("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.
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.
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.
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.
working years in Bedford and Bloomington, and after their retirement, they
were very involved in the community and gave generously of their time.
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.
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.
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”.
interested in honoring Mac and Shirley by donating to this Fund is
encouraged to contact the Lawrence County Community Foundation.
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