Volume 12, Issue 1
Five Local Residents Start a New Chapter in Their Lives
Ringing in the New Year had a special meaning for five Washington County residents, as they learned that they are recipients of a Washington County Community Foundation Education Matters Scholarship. “We are so excited to help these individuals go back to school,” stated Judy Johnson, Executive Director of the Foundation. “More importantly, they are excited. For them this is a second chance that they never dreamed they would get... a chance to make the dream of obtaining a certification or college degree a reality.” Our goal, through Education Matters, is to strengthen our workforce and improve the economic development of our county and region by inW.C.C.F. Board of Directors: President John Roberts Vice President Jeff Souder
Treasurer Kim Scifres Secretary Adrian Brown
creasing the educational attainment of those adults with some form of post-secondary education but no degree or certification. Research shows that in our five county region of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington Counties, only 25% of the workforce has an associate’s, bachelor’s, or professional degree, compared to 38% nationally. Yet one in four – over 40,000 people – of the region’s adult workers has earned some college credits. Dr. Uric Dufrene, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University Southeast, has provided research demonstrating a direct correlation between higher educational attainment rates and personal income with lower unemployment rates and lower percentage of population on food stamps. Lumina Foundation data shows a direct correlation between higher educational attainment rates and job retention during the 2008 Great Recession and recovery. Additionally, the chamber of commerce representing the southern Indiana region lists education and workforce development as a “critical” factor in bringing new businesses to Shirley Batt Amy Birkla Janet Bowling Linda Chastain Marvin Clark
Karen Davis Rita Elliott Reta Haub Sue Hawkins Judy Hedrick
the area. Increasing the educational attainment numbers in the Southern Indiana region will make this a more attractive destination for companies who are considering relocations, keep existing companies in the region, increase the average wages of individuals, decrease unemployment and decrease some of the financial and service needs of individuals and families in our communities. Currently, three of the five Education Matters Southern Indiana counties rank in the bottom half of all Indiana counties in terms of educational attainment. Dr. Dufrene’s research indicates a 25% increase in the educational attainment numbers in our five county area should dramatically increase each county’s ranking, placing four of the five counties in the top 25% in the state in terms of educational attainment. Such an increase generates more income in each county, creates a better equipped workforce and elevates economic advantages across the region. We are committed to continuing to support this initiative both on a local and regional level. Steve Miller David Morris Jeanette Nolan Drew Wright
Administrative Staff: Judy Johnson Executive Director Lindsey Wade-Swift Program Officer
4th Quarter 2013 Memorials In memory of Hazel Morris Todd and Angie Motsinger In memory of Leon Zink Todd and Angie Motsinger In memory of Ralph Early Todd and Angie Motsinger In memory of Monte Gilstrap Todd and Angie Motsinger In memory of Paul Morgan Norman and Dixie Souder Jeff and Karen Morgan Rita Elliott In memory of Robert Jonas Norman and Dixie Souder In memory of Aaron Blake SHS Class of 1991 In memory of Amy Eleson Bill and Jean Evans Joe and Chris Mahuron Ray and Martha Oppel Salem Rotary Club YMCA of Washington County Jamie and Melissa Richardson Tony and Jeanette Nolan In memory of Brayden Elmore Tony and Jeanette Nolan Perry and Mary Motsinger Todd and Angie Motsinger In memory of Charles G. Keeling Cecil and Martha Smith In memory of James Harrington Cecil and Martha Smith
In memory of Dick Wilson Mead, Mead, and Clark In memory of Doc Nichols Mt. Hebron Church of Christ In memory of Bob Brewer Mt. Hebron Church of Christ In memory of Don Brough Jack and Mary Jo Dippel In memory of Dora Mae Senn Martin and Wanda Kennedy Norman and Dixie Souder Mead, Mead and Clark Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Doris Brown Adrian and Cristy Brown In memory of Dudley Chastain Jeanette Hart In memory of Harry Baker Tony and Jeanette Nolan Ramona Collins Ray and Martha Oppel Ginger Morris In memory of Phyllis Persinger Tony and Jeanette Nolan Ramona Collins Ray and Martha Oppel In memory of Jean Dixon Tony and Jeanette Nolan In memory of Frank Cole Keith and Sarah Luse In memory of Jay Marshall EE and Margaret Ann Martin
Doris Sillyon Paul Lyles Jack Bills Jack Mahuron Victor Rudder Walter Grimes Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Patricia Marshall Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Jerald Huff Michael Huff In memory of Walter Huff Michael Huff In memory of John Agan Dan and Karen Libka In memory of John Morris Keith and Sarah Luse In memory of Larry Williams Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Marla Bush Jeff and Karen Morgan Sam and Malvina Deaton Eddie and Shelley Deaton Perry and Dorothy Fleenor Gibson Township/Little York Fire Department Jennifer Martin Rita Elliott In memory of Geneva Royse Eddie and Shelley Deaton In memory of Marion Garriott Dorothy Garriott
