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Motivated by impact

first_imgThis year, more than 700 alumni volunteers will ask their peers to give to Harvard in celebration of a reunion or as an annual gift. Though generations and personal motivations vary, many donors share the same deep gratitude for their College experience and a desire to help advance Harvard as a place of discovery.While not always in the headlines, their gifts have helped move the Campaign for Arts and Sciences well beyond the halfway mark of its $2.5 billion goal, in the first year of the public phase. These collective contributions are seen in the steady progress to raise $250 million for the Dean’s Leadership Fund — flexible resources that have an immediate impact on curriculum development, financial aid, advising, athletics, arts, and House life.“It’s about giving back, saying thank you, and focusing on the next generation of students who will be coming to Harvard,” says Tom Brome ’64, a father of three (two of whom are also Harvard alumni), who serves as reunion co-chair for the 1964 Gift Committee and co-chair of the 50th Reunion Program Committee.In peer-to-peer outreach, he finds it’s never a hard sell to ask classmates to give to Harvard. “We are supporting a world-class institution,” says Brome. “At our age, in our early 70s, we look back on what was most meaningful, and we want to partner in whatever way we can with Harvard.”Approximately 30,000 alumni give to the Harvard College Fund every year, in large part to reconnect with the community they once knew as students and have since known as alumni.Valerie Peltier ’89 has been volunteering for her class since her days on the Senior Gift Committee. She and her husband, Jeff Peltier ’88, are passionate about their support.She gives to ensure that Harvard continues to be the “unbelievable institution that it is.” For Peltier, a key reason why Harvard is great is because of its financial aid initiative. “I want to support Harvard’s mission to bring the best mix of students, regardless of financial circumstances,” she said.As reunion chair for the 1989 Gift Committee, Peltier sees how many of her classmates are motivated by impact. “People really like to know that their gifts support students today and go right into the College,” she said.The class is on track to reaching its 25th reunion goal. Participation is key, said Peltier. “We are excited about big gifts to Harvard,” she said, “but we also want people to know that every gift is important. Participation in the community is really vital and produces significant dollars at all levels.”Emily Lamont ’09, a reunion co-chair for the 2009 Gift Committee, also sees how the idea of community motivates her peers. “The further we get from graduation, the more we can see how amazing Harvard is and how much we gained from it,” said Lamont. “To give back is an indicator that we all care and that we’re all in it together.”Lamont gives because of Harvard’s ability to advance change. “I love that Harvard changed its financial aid policy and set a new standard. It has such an important ripple effect,” she said. She is excited that the Class of 2009 also has launched a mental health fund to bolster programs that give undergraduates guidance and support.For all three, their roles as volunteers and donors give them a chance to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones, whether at regional events or at the reunion itself. “It’s incredibly fun,” said Lamont. “There is something magical about this place.”last_img read more

Mari-mums

first_imgI love this time of the year. Everyone decorates with pumpkins, old flowers get ripped out and mums go in. As much as I treasure Belgian mums, I must admit that there is something special about mari-mums. I would be quick to tell you that there is no such thing as a mari-mum but, in actuality, they were named a Texas Superstar twice, in 1989 and 2013.The mari-mum is really a concept, and a doggone good one. Mari-mums are large-flower marigolds, known botanically as Tagetes erecta, that are reminiscent of chrysanthemums. Many of them really look like the old-fashioned homecoming mums of the ‘50s and ‘60s, only smaller.These marigolds are often called “African marigolds,” although they are really from Mexico. The Spaniards took these treasured flowers of the Aztecs and planted them in southern Europe and northern Africa, where they absolutely flourished. They flourish for us, too, in the spring, but they totally dazzle when planted in late summer as a small bedding plant or larger transplants like you find at the garden center now.If you live in an area that is already flirting with frost, then you should wait to plant mari-mums until next year. Here in Savannah, Georgia, and the South Carolina low country, mari-mums can perk up a home quicker than just about any other plant.Mari-mums or the marigolds, if you will, typically produce flowers before chrysanthemums and are still blooming when frost actually takes them out. If you associate spider mites with marigolds, know that this is a summer plague. Blooming mari-mums are hardly a target as the cooler temperatures of fall diminish the spider mites’ reproductive rate.Here at the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (CGBG) at the Historic Bamboo Farm, we plant ‘Taishan yellow.’ The Taishan series made its debut with the Beijing Olympics in 2008. This extraordinary marigold is named after the sacred Mount Tai in China, and “shan” refers to “mountain.”Over the years, I have come to realize that I am a sucker for all of the Tagetes erecta marigolds, and several of their hybrids, when it comes to fall planting. Moonstruck is one such variety that produces huge, pompom-like flower balls. It’s funny, I can spot this variety from a great distance. There are two series that are absolutely stunning in their design, looking just like mums with their unique outer petals. They are ‘Lunacy’ and ‘Mumsy’ marigolds. There’s a fickle market for marigolds as local growers can only produce so many varieties to sell at garden centers. On the other hand, if you are a marigold nut like me, you can find the flowers of your dreams via catalogs. As you probably remember from your childhood days, marigolds are about the easiest flowers to grow from seeds.If you are looking for that fall festival-like flower for your landscape, then, by all means, consider the large-flowered marigold. Surprise your garden center and tell them the new name is mari-mum. Combine them with the fall-blooming salvia, asters, ornamental peppers and a pumpkin or two, and you’ll have cornered that October look. Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the CGBG at www.coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

