Derek Lisby, a Little League volunteer for 25 years and the administrator of Indiana District 7, has been named to Little League International’s advisory board.
“The board is an important group of individuals who provide valuable input from the field and insight from the dedicated volunteers who continue to grow our program while representing their regions, districts and local leagues,” said Little League President and CEO Stephen D. Keener.
Lisby, who has been involved in Little League as a player, coach and manager, has served as director and president of Community Little League’s board of directors. He joined the umpire crew in 1998 and was appointed umpire consultant in 2005. He was elected district administrator in 2008, a position he still holds.
Lisby also enjoys officiating watching sports (especially the Indianapolis Colts and the Atlanta Braves) and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife, Tammy, have three sons, Derek Jr., Anthony and Seth, and one grandchild, Bonnie. Mrs. Lisby has played an active role in the organization since 1997, when her sons started playing at Indiana Central Little League.
She was elected to the board of directors before being appointed to Indiana District 7 staff in 2006 as safety officer. She still holds those positions in addition to several others.
Perry Meridian Middle School is among the 31 nonprofits that have received grants from Indiana Humanities. Eighth-graders in the school’s Project FAR – Falcon Artists and Readers – will use a grant of $1,994 to create art portfolios after reading the best-selling novel “Between Shades of Gray” and discussing it with the author, Ruta Spetys, whose book is about the genocide of Lithuanians in the 1940s.
Through a series of guided arts experiences based on the main character’s artistic talent and interest in Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, the students will create artwork inspired by the novel. Also receiving grants were libraries, museums, historical societies, nature centers and cultural organizations.
“With this final round of grants for 2018 we’ve awarded more than $150,000 to nonprofits across the state this year,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “Our grants have helped bring valuable humanities programming to dozens of communities - inspiring residents, enhancing quality of life and spurring economic development. We’re honored to support our grant recipients and are excited about the work they’re doing to make our cities, towns and rural areas better places to live, work and play.”