Application due on April 15, 2024
The New Palestine Lions Club is currently accepting applications for the Dick Shank & Betty Whittemore Memorial Scholarship. Two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to New Palestine High School Seniors, class of 2024, attending a college or post-secondary technical school who has shown a strong awareness and duty to performing service to their community. Those applying must provide documentation showing 35+ hours of service to their community.
Dick Shank held many offices within the Lions Club and was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Award, the highest form of recognition as a Lion. At the annual Fish Fry, Dick manned the Lions booth for many years along with assisting anywhere needed. Dick was also a 59-year member of the American Legion Post # 182 assisting in many events. Dick served on the New Palestine Town Council for 35 years, where he helped establish the New Palestine Planning and Zoning Commission. In addition, Dick served on the Economic Development, Hancock County Transportation Advisory Board, New Palestine Cemetery Board, and the Redevelopment Commission. Dick Shank took pride in his community.
Betty Whittemore, a cherished member of the New Palestine Lions Club was a Lions member for more than 25 years and a key figure in scheduling and coordinating our annual Fall Festival. She was not only a local Lions member but also an international member serving the visually impaired by delivering glasses to those in need in Indiana and in Mexico. Betty never met a stranger and was a loving and caring person who touched many lives.