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Wayne County Foundation to Present Prestigious Awards and Scholarships

Posted April 24, 2019

On May 17, the Wayne County Foundation will review their year, say goodbye to retiring board members, welcome new board members, and honor five community members at their Annual Celebration and Report to the Community.

Rick Ahaus will be recognized with the Charles A. Rodefeld Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and the Community. The award honors the Foundation's founder, Charles Rodefeld, a person who moved quietly but steadily to help meet community needs. The Rodefeld Award recognizes Wayne County citizens and/or companies who have been there when agencies or organizations most needed them, who served faithfully and well, though without fanfare, and who have provided leadership and significant financial support over the years.

Bill and Marilyn Martus will receive the Ruth J. Wickemeyer Award for Community Service which was named for the Foundation's first staff person and which recognizes paid or volunteer not-for-profit leaders who personify exceptional service to others in the name of community progress. Ruth is perhaps best remembered for maintaining the highest ethical standards and expressing true appreciation for even the smallest contributions and those selected for this award also exhibit those qualities.

Additionally, the Foundation will recognize the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars – Molly Coomes, daughter of Andy Coomes and Kevin and Renee Westover, a senior at Centerville High School and Joseph Lahmann, son of Margaret Lahmann and Patrick Lahmann, a senior at Seton Catholic High School.

Supplied Photo: Molly Coomes              Supplied Photo: Joseph Lahmann
Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, Molly Coomes              Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, Joeph Lahmann

The public is invited to attend the celebration which will be held at Cope Environmental Center. Reservations are required by May 10 and may be made by visiting or by calling the Foundation at 765.962.1638. Cost for the event is $35 per person.

Richmonhd Celebrates Second Solar Park

Posted April 23, 2019

Indiana Municipal Power Agency and Richmond Power and Light Cut the Ribbon

Photo: Ribbon Cutting at Richmond 2 Solar Park on April 22, 2019

Representatives from the City of Richmond, Richmond Power and Light (RP&L), and the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) cut the ribbon on the new solar park in Richmond on Monday. Mayor Dave Snow, RP&L General Manager Randy Baker, and the Richmond's Utility Service Board Members were on hand to recognize the milestone in the community. They joined with other community representatives and IMPA President and CEO Raj Rao to celebrate the addition of the renewable energy source in the town. Richmond is one of 17 IMPA members communities to have a solar park.

"Richmond was one of the founding members of IMPA, and was also one of the first communities in which IMPA built a solar park. Richmond has always been a valued ally and staunch supporter of our ongoing efforts to provide low-cost, reliable, environmentally-responsible electricity to Indiana's municipal electric communities," commented Rao. "The output of the Richmond 2 Solar Park enables us to continue expanding our diverse portfolio through the addition of solar energy. We are certain that the park will have a lasting impact on the community."

The Richmond 2 Solar Park is located on 58 acres of land and is comprised of approximately 27,000 solar panels. The facility is rated at 7.44 MW and will produce an annual amount of energy to power about 1,190 homes.

Other IMPA communities in which solar parks have been built include Advance, Anderson, Argos, Bainbridge, Crawfordsville, Flora, Frankton, Greenfield, Huntingburg, Pendleton, Peru, Rensselaer, Spiceland, Tell City, Washington and Waynetown. IMPA is currently construction additional solar parks throughout the state.

The Indiana Municipal Power Agency is the not-for-profit wholesale power provider to 61 cities and towns in Indiana an Ohio who own and operate the municipal electric distribution systems in their communities. IMPA

28th Annual H.E.L.P. the Animals Pet Walk Scheduled for May 18th

Posted April 23, 2019

Supplied Flyer: 2019 HELP the Animals Walk

Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. for the 28th Annual H.E.L.P. the Animals Pet Walk on May 18th, 2019. There will be a Pet Costume Contest at 10:30 a.m. and the Pet Walk will take place at 11:00 a.m. Pledge to walk for homeless cats and dogs!

The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau Celebrates National Tourism Week

Posted April 23, 2019

What started in Cape Cod has spread world wide and has now set some roots in Wayne County, Indiana! The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau is happy to announce that a community rock garden has blossomed at the Old National Road Welcome Center. The idea is simple: paint inspirational messages on rocks and leave them for others to find.

