Those attending the Ripley County Community Foundation's annual meeting held July 11 at the Big Four Cafe in Batesville were touched by the stories told by family members of those who started new endowment funds in 2012.
Six new funds were established in the RCCF that honored loved ones and will benefit others in the way of scholarships and supporting organizations that were dear to them.
Roger & Janice Lamping spoke about their daughter, Corrine, who lost her life in a car accident in 2012. Mrs. Lamping told how her daughter was a talented cosmetologist, who dreamed about owning a salon with her sister. The Lampings did not want her dream to fade away so they established Corrine's Believers Scholarship Fund through RCCF. The scholarship will go to a Ripley County sophomore that has been accepted into the Southeastern Career Center's cosmetology school and one will go to an Indiana student who plans to attend Aveda Fredric Institute in Indianapolis.
Sarah Mathes talked about her little sister, Emily, a South Ripley freshman honor student whose life was tragically cut short in an accident last year. Emily had many friends at Milan, Jac-Cen-Del, as well as South Ripley. Her family and friends established the Emily Mathes Memorial Scholarship Fund that will provide two scholarships for South Ripley students and another in the near future to either a Jac-Cen-Del or Milan student.
All of the fund originators spoke about how the RCCF has helped them to remember their loved ones and the good works they did, and that the funds will make a positive difference in the lives of so many for years and years to come.
Other funds that were established in 2012 were: E. George Jr. & Gertrude Ammerman Endowment Fund; Mary Horstman Memorial Operating Endowment Fund; Gerald & Johanne Graham Memorial Volunteer Scholarship and the Westmeyer Family Memorial Scholarship.
Eric Bentz, a member of the Foundation Board of Directors and a 2001 Lilly Endowment Scholar introduced the 2013 RCCF Lilly Endowment Scholar, Natalie Brinson along with Ripley County Community Scholars, Megan Bales, Robert N. Greer, Anna Meer and Russell Pitts, who each received a $1,500 scholarship.
Brinson will receive four years tuition and a $900 annual stipend to the Indiana college of her choice.
Milan High School graduate Nicholas Walter, 2012 Lilly Scholar, and son of Kevin and Brenda Walter of Sunman, spoke about his freshman year at Notre Dame University. He is majoring in Biology and Chemistry. He noted that he has met "incredible people who do incredible things". Being a Lilly Scholar has allowed him to stay focused on homework and his academics.
Board member Mark Collier announced that in 2013, the RCCF will give over $20,000 in the form of small grants, $500 or less and has $90,000 to give out in the fall in large grants, $5,000 max.
John Kellerman, RCCF attorney, noted that the foundation realized a gain of 12.3 percent in 2012.
Jason Riley, who serves on the Ec015 board, told the audience about the ongoing collaborative efforts of the RCCF, local business leaders and educators to move Ec015 programs forward in the county high schools. The program helps to move students into careers in advanced manufacturing, healthcare and tourism.
Foundation Executive Director, Sally Morris, spoke about the tornado that struck Holton in 2012 and how the RCCF became the fiscal sponsor for donations sent to Holton. Over $275,000 in donations came from churches and volunteer groups and individuals from all over the country.