Thumbs up for Aug. 20


Thumbs up for Aug. 20

Award-winning essayists

Thumbs up to Kourtney Otte of Seymour, who wrote the award-winning essay to earn one of two Dick Moren Agribusiness Scholarships given each year by the agribusiness committee of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Otte won a $1,000 scholarship for her effort. A second thumbs up goes to Macey Stuckwisch of Brownstown, who finished second in the essay contest and earned a $500 scholarship. This year’s essay topic was “How sustainability practices impacted agriculture in the last 50 years.”

Filling a need

Thumbs up to the Schneck Medical Center Guild volunteers for providing volunteer hours of service with a value of $90,665 in 2020. While volunteer hours and shuttle riders were down this past year, the Seymour hospital saw profits from the gift shop grow by $24,957.51 to $65,177.91 from 2019 to 2020. Schneck had more than 100 volunteers prepandemic, a number that has fallen to around 60 at this time. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Amy Cockerham at 812-522-0349.


Thumbs up to the organizers and volunteers who made this year’s HOPE Medora Goes Pink dinner and dessert auction Saturday night possible. The lengthy list includes founder Debi Wayman and her committee; auctioneer Larry Bennett and Roger Hurt, who helped Bennett and provided the sound system; Luanne McCammon and Amber Ingersoll, who recorded the details of the auction; the cooks and servers; Linda Downs, who made the wooden number displays for the tables; those who decorated the tables with themed displays; everyone who made desserts; and everyone who purchased desserts during the auction, which made $12,400.

Flying high

Thumbs up to Seymour native Harold “Stretch” Wineinger for his many years of service to the Seymour Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 655. The club recently decided to recognize Wineinger by naming the social room after him. He joined the Eagles on Dec. 19, 1959, and served as president in 1974 and 1975 before becoming secretary — a position he still holds today — in 1977. The 82-year-old also has served the Indiana FOE as state participating clerk, state trustee, acting state secretary and state secretary and was an honorary past state president and inducted into the Indiana State Aerie Hall of Fame. Plus, he served the Grand Aerie as pension board chairman and Eagle Village board member and was inducted into the Grand Aerie FOE Hall of Fame.

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