The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner is January 17. This year’s theme is “2020: A Perfect Vision”.
This is a celebration of the amazing work and dedication of 18 businesses and individuals to be named that evening. This is an opportunity to thank the great leaders we work and live alongside. A delicious meal will be catered by The Olde Richmond Inn. A cash bar will be available.
RSVP by January 9, 2020: Register for the Chamber Annual Dinner 2020: A Perfect Vision
The Reid Health December Ambassador is known as a calming influence, even in the sometimes stressful situations faced by the health system's Security team.
Dereck Tipton, a native and resident of Liberty, responds to every Security call with "a positive attitude, a calm demeanor and a smile on his face," wrote one nominator. Said another: "He is always smiling and courteous. He also remains very calm in high-stress events."
Other nominators said his "positivity is infectious," he illustrates "a kindness about him that makes everyone feel welcome and safe" and he has a gift for turning negatives into positives. "He is always willing to go the extra mile for his fellow employees, patients, and visitors."
Others echoed the theme. "Dereck works very well with calming patients and visitors who are upset, and is very capable of handling situations that get out of control."
Tipton came to the Reid team two years ago after working for about 10 years with Liberty utilities. He also has served for 18 years as a reserve deputy sheriff.
He and his wife, Courtney, have two teenage sons - Mason, 16, and Gage, 14. When not at work, he loves golfing and camping. He also spends time with his son's activities, which include FFA, 4-H, and sports.
"I really like the people I work with. We have a great team in Security," he said.
Somerville Bank would like to welcome Loan Officer Melinda Burr to our Richmond office. Melinda has been with Somerville Bank for 5 years, recently transferring to the Mortgage Center here in Richmond. She came to us with over 15 years of experience in lending, real estate, and title law already under her belt. Friendly and driven, Melinda is the perfect storm of knowledge, experience, and professionalism. All local professionals in the real estate industry are INVITED to a Welcome Reception for Melinda at The Cordial Cork on Friday, December 13th from 4:00-6:00. There will be a Champagne toast at 5:30 and then a raffle drawing immediately following. Bring your business card to drop in the drawing for a $50 gift card to The Cordial Cork, a box of cupcakes from LisaCakes, or a bottle of wine. Must be present to win!
An Earlham College senior double majoring in Economics and Peace & Global Studies has earned the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the world’s most prestigious academic awards. The Rhodes funds up to three years of graduate level coursework at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, beginning in fall 2020.
Summia Tora, a native of Afghanistan, is just the latest global scholar to emerge from Earlham, building upon the College’s reputation as a leader in the liberal arts and sciences for its commitment to peace, justice and global understanding. Tora is the first woman from Earlham and the first student from Afghanistan to be awarded the scholarship. She is the second Earlham student in three years to earn a Rhodes Scholarship.
Tora plans to pursue coursework in refugee studies, forced migration studies and social entrepreneurship while in Oxford. Her focus will be on scholarship related to internally displaced people in Afghanistan but also refugees in Pakistan and different parts of the world.
Tora’s academic pursuits in Oxford will build upon her Earlham education and her own life’s experiences. When she was a child, she fled to Pakistan with her family to escape violence and other economic factors threatening their safety. Most of her formal education was in Pakistan, but she received a scholarship to study at the United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico, for the final two years of high school. As a UWC student, she advocated for refugees seeking asylum in the United States by spreading awareness about the conditions of undocumented immigrants living in detention centers.
When she arrived at Earlham in 2016, her coursework and co-curricular pursuits helped her gain a more sophisticated understanding of the factors that contributed to forced migration in locations around the world.
In the summer of her first year, she earned funding from Earlham in support of an internship at Exodus Refugee Immigration in Indianapolis, and worked closely with Congolese and Afghan refugees seeking a new life in Indiana. During her third year at Earlham, she spent a semester abroad in Athens, Greece, and gained further experience providing translation services for Doctors of the World, an international human rights organization that provides emergency and long-term medical care to refugees and other vulnerable populations. Later on Earlham’s campus, Tora and other Earlham students conducted a fundraiser for refugee families that she had met at a solidarity shelter during her time in Greece.
“It was a form of reliving my own experience, but also realizing that I had some form of privilege in the way that I was living my life as a refugee,” Tora says of her internship and experiences in Greece. “I’ve wanted to give back, because I know what this hardship is like.”
