Welcome New Board Member, Shane Knisley
Being a new transplant to greater Cincinnati, I have been inspired at seeing the level of engagement in community that surrounds us. Subsequent to joining Mercy Health Fairfield, the opportunity to now join the team of the Fairfield Community Foundation is such an honor. I am excited to be able to work with Linda and her team in forwarding the mission of enhancing and strengthening the quality of life for Fairfield. Having served on a Foundation Board in Texas, I appreciate the impact that can be made through philanthropy and service. I am inspired to help advance the mission of the Fairfield Community foundation.
Word from the President
I just celebrated my one year anniversary here at the Fairfield Community Foundation. With each day that passes, I have grown to love this community even more. The people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made have helped to make each day a joyful adventure. Don’t get me wrong. There have been challenges, there always are. But in spite of those challenges, it has been a year I will remember fondly.
This year we have welcomed two new Board members, Carolyn Roark and Doug Robertson. We are getting ready to welcome additional members as we say goodbye to our devoted Board member Mike Delhanty who has served with us for 9 years. I am so grateful to all our Trustees. They have encouraged me, supported me and trusted me to do the right thing. I could not have asked for more.
My plan was not to come in and change everything. I wanted to observe and learn what works and what could be a little bit better. There will be some changes this year. Our Annual Meeting will not be a Tailgate again this year. Instead we will be celebrating our year with a concert. Look for your “save the date” in the very near future.
Each year, the Foundation has a cycle. I have now cycled through the first year with a better understanding of what our community needs and expects. If I don’t know anything else after this first year, I know we cannot do what we do without YOU. YOU are the Fairfield Community Foundation. With your support, we can change Greater Fairfield and make it a better place for those who live, work and play here. It has been an honor to partner with you to transform the future. I am excited to see what this year brings.
Every year Sally Braun, a former Board Chair of the Fairfield Community Foundation, creates a handmade quilt to be raffled off by the Fairfield Community Foundation at our Annual Event in October. The proceeds are donated to the Foundation for operating expenses. This year she has outdone herself with this exquisite Xavier University quilt. If you are a Xavier fan or know someone else who is, we’d love to see you win this work of art. The drawing will be October 25th at our Annual Event. You do NOT need to be present to win. Tickets are $20 each or 3/$50. Checks can be made payable to the Fairfield Community Foundation at 5350 Pleasant Avenue Fairfield, Ohio 45014. You can also order by phone using your credit card at 513-829-6355. Good luck!
Fairfield Women Scholarship Winners
On May 10th 2018, these lovely young women were awarded $1500 scholarships through the Fairfield Women Scholarship Fund, administered by the Fairfield Community Foundation. There were 36 applicant for the scholarships. These 4 graduating seniors stood out above the rest. Congratulations!
Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Luncheon
Fairfield Community Foundation awarded $28,000.00 in scholarships to Butler County High School seniors through the Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Fund. The scholarships were awarded at a luncheon held at the Wilks Conference Center at Miami Hamilton. Joe Nuxhall passed away in 2007 but he left a legacy of character, teamwork and generosity. Part of this legacy is carried on through the Joe Nuxhall Scholarship.
The selection of the winners is left up to the individual schools using general criteria. While athletics are a very important part of the criteria, it is not the only factor. Academics, need, extracurricular activity, community service and leadership are also considered.
These outstanding students have the opportunity to grow and excel as they go out into the world with a hope they will take a little bit of Joe Nuxhall’s spirit with them.
In the photo:
Row 1 L-R: Addie Brown, Hallie Crawford, Alexandra Hausfeld, Autumn Griffie, Zach Shupp, Alexis Fierman, Natalie Barrett, Abigail Clayton, Hannah Hockney, Jacquelyn Kovscek
Row 2 L-R: Kevin Duritsch, Brody Hanaker, Blake Bryan, John Willms, Dylan Wiesman, Noah Jordan, Morgan McKnight, Michael Saylor, Tessa Castrejon, Sean Ramsey, Kenneth Pendergest
McKendry Scholarship 2018
The Fairfield Community Foundation will once again award the Assistant Chief Paul McKendry Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established to honor Fairfield Township Assistant Fire Chief Paul McKendry who died in 2009. It is awarded to a Fairfield City or Township firefighter or resident enrolled in a paramedic program, firefighter level II program or pursuing a degree in fire science or administration.
This year’s recipient of the $1000.00 scholarship is Madeline Cinquina of the City of Fairfield Fire Department. Madeline is a 2016 University of Cincinnati graduate. She is enrolled in Cincinnati State’s Paramedic Certification program beginning in May.
The award was given at the Fairfield Township Fire Department on Morris Road on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 .
