Bonnie Myers is a lifelong resident of New Castle. She is also the picture-perfect example of a community volunteer.
Bonnie graduated from Mt. Summit High School and New Castle Business College. She was a Kappa Delta Phi and worked for New Castle Loan Company when she married Dick Myers in 1956.
Bonnie and Dick had two daughters, Brenda and Penny. While the girls were still very young, Dick had to undergo emergency life-saving surgery. Bonnie quickly became the glue that held her family together.
Bonnie was a pillar of strength to her husband and her daughters. She learned patience while her husband recovered.
Perhaps that patience was there already, in her servant’s heart.
Bonnie Myers seldom sits idle while other people do the work. For nearly four decades years, Bonnie has been a member of the Henry County Auxiliary and volunteered tirelessly for 38 plus years at Henry County Memorial Hospital (now Henry Community Health).
The Henry County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was an organization of dedicated women who have raised thousands of dollars in support of the facility and the healthcare profession.
Bonnie has been a faithful and dedicated volunteer. She was an asset to the Ladies Auxiliary and worked three days a month in Henry Community Health’s gift shop. She has worked various shifts and additionally, she has worked one day per month volunteering, along with others, creating flower arrangements for the gift shop to sell.
For 15 years, Bonnie oversaw the ordering of jewelry for the display case at the gift shop. Bonnie was quick to go about her business and artfully craft a display to enhance and showcase the jewelry.
“Mom has always been someone who wanted to help others. By volunteering, she has been able to help many people. I am very proud of her and she has set a wonderful example for our family,” her daughter Brenda Armstrong said.
A second area where Bonnie volunteers is the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She is a faithful participant of the Dorcas Group, a group that sews and makes lap robes for those in nursing homes. She has volunteered in the church for nearly 20 years.
“She was always a very faithful and dedicated volunteer,” Penny York said of her mom. “Whether it was for the Hospital Gift Shop or the sewing circle at church, she happily looked forward to her days when she volunteered.”
While she isn’t volunteering, Bonnie helps distribute community grants from the Richard and Bonnie Myers Family Donor Advised Fund at the Henry County Community Foundation; Dick passed away in 2017.
Bonnie continues to serve the community with her time, talents and treasure. The Richard and Bonnie Myers Family Donor Advised Fund has helped organizations like the New Castle Babe Ruth team and New Castle High School youth.
New Castle High School Head Football Coach Kyle York is a grandson of Dick and Bonnie Myers.
“(They) have really put a lot of emphasis in finding things that their grandchildren are interested in and trying to better the school corporation and the community through that,” Kyle said.
The gift shop at Henry Community Health was re-vamped in 2019 and taken over by a local business owner. The volunteers were no longer needed.
Bonnie didn’t waste any time finding a new organization to volunteer her time. The Henry County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary closed the gift shop for the last time Feb. 15, 2019.
Bonnie started her first shift volunteering the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame less than a month later on March 7.
New Castle Mayor Greg York has known Bonnie for more than 40 years and used to be married to her daughter, Penny.
“Bonnie is a top-notch citizen,” Mayor York said. York has been amazed to see how active Bonnie continues to be.
“It seems that nothing slows down her interest in volunteering in the community,” he said. “Bonnie, at 87 years old, is still willing to take on a new challenge and help her community by lending a hand to showcase New Castle, Indiana and Henry County at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.”