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MACF Awards Scholarships to 2009 Monroe Seniors

Each year the Monroe Area Community Foundation presents several scholarships to qualifying graduating seniors at Monroe Local Schools.  The MACF does so by utilizing trusts, memorial gifts and designated contributions to build individual funds to make the monies available.  This year, the Foundation awarded the following 2009 scholarships to the recipients listed below.


Taylor Brooks (major:  Nursing)--The James A. Macready M.D. Memorial Scholarship, $1000, to a senior continuing education in a medical related field.

Recipes Needed

April, 2009

To Members of the Monroe Community:                                                                     

SUBJECT:  Monroe Cookbook

WE NEED YOUR RECIPES.  The Monroe Area Community Foundation (MACF) is compiling a community cookbook so everyone will  have the fun of making and tasting each other's recipes. 

This project will also help us continue our mission of enhancing the welfare of individuals and groups in the Monroe area.  The MACF does this through invested donations, which it then uses to make charitable and civic contributions.  Previously granted monies have gone to Monroe Lending Library, Monroe Local Schools Saturday Safari programs, Mount Pleasant Retirement Village carillon, Monroe Fire Department thermal imaging camera, Hornet Haven fencing, Summer Youth Theatre, Mount Pleasant Village Ringers, Monroe Historical Society, and Whispering Oaks playground equipment.  In addition, each year the Monroe Area Community Foundation grants scholarships at the Senior Awards Assembly to qualifying seniors at Monroe Local Schools.

How can you help?  By sharing your favorite recipes, plain or fancy.   Just print and complete the instructions at the bottom of this letter to contribute.  Then send it to us at

National Honor Society Members Help Move MACF Office



The Monroe Area Community Foundation Announces New Trustees for 2009

The Monroe Area Community Foundation announces two new trustees, Jane Majors and Jamie Pierce.  Current trustees are Ernie Howard, president; Gloria Miltenberger, vice president; David Miltenberger, secretary; Peggy McClusky, grant distribution chair, Elbert Tannreuther, assistant treasurer, and Robert Hendrickson.  Jane Majors is also the scholarship chairperson.

 Jane Majors  Jamie Pierce  

Monroe Area Community Foundation Awards $500 Carillon Grant to Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village

On February 4, 2009, Peggy McClusky, grant chairperson, and the trustees of the Monroe Area Community Foundation approved a $500 grant to Mount Pleasant Retirement Village in order to support their purchase of a carillon.  A digital musical instrument, the carillon features the sounds of real cast bronze bells.  It has more than 400 pre-recorded songs and is to be played for memorial and church services , holiday seasonal songs,  and hourly basis chiming or other time increments.

Since music is proven to enrich social, emotional, and mental well-being for older adults, the purchase of the carillon is seen as a means for  Mount Pleasant to meet these  goals. There is also a known correlation between improvements in mental function and decreases in confusion for older adults with forms of dementia who listen to familiar songs and music from their life.  An added enhancement is that the lives of community members who have family and friends living at Mount Pleasant, as well as those that live within close proximity of the retirement community will be enhanced by the carillon's music.

MACF Applications' Deadline for 2009 College Scholarships

The deadline for filing Monroe Area Community Foundation scholarship applications is 3 pm on March 15, 2009.  Required criteria and forms are available in the Monroe High School Counseling Office or online at  Completed applications should be returned to Diane Wilson in the school's counseling office or by mail to Ms. Wilson's attention at Monroe Local Schools, 220 Yankee Road, Monroe, Ohio, 45050.


The 2009 scholarships available to qualifying graduating seniors at Monroe Local Schools are:  

James A. Macready, M. D. Memorial Scholarship.  $1,000 scholarship for a graduating senior at
Monroe Local High School enrolled in a four-year college or university with a major that qualifies the student to enter the field of allopathic (family) medicine. A grade point average for grades 9-12 that is acceptable for enrollment in an accredited school, college, or university pursuing study in the medical field at college level is also required. A teaching field of study applicant may be considered if no medical application is received.

MACF Members Work 2008 Santa Raffle Booth

Pictured  left to right:  Elbert Tannreuther, Joyce Tannreuther, Pat Beatty, and Mary Maurer Pictured left to right:  Hillary Pierce, Ben Leahy, Lindsay Bellaw, and Ryan Leahy.  Ryan Miltenberger is in the front.

Raffle Ticket Winners Announced

Two raffles were held by the Monroe Area Community Foundation at the Christmas on the Plaza festivities on December 13, 2008.  Sadie Etters bought the winning ticket for the Santa visit.  The older daughter of Mayor Bob Routson, Sadie said her father plans to host the festivities for the Routsons at his home.  The raffle for the Hornet sports basket was purchased by the Pitsch family.   Mrs. Pitsch said her son, Alex, was overjoyed with the contents because he loves the Hornets.

MACF Receives $10,000 Grant From Middletown Community Foundation for Veterans' Memorial


Pictured left to right: Ed MacDonald, Veterans Memorial Committee; Bill Brock, city manager of Monroe; Ron Tubbs, director of Monroe Area Community Foundation; T. Duane Gordon, executive director of Middletown Area Community Foundatio; Mike Barnett, Veterans Memorial Committee; and Bill Hendrickson, Veterans Memorial Committee.

March 15, 2009, Is Next Grant Request Deadline

The deadlines for grant requests from MACF are: March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15 of each year. Contact Ron Tubbs at 513-320-3674 for a grant request guideline. These are reviewed quarterly by the Distribution Committee. If acceptable, grants can be awarded with the approval of the MACF Board of Trustees. Applications do not carry over to the next quarter. A new request must be made.