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Fabulous 50 Report


Thank you Besty Lease for all your work pulling these Fabulous Women together!!

Report of Giveaway Meeting, January 17, 2014

The Brown County Y, sponsoring Access Brown County, was the winner of  $9,000.00 awarded to them by the Fabulous 50, Women’s Giving Circle.  And this year the gift will be matched by Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).  This means that $18,000.00 will be added to the Access budget bringing Access to its target of providing the service levels of 2012 despite higher transportation costs.  Access provides transportation by appointment to Brown County citizens to doctor’s appointments, to and from work, to buy groceries, etc.  In addition, it also has the capability to connect with Columbus and Bloomington transportation for an appointment at the hospital, for example.

There were three contenders for the 2013 gift, drawn at random from recommendations submitted by members of the Fabulous 50.  These final contenders were the Brown County Y who, for this particular drawing, made a pitch for Access Brown County as one of the programs they offer our community, the Brown County Girl Scouts, and the Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF) Sustainability Fund.  Kim Robinson spoke on behalf the Y/Access Brown County, Bonnie Closey for the Brown County Girls Scouts, and Letty Newkirk for the Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF) Sustainability Fund.  Each presented explanations of why she was recommending the money go to her charity choice.  A vote was taken of members in attendance at the event.  Great questions from the audience regarding qualifications and capabilities of the charities assisted in the decision making process.

In addition to the award that goes directly to the Brown County Y/Access Brown County, $1,000.00 goes to BCCF for its sustainability endowment.  This “fabulous” group understands the importance of having a sustained philanthropic organization within the local community.

The Fabulous 50 group will meet with their winning grantee sometime in the spring or early summer to get a full report of how the money has benefited the people of our County.

Chateau Winery Manager, Bob Smerdel, was recognized for graciously giving meeting space to the Fabulous 50 for this first giveaway event.

All members were asked to try and find one additional member to join the Circle for 2014.  The same giving request applies to new and returning members:  please send your $200.00 donation to the Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF) with Fabulous 50 written in the memo line.  The address for BCCF is P.O. Box 191. The money can be received in $50.00 quarterly increments or all at one time.  All donations are tax deductible.

Including the three charities that were chosen for 2013 consideration, below is a list of the worthy recommendations from the Fabulous 50.  If there is a number behind the charity it indicates the number of recommendations submitted for this first year of giving.  For example, Kim Robinson was not the only one suggesting Access Brown County; there were five (5) others who wanted Access to be the charity of choice for 2013.  The full list of charity recommendations are in alphabetical order.

Access Brown County (6)

Elder Heart Sculpture, Nashville Arts & Entertainment District (2)

Beta Teen Center

Brown County Art Gallery Expansion Fund (3)

Brown County Career Resource Center

Brown County Community Foundation Sustainability Fund (2)

Brown County Girl Scouts

Brown County Habitat for Humanity Rehab Program (2)

Brown County Historical Center Building Fund (6)

Brown County Humane Society (4)

Brown County Literacy Coalition (3)

Brown County Playhouse (3)

Brown County Sheriff’s Reserve

Friends of the Brown County Public Library

Friends of the Brown County State Park

John P. Craine House

Mother’s Cupboard

St. Vincent de Paul

Salt Creek Trail

Salvation Army

T. C. Steele Historic Site

In addition, we wish to report two “fabulous” little stories of the evening. 

(1) Bonnie Closey informed us that she came out a winner for the evening even though her charity will not be receiving the money.  She was able to find two Fabulous 50 ladies who were interested in volunteer work with the Girls Scouts.  Bonnie considers that invaluable.

(2) Tess Kean’s husband, Chris Stouder, asked if he could join the Fabulous 50.  He sent in a check, asking to be a member, hinting that we might be sexist.  The group found him “fabulous,” immediately accepted his donation, and named him a magnanimous man.  Thank you very much, Chris.

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The following ladies are charter members.

