It takes more than just showing up at meetings to be an effective board member. It requires a passion for the organization and the community it serves. It takes the ability both to understand financial statements and to tell a compelling story. It takes a willingness to make big decisions with great intention. It takes a special person. All of the new 2020 Rush County Community Foundation (RCCF) board members fit this bill.
RCCF is proud to announce that Bob Gulde, David Malson and Keith Perin have joined the board of directors. All three are Rushville high school grads who earned higher education degrees and returned home to serve their community.
Bob Gulde is an attorney with Clarkson & Gulde, P.C. He and his wife, Melia, have three daughters, Juliann (Price) Allen, Audrey Price and Abigail Gulde. Bob is a history buff, enjoys listening to music and playing golf and basketball. He served on the GIFT VII Committee at RCCF and was honored when asked to serve on the board as well.
“Rush County has been very good to me both personally and professionally, and RCCF is a great opportunity to give back to the community. RCCF proudly serves local residents,” Gulde said.
David Malson retired from practicing law but certainly hasn’t stopped working. He serves on several nonprofit boards and volunteers weekly at Rushville’s elementary schools reading with third graders along with his wife, Barbara. Building further on their passion for reading and the desire to instill that in kids, they established the David and Barbara Malson Kindergarten Book Pass-Through Fund at RCCF. This generous donation provides $10 worth of books to each kindergartner at RES East and West at the end of the school year. The Malsons are responsible for introducing the popular “High-Five Days” at area schools. The couple also established a scholarship fund for Rush County students attending Dave’s alma mater, Indiana University. In fact, those scholarship recipients might run into the Malsons at IU football and basketball games, since they are season ticket holders.
“I like that Rushville is a small town and like getting to know its citizens. People care about each other,” Malson said. “RCCF is a great example of giving back to the Rush County community by way of grants and scholarships, and I wanted to be a part of that. I like what RCCF represents.”
Keith Perin is an award-winning, highly regarded English teacher at RCHS. Keith is a father of two – Megan Tucker and Lauren Perin and grandfather to three girls. He and Kim, his wife, treasure their time with their family. Keith enjoys reading, exercising and supporting his alma mater, UIndy Greyhounds. He rejoins the RCCF board and also serves on the Scholarship Committee. Keith has much firsthand experience with the work of RCCF. During GIFT VI, he was able to establish the Martha Perin Community Fund in memory of his mother. GIFT VII presented another opportunity to support his community forever. Keith helped establish the RCHS Class of 1978 Community Fund. He was responsible for nudging his classmates into reaching their goal with a mix of simple math, gentle reminders and a healthy dose of peer pressure.
“I hope that establishing these class funds will educate many alumni about RCCF and get them involved in various ways. I love RCCF, and I love the Class of 1978. We are able to help so many worthy people and organizations who are then often able to help others,” Perin said.
Billy Ray Goins was also set to join the RCCF board in 2020. The board regrets not getting the opportunity to know him better and benefit from his deep knowledge and passion. At the orientation session earlier this year, he told the board as a lifelong resident of Rushville how incredibly proud he was of his hometown. The board is grateful for Billy Ray’s life of service. Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to his family and all who know and love him.