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| Ronald P. May The battlegrounds of World War II encompassed vast stretches of real estate across parts of three continents. Walter Dreyfus knows that all too well. The Greenwood veteran served both on land and at sea along two of those continents. Dreyfus joined the Navy in June 1942 and became a radio technician. Following his schooling, he was shipped off to North Africa where he was assigned to the USS Samuel Chase, a Coast Guard Assault Transport that had been converted into the headquarters ship for Admiral John Hall. The ship, which had a crew of 400 and could transport 1,200 troops, was used in practice beach landings in North Africa as American, French and Algerian forces trained for the coming invasion of Sicily and Italy. The Allied invasion of Sicily began in July 1943. Dreyfus’ ship spent several days floating two miles from the beach as the troops departed in waves for the

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radio technicians went to abandoned German fortifications to recover and repair German radios that had been left behind. A month later, he had a narrow escape with death as the Germans ambushed his reconnaissance party. The convoy had unknowingly proceeded ahead of the Allied Army and found itself in a pocket of German forces, outnumbered 50 to 500.

Two weeks after D-Day, he was at Omaha Beach, tasked with gathering the dead that were still floating in the water and strewn along the beach. “We would retrieve the bodies, take the dog tags off and then put a weight around them in a canvas bag and bury them at sea,” he recalled sadly. Dreyfus began his land excursions on July 19 as he linked up with an Army unit in Cherbourg, France. His unit of

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distracted driving and obey traffic laws,” said Richards. Speed limit reductions are almost automatic when it comes to school zones. However, enforcing speeds at a school zone is not always an easy task. School zones can be on time of day, by flashing lights or by the vague guidelines of “When Children Present.” According to Colonel Randy Werden of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the last option is what leads to confusion. “Children present” can be interpreted to mean more than when children are in school. It is to the discretion of the police officer, but most err on the side of caution. After-school activities are until 5 pm or even on weekends. If that is the case, residents can argue their ticket before the judge, but it is likely the judge will consider “children present.”

federal guidelines state that stop signs are not to be used for speed control.

“When there is a large amount of kids at a school, officers consider it a school zone,” said Werden. “Every school has different hours which makes it tough to enforce.”

To request speed limit adjustments in Johnson County, contact the Johnson County Highway Department at 317-346-4630 or talk to the Commissioner who represents your district.

With so many schools changing to the balanced calendar or yearround school, the rules are not so clear, says Werden. As of 2012, schools running on a balanced calendar must mark this fact on school zone signage. Requests for new stop signs are the most frequent requests made to control traffic, said Richards, which also require studies and approval. However,

In Greenwood, submit a resident request at greenwood.in.gov by clicking on “Contact Us” at the top right side of the page or talk to your City Council representative. In Franklin, contact the Planning and Engineering Department at 317-736-3631. cg Alaina Sullivan is an attorney and freelance writer in Indiana. She focuses her legal work on providing free legal services to those who cannot afford an attorney and is passionate in writing about legal issues and news in the non-profit industry.

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families with special needs adults. Southland Community Church provides classrooms for these 15 adults, ranging in age from 18-50. Discipleship Pastor Kerry Huffman enjoys having Charlene’s Angels as part of Southland’s ministry. “They teach us so much about what it means to love unconditionally, to accept people without question. They’ve been a representation of Christ to us like no one I’ve ever seen.”

Teaching and Loving Those with Special Needs | Joyce Long “Charlene needs to work with them like she needs to breathe.” While we walked to the Jesus Friendship Club classroom at Mount Pleasant Christian Church, David Guthrie explained his wife’s passion to teach those with disabilities. A former administrator in Perry Township’s Rise Learning Center for 34 years, Charlene learned early in life to care for those with disabilities. When she was 10, her uncle, Mike, who had Down syndrome, came to live with her family. “He lived with us for 32 years because my grandfather died when Mike was 27. I just kind of grew up with him as another brother.” Charlene’s vision for helping special needs adults expanded when she applied in early 2012 for Charlene’s Angels Inc. to be a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Her goal is to supply respite for

