County Community Foundation continues to make progress
Ripley County Community Foundation is growing, according to the
report given by George Junker II, finance committee chair for the
organization. He noted that 2008 was a difficult year, but we
had a good bounce back in 2009, he told those gathered at
the RCCF annual dinner meeting held June 23 in Napoleon.
In 2009, 12 families started named operating funds with five new
memorial funds begun.
RCCF President Deb Locke thanked those with the foresight to help
build endowments and noted one can begin a fund for as little as
Jenny Darnold, who serves as the volunteer task force committee
chair encouraged people to make a commitment to help with the volunteer
Luke Shaw, Batesville High School graduate and Trisha Lecher, an
East Central High School graduate, both received full tuition, four-year
scholarships along with a yearly stipend of $800 for books and equipment.
Both were recognized at the meeting as being the 2010 Lilly Scholars.
Recipients of the 2009 Lilly Scholar awards were present at the
meeting and told how the gift impacted their lives. Gerald Hardesty
said because of the Lilly Scholarship he enjoyed his first year
at Purdue University and didnt have to worry about having
a job to pay for tuition.
Valorie Wagner attended the University of Indianapolis on a Lilly
Scholar and said it was a great honor. She said it helped relieve
the burden of college debt. Both Hardesty and Wagner are graduates
of Jac-Cen-Del High School.
Sally Morris, executive director of the foundation, presented the
Executive Directors Award to Amy Wonnell.
In doing so, Morris noted that Wonnell has been helping the RCCF
since 1998 with the design of the annual report. She has created
numerous items for the foundation including flyers and invitations.
Others recognized at the meeting included The Friendship State Bank
who was named the recipient of the Presidents Award for their
of the foundation. Bill Van Hook, retiring board member was recognized
as an incredible person and asset to the foundation.
Also recognized, but not in attendance, was Ron Knueven, who is
retiring as a board member.
To learn more about how you can contribute to the foundation and
in return make your community a better place to live, you can call
812-933-1098, visit the foundation office at 132 South Main Street,
Batesville, or go online: www.rccfonline.org.
Pictured above RCCF Executive Director Sally Morris,
left, presents the Executive Directors Award to Amy Wonnell
at the annual dinner meeting. Pictured below are scholarship
winners for 2010: Brittany Brewer, Batesville High School;
Kelly Borter, South Ripley High School; Luke Shaw, Batesville
High School (Lilly Scholar); Trisha Lecher, East CentralHigh
School (Lilly Scholar) and Alex Walter, Milan High School.