Rushville Republican

January 3, 2007

Rush County Community Foundation elects three new board members


Three new board members have been elected and graciously accepted the opportunity to serve on the Rush County Community Foundation Board of Directors. The new members will start their terms in January 2007.

Deborah A. (Deb) Hassler is a personal banker at Wells Fargo Bank in Rushville. She and her husband Ron live in the Rushville area. She has three grown children, Anne Zachery, Michael Weidner and Adam Weidner and three grandchildren. A member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church where she serves on various committees, she also enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her family.

This is her second time to serve on the Foundation’s Board as she served previously from 1995 through 2000. Her response to being asked why she agreed to serve again was “The Board is a wonderful way to serve the many people in Rush County. I’m looking forward to getting reacquainted with the workings of the Foundation and spreading the word. It’s exciting to be involved in something that touches so many lives and will continue forever.”

Albert A. (Al) Hodge is a retired school teacher having taught all 35 years of his career in the Rush County School system at Rushville Consolidated High School. He and his wife, Sue, live in the Rushville area and have four grown children, Joanna, Jack, Jamie and Kelly and seven grandchildren. Al is active and enjoys working with the Rush County Historical Society volunteering many hours. He also keeps involved with a variety of environmental causes and is a member of Rushville Lodge No. 1307, B.P.O.E.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Depauw University and his Masters degree from Indiana University. Both degrees are in history. His response when asked why he accepted a position on the Foundation Board was “To do what I can to help the Foundation continue to reach its goals.”

Pamela A. (Pam) Hoeing, along with her husband Kevin, have managed and operated Hoeing Supply Inc. for 26 years. Born and raised in Rush County they live in the Rushville area and have two grown children, Anne Tressler and Joseph Hoeing and two grandchildren. A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Rush County Chamber of Commerce, she also has been involved with Agriculture Careers in Education and the Ivy Tech Advisory Board. As a former 10-year 4-H member and Junior Leader she also is a supporter of the Rush County 4-H programs.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University, her response when asked why she accepted a position on the Foundation Board was “My desire is to promote our community’s growth potential and financial stability while helping support many worthwhile projects and organizations that benefit Rush County citizens.”

Heather Meckes, president of the board said “We are very excited to have Deb, Al and Pam as new members of our Board of Directors. We look forward to being able to utilize the expertise each of them brings to the Foundation. It is very important to our existence to have board members contribute new and fresh ideas to help lead RCCF. Together, as the governing body of the Foundation, we will continue to grow the assets of the Foundation and fulfill our mission.”

The Rush County Community Foundation, Inc., the Foundation of Rush County’s future, is a nonprofit public charity established in 1991 to serve donors, award grants and scholarships, and provide leadership to enrich and enhance the quality of life in Rush County not only today, but for our future generations. For more information please visit or contact Garry Cooley, Executive Director, or Terry VanNatta, Assistant Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, at the office at 117 N. Main St., Rushville, IN 46173, or call (765) 938-1177.