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Each week, Tuesday through Thursday, Charlene’s Angels begin their day at 8:30 am with prayer and Bible study. Then they transition to functional academics like reading, time and money management, basic job training skills and community habilitation such as how to order meals and other basic communication. Later they spend 45 minutes exercising. Afternoons are often spent going bowling or to local attractions such as the zoo, orchards and fire department. Charlene’s eyes light up when she begins to talk about her “angels.” In her first class at Rise, she remembers having David Donnell when he was five years old. His family moved away when he was a teenager, but David has returned to Indiana, and at 42, he is one of the adults Charlene teaches weekly. Another “angel,” Jimmy Musgrave, recently moved in with his sister and brother-in-law, Glennda and Jeff Watson, after their mother passed away this spring. “As Jim’s sister and primary caregiver, it is a comfort to know that this program is offered in our community. Jim feels loved by Charlene and her crew!” said Glennda.

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Josie, a shy strawberry blonde who was recently voted Homecoming and Prom Queen at Whiteland High School, enjoys being a part of both the Jesus Friendship Club and Charlene’s Angels. Matt and Michael, 31-year-old twins, also participate each week. Charlene’s Angels involves more than its founder and participants. Mary Cox, Director of Administrative Support, helps in the classroom and during field trips. “Honestly it doesn’t feel like work because it’s a lot of fun.” Charlene serves adults with special needs as naturally as she breathes. She also notes how accepting they are of each

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- Class of 2006; Brooklyn, New York RJ spent most of his childhood south of Center Grove in Ellettsville, moving here when he was 12 with his family (parents Rob and Bonnie, twin brother Doug, younger siblings Scott and Kate). At Center Grove High School, RJ developed his love for music and the performing arts, crediting his teachers, Kathleen Kersey and Chris Pratt, for their help in pursuing his dream. After graduation, RJ attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and moved to Brooklyn in 2010.

“You don’t have to have it all figured out. Follow your intuition. All you have to do is move forward. Drive is more important than talent.”

Besides appearing in three TV shows (Deadly Sins, The Sing-Off, One Life to Live), RJ has starred in three original theatre productions. He currently works in advertising as a voice-over actor for commercials. Budweiser is his most wellknown client. In August, RJ signed with Innovative Artists which will create more opportunities (rjwoessner.com). “I love the fact that every day is a new adventure, and I get to surround myself with a lot of talented people. Because of this, I can grow with each project.”

VALERIE LONG

- Class of 2003; Jerusalem, Israel -

“Don’t limit yourself. Whatever field you’re in, be open to going outside your comfort zone. Continue to knock on doors.”

Moving to Center Grove in 1987 with her parents, Al and Joyce, and older brother, Chris, Valerie stayed busy with dance and piano lessons, Lassie League softball, volleyball and Student Council. Active at Mount Pleasant Christian Church, she decided to attend Taylor University where she majored in International Business, minored in Bible and developed a heart for Israel and missions. Valerie now lives in Jerusalem, working to complete her graduate degree in Biblical Hebrew and Cognate Languages. “I love growing in my understanding of the ancient Scriptures and their context. It’s made me realize Christianity started in the Near East and is not a product of the West.” Valerie enjoys living in a city where three monotheistic faiths collide and claim their heritage. “There’s something about being out of your comfort zone that makes you less self-dependent, and it’s exciting to see God working in other places in the world.” NOVEMBER 2013

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BARBARA BELSITO - Class of 2004; San Francisco In 1994, her mother, Anne, and two sisters, Jennifer and Katherine, moved to Center Grove from Tennessee. Barbara’s journey after graduation has taken her to places like Barcelona, Spain, and Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan. Her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in International Studies and Japanese facilitated her travels. Prior to returning for graduate studies, she taught English for a year in a Japanese high school. This past May, Barbara finished her Master of Science degree in HumanComputer Interaction Design at IU. She now works as a full-time interaction designer (barbarabelsito.com) at StubHub/eBay Inc., a position that allows her “to focus on people and be creative.” Because San Francisco is home to numerous tech companies, Barbara realizes she is well placed for her field of research-based product design. “It’s not uncommon to meet other designers out and about in daily life who work for companies such as Apple, Yelp, Foursquare, Twitter, Spotify, Facebook and the list goes on and on.”

“Once you’ve moved to a new life experience, give it a good amount of time before quitting or giving up. If you don’t like it at first, it tends to get better with time and experience. Sticking with it makes you stronger.”