A Blue Ridge Parkway Adventure in 10 Amazing Views

first_imgThe Blue Ridge Parkway is a paradox that every American should experience at least once in their lives. This iconic and historic thoroughfare tours the heart of Appalachia, offering a welcomed respite to those looking to escape the trappings of modern American life. For 469 molasses-slow miles you’ll find no fast food or amusement parks. Cell phone service is spotty, and if you drive it in the fall you’ll forgo two days of televised football. When you reach the end there is nothing there, just the beginning of another long, windy road called Skyline Drive. My wife and I reveled in this kind of escapism and planned a south-to-north tour of the entire parkway. For two days we twisted and turned up the Blue Ridge Mountains, hunting for epic Autumn foliage. Here is our trip in 10 spectacular views.p7429447602_74811ca35c_oTanbark Ridge Overlook Technically we did not drive the entire parkway. We entered just south of Asheville, skipping about 60 miles of Nantahala National Forest. Regrettably, we missed a couple noteworthy viewpoints, like Devil’s Courthouse and Richland Balsam, the highest point on the parkway. About ten miles north of Asheville, near the Folk Art Center, we found Tanbark Ridge. Apparently a tannery use to occupy the site. Today an incredible view is all that remains.pBlack Mountain Gap Thick fog made for a challenging drive through Craggy Gardens. The descent from these misty heights revealed one the most magnificent panoramas of the entire trip. img_7039From mile marker 360 to Black Mountain Gap, we were stunned by the easterly view, where late afternoon sun, vibrant red, orange, and yellow leaves, evergreens, wispy clouds, and a shimmering Lake Burnett all played their part in a natural orchestra.   Mount Mitchell State Park At Black Mountain Gap, a quick left turn takes you up 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi. The contrast of the pines and maples at the entrance of the state park are breathtaking.img_6815Thanks to its elevation the southern end of the parkway actually displayed more change in foliage than in northern Virginia. That very night a layer of ice covered Mount Mitchell. We, meanwhile, sojourned north in search of fall, not winter.     Linn Cove Viaduct As we pushed on toward Grandfather Mountain, we were beset by blustery, fall weather. Leaves danced along the pavement, the skies darkened, and a cold, driving wind jostled my Ford F-250. Near Linville Falls we were surprised to discover two unfortunate souls standing along the roadside thumbing passing vehicles. A flurry of cars splashed by without so much as a momentary brake check of consideration. img_8658-editWe offered them a ride, and they climbed in the truck bed. College kids from Boone, they had given up after hiking 14 miles south out of Julian Price Memorial Park. Together we crossed the Linn Cove Viaduct, one of the most iconic and exhilarating views of the entire parkway. After dropping off the hitchhikers, we made for Blowing Rock, where we strolled quaint streets and spent a cozy night wrapped in sleeping bags in the back of the truck. 60-mph winds rocked us to sleep.       Northwest Trading Post and Doughton State Park The next morning we sipped coffee and ogled over old pioneer cabins dotting the parkway between the Northwest Trading Post and Doughton State Park. nw-to-doughtonSome were mysterious and history-less, while others included exhibits complete with park rangers working old looms and crocheting. The Brinegar Cabin was especially picturesque. The morning sun poured through the canopy and the spirit of harvest time wafted on a swirling breeze.Blue Ridge Music CenterThe views at the Blue Ridge Music Center were not nearly as stunning as any one of dozens of high-reaching overlooks, but when you’re eyeballing bright red sourwoods in the comfort of a rocking chair and you can hear the twang of mountain music, the museum’s porch is indeed special and worth a nice long tarry before crossing the state line into Virginia.    music-centerMabry, Virginia “Welcome ta Mabry County and Mabry Country Store. Where you folks from? Make sure you sign the guest book. There’s a lady sellin’ cornbread and homemade pinto beans out back.”mabry-storeThe Mabry Country Store is the best cultural viewpoint on the parkway. When everything else turned into a museum, Mabry Country Store kept on selling canned goods, apple pie, and postcards with FDR on them. In the yard behind the store, a few vendors purveyed homespun goodies. Here we met Karen J. Hall, author of several books about North Carolina quarries and the Blue Ridge Parkway. She told us about a quarry near Mount Airy that can be seen from outer space and how her favorite views were just up the road. “It’s just a sea of gold from Peaks of Otter up to Otter Creek.”    Peaks of Otter At the Peaks of Otter Lodge we ambled around Abbott Lake before slinking up to lodge bar, where we inquired about the drive time to Charlottesville. “Well it’s about four hours to Virginia Beach,” the bartender told us. Fearing waylay at the lodge and realizing our bartender would be no help in negotiating the road ahead, we abandoned our beers and headed back out – and just in time. The late afternoon sun slanted in and burst yellow through maples, sassafras, and birch trees – sea of gold indeed, Karen J. Hall.        james-riverJames River The James River is the lowest point on the parkway. At 649 feet the color change was still minuscule in mid October. Nonetheless, the bridge over this storied waterway proffered a remarkable view. It was plain to see that in two weeks, the James River’s rocky banks would be ablaze with color. Before departing, a park ranger, ironically named James, gave us a fascinating lesson on early 19th-century river barrages. When I played with his model barge I accidentally broke the little wooden boat master. A bad omen, I would later discover.    Humpback Rocks Fearing we would miss sunset, we sped through a long series of switchbacks toward Humpback Rocks. We pulled into the overlook just as the sun was falling behind the Great North Mountains. screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-12-02-50-pmIn a frenzy of excitement, I unwittingly parked in about 10 vehicles. As I raced about the rocks snapping photos a small riot nearly broke out, and with that we were back in modern America. We drove on to Charlottesville in just 30 minutes, where we forgot about the melee at Humpback Rocks and slept soundly in the truck bed to visions of oak and blackgum leaves. Two long, Autumn days on the parkway does funny things to a person. Nowhere to go, nowhere to be. Just another bend in the road.     Related:last_img read more

