Martinsville, Indiana, October 7, 2019—Home Bank last week honored three volunteers for their unselfish service to non-profit organizations in the local community as part of the 2019 Kris Gill Servant Leadership Award. Finalists for the award were Penni Risner (serving with St. Thomas More Free Clinic, United Way ReadUP, and Compassionate Friends), John Shoffner (Morgan County Weekday Religious Education), and Lee Ann Wilbur (Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County). Risner was named the KGSL winner for 2019.
Home Bank established the award in 2018 in honor of employee Kris Gill who has led the bank’s team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since 1998. Gill, who is a loan servicing specialist for the bank, has led fundraisers over that period netting over $130,000 in donations.
“To me, [Gill] is the consummate servant leader,” said Dan Moore, CEO of Home Bank. “That humble approach. That self-effacing attitude, and giving so much of her time and effort . . . . We don’t properly recognize people like Kris Gill in the world. With this award, we hope to do that
in the future.”
Nominations were sought from non-profits serving Morgan, Johnson, and Hendricks Counties, and a committee of employees from Home Bank selected the three finalists and the final winner. Candidates for the award are described as individuals who serve first, put the needs of others above their own, focus on the growth and well-being of their communities, and go beyond the call of duty in all areas of their lives.
John Hurst of the Martinsville chapter of Reformers Unanimous was the recipient of the inaugural award in 2018.
In recognition of her selfless commitment and service to the community, Risner was awarded $5,000 which was donated among the three organizations with which she volunteers. Shoffner and Wilbur were each honored with $1,000 donations in their names to their respective non-profits.
Home Bank SB was chartered in 1890 as a mutual institution which essentially means that it is owned by its depositors. Without private ownership or stockholders, the bank’s profits are allocated entirely to its capital reserves, resulting in greater fiscal strength and resources for community support.