Teen Leadership Program Prevails Despite COVID

Teen Leadership Program Prevails Despite COVID

The decisions faced by those living in a poverty situation often aren’t easy.

The message was brought home to young people participating in a poverty simulation during the Teen Leadership program through the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce and the Tipp City Foundation.

“Sometimes life isn’t fair,” said Richard Bender of the United Way of Miami County in talking with the high school students from Tipp City about the work of the United Way and then conducting the simulation.

The students were provided a series of scenarios and a list of choices faced when “living off of nickels and dimes” during a month, Bender said. In those times, he said, one little thing can upset the entire budget.

One scenario talked about a sudden illness by the person’s dog with the options of paying $400 to treat, $50 to put the animal down or to do nothing.

The students took turns discussing the scenarios and what might be the best of a list of less than desirable options.

The simulation was followed by discussions with Bender and Melissa Keller of the Tipp City Foundation about nonprofit organizations across the community that work to help people in many ways. 

More than 40 of those organizations are supported by the United Way and many organizations receive funding for projects/programs through the Tipp City Foundation.

Even though the students might not be at an age yet where they can financially take a philanthropic role in their community, they do have something to offer. 

“You have your time. You can do things now that can make a difference,” Keller said.

The students also participated in a grant distribution exercise led by Keller and Jim Ranft of the Tipp City Foundation. 

Ranft discussed the foundation’s distribution committee of community residents who meet four times a year to consider grant applications. Among questions that committee asks is how many local lives are touched by the proposed project.

A series of grant applications submitted by nonprofit organization for consideration by the Teen Leadership participants was reviewed. The students asked questions about the applications before deciding how much to award. 

They had $5,000 to spend with each application seeking a $500 grant. Many nonprofits were seeking money to help make projects go forward after major fund-raising events for the year have had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s Teen Leadership program – the third – was restructured due to COVID-19, said Liz Sonnanstine, Chamber of Commerce executive director.  A smaller group of five students participated in a two-day program in late June. Previous programs lasted one week. This year, students participated in the poverty simulation, the grant distribution exercise and a city service project.

Grants Awarded by Tipp City Teen Leadership participants:

Brukner Nature Center for nature story time supplies for Tipp City preschoolers

CASA/GAL of Miami County for Caring Tree children’s Christmas gifts

Child Care Choices for Zoom host platform costs

Downtown Tipp City Partnership for signage

Give Medical Ministry for bathroom safety equipment

Miami County Dental Clinic for Traveling Smiles portable dental program for children

Tipp City Public Library for public art mural in alley

Tipp Monroe Community Services for Community Relief Program

Tipp Monroe Community Services for Lunch on Us free summer food program

Troy Miami County Library for Imagination library books for children in Tipp City and Bethel

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank
  • Media Sponsor – Tippecanoe Gazette

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SMALL POOL, MIGHTY IMPACT

SMALL POOL, MIGHTY IMPACT

Susan Southard will be discussing her book, “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War”, through a partnership with the Tipp City Library, Tipp City Schools, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize.Perhaps it was because many nonprofits were on hiatus in the last quarter. Perhaps it was because mid-cycle emergency grants had already been awarded. Whatever the reason, the smallest pool of grant applications in memory was considered at the Tipp City Foundation quarterly meeting in June.

Though small in number, the needs presented were profound. Ultimately, four organizations were chosen to receive four awards serving a broad spectrum of needs. Grants totaled $16,500.00.

The following is a list of recipients, award levels and the impact grants will make. The additional support that donor advisors gave through their grantmaking is included.

ARTS & CULTURE
Tipp City Public Library, $2,000.00, explores the challenge of creating peace through literature with author Susan Southard. “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War”, (a history told through the eyes of Japanese teenagers), will be used in Tippecanoe High School in the upcoming year. This grant underwrites an interactive high school lecture by Southard to uncover her research process as well as her passion for disarmament issues. Creating a more worldly generation is the goal of this partnership between the Library, Tipp City Schools and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Additional support was given from the Robinson-Walters Family Fund and the Tippecanoe Educational Endowment Fund.

RECREATION
Tipp City Parks Department, $4,500.00, repurposes an area near the Nature Center by building a 12’ X 24’ open-air picnic shelter. With easy access from the bike path, this will make a welcome rest stop. Additional support from Lucky 13 Fund advisors rounds out this request for a total of $5,000.00. This grant is awarded, in part, through the following funds established by nature and recreation enthusiasts: Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund, June Kyle Family Fund, and Outdoor Experiences Fund iho Abby Kessler Bowling.

