Sponsors for The Golden Apple

Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physician Network -  A trusted leader in providing faith-based, integrated health care, Franciscan St. Elizabeth has evolved and grown to meet the challenges of our community in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Hoosier Heartland State Bank - A bank you can believe in. A neighbor you know. Offices in Crawfordsville, Ladoga, Linden, New Ross and Roachdale.

Montgomery County Medical Society - the local chapter of the Indiana State Medical Association. Its members are committed to promoting and providing high quality medical care to the residents of Montgomery County. 

Dr. Janet L. Rucker, DDS - a dental practice located in Crawfrodsville, Indiana that is devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile.


Banjo Corporation - since 1959, Banjo Corporation has created innovative liquid handling solutions for agriculture and industrial applications. 

C.S. Oats Accountancy Corporation - located at 200 South Washington Street, Suite 101. 

J. M. Thompson Insurance - an independent insurance agency dedicated to providing the finest service and competitive products.

Lafayette Bank and Trust - a division of First Merchant’s Bank N.A. providing customers with broad financial services delivered locally by bankers who are known and trusted in their communities.

The Paper of Montgomery County - a daily newspaper devoted to promoting the people and events of Montgomery County

Wabash College - Wabash College educates men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely.

Active PodiatryScott Gambrel, Edward D. JonesTersa Hatke, Farm Bureau InsuranceKarle Enviro Organic RecyclingKeystone Building Services, Inc.; Suanne Milligan, Attorney; Nucor SteelBrian and Leslie Pyle RealtySteven and Jacqueline Loy; and Tri-County Bank and Trust Company.

Thursday
Apr162015

 

Montgomery County Free Clinic, Inc. invites you to join us on Saturday, May 2 at 6:00 PM, Detchon Center, Wabash College for the 2015 Golden Apple Celebration. This year, we will honor Isobel Arvin for her many contributions to Meals on Wheels (MOW) and Dr. John Roberts for his work for the Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic. For tickets or other information about this event, please click HERE and complete the form.

 

 

Thursday
Apr162015

Bushels of service and loyalty were recognized Saturday [May 3, 2014] when the Montgomery County Free Clinic Inc. celebrated its Golden Apple Awards.

The annual event was held at the Detchon Center on the campus of Wabash College. Individuals in three categories — medical, dental and meal delivery service [Meals on Wheels], which is under the umbrella of the clinic – were recognized and received awards.

The Golden Apple award represents the illustrious history of Christian Nursing Service and of Dr. Mary Ludwig, who presented children with an apple when they visited the CNS clinic. A symbol of health and service, the Golden Apple has been presented to CNS volunteers since the early 1970s. 

Receiving Golden Apples this year were Sue Rickett, Elton and Marge Ross, Sandy Henthorn, Sheila Evans, Susan Dawson and Janet Rucker, D.D.S., and her staff.

 

Presenter Isobel Arvin, co-coordinator of the Meals on Wheels program, described Rickett as one of the unsung heroines who works behind the scenes to keep the MOW program going. She recruits and trains volunteers to package meals for delivery.

 “Packagers arrive at 9 a.m. and spend two hours getting meals ready for delivery,” Arvin said. “Sue schedules herself to package meals on a regular basis and often substitutes for a volunteer who cannot work. There are times when Sue has packaged meals and a driver fails to show up — so she delivers the route. Upon occasion she has delivered two routes on the same day.”

Marge and Elton Ross have been involved in the MOW program for 20 years. They have been a part of the First United Methodist Church team that delivers meals on a regular basis. Marge Ross also shares program coordination duties with Arvin.

“Many of you know that we live next door to the Rosses for 51 years. In 2002, when I was looking for someone to share my responsibilities for coordinating the program, Marge was my choice,” Arvin said with a smile.

As co-coordinator, Marge Ross enrolls clients, calls the doctor for a diet order, notifies the hospital of the need, contacts Bob Rogers to get them on a route and reports to treasurer Gary Stull,” Arvin said. “Her phone rings many times during the week at any hour of the day … Many of you know that Marge has developed a hearing loss recently, but she still performs her duties with the aid of her CapTel phone and with the aid of her husband, Elton. She has just about trained Elton to sub for her when needed.”

Elton Ross also is the coordinator for the Kiwanis Club. He schedules drivers for the club, delivers for them and often takes Marge along to help him.