Dorothy Jane Dickey’s Love of Education Continues through a New Foundation Scholarship
Dorothy Jane Dickey was a dedicated educator for over 62 years in Fairfield and Hamilton. Because of her commitment to education and her love of children, upon her death in 2016, her own children (Mark , Jennifer and Brent) decided it would be fitting to create a scholarship in her memory - The Dorothy Jane Dickey Scholarship. It is designed to assist future educators with their education. It will be awarded to a Fairfield High School senior who has chosen to major in education in college. The first scholarship will be awarded for the first time in May, 2019.
Dorothy Jane Roush arrived in Fairfield in 1952 with a degree in Home Economics and Nutrition from The Ohio State University and a teaching position at the then brand new Fairfield High School on Dixie Highway. Her future husband, John Dickey, arrived about the same time. They were high school sweethearts from Hillsboro, Ohio and were married in 1954. They had both grown up on farms and liked the Fairfield community as, at the time, it reminded them of their homes. Their first home was on the corner of Magie and Redwood Avenue, then a dead end street. In 1967, they built their dream home on Harrowgate Hill Lane, one of the first houses in the brand new Rolling Hills subdivision, and lived there until their deaths. Both John and Jane were very active citizens in Fairfield and its growth. John owned a CPA firm and moved it to Fairfield in 1979. The firm is still on Nilles Road and is now run by his son, Mark. Jane taught in Fairfield and Roosevelt High Schools and kindergarten at Holy Cross on Winton Road for 30 years. In 1982, Jane along with her sister, Betty Jo Vance and 3 other teachers created a nonprofit Preschool in Lindenwald for youngsters 3 to 5 years old. She taught and was the director of the preschool until it closed in 2014. Over her 62 years teaching, she had several families where she taught 3 generations. Jane believed that it was important that you had purpose and that purpose feeds your soul. What fed her soul was teaching. Her daughter, Jennifer, said there was a plaque in their home stating, “To teach is to touch a life forever.” She said “nearly everyone has a teacher that they remember. They may not remember what they said but they remember how they made them feel. That teacher made a difference in the course of their life and who they became.”
After her family, education was Jane’s first love. The Fairfield community was close behind education for both her and her husband John. Together they have a long history of working to improve the quality of life in Fairfield. They believed that children need places that provided opportunities to grow, develop their self confidence and creative expression. They were among the founders of the YMCA on Bibury. The playground equipment in Harbin Park is one of their many projects. In 1999 they were among the first to become Founders of the Fairfield Community Foundation, dedicating their fund to the city’s parks and green spaces. Jane was one of the founders of the Fairfield Four Seasons Garden Club. Jane and John have also been very generous to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. The flag pole plaza and equipment in the children’s’ play area at the fields are because of their generous donations.
The Dorothy Jane Dickey Scholarship is truly a well-deserved honor in the memory of a woman who dedicated her life to education and her community. Through her scholarship, Jane continues to “touch a life forever.”
I was fortunate to meet this young man, Chris Neumann, as he came to pick up his scholarship check from the Fairfield Community Foundation. He is going to Miami to become a graphic artist. I love art, so we started talking. He had his incredible portfolio on his cell phone. This is his self- portrait. I asked him if I could share his work. If I didn't know better, I would have thought it to be a photo. Look out world, this young man is going places!
I love my job! I get to meet wonderful scholarship recipients like Joanne Webster. She is so grateful for the opportunity to go to Bowling Green University to pursue her secondary education career. Joanne lights up when she speaks of her future. She will be such a great example for her future students to follow.
Grant Challenge Winners
Meet the Champions of our second annual Grant Challenge, receiving $3500. The first place winner is Fairfield Prevention Coalition for their "Project Hope". They will educate the citizens of Greater Fairfield about the harmful consequences of heroin and other opiate abuse.
The runner up in the Grant Challenge receiving $1500 is SELF for their project, "Neighbors Who Care". It is a home repair project that helps lower income, elderly and the disabled families to stay in their home by making repairs and accommodations to make it possible.
Wall of Honor Recipient Don Hassler
Don Hassler worked at Procter and Gamble for 42 years. He loved what he did but wanted to do more to help make his community the best it could be. He began working for the Civil Defense in 1960 assisting with law-enforcement. In 1965 it changed to the Auxiliary Police Department and within a year Don became its Captain. He led the Auxiliary Police Department for 32 years. When asked, Don will tell you this was his favorite position held in Fairfield. His love for his community didn’t stop there. He served on the Fairfield City Council from December of 1981- November of 1989. He again served on Fairfield City Council from December 1991-December of 1999. Don loves to make things beautiful. So serving on Parks and Recreation Board from April of 2003-December of 2011 was very satisfying to him.