JESSICA WRIGHT

- Class of 2000; Pune, India -

When her parents, Dale and Sharon, and her older brother, Jonathon, relocated to Bargersville, Jessica was only four years old. Since graduation, her world has expanded. She studied fashion design in Chicago with subsequent stops in North Carolina, Greenwood, New York City and Indianapolis before moving overseas in 2011. After watching The SOLD Project’s documentary on human trafficking, Jessica wanted to help at-risk women in impoverished areas. The Common Thread Collective (CTC) was soon launched (thecommonthreadcollective.org). Now a 501(c)(3), the CTC works with women in Uganda and India teaching them not only to sew and design but also basic life skills and cognitive reasoning. “Fashion design, sewing and needle working have helped take all of our women out of prostitution and given them options.” “Make your own friends, be your own person and pursue your heart, not the dreams of others. Don’t fight your passion, and most importantly, don’t give up.”

Jessica married an Egyptian civil engineer in November 2012; they met in India where they now live. Her lifestyle is definitely global. “There are days I speak Hindi, Arabic, French, English and Lugandan all within a few hours.”

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PIERCE LANE - Class of 2009; Cleveland, TN / Denver Pierce grew up in southern Tennessee, moving to Center Grove from Batesville as a junior. His mother, Carla, and stepfather, Jeff Johnson, still live here. Before moving, Pierce’s dream was to raft on the Ocoee River near his hometown, foreshadowing his current life of adventure. “I needed to be 12 years old to raft, and we moved when I was 11. The first time I actually rafted was my first day of guide training.” When Pierce isn’t navigating the Ocoee’s class IV rapids, he works as a ski tech in Colorado and Lake Tahoe, the best of both worlds. “Basically I get paid to do what other people do for vacations. I help people conquer their fears.”

“Take time to get some real life experiences before you get too serious and too much responsibility.”

His lifestyle has a few challenges like keeping people calm and needing “to pack up my entire life every six months to chase the seasons.” Pierce’s goal is to finish his degree in business management and marketing and live in a city near the mountains.

CHASE COY - Class of 2009; Nashville Along with his parents, David and Kim, and sister, Kira, Chase has called Center Grove home since his birth. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, 21 years later to further his career as a professional vocalist. Before he graduated from CGHS, he had one of his original songs released on iTunes and was featured as a rising new talent in folk music. In the fall of 2009, Chase (chasecoy.com) signed a contract with New York City’s Universal Republic Records label. His first album, Picturesque, featured a duet with Grammy Award winner, Colbie Caillat, entitled “If the Moon Fell Down.” Chase laughs when describing his workplace. “My apartment is half livable, half studio. I have about a five second commute.” Dreams for the future include touring with new albums and seeing the artists he helps become successful. Collaboratively written with Josh William, his new album debuted on iTunes October 15. “Just being able to work with other talented people has been really rewarding.”

“If I were talking to me in high school, I would say to believe in yourself, put your nose to the grindstone and then just be yourself. Find your motivation and confidence, and then go for it.”

“Just make sure you’re doing something you’re passionate about and that you’re proud of your work. Whatever happens is an added bonus.”

BRENT MANN - Class of 2008; Chicago Living in Center Grove his entire life provided Brent many mentors including his parents, Richard and Susan, and his two older sisters, Jenny and Jessica. Finding his niche in music, Brent’s middle school choir director, Dan Anderson, helped him believe in himself. At IU, he performed with the a cappella men’s group, Straight No Chaser, while “majoring in minors” — music, legal studies, public management and environmental affairs. Brent now tours with Gentleman’s Rule (gentlemansrule.com), also an a cappella group. Last fall they opened for Under the Streetlamp, the musicians who starred in the musical Jersey Boys, and enjoyed a 15-show run at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre. This month they will begin filming for a national broadcast. A tenor, Brent wants to be able to support himself and keep this going as long as he can. “I’m honestly living my dream right now. It’s surreal. It took me a while to process how lucky I am.”

