Small, dedicated group hopes for increased community participation

GREENFIELD — After a brief hiatus, the Hancock County Character Council is back in business. But the group dedicated to keeping good character top of mind is facing some of the same struggles that led it to disband in May.

Aside from a dedicated handful, the Character Council is still hurting for members. Just four people sat in the stark meeting room of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday morning for the rebooted group’s second meeting – the location a change from the previous organization’s meeting spot at Hancock Regional Hospital.

It was a poor turnout, to be sure, but one thing that didn’t suffer was the conversation.

Over coffee and doughnuts, the small contingent of community leaders – they expect at least two others to regularly attend – engaged in an interesting and frank discussion about truthfulness, the month’s character trait.

Jack Frisby, presenter of Character First lessons for more than a decade now, facilitated the discussion by bringing up real-life situations and asking, at times, tough questions.

“Character is really how we conduct ourselves when nobody’s looking, right?” Frisby posed to the group.

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