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Pentwater High School student Rita Panozzo speaks to the Club on
Dec. 11 about Community Foundation for Oceana County's strong,
the Youth Council's positive impact on the community.
Picture Courtsey Ron Beeber.
Roger Bailey rings the bell to collect Christmas Donations for the
Salvation Army. The Club rang the bell for two days and set a record
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.
Help Us Raise Awareness: Honor Flight
Help us spread the word! Honor Flight of Western Michigan wants to contact WW II vets to offer them an opportunity to be honored for their war service. Honor Flight flies vets to Washington D.C. and pays their expenses. If you know a WW II tell them about Honor Flight. The June flight from Western Michigan was well attended and deeply appreciated by the Vets!
For more information, see the Honor Flight website: http://www.midmichiganhonorflight.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Bluhm spoke to Service Club members about Honor Flight, and in this photo, greets original Service Club member Ralph Kayler, who is among the vet guests going to D.C. on June 24.
Photo Courtsey Ron Beeber
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