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Performance in the 2011 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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he Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade proudly links itself with family tradition. The mere mention of the parade brings back memories that span 87 years. Generations have been captivated through the decades by the sights and sounds of floats bursting with color, skyscraper-tall character balloons, flamboyant Broadway entertainers and prestigious bands from around the nation. Even the youngest of generations scream with glee at the arrival of Santa Claus. For Kevin Schuessler, the words, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, have long represented something more than a tradition. The Center Grove music department chairperson says the Macy’s Parade has been a dream for him, a goal for his marching band to achieve. 26

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During the final spring band concert performance of the 2012-2013 school year, Schuessler’s dream started evolving into reality. Wesley Whatley, creative director for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, flew to Indianapolis to attend the Center Grove performance. He brought with him an invitation to perform in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “The Center Grove High School Band program continues to prove itself over and over as a program committed to excellence both on and off the field. We look forward to having the talented band bring excitement and joy to millions on Thanksgiving morning!” When asked how the band won the bid, Schuessler credited the history of the band’s quality. “Established in the mid70s, Tom Dirks, former director of the band, had a great vision for quality, and he built the program from the grassroots. [This quality] has been in our fiber for the last 30 some odd years now.”

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A large application pool of 175 entrants competed for the 2014 parade’s 10 marching band slots. According to Josh Torres, percussion director for Center Grove, what the finalists needed to possess and portray to the Macy’s Parade Band Committee (MPBC) was some kind of uniqueness. “Center Grove could easily do this by pointing to its history.” The Trojan band’s history includes championship wins at both the state and national levels. Torres also mentioned performances at top events, such as the Fiesta Bowl Parade, the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show with Madonna, to name a few. “By packaging these events together, we could show the MPBC that Center Grove can go on the national stage and be successful with what we do.” The application process also required a video of the band performing a routine. Schuessler and his team decided to use the video of the final performance from the 2012 Bands of America Grand National Championships.

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| Leigh Lawson A young girl in Zambia received a simple Shoebox that held many gifts, including a pair of basic white knee socks. This simple gift of socks was exactly what she needed. She was thrilled because socks were required for her school uniform. She explained that because she now had socks, she would no longer be punished daily for not having a complete uniform. The socks were within a Shoebox that was lovingly packed and sent to her through the Christian ministry, Operation Christmas Child (OCC). This is among the many touching stories that Wendi Haley of Center Grove has to share from her trip to Zambia. Wendi is the Community Relations Coordinator for the Central Indiana Area Team for OCC. She was selected from numerous OCC volunteers to experience the joy of giving the children the OCC Shoeboxes. OCC brings Christmas to children around the world with the lesson of the Gospel. Welshman David Cook founded OCC in 1990 with the desire to provide for the children of wartorn Bosnia. In 1993, Samaritan’s Purse adopted the ministry, collecting 28,000 boxes in its first year. Since 1993, over 100

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million Shoeboxes have been packed by donors and gone out to children in 130 countries. Their focus has been on serving children that have suffered through hardships such as war, famine, poverty and natural disasters. Wendi helps coordinate donations, volunteers and packing parties with area businesses, civic and community groups and schools. Center Grove’s Christ Youth Bible Clubs (CYBC) have participated in OCC since their beginning five years ago. Last year, CYBC packed 392 boxes full of treasures to donate to the ministry. Jerlyn Shepherd from CYBC states, “Center Grove CYBC participates in OCC during Bible Club to give the students a practical way to live out their faith. We are doing this

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simply as a means of sharing God’s love with others.� They will be packing their donations of toys, candies and school and art supplies November 13. The CYBC kids have been collecting for weeks. Wendi urges everyone to visit the website samaritanspurse.org/occ to see the personal stories of children that have had their lives blessed by receiving their Shoebox and the love that came with it. One particularly touching video is of Lejla from Bosnia and how the Shoebox delivered precisely what she physically and emotionally needed. It gave her hope when all seemed hopeless. The YouTube link, youtu.be/_LGGtWC528I, is her video testimony. You can also visit the OCC website to learn how you can be involved in this ministry through volunteering and donations. You can find the addresses and the hours of the 18 collection sites that will be open across Central Indiana during the week of November 18-25. You can make an incredible difference in the life of a child with hope in a simple Shoebox. cg Leigh and her husband, Mike, have called Center Grove their home for 14 years. They chose Center Grove as the ideal place to raise their two children, Eric and Julia. She is an active member of Mount Pleasant Christian Church where she writes an online Bible study.

