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FOOTBALL FOOD DRIVES
2013 CCCF Football Food Drives Spark Fan Support!
Friday nights mean football and the Cass County Community Foundation will be sponsoring a food drive at the opening football game of the season at the Panther Pit between the Pioneer Panthers and Lewis Cass Kings. On Friday August 23, 2013, be at Pioneer High School to support your team and help our local food pantries. Fans should bring nonperishable or canned food items to help the hungry to receive their choice of a souvenir gold Panther or red King rally towel.
The Community Foundation food drives continue the following week at Logansport High School where the Berries take on the Peru Bengal Tigers August 30th at the LHS football stadium. Fans bringing a non perishable or canned food item to the CCCF tent will receive a black and red Felix rally towel.
On September 13th, the CCCF tent will be at Caston High School for Caston Comet fans to support the food drive and our community in the big rivalry game with Pioneer. Caston fans bringing food items will also receive a Comet Rally Towel!
Cheer on our high school teams and help feed the hungry!
NEW FUND ESTABLISHED IN MEMORY OF NANCY RUTSCHMANN
The following is a letter written by Dr. Don Rutschmann about the new fund that has been established in memory of his wife, Nancy.
She Decorated Our Lives
Every time I hear Kenny Rogers singing his song, “You Decorated My Life,” I think of my wife, Nancy, who passed away on June 17, 2012. We first met each other as students at the University of Illinois where she was studying graphic design and I was completing a doctoral program in counseling psychology. As a blind student, I had initially engaged her skill in graphic design to assist me in developing the charts in my dissertation. That initial business-like engagement eventually developed into a personal engagement to be married, and so we were in January of 1971.
After raising our two daughters for a period of six years on the grounds of the State Hospital, Nancy consulted with a local contractor to build our home so that it would be accommodating to her wheelchair. She was not only involved in designing the floor plan of our home, but after it was built in 1978, she was continually developing the horticulture/landscaping plans for both our front and back yards. Over the years, she managed time to do numerous artworks which hang in every room of our house.
Nancy placed a very high value on her personal privacy, and it was very rare that she would allow a photograph to be taken of her. Therefore, because we continue to give due respect to her feelings in this regard, we have no photo of her to display with this article. However, we can give you some suggestive mental pictures where you may have seen her in the past. For example, she was involved as the publicity chairman for the Iron Horse Festival and had drawn posters for it which are now in the Logansport History Museum.
As a student in high school, you may have encountered Nancy when she was involved as a substitute teacher for the art classes. The logo designs for several businesses in and out of town were drawn by her. She was instrumental in the development of the Handicap Action League to help promote community awareness of the needs of disabled persons and to promote awareness for public facilities to comply with the accessibility standards of the American with Disabilities Act. Some of the people who worked at WSAL radio station at the time may remember when she enlisted them to volunteer to play wheelchair basketball with the Spinners, the wheelchair basketball team from Lafayette.
A few years back, Nancy had attended a presentation by Mr. Scotty Zwicker, the art teacher at the Indiana School for the Deaf, who described in detail the art program at the School. She was so impressed by his presentation that she decided to donate all of her books on art and artists to the program, all 132 of them.
As a way of memorializing the legacy of actively supporting people with disabilities, with the assistance of the Cass County Community Foundation, we have established a scholarship fund in her name and mine for a blind student who plans to attend college. If you know of any high school student at the School for the Blind or a blind student who may be attending special classes in a Cass County high school, feel free to let them know about the availability of this scholarship.
Don Rutschmann, EdD
CHARLES P. SCHAEFER FUND ESTABLISHED
The Cass County Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new designated endowment fund named in honor of former Cass County Historical Society board member and volunteer, Charles Schaefer. The Charles P. Schaefer Designated Endowment Fund was established by Sam and Sally Butler, Anne and Bob Hoover, and Jane, Katie, and John Kahle, in memory of their cousin and to honor his commitment to the work of the Cass County Historical Society.
Chuck, as he was known locally, lived his life with a strong sense of pride in his community, both past and present. Board participation was a family tradition and he followed in the footsteps of his grandmother Lenora Uhl Flynn and his aunt Jane Flynn Butler. Chuck began his service as an active board member at the museum in 1977 and was elected board president in 1990. He was instrumental in the restoration of the Carriage House, served on the finance committee during the publication of the first edition of Where Two Rivers Meet, and participated in the periodic updating of the museum bylaws. He served as chairman of nominations, clearly focusing on the future of the society and encouraging new board members to actively participate in all future planning. In 2009 he was granted Director Emeritus standing.
A lifelong resident of Logansport, Chuck Schaefer was a 1949 graduate of LHS and a 1953 graduate of Indiana University. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. Chuck was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in Korea and retiring as a major in the Air Force Reserves.
Thelma Conrad, CCHS Executive Director reflected, “Anyone who ever served on the Cass County Historical Society Board of Directors with Chuck Schaefer knew how dedicated he was to the preservation of our local history. Mr. Schaefer also knew how essential financial support has been to accomplish the mission goals set forth by the charter members, since the society’s beginning, which was in 1907. The Society is grateful that his family has honored him in such a way as to benefit the Cass County Historical Society and museum and those of us who knew him have no doubt that he’d be pleased.”
Cass County Community Foundation President Deanna Crispen shared, “We are honored to establish this named fund in memory of Mr. Schaefer and as a tribute to his family’s long time commitment to preserving our local history. We are also hopeful that others who share Chuck’s passion for history will contribute to this fund in his honor and memory and carry on the work that he loved.”
NEW FUND TO HONOR JUDGE NORMAN & RUTH KIESLING
Cass County Community Foundation President Deanna Crispen announced today the establishment of the Judge Norman L. and Ruth B. Kiesling Unrestricted Charitable Fund. The fund was established by the Kiesling’s son, John Kiesling and daughter, Marlene Konsek in memory of their parents.
Judge Kiesling was born in Logansport in 1912, graduated from LHS and earned a bachelor of arts from Valparaiso University and a law degree in 1935. He met his wife Ruth while at Valparaiso and they wed in 1937.The couple returned to Logansport where Norman served as a prosecuting attorney prior to being called to the US Navy during WWII. Norman returned to Cass County and practiced law until 1958. He served as judge of the Cass County Circuit Court for twenty-four years and also was elected a state representative in 1949.
Both Judge Kiesling and his wife Ruth were civically engaged and active participants during their time in Logansport supporting organizations such as the St. James Lutheran Church, Pastoral Counseling Center, Boy Scouts, Mental Health Association, Red Cross, PTA, Neal Home, Psi Iota Xi Sorority and others. After Judge Kiesling’s death in 1984, Ruth moved to Ft Myers Florida where she lived and was active in the Zion Lutheran Church until her death in 2007.
The Kiesling children, in establishing the fund, chose to endow an unrestricted fund so that the income produced annually could be used for community grants. CCCF President Crispen said, “This represents a great gift for our community and a wonderful remembrance of the Kiesling’s who shared so much of themselves with the community. We are honored that the family has remembered their childhood hometown with this gift.”
Lance and Cathy Binder Endow Student Athlete Scholarship
The Cass County Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship for Logansport High School students funded by former LHS academic and athletic standout, Lance Binder who graduated in the class of 1974.
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