The rocks will be placed in front of the Welcome Center and available for both locals and tourists. The rocks at the Welcome Center vary from inspirational messages to travel related images and uplifting graphics.

Those who take a Kindness Rock have three options: keep it if you think it's meant for you, give it to a friend or re-hide it somewhere new. The Tourism Bureau only asks that you take a photo and share it online with hashtag #VisitRichmondIN.

The community is invited to paint and hide their very own kindness rocks as part of the annual National Tourism Week Kick Off Celebration on May 4th from 11am – 3pm at the Old National Road Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East, Richmond.

To continue the celebration throughout National Tourism Week (May 5-11), the Tourism Bureau will be hiding special rocks throughout the community with clues posted on social media. Find one of the special rocks and turn it in for a Tourism Week Gift Bag! Special Passports will also be available at the Welcome Center as part of Visit Indiana Week which coincides with National Tourism Week. These passports will provide free admission, coupons, and discounts to a variety of attractions and businesses on designated days!

Senior Adult Ministry April Meeting

Posted April 18, 2019

"Of Rocks and Resurrection, an Easter Meditation" is a special program offered at our next meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday, April 30, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN.

The program will be offered by Pastor Judi Marshall, who helps guide the Ministry. Please bring finger foods to share.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group is also guided by Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. Along with Pastor Marshall, these three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings.

Future meetings in 2019 include "Travel Tales" in June, "Senior Safety" in September, and a picnic at the Veteran's Park in July.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

Richmond Art Museum Students Exhibit at Reid Hospital

Posted April 15, 2019

The current art exhibit in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital features work by Nancy Foureman and nine local artists who have studied art with her at the Richmond Art Museum, where she has taught classes for more than 20 years.

The exhibit, titled "An Artist's Eye of Personal Space," is located on the second floor of the main building and contains a wide variety of art styles including landscape, still life, figurative and abstract work in oil, acrylic, watercolor and collage.

The artists represented are Kathy Bird, Jenelle Burris, Anita Crull, Angelo Giannitelli, Sally Hughes, Marilyn Nobbe, Patti Starr, Sheryl Thurston and Venna Werner. The exhibit will continue through May 18.

Painting: “Kachina” by Anita Crull Painting: “The Chairwoman” by Marilyn Nobbe Painting: “Hibiscus” by Sally Hughes
"Kachina" by Anita Crull "The Chairwoman" by Marilyn Nobbe "Hibiscus" by Sally Hughes
Painting: “Apple Prep” by Sheryl Thurston Painting: “Honor in Work” by Patti Starr Painting: “Eye to I” by Angelo Giannitelli
"Apple Prep" by Sheryl Thurston" "Honor in Work" by Patti Starr "Eye to I" by Angelo Giannitelli

Quilts Wanted for Spring Show

Posted April 10, 2019

Why leave your grandmother's quilt sitting in a trunk in the attic when you can bring it to be displayed at Richmond's premiere quilt show? The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 N. Salisbury Road, Richmond, IN. Sponsored by the Wayne County Extension Homemakers, the biennial quilt show is expected to have well over 100 quilts on display.

Ladies sitting in chairs in front of a row of quilts. Copyright:

In addition to the quilts, there will be vendors, special exhibit by Junior Quilters, luncheon for purchase, and a "garage sale" table. A silent auction of themed baskets benefits our scholarship fund.

Visit our Facebook page right away to sign up for classes on "Applique using Hotfix" and "Using the Quilter's Cutting Guide" to quickly and efficiently cut your quilt pieces.

Applications are now being accepted for your quilt to be exhibited. There is no charge for displaying a quilt and you can enter as many quilts as you want.

Deadline for applications is May 10.

For more information, contact Jessica at or call Kathy at (765) 855-5185. Visit us on our Facebook page at

Northeastern 8th Graders Gain Hands-On Career Experience

Posted April 10, 2019

Supplied Photo: Reid Health Chef Dugan Wetzel shares about food and catering services with Northeastern students.
Reid Health Chef Dugan Wetzel shares about food and catering services with Northeastern students.
Northeastern Middle School 8th graders this week learned about and experienced the variety of careers available in health care in a pilot program designed to teach employability.