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Curly Willow Antiques & Treasures 317-346-0033 498 E. Jefferson St. Franklin, IN 46131 curlywillowantiques@gmail.com Facebook: bit.ly/curlywillow | Jody Veldkamp If you are one of the fortunate few whose avocation has become your vocation, then you know how blessed Tom and Diane Strack feel about opening Curly Willow Antiques & Treasures. Center Grove residents until the couple moved to Tennessee in 2003, Diane had always been an antique lover. However, while living Tennessee, a new friend introduced Diane to the world of buying and selling old things. It turned out to be the first step in creating what is now Franklin’s newest antique store. Several years ago, antique stores filled available storefronts in downtown Franklin. Many of those storefronts have been empty until a revitalization effort in downtown Franklin has brought a rebirth of antique and specialty stores. The corner of Jefferson and Hurricane, on the east edge of downtown, has become a hub for antiques with five stores in the area. Diane says when she first saw the newly restored home at that location, she fell in love with it. Although the Stracks hadn’t expected to open an

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antique store for a while, finding this home moved them to action. In just six weeks time and with a lot of help from their son and realtor David Ellis, they were open for business on October 5. The Stracks have been buying and selling antiques for 10 years. They buy from farm auctions and estate sales. Diane says, “Barn picks are our favorites,” yielding some fine pieces to sell and a few they might keep. The register counter in Curly Willow is an old country store seed counter, still showing its original red paint. The Stracks especially love primitives, utilitarian things used in traditional homes from the early 1700s through the Civil War era. You’ll find handmade furniture, hand forged iron, redware, decorated stoneware and more filling the store. When I asked Tom to show me something unique, he pointed out some hand forged hearth iron pieces and talked about the workmanship, quality and how hard it is to find pieces like that. Sure, they have their favorites, but you will find much more inside the old walls of Curly Willow. In addition, you will find fine reproductions to complement the excellent selection of primitives and many unique items from other antique vendors to round out the selection.

Diane Strack If you walk in the store, be prepared to learn in addition to looking and buying. Diane loves to research items and is excited about the historical aspects. While they say they are still learning every day, they both love to share the history of an item and to answer people’s questions. For this reason, Curly Willow will look to host educational workshops. They are also pleased to carry Chalk Paint® brand decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Curly Willow is the only location where you can buy it on the southside. They will offer Chalk Paint® workshops starting in November. When you meet Tom and Diane, you’ll know why they opened Curly Willow. “We love being surrounded by history,” she says. They feel very blessed to have this opportunity and are convinced “Curly Willow has truly been • Fine Antiques a gift from • Great selection of primitives • Annie Sloan Paint God.” cg

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Collaborating for Kids | Kris Parker “She doesn’t play with other children.” “He doesn’t like to get his hands dirty.” “She still isn’t talking; she only repeats the same word over and over.” “He’s just different than other children his age.” Sometimes a parent senses that her child may need some extra help. Sometimes a physician recognizes a need or a gap in development and refers a child to receive therapy. Sometimes a teacher suggests that a child needs more help than can be given in a classroom. Regardless of how families find their way to the doors of Collaborating for Kids, it is obvious from the moment they step foot inside that this organization is dedicated to entire families as well as children. The care and concern families receive from the staff is clear in the wide and varied services available to children. Assistance varies through all degrees of need, from ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy to once-a-week outpatient therapy after school. They even have a psychologist on site that can evaluate and diagnose autism in order to help families get answers more quickly. Patients do not have to initially be referred to Collaborating for Kids by a physician. “If you have a question or a concern about your child, pick up the phone and call us. A lot of times, parents don’t know where to turn, and we are here,” emphasized Kim Cassel, CEO of Collaborating for Kids. Opening their comprehensive autism

