Introducing NICF Board Member Joan Haugh Beatty

17 Sep Introducing NICF Board Member Joan Haugh Beatty

The NICF is proud to introduce our next very special board member of the week, Joan Haugh Beatty. Joan is outstandingly dedicated to her community, and she’s truly an asset for the Community Foundation. Read about Joan here:

I was born in Hammond, IN, the eldest daughter of seven children, and graduated from Bishop Noll High School.  My deceased husband of 52 years, Mike Haugh, passed away in 2012 and then I married the best man at our wedding, Ed Beatty, in 2016.  Mike and I moved to North Judson in 1971 with our four children:  Eileen, Michael, David and Michelle.  I was honored to receive an honorary college degree from Ancilla College and the Henry F. Schricker Award in 2013.

My hobbies include putting together photo albums, reading, and volunteering.  During the 41 years at Community Services of Starke County (35 as Executive Director),  I observed the many needs in the community.  Although I retired in 2015, I currently serve on the following boards:  St. Vincent de Paul Society, SS Cyril and Methodius Parish Council, Moving Starke County Forward, Marshall-Starke Development Center, Northern Indiana Community Foundation and Starke County Community Foundation.  In addition, I serve as a SHIP (State Health Insurance Information Program) counselor assisting persons to understand Medicare and the availability of various supplemental insurance plans.

You ask what I like about our community. I consider all of Starke County my community and feel it is a good place to raise a family and make friendly connections.  There is great coordination between the agencies and churches in the community.   Progress has been evident in the county since moving here in 1971, and feel that all citizens should be proud to be a part of the area.

The first time being involved with the Community Foundation was when matching funds were being sought for the many programs offered by Community Services of Starke County.  The Community Foundation has helped many organizations and groups provide services or innovative programs that would not have occurred without the help of the Foundation.   Serving on the Grant Committee for the Foundation has opened my eyes to the many groups that need assistance.  Just recently, the Foundation approved funding for an automatic CPR device, which has already saved a life!

The Foundation employs a very professional staff and works hard to continue to raise funds so that they can help Starke County be a better place to live!   Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 27th, so I encourage all to consider donating.   I am proud to be a part of such a fine organization.