On Earlham’s campus, Tora benefited from a liberal arts curriculum that exposed her to coursework beyond her two majors, resulting in mentorship from faculty in the departments of Economics, Peace & Global Studies, African & African American Studies, History, English and Global Management. Similarly, she worked extensively with interdisciplinary teams of students on a number of entrepreneurial projects that broadened the scope of her interest in refugee studies. She also worked more broadly with the entire student body as co-president of Earlham Student Government for the 2018-19 academic year.
"I was delighted when I heard of Summia's success,” says Rajaram Krishnan, a professor of Economics at Earlham, and one of Tora’s faculty mentors. “At Earlham, Summia has worked with focus and purpose both inside and outside the classroom, and the Rhodes is a fitting reward for her efforts. That it is Earlham's second Rhodes in three years suggests that we can make it a habit!"
Hashem Abu Sham’a, a 2017 Earlham graduate and the College’s last Rhodes Scholar was one of the first two awardees from the State of Palestine as part of the inaugural Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine program. George E. Hamilton, Class of 1905, and Joseph Clyde Little, Class of 1917, also were Earlham Rhodes Scholars.
For Tora’s Rhodes interview, four Peace & Global Studies students helped her by dressing up on a recent Saturday afternoon to simulate a “hard-hitting mock interview,” according to Joanna Swanger the director of Earlham’s Peace and Global Studies program.
“I never doubted her ability, as she has been a dedicated and conscientious student of Peace and Global Studies and of Economics, and she has already demonstrated her talents in peace-building and governance,” Swanger says. “Both Summia and Hashem are bringing important questions of justice to bear on the work of peacebuilding and leadership, through directly confronting and challenging legacies of racism and colonialism. I congratulate Summia on this marvelous accomplishment."
Rhodes Scholars are chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service. It is one of the most prestigious academic awards in the English-speaking world, and one that broadened its reach in recent decades. At its founding in 1902, the award was only open to men from the British colonies, Germany and the United States. The program began including women in 1978 and, in recent years, has been extended even further to include students from around the world.
About 100 students are now chosen for Rhodes Scholars annually. Tora was one of just two Rhodes Scholars chosen in her region as part of the Global Scholars program, which debuted in 2018. About 600 students from 50 different countries participated in the application process, and students from 12 different countries were finalists, she says.
Now Tora is planning for her next steps as she prepares to join other Rhodes luminaries, a list that includes former Secretary of State Dean Rusk; South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright; philosopher Naomi Wolf; U.S. Sen. Cory Booker; and Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Feed The Children.
– Meridian Health Services welcomes Tracy Douglas-Wheeler, MS as its new Vice President of Community Health.
Ms. Douglas-Wheeler is a proven expert in community health and will be responsible for the clinical and administrative operations of Meridian’s community health services throughout the state of Indiana. She will oversee the cohesive quality and performance of the primary medical care operations, including MeridianMD, Meridian Women’s Health, Meridian Health Pediatrics.
Tracy Douglas-Wheeler, Vice President of Community Health at Meridian
“I look forward to using my time and talent at an organization like Meridian that prioritizes patient-centric healthcare where the whole-person—physical, mental, and social well-being is taken care of,” said Douglas-Wheeler.
With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration and
operations in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Delaware, Douglas-Wheeler also served as Executive Vice President of Operations of a Federally Qualified Health Center as well as Chief Operations Officer of an association serving ambulatory community health centers. Prior to those roles, she held various leadership positions in hospitals and health systems specializing in both adults and pediatrics.
“Her new role will complement our organizational structure in providing quality community care throughout this region,” said Hank Milius, president and CEO of Meridian, “With her success in clinical leadership and management, I’m confident Ms. Douglas-Wheeler will find even more opportunities to create additional integrated services for the communities Meridian serves.”
Waytru Bancorp, the holding company for Wayne Bank and Trust Company (“Wayne Bank”), announces two important appointments to its executive leadership team. The Wayne Bank Board of Directors appointed John Christy as the bank’s 9th President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 12. Mike Gaddis has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wayne Bank.
Gaddis has a long-standing career at Wayne Bank, over 28 years, and has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Wayne Bank since 2015. He has been an integral part of Wayne Bank’s success, embracing and exemplifying the bank’s philosophy “You’ve Got a Friend in Banking.”
