A great big thank you goes out to city police officer Kevin Smith for the return of our stolen flags. Unfortunately the military flag was damaged, so the Center had to replace it, costing close to $125. We also had to replace the rope.
The good thing is that while dropping the pole to replace the rope, Joe Bosanic offered to volunteer to paint the pole. We owe a great big thank you to Joe for the painting and Cloverland Electric’s crew for volunteering to drop the flag pole. This will save the Center a tremendous amount of money. Let’s hope that those that vandalize pick on some other place.
Mark your calendars! Kiwanis, which I am a member, will once again be sponsoring the Missoula Theatre that comes to town. Local children, such as my granddaughter Savannah, have the chance to audition. This year they will be performing “Tortoise Versus the Hare.” I encourage you to save Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, for the event. It is so worth going to. They perform in the auditorium of the high school at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both days. You certainly can’t go wrong for a donation of $5.
If you have grandchildren that might be interested in trying out all they have to do is go to the First Baptist Church on Monday, July 22, at 1 p.m. These kids have a ball!
I want to touch a little on our Long-Distance Medical Transportation Program. First of all we sincerely wish to thank the community for supporting CBC. The Center was awarded $8,000 through the Community Charities portion of the fundraising.
What a boost in our program as we only received $5,139 in discretionary funding through UPCAP, Inc. for 2012-13. At 56.50 cents per mile you can see that it doesn’t take long to spend it.
This program is for the elderly 60 years of age or older and a resident of Schoolcraft County. The program offers rides to Escanaba, Marquette, etc. to medical appointments. We are allowed to bring those in from Germfask to Manistique also. We do ask for a donation, which is put back into the program allowing us to offer more rides.
Our drivers are volunteers. These drivers’ put countless hours on the road and are only paid mileage at a rate of 56.50 cents. I have been asked if a rider is allowed to buy the driver a cup of coffee or sometimes even lunch. My answer to this is, “Absolutely!” These drivers go above and beyond the call of duty.
In order to get a ride, you must call the Center and not the driver. This allows us to take turns with our drivers. We will prepare all the paperwork necessary and the driver will call you at least one day in advance. Call the Center at 341- 5923 to make arrangements.
When you call the Center requesting your ride we will ask you if you qualify for any of the following programs: Veteran’s, DHS, Tribal, American Cancer or Upper Peninsula Health Plan. We try not to duplicate services and if you receive assistance from one of these agencies we would have to receive a telephone call from them denying your ride in order for us to do the trip.
Once again, we wish to thank the CBC Committee along with the many, many people that come forth in our community to donate to such a worthwhile cause. You have touched a lot of lives by your generosity!
A great big “Hello” goes out to George and Sandy Smith and Gordon and Eunice Smith, who were recently home visiting and told me they read my column faithfully. See, I didn’t forget you.
If you would like to sign up for our monthly newsletter, the cost is $5 per year. Info needed is: name, address, telephone number and birth date. Jan. 1, of each year dues are due. We don’t send bills out, trying to keep the cost down. Feel free to ask for a complimentary issue.
A great big thank you goes out to Sharon Fish for assisting in the preparation of the newsletter for mailing.
Joe Bosanic volunteered to paint our flag pole. Our two new flags are up and flying “proudly.”
The Medical Loan Closet received donations from Jim and Linda Wolfe, and the Bill Robere family. Robere’s also gave “Treasure and Trash” items and canned goods to be shared.
Phyllis Toyra dropped by the Center with candy, which was used for the Fourth of July parade. Thank you Phyllis!
Eloise Eberts dropped by with greeting cards and note pads.
We sincerely wish to thank each and every one of you for your generosity and kindness.
Monetary donation were given in memory of:
• Jim Brulla from Eileen Reque
Maintenance and Support Donations were received from Laura Lee Tegtman.
BRIDGE June 24: 1st-Sandy Petrille, 2nd-Eileen St. Onge, 3rd- Pat Flint, 4th-Lois Bellville, CFCBev Jahn. Hostess, Eileen St. Onge.
BRIDGE July 1: 1st-Audrey Savoie, 2nd-Eileen St. Onge, 3rd- Bev Jahn, 4th-Julie Hoholik, CFCNancy Brown. Host, George Lowman.
PINOCHLE July 3: 1st-Gary Hill, 2nd-Don’a Nelson, 3rd-Audrey Newborn, Should’a Stayed Home-Peggy Beckman.
500 July 5: 1st-Cathy Wise, 2nd-Teddy Bouchard, 3rd-Audrey Newborn, Should’a Stayed Home- Carol Shampine.
Birthdays this week: July 11-Romayne Dewey, Carol Sinnaeve, and Sherry Benish, July 12-Charlotte Hendrickson, July 14-Bill Jessick, July 15-John Robere, July 16-Gordon Hamill, July 17-Ella Carley.