities that

might otherwise not be available for Carmel students,” said Corbin. During the Telethon, the CEF calls upon the Carmel community to support Carmel’s greatest asset—it’s excellent schools, and the teachers and students in them. Last year, the Telethon raised about 25,000 dollars. Because there are so many phones in Carmel, not everyone will get a call. We hope most will get a call, but regardless, please make a donation. To learn more please visit http://www1.ccs.k12. in.us/foundation/.

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What makes Lindner Learning Center methods successful? Assistant Director, Erin Lindner Uber, explains the formula: “We are fueled by the longevity of superbly trained, degreed teachers carefully chosen for their experience and expertise in learning interventions. I feel that we have the best teaching team in the county. In addition, we select only proven methodologies for our instruction. We understand the importance of each student’s time and each family’s investment. For this reason, we have multiple levels of cross-checking for each tutorial session and willingly collaborate with the student’s home, school, mental health advisor, or physician to ensure the best outcome possible.” Additionally, Lindner Learning Center offers the Hands on External Learning Program (H.E.L.P), a highly individualized school program designed to serve various school needs of adolescent learners. We have students who thrive at LLC for their entire junior high or high school programming, but we also have students enrolled in one or two accredited classes for course recovery, public school enrichment, or simply individualized instruction in a difficult course.” How is Lindner Learning Center different from other learning companies in the Indianapolis area? Executive Director and owner, Karen Lindner Moriarity, explains:

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educational community. Many of our students bring with them expensive and extensive testing, said Lindner Moriarity. At Lindner Learning Center, we are able to review a student’s evaluation, develop a custom intervention for each student, implement it, and then send our student back to our referral source for post evaluation.” Karen continues to survive, accept, and thrive as she lives her own life as an adult dyslexic with A.D.D. She reflects, “In the beginning, before our company had a name or was, for that matter, a company, I tutored two students out of my laundry room. I know the heartache that formal education can hold for a student like me. This is the reason for Lindner Learning Center’s strong mission statement to better the lives of every individual that enters the center. We understand that families are entrusting us with developing the potential of their student and we are honored to be invited to be part of that child’s success.”

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Wozniak credits her grandfather, who passed away before she was born, for his guidance, “He was a very spiritual man and a thought-provoking writer. Several years ago I was prompted to read his manuscripts and was amazed at how our beliefs matched exactly,” said Wozniak. “I took after him by questioning all spiritual belief systems and determined what felt most comfortable for me.”

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Comfort and privacy are two of her top concerns when she creates and interprets energy drawings. Comfort was the first concern she had with Tom Britt as she prepared to interpret his past life expressed in his energy drawing, and how his past life affects what he is bringing into his present existence as a crusader.

“Michelle said she visualized my sister saying how sorry she was that she had taken her life and taken my rainbow from me. It was very touching.” Certified in Esoteric Healing and Reiki, a spiritual practice developed by the Japanese using hands to transfer positive healing energy, Wozniak reveals her thoughts on sharing her gift in a world that is increasingly becoming more open to holistic healing. “It is such a blessing that the world has evolved to embrace our spiritual awakening with such public acceptance. As I grew older, along my journey, there were only one or two people that I could talk to, but now there are hundreds to listen and to learn from,” said Wozniak. “We are always evolving and expanding our minds beyond the universal consciousness to a place deep within our hearts, to our Creator who has always been there with us.”

“I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Britt, publisher of the Geist and Carmel Community Newsletters. “She started telling me that I was a Knights Templar in a previous life. I tried not to roll my eyes, but the more she talked about their history in the middle ages of being crusaders for the church to protect the roads to the Holy Land, the more I started to relate to her reading.” When Wozniak settles in her quiet place to begin a drawing, she completely centers herself, relaxes into the person’s energy and prepares to receive messages. “First I ask permission of the person and their higher self. I won’t get into a person’s energy unless they let me in.”

Kristen Durrett was curious about her energy, “I found her interpretation very interesting. When she explained the colors in my drawing and the meaning of the symbols, I thought it Tom Britt’s was pretty accurate considering she energy drawing depicts his had never met me.”

Once they let her in, she’s never sure who will send the messages that inspire her to orange (passion) and pink (love) energies being draw. The person’s angels, guides, family dominant with the sign of the Knights Templar at While Wozniak realizes some will members and those who have passed on his heart. All symbols, lines, and colors represent not take her seriously, doubters something different in all people. do not disturb her. “The ego and convey colors, direction, symbols and external world are continuously confronting us with lessons translation. “Sometimes I feel physical pain in my hands, to overcome, that will change our perspective and help us in my head or in my heart.” According to Wozniak, the find eternal peace. There is no duality in God, only pure beautiful thing about these drawings is they show how the love,” explains Wozniak. “If we are part of God then why person’s energies evolve from the Divine, which is pure should we not enjoy and exist in the same pure love here, in love. “This love is then shown on paper, explaining how they project their core energy. No matter if a person’s energy our heaven on earth? is blocked or needs adjustment to the flow, they can still see She admits her life is no different than that of any other who they truly are.” parent as she recalls completing a peaceful session only Wozniak never discussed her experiences until she was well to find her children arguing over fruit loops in the kitchen. into her twenties and then only privately, but she says her Even so, she believes it is part of her calling to get married, to have children and to be someone who exists in this world, children and husband know this is part of who she is and but was showered with a special talent and is called to share they embrace it. “So many people are frustrated because they are not living in perfect alignment with their perfect her gift with others in order to help them become better people and live life more fully. A cherished phrase sums it selves,” said Wozniak. “The key to figuring out your all up for Wozniak, “seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and purpose is to BE in every moment, quiet the noise and use then all things will be added unto you.” your God given gifts.” Wozniak’s college roommate, Siobhan Roark recalled that she had no idea her friend was gifted in this way. “In my energy drawing my sister spoke to her. I had a rainbow over my head but a chain link wrapped around me,” said Roark. 28

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