SOCIAL SERVICES
Isaiah’s Place, Inc., $5,000.00, trains new foster families in Trust-Based Relational Intervention and creates sensory rooms in their homes. When children come from hard places such as neglect, trauma, or abuse, it alters their brain chemistry, which makes it difficult for them to trust caregivers and results in behavioral issues. TBRI training addresses the trauma by building trust. At any given time, Miami County has between 35 and 50 children in foster care.

HEALTH & SAFETY
Miami County Recovery Council, $5,000.00, defrays operating expenses for Hope House, a residential opiate withdrawal management program. Located in Troy, it was the first facility of its kind in the Miami Valley. MCRC works closely with the courts, UVMC, employers and families looking for a safe location where a person can successfully withdraw from opiates or methamphetamine. The overwhelming majority of admissions are self-referrals.

The deadline for 3Q grant submissions is September 1. Jim Ranft is available for your grant-related questions at 937.528.2482. Applications are available online at www.tippfoundation.org.

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. You can make a difference with your dollars in our community by:

  • Donating online here.
  • Making your check payable to the Tipp City Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371.
  • Setting up a fund or legacy plan by contacting Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

STAY CONNECTED
We’d love to stay in touch. Stay connected with the Tipp City Foundation by:

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

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Music to your Ears

Music to your Ears

The famed musician Bono once said, “Music can change the world because it can change people.” I wonder if that’s what Barbara Bailey and Sonia Ewald had in mind when they decided to invest in the Tipp City Foundation back in 2014. That is when they began an endowment to aid with music, literature, and creative arts for the Bethel Local Schools. The guiding idea for the fund was to give back in a way that will last for generations. 

It was created in memory of their parents, Emmert and Jane Studebaker, long-time residents of Bethel Township. If you’ve lived in the area anytime during the last 75 years, you most likely have already heard their names.  Founders of Process Equipment Company in 1947, they were active in the community throughout their lives.  Emmert learned blacksmithing after retiring as Chairman from PECO and was one of the founders of Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil. While blacksmithing was a joy close to Emmert’s heart, after retiring as the CFO, Jane chose a different art form to master. She learned 2-harness loom weaving and gave many rugs to family and friends throughout the years. Both were involved in the upkeep of the log homestead they built, the Studebaker Historical Village, and played host to many civic groups and reunions. The couple also happen to be the grandparents of Heather Bailey, who sits on the Tipp City Foundation board.

While they were very active in many causes in the community, Jane and Emmert had a special interest–music. The couple had an appreciation of musical excellence and both Jane and Emmert played the flute. Jane was also the church organist for years at the West Charleston Church of the Brethren. Sunday evenings would sometimes find Jane and Emmert playing harmony together, with Jane on her organ accompanying Emmert on his flute. They played well into their golden years and derived much pleasure from making sweet melodies. 

It was while reading the foundation’s annual report that Barbara and Sonia realized they could honor Jane and Emmert’s love for music by starting an endowment to support arts in Bethel Schools. “It seemed such a natural fit since generations of our family have attended Bethel Schools over the last 150+ years,” commented Sonia. She added, “It seemed appropriate to give back to the school that has given so much to the Studebaker family.” 

With this, the Bethel Arts Fund was born. The fund can receive donations from anyone who wants to help support arts in Bethel Local Schools.  “It is one of several funds the whole community can support to benefit the school. The Bethel Arts Fund adds to the possibility that Bethel Students will have joyful experiences with literature, creative arts, theatre and music,” states Ewald. 

So the next time you’re zooming through Bethel Township….just think of Emmert and Jane and how their love of music still lives on today through the Tipp City Foundation and the community they loved. And, if you listen closely, you might just hear some sweet melodies that will bring a smile to your face and a two-step to your feet. After all, music can change the world!

Click Here to Support the Bethel Arts Fund

Thanks to Tipp City Foundation board member Bruce McKenzie for crafting this tribute!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. You can make a difference with your dollars in our community by:

  • Donating online here.
  • Making your check payable to the Tipp City Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371.
  • Setting up a fund or legacy plan by contacting Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

STAY CONNECTED
We’d love to stay in touch. Stay connected with the Tipp City Foundation by:

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank
  • Media Sponsor – Tippecanoe Gazette

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Celebrating Mary Radle

Celebrating Mary Radle

We celebrate the life of Mary Radle who passed away this week, only two days shy of her 103rd birthday.  Mary and husband Woodrow were champions of the outdoors and Bethel Schools. The family requests that, if you desire, memorial donations may be made to the Radle Fund for Science Education, P. O. Box 626, Tipp City, Ohio 45371, or online below.  A reprint of the 2017 biographical sketch by Bruce McKenzie follows.
HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY MARY RADLE!
Each birthday is a gift and worthy of celebration, but 100 years deserves special recognition! It has been said that, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” If this is true, Mary Radle is celebrating 100 years of a beautiful life.

