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Club Serves Food at Spring Fest Art and Craft Festival
The club's annual participation in the Arts and Crafts Festival provides food for fair goers and raises money for philanthropic activities. Photos courtesy of Ron Beeber.
|Customers Served with a Smile||Ron Pops Fresh Pop Corn|
|Popcorn, Caramel Corn, Candy Bars, Water!||(L to R) Larry, Jerry, Jim, and Phil
Hard at Work
Club Elects new Officers!
The Service Club just elected new officers at their June business meeting. Bill Maxwell, out-going President, turned the reigns over to Ron Christians, our new President. John Fass was elected Vice President. Bill Maxwell was elected to be our Secretary Pro Temp and Robert Forrester was elected to a second term as our Treasurer. Voting was unanimous due to the quality the four new officers bring to the jobs. Bill Maxwell received a long and strong round of applause for his contributions as President for the last three years.
New School Playground - Another Worthy Community Project!
Service Club members Glenn Beavis, Jim Howell, Terry Valenzano, and Ron Christians are among the many community volunteers who helped install the new playground at Pentwater School on May 28-30.
New COVE House Making A World of Difference!
Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters.
Ms. Carrie Kosla, guest from COVE, presented an update on the new COVE house in Ludington. The new, one-of-a-kind facility opened its doors this year after an aggressive finance campaign. The House is so unique that other communities are visiting to see the design and discuss operations. Chris Dunn, PSC member, gave an overview of his experience volunteering in Men Can (Community Action Now) Programs to reduce violence. COVE is always looking for committed volunteers and men are always welcome to join Men Can.
|Bill Maxwell, President, facilitating Q&A for Carrie Kosla with Chris Dunn Looking On|
Annual Spring Fling A Success
The club's annual Spring Fling was held on Thursday, May 21st at the Pentwater Yacht Club. Fifty-five members and guests were treated with delicious hors-d'śuvres and dinner followed by entertaining stories from Mary Beth Crane.
|Members Enjoying Dinner||Stories from Mary Beth Crane||Members Enjoying Stories|
Tribute to Two Members
Two of our long-serving members are being remembered by the Club. Jim Alfredson and Milt Pugsley recently pass away. Both served the community and the Service Club for many years with passion and commitment. They are missed!
Michigan Oil and Gas Industry Overview
Lucias McConnell, Communications and Outreach Manager for the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, presented an interesting and fact-filled overview of the gas and oil industry in Michigan. Oil and Gas production are healthy but demand is down and storage in Michigan is filled. Get more info on the website.
Aerial Video Drone Demonstrated for Club
Left - Johann Risner, President of Lakeshore Aerial, presented how he completes aerial photography and video assignments using his high-tech drone. Right - Johann demonstrates the operation of his quadcopter drone. He flew several laps around the baseball field to demonstrate its agility and stability. You can view Johann's aerial vi does on his website: www.lakeshoreaerial.com
Club Members watch Drone Demonstration.
Photos submitted by Ron Beeber
SERVICE CLUB OFFERS NO-CAL WAY TO SUPPORT ITS GIVING GOALS
For many years, people wanting to support the philanthropy efforts of the Pentwater Service Club had only one option: walk up to the Club’s iconic “Bill Duncan Food Wagon” on the Village Green and buy a brat or hot dog, with all profits donated to worthy causes.
There’s now another way. The Club has created the “Pentwater Service Club Fund” (PSCF) to which anyone can now make a tax deductible gift, with all monies donated to area nonprofit causes. The Fund is one of the more than 100 "named funds" created by individuals, couples, families and organizations under the auspices of the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC)
The Club’s contributions committee considers where support should go with monies from member dues, food sales proceeds, and now, the Fund. And then the entire Club membership okays the giving plan.
“Many people don’t realize we meet weekly between September and June,” said Bill Maxwell, Club president. “We hear guest speakers talk about current and emerging topics, and point out opportunities where financial and volunteer support is needed. We stay informed about what’s going on in the community and needs that suddenly arise.” “At last week’s meeting,” added Ron Christians, “we heard that volunteers were needed to help a team from the Pentwater First Baptist Church install a wheel chair ramp at the home of an area resident who can no longer climb stairs. A total of 14 from the church, Artisan Center, and our club turned out. It was very gratifying.”
Besides volunteer outreach, the Club provides typically provides financial support to various Pentwater school activities such as scholarships, speech contest, book fair, student field trip to the state capital, Science Olympiad, electronic sign, yearbook, and media center lighting; Cub Scouts, recreation program, community fireworks, Village projects, Historical Society, Hart Performing Arts series, and Pentwater pre-school.
“Proceeds from food sales don’t let us contribute as often, or as much as, we’d like,” said Club member Ron Beeber, who recently joined the CFOC board. “This is a terrific way for Pentwater’s year-round and seasonal residents, and our wonderful visitors, to help make a great place even better. For anyone wanting to advance the best interests of our community, contributing to the PSCF at the Oceana Community Foundation lets them be a part of a supportive network of like-minded folks who want to make a difference here. Together, we can help keep Pentwater a great place to call home or visit for many years.”
There are several circumstances that can trigger a contribution to the PSCF Some make a gift part of their annual charitable giving. Others include a gift in their estate plan. People have honored a deceased friend or relative with a memorial gift. And for those who are unable to help the Club raise funds it donates, making a contribution to the PSCF is another way to provide personal support.
Checks payable to the Pentwater Service Club Fund can be mailed to CFOC, PO Box 367, Shelby, MI 49455. Or,you can charge the contribution to your personal credit card by going online to http://www.oceana-foundation.org/ and clicking on “give” and then “online giving.” Enter “Pentwater Service Club.” Call the Foundation at 231.861.8335 for more info.
The Service Club meets between September and May at Pentwater Public School on Thursdays beginning at 11:15 a.m. Lunch is available at 12:15 p.m. The club warmly welcomes new members. More information can be found at http://www.serviceclub.org or the Club’s page on Facebook.
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