CFO Focus: Transforming illiquid assets

first_imgUFCU reclassifies deposits to reduce reserve requirements and recover non-liquid funds for lending and reinvestment.by: David AustinAs interest rates appear poised to rise, credit unions must prepare their balance sheets for the inevitable impact on their liquidity positions. Credit unions have been able to position their balance sheets with excess liquidity for this low interest rate environment, but have neglected to access funds held at the Federal Reserve Bank to satisfy reserves, or to actively manage cash stored in the vault.These institutions can easily create new and permanent revenue streams by transforming these funds into revenue-generating income. Rather than “sitting” on their underperforming assets, credit unions should consider new strategies to generate incremental levels of revenue.For example, $1.83 billion, St. Joseph, Mich.-based United Federal Credit Union recently faced a liquidity shortage with $20 million tied up at the Federal Reserve Bank. UFCU offers its members an “Interest Plus Checking” product, which pays a high interest reward rate on balances up to the first $25,000. To capitalize on this high interest payout, several of UFCU’s members began using this product as their primary savings account. However, as members began feeling the sting of the financial crisis, fewer deposits came in and withdrawals increased, putting a strain on the institution’s liquidity. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Saying ‘yes’ may require diversified product mix

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Saying “no” goes against the very nature of many credit unions. Yet, in some cases, the potential risk of saying “yes” stands in the way of what could otherwise become a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship.To empower credit unions to say “yes” to credit card applicants, specifically, some of TMGFS’ partners are evolving their lending strategies. Community 1st Credit Union, for instance, has expanded its product mix to include a secured credit card product. The card, which comes with a low annual fee, works by allowing the cardmember to secure funds with his own cash deposit. That cash deposit becomes the credit line for that account. So, if a member is able to put $500 into the account, he can then charge up to $500 on his secured card.last_img read more

