THE CITY-COUNTY OBSERVER is having their annual “Community Services Award” luncheon on March 19, 2018, at the Tropicana Walnut room A and B at 12:00 p.m. Doors open at 11:15 a.m.

Seating arrangements are eight (8) people to a table. Event sponsorship is also available,  and individual seating arrangements are by requests.



Our first “Community Services Award” winners for 2018 are the popular and generous Clare and Ted C Ziemer Jr.  The St. Vincent Hospital Foundation created the “Ted & Clare Ziemer Society,”  a fundraising arm of St. Vincent-Evansville Foundation to benefit needy pediatric patients and others. Over the years they have raised many hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the less fortunate in our community.

CLARE D. ZIEMER has Bachelor of Science degree from St. Mary of the Woods College.  Her current and past community boards involvement are: Cancer Society-house to house campaign-Co-Chair; Philharmonic Guild Board; Member Dance Chairman; Pops Concert Co-Chair, Junior League Officer-corresponding Secretary; Charity Ball Chairman-50th Anniversary Chairman; other chairmanships, elected to Holy Rosary School Board Secretary for 3 years, Wesselman Park Guide-Trail Guide, Hostess and Cook for Philharmonic parties; Jr. League Party; St. Mary’s Hospital (now St. Vincent’s) Christmas parties (annual) Cornette Ball Co-Chairman with her husband Ted.

TED C. ZIEMER, JR  has a Bachelor of Science, St. Louis University (1956).  He earned his Bachelor of Laws from  Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington) in 1962.  Ted is a partner in the Law Firm of Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, LLP.  His law firm specializes in Banking and Financial Services, Construction and Economic Development, Health Care, Corporation, Probate, Real Estate and Municipal Law.  He was admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana in 1962 and was admitted to practice United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana in 1962  Mr. Ziemer is Corporate Council for City of Evansville (2012 to present).


Jim Redwine is the popular, creative and extremely interesting Judge James Redwine from Posey County. He has been Circuit Court Judge from 1981 to the present.  Prior to that, he was County Court Judge from 1981-1983. Word is that Judge Redwine may be putting down up his gravel in the very near future so he will have more time to travel and do some creative writing.  He is a faculty member of the National Judicial College. He’s a well-known columnist (Gavel Gamut), author of three books – soon to be four, contributing author to an Indiana historical book.  His Judicial teaching experiences are National Judicial College faculty member; has taught judges from Palestine, Ukraine, Russia, Jordan, Bahrain
and America for the NJC since 1998.

He writes a news column called Gavel Gamut – has written more than 700 weekly columns
since 1990 that are published in newspapers in Posey County and Evansville, Indiana, Southern Illinois and Richmond, Missouri. He has authored several books: JUDGE LYNCH, Greetings from JPeg Ranch, Echoes of Our Ancestors and The Secret Game, and the History of the Indiana Supreme Court (contributing author).  He will be releasing a book called “Unanimous for Murder”.


The existing Kids Kingdom playground structure was built in 2002 as a community project originated by Evansville Police Department Lieutenant Paul Kirby and Police Chief Billy Bolin. Together the officers oversaw the design and construction of the structure and spearheaded fundraising efforts. The structure was built in only six days with the help of more than 1,300 volunteers. The project received over $130,000 in private and corporate sponsorships, plus in-kind donations including materials. Bolin said the total value of the project exceeded $300,000.

The two then partnered with Officer Pat Phernetton to start GUNS & HOSES, which is currently gearing up for its eleventh year.  The annual boxing event between police officers and firefighters draws around 8,000 spectators and raises over $100,000 a year for local charities that benefit children and people with special needs.

As a result of GUNS & HOSES, 911 Gives Hope was born and Billy and Paul were founding members.  Along with GUNS & HOSES, 911 Gives Hope also hosts the yearly 911 Gives Hope for the Holidays Toy Drive.  The group just held their 9th toy drive in December which provides toys to all the local hospitals which are given out to kids year round while in the hospitals.

Construction on the new Kids Kingdom playground structure is set to begin in fall 2018. The existing Kids Kingdom will remain open until the new playground structure is complete. Chief. Bolin and Lieutenant Paul Kirby are presently spearheading the planning and design work for Kids Kingdom-2.  They also have mustered the fundraising skills of local attorney Ted Ziemer.  The financial goal for this project is around $1 million plus.


Pat Shoulders has served on the Indiana University Board of Trustees with distinction since January 1, 2002. Mr. Shoulders played a major role in bringing the I U Medical School to Downtown Evansville. While some of our local political types were attempting to take credit for bringing the I U Medical School to Evansville Mr. Shoulders was quietly lobbying powerful state political and educational leaders in order to convince them to approve the IU Medical School for Evansville. In the end, Mr. Shoulders political connections and due diligence prevailed.

Mr. Shoulders has served the legal profession as President of the Evansville Bar Association, as Chair of the Litigation and Citizenship Education Committees of the Indiana State Bar Association, as Chair of the Fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation, and as a member of the State Bar Associations Board of Governors from 1998-2000. He is the recipient of the Evansville Bar Association’s highest honor—the James Bethel Gresham Award, in recognition of his service to the legal profession, and is a distinguished barrister in The Indiana Lawyer publications.

Pat’s volunteer activities in Southwestern Indiana have been numerous. He served as President of the Evansville Parks Foundation, Museum of Arts & Sciences, and the YMCA, Chair of the WNIN Auction, Founder & Director of the Arts Fest 12K River Run, a Member of the Board of Park Commissioners and a member of the Evansville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. He has served as a Civic Theatre Board Member, Public Defender Commissioner, and Member of the Mayor’s Unification Study Committee. His volunteerism has earned him the Kentucky Colonel, Sagamore of the Wabash and the Indiana Bar’s President’s Awards.


Judge Les Shively is an extremely popular and very personable Vanderburgh County Superior Court Judge. The Honorable Judge Shively involvement in area boards and organizations are nothing less than impressive. He served on the following boards and organizations: Youth First- Governmental Affairs Committee, Methodist Youth Home Board of Directors, Leadership Evansville Board of Directors, YMCA Board of Directors from 1988-1992, Vanderburgh County 4-H Center, Inc.- Board of Directors.

Judge Shively graduated from Indiana University, B.S./Accounting. He earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Indiana University. He graduated with honors from the McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.

For 32 years he represented numerous clients in civil litigation involving significant land use and property rights issues. He also represented governmental organizations, including the Vanderburgh County Election Board, the Town of Chandler and the Warrick County Plan Commission. From 2001–2011, he served as a member of the Indiana State Board of Law Examiners and was its President for two years. Judge Shively was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to act as a hearing officer in attorney disciplinary proceeding. He is currently the Chief judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court.

Judge Shively real claim to fame was from 1991-2009 he hosted a local current event/call-in radio show. From 2000-2008, he co-hosted a weekly television show on PBS affiliate WNIN entitled “Shively & Shoulders” with fellow attorney and personal friend, Patrick Shoulders. On this show, they interviewed local and state public officials engaged in vigorous discussions on current issues and events.

FOOTNOTE:  Reservations for this event may be obtained by calling the Event Coordinator-Karen Seltzer at 812-430-9304.  Deadline for registration is March 17, 2018, at noon. Last years event was a sellout.We have only four (4) tables left.  


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