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December News
Moving Forward Forum video, new board members, and sustainable shopping
Moving Forward Forum Video Online
We express our gratitude to those who tuned in for New Pioneers’ first digital Moving Forward Forum last week. Panelists Ashley Greathouse, from Bluegrass Lands Conservancy, and Billy Van Pelt, with American Farmland Trust, provided valuable information about the basics of conservation easements, as well as the importance of land conservation in general.
Unable to join us? No worries! A video of the forum is available on the New Pioneers website, along with other helpful resources about conservation easements.
Welcome, New Board Members!
Please join New Pioneers in welcoming the newest members to our Board of Directors, which now includes a diverse team of 13 individuals who share a commitment to building sustainable rural communities and growing New Pioneers’ scope and impact.
  • Pam Grundy is a Springfield native, retired office manager for Holy Rosary Church, and a community leader who serves on the African American Heritage Board and Council on Aging.
  • Rowena Holloway is a retired legislative liaison for the Kentucky Commission for the Deaf, an outdoor enthusiast, and dedicated New Pioneers member who resides in Washington County.
  • Amy Pascucci is a musician and educator who serves as liturgical musical director for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Bardstown, where she lives with her husband and young daughters.
  • Debbie Medley is a Marion County native with deep ties to her community, who works as the human resources coordinator at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.
Board officers for the coming year were also recently elected, with President Jessie Rathburn, Vice President Anne Harrison, Secretary Joyce Minkler, and Treasurer Dave Kessler filling those roles.
While we extend congratulations to our new members and officers, we also share our appreciation with Anne Harrison for her two years of service as board president and Anne Chaney for her year of service as board treasurer. Both played tremendous roles in New Pioneers’ successful leadership transition and building the our financial resiliency.
Shop the Sustainability Store
Our Sustainability Store features a unique selection of green living items and creations by local artists, including hand-crafted pottery, piano music by Teresa Tedder, and stationery illustrated by New Pioneers’ own Lana Gits.

Check out the full inventory online or stop by the office, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visitors must wear a mask and socially distance.
Smile for New Pioneers
Shopping on Amazon? Support New Pioneers with each purchase you make! Just use AmazonSmile instead of Amazon. No extra costs, no fees, no differences in your shopping experience – except that 0.5% of your eligible purchases are donated to New Pioneers.

  • Sign up, using your Amazon account
  • Choose “New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future Inc” as your charity
Enjoy shopping from your phone? AmazonSmile launched an app earlier this summer:
  • Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  • Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  • Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, it’s time for an update. Click here for instructions.
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127 W Main St, Springfield, KY 40069

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