Are your emails getting any ATTENTION?

first_imgAre you feeling the connection or are you wondering if anyone is out there on the other side of your emails? I get it. These days people are INNUNDATED with a gazillion emails. How do you get NOTICED? If you really want people to both PAY attention to your emails AND write you back, you might have to do some things differently. Here are five strategies to help you ensure your emails stand out from the gazillion: Make sure you have a FABULOUS headline! Capture their attention right from the start. And if you’re one of those “FYI…” headliners? STOP. That’s boring. And unimaginative. And certain to have people hitting a snooze button and moving along to the next message. Oh, and remember – we used to read our emails solely on our computer monitors – now we are reading them on our phones and tablets. Even MORE reason to get that subject line eye-catching!Use people’s names.  It’s a conversation for heaven’s sake! What gets people to pay attention quickly? When they see their name. It’s like a beacon! And if your email addresses multiple people, be sure to use everyone’s name throughout at some point. Teach your team to scan first for their name in group emails for efficiency. Keep it SHORT. Listen, I’m 4’10 ½” – I know a thing or two about short. My point is get to the point. If you’ve a habit of writing novellas for emails, chances are people are tuned out before they even read the subject line. Be direct, short, hit the bullet points and move on. Your team will appreciate it, and they’ll be more likely to respond. Ask a question or request an action. People really do mostly want to be accommodating. By asking a question or requesting an action, they don’t have to GUESS as to what you want done! It’s perfect! Questions keep things conversational. They beg for a give and take – so they are excellent for eliciting a response.Be FABULOUS. You are a real person speaking to real people – just in written form. Let your personality shine through. Be personable. Say hello. Say please and thank you. Let your words be conversationally connective just as they would be if you were sitting at the same table. Emails don’t have to be boring. And they SHOULDN’T be if what you want, need, (or even crave) is attention.  Play with different subject line ideas, use people’s names, keep it short (or shorter), ask a question – and be your fabulous self! THAT’S how you get some AH-MAZING attention for your next email.I’d love to hear from you about what’s working for you at your Credit Union to get and give more attention. Catch up with me on Facebook or Twitter and connect! 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Detailslast_img read more

Brazil state imposes curfews in bid to curb virus

first_img“It is necessary and urgent to impose greater restrictions, after recording extremely high [infection] rates” in the area, Costa said in announcing the measures.”If we don’t act, we could see an explosion of cases and an explosion in demand for beds in intensive care units, which we won’t be able to meet.”The alternative, he said, was “a large number of deaths” in Bahia, which has registered more than 21,000 cases and 700 deaths so far.The area affected by the decree sits at the border between the two Brazilian regions hit hardest by the novel coronavirus: the southeast and northeast. Topics : Authorities imposed curfews Wednesday across a swathe of territory in the Brazilian state of Bahia in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the country’s hard-hit northeast.With the virus still spreading fast in Brazil — the country with the second-highest caseload, after the United States — Bahia Governor Rui Costa decreed a 6:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew for the state’s 19 southernmost municipalities, effective until June 9.He also ordered the closure of all but essential businesses and services in the same zone, the state government said.center_img The outbreak in Brazil started in the southeast, the country’s wealthy business and industrial corridor.That region, which includes Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, remains the hardest hit, with more than 200,000 cases and nearly 15,000 deaths.But the northeast, Brazil’s poorest region, has emerged as the second-hardest hit, with nearly 195,000 cases and 10,000 deaths.Health officials believe the outbreak in the northeast is being driven partly by poor migrant workers from the region who have returned home after losing their jobs in the southeast because of virus-related business closures and stay-at-home measures.Brazil as a whole has now registered more than 555,000 cases and 31,000 deaths.Experts say under-testing means the real numbers are probably much higher.President Jair Bolsonaro is a vocal critic of stay-at-home measures, arguing they are needlessly hurting Latin America’s biggest economy.The far-right leader has urged businesses to wage “war” on such measures from state authorities.last_img read more

IPE Views: Is there a future for defined benefit schemes?

