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HCR ManorCare: Decades of Valuable Chamber Experience


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer  /  JJ Kaplan The HCR ManorCare and Summer Trace Retirement Community has been providing individualized post-hospital skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services at its Carmel location for nearly 30 years. They have also been active members in the local Carmel Chamber of Commerce, now OneZone, for 31 years. They were members before they even opened their doors to their first rehabilitation patients and long-term care residents. Executive Director Scott Keefer joined HCR ManorCare in 2008 as the Administrator of Summer Trace. In March 2010, he transferred to ManorCare Health Services of West Des Moines, Iowa, ...

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Two Merge Into OneZone YPs


Writer / Janelle Morrison When the Carmel and Fishers Chambers of Commerce merged as the OneZone Commerce earlier this year, their respective young professional (YP) organizations underwent their own merger and redevelopment of their groups, formerly Arrows and In Power. As a result, a more robust young professional organization, now known as the OneZone Young Professionals, was established. The organization, run by a committee of young professional chamber members, is dedicated to connecting YPs under 40 through social networking, professional development, volunteerism and educational events. OneZone Young Professionals offers YPs in the surrounding areas opportunities to network and share work ...

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Mayor Brainard: Wrapping up another term and a successful 4th quarter


Writer  /  Janelle Morrison During our quarterly review with Mayor Jim Brainard, the 6-term mayor shared with us the many benchmarks that the city has achieved or will achieve year’s end. Keeping our public defenders safe is high on the city’s list of priorities and once again was awarded a federal grant for almost $9,000 to replace old bullet proof vests that are no longer covered under warranty and cost $695 each to replace. The city has received this particular grant since 1999. Brainard has taken great measures over the last 5 terms to improve the city’s environmental health. The ...

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Carmel Community Players: Shopping for a Bright Future


Writer / Ray Compton Photographer  /  Lori Koppold Six years ago, it appeared the final curtain was ready to be dropped on the Carmel Community Players. Literally. It was 2009, and the 16-year-old theater group faced countless financial headaches that were much more draining and damaging to the organization’s board of directors than the darkest written review. Debt was climbing toward six figures; a major grant from the City of Carmel vanished; and perhaps most disturbing was the non-profit troupe lost its lease at Studio 15 in the Carmel Arts and Design District. But as assessed by a CCP executive ...

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Hunting Pumpkins


Writer / Jennifer Lear As the days grow cooler and the leaves change to brilliant reds and golds, it’s time for autumn fun in Indy and surrounding! That means picking pumpkins, navigating corn mazes, sipping apple cider and enjoying local farms throughout Central Indiana. Here are our top seven picks for fabulous fall family fun. 1) Noblesville – Stony Creek Farm’s annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival runs September 26-October 31. Pumpkins, kid’s area, hoop house maze, sling shot, hayrides, pumpkin train, jumping pillow, farm animals and more. There is a charge for parking in addition to admission and attraction fees. 2) ...

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“Three Jews Walked Into A Shopping Center…” A Memoir by Elizabeth Kraft Taylor


Writer / Kara Reibel Elizabeth Kraft Taylor, known to friends as “Eliz” (Liz), is an indelible mix of grit and elegance. “Three Jews Walk Into A Shopping Center…” is Taylor’s new memoir, recounting amazing life stories that only she could share. Featured on the back cover of her memoir is a “want ad” she saw in the Chicago Tribune: “Wanted: Creative Director; wild, undisciplined, sometimes rebellious, raw talent seeks leadership.” She says, “I knew it was written for me.” After working in retail in Chicago, Taylor was ready for her next challenge. Not surprisingly, she got the job and moved ...

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Rob Delaby – Pink Tie Guy of the Year


Writer / Keeley Miller Photographer / Brenda Staples When he was just 13 years old, Rob Delaby sat by his grandmother’s bed as she battled cancer. Without any power to help beyond comfort and prayer, he felt helpless. Years later, he faced another cancer diagnosis of a close friend. Rather than sitting back, Delaby decided to do as much as he could to make a difference. “When we found out in September 2014 that my good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, I said that I would be damned to just sit there and watch it happen,” said Delaby. Delaby ...

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The Rotary Club of Indianapolis Inspires a Call To Action


Writer / Kara Reibel Rotary International’s motto is “Service Above Self.” Nowhere is this more evident than with their ultimate service project, Indy Do Day. “Joining Rotary is one of the best decisions I ever made,” shares Ramona Adams, account executive with RJE Business Interiors and VP of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis as well as Indy Do Day co-chair. “Rotary has made me a better person, and Indy Do Day is our signature event that we facilitate for the city. Indy Do Day enables organizations to work together, building better relationships and has a positive impact in our city.” ...

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Dr. Chuck: Making a Difference One Room at a Time


Writer / Janelle Morrison A visit or stay in a hospital tends to be a stressful and undesirable visit for any adult, and the affect upon a child can be even more traumatic. When a child expresses their discomfort by crying or acting out, it not only raises the child’s level of anxiety but also is distressing to the parent(s), caregivers and attending staff who is attempting treatment. There are a plethora of studies available that show how Distraction Therapy can reduce pain and therefore reduces the patients discomfort throughout the necessary procedure. At the invitation of Dr. Charles (Chuck) ...

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NAWBO: Creating a Powerful Impact


Writer  /  Kara Reibel  .  Photographers  /  Kara Reibel, Brenda Staples Since inception 40 years ago, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has facilitated change by creating a strong impact across the country, enabling a more equitable playing field for women-owned businesses. The result is a ripple effect, not only benefiting women but minority business owners as well. The roots of NAWBO began with advocacy. In the 1970s, in order for a woman to get a business loan, a man had to to sign off on it. Realizing that women represented 54 percent of the voting public, a ...

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