10 Aug Introducing NICF Board Member Linda Leasure
Linda is a retired educator. During her career she served area schools both in the classroom and as an administrator. In addition to serving on the Community Foundation board, she is also involved with the Heartery in Kewanna and has served on the CASA of Fulton County board. Get to know Linda by reading our interview with her:
1. Where did you grow up, and where did you go to school? Also, tell us about your family.
I grew up on a farm in Pulaski County. I went to Fairview Elementary School, then Star City High School. My father was a farmer and a stock truck driver. My mother was a busy mom with five of us children. I am the middle child and the first girl.
2. What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to write poetry and prose. I also paint and take photographs. I put the photographs in albums and write poetic captions for them. I also travel to Florida to visit my daughter and her husband. I have a good friend, Larry Cunningham, whom I travel with to visit my sisters and his daughters in southern Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. We also travel to Road Scholar programs. I also belong to a Bunco Club, a writers’ group called Word Play, and I do yoga on Wednesdays and Sundays.
3. What is your job title and/or what organizations are you involved with in the community?
I was a special needs teacher, a Pre-Vocational Education Teacher, a Case Conference Coordinator, an Assistant Elementary Principal, and a Middle School Principal, working for Logansport Area Joint Special Education and Eastern Pulaski Community Schools in Winamac. Now I am retired and attend The Gathering at the HeARTery in Kewanna each week.
4. What do you like most about your community?
I have a home on a private lake which I appreciate each day. My community includes not just Kewanna, but all the surrounding areas. I like the friendly people that I know, and I meet them for conversation and tea every week in Winamac, Kewanna, and Rochester. I love the things that they do to make life better, including the arts, the food pantries, the Animal Center, and the libraries, among other organizations.
5. How did you become involved with the Community Foundation?
My friend, Larry Cunningham, was so sold on what the Foundation does for the community that I also got involved.
6. What do you like about the Community Foundation? What role do you think it plays in the community?
I like the fact that the money that is given to the Community Foundation just keeps on giving forever. It is difficult to imagine what non-profit organizations were like before the Foundation’s existence. They provide Impact Grants for community centers, food pantries, etc.; they provide scholarships to students in all the county schools; they provide money from endowment funds for many organizations — just to name a few of their services. We are blessed to have the Fulton County Community Foundation to serve our community!