In memory of Marjorie Ann Souder Dale Denny In memory of James I. Denny, Jr. Dale Denny In memory of Mary Rexroat Margaret Gasaway In memory of Beulah Root Jones Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Norma Pixley Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Richard Teeple Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Gary Cooper Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Rick Quinlin Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Everett Rutherford Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Lyman Chastain Jeff and Karen Morgan In memory of Geneva Naugle Rita Elliott In memory of Rachel Spaulding Davis De Davis In memory of Randy Johnson Maurice and Judy Johnson Robert and Lori Wallace In memory of Virginia Spurgeon Mary Kay Fultz
4th Quarter 2013 Honorariums In honor of Mary Margaret Arnold Harry and Miriam Baker Kimberly Bartlett Robert and Elizabeth Bennett Jerry and Kim Brewer Richard and Carolyn Hoyt Charles and Mary Hunt Jack and Carol Mahuron Morris and Marty Rosenbaum St. Vincent â€“ Salem Auxiliary Margaret Wadlington In honor of Morris and Joanne Hudson Kimberly Bartlett In honor of Carol Mahuron Max and Jeanne Bedwell In honor of Mike Campbell Max and Jeanne Bedwell In honor of the Daniel L. Brown Law Office Connie Benson
In honor of the 40th anniversary of Gary and Lynda Zink Gary and Beth Ann Dismore Chris and Julie Fordyce Mitchell and Cindy Gibson Richard and Carolyn Hoyt In honor of Burl and Carmelita Jean Sid and Kathy Dye Kenneth and Wilma Mitchell In honor of Carmelita Jean Jack and Carol Mahuron In honor of George and Janet Richardson Richard and Marcia Grassmyer In honor of Margaret Gasaway on her 80th birthday Saralee Shields In honor of Sara Shields at Christmas Saralee Shields
In honor of Perry and Dorothy Fleenor Rita Elliott In honor of Saralee Shields Margaret Gasaway In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mullins Margaret Gasaway In honor of Mr. and Mrs. David Mullins Margaret Gasaway In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Strasser Margaret Gasaway In honor of Butch and Anne Terrell at Christmas Ginger Morris In honor of Greg McCurdy Joan Barrett John and Sara Calhoun Barbara Fisher Jack and Carol Mahuron Luella Purkhiser
4th Quarter 2013 Apples for Teacher An apple for Cassie Bane Kinsley Hollowell Nate Morehous Reid Purlee
An apple for Sarah Fisher Gabriel Porter
Look What You Did in 2013! 2013 Was a big year for YOU!
Because of you, our generous donors, we were able to: Provide matching money to secure a $600K plus grant for Campbellsburg for their water improvement project Provide seed money for the Heart of Salem (our Main Street group) to apply for their 501(c)(3) Help Canton Lions Club to purchase eye cameras to provide low cost eye screenings to people in our community Give PACK 4029 a grant to purchase Lego Racers Chassis, which will help to teach basic STEM principles to boys and girls Help the Salem Fire Department to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator Provide matching money to Little York to secure a $180,000 grant to purchase a fire truck Help the local 4-H improve the 4-H building at the Fairgrounds Support individuals who were having problems making ends meet by helping them with their utility bills for one month Keep Jill’s House open by providing gap funding Help a resident pursue a certification in Dental Assisting through the Hands Up program with Work One Make improvements at the John Hay Center Help an adult learn to read Start repairs on the bell in the Courthouse Replace the windows at the Domestic Violence Shelter Provide the Pierce/Polk Fire Department with an Automatic External Defibrillator
The Fable of the Magic Coin Purse (and why it matters to you) ong, long ago,
a poor man in a poor village helped a traveling stranger. To thank him for his compassion, the stranger gave him a coin purse. “This is a magic purse,” the stranger said. “It will never run out of gold coins as long as you spend them to help others.” Indeed, it was true. The man helped his neighbors get through drought, famine, floods and other hardships, and the coin purse never ran out of gold coins. He built a school and hired a teacher, brought a doctor to a village, and bough horses and wagons so farmers and tradesmen could travel to sell their harvest and goods. The purse never emptied. The man died a very old age, beloved by everyone in his now prosperous village. To this day, descendants of descendants of those he helped tell his story, and give away their own coins to help others.
Feed over 100 children every weekend through the Dare to Care- Back Pack Buddies Program Provide disaster recovery help to 14 families recovering from the March 2, 2012 tornado Award 98 Scholarships to high school seniors Give 74 children a better Christmas through the Christmas Assistance Program AND provide support to over 50 designated agencies to help them further their mission. 2013 was a banner year for grantmaking, as we issued $568,000 in grants to make our community better. Thanks to YOU!
Your gift can be like a magic coin purse. It allows you to help your community and support your favorite causes forever. It may even inspire others to do the samse. To find out how you can give generously over time and never run out of coins– visit www.wccf.biz or call Judy Johnson, Executive Director of the Washington County Community Foundation at 812.883.7334.
P.O. Box 50 Salem, Indiana 47167
“Leaving a legacy is like planting a tree that will provide shade for future generations.”
4th Quarter 2013 Dues Stu and Sharon Boaz Kevin and Sue Chastain Sam and Malvina Deaton Mary Drabek Bud and Cathy Huey
Dan and Val Kelly Steve Miller Joyce Morris James and Patricia Ritz June Rudder
ARE YOU LOOKING TO SAVE ON TAXES THIS YEAR? ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE?
WE CAN HELP.
Helen Spaulding Pauline Trueblood Garland and Norma Sue White