Readers’ Views

Funding appreciated

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Fairmont Community Education and Recreation adult and youth basketball program, I would like to express my thanks to Martin County Area Foundation for its donation of grant funds to purchase a portable scoreboard for CER basketball activity programs.

The Martin County Area Foundation supports many worthwhile activities and programs in this county. Its dedication to improving our county’s way of life for all citizens in funding a variety of community needs is very much appreciated.

Roni Dauer, CER director


Kiwanis offers thanks

To the Editor:

The Fairmont Kiwanis Club, Early Risers, wishes to thank the community for the support we received for our 40th annual pancake supper held Monday, Nov. 27, at Five Lakes Centre.

The great support we’ve received from the community has helped us to fund and support our many youth-focused and community-centered projects, such as Back to School supplies, Fairmont Area Kinship, Koats for Kids, Kids Fishing Contest, Dollars for Scholars, Bike Safety Program, Success, Summer Street Hockey Program and other programs that help us to “improve the world, one child and one community at a time.” This could not be done without the support of our community members.

We also appreciate all those who responded to our ticket sales, not only those who purchased for themselves and their families, but also the many individuals, businesses, financial institutions and retailers who purchased extra tickets to distribute as they wish.

Also, because of the generous support of Olson Rentals, Culligan Water, McDonald’s, Hy-Vee, Fareway, Perkins Restaurant, The Ranch Restaurant and Thrivent Financial-Live Generously, our Kiwanis club was able to serve about 600 persons at the event.

Thank you also to the management at Five Lakes Centre for allowing us the space to hold our pancake suppers.

Thank you all for being a part of the Fairmont community who believe in the promotion of youth activities.

Daron Johnson, president

and all members of the Fairmont

Early Risers Kiwanis Club

Hot Meals moves ahead

To the Editor:

The Hot Meals on Wheels program has four new volunteer board members as of Nov. 27.

Karen Toupal is the contact chairwoman and is leading the helm of this service that has provided the delivery of hot meals to residents within our community for many years.

Other board members who will be joining Toupal are Erin Maidl, route chairwoman; Janet Leininger, volunteer chairwoman; and Joe Newcomb, menu coordination.

Lakeview Methodist Healthcare Center will continue to provide the hot meals, and JoAnn Rehling will continue as treasurer.

Linda Bach-Quade coordinated and ran the Hot Meals on Wheels program for many years and is retired from the board as of the end of November. Her service and dedication to this program and to our community was unparalleled and she is committed to assisting to make this a smooth transition for the new volunteer board members.

Currently, there are 23 people per day relying on a hot, nutritious, delivered meal. That’s approximately 552 meals per month and 6,624 meals per year. Meals are delivered between 11 a.m. and noon Monday-Saturday, and each route has six to eight deliveries, and four drivers are needed daily. This service is completely reliant on volunteers to coordinate and deliver these meals, and more volunteers are always welcome. If any service groups, area businesses or individuals are interested in volunteering to deliver meals, please contact Janet at (303) 909-1914. If you or a loved one would benefit from this service, please contact Karen at (507) 773-4547.

Karen Toupal