Presenter Christine Amidon, a  member of the Montgomery County Free Clinic Board, introduced the recipients in the medical category — Sandy Henthorn and Sheila Evans, both registered nurses.

“A few days after mailing the letter to Sandy to inform her that we planned to honor her as an exceptional clinic volunteer, she left a message on my answering machine. ‘Well, this is just ridiculous, that you would give me the Golden Apple. I mean I would have come to the dinner anyway,’” Amidon said. “That pretty much sums up the type of volunteer that Sandy is: a team player, never desiring of attention for her contributions.”

Henthorn has a wealth of experience as a nurse in medical offices. The clinic’s nurse manager, Michele  Thompson, describes that experience as being invaluable when establishing systems in the new clinic. Henthorn has been involved with CNS since its early days.

“It’s fitting that she receive the Golden Apple award for her many years of compassionate caring for others in the community,” Amidon said.

Evans also has been involved with CNS since its inception in the late 1960s. She made home visits to patients in programs that nurses created to meet needs before home health care officially arrived in the area. She also has an extensive background in office nursing both in the private physician’s offices and the Wabash College health center working with Dr. Keith Baird. 

“Sheila also seemed a natural when Michele and the clinic staff were asked about who was most instrumental in helping Doris and our volunteer health care providers to see patients efficiently, some of whom have waited 10 years or more for access to care,” Amidon said. “Sheila received a Golden Apple back in 1983. She is one of those people who deserves a second time of recognition for having been involved over the course of decades in different capacities.”

Bill Doemel, executive director of the Free Clinic, introduced the final volunteer recipients, Susie Dawson and Janet Rucker, D.D.S., and her team of Marchel French, Heidi Gambrel, Krissy Klewicki, Kim Little, Libby Neibert, Tracy Peterman and Kristy Spivey.

Dawson was honored for her efforts to help create a business plan for the clinic.

“Susie guided us towards a realistic business plan for the clinic,” Doemel said. “We needed to raise $175,000 a year. Susie was confident. She told the rest of the group, we can do this — raise money, build and operate a clinic. She gave us the necessary underpinnings to be able to speak to others about the clinic and convince them that we can do this.”

When organizers applied for and received the grant from the North Central Health Service, the real work began. Every week for the next 18 months Dawson paid bills, handled the financial aspects and reported to the board and the federal government.

“I’m unsure how many hours she spent, all volunteered,” Doemel said. “She and Kelly Taylor from the Montgomery County Community Foundation worked together to manage easily the payments needed to make the building a reality. All the time she continued to say ‘we can do this.’ “

Rucker was recognized for leading the effort to include dental treatment and a dental center for the uninsured at the Free Clinic. With the help of her team, they “scrounged, gathered, cleaned, organized, begged, supported, laughed, smiled, encouraged and created the current clinic,” Doemel added.

“Janet is a natural leader,” he said. “Fortunately for Montgomery County Free Clinic Inc., she agreed to become president of the clinic board in addition to leading the effort in the dental clinic. Thank you, Janet, for your thoughtful and compassionate leadership and thank you Marchel, Heidi, Krissy, Kim, Libby and Kristy for your good work in making the dental clinic possible.”

 Suanne Milligan recognized event sponsors, which were divided into three levels: Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp and McIntosh. See the right panel for the full list of sponsors.

 Also involved with the evening was Harry Siamas, who provided the welcome; and Kalp Juthani, a Wabash College junior, who created a short film about the clinic, “A Tradition of Caring.” Kalp described his vision for the film: 

I wanted to create a film that would showcase the ways in which the clinic is making a difference in Montgomery County, while focusing on the hard work of a small group of individuals. I also wanted the film to touch on the clinic’s numerous needs to sustain itself. 

While the film would go on to accomplish these things, my observations at the Free Clinic would go on to inspire me in many ways. Creating this film would lead me to experiences beyond my vision, allow me to be a part of something greater, and open my mind to the breadth of the healthcare issues that this community faces.

To view this short film, visit http://youtu.be/jKwuBwa1p8I

A list of previous Golden Apple recipients was included on the program. Some of those recipients include Vic Powell, Bill Degitz, Mollie Cooper, Ann O’Dell, Dorothy Riley, Carole Meyer, Katherine Milligan, Isobel Arvin, Bob Rogers, Dr. Richard Eggers and Dr. Keith Baird.