Christy joins Wayne Bank with over 30 years of banking experience primarily within the Indiana and Midwest markets. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of United Trust Bank. He previously held leadership positions at PNC Bank, Key Bank, and Monroe Bank and Trust Co. He has an extensive background in business development, compliance, and operational leadership.
Old National Road Welcome Center to host
Richmond Racing Book Signing
Richmond, Indiana – Richmond writers Bill Holder and Ronn Berry have captured the auto racing history of Richmond, Indiana with their latest book, Richmond Racing. The public is invited to meet the authors, Saturday, November 16th at the Old National Road Welcome Center from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Richmond was once home to five race tracks including open-wheel, stock car, drag, motorcycles, and road racing which are all represented in their book along with vintage photos and newspaper clippings of the era. Throughout the book, the authors share stories of tracks dating back to the early 1900s and of the racers, many of whom, went on to become well known at the Indy 500, Eldora Speedway and Daytona 500 races.
During the book signing, there will be over a dozen vintage and current race cars on display and area drivers in attendance. An autograph page inside the book provides opportunities for attendees to collect autographs from drivers. Books are $20.00 and proceeds will be donated to the Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club’s Injured Drivers Fund. Just in time for the holidays, this local book is a must-have for any racing or local history enthusiast.
The Old National Road Welcome Center is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond, Indiana. For more information call 765-935-8687 or VisitRichmond.org
Business News - We have a new employee. Doris Williams comes to us will much talent. She is a longarm quilter, embroiderer, and crafter. She owns several Brother & Janome machines. Our sewing machine technician, Josh Rushing, recently completed and is certified on the Brother Luminaire XP1. Nancy just returned from Brother training in Chicago on the Luminaire XP1 and the new Disney Scan N Cut.
Wayne Bank welcomes Crystal Kaulen as the new Plaza Branch Manager.
Business - Belden Distribution Center
Business News - On Friday, October 4th the Belden Distribution Center in Richmond will reach a milestone of 3,000 days without a lost-time accident. The Richmond DC currently employs 44 associates over three shifts working 5-7 days a week. These associates specialize in receiving material, processing orders and shipping Belden product orders to customers all over the world. Congratulations to Belden's Richmond Distribution Center on this outstanding accomplishment!
MERIDIAN CEO INVITED TO WHITE HOUSE DISCUSSION ON MENTAL HEALTH
MUNCIE, Ind. – Meridian Health Services’ President and CEO, Hank Milius, was one of several distinguished professionals invited from the healthcare and substance use treatment and prevention field to a roundtable discussion with State and Federal officials regarding mental health/addiction issues at the NeuroDiagnostic Institute (NDI) in Indianapolis on Friday, September 27, 2019.
Joining Milius were Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, as well as Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of United States; Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, Director of Indiana Family and Social Services; Bryan Mills, CEO of Community Health Network; Jim McClelland, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement; Katrina Norris, Superintendent of Richmond State Hospital; Matt Brooks, President/CEO of Indiana Council; and Dr. Jerry Sheward, Chief Medical Officer and Superintendent of NDI.
New Lisbon Broadband and Communications, a subsidiary of New Lisbon Telephone Company, is proud to announce that Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will be visiting the company’s New Lisbon office on October 15, 2019 at approximately 3:00pm. Lt. Governor Crouch will be presenting NLBC with a Next Level Broadband Grant.
Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Broadband Grant program has earmarked to assist in the building of Broadband networks around the state through a public-private partnership. Lt. Governor Crouch’s staff and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs oversaw the application process. Sixty-four applications were submitted for projects around the
Business News - Union County Medical Center to transition to new ownership On October 29, 2019, Union County Medical Center will begin operating under the umbrella of Neighborhood Health Center, Inc, a not-for-profit corporation that operates as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). The center will continue to provide family medicine and behavioral health care with dental services to be added sometime in 2020. The office will continue to operate in its current location with similar hours. Carrie Miles, Chief Executive Officer, shared “Our mission is to ‘promote health and wellness through access and affordability for all members of our community, especially those who need us most’,” Miles said. “The primary reason for transitioning the center is our ability as a FQHC to provide additional, essential services for members of the community who otherwise cannot afford services,” Miles said. Federally Qualified Health Center is a designation from the federal government that provides enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. As a FQHC, patients are cared for regardless of ability to pay and fees are based on family size and income. Union County has over 13% of residents who are uninsured.
