Submitted by: Garry Elder, ONSF Board President
Nancy Inui and her husband Tom moved into the neighborhood just two years after me, with Tom having recently joined IU Health. They chose to reside in the Old Northside due to its proximity to the IU Health campus and the historic charm the neighborhood holds. Without missing a beat Nancy found herself involved in the neighbor association where we worked hand in hand. Nancy later found her interest in service resided with the Old Northside Foundation. After serving as a foundation director, she quickly took on the role of the foundation’s President. While in that role she was an encouraging force to many and helped recruit new members to the foundation’s board. Nancy was known for her unwavering ability to let all voices be heard and ideas vetted.
One of the most successful initiatives she led was the need for a capital campaign to provide funds to revitalize the parks here in the Old Northside, Shawn Grove and Great Oak Commons. With the spirit of volunteerism and the heart of a leader she encouraged the entire board to try new methods and means of fundraising. This initiative has allowed the Old Northside Foundation to raise and reinvest over $150,000 in the two parks and art installations. This has also led to our continuing efforts to find new ways to raise the necessary funds for maintenance and reinvestment in the parks. Even after her tenure as foundation President she moved into an honorary advisor role on the foundation board and helped ensure the success of all neighborhood projects.
Whether she was picking up trash, leading a meeting, selling beer tickets, or creating a large “Welcome to the Neighbor” banner for a new neighbor, she was always welcoming and thinking of others. Nancy, you and Tom will be missed and we were happy to have you in our neighborhood!
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