The Fairfield Grange was also blessed by Don’s expertise. As Master of the Grange, he led the city to create Grange Park. Don is deeply engrained in the fiber of the City of Fairfield where he served as Safety Inspector, Treasurer of the Fire Levy, and Chair for the Fire Levy in 2016. One would think this would fill a lifetime of commitment to the City, but Don continues to be actively involved. He has served on the Planning Commission since January of 2012, currently serves on the Transportation Improvement District since 1996 and is the Council Representative for the Design Review Committee.
Mark Wendling, City Manager of Fairfield put it best when he said, “Don is a driven, hard- working man who is always doing something to make his community better. He is reflective of the Fairfield community. Don is every man.”
Our Past and Present Board of Trustees
Another successful Tailgate event with the help of our wonderful Planning Committee
Welcome New Board Member, Doug Robertson
I have spent a 30 year career working for a community minded family who‘s company credo includes “We support our community …”and “… are grateful to God for our blessings”. They and their employees truly live by these values and stress the importance of serving the community where they live and work. Following their lead, I’ve served a number of wonderful church, youth, and community organizations in the area, but had yet to discover the right service opportunity that supported the larger community of Fairfield where I’ve benefitted from being a lifelong resident.
Growing up and now raising my own family in Fairfield has been an incredible blessing. Being invited to attend several of the Fairfield Community Foundation events and realizing the dedication of each of the board members to its mission has made it clear to me that this is an organization dedicated to successfully giving back to my hometown. I’m honored to be joining the FCF Board and excited to be a part of supporting this Foundation’s mission to enhance and strengthen the quality of life for all those who make Fairfield their residence of choice.
Welcome New Board Member, Carolyn Roark
After participating in a Nonprofit Board Leadership Certificate Program through the Butler County United Way at the Miami University Corporate Community Institute, I knew I wanted to serve on a nonprofit board. However, for me, it had to be the right fit. After attending some of the Fairfield Community Foundation’s events, I loved the authentic comradery of the Board members and knew I had found a place where I could serve and use my God-given talents. I have lived in Fairfield for 30 years, and I want to help enhance and strengthen the quality of life for the citizens of the Fairfield community. It is also important to me to be a role model for my grandsons, Aidan and Jude. I feel very blessed to be a member of the Fairfield Community Foundation Board and to serve alongside some very caring community members.
Join the #LoveWorks Movement
Love Works is designed to impact the foundation of our community by inspiring others to pay kindness forward.
When you pay kindness forward or you see someone else paying kindness forward, share it on the Love Works social media pages because kindness is contagious!
@ShareLoveWorks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Here are some easy ways you can pay kindness forward and show Love Works:
- Take a meal to someone who is ill
- Let the people who serve us, police, military, fire department know how much you appreciate them with a card, treats, a simple thank you
- Pay attention and act upon helping others by: holding doors, helping those who need an extra hand, even a smile
- Look at a wish list from animal shelters and collect items
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru
- Send a “thank you” text, email or card
- Offer to help a neighbor (shovel snow, rake leaves, etc.)
- Let someone merge into traffic in front of you
- Reach out to a person who has made a difference in your life and let them know
If you would like more information or would like to include Love Works in your event, please contact ShareLoveWorks@gmail.com or call Angie Kenworthy at 513-509-0465.
Make a Gift from your IRA and save on your taxes!
If you’re aged 70½ or older, it's once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. And now that opportunity is permanent!
On December 18 the President signed into law legislation that retroactively extends the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities such as the Fairfield Community Foundation -- and gifts from IRAs are free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.
To make such gifts, it’s important not to withdraw funds before making an IRA gift. Instead you should have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA. Check with your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.
Scholarship Season Is Here
The Fairfield Community Foundation is pleased to be able to award more than $100,000 in scholarships each year.
To apply for Fairfield Community Foundation Scholarships at Fairfield High School, contact your guidance counselor at the school and ask them for application forms. You then fill them out and return them to the guidance department.
If you attend the Joint Vocational School and live in Fairfield or Fairfield Township, you are eligible for scholarships awarded to all Fairfield High School students. Contact your guidance counselor there for information as to how to apply for grants that are available graduating seniors.
The Four Seasons Garden Club Scholarship is available to all students residing in Fairfield and Fairfield Township regardless of the school they attend. You may access that application form here. You may also contact the guidance department at the high school you attend and ask for the application. If they do not have the application, please contact the Foundation at Linda@fairfieldcommunityfoundation.org
The Fairfield Women Club Scholarship is available to all graduating female students who reside in Fairfield or Fairfield Township. You may access that application form here on the website. You may also contact the guidance department at the high school you attend and ask for the application. If they do not have the application, please contact the Foundation at Linda@fairfieldcommunityfoundation.org