first_imgA prolonged low-interest-rate environment could further exacerbate funding pressures on public DB schemes, Catherine Lubochinsky warnsThe viability of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in both the public and private sectors has been a subject of discussion for many years in the developed world, not least because of the significant numbers of private sector organisations that have been closing these schemes, and the ongoing debate about the affordability of these schemes in the public sector.Working with the Policy and Economic Analysis Programme (PEAP) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, the Global Risk Institute (GRI) has developed four macro-economic scenarios for the next 15 years in Canada, as the world recovers from the major crisis experienced in 2007-2008. Observations from this study may be of benefit to DB schemes in many countries.The four scenarios established using PEAP’s proprietary model were, briefly, as follows: Scenario 1 – interest rates remain low through 2014, but then rise significantly as global economic recovery finally takes hold in 2015 and successive years, with relatively strong economic growth and improving corporate and government balance sheets; Scenario 2 – as per Scenario 1, but with somewhat lower ultimate levels of interest rates than Scenario 1; Scenario 3 – low interest rates continue for an arbitrary five years longer, owing to relatively weak economic growth and demand, before rising to the relatively high levels seen in the first scenario; and Scenario 4, in which low rates for another five years eventually rise to the lower levels seen in Scenario 2. In our view, the most likely outcome based on present data is Scenario 1, with the other scenarios listed in descending order of probability. Before examining the effect of these scenarios on DB schemes, it’s worth reflecting on how the enrolment profile for these schemes has changed in Canada in recent years, especially since this profile is mirrored by other markets in the developed world, such as the UK and US.In Canada’s private sector, enrolment in DB schemes has declined from 1.9m in 2008 to 1.5m in 2011 due to scheme closures. By contrast, enrolment in Canadian public sector DB schemes has increased by 300,000 over the same period to 2.9m. This increasing DB enrolment in the public sector may be seen in the light of concerns that, because most of these schemes do not ‘mark to market’ their liabilities, the impact of low interest rates for a long period has yet to be recognised.Broadly, this research demonstrates that a prolonged low-interest-rate environment could potentially exacerbate funding pressures on public DB schemes and further accelerate the move away from these schemes in the private sector. Lower levels of employment and wages imply lower interest rates, as well as having the knock-on effect of lower contribution rates to pension schemes. Additionally, if the interest rates used to calculate the liabilities of DB schemes remain low for an extended period, the consequences – in terms of higher contribution rates or lower benefits for the scheme’s future members – may be postponed but not eliminated.Figure 19 from the report illustrates the gap in interest earnings for public sector DB schemes between a near-term return to ‘normal’ levels of interest rates (Scenario I above) and a much longer period of low interest rates (Scenarios III and IV). The gap, in terms of interest earnings, between Scenarios I and IV by 2030 amounts to CAD15.5bn (€10.2bn), with lower long-term rates accounting for CAD10bn of this difference, and the delayed recovery in rates a further CAD5bn.Figure 21 shows a similar situation in the private sector, but with important differences based on the relative size of components. The share of interest earnings as a proportion of total funding is lower than the share of contributions.For both public and private sectors, a lower long-term real interest rate has a greater negative effect on earnings than a five-year period of low economic growth before recovery. A high level of real interest rates will only be achieved with strong economic growth, which, at the same time, supports contributions to pension schemes – making strong economic growth a priority.For the public sector, questions will arise in the event of a continued low-interest-rate environment and concomitant decrease in plan solvencies. For the private sector, the continued shift away from DB schemes to defined contribution schemes has led to a transfer of risks from employers to employees, which leads to questions not covered by this research about how pension schemes can be designed with more balanced risk-sharing mechanisms.For more information about this research and GRI, please visit www.globalriskinstitute.org.Catherine Lubochinsky is managing director of research at the Global Risk Institute in Financial Serviceslast_img read more

