Last week Bonnie Helm was an award recipient at the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards banquet. Bonnie was honored in the Rural category.
In addition to her job as McHenry County Job Development Authority director, Bonnie has been active in our Anamoose community. She is on the City Council (only the 2nd women to serve on the council), Chairman of MainStreams LLC (Save the Bank), Chairman for 2015 Anamoose German/Scandinavian Heritage Days, & was Chairman for the Anamoose All-School Reunion 100th Anniversary, 2011.
At the Anamoose Area Community Foundation meeting Monday evening our committee set the 2014 grant application dates for June 1st to June 30th. This is open to all 501c3 organizations in the Anamoose area. Grant applications are available on line at www.ndcf.net/anamoose
This year approximately $7000 will be given out in grants. Over the past 5 years we have given out over $20,000 to organizations that benefit Anamoose.
The fund-raising goal for 2014 remains at $10,000 as it has been since 2009. We have succeeded in reaching our goal every year.
We plan to have our 6th annual corn feed in August.
The officers for the coming year are as pictured:
Left: Alyce Heer, President:; Joe Weninger, Vice President; Shirley Nitz, Secretary/Treasurer
Just because it was cold out last evening that didn’t stop the senior citizens from coming out for the monthly social at the Senior Center. It started out with members showing their treasures & telling why they were important to them. Pictured is Lois Rott with a wedding gift that Harold & Lois received in 1961 from the County superintendent Nettie Thorsen. Lois also had cards from Nettie that she sent every anniversary for the next 30 years till her death.
Emanuel Kessler loves Studebaker cars & showed his 1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser that was the biggest car made at that time.
The evening continued with lunch, cards & dominos.
The last 2 pictures were taken at the café this morning. This group of women meet monthly to celebrate birthdays of the month. We were celebrating Tillie Reinowski’s birthday. Connie Rudnick decorates the table with fancy napkins & tablecloth. Pictured are: (back) Alyce Heer, Janice Buchholz, Shirley Nitz, Dorothy Peerboom, Fern Reinowski, LaDonna Goodwin, Barb Martin. (front) Mardi Helm, Lyla Dockter, Barb Zuther, Tillie Reinowski, & Lois Rott. (Norma Martin is missing).
I couldn’t leave out a picture of the men that usually get together at 8am.
Pictured is (back)Chris holding Greyson, Lacy, LeRoy, (front) Everett & Kathy.
I found out that Becker Chopping is a family business. Almost 6 years ago Chris Becker & his father LeRoy purchased a 12 row corn chopper. They have been doing custom corn chopping in about a 90 mile area.
Lacy Becker ( Chris’ wife) says she gets to drive the truck. Kathy (Leroy’s wife) is the babysitter & the “lunch lady”.
By the long line of people lined up before 5pm on Sunday for the annual St. Martin’s Lutheran Church potato feed, I could tell it was going to be a success. It was 70 minutes before there was a break in the line.
I counted 14 potato toppings, 20 salads and 20 desserts, so no-one should have gone home hungry.
This has become a popular annual event that people look forward to in March.
I had a fun trip this afternoon going out north of Anamoose to see Keith Reinowski’s new business location. In January Keith moved his business onto his farm 4 miles north & 1 3/4 miles west of Anamoose. Keith built the building 3 years ago with the intention of eventually moving his business there.
Keith started his business in his garage in Harvey on April 1st, 2001. He moved the business to Martin in 2002.
To help customers find his business he has put up 4 signs with directions from Anamoose & Drake. Pictured is the sign that will go up north of Drake.
Angie Mack has worked part-time for Keith for 8 years. They make all kinds of signs for towns, custom farm machinery, mirrors, political signs, vehicle accessories, & banners (wedding, graduation, etc) & business cards. Keith showed me these personalized clocks you can order in any color.
When I asked about where customers are from Angie said that they even shipped as far as the tip of Texas. Some signs go by train & some by UPS. Keith remarked they “make lots of stuff for Seed & Agricultural Companies. Word of mouth is our biggest advertiser”.
The yellow & red Welcome to Anamoose signs that are north, east, & south of Anamoose were made by Midwest Graphics & Signs. Joe & Ana Moose that stand next to the large sign at the south Anamoose entrance were also made by Angie & Keith. Angie designed Ana while Pam Heim designed Joe. Keith installs 80-90% of the signs he makes.
Most of the business is done by telephone & on-line where designs can easily be emailed to the customers.
To find out more about Midwest Graphics & Signs go to: www.midwestgraphicsandsigns.com
Saturday was the last day of our Pinochle Tourney. The 9 week tourney was held at the Anamoose Fire Hall where we enjoyed competition & each other’s company.
Each week there was a 1st place winner of $20 & a 2nd place winner of $10.
The big winner of the $100 prize was Barb Martin with Lowell Dusek taking the $50 2nd place prize.
Soups, breads, & desserts were served every Saturday. Thanks to all who helped with food & donated their time.