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Harold ("Mac") and Shirley McReynolds

 

To honor and continue "Mac" and Shirley McReynolds’ strong legacy of community and charitable work in Lawrence County over many years, the Harold “Mac” and Shirley McReynolds Fund was established in December 2014.  This unrestricted endowment fund was established during the Eli Lilly Endowment GIFT VI initiative, which was announced in mid-2014.  That means that donations made by any donors to the McReynolds Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the grant from the Lilly Foundation, through March 2016.  The GIFT VI match provides an excellent opportunity for future donors to leverage their generosity to Lawrence County, and to its citizens. 

The nonprofit organizations and programs that receive distributions from the McReynolds Fund will be determined by the Board of Directors of the Lawrence County Community Foundation, or LCCF.

Since the McReynolds Fund is an endowment fund the principal will not be spent, but will instead earn returns that will fund charitable programs in Lawrence County for many years to come.  And since it is an unrestricted fund, it can be used to fund programs and charitable organizations which are doing good work in many different areas, and to fund local needs that might not be evident today but certainly will be in the future.   

Mac and Shirley McReynolds moved to Bedford from Wisconsin in 1973.  Mac was a managerial Fisheries Biologist with the U. S. Forest Service in Milwaukee and had sought a transfer here, while Shirley was selected for a faculty position with the IU School of Business after having taught business subjects in high schools for many years.  Shirley was a native of Orange County, Indiana (in fact she had attended grade school with Larry Bird’s father, Joe Bird), and Mac had lived as a young man in Milan, Indiana.  (Some folks might recall the "Milan Miracle" of 1954, when the basketball team from tiny Milan won the Indiana high school basketball championship.  Although Mac was out of high school by then, he was well acquainted with Bobby Plump and a few others from that Milan team.)  Both Mac and Shirley wanted to return to southern Indiana.

During their working years in Bedford and Bloomington, and after their retirement, they were very involved in the community and gave generously of their time.  Mac served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Lawrence County Museum of History.  He created the ongoing “Brain Games” project as a fundraiser for the Museum, and since the first Brain Games in 2002 it has continued to be the Museum's largest annual fundraising event.  Shirley served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Bedford Regional Medical Center, including several years as Chairperson, and on the Board of LCCF, where she chaired the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships selection committee for several years.  She was also a 2006 recipient of the “Walk with Excellence” award in the category of Business, and held leadership positions in their church, the First United Methodist Church of Bedford.  In 2001, Mac and Shirley organized a very successful Elderhostel program at Spring Mill, which introduced visitors from all over the U.S. to the attractions of Lawrence County.

After Shirley passed away in 2011, Mac and their son Mark, an IT Project Manager in Bloomington, Illinois, together established a college scholarship in her name to assist students majoring in business administration.  The scholarship fund is also administered by the LCCF.  Mac passed away in 2013, just about 2 years after Shirley. 

Mark started the Harold “Mac” and Shirley McReynolds Fund with a significant initial contribution to honor his parents because, as he says, “the amount of effort and dedication that each of my parents put into Lawrence County community and charitable organizations was astounding, both to me and to their many friends and acquaintances.  They were fantastic people, and great parents.  I definitely want their efforts to be remembered, and in fact to be magnified in the future, for the benefit of the local community”.   

Anyone interested in honoring Mac and Shirley by donating to this Fund is encouraged to contact the Lawrence County Community Foundation. 

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