Jim Needham Receives the 2017 Merrill Greene Award From Muncie Rotary Club

Jim and his wife Linda are pictured following the award ceremony. Photo by: Michael White of Blessed Photography.Jim and his wife Linda are pictured following the award ceremony. Photo by: Michael White of Blessed Photography.

By: Tom Farris— 

Muncie, IN – Jim Needham, member of the Muncie Rotary Club for over 30 years, received the Merrill Greene Award for 2017 from the Muncie Rotary Club.  The award honors Merrill Greene, CPA, long-time Muncie Rotarian, volunteer and club treasurer for over two decades.  The award honors a member for their outstanding volunteer efforts for the club and the community.  Needham is a community leader, volunteer and is active in Rotary projects.  Jim is an Emeritus Professor of Telecommunications —Ball State University, and former manager of WIPB-TV, the PBS television station in Muncie.  Previous Merrill Greene Award recipients include: Merrill Greene, Terri Matchett, Joann McKinney, Julie Bering and Dale Basham.

In other Rotary News…

The Muncie Rotary Club Installs 2017-2018 Officers

Rob Keisling, retiring 2016-2017 President of the Muncie Rotary Club, recently presided over the installation ceremonies for the installation of new officers and directors for the 2017-2018 Rotary year, which begins July 1st.  Officers are elected to 1-year terms, while members of the Board of Directors are elected to staggered 3-year terms, so one class of directors is elected each year to replace the class which is retiring.

2017-2018 Muncie Rotary Club Officers

President, Linda Gregory— Community Leader

President Elect,  Tom Bracken— George & Frances Ball Foundation

Immediate Past President, Rob Keisling —Minnetrista

Secretary, Kelly Shrock— Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County

Treasurer, Dan Ridenour—Mutual Bank


Members of the Muncie Rotary Club Board of Directors include:

Tom Farris, Idea Consultant / Artist

Dale Basham, Community Leader

Brenda Williamson, Community Leader

Mitch Isaacs, Shafer Leadership Academy

Ana Pichardo, Muncie Community Schools

Mark Goodpaster, Apex Benefits

Lindsey Arthur, Habitat for Humanity


About Muncie Rotary Club

The Muncie Rotary Club, affiliated with the global service organization Rotary International, was founded in 1917 by a group of local business executives, professionals and community leaders – and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.  Muncie Rotary is a catalyst for community leadership, professional development, friendships, service and international understanding.  The Club meets on Tuesdays at noon at Minnetrista for lunch, networking, a business meeting and a feature program.  Membership is by invitation.  The Club has more than 130 active members.  For more information visit the Club website www.muncierotary.org or Muncie Rotary Club on Facebook.

Paul Harris and three business associates founded rotary International in 1905 in Chicago.  The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.  The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.”  One of Rotary International’s primary projects is the eradication of polio throughout the world.  The polio eradication success currently stands at about 99.9%.


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