United Way, Junior Achievement, Sheldon Tibbs, Olympia FFA Alumni,
Railsplitting Association and Heartland Community College all in
By Mike Fak
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[January 23, 2009]
its Annual Meeting on January 12 the United Way of Logan County
installed 2009 officers and new board members. The officers are Mary
Beth Jackson, President; Rick Wyatt, Vice President and Campaign