The pilot program was the brainchild of Dawn Sonsini, Northeastern Middle School principal and involved more than 100 of the school's 8th grade students. "The kids loved the hands-on experience in the actual setting," Sonsini said.

The students were divided into career fields based on interest and aptitude tests they'd taken ahead of the experience. The areas included multiple departments and career paths at Reid Health including Engineering, Patient Transport, Lab and Pathology, Accounting and Finance, LEAN, Marketing, Human Resources, Patient Resource Services and Employee Assistance Program, Innovation Center, Information Systems, Communications, Emergency Management, Food & Nutrition Services and of course health care fields such as Nursing and Physical, Occupational, Speech and Respiratory Therapies.

"We really focused on employability skills, what makes a good employee, how to get kids to be proactive."

"It gets them to start thinking about different career fields," Sonsini said, noting that state graduation requirements will soon address employability skills. "We really focused on employability skills, what makes a good employee, how to get kids to be proactive."

Sonsini is confident it would have an impact on their planning for future career fields. "I don't think they realized the depth of different employment opportunities at Reid, our largest regional employer."

Angela Cline, with Reid Health Community Benefit, said the department was able to support the camp as a pilot program. "We got great feedback from students," she said, noting that it involved at least 60 Reid Health team members. "Our hope is that students have a better idea of the multiple career options available to them – maybe some they never considered or didn't even know existed. And now they know what education and training it takes to prepare for that career."

The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library Annual Book Sale with 10,000 Items for Sale!

Posted April 9, 2019

It's our biggest sale of the year!

Books, Movies, Music, and Value Priced Collectable Books

April 24-27, 2019

At Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond, Indiana

Flyer: MRL's Spring Book SaleThe Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library Annual Book Sale is open the last full week of April. The sale is open daily to the public starting at 10 AM from Wednesday, April 24th and runs through Saturday, April 27th. Friday is "Half-Price Sale Day!" and Saturday is "Bag Day!," when a bag of books will cost $3.00. Fill your bag with whatever you like.

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Donated materials cover subjects including fiction, foreign languages, cooking, computer science, government, history, political science, law, education, fine arts, self-help, reference, business, social sciences, philosophy, and religion.

Friends of MRL Book Sale Price List
  • Hardback Books $1.00
  • Paperback Books .50 cents
  • DVD $2.00
  • Book-on-Tape & Music CD $1.00
  • Records/Tapes/Videos .50 cents
  • Puzzles/Games $1.00
  • Magazines .10 cents
  • Special Value Items Priced Separately

Browse our children's books, where you'll find many under $1, including picture books, school-age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers. All proceeds from this book sale will go toward improving programs and services for Morrisson-Reeves Library. Book Sale stock is replenished throughout the day. This book sale is open to the public.

The Friends of MRL are a non-profit association of people interested in promoting knowledge and interest in the functions, resources, services and needs of the Library. Friends provide time, talents, and funds for services and programs that enrich, educate and entertain the community.

Membership is open to individuals, businesses or groups who wish to join in support of Morrisson-Reeves Library.

If you would like to learn more about the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library, please call MRL at (765) 966-8291 or visit us at our website:

First Bank Richmond Celebrates IU Day with $10,000 Match

Posted April 9, 2019

First Bank Richmond is celebrating IU Day on Wednesday, April 10, with a $10,000 matching gift opportunity for alumni and friends of the campus.

First Bank Richmond will match - up to $500 per donor - up to $10,000 in total giving to the IU East campus.Supplied Photo: Rufus the Red Wolf and Aumni

Now in its fourth year, IU Day is a 24-hour worldwide celebration of Indiana University. IU Day is a social-sharing, IU-wearing, gift-giving day of engagement as students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university come together in celebration of all things IU.

Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, said First Bank Richmond has the tradition of celebrating IU Day each year with a matching gift.

