Thanks should go to members of the Emmet County Community Foundation Board of Directors who spent many hours poring over grant applications this year.
Thanks should also go to the grant recipients themselves who represent volunteer organizations that get a whole lot of bang out of the bucks they receive in grant money.
Grants awarded included:
n Armstrong VFW Post 5232 - steam table.
n Armstrong-Ringsted School District - defibrillator.
n Camp Foster YMCA - Kinship activities.
n City of Armstrong - shelter roof.
n City of Dolliver - door replacement.
n City of Wallingford - new playground equipment.
n Emmet County Public Health - Healthy Beginnings program.
n ECHO Plus - chore services van.
n Elks Lodge #528 - doors, ceiling and carpet.
n Emmet County Extension - Clover Kids, summer workshops and Strengthening Families programs.
n Emmet County Family Resources - year-end celebration/Prevent Child Abuse Iowa.
n Emmet County Historical Society - Palestine Lutheran Church restoration.
n Emmet County Nature Center Foundation - environmental education and water safety.
n Estherville Lincoln Central and RWC - Energizers Plus and senior fitness programs.
n Friends of Fort Defiance - Whitetail Ridge interpretive trail.
n Good Samaritan Society - new furniture for memory care unit.
n Iowa Lakes Community College - Emmet County Volunteer Network.
n Northwest Iowa Mental Health Center/Seasons Center - education outreach.
n VFW Post 3388 - changing Trophy Room to a community room.
n Wallingford Fire Department.
Emmet County Community Foundation board members include:
n Penny Clayton, chair.
n Barb Christensen, secretary-treasurer.
n Jim Fisher.
n Mike Karels.
n Vickie Rooney.
n Cathy Beaver.
n Colleen Enerson.
n David Grussing.
n Max Pelzer.
n Jeanne Handeland.
These projects are not covered under normal expenses. In many cases, volunteer labor cuts the overall project costs to a small fraction of what they would be if contractors were hired to do the entire project.
What's so unique about these grants - and how they're used - is that they show a frugal and wise use of the grant monies which come from gaming and racing revenues. Nongaming counties are the actual beneficiaries of the revenues.
So thank you, Emmet County Community Foundation board members. And thanks too to the many volunteer organizations throughout Emmet County that make this a better place to live.