Miles said the center plans to provide onsite eligibility services to help more residents obtain insurance coverage. “We look forward to working with all community partners to help meet the needs of our community and improve the overall health of Union County.” Union County Medical Center has been owned and operated by Reid Health since November 2010. The transition will allow a more focused approach to improve the health of low-income patients living in Union County. Neighborhood Health Center will offer on-site assistance with financial paperwork, transportation assistance and additional connections to community services. Statistics show that 36% of Union County residents are at or below 200% of federal poverty limits.
“This is great news for patients served by the Union County Medical Center,” said Kelly Beall, Reid Health Vice President/Executive Director of Reid Health Physician Associates. “From the patient perspective, this change will be seamless and will increase their options for care.” The existing providers and staff will make the transition and continue to provide quality healthcare at the facility. Providers include Dr. Sang-Kyune Lee, Paulette Worcester, NP and Shannon Shuman, NP; Joanita Wesler, NP, and Christopher Crist, LCSW, will provide behavioral health services. Worcester shared that “This is a significant step forward in ensuring residents have the care they need and want from birth through aging.
The staff at Union County Medical Center are excited about this transition. We see it as an opportunity to provide more health services to the people we care very deeply about. We're looking forward to welcoming new patients to our care as we continue to grow.” The center is accepting new patients and will continue to be in network with most insurance plans and will add plans as the need arises. The center is governed by a board of directors made up of community members with a strong commitment for the health and well-being of the community and includes individuals who are served by the center. For more information, contact Carrie Miles at email@example.com or by calling the Neighborhood Health Center at 765-965-4299.
Fountain City Wesleyan Church, with attendees from five different counties: Wayne, Randolph, Union, Fayette, and Henry county, has been serving East Central Indiana for 175 years. Now, it has a new name. Eight years ago, Fountain City Wesleyan, located at 5600 US Highway 27 North, Richmond, launched a second worship location at Dennis Middle School, 222 NW 7th St in Richmond, and named this campus, The Well. On the weekend of September 21-22, Fountain City Wesleyan and The Well announced that both of their locations will be identified with a new name, LifeSpring Church. FCWC will be the LifeSpring Church North Campus and The Well will be the LifeSpring Church South Campus.
"We want to make it clear to our community that we are one church with two campuses," shared Steve Bray, Senior Pastor. "By choosing a non-geographical name to represent both campuses, we are symbolically communicating that we are one church. Both campuses share the same vision and work together to fuel a movement of hope across East Central Indiana in which lives are transformed by Jesus." This new name, LifeSpring Church, speaks of the new life and hope which faith can bring to a person. In John 4:13-14, Jesus makes an incredible promise to a woman who came to draw water at a well. He says, "Whoever drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
"While our church has a long and rich history, we also believe we have a bright future," states Pastor Bray. One major initiative the church is undertaking this year is the renovation of the former St. John Church at 501 S. 7th Street, Richmond. Renovations are expected to be complete by mid-March. The renovated location will serve as the new home of the LifeSpring South Campus.
The North Campus is also receiving updates in paint, carpeting, and chairs as the church prepares for the future. Ministry to kids, students, and entire families has been a hallmark of this church and will continue to be a focal point. The North Campus recently launched an outreach ministry to children that is reaching over 100 kids. The church believes strongly in serving the community by offering a food pantry, holding serve days for community service projects, serving at soup kitchens, and supporting a number of local non-profits with resources and volunteers. Services are offered at the North Campus Saturdays at 6:30pm and Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00am. The South Campus offers a service at 11:00am on Sundays. Everyone is welcome. More information is available at www.lifespring.tv.
Richmond Vista Investment Partners WELCOMES Kacey Ritchie
Richmond, IN − Kacey Ritchie recently joined Vista Investment Partners, located at 2519 East Main Street, Suite 203, Richmond, Indiana according to Managing Partner Brett Guiley. Kacey grew up in North Pole, Alaska and began her career in finance at the Mt. McKinley Bank in Fairbanks AK.
“I am pleased to welcome Kacey to the Vista family,” said Guiley. “Adding Kacey is another indicator that we’re attracting some of the very best to the industry and is further proof of Vista Investment Partners commitment to client service.” Kacey will be working closely with Sarah Peacock, our operations manager.
Kacey lives in Eaton, Ohio and enjoys everything outdoors, which includes camping, fishing, football and softball. She is enjoying getting settled in her new home and becoming acquainted with the Midwest. She is passionate about partnering with first responders/firefighters to benefit the fight to end children’s cancer.