program in November of 2009 and currently preparing to expand, Collaborating for Kids quickly established themselves as a leader in ABA services. They have been a First Steps Agency since 2009 and have been providing private outpatient therapy for over 3 years. This is in addition to the many children (ages 0-3) in Johnson County, as well as the surrounding seven counties, who receive care through First Steps. In addition, they just recently opened an outpatient clinic and ABA center in Bloomington. Families come from all over the surrounding area to receive services at Collaborating for Kids. It is the only Autism Center in Indianapolis that is also a First Steps Agency. What this means is that children who have agedout (become too old) of First Steps services can continue to be seen by the same staff who have served them and grown to know and care for their family up to that point. In fact, Collaborating for Kids is so dedicated to making it a seamless transition for the client families that both the Autism Center and the First Steps Agency are under the direction of Director of Clinical and Educational Services Lindsay Knez, MA, CCCSLP, BCBA. Each child in the ABA program has a team of eight professionals who are assigned to him, in order to help him reach his full potential. The facility is set up to look and feel much like a developmental preschool, with separate areas for the child to work one-on-one with the therapists. Some of the areas included are naptime, toilet training, bathing, sorting laundry, water play, and tactile development (playing with things such as shaving cream or in buckets of dry rice). NOVEMBER 2013

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This therapy runs the gamut of only 3 hour/week up to 40 hours/week. It may be during the day at the facility, during the day while at school, or at the facility after school; it is all determined by the child’s needs and abilities. “We will work out a schedule that is best for the child,” said Knez. They also offer Social Groups in which children learn how to interact with their peers in healthy ways. These evening social groups meet every night (except Fridays) and provide summer camp opportunities in which the children go out into the community in the form of field trips and activities. While a child may receive adequate services from other locations, Collaborating for Kids is distinct in its approach to combining services and serving each child as a whole. A child doesn’t have to visit one place for speech therapy, and another place for OT, and yet another for PT; all the services are under one roof, making it easier for the child, as well as her family. “The parent only has one place to go for the child to receive therapy,” said Knez.

The therapists at Collaborating for Kids truly care for their children. “All of our employees are dedicated to the children and their families,” said Cassel. She went on to explain a recent event in which a family had stopped attending church because their child couldn’t make it through the entire service. As a result, the child’s therapist began attending church with the family to implement behavior strategies that would help the child effectively participate. One last note to make about Collaborating for Kids is that they give back to the community. This organization shows its commitment to serving the families of Johnson County and the surrounding area. They have sponsored autism events and awareness walks in Johnson County, participated in clothing and food drives for Kid’s Kloset, and they host a weekly Special Olympics playgroup (ages 2-8) which is led by several members of Collaborating for Kids. If you are interested in getting touch with Collaborating for Kids, they can be reached at 317-881-9923, via email at therapy@collabforkids, or you can check out the website for more detailed information at collabforkids.com. cg

Collaborating for Kids employs a holistic approach, not simply treating the child, but also helping care for the entire family. They work to ensure that a family will not have to worry about the financial burdens of therapy, but can simply focus on helping their child reach his or her full potential.

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In our fast-paced world where nearly everything is obsolete the moment it comes out, there is something very reassuring and endearing about our holiday traditions. Traditions remind us that some things are truly meant to last. For some, the holiday means traveling to see loved ones, pumpkin pie, stuffing and turkey roasting in the oven, while for others it means lying around watching football games or planning for Black Friday sales. Why not try a new tradition that will truly make a difference? Consider participatin g in the 11th annual Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash! The 2013 Drumstick Dash will be held in Broad Ripple on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28 at 9 am for the 4.6 mile competitive run/ walk and the 2.5 mile fun run/walk.

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funded facility that runs their five facilities and programs with 80 percent of their operating budget from individuals. The race was created as a way to draw attention to this unfortunately growing population. This year’s race is presented by Huntington Bank and over 40 business and media partners, including Townepost, that will help to make this event possible. Online registration and all event details can be found online at

drumstickdash.org. If you are traveling out of town this year, consider the option to participate virtually. Check out details for the “Outta Town Dash Around” and participate anywhere you travel. Thanksgiving is a time to get together and reflect on the blessings we have received. The best holiday traditions are those that will endure year after year, perhaps slow our pace down

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| Kate Rhoten There’s something different about entrepreneurs. They take the first step to create their own business. Some start while working for another company while others are more willing to take the leap to independence early. Regardless, each entrepreneur’s story is unique. I recently met with Tim and Melanie Piper who shared their story: CGCN: How did you two meet? TIM: We met through Melanie’s brother, Steve, while working nights on the docks at a trucking company. I went to school during the day and worked nights. CGCN: What was your first job after graduating? TIM: I did not finish college; I earned enough credits for the end of my junior year. However, I was working with my dad and helping him with his business. We got married in 1989, and between working with my dad’s business during the day and nights on the dock, I wasn’t able to finish school. Melanie was able to finish though. MELANIE: Tim is an operational manager; he has a good eye for running things. I worked for Hertz and AMR Combs (American Airlines). I learned a lot about customer service. You learn how to deal with the demands of customer expectations. CGCN: How did the first business come about? TIM: I started the first business with my brother, Greg, in November 1994. Same Day Delivery got its start from Greg’s brother-in-law who ran a furniture store called 40

