Recently, we discussed many of the organizations that do much philanthropic work in Union City, but one was overlooked, the Elks #1534. So let’s take a look at some of their upcoming events and recent accomplishments.
Sept. 1, any high school senior (nationally) is eligible to apply for an “Elk’s Most Valuable Student” scholarship. For more information and to apply go to www.elks.org/enf/scholar. Four-year scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $50,000 will be awarded. The deadline to apply is Dec. 4, 2015. Locally, Elks #1534 in Union City awards a $500 scholarship to a male and female student. Information is provided to MVHS and Randolph County Schools on the application process. Students should check with their local guidance counselor for information.
The accomplish of our local Elks last year include raising $24,000+ for the IU/Purdue Research Center. This was #1 in the state of Indiana for money raised per member and #2 for total funds raised per lodge. Funds raised throughout the year are from a few events including a February dance and auction, this year’s event is Feb. 13, 2016, and the Steve Weimer annual golf outing in June.
The local Union City Elks support the MVHS special needs class on a year-end spring field trip; The Journey Home (a homeless shelter for veterans) and the annual ‘Hoop Shoot.’ This free-throw contest is open to 8- to 13-year-old boys and girls from area high schools. Local winners have the opportunity to compete regionally, state and nationally.
As most organizations, the Elks #1534 is always looking for new members. More information can be obtained by going to www.elks.org for an application. Past members can now rejoin. Reinstatement fees in September and October are just $1 (usually $50) plus pro-rated dues. If you are interested, please call the club for more information at 765-964-5100 or email the local club at firstname.lastname@example.org
You are encouraged to join an organization and help support your community.
Arts and antiques
Don’t forget “Antiques & Arts” will be celebrated Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. \Five antique shops, Carol Strock-Wasson Gallery and the Art Hub will be participating – just look for vintage cars outside the business and join in the fun of shopping in Union City. Plus the ‘Collectibles Exhibit and Sale’ at the Community Room at 101 N. Columbia St. Tables are still available to sell your collections for $10. Call Ted Leahey at 765-964-5370.
Friends of Ward Township District No. 5 School of Randolph County, Indiana, Inc. have organized to restore a one-room school building located at 700N and 100 E near Deerfield. The school, originally in operation from 1891 to 1911 was commonly known in the community as Jackson School in reference to the family who donated land for the building. The organization is a non-for profit group and has tickets offering an original Carol Strock-Wasson painting of the school. Tickets are available for $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets are available at the Art Hub, 215 N. Columbia St., at Carol Strock Wasson Gallery, 324 W. Oak or by calling Susan Symons 765-584-0543. Gifts for the restoration project can be made to the Community Foundation of Randolph County in the Lilly Endowment Phase VI Matching Grand program. This program contributes $1 for every $2 raised by this organization. Make your checks out to Community Foundation of Randolph County with a note on the memo line for “Friends of Ward Township District No. 5 School. Mail to Community Foundation at 213 S. Main St., Winchester, IN 47394. All donations are tax-deductible.
Plenty to do in Union City. Union City Redefined!
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