By Heather Lusk
Even before she moved to Zionsville in 1995, Jean Apple was part of the community.
She was one of the original members of the Off-Main Street Players when they began in a Raintree-area barn in the 1960s. She later volunteered at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center before finding a home on Maple Street in the Village.
Within a year of becoming an official resident, Apple and neighbor Jean Phillippe decided to start the Village Residents Association to give people in the village the same voice and unification that they witnessed with surrounding subdivisions.
Phillippe made it clear that she didn’t want to lead the VRA but simply wanted to help with the initial preparations.
“She said, ‘I want to facilitate,’” Apple said. “I always remember that word she used.”
So when the time came to appoint the association’s first president, Apple was the one to step forward. Twenty years later she looked back fondly on her early days in Zionsville.
“I’m proud of what we created,” she said.
Her work with the VRA led to an appointment to the Historic Preservation Advisory Group to the town council and later became a member of PZAZ, People of Zionsville for the Aesthetics of Zionsville. She became a founding board member of Maplelawn Farmstead; president of the Kiwanis; member of the Century Structure Committee; and president of the Zionsville Historical Society.
Her accomplishments were recognized by the town council July 17 when Mayor Tim Haak declared it “Jean Apple Day.”
Apple left Zionsville at the end of July to be closer to her family in Nevada but left behind many friends and who have fond memories of her impact in the community.
“Her many contributions are being seen today because of her forward thinking,” Zionsville resident Jan Stacey said.