Opposition to PM’s child smacking comment

first_imgNewstalk ZB 3 June 2012The Prime Minister’s being challenged over his statement that light smacking of children is ok under the law. Family First says it’s essentially “a crock”. It’s citing the case of a mother who had to go all the way to the Court of Appeal to get an acquittal, after she admitted lightly smacking her eight year old son. Family First’s Bob McCoskrie says the case is another example showing the smacking law isn’t working.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/1532495649-Opposition-to-PM-s-child-smacking-commentSmacking conviction overturned on appealRadio NZ 3 June 2012 A woman whose eight-year-old son was hit twice on the bottom with a belt on one occasion last year has had her conviction for assault quashed by the Court of Appeal. The result is being welcomed by advocacy group Family First which says it shows how confused the 2007 child discipline legislation has proved to be. During the incident the woman asked her partner to administer the punishment, which he did. Both were convicted in the District Court and sentenced to community work. The partner was subsequently cleared on appeal to the High Court. The woman has now been discharged by the Court of Appeal but has already served her sentence and lost her job. The Court of Appeal says her penalties were out of all proportion to the gravity of the offending. Family First director Bob McCroskie says the case involved an extremely difficult child for whom the mother had repeatedly sought help, but none was available. He says there is a lack of support for parents who are struggling. Mr McCroskie says the legislation is confused and needs to be precisely worded.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/107378/smacking-conviction-overturned-on-appealParents’ hell after choice to strap childSunday Star Times 3 June 2012A mum’s “considered decision” to strap her son led to an assault conviction, and a judge told her that thinking about it first made it worse than if she’d done it in anger. The woman and her partner, both South Island teachers, were convicted after they strapped their 8-year-old son, over his pyjamas, with a belt in January last year. But after taking their case all the way to the Court of Appeal, they were discharged without conviction. Anti-smacking law critics say the case is an example of good parents being criminalised, contrary to assurances from politicians when the law came in. …(The mum) said she was overjoyed at being discharged after “a year-and-a-half of hell”. She said when the anti-smacking law was introduced she thought it would stop people from abusing their children. “I didn’t for a second think I would get criminalised.” Family First director Bob McCroskie said the case showed the law “coming home to roost”. “This mother has had her career damaged, lost income and faced legal fees, and it’s caused irreparable damage to the family. “She was honest, asked for help, went to professionals who never came running with assistance – but were quick to prosecute.” “The warning to all good parents from this is to be careful what they admit.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7036188/Parents-hell-after-choice-to-strap-childWoman wins appeal over smacking3 Newshttp://www.3news.co.nz/Woman-wins-appeal-over-smacking/tabid/423/articleID/256534/Default.aspxNZ woman wins appeal over smackingHerald Sun / Sky news (Aust)http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/nz-woman-wins-appeal-over-smacking/story-fn6s850w-1226382085219http://www.skynews.com.au/world/article.aspx?id=757083&vId=Smack mum gets offSydney Morning Heraldhttp://www.smh.com.au/business/smack-mum-gets-off-20120603-1zq1w.htmllast_img read more

Norma L. Suttman

first_imgNorma L. Suttman, age 76 of Oldenburg, died Friday, November 4, 2016 at Aspen Place in Greensburg.  Born February 16, 1940 in Ripley County Indiana, she is the daughter of Thresa (Nee: Beach) and Charles Kemker.  She married Cletus Suttman November 21, 1978 and he preceded her in death August 3, 2016.  Norma worked at the Hill-Rom Company as an electrical technician for over 35 years before retiring in 2002.  She was a member of Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.Norma enjoyed many interests.  Among them were playing bingo and cards, mainly bid Euchre.  When she was younger, she often spent her time crocheting blankets for loved ones, making beaded figurines or putting together puzzles.  She was excited when watching sports, following the Reds during the summer and an avid basketball fan, I.U. and Butler during the winter.  According to her family she always loved going out to eat, a clean house, gardening and traveling to visit colonial homes.  Norma was a proud military mom and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.She is survived by children David Tingle of Cincinnati, Ohio, Wayne (Robin) Tingle of Batesville, Glenn (Debbie) Suttman of Batesville, Robin Weaver of Aurora, Indiana, Glenda Suttman of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mark Tingle of Aurora, Indiana, Thresa (Dale) Hooten of Batesville, Anita (Gary) Merkel of Oldenburg, Carolyn (Ted) Nobbe of Batesville, Robert Tingle of Aurora, Indiana, Cletus (Kari) Suttman of Grand Rapids, Michigan; sisters Katherine “Cody” Holt of Osgood, Indiana, Patricia Morris of Moores Hill, Indiana; 25 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her daughter Rosemary Suttman; brothers Leroy, Lloyd and Bine Kemker; and sisters Doris Smith, Daisy Lindsey and Jane Adams.Visitation is Monday, November 7th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 8th at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to Legacy Lane at Aspen Place, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Oldenburg Eagle Fire Company.last_img read more