2015-02-03 / Front Page

Foundation Holds Annual Meeting; Officers Elected, Budget Approved


Marilyn Hart (left), retiring after serving as administrative director since 2009, helps welcome her replacement, Maria O’Connor. (Courtesy Photo) Marilyn Hart (left), retiring after serving as administrative director since 2009, helps welcome her replacement, Maria O’Connor. (Courtesy Photo) The Owen County Community Foundation (OCCF), a local Owen County non-profit known for providing grants and scholarships to help the community, recently held its annual meeting to set the course for the organization during 2015. The fourteen volunteers who serve as directors of the OCCF voted to elect new officers, approve an operating budget for the upcoming year, and to make some changes to the by-laws to reflect changes in leadership roles and titles.

After a review of the positive results at the OCCF in 2014, the volunteer board of directors voted in a new slate of officers to lead the OCCF for 2015. The new chairman of the board is Bob Livingston, replacing Phyllis Tucker who led the board in 2013 and 2014. Livingston is the ninth local volunteer to serve as the leader of the board of directors in the 21 years of the OCCF’s history.


Outgoing board chairperson Phyllis Tucker confers with new chairman Bob Livingston prior to the OCCF annual meeting. (Courtesy Photo) Outgoing board chairperson Phyllis Tucker confers with new chairman Bob Livingston prior to the OCCF annual meeting. (Courtesy Photo) Other officers elected were Nancy Lorenz as vice chair, John Hackworthy as treasurer, Dana Cummings as secretary, and Gary Armstrong as the at-large member of the Executive Committee.

Directors of the OCCF serve terms of one or three years and can serve for a maximum of ten years. Directors reelected to three-year terms were Josh Clark, Dana Cummings, Bob Livingston, and Nancy Lorenz. Directors being elected or reelected for one-year terms were Frances MacMorran, Connie Neihart, and Steve Mader. MacMorran is serving her first term while Neihart and Mader are in their tenth year of service to OCCF.

The OCCF is also welcoming a new administrative director since Marilyn Hart, who has served the OCCF since 2009, announced last year that she will be retiring in 2015. Maria O’Connor will now serve as the administrative director and will be working with Hart on training for the job and then gradually assume full responsibility for directing the administrative functions at the OCCF. O’Connor lives in Spencer and has been very active in the community for many years.


Veteran directors Marge Neumeyer (left) and Doris Scully (center) discuss some business with new director Frances MacMorran as she attends her first OCCF board meeting. (Courtesy Photo Veteran directors Marge Neumeyer (left) and Doris Scully (center) discuss some business with new director Frances MacMorran as she attends her first OCCF board meeting. (Courtesy Photo The OCCF, which has provided over $8.7 million in grants, scholarships, and programs for Owen County in its 21-year history, approved a budget for the Foundation’s operating income and expense for the coming year. The board unanimously approved the budget which allows for $170,908 in expenses and plans on operating revenue of $198,380. The OCCF has operated in the black in 11 out of the last 12 years and maintains an operating reserve to avoid any threats to the organization’s work for the community.

The OCCF also made revisions to the by-laws of the OCCF; the organization will continue to be led by Mark Rogers but under the title of president and CEO. The executive director title has been dropped to better reflect the roles that the president/CEO and the chairperson of the board of directors fulfill in day-to-day operations.

Any questions about the Owen County Community Foundation may be directed to the OCCF office at 812-829-1725, or to info@owencountycf.org.

OCCF Board Presidents/Chairpersons

Jack Simmerman, 1994-2000
John King, 2001-2003
Alice Parrish, 2004
Don Meek, 2005
Jim DeCoursey, 2006-2008
Connie Neihart, 2009-2010
John Hackworthy, 2011-2012
Phyllis Tucker, 2013-2014
Bob Livingston, 2015

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