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Nationwide Furniture. The trucking industry and the 135 Master Freight Union had a big strike while I worked for my dad. The strike caused a lot of friction, people lost jobs and companies went out of business. Dad’s business was not affected since it wasn’t union and picked up business during the strike. When the strike ended, companies went back to the prior companies they used, so we decided to start our own business to control what happened to us. We started with just a pickup truck, an orange 1978 F-150. MELANIE: I called it the pumpkin truck. TIM: We were doing well, so we needed to get a box truck; no one likes to get wet furniture. Frank and Lynn Bienas with Bienas Fundraising used our company for deliveries and offered to help us buy our first delivery truck. The Bienases have become great friends of ours and helped me really get the business off the ground. About two years later, Frank asked if we had a warehouse which of course we didn’t; we couldn’t afford it. He assisted in finding a warehouse and the financing for Greg and me to start Piper Warehouse. The warehouse was outfitted with a large cooler to help store product for Bienas Fundraising. Frank’s only condition was that we would take care of him first when he had warehousing needs. Piper Logistics was created about the same time, and my brother, Joe, came on to help with that business. About four years

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ago, my brother, Rob, came on to help with sales; he’s a good salesman. CGCN: At this point, you have Same Day Delivery, Piper Warehouse and Piper Logistics. How and when did you end up in the fundraising business? TIM: Frank Bienas decided to retire from the fundraising business. He told me he wanted to give me the business. We worked together to come to an agreement for us to take over. MELANIE: We took six months to take over the business, learn it and update the software.

TIM: Success. The years fly by. I go, wow, we have 70 employees. We built this. You don’t see it when you’re doing it, but when you’re sitting around the boardroom, you do. It all started in Greg and Angie’s extra bedroom, and we used their garage as a warehouse. CGCN: What is your advice for someone wanting to start his or her own business? MELANIE: Think it out thoroughly, research and talk to people that have started a business.

CGCN: Melanie, you’re involved in the fundraising business. How did that come about? MELANIE: When we took over the fundraising business, it was Tim and his two sisters. I did interior decorating but didn’t really think about making a business out of it.

TIM: Don’t be afraid to work. You won’t be successful if you think you are going to sit in the back and watch. Be a good listener. Don’t think you know it all, and don’t be afraid to work because if you are not going to work your business, it’s not going to work. I can’t see myself working for someone else. cg

TIM: Every time she did a job for free, I would ask her why she didn’t make it a business.

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MELANIE: So I incorporated the interior decorating business. In 2008, people were not hiring people to do work in the home. They were doing it themselves. When Tim’s sister moved back to Cleveland, it opened up the opportunity for me to join the fundraising business. The joke is that I came into it kicking and screaming.

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A person asked to handle the financial affairs of another must keep this in mind. The POA does not give an individual the right to use the money personally or make decisions that do not involve the best interest and well-being of the POA designator.

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In order to assign the POA, one must be medically capable of selecting the individual and completing the legal document indicating the person. Once assigned and the permissible transactions have been formally outlined in the POA document, the named person can start acting on behalf of the account/property owner. This designee accepts fiduciary responsibility to make decisions and act in the owner’s best interest. Per the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the definition of fiduciary is:

I can tell you that I had many people believe that with the POA, they could still access the accounts of someone that has died. This is not the case. Bank personnel are required to notify the correct department of an account owner’s passing. The bank will place a note on the account for any branch employee to see, should someone try to access a decedent’s account.

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Most people that work with a lawyer to write their last will and testament will have the POA and proxy included in their legal document binder. After working in the banks for a number of years, I can tell you that there is confusion surrounding the POA.

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Last month, I covered the first component of the financial checklist: wills and trusts. This month, we are staying in this same area with an overview of the power of attorney (POA) document.

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