"First Bank Richmond had this idea to inspire giving on IU Day with the $10,000 match," King said. "This is the fourth year in a row that First Bank Richmond has participated on IU Day, and their generosity inspires others to give as well."Supplied Photo: Speaker with people setting at tables

As another part of IU Day, First Bank Richmond will host a special luncheon for IU East students. During the luncheon IU alumni working at First Bank Richmond connect with the students and share information on the banking industry. Students also have an opportunity to share how their experience at IU East has helped to prepare them for graduate work or profession of choice with the First Bank Richmond team.

This is also Campus Campaign week for the university, the annual fundraising initiative among faculty and staff for important programs and scholarships on the IU East campus.

Gifts can be made at or to the Office of Gift Development at IU East located in Springwood Hall.

Cambridge City Family Medicine to Get New, Larger Home

Posted April 9, 2019

Reid Health's purchase of a long empty space in Cambridge City will eventually be the new home of a longtime community physician practice, allowing it to expand to better meet the health care needs of the area.

The health system recently purchased what's known as the Alco and CVS building at 1122 South State Road 1. "We are excited," says James Bertsch, D.O., who has practiced in the community more than 40 years and will relocate Cambridge City Family Medicine to the space sometime in 2020.

"The existing offices, in one of the city's historic properties, couldn't handle all the things the practice will be in five or ten years," he said.

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said the expansion reflects the health system's commitment to providing easily accessible care to the region. "This will allow us to meet the growing demand and add services to make it possible for patients to remain in their hometown for care."

The new offices will expand to 18 patient rooms from the current seven, be able to add X-ray and lab services, and also have bays for the Reid Health Ambulance Service now stationed in Cambridge. There will also be room to add more providers, up to six from the two now – Dr. Bertsch and Ramona Orschell, NP.

Rohit Bawa, M.D., who chairs the Reid Health Physician Associates (RHPA) Network Operations Council, said the growing physician network prioritizes providing services in the many regional communities the health system serves. "And part of that is always ensuring we also offer as many services and technologies as we can in these communities."

Kelly Beall, Vice President/Executive Director of RHPA, said her team is excited for what the expansion brings to the Cambridge City area. "The added space will allow for additional services not available at the current location, including a laboratory and other specialists similar to what we offer in other communities."

The 27,000 square foot building houses CVS Pharmacy, which will remain in its space, Reid Health officials said. Reid Health's remodel will use about 18,000 square feet.

"It's a smart move," Dr. Bertsch said, referring to an increasing demand for health care services in the Cambridge City area.

LifeStream's Annual Healthy Aging Expo Set for May 9

Posted April 9, 2019

Supplied Flyer: Healthy Aging Expo

LifeStream Services, The Leland Legacy, Kicks96, 101.7 The Point, and The Legend 95.3 invite the public to join us at the annual Healthy Aging Expo on Thursday, May 9. Last year's event welcomed an astounding 300 attendees who enjoyed 70 vendor booths, 6 health demonstrations, and a complimentary lunch.

This year's Healthy Aging Expo will be once again be held at the Kuhlman Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds located at 861 N. Salisbury Rd., Richmond, IN 47374 from 10am- 2pm.

The Expo is free to attend and hosts over 70 informational booths featuring health and wellness, financial services, area activities, and much more. The first 200 attendees will receive a complimentary lunch. There will also be several interactive demonstrations provided by Reid Health Alliance Medicare, YMCA of Richmond, Wayne County Emergency Management, the City of Connersville Police Department, and LifeStream Services.

We are currently accepting sponsorship and vendor reservations through April 24. To reserve a booth or become a sponsor, please contact Hannah Downham, Public Relations Officer, by calling 765-759-3363 or emailing You can also fill out the form by visiting

Special thank you to our current Healthy Aging Expo supporters including Reid Health, Reid Health Alliance Medicare, Connect America Medical Alert, Silver Birch of Muncie, Arbor Trace Senior Living, State of the Heart Care Hospice, Flatrock River Lodge, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Phillips Drugs, University Dermatology Center, Eye Center of Richmond, Wallace Heating and Air, The Gutter Shutter, and many more!

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 19,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at and follow on Facebook at

IU East to Present Honorary Degrees to Craig Kinyon, Charlie Nelms

Posted April 1, 2019,

Indiana University East will present Indiana University Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to

Craig Kinyon and Charlie Nelms during its 48th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 10.

