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Emmerts Lead Noble Co. Effort to Feed the Hungry

Published: Friday, November 8, 2019

Person You Should Know

This week's "Person You Should Know" heads a Noble County community group that raises corn and soybeans to feed hungry people across the world.

Bill Emmert and his wife Marilyn are leaders of this com-munity effort, known as "Growing Hope Globally." The Albion couple are also active in property manage-ment.

Family: Daughter, Janika; son-in-law, John; grandchildren, Joshua, Jillian and Jasmine

My men-tor: My mother. She taught me self-reliance, work ethics and a Christian way of life.

My mission in life: To use the means that God has given us to share with others, and enjoy jobs well done.

How I give back: Through our local church, Trinity United Methodist. I previously spent 12 years as a board member of the Central Noble School Corp., as well as several other organizations. Presently I am a board member of Noble REMC.

Marilyn and I are a part of an agricultural growing project called "Common Ground." This is a community group that produc-es corn and soybeans, with the proceeds going to "Growing Hope Globally," formerly called Foods Re-source Bank. We have found this to be a great gathering of local people as well as being financially supported by sev-eral seed, chemical and fertilizer businesses. As a group, we have contributed many dollars to the organization which works worldwide with Christian organizations in projects helping people help themselves. The focus is to help with food and programs that will have a lasting effect.

We are now involved with a local group building a communi-ty center. The intent is to improve the quality of life for many people within our local area through education, exercise, social programs and special interest groups. This is rewarding but also a challenge to all of us, especially now that we are in the fundraising part.

Hobbies: Farming, family, working with Habitat for Humanity and spending time in Texas.

Favorite autumn activity: Enjoying the beautiful colors of nature, including crops ready for har-vest.

To nominate someone for this column, call or email Jerry Goshert ( editor. The telephone number for editor is 574/831-2138.

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