celebates 10th anniversary
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
The Ripley County Community Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary
last week at its 2006 Annual Meeting. The Foundation has grown in
ten years from having no funds, no staff and no office, to assets
of more than $7 million, a staff of three and third floor offices
in the Batesville Memorial Building.
The program included many recognitions of board members past and
present and recognized all who had served on committees. Past presidents
included Cathy May, George Brinkmoeller and Kris Schneider.
Current board member Bill Van Hook presented the President's Award
to McPhersons Printing in Sunman. McPhersons has supported
the Foundation by printing the quarterly newsletter for free. Van
Hook said, They have also allowed us to use the creative genius
and printing expertise of Linda Koon. She has tirelessly worked
with our staff and volunteers on our event print jobs. Thank you
McPhersons for sharing your time, talent and resources to
help our Foundation market ourselves in a more professional manner.
The Executive Directors Award, presented by Sally Morris,
went to former President Kris Schneider. In remarking on Schneiders
achievements, Morris said, She was a member of the board for
six years and in all that time, Kris never missed a meeting.
The 2006 Annual Report listed six pages of grants and scholarships
distributed by the Ripley County Community Foundation totaling $232,399.
Janet Moore of the Grants Committee, said this year more than $10,000
has already been distributed and the big granting cycle in the fall
would have about $150,000 to distribute.
Six new funds were added in 2006.
The Jennifer Bergman Memorial Fund was started by Butch and
Peggy Bergman in memory of their daughter. The fund provides financial
assistance to Franklin and Ripley County families whose children
are in need of medical help.
The Jane T. and Clarence J. McGowan Operating Endowment Fund
will help to defray the yearly operating expenses for RCCF.
The Nathan Tuttle Memorial Fund was started by his family
to keep his memory alive.
The Charles Rohlfing Memorial Campership Fund will provide
funds for Milan students who would like to attend an athletic camp
and who would not be able to afford it on their own.
The Family Connections Fund will go to support the operating
expenses for Ripley County Family Services, Inc.
Bill Van Hook introduced each of the 2007 Ripley County Community
Scholars. He explained there were 50 applicants this year. Two were
selected as Lilly Scholars and six as RCCF Scholars. The RCCF Scholars
Zachary Baker, is a graduate of Milan High School. He will
attend the University of Indianapolis and major in sports management.
He is the son of Michael and Stephanie Baker of Milan.
Bernadette Gorman is a graduate of South Ripley High School.
She plans to attend DePauw University to study economics. She is
the daughter of Daniel Gorman and Jessica Gorman of Madison.
Melissa Knisley is a graduate of Batesville High School.
She will attend Indiana University to study biology. She is the
daughter of James and Patricia Knisley of Batesville.
Matthew Krieger graduated from Batesville High School. He
will attend Purdue University and study horticulture and landscape.
He is the son of Robert and Anita Krieger.
Lisa Meyer is a graduate of Batesville High School. She will
attend Indiana University to major in exercise science. She is the
daughter of Gary and Rosalie Meyer of Batesville.
Kendra Walker graduated from Milan High School. She will
attend IUPUI and major in business. She is the daughter of Kenneth
Walker and Debra Walker of Milan.
There have been 23 Lilly Scholarships given through RCCF. Fourteen
of those have made it through the program. The two scholars selected
this year will receive full tuition at any Indiana college or university
for four years plus an $800 per year book stipend.
Van Hook introduced this years two Lilly Endowment Community
Scholars. Leslie Brancamp is a graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School.
She will be attending Indiana University to major in athletic training.
She is the daughter of Tim and Julie Brancamp. Tyler Hensley graduated
from South Ripley High School. He will attend Butler University
and major in pharmacy. He is the son of Larry and Vicki Hensley
After the program and a dinner by Meisters Market, the attendees
were served ice cream and cake to celebrate the Foundations
CATHY MAY PHOTO
Kris Schneider given Executive Director's
The Executive Director's Award, presented by Sally Morris,
right, went to former President Kris Schneider, left.
Schneider was a member of the board for six years with