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will confer the honorary degrees at the ceremony.

The honorary degree, the highest academic recognition Indiana University can bestow, is awarded to individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity and sincere concern for the public good. In addition, candidates for the honorary degree generally have significant ties to the state of Indiana or to Indiana University. Through this high honor, IU seeks to recognize individuals who may serve as role models for students, faculty, alumni and the people of the state of Indiana.

IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe said it will be an honor to present Kinyon and Nelms with the honorary degrees.

"IU East is fortunate to have both Craig and Charlie contribute their expertise and leadership to the campus and region," Cruz-Uribe said. "Both of these men are deserving of the highest honor we can bestow for their individual efforts to improve the quality of life for residents in the region and for students pursuing their academic degrees at IU East."

Supplied Photo: Craig KinyonKinyon is the president/CEO of Reid Health, the region's largest employer. The hospital provides clinical experiences for IU East nursing students, internship opportunities, is a partner in providing education rotations for IU School of Medicine third- and fourth-year clerkship students. Under Kinyon's leadership, Reid Health has supported numerous campus projects such as the completion of the Student Events and Activities Center as well as the purchase of simulation for the nursing program.

He is an active member of the IU East Board of Advisors. Kinyon serves on the Preble County Development Partnership board as treasurer, Vizient Central board as chair, and he is vice president of the Crossroads Health Services Reciprocal board. He is a board member of the Earlham College Community Partnership, West End Bank, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Tecumseh Health Reciprocal Risk Retention Group. He is also a member of Richmond's Alliance for Strategic Growth, Forward Wayne County, American Hospital Association, Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Rural Health Association, American Institute of CPAs and Indiana CPA Society.

Kinyon has received honors for his leadership role at Reid Health, including an American Hospital Association's Grassroots Champion Award, which recognizes hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital's vital role in the community. He also received the Indiana Hospital Association's Distinguished Service Award.

Kinyon received his B.A. in Accounting from Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania.

Supplied Photo: Charlie NelmsNelms is Chancellor Emeritus of IU East and has provided years of extensive service to Indiana University. He served IU East as its third chancellor and a professor of education from 1987-1994.

In addition, Nelms served IU for more than 20 years in numerous capacities, including associate dean for academic affairs and chief student affairs officer at IU Northwest, vice president for institutional development and student affairs at IU Bloomington, and professor of higher education.

From 2007 to 2012, he served as the chancellor of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Currently, Nelms is a higher education consultant who provides expertise in leadership, intuitional effectiveness, strategic planning and diversity and inclusion.

He has also provided tremendous volunteer leadership to local, state and national organizations. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and as a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute STEM Advisory Committee.

Nelms has previously received honorary degrees from Earlham College in 1993 and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2001. He has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from both Indiana University and the IU School of Education, the State of Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash and the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Delaney Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2012, President Obama honored Nelms with the MLK Drum Major for Service Award for helping to address the most pressing needs of our communities and nation.

Nelms received his Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from IU. He received his bachelor's degree in agronomy and chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Black and White Ball

Posted March 26, 2019, 2019

Supplied Flyer: 2019 Black & White Ball

Townsend Community Center, Inc. Fundraising Committee is excited to announce our first Black and White Ball to recognize the men and women of the Richmond/Wayne County's Police, Fire Fighter/EMT, and Sheriff Departments! We want to celebrate those of you who faithfully put your lives on the line for us on a daily basis and contributing to the safety of Richmond and the Wayne County residents.

We, the Townsend Community Center, Inc. Board, realized there has not been any such event to recognize your dedication to protect and serve the citizens of our city and our county. So with that being said, we decided to take the challenge to plan and implement such an event, thus, the birth of the "Black and White Ball".

This event will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. at The Leland Legacy, 900 South A Street, Richmond, IN. The cost will be $25.00 per person or $40.00 a couple. The dinner is being donated by O'Charley's.

We look forward in seeing you and your family at this CELEBRATION which celebrates you!! Please RSVP by contacting us at the following email address or call Adria J. Deloney at 765-977-5057 or Dr. Lucinda Wright at 765-373-9012 by March 29, 2019.

