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__________________________________________________________________________ Presidents Report
It would seem by the weather, that fall has arrived a bit early this year. It even had an effect on the picnic this year. Cooler than normal temperatures and an overcast day could not keep our members away. We had approximately 103 people in attendance. I feel that we had a very successful picnic this year. We were able to eat outside. But a rain shower forced us into the shelter house for the raffle.
So many people are involved every year that make picnic what it is. Bill Wells has been in charge of the picnic for many years and even though he was unable to attend this year, he made sure everything was set up before he left town. Neil Studebaker and Joe Keefer worked the grills, and kept everyone supplied with hotdogs and brats. The covered dishes and desserts were provide be the wives and I appreciate their time and effort.
Bill Wells ask for help with door prizes this year, I passed this on to our members at our meetings and in the newsletter. I was afraid we would come up short this year. But our members came thru in style donating items and canvasing local merchants for donations. Forrest Bennett always does a fine job, each year he handcrafts wooden items as gifts and then hits the street for donations. This year he also got 24 gift cards donated by three different pizza shops. PaPa Johns, Donato’s and Domino’s Pizza. Please support the businesses that help to support us. Gary Siniff was responsible for a donation of a gift card from Nancy’s Diner. Jim Smith donated several firefighter leather belts. C.M.E. Credit Union for the generous donation of beach mats, insulated coolers and can cozies. George Thomas provided a very nice gift of clothing items from Pierce. Lee Curry brought in two boxes of items he donated from his military and fire collection. The F.F. VFW and Ron Casto for the donation of beer. Barry Tresner for everything he does to help, from beer delivery to helping with setup. My daughter Katie Houghton who donated two gift bags filled with Bath and Body items, she also donated her time, to help out with whatever we needed. Thanks kid!! She’s a great daughter. Columbus Firefighters Local 67 donated a large box of men’s and ladies clothing to be raffled off. Thanks to President Jack Reall and F.F. Steve Hennosy for their assistance. I cannot account for all the gifts we had donated so thanks to everyone who helped out. Jim McVey and Dale Miller collected money for the meals and sold rosters. Gary and Helen Siniff sold tickets for the raffle and for the 50/50 drawing. Special thanks to Charlie Campbell, Steve Clemons and Steve Hennosy who were very helpful with making all the arrangements at Firemen’s Park. Thanks to John Rees for the photos that he took at the picnic.
We also had the new rosters printed in time to have for the picnic. Thanks to Cecil Goodrich and Jerry Mason for their help with the new rosters. Jerry Mason proof read the new roster and assisted with the needed corrections. Cecil just had surgery a few weeks before the picnic. He still buckled down and worked hard to have them ready in time. Thanks to Cecil we all hope you are recovering well. To anyone who wants a roster if you are able, please pick them up at a meeting. The cost stayed the same this year @ $5.00. When we have to mail them it costs us $1.12 last time I checked. We could use this money for more important things. We also only had 400 printed, so we could run out!!!! If you want one don’t wait too long.
I know that I have probably forgot to thank someone, if so please forgive me. As you can see it takes many people for us to make the picnic happen every year. If you see someone who’s name is listed here thank them for their time. Because without them we could not continue to have the picnic.
We have once again been invited to visit the Columbus Division of Fire Training Academy, to see some of the new equipment used for training, visit with the recruits and have lunch. Date will be October 7, 2014. At 10:00 am please arrive approx. 15 minutes early.
President 4 Unit.
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