Auxiliary installs officers
Cheryl Hainkel has been installed as president of the Ladies Auxiliary to South Platte Memorial VFW Post 7356 for the 2016-2017 year. This is Hainkel’s third year as president of the auxiliary, which assists Post 7356 in activities supporting veterans and deployed troops.
Other officers are Randy Green, senior vice president; Jodi Kersten, junior vice president; Judith Green, treasurer; Lorie Green, secretary; Rosemary Karp, chaplain; Jessica Grogan, conductress; Mary Wilkinson, guard; Sharon Bugg, Ricki Butler and Linda Eckerle as trustees; Victor Messick as patriotic instructor.
The auxiliary hosts an annual Veteran’s Day Dinner, provides support to the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, Mich., donates clothing and supplies to the Veterans home in Cameron, Mo., and provides gifts to veterans in the VA Hospital in Kansas City on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
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Membership is open to spouses, parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren and siblings of those who served during World War I and World War II; as well as those who served in Korea, Kosovo, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
For information call 816-806-2796 or come to the Post breakfast each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 10125 Tom Watson Parkway.
Nearly New awards grants
Eleven Northland charities received grants from the Nearly New Shop in Kansas City, North, in June.
Grants were given to Collaboration Works, In As Much Ministry, Liberty Meals on Wheels, Northland Meals on Wheels, Northland Shepherd Center, Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center, Family Promise of the Northland, Northland Assistance Center, Northland Christmas Store, Rebuilding Together Clay County, and Northcare Hospice and Palliative Care.
Since 1988, the Nearly New Shop has donated more than $1 million from the sale of donated items to Northland charities.
“We’d like the public to be aware that we are totally not-for-profit. Any money that we make goes directly for our grants, retail operations and administration,” said Carolyn Freese, a volunteer at the store.
The Nearly New shop depends on volunteers to keep the operation running and welcomes applicants. Volunteers are needed in all the departments, from housewares to shoes. Prospective volunteers fill out an application and, once approved, can work as little as four hours a month or multiple shifts a month.
Museum Trivia night
The Clay County Museum and Historical Society will host its third annual Trivia Night at the Belvoir Winery July 28.
The theme is “Trivia in the Tropics.”
“We’re asking people to come dressed in their best Hawaiian shirt or mumu or whatever they have, just for fun,” said Jana Becker, event organizer and a past president of the historical society.
The event will include trivia teams competing for a $100 prize, door prizes, free refreshments and a cash bar.
“We are a non-profit and depend on fundraisers and donations to keep in business,” Becker said. “We’ve had trivia nights in the past and they are always fun and I know this one will be, too. Besides having fun, people may come away with a little more knowledge than they had when they got there.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the competition runs 7 to 9 p.m.
Belvoir Winery is at 1325 Odd Fellows Road, Liberty.
Park honors at Homecoming
Park University has announced its Homecoming Weekend Sept. 15-17.
Four Park supporters will be honored at an awards luncheon Sept. 16. They are:
▪ Anthony Melchiorri, a 1990 Park graduate, who will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Melchiorri is host, co-creator and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible.”
▪ Peter deSilva, president of Scottrade Inc. and Scottrade Investment Management, who will receive the Torchlighter Award for his long-standing contributions and commitment to Park.
▪ Greg Mills, a 1997 Park graduate and city administrator/public safety director for the city of Riverside, who will receive the Marlowe Sherwood for volunteer services to community.
▪ Darwin Rivera, a 2004 graduate, who will receive the Park Promising Young Professional Award. Riverea received his MBA degree from Park in 2007. He is senior solutions architect at HID Global, and founder/principal of Guayama Group Inc.
▪ Tickets for the luncheon are $30 and available at www.park.edu/homecoming. Call 816-584-6200 for information.
VSI Awards night
Vocational Services Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary during its annual Community Awards Night at Briarcliff in June.
VSI serves more than 250 Northland residents with developmental disabilities.
Awards were given to:
▪ Consumer of the Year to Iris Stites who began working at VSI in 1976.
▪ Parent/Guardian of the Year to Vickie Cross for her extensive work and support for VSI. She has a son employed at VSI and serves as a member of the board of directors for Arc of Clay and Platte counties.
▪ Vendor of the Year to Krueger and James Insurance Agency.
▪ Customer of the Year to R.R. Donnelley.
▪ Benefactor of the Year to Platte County Board of Services.
▪ Legislator of the Year to State Representative Kurt Schaefer of Columbia for his service to workshops across the state.
▪ Working for the Public Good Award to Clay County Public Administrator Debbie Gwin
▪ Volunteer of the Year to K.C. Cadenhead, who volunteers to DJ for VSI consumer events and parties.
▪ VSI Directors Award went to John Ferguson, founder of Ferguson Properties.
Also honored were retiring consumers John Branham, George Soper, Barbara Jo Warren, Cheryl Radford, Cynthia Radford and Donald Tweeddale.
Two companies were recognized for hiring VSI employees through Support Employment Program: McDonald’s at 9551 N. McGee St., Kansas City, North; and Oppa! Food Management in Platte County.
By Norma King, Special to The Star