“It is my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office…without any previous political training.”    That is a quote from a former US President that I stumbled on about the time I was appointed to the position of Clerk Treasurer, and I can certainly relate.  The neat, tidy job description for my title is the Secretary, Official Records Keeper and Treasurer for the Town.  In reality, there is so much more to this job, as I am learning very rapidly.

I grew up in Michigan and moved to Indiana when I married a Hoosier, my Husband of now 26 years, Brian.  We bought a house, completely by chance, in Cloverdale 25 years ago.  Cloverdale was not even on our radar, but we were looking for a good compromise between Indy, where his job was, and Greencastle, where the Church we were members of was.  How thankful I am that our realtor suggested we consider this area!  Unknowingly, we bought a house from a local legend, Al Tucker.  We quickly learned when people inquired about where we lived the easiest answer was just to reply, “Al Tucker’s old house”.  We raised 4 kids in that house and have loved being a part of this small community called Cloverdale.  I have been involved in the schools as a room mom, field trip chaperone, and tutor.  All our kids were involved in the Emerald Command Band and various sports.  I was a little sad, as our youngest child graduated last year, that my stint with the Cloverdale Community School System was coming to an end.  Brian and I had already made up our minds we would continue to be spectators at the sporting events.  But a new opportunity has just presented itself, for me to become a Mentor to a small group of high school students.  I am very excited to be a part of kids’ lives still!  I have been a homemaker my entire married life.  My focus has been on my family, church, and community.  I teach children’s bible class and love having people in our home for meals.  I have done a few jobs here and there to help my family, providing in-home childcare, running a natural food co-op (I describe myself as a sugar addict with a nutrition hobby), and, most recently, working part-time in the Utility office here in town.  When the Clerk Treasurer office opened up, I wasn’t really looking for that position, but I love Cloverdale and I knew I could bring some organization, consistency, and goal-oriented thinking to that office.  So here I am.

In the past year I have learned so much, but I still have a long way to go.  I’ve got a white board full of projects and dreams and it seems like every time one is crossed off, I have about 3 more in my mind ready to take it’s place. I am looking forward to working with everyone to maintain a budget that is in keeping with our revenue; taking a general look at all the Town’s policies and the way we do business; making sure we are doing things fairly, consistently, efficiently, and that we are doing what is best for the Town as a whole and with the future in mind by laying a foundation that will keep us moving forward, while planning for things to help keep us out of debt. I am so excited to see what the future will bring.  There are so many good things on the horizon for us and I can’t wait.  Our community has so much to offer and the backbone of that is our people.  You don’t have to be a politician to serve.  All it takes is someone, like me, who loves our town and is willing to step up, learn, and share what they have to offer.  I am so humbled you let me serve you in this way and that I am able to be a small part of Cloverdale!