PENDLETON — Scores of local residents, including many from local government and area service organizations, attended a celebration of the South Madison Community Foundation and its executive director, Lisa Floyd.

Floyd, who has led the organization for 10 years, is retiring at the end of this year. The organization, which was founded in 1992, promotes and manages a wide range of charitable efforts in the area through grants, scholarships and more.

The celebration took place at the home of Bruce and Brenda Ring, down the street from the foundation’s building at 233 S. Main St. Several people spoke about Floyd and the organization, including founding executive director Dick Creger and Caitlin Evans, who at one time volunteered at the foundation and went on to found More Than Conquerors, a Christian after-school care program offered at local schools.

Floyd will serve through the end of this year, with leadership of the foundation passing to Associate Director Tammy Bowman.

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As people entered the South Madison Community Corp. celebration, they were encouraged to fill out a suggestion card that included the question, “What are your best wishes for your community’s bright future?

Here are some of the suggestions:

• Sidewalks all over town.


• Continual “small” successes

• Walk path from park to golf course

• Soccer facilities

• Continue the good work with communities and school

• Develop a healthier community for those that follow

• Getting our youth involved in volunteering

• More programs for children

• I hope we keep our unique, small town character, friendliness and neighborliness, even as we grow

• That we can be happy, healthy and connected. What’s better?

• Even more and better public spaces to enjoy! Parks! Trails! Events!

• Community center

• I wish our community continues to have amazing volunteer and civic groups! They are what make Pendleton, Pendleton!

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Scott Slade is community editor. He can be reached at 317-477-3229 or