The honoree took the podium to detail a heap of thank-yous. He acknowledged his family: wife of 48 years Charlotte, an Oldenburg Academy grad; two sons, a daughter and “eight to 10” grandchildren. He was grateful to his Ivy Tech co-workers and asked Southeast employees retiring this year to stand. He also spoke about a local resident. “If Dave Raver hadn’t stepped up … he was really a kingpin in helping to raise the funds for the Batesville building.”
Of his 51-year educational career, Helms concluded, “It’s been fun.” Then he shared a new goal with the crowd: “I plan to be at happy hour at 100!”
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Scholarship honors couple • The newly-created Jim and Charlotte Helms Scholarship will benefit Ivy Tech students attending Batesville, Madison and Lawrenceburg campuses, announced Paula Heiderman, Ivy Tech Foundation Southeast Region executive director. United Community Bank Charitable Foundation, Lawrenceburg, a long-term college supporter, established an endowment for the scholarships and contributed $1,000. • Persons, businesses and organizations that want to donate to the scholarship fund may make tax-deductible checks earmarked that way payable to Ivy Tech Foundation Inc. and mail them to 590 Ivy Tech Drive, Madison, IN 47250; or give online at https://connect.ivytech.edu/pages/donation-form-southeast-region. • A pledge also can be made over a three-year period. Contributors can be invoiced monthly, quarterly or annually. Info: 812-265-2580, Ext. 4145.