Bethel Township was home to the Radle family for decades. It is here that they have chosen to leave a legacy for the community they love. In appreciation of her support, students from the Bethel Local Schools’ science programs created over 75 birthday cards for Mary’s big day….a few are below.

Thank you, Mary, for enriching the lives of others through your generosity!

Donate Here to the Radle Family Fund for Science Education

Established in 2007, the Radle Family Fund for Science Education provides assistance with science and conservation activities for the Bethel Local Schools, which could include scholarships for students or faculty, materials in the science classroom, or student-initiated projects within the community. Woodrow and Mary Radle called Bethel Township “home” since 1946; it is here that they raised their two children.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. You can make a difference with your dollars in our community by:

  • Donating online here.
  • Making your check payable to the Tipp City Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371.
  • Setting up a fund or legacy plan by contacting Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

STAY CONNECTED
We’d love to stay in touch. Stay connected with the Tipp City Foundation by:

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank
  • Media Sponsor – Tippecanoe Gazette

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Dave Grim says Good-bye to Tipp City Foundation Board

Dave Grim says Good-bye to Tipp City Foundation Board

Dave Grim this month says good-bye to his service on the Tipp City Foundation board, an organization he has seen grow considerably over the past decade.

“It has been 10 years,” Grim said of his board service. “I am not a 30-, 40-year board member. It is time for some younger blood to come in.”

Grim was familiar with the foundation for many years. His father, the late Jim Kyle, was on the foundation board for more than 30 years. In those days, the board was just a few members who would meet at someone’s home. “The foundation came to the house” regularly, he said.

Grim joined the board a few years after his dad left. “I didn’t take his spot. It was probably five to 10 years before I went on,” he said.

When board member Mike Lightle was preparing to leave, he approached Grim about interest in serving, saying his background in marketing would be a plus for the organization.

“It sounded like fun and I wanted to get involved,” Grim said of that discussion in 2010. “It has been a good organization. It has grown a lot in those 10 years.”

Among his initial work with the foundation was on a new website that allowed for donating online, a change that made a lot of difference, he said.

During the past 10 years, the foundation has added more than 25 new funds as efforts continue to spread the word of its offerings and its benefits.

Other changes have included the addition of the annual donor reception to which everyone who donates to the foundation during the past year is invited. The reception is paid for by marketing sponsors, not foundation funds.

With the growth in funds and donations, the amount in grants annually has increased from $50,000 to more than $100,000.

“That is the community. This community gives. They are very generous,” Grim said.

He has served as foundation treasurer the past five years, a role he said he enjoyed. The new treasurer will be Diana Featherstone.

Grim said he enjoyed the treasurer role. “You stay on top of those donating. You see them in town and you can thank them personally. I have really enjoyed doing that,” he said.

Grim said he enjoyed the foundation board’s camaraderie. “We have a really talented board. They are workers. We don’t have members getting on the foundation just to be something on their resume,” he said. “It is a pretty well-run organization. It is fun to give money away.”

A graduate of Tippecanoe High School, Grim and his wife, Kelley, have been married 40 years. They have three adult daughters, Melanie and Sarah, who live in South Carolina, and Angela who lives in Columbus. They also have four grandchildren.

He worked for 21 years at Springhill Nurseries and now another 21 years with a horticulture marketing firm in partnership with a friend with a nursery in Alabama.

Grim said the foundation is a glue that keeps the community together. “You can help organizations that need help or you can help individuals that need help,” he said.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. You can make a difference with your dollars in our community by:

  • Donating online here.
  • Making your check payable to the Tipp City Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371.
  • Setting up a fund or legacy plan by contacting Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

STAY CONNECTED
We’d love to stay in touch. Stay connected with the Tipp City Foundation by:

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank
  • Media Sponsor – Tippecanoe Gazette

GOOD NEWS IS WORTH SHARING
Use the links below to share the TIPPing Point with friends and neighbors. Not a subscriber? Sign up here! If there is something you would like to see in future installments, please email news@tippfoundation.org. Your input is welcome and appreciated!