Anderson, Kathy
Anderson, Teresa
Bartels, Patricia
Bell, Carol
Boardman, Shirley
Bowman, Barbara
Callahan, Ann
Cantrell, Diane
Closey, Bonnie
Dale, Cindy Orbaugh
Day, Marylin
DeBock, Marcia
Emmert, Carolyn
Flinn, Fenella
Johnson, Jenny
Kean, Tess
Kean, Davie
Kramer, Janet
Laros, Jaydene
Lawrence, Karen Bryant
Lease, Betsy Voss
Lindenlaub, Peg
Lloyd, Pat
Martin, Catherine
McQueary, Linda
Moore, Mary Beth
Newkirk, Letty
O’Hara, Karen
Ormiston, Donna
Paarlberg, Kimberly
Perry, Rachel
Pockevich, Connie
Rees, Collie
Richardson, Kathryn
Roberts, Kathy
Robinson, Kim
Routh, Carol
Rozzi, Joann
Simon, Rita
Stewart, Judy
Swigert, Jan
Tackett, Donna
Three Hawks, Susan
Todd, Linda
Two Great Minds Marketing & Design LLC
Weatherford, Jane
Welty, Linda
Winn, Julie
Wright, Joan
Young, Brenda

Thank you to all 50 ladies of the Fabulous 50!

Submitted by Betsy Lease

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2014 Board of Trustees Applications Available


“To hold and encourage the building of Legacy” This is the mission statement of your Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF). If you believe in the future of Brown County, please apply to be a candidate for the 2014 Board of Trustees. Guidelines include but are not limited to the following: community involvement, BCCF committee involvement, leadership evidence, commitment of time and financial support of BCCF.

The BCCF is a nonprofit enterprise that seeks to provide the mechanism through which those who desire to help others can carry out their philanthropic goals for the community. The 12 member elected board of trustees oversees the activities of the foundation; including stewardship of charitable gifts received and endowed funds established.

Interested candidates can download an expression of interest application or  call Larry Pejeau at the foundation office at 988-4882.    

Expression Of Interest Form

Congratulations We the People! Help them defend their Title.


Congratulations Brown County Junior High School 2013 State Champion We the People team!!!  Let's help them get  to the national competition  in Washington DC.  They need to raise $35,000 so that their entire team can go to Nationals.  

To make a contribution to this challenge please mail checks, made out to We the People, to Brown County Junior High School, P.O. Box 578, Nashville, Indiana, 47448.

Fabulous Fifty


We are setting our goal at recruiting a group of 50 women, young and old, who care about their community.  Each member will commit to giving 50 four times a year, with the total being awarded to Brown County charity on an annual basis.

There is little time commitment required of a member.  In December the group will meet for one hour and anyone wishing to promote a particular organization puts her name on the organization’s name on a piece of paper and puts it in the basket.  Three tickets will be drawn at random; each of the three persons drawn gives a presentation, all present members vote and the top vote-getting organization receives the donation for the year.  At this time, if any member wants to add another check to the pot--- wow!  What impact we will have.

Directly send a $50 check made out to the Brown County Community Foundation (PO Box 191 Nashville) in March, June, September and December.

If you want to join, please inform:

Kim Robinson- 9889622,
Betsy Lease- 988-8798,, or
Judy Bowling- 988-4882,

2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Winner


A Brown County student has been named recipient of a four-year, full tuition scholarships as the Brown County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Isaac Gluesenkamp will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. 

Isaac is the son of Dan and Deb Gluesenkamp of Nashville.  He is a senior at Brown County High School.  Isaac has applied to the following schools in Indiana: Wabash, DePauw, Indiana University, Butler and Indiana Purdue University.  He will be majoring in Biology/Pre-Medical.

There were 15 applicants that applied for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  The scholarship committee reviewed the applications and scored them based on scholastic profile, personal recommendations, school activities, community activities, personal goals statement, and written essay.  Finalists were then selected, asked to write an impromptu essay and then interviewed.  After the Brown County Community Foundation scholarship committee narrowed the field to five nominees, the finalist’s names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipient.

                ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

                The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education.  Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with bachelor’s degree.  There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.

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Brown County Wish List
The Brown County Community Foundation provides this Community Wishlist for local nonprofit organizations that have needs or have items to give away.  If you have an item that you need, or are able to donate, please visit our Wish List Page and fill out the appropriate form.

Below is our listing of Needed items and items being Given Away.
No Items Are Currently Needed
No Items are currently being given away.