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The Arc of Jefferson and Nearby Counties plans fair activities

Jul 01, 2013

The Arc of Jefferson and Nearby Counties held its annual general membership meeting at the Fairfield Public Library meeting room Thursday evening, with several guests present.

Brian Simmons, president elect, conducted the meeting in the absence of Mary Coffin. Guest introductions, special presentations and the election of officers and directors for the 2013-2014 year were primary on the agenda.

Introduced by Simmons was Mazie Johnson, recently employed as the executive director for The Arc of Iowa. Johnson congratulated the local Arc on its 40th anniversary and thanked the organization for inviting her to the annual meeting.

Johnson shared her hopes of visiting and providing support to all local Arcs in Iowa in their efforts of advocacy and service to individuals who are intellectually or otherwise developmentally challenged.

Simmons then broke away from a scheduled agenda to surprise 40-year Arc member Darlene Vorhies with a plaque of appreciation and plant, followed by comments and experiences offered by several members present.

Kathy Henry showed a video submitted by Jennifer Christensen, special education teacher at Washington Elementary. The video is of those from Washington School who recently attended Camp Courageous at Monticello and covered the numerous activities the students enjoyed while at the camp. Following the video, refreshments prepared by Kathy Henry were enjoyed by those in attendance.

Henry and Mary Sue Hoaglin served on the committee to review applications and select individuals for the The Arc Susan Presley Scholarship and James Horan Scholarship.

Henry introduced Austin Deao, son of Randy and Kim Deao, as the recipient of The Arc Susan Presley Scholarship. Deao has been assisting in a special education classroom at Fairfield Middle School through the School to Work Program. He indicated how much he loves working outdoors and that he plans to attend Indian Hills Community College studying in the field of lawn and landscaping.

Henry introduced Rachel Robinson, daughter of Rick and Rhonda Robinson, who was chosen to receive the James Horan Scholarship; Robinson is attending St. Ambrose College and pursuing her education to include working with individuals who are developmentally disabled.

Deao’s parents and Robinson’s mother and brother were in attendance at the meeting.

Rhonda Robinson said Doug Bagby and Kevin Curran of the Fairfield Elks Lodge presented at check for $2,000 at a recent Challenge Little League Game, and she presented the check to The Arc to be used for camperships for local individuals who are intellectually or developmentally challenged.

Jack and Pat Whitten and Darlene Vorhies acquired the nominees for election, and following are the officers elected to serve on The Arc Board from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014: President Brian Simmons, Vice-President Jeannine Simmons, Secretary Kathy Henry, Treasurer Barb Withrow.

Current president, Mary Coffin, will be part of the executive committee as immediate past president. Lynn Kane will complete the remaining year of Kathy Henry’s term and the following were elected to serve as directors from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015: Wendy McKune, Joyce Morrissey, Rhonda Robinson, Doris Van Alst, Lori Vaughan.

Bid sheets of all silent auction items to date were displayed on tables, and those present were invited to place bids on them. Bid sheets and most of the items will be at the county fair booths, with workers scheduled by Kathy Henr.

A complete list of item and monetary donors will be published following the fair.

Ross and Rhonda Robinson will carry The Arc banner during the pre-fair parade on Tuesday evening and invited others to join them.

Brian Simmons indicated $2,400 was raised during three dances sponsored by The Arc at the Fairfield Middle School in an effort to make up some of the monies no longer an option through the Super Skate.

Ronnie Withrow spoke of a spaghetti supper being planned at the Four Square Church, possibly with a silent auction as well.

Janet Morris noted her retirement and asked that someone else be in charge of the popcorn machine that has raised from $1,200 to $1,600 operating during activities at the Fairfield Middle School. Morris was commended and thanked for her many years of service with the machine.

Ruth Eubanks read thank you notes from Libertyville School students who attended Camp Courageous; the Clements Family for a donation following Jennifer’s surgery; Rachel Robinson for the scholarship and Ross Robinson for graduation card and check. Eubanks also reported a check for $100 was received from the Gerald Forsythe Family from memorial funds.

Simmons and Henry shared some of their thoughts regarding focus at the fair of The Arc’s 40th anniversary, including some T-shirts noting the special milestone.

Persons wishing further information about this meeting or The Arc may contact Brian Simmons at 641-919-4004 or Darlene Vorhies at 641-472-4449.

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