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Vermillion County Community Foundation
PO Box 532
259 Vine Street
Clinton, IN 47842-0532
* Located in office building of Clinton City Hall

Executive Board

Vermillion County
Community Foundation

President - Ed Shew
Vice-President - Oren "Doc" Sutherlin
Secretary - Nancy Reed
Treasurer - Larry Lynn
Member - Mark Wilson
Member - Dr. Mary Margaret Rhees
Member - Kay Hicks

[Posted: November 18, 2021]
NEW ~ Harold & Jean Rieches Scholarship Established

The Harold and Jean Rieches Scholarship Fund has recently been established at the Vermillion County Community Foundation to benefit graduates of South Vermillion High School.

This scholarship has been founded by Jean Rieches, in honor of her late husband, Harold “Harry” Rieches who passed away on February 10, 2021. Harry was a Korean War veteran with the United States Army, worked as a CPA, and previously owned the Dog ‘N Suds in Clinton. He was a former board member and Past President of the Vermillion County Hospital Board of Trustees; a Treasurer of the Collett Home, Past Treasurer of Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Past Treasurer of LIFT, and Past President of the Clinton Jaycees. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois. He spent winters in Green Valley, Arizona, and he had traveled the world.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two sons, Ray and Brian Rieches; a daughter, Jeanie; and a sister Gladys Rink of Henderson, Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Jean Rieches; a daughter, Sue Ann (Darrell) Cooperrider of Tarpin Springs, Florida.; a sister, Aldine Rittenauer of Lafayette, Indiana; two grandchildren, Jordan and Sean Cooperrider; a brother-in-law, Mike Wirz of Brownstown, Illinois; and many good friends.

The scholarship will be awarded to South Vermillion High School graduates who are pursuing a college major or career in business or accounting. Several criteria will be taken into consideration when choosing the recipients. Most importantly, there will be a strong focus on financial need as well as the students’ school and/or work-related activities. Additional criteria include community and volunteer service as well as having a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

Donations to the Harold & Jean Rieches Scholarship Fund may be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Vermillion County Community Foundation, Attn: Harold & Jean Rieches Scholarship Fund, PO Box 532, Clinton, IN 47842.

[Posted: July 07, 2021]

Vermillion County Community Foundation recently awarded $60,000 to in grants to benefit three local projects in the amount of $20,000 each. The recipients included the Town of Dana, Vermillion Trails Alliance, and the Cayuga Park Board.

According to Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation, “Each of these grants were a part of our “Better When We Gather – Creative Placemaking Grantmaking Initiative.” Vermillion County has long been a community of makers: industrious people driven to build, create, and innovate – together. Thus, we wanted to build upon the maker mindset, so prevalent in our county, to activate or create public spaces that advance a more vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive community.

In 2020, 35 individuals participated in group convening sessions and personal interviews. These county stakeholders learned a great deal about where we succeed and where we could do better. We also learned that the communities within our broader community are very willing to engage and that being better requires that we gather and work together.

Vermillion County’s ability to attract and retain talent is greatly increased by taking advantage of unique placemaking assets in our communities. Building upon both the spirit and findings from the community convening process, the Community Foundation sought proposals for creative placemaking projects that, through deliberate and thoughtful collaboration, will make us better together.”

The recipients of the grants from the Creative Placemaking Initiative included:

Vermillion Trails Alliance – $20,000: The Vermillion Trails Alliance (“VTA”) was launched in the spring of 2017 by a group of local citizens. VTA is the lead entity in Vermillion County when it comes to a non-motorized multi-purpose walking and biking trail system.

Grant monies will be used to develop a 900’ asphalt walking path around Trailhead Park which lies at the intersection of the rail bed and County Road 150 South, just south of Newport and north of the Parke-Vermillion Humane Society. A portion of the grant will also provide funding for signage welcoming visitors to the trail and outline the rules for its usage.

The Park currently accommodates a picnic shelter with wooden beams cut, dried, and installed by local volunteer labor. Also, in the park are 26 different species of trees which were planted by local volunteers.

 Town of Dana – $20,000: The town was the recipient of a $10,000 grant in 2020 to assist the community in conducting an extensive feasibility study. The study indicated a strong desire for increased activities that focused on recreation, wellness, and healthy living for the children and adults of Dana.

Grant monies will be used to refurbish the fields at the Dana Ball Park located on the north end of the community. This will include a gravel parking lot, new scoreboard and safety bases, landscaping, as well as preparation to convert a storm drainage ditch into a ¾ to one-mile walking path that will surround the six-acre perimeter of the Dana ball fields.

The upgrades to the ballpark and the development of the walking path will allow all 700 Dana and Vermillion County residents a place to focus on wellness at a safe community gathering place during the late spring, summer, and early fall months.

 Cayuga Park Board – $20,000: The 42-acre Cayuga Park is the largest park in Vermillion County and is home to the Vermillion County Fair. The amenities in the park are numerous including, a state-of-the-art grandstand, multi-purpose walking trail, a skateboarding ramp, basketball courts, a community building, baseball diamonds, and camping opportunities.

Grant monies will be used to update some of the existing and outdated playground equipment that was donated to the park from the former Eugene School and Cayuga Elementary School. The total cost to update the equipment in the three distinct playground areas is approximately $68,000. Nearly ½ of the money has already been raised for the project by local donors.

Western Indiana Community Foundation
135 S. Stringtown Rd.
P.O. Box 175
Covington, IN. 47932

Phone: 765-793-0702
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Email: info@wicf-inc.org

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