Thank you again for your selfless contribution to the community and we look forward to your CELEBRATION.

Celebrating the Artistry and Talents of Older Adults

Posted March 18, 2019

LifeStream and IU East partnered to host a Senior Art Exhibit and Competition in which older adults from East Central Indiana were invited to submit their work. Fifty-five area artists submitted pieces including ceramic sculptures, charcoal drawings, ceramics, photography, wood work, and much more. The pieces were judged and awarded at a reception on Thursday, March 7 at Room 912 Gallery in Richmond.

The first place winner, Don Pressley, stunned the judges with a charcoal drawing of Willie Nelson. Second place went to Kathryn Bird who painted a beautiful acrylic picture, and third place went to Enola Delaney with an elaborate ceramic sculpture. The full exhibit showcases the many talents of older adults in East Central Indiana.

PHoto: First Place - Don Pressley

The LifeStream and IU East Senior Art Exhibit will be on display through Friday, May 3 at Room 912 Gallery located at 912 E. Main St. Richmond, IN 47374. The community can stop in and marvel at the pieces on Tuesdays between 11:30am to 6pm and Wednesday through Friday at 11:30am to 7pm. The Senior Art Exhibit and Competition is an annual partnership between LifeStream Services and Indiana University East. The next Senior Art Exhibit and Competition will be announced January 2020. LifeStream works to improve the quality of life for seniors, people with disabilities, and others at risk.

Involvement in the arts has a number of benefits for older adults including improved communication and socialization, improved cognition skills, increased self-esteem, and much more. LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 19,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at and follow on Facebook at

Singles Interaction Newsletter - April 2019

Posted March 18, 2019, 2019

Supplied Newsletter: Singles Interaction April 2019

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

ATHENA Leadership Award®, Young Professional Leadership Award Nominations Accepted Through April 26

Posted March 11, 2019

The deadline to submit nominations for this year's ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® will be presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman and Janice Buhl-Macy.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential-creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. The first recipient of the award was Jessie Pilewski.

Nomination forms are available at

The awards will be presented at the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.

Founded in 1982, ATHENA International is a women's leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA's flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award's rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

Wayne Bank and IU East are honored to bring this award to Wayne County. ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronze and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients.

Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East. Event proceeds will equally benefit the Women's Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.

To RSVP, visit or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Disney Institute to Richmond, IN

Posted February 28, 2019, 2019

Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development course, Disney's Approach to Business Excellence, to Richmond, IN on Friday, April 26, 2019. Sponsored by the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, the one-day event will help area professionals begin to understand the power of leadership values, discover how customer loyalty can be established, and gain insight into how organizational culture is strengthened. Participants gain an awareness of the systems and processes that can make exceptional customer service achievable and learn how to integrate personal creativity and organizational processes to support continuous improvement within their organization.

"This is an excellent opportunity for area employers to not only examine their own culture and practices, but to sharpen the skills of their employees as well," said Chamber President/CEO Melissa Vance. "Ultimately, this is about raising the bar and helping businesses thrive."

This day of Disney Institute training uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide.

"Anytime we can bring an organization of this caliber to Wayne County, the entire community benefits," said Mary Walker, Executive Director for the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau.

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting other surrounding Chambers to join them for this learning opportunity. "It didn't seem right to bring something this extraordinary to the area and keep it to ourselves. We know that if our region takes the principals provided by Disney Institute and applies them, we will become a magnet for a strong workforce. People want to go where good things are happening."

Registration is $499 for Chamber members, $549 for non-Chamber members and includes all course materials as well as lunch, parking, etc. After March 20th registration is $549 for Chamber members, $599 for non-Chamber members. For more information or to register, visit or call (765) 962-1511.

About Disney Institute

As the trusted, authoritative voice on the Disney approach to customer experience, Disney Institute uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide. For nearly three decades, Disney Institute has helped professionals discover ways to positively impact their organizations and the customer they serve through immersion in leadership, service and employee engagement. Unique to Disney Institute is the opportunity to go behind the scenes in a "living laboratory" to observe firsthand how Disney methodologies are operationalized and how they can be adapted and applied to any work environment.

To learn more, visit or call 321-939-4600.

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