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Community foundation holds annual meeting

“Time. We make it, take it, find it, lose it. It’s been known to fly away, slip away, and we never know where it goes. Time is our most valuable asset.” Laura Lemings, executive director of the LaGrange County Community Foundation (LCCF), began her review of the 2013 year with this statement at the LCCF annual meeting held on May 27. Those at the intimate gathering celebrated the impact of LCCF on this community for 22 years. Lemings went on to thank the many individuals in attendance for sharing their most valuable asset – time. The morning was started at the LaGrange County Public Library community room with guests enjoying breakfast provided by Emma Café and Catering.

The program was highlighted by two grant recipients sharing the beneficial relationship they have cultivated with LCCF throughout the year. Mike Metz of the LaGrange County Parks Department wrapped up his time by stating, “The community foundation is truly the LaGrange County Parks’ best friend.” Rose Miller, Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center’s Executive Director shared a number of ways LCCF has helped their organization immensely as they work to serve those affected by domestic violence.

LCCF Board President Steve Scott-Welty introduced new members of the board. Joining the board for a three-year term effective Jan. 1, 2015 are local residents Jan Olinger, Dustin Glick and George Brown. Current members of the LCCF Board of Directors include Mahlon Bontrager, Vickie Guyas, Jama Keaffaber, Sue Keenan, Crystal Leu, Jayne Perkins, Steve Scott-Welty, Dr. Rhonda Sharp, Jeff Wible and Dalonda Young. The LCCF Board of Directors has the responsibility for directing the use of over $12 million in foundation assets for the benefit of the LaGrange County community. Last year, LCCF distributed over $250,000 in grants and scholarships along with an additional $139,000 in scholarships available through a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

LCCF’s mission is to inspire and sustain generosity, leadership and service in our community. For more information, contact LCCF at (260) 463-4363 or visit the website at