Foundation Seeking New Executive Director


The Foundation’s Board of Directors recently announced that Karen Wendeln will be stepping down from her position as The Foundation’s Executive Director no later than December of 2020.

Karen Wendeln

Karen Wendeln


The Foundation’s executive search committee has been actively looking for its next executive director, and has now reached the point where they are not accepting additional applications. They have begun the interview and selection part of the process and hope to have the selection of their new executive director made sometime in February. An announcement to the community will be made at that time.

Erica Ernst Claypool will be staying on with The Foundation and is being promoted to Administrator of Grants and Scholarships, a role she

Erica Ernst

Erica Claypool

is excited to assume. Her responsibilities will include facilitating all Foundation scholarships and all grants from The Foundation’s unrestricted funds.

Following the selection process, the chosen candidate will have the opportunity to train with Karen and Erica for as long as necessary to be comfortable taking over the reins at the Foundation and for the Foundation board to feel comfortable with his or her expertise. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


Fall Grants Awarded!

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded over $50,000 worth of grants and mini-grants as part of the annual meeting of Life Trustees of The Foundation on November 6, 2019. Those receiving standard grants are pictured here.

Left to Right: Susan Walker Hemm of Miami County Hospice, Bill Hayes of Piqua Catholic School, Christy Hayes of the Center for Early Learning at Piqua Catholic, Amy Bixler and Annette Willis of Goodwill/Easterseals, Duanna Osting of the U.V.M.C. Foundation, Brandi Olberding and Morgan Abney of Edison State Community College, Scott Bloom of Piqua City Schools, Vicki Kirk of Edison State Community College, Courtney Downs of Piqua High School, Chief Brent Pohlschneider and Captain Dustin Lacy of the Piqua Fire Department, and Pat Penny of American Legion Post 184.

Mini-grants were awarded to (Left to right) Denise Stauffer of Lehman Catholic High School, Kendra Krouskop-Smith of Piqua City Schools, Sondra Schneider of the Upper Valley Career Center, Joe Taylor of Piqua City Schools, and Erica Butler of the Upper Valley Career Center.

The Foundation’s next grant deadlines are in March 2020. More information is found here.


Foundation Grant Helps Fund C.I.S.V. Step-Up Event

A grant from The Piqua Community Foundation helped support a 2019 summer Step-Up event held by Miami County C.I.S.V. (Children’s International Summer Village.)  52 students from 11 countries participated in the event, hosted at the Piqua Junior High School. More than 30 local families and 40 community members assisted as students experienced 23 days of engaging, hands-on activities including a baseball night-out at the Dayton Dragons and a service project at Troy’s Lincoln Center.

C.I.S.V. offers peace education and experiential inter-cultural opportunities for youth. Any parents who are interested in local global education for their children (ages 10 and up) may contact Amanda at 513-292-4850.








2019 G. William Hartzell Grants Awarded

The Piqua Community Foundation recently awarded G. William Hartzell grants to 15 organizations that serve Piqua residents. The grants, totaling $42,000, were made from the fund established by the late G. William “Bill” Hartzell with a bequest from his estate. The fund also provides college scholarships during a spring distribution.

Randi Pearson, chair of the donor advisory committee for the fund, presented grants to representatives of the organizations who were assembled at the Y.W.C.A. in Piqua. Randi described Mr. Hartzell as a generous supporter of the Piqua community whose influence will be felt for years to come.  Organizations receiving grants for 2019 were:

Child Care Choices, Inc. — Congregation Anshe Emeth

Forest Hill Cemetery and Arboretum — Friends of Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.

Friends of the Piqua Public Library — Health Partners Free Clinic

Johnston Farm and Indian Agency — Miami County Dental Clinic

Piqua Compassion Network — Piqua Parents As Teachers

Protecting Our Water Ways — Salvation Army of Piqua

Troy-Miami County Library Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

United Way of Miami County, OH — Young Life of the Upper Miami Valley


Seated, left to right: Jody Kramer (Salvation Army), Randi Pearson, Sharon Lyons, Dorie Perry and Barbara Hartzell (all of the Hartzell Advisory Committee), Rebecca Sousek (Piqua Compassion Network) and Ruth Koon (Friends of the Piqua Public Library.)

Standing, left to right: Robert Kramer (Salvation Army), Jeff Lange (P.O.W.W.), Dave Mason (Young Life), Steve Shuchat (Congregation Anshe Emeth), Stephanie Silk (Miami Co. Dental Clinic), Andy Hite (Johnston Farm), Nancy Hargrove (Troy-Miami Co. Library), Jim Roth (Forest Hill), Kathy Booher (Piqua Parents As Teachers), Sean Ford (United Way of Miami Co.), Kim Lawson (Piqua Parents As Teachers), Cheryl Buecker (Child Care Choices), Aggie Wilson (Health Partners Free Clinic) and Lorna Swisher (Friends of Mainstreet Piqua.)


2019 Prize Winning Cakes

                 2019 PRIZE WINNERS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER – Piqua Compassion Network (#33)

HIGH BID TROPHY WINNER – Miami Valley Steel (#102)

CORPORATE CHALLENGE WINNER – Miami Valley Steel (#102)

THEME PRIZE: 1st Place – Dobo’s Delights/Hallmark (#17)

2nd Place – Miami Valley Centre Mall (#1)

3rd Place – Upper Valley Career Center (#34)

CORPORATE CAKES:  1st Place – Phoenix Bats (#43)

2nd Place – Mutual Federal Savings (#58)

3rd Place – Piqua Manor/Garbry Ridge (#45)

NON-PROFIT CAKES: 1st Place – Child Care Choices (#24)

2nd Place – Piqua Compassion Network (#33)

3rd Place – Piqua Farm to Table Dinner (#52)

INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES: 1st Place – Stacy and Benny Scott (#51)

2nd Place – Beer Thinkers (#105)

YOUTH ENTRIES: 1st Place – Alexandra & Camilla Nicholas (#74)

2nd Place – Lorelai Manson (#71)

3rd Place – Lehman High School (#64)

CUPCAKE ENTRIES: 1st Place – Piqua Parents as Teachers/3 Joe’s (#2)

2nd Place – U.S. Bank (#38)

3rd Place – Ulbrich’s (#20)


Piqua Arts Council (#5) – Piqua Chamber of Commerce (#8)

Angel Touch (#11) – Miami Valley Steel (#102)

Photos of all cakes can be found through the “Cakes for a Cause” tab above in the 2019 Cake Gallery.



Cakes for a Cause 2019


This year’s event was a musical delight! Cakes had great tune-related themes and several even played their own music.

A big THANK YOU to all who entered or baked cakes, provided incentives, volunteered their time and energy, bid on cakes, and helped in any way!

The Foundation especially wants to thank our committee which included co-chairpersons, Emily Shawler and Marsha Koon. Also serving on the committee were Gail Staley, Susan Haas, Stephanie Gunter and Erica Ernst. Special thanks to our “Name That Tune” students from Piqua Catholic School – Carey Yant, Seth Knapke, Halley Petty, Anna Ray Scherer, and their teacher, Rachel Birman – and from Piqua Central Intermediate School – Megan Hall, Elayna Kew, Ella Snyder, Juli Robbins, Lorelai Manson, Katie Jo Beasley, Kaylie Hittle, Addie Leasure, and their teacher, David Broerman.

Photos of all cakes are available on our Facebook page, and in the 2019 Cake Gallery that is found in the Cakes for a Cause tab above.




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