God's Food Pantry Board of Directors give gifts to the Joanne Story Emergency Fund at SCC

Jul 5, 2017

Members of the God’s Food Pantry Board of Directors gave financial gifts to the Joanne Story Emergency Fund at SCC in memory of Story. From left: Brenda Russell, God’s Food Pantry executive director; Cindy Clouse, SCC chief of institutional advancement; Steve Hall, God’s Food Pantry board president; R.C. Story, Joanne Story’s husband; Louise Moore, God’s Food Pantry board vice president; and Dwight Sears, God’s Food Pantry board member. During her 47 years of service to SCC, professor Joanne Story would often discreetly assist students who were facing financial hardships that were negatively impacting their education. After her unexpected death earlier this year, the SCC Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division decided to honor Story’s legacy by creating the Joanne Story Emergency Fund. The purpose of the account is to assist students in need.

Story was a member of several local, regional and statewide boards, including God’s Food Pantry. Recently, members of the God’s Food Pantry Board of Directors honored Story through gifts totaling more than $1,000 given to the Joanne Story Emergency Fund. SCC faculty, staff and students, as well as community members, have all given to the fund, raising more than $3,000 in Story’s name.

During her time at SCC, Story sat on the SCC Faculty Council, and served on boards as diverse as the SCC Student Appeals Board and the SCC Faculty Promotion and Tenure Board. Story was also part of the Somerset Business Professional Women Club and served as state chair of the Kentucky Business and Professional Women’s Mentoring Committee. In 2014, she was honored by the Burnside Women’s Civic Club as one of several distinguished, exceptional women in Pulaski County who exhibited outstanding leadership and civic duty to their community.

Story’s compassion and generosity was seemingly unending, as could be attested by the many students she helped, including former student Don Caudill who left the following comment on the online guest book:

“What an amazing lady,” wrote Caudill. “Mrs. Story encouraged me to take a leadership role in student council at SCC in ’75 and ’76 which really changed me. Her compassion and genuine interest made you feel ‘special.’  She had a way of making you believe in yourself and seek to achieve. She touched so many of us young kids. What an amazing mentor.”

To contribute to the Joanne Story Emergency Fund, contact Cindy Clouse at cindy.clouse@kctcs.edu or (606) 451-6618.