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I recently had lunch at a well-known coffee house in town.  I had been there dozens of times, but never for lunch.  It just didn’t seem like a “lunch” kind of place.  After all, they’re known for their coffee drinks and their atmosphere, not for their food.  So, at first bite, I was pleasantly surprised.  No, more than pleasantly surprised, I was downright delighted and began to review my schedule to determine when I could eat there for lunch again.  Before I had finished my sandwich, I was already texting my sister-in-law about it:  “I know this is random, but my lunch today is AWESEOME.  It’s so good, I just had to tell someone!”  Ever since then, I have been talking it up to my friends. Based on this experience, and multiple others that have resulted in me becoming a walking billboard for a product or organization, I have come to the following conclusion:  Awesome is its own best advertisement.  When I really like something, no one has to prompt me talk about it.  It just seems to creep into everyday conversations.  Or, I find a way to interject it into otherwise non-related discussions.  My best friend is constantly hearing about...

This week I’m preparing quarterly reports for our endowment fund advisors.  Some fund advisors can hardly wait to see their report – it’s like Christmas in July…if the market has performed well. For the quarter-ending June 30, 2012, our endowment balances are down .97% since last year at the same time.  Our overall assets are down 2.99% since June 2011.  Don’t be sad, because we aren’t!  Of course, we would like to see overall positive returns across the board, but we are seeing great things happen at the Community Foundation.  Donations are up over last year at this same time in our fiscal year, and we are excited about paying grants to worthy organizations and scholarships to a whole list of amazing students.  Since April 1, 2012, we have paid out $163,043 in grants to local non-profits and organizations, and $68,725 in scholarships to local students, and this is just after the first quarter of our year! If you are interested in starting a fund to support your favorite cause, or if you’d just like to learn more about the Community Foundation, please call or email us.  We love telling people about what we do here!  And if you’re a fund advisor...

The Olympics are a wonderful way to discover the world.  And, I cannot emphasize enough how much I love the Olympics.  I am one of those people who will stay up all night and watch curling like it’s my job.  I admit that I cry when I watch the back stories of athletes whose names I never even knew before the Olympics began.  And, I admit to having a slight crush on Bob Costas. So, you can imagine my relief to have The Bachelorette finale over just in time for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London to begin this Friday night.  Only kidding.  No offense to Bachelorette Emily Maynard or host Chris Harrison, but honestly the Olympics are more Reality TV than The Bachelorette will ever be. I’m sure many of you reading this blog remember the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan fiasco just before the 1994 Winter Olympics.  Harding’s husband, Jeff Gillooly, and his friends took a metal pipe to Kerrigan’s knees just weeks before the beginning of the Lillehammer, Norway Games.  In the end, Kerrigan scored the Silver medal and Harding was banned from figure skating for life.  Now, that’s reality. Oscar Pistorius The stakes are high; the pressure...

Registering for the Synergy Forum is easy! Tickets are available from a variety of community organizations: Gas CityGas City Area Chamber of CommerceGas City-Mill Township Public Library MarionCommunity Foundation of Grant CountyGrant County Chamber of CommerceGrant County Economic Growth CouncilFamily Service SocietyMarion City HallMarion Public Library Administrative OfficesSTAR Financial YMCA Tickets are $5 for individuals and $20 for groups of 4 and up. When you go to purchase your tickets, please be prepared to provide the names, email addresses and breakout preferences of each person from your group. You can also fill out the registration forms in advance by downloading them here....

“That’s all I brought with me, and that’s all I’m bringin’ home.” When I play kickball, I get in the zone.  I become a competitive, trash-talking, kicking, fielding, not-goin’-down-without-a-fight machine.  All manners, kindness, and rules of fair-play are off the table, and by any means possible, I go for the win.  The “W”. Last week, I had the opportunity to leave it all on the field when my brother’s youth group challenged my youth group to a kickball showdown.  It was all youth and all youth leaders, both senior and junior high, making for enormous teams on both sides.  Our field, their ball.  McKnight vs. McKnight.  A Wednesday night that will live in infamy. To understand my kickball passion, it’s helpful to know that one of my all-time-favorite movies is the James Garner 1969 classic, Support Your Local Sheriff.  It’s a comedy set in the old west where James Garner becomes the sheriff of a riotous little town and sets to cleaning it up.  But there are those who oppose him, and he has to make them abide by the law.  This leads to a shoot-out on the main street in town.  Not a kickball match, but almost as...

When I was a kid there really was nothing funnier than an episode of The Carol Burnett Show.  I loved the bits with Mrs. Wiggins and Mr. Tudball.  Tim Conway played the uptight Swedish-American boss, Mr. Tudball, who desperately wanted to run a professional office, but was constantly tested by his indifferent secretary, "Mrs. Ah-huh-Wiggins,"as he would say.  It makes me laugh just thinking about his accent and how he’d pronounce her name!  But, as usual, the one that really stole the show was Carol Burnett as Mrs. Wiggins. Mrs. Wiggins was a hysterically bad stereotype of a ditzy, blond, high maintenance, nail-painting, slow-talking, even slower moving secretary. Let the comedy ensue.  The major source of hilarity was the constant lack of real communication between the two of them.  It seemed that the more Mr. Tudball tried to explain something, the less Mrs. Wiggins actually understood.  All that talk via their *new* intercom, yet so little action by Mrs. Wiggins. But, today in 2012, we have a very different example…Mr. Wiggins.  And, I’m talking about the Tour de France yellow jersey leader, Bradley Wiggins. As you may have heard, this past Sunday there was sabotage at Stage...

Just do it.  –Nike I had the rare opportunity to ride in a car alone for about 600 miles (ten and a half hours) earlier this week.  I was on my way home from visiting a dear friend of mine in Pennsylvania.  The weather was perfect.  The roads were clear of all traffic and hindrances and even the construction on I80 didn’t slow things down for very long.  The only traffic jam I encountered was in the McDonald’s drive-thru.  So, with a long drive ahead of me and radio stations that kept cutting in and out, I turned to my Dave Ramsey FPU cd’s for entertainment and a dose of financial discipline that was long overdue. I love talk radio.  As a child I absolutely hated it.  Probably because whenever we would go on long family trips (and by long I mean all the way to Indianapolis), my dad would insist on listening to his favorite talk radio personality on an AM station.  The further we got from the station, the worse the reception would be.  Dad’s solution:  turn it up.  On those winding country roads with the sun blazing into the back seat window and the speakers blaring,...

Seth Godin.  I’m telling you, this guy is as brilliant as he is bald.  And, he’s super bald.  In one of his recent blogs he spoke of the late Steve Jobs and his unreasonable, last-minute demands on the Apple iPhone specifications before its first release.  Unreasonable because they weren’t on the basic ‘things to do’ list.  Unreasonable because ‘normal’ people would never put them on the ‘things to do’ list.  Unreasonable because they were, well, remarkable.  As I told our CFO, Sherri Rush, I’ve always loved the word remarkable.  Likely to be noticed.  Uncommon.  Extra-ordinary.  Worthy of remarks.  I mean, really, how many things are truly remark-worthy? For example, I think we’d all agree that it would be remarkable if you were able to start a school in a third-world country.  Or, what if you could afford to give a charity your paycheck each week?  That’d be both cool and remarkable! Oh, I’ve got one…how about if you could develop a program that effectively prevented illegal drug use among adolescents.  Now, THAT would be remarkable! But, most of us can’t do those things.  I mean, I don’t know anyone who can do those things.  But, just...

I bet I’m not the only one who remembers placing little flower-shaped Salerno butter cookies on your fingers as a kid and eating them off one petal at a time. It’s a wonderful memory.  Maybe it’s because, in my imagination, on my little hands those cookies fit like real rings.  Or maybe it was because there’s just something inherently fun about eating food off of your fingers.  But, today I made a new memory with these flowery rings of deliciousness.  And, it’s really good. Four times a year the Community Foundation of Grant County gets the opportunity to grant monies to worthy non-profit recipients in our community.  Today was that day.  We had our very first “Give Me Five” celebration and toasted our grant recipients, as all Indy 500 champions do, with milk…we added the cookies.  Specifically, Salerno butter cookies, aka flower rings.  The Quilters Hall of Fame, Christmas City Walkway of Lights, Community School of the Arts, and Cancer Services of Grant County all shared how their grants will improve the quality of life in Grant County…the very mission of the Foundation.  And it was heartwarming. Their passion was palpable.  Their hard work, noteworthy.  Their gratefulness, abounding. ...