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Accountant to help lead development corporation

Pat Sherman has been named chairman of the Johnson County Development Corp. executive committee.

Sherman is a founding partner and certified public accountant with Sherman & Armbruster LLP in Greenwood.

Most recently he was vice chairman of the corporation and has served many years as a board member of the local economic development organization.

Sherman also serves on the board of directors and heads the audit committee of First Merchants Bank. He also serves on the boards of First Merchants Charitable Foundation, Washington Jefferson Williams Foundation, Center Grove Trails Inc. and the Baxter YMCA.

He is past president of the Greenwood Board of Aviation Commissioners and is controller for the Johnson County Solid Waste Management District. He is a member and past president of the Greenwood Rotary Club and member and past board member of the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

Also elected to the development group’s executive committee were:

  • Vice chairman: Jeffrey Owen, president, J Owen Media LLC
  • Secretary-treasurer: John Ditmars, senior vice president, First Merchants Bank
  • Chairman emeritus: Larry Heydon, president and CEO, Johnson Memorial Health
  • At-large member: Scott Langdon, president, Langdon Real Estate Services.

The Johnson County Development Corp. is a nonprofit private/public partnership providing economic development services for companies throughout Johnson County.

State senator named to legislative study panels

State Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, will serve on the following study committees, commissions and councils during the summer and fall months to help prepare for the 2016 session of the General Assembly:

  • Interim Study Committee on Elections
  • Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Interim Study Committee on Pension Management Oversight
  • Military Base Planning Council
  • County Redistricting Commission

When Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session, lawmakers are assigned to interim study committees that meet to review the state’s top issues, as identified by the General Assembly during the prior legislative session.

Study committee topics are assigned by the bipartisan Legislative Council, comprised of 16 voting members — eight from the House and eight from the Senate.

Orchestra group honors longtime volunteer

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association South Group held its annual meeting, luncheon and style show June 13 at Schwitzer Center at the University of Indianapolis.

Betty Sisco was honored as volunteer of the year for South Group for her contributions and dedication to supporting the ISO. She has been a member of the group for 16 years. She has served as membership chairwoman and co-chairwoman of South Group. She has served on the association’s executive board for the past five years on the membership, orchestra support, communications and volunteer of the year programs. She serves as South Group’s recording secretary.

She is a former Center Grove High School teacher.

Co-chairwomen Becky Davis and Pat Rau with their committee planned an overall theme “Viva la Musica,” which was carried out from the invitations to the centerpieces, favors, and musical entertainment. More than 100 members and their guests enjoyed Italian menu, shopping from The Secret Ingredient and Pout in Pink. The silent auction featured Italian restaurant gift certificates, wine and luncheons. Members of South Group, their children and their grandchildren modeled fashions.

Through the silent auction and tickets sales, more than $5,000 was raised. Proceeds benefit the Learning Community of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The association is a nonprofit corporation of volunteers made up of groups and units throughout the state who promote the enjoyment of music. They provide support for the symphony through fundraising activities and music education for children and adults throughout Indiana.