First meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in HCCF conference room

RSVP to meeting by: Wednesday, Nov. 9

Harrison County has benefited from the generosity of many people who have left a gift for their favorite causes in their wills. As a way to thank people and encourage others to consider making such a gift, the Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) has established a recognition group called the Trace Society.

Trace, when used as a noun, means a mark or indication of something from the past. As a verb, trace means to find or discover. In Harrison County, Buffalo Trace was the first name given to a vital trail traveled by buffalo, Native Americans, explorers and settlers. That trace, built upon for generations, is still a relevant highway today: State Road 150.

Because of the impact a trace – or the act of tracing – can have, the name of the Trace Society reflects both forward thinking and lasting impact. The Trace Society recognizes those who leave a gift through their will, trust, insurance or other arrangement. Members may discover fulfillment by leaving lasting gifts that support causes they care about. These gifts, like the generations that have used Buffalo Trace, will build to leave a relevant and lasting legacy.

The first meeting of the Trace Society will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the HCCF conference room, and hors d’oeuvres and a light dessert will be served. There will be a brief program including the story of the Rita K. Windell estate gift and information on becoming a charter member of the Trace Society. Anyone who has decided to include the Foundation in estate plans or would like to learn more is invited to attend.

If interested in attending the Trace Society meeting, RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 9 to Kim Harmon, Director of Development, by calling 812-738-6668 or emailing