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Thank you for your interest in volunteering to work at The Wall That Heals event, May 16th through May 20th. Please email stephanierockeythewall@gmail.com and a link will be sent to you to sign up. We encourage you to sign up for multiple shifts.

If you have difficulty signing up, please call Stephanie at 502-291-7360.

Thank you so much for volunteering your time to make this event a meaningful experience for our visitors.

















2018 Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting will be held July 12, 2018 at Cornerstone Hall.

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We are requesting your sponsorship for the Washington County Community Foundation Annual Meeting/Dinner, to be held on July 12, 2018 at Cornerstone Hall.

Benefits & Potential Attendance:

We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year and we have dubbed 2018 as the year of the Superheroe in order to celebrate our donors and people in our community who make Washington County better.
The Washington County Community Foundation Annual Meeting/Dinner has become a very popular summer event for our community. Our meeting will highlight the wonderful happenings in our community through the Foundation. We expect attendance to exceed 300. This is also a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate your support of our community through our Foundation.
Your sponsorship will demonstrate your organization’s support of our community and the work of the Foundation and our non-profit partners.

Financial Considerations:

You can sponsor the event at the following levels:

Superhero - $500.00
Your name in Annual Meeting program and newspaper advertising; Annual Meeting table for 8

Justice League - $400.00
Your name in Annual Meeting program and newspaper advertising; Annual Meeting table for 6

Alter Ego - $200
Your name in Annual Meeting program and newspaper advertising; Annual Meeting table for 4

Side Kick - $100
Your name in Annual Meeting program and newspaper advertising; Annual Meeting table for 2

Contact Information:

Thank you for your consideration of this request. To let us know how you would like us to list your company in our marketing materials, contact:

Judy Johnson
Washington County Community Foundation
812-883-7334; director@wccf.biz


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25th Anniversary Celebration

Thank you for joining us in our celebration of 25 years of service to our community. Our donors have been so generous and they have accomplished so much by giving through our Foundation. Our donors are truly Superheroes.

Our Superhero donors inspired us to make 2018 the Year of the Superhero. Throughout this year, we will have several activities to celebrate. So check back often, as we will be updating this section of our website as we plan these events.

Celebrate Our Events

The Wall that Heals - 

The Wall That Heals, a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is scheduled to visit Washington County May 17-May 20, 2018 at the YMCA/Community Learning Center/Senior Citizen Center complex in Salem. 
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2018 Annual Meeting - 

Our Annual Meeting will be held July 12, 2018 at Cornerstone Hall.
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Nifty Gadgets That Can Help Seniors with Hearing Loss


What types of products can you recommend to help people with hearing problems? My 65-year-old husband has some hearing issues, but doesn't think he needs a hearing aid, so I'm looking for some alternative devices that can help.

If your husband feels he's not ready for a hearing aid but needs some hearing help, there are dozens of "assistive listening devices" on the market today that can make a big difference.

Assistive listening devices are over-the-counter electronic products (they are not FDA approved hearing aid devices) that can amplify and improve sound to help your husband in different listening situations. It's also important to know that these products are best suited for people with mild to moderate hearing impairment and they usually aren't covered by insurance or Medicare.

Here's a breakdown of some of the different devices that can help.

Personal amplifiers: For better hearing, especially in noisy environments, there are personal sound amplification products that can be worn in the ear like a hearing aid and are designed to amplify sound while reducing background noise. Two top rated products to consider that were recently recommended by Consumer Reports are the SoundWorld Solutions CS50+ and the Etymotic Bean.

The CS50+, which costs $350, looks like a Bluetooth cell phone headset and has customizable settings that can be programmed with a smartphone. The Etymotic Bean, which costs $399 a pair or $214 for one, is ready to use right out of the box and is best suited for those with high-frequency hearing loss.

If these are too pricy, there are also a number of small hand-held or body-worn amplifiers - like the Williams Sound Pocketalker ($139) and Bellman & Symfon Mino Personal Amplifier ($188) - that have a microphone and headphones or earbuds that are very effective too.

TV amplifiers: To hear the television better, there are TV listening devices that will let your husband increase the volume and adjust the tone to meet his needs, without blasting you out of the room.

Some of the best options include wireless infrared, radio frequency or Bluetooth devices that come with standard or stethoscope headphones. Sennheiser makes a variety of quality products with prices running between $130 and $450. For a more affordable solution, consider the Serene Innovations TV Sound Box for $120. This is a wireless amplified TV speaker that would be set near your husband and provide clear stereo sound from the TV without the need for headsets.

Amplified telephones: To have clearer phone conversations, there are a wide variety of amplified telephones that offer enhanced volume and tone adjustments, and they usually come with extra loud ringers and flashing ring indicators to alert him when a call is coming in.

Some top makers of these products are Clarity, ClearSounds and Serene Innovations. A top seller today is the Clarity XLC2+ Amplified Phone ($144), which is a cordless phone that provides three tone settings and 50 decibels of amplification.

Alerting devices: There are also a variety of alerting devices that can help people who have trouble hearing the doorbell, phone, alarm clock, smoke detector or even weather radio. These products use flashing lights, multi-tone ringers or vibrating devices as a means to alert you.

Some popular products in this category include: The Bellman & Symfon Care Home Alerting Solution that provides door and phone notification with a flashing alert ($198); the Silent Call Weather Alert Radio with strobe and bed shaker ($165); and the all-in-one Serene Innovations CentralAlert CA-360 Clock/Receiver Notification System, which provides alarm clock, doorbell, phone, motion and storm warning alerts ($180).

To locate these and any other hearing loss products, visit Harris Communications (HarrisComm.com, or call 866-476-9579), which offers more than 2,000 assistive devices and provides customer support services to assist you.

Savvy Living is written by Jim Miller, a regular contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of "The Savvy Living” book. Any links in this article are offered as a service and there is no endorsement of any product. These articles are offered as a helpful and informative service to our friends and may not always reflect this organization’s official position on some topics. Jim invites you to send your senior questions to: Savvy Living, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070.


Published May 5, 2017


John Robert 2013“Stardust” was the first song John Roberts’ mother heard him play on the piano.  His sister had been taking piano lessons while he was in the 4th grade.  He was too young to drive, had already done his homework, and the weather was too bad to go outside so he watched his sister and then began tickling the ivories himself.  Music would always remain a primary part of John’s life.

John was born to James and Edith Roberts in Pekin, Indiana on September 15, 1946.    John recalls living close to the “old” Pekin School.  In fact, he walked to school and in the summer he would go to the gym or play baseball in the field.  He remembers coming and going as he pleases, not having a bicycle helmet, drinking out of a garden hose, and riding in the back of a pick-up truck.  “As long as you got your chores done, no one really worried.”  John also remembers that almost everyone went to church when he was younger and he lived in a caring neighborhood.  “People don’t have that anymore,” he expressed.  As a child, John also visited his grandparents, aunts, and uncles.  In fact, he had a great aunt on State Street in New Albany that had a boarding house.  “It was like being in a hotel,” recalled John.  It wasn’t all fun and games growing up in the 50’s and 60’s though.  One chore John recollected was laundry.  “You had to ring it out, run it through the rinse water, ring it out again and hang it out on the clothesline.”

John played several instruments in the high school band including the clarinet, trombone, and oboe.  Later, he learned to play the saxophone.  As a teenager, John was an active member at his church youth group and played piano full-time at Blue River Baptist church before heading off to college at IU Bloomington in 1964.  John remembers the importance of education was stressed in his house.  “It was your job to go to school to get good grades and get out and get a productive job.”  John worked in college as much as he could.  Not necessarily to pay for classes, but to buy books and have running around money.  He graduated from IU Bloomington in 1968 with a BS in education and graduated with his master’s of education degree in 1973. 

John’s first job out of college was to teach at Eastern Junior/Senior High School.  He taught social studies and English for 11 years.  His most memorable moments are after students graduate from school and see him later, they had finally “learned” something and recalled something from his class.  John remembers he and MarjiAnn Souder teaching citizenship.  They would teach students about voting, giving blood, and being good citizens.

After leaving the teaching profession, John became the advertising manager for Green Banner Publications in 1979.  There he supervised a sales staff.  When John first arrived at Green Banner, there were two papers, now there are five.  He started out with two sales representatives, and we he retired in 2008, there were six.  Some of the biggest changes in the printing industry were the massive growth (55,000 papers per week) and technology changes.  “We started with typesetting and then photographic typesetting, now it’s all done on the computer and through Internet and e-mail.”

John has always kept busy while he was working and through his retirement.  He has served with the Pekin Lions Club and the Pekin Community Betterment Committee.  He was active in grassroots politics.  He worked his first election in 1972.  “It started at 5am and we didn’t get home until 1am the next morning, but we did get paid $13 for the day,” recalls John.  John service also includes the board of the Washington County Community Foundation and the River Hills Economic Development Board.  John is also a life member of the Hymn Society of America.

John has always lead a busy life, but never too busy for music.  It started in the 4th grade, playing “Stardust” and has continued for the rest of his life.  In 1976, Bernice Armstrong recommended him to play for the Salem United Methodist Church just to fill in.  Over 30 years later, John is still playing hymns like his favorite “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” at the church on the piano and organ and while directing the choir.  John has been the pianist for the Madrigal Singers since 1977.  He has been the pianist for the Washington County Actors Community Theatre productions and the nursing home.  Most recently, John plays the piano at the Senior Citizens Center. 

Yes, music has been a large part of John’s life.  Future generations should remember John as someone “who really cared about the community and wanted to see it improve and as someone who loved music, the church, and church music.”

“If everyone would donate their time and energy to those least able and least deserving,” the world would be a better place.

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