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2001 Annual Report

The Public Life Foundation promotes a three-pronged process for community problem solving:

Information. Citizens need reliable data, reports, and research, presented in a form that can be understood by everyday citizens.

Deliberation. To form sound judgments, citizens must come together and examine issues, opposing points of view, problems, and possibilities. The voice of all must be valued and encouraged.

Action. Once informed and engaged, once citizens are ready to act, they may need assistance to organize, mobilize support, or initiate programs.


People’s Health Project materials

Adapted findings of University of Kentucky health needs assessment into discussion guidebooks for community forums

Prescription Drug Report

Commissioned a study to examine the problems, causes, and possible solutions to high cost of prescription drugs

Project Access

Sponsored a presentation to health and community leaders on a successful North Carolina health care access model

Educational Finance Study

Commissioned a study of financial trends and disparities of local public school systems

Riverfront Development Ideas

Through the citizens group PRIDE, possibilities and preferences for the enhancement of our riverfront were gathered from surveys, focus groups, school projects, and public meetings

Manuals and Retreats

Citizens Committee on Education and PRIDE Board of Directors needed updated data and reports to guide its decision-making. Planning retreats helped each bring into focus their mission, goals, and projects

Caregivers Information Exchange

Facilitated communication and broadened collaboration among the Salvation Army, Goodfellows Club, Christmas Wish, Alma Randolph Foundation, and others

Goodfellows Club

Focus Group Helped club leaders understand the circumstances and challenges facing children and families served by the organization


Sponsored public lecture by State Representative Kathy Stein for the Girl’s Club-Owensboro Women’s Coalition. Sponsored “Citizen Kentucky,” a KET roundtable discussion

Teacher Training

Purchased professional development materials to help teachers better understand poverty

Kentucky Civil Rights Movement Documentary

Sponsored production and distribution to area schools and public libraries


People’s Health Project Forums

Organized and conducted more than 45 forums to bring forth health care concerns and experiences of people from every walk of life

PRIDE Community Workshop

Sponsored a half-day workshop involving 130 citizens to examine riverfront conditions, objectives, possibilities, and potential solutions. Absorbed cost of workshop, materials, and consultant.

Community Conversations, Inc.

Provided financial support of CC’s public forums, moderator training, and other programs

Herman Floyd Memorial forum

Sponsored race relations forum organized by State Rep. Brian Crall


Citizens Health Care Coalition

Building upon the interest generated at People’s Health Project forums, we are assisting citizens in organizing a health care advocacy group

Project Access

A top recommendation emerging from the forums: establish a more effective mechanism to match community needs with resources. Supporting efforts to develop such a mechanism.

Resource Guide for Community Health Centers

Published a brochure to assist social workers, ministers, school nurses, and others

Primary Care Directory

Published a directory to assist caregivers and citizens particularly the uninsured – in finding a “medical home”

Federal Grant

Data from the University of Kentucky Health Needs Assessment was key in helping Daviess County secure a federal grant to improve health care access

Tobacco Tax Increase

Joined with more than a dozen other members of Healthy Horizons in unanimous support of state tobacco taxes to curb smoking and generate funds for tobacco prevention-cessation programs

Stipends for Student Coalition Leaders

Awarded a grant for Owensboro-Daviess County Youth Council

Community Summit on Healthy Lifestyles

Proposed and helping organize a major civic event to address health and lifestyle issues

Support for PRIDE

Provided administrative support, database management, meeting notices, etc. for community appearance advocates

Support of neighborhood associations

Awarded several grants to support and encourage grass roots civic participation

Support for Goodfellows Club

Provided administrative support in partnership with the Messenger-Inquirer

Support for Health Kentucky, Inc.

Awarded a grant to promote physician and pharmaceutical services for the poor available locally through the program.

Progeny Fund

A John and Marjorie Hager Charitable Trust

(advised by their children: Susie H. Alford, Stewart Hager, Sally H. Wood and Bruce Hager)

2001 Grants

Apollo High School – International Baccalaureate Program

Century Christian Church – Friday-After-Five teen events

Estes Elementary School – Field trip to Frankfort

Field House – John Rosemond lecture

Foust Elementary School – Reading Lab

Free Clinic – Prescription drugs

Girls, Inc. – Support of downtown center

Goodfellows Club – Annual Appeal

Green River Area Development District

Senior Links Program – Senior Celebration

Jennifer House – Halfway House

Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers – Math Counts Program

Longfellow Education Center – Computer Lab

H.L. Neblett Center – Joint Hands Program

Neighborhood Advisory Board – Leadership Owensboro scholarships

Owensboro Chamber of Commerce – NAACP skills assessments

Owensboro High School – Scholarship Fund

Owensboro Hospitality House – Annual fundraiser

PRIDE – Wildflower demonstration project

Owensboro/Western Kentucky Regional Science Fair – Scholarships

RiverPark Center – Tickets for disadvantaged students

St. Joseph Peace Center – Shelter for children

Special Touch Child Care – Nursing care for special needs children

Tradewater/Lower Green River Watershed Watch – Water Quality Testing

United Way/Disciples of Christ Missions – New York relief efforts

Voluntary Action Center – Reading Connections Program

Western Kentucky Botanical Garden – Herb Garden

In 2001, the foundation devoted nearly $260,000 to enrich public life in Owensboro-Daviess County. And through the Progeny Fund, grants exceeding $100,000 were distributed to 26 local charities.

Board of Directors

John S. Hager, Chairman
Sally H. Wood, President
Susie H. Alford, Vice President
Rodney B. Berry, Vice President
Denny Alford, Secretary/Treasurer
David Adkisson
Dr. David Boeyink
Bruce Hager
Marjorie M. Hager
Stewart Hager
Yolla Hager


Rodney B. Berry, Executive Director

Kathy Strobel, Office Manager

Beverly Mills, People’s Health Project Coordinator

Sue Trautwein, Adm. Assistant to Mr. Hager

401 Frederica Street, B-203
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
(270) 685-2652 Phone
(270) 685-6074 Fax

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