|Boys & Girls Club Reps-Ike Eisenhauer, Joe Stiewe, Mens Club Rep-Buddy Dixon|
The basics of the arraignment were that the school districts purchased the real estate and facilities then owned by the Club in exchange for the Districts paying off the debts of the Club, which were substantial and unsustainable. The Districts are leaseing back to the Club, under very favorable terms, a portion of the property for after school and summer programs.
The School Districts, for their part, were looking for a place to run their Alternate Learning Environment (ALE) , which they had been running in rented space in the facilities near the bowling alley on Hwy. 7, south of the Village. The Districts will expand the facilities at the Club location to handle these ALE classes in a more stable, and over time, less expensive model.
The new relationship between the Club and the School Districts also has other benefits. It allows the three to work together more closely to serve the kids. The Club and Schools are working together to maintain the buildings and fields, as well as securing increased grant funding to help provide the very best for the kids.
Joseph (Joe) Stiewe, is the new Executive Director, being hired in February of this year. Joe has been involved with Boys & Girls Clubs (B&GC) for some 40 years, having joined the local B&GC in Wisconsin when he was 7 1/2 years old in Wisconsin. He was most recently Executive Director of the local B&GC in Longview, TX. Joe has a wife, Yvette, a son 26 years old, and daughters, 24 and 15. Joe explained that based on his review that the Club had become an after school day care, with few programs normally associated with a good B&GC Club. The intent is to restore these programs that will be allowed by the reduction in costs associated with the new association with the School Districts and with the help of local volunteers and continued financial support from organizations such as the Sacred Heart Mens Club.
|Buddy Dixon directing|
After dinner, a short meeting, emceed by acting President Bill Patterson, was held. The membership approved the donations for this year as proposed by the Mens Club Board. The amounts and the beneficiaries are:
St. Johns School - $500, Our Lady of Fatima School - $500, McCauley Center - Meals On Wheels - $1000, Paul Bewie Boys & Girls Club - $1000, Jackson House - $1000, Samaritan Ministries - $1000, Sacred Heart Christmas Baskets - $1200. Ed Keearns, Director of the Christmas Basket program was in attendance and was presented with a check for $1200 for this program.
After this presentation Buddy Dixon directed his 12 elves in a rendition of the 12 Day Of Christmas, which was enjoyed by all.
Deacon John Froning closed the meeting with a prayer.
|Late seating waiter Mike Kerwin visiting a table.|
Approximately 40 members of the Mens Club, besides the kitchen crew, served as tickets takers, waiters, Refreshment Center tenders, kitchen coordinators, take out helper, and setup crew. Bob Heisler was the overall coordinator for the Chicken Bake and is congratulated for a great job. Also Rick Hiemenz and his crew are to be congratulated on preparing and serving a great meal .
If you didn't make it to the Chicken Bake, be sure and attend the other major fund raiser for the Mens Club, the Fish Bake, which will be on March 22, 2013.
|Buddy Dixon and Dannett Botkin At Mens Club Kickoff Dinner|
The Mens Club supplied brats, sauerkraut, and condiments and those attending supplied the rest of the meal. After dinner, a short meeting was conducted prior to the evenings speaker.
Dannett Botkin, Marketing Manager for the POA had talked to the Mens Club last year and was invited back to update us on the current status of the POA's efforts to market the Village both locally and nationally. After her speech, Fr. Bill talked to us briefly about the house of formation opening and then led us in a closing prayer.
|Arkansas Travelers fans from Sacred Heart enjoy the game at Dickey-Stephens ballpark.|
Upon arrival at the ballpark the buses stopped just outside the park next to the pavilion where everyone was served all the hamburgers, hotdogs, and baked beans they could eat. By game time at 7:10 PM everyone was seated in their reserved seats. The Arkansas Travelers were behind for much of the game but came back and won it by a score of 5 to 4 with 2 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
During the game Linda Good won a pizza presented by the Traveler’s mascot, one of our group won an Arkansas Traveler shirt (they actually caught it when it was shot from an air gun toward our group), and someone in our group caught a foul ball to take home as a souvenir. The game ended shortly after 10:00 PM and the group returned to the buses for the return trip to the Village, arriving there about 11:30 PM, tired, but all seemed to have a great time.
On the trip over to Little Rock, the participants were asked to guess the number of paid admissions to the game, with a prize of a $20 gift certificate for the closest estimate on each bus. On the trip back to the Village, Dorothy Weber won on Bus #1 and Scott Krantz’s grandson won on bus #2.
Fr. Bill was able to attend the dinner, leading us in grace before the meal, but due to a death of a friend’s relative in Conway, had to leave before the game to attend the rosary. Many thanks to Buddy and Martha Dixon for all their work and especially to Buddy for all the details he worked out and the great idea for the Crackerjacks.
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|Ed Voss, Dick Hill, Jim Passe, & Chuck Ralph cooking at Steak Dinner|
Members of the Men’s Club that were leaders of the various committees were recognized, as well as the outgoing officers for this year and the incoming officers for next year. After the winning quartet from the Valentine Day party lead us in a rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”, and a reminder to sign up for the Men’s Club sponsored baseball trip to Little Rock on June 4th, the dinner was closed by those attending forming a circle along the walls of the lower hall and singing the hymn “Let There Be Peace On Earth”.
|Getting ready to serve the meal at the Samaritan Ministries’ facility are (l. to r.) Bob Heisler, Kathleen Nosek, Dick Hill, Janice Spaniel, Marvin Young, Milt Spaniel and Greg Rogers.|
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|Father Bill Elser, Pastor, greets guest at the Sacred Heart Men’s Club Fish Bake.|
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|Guests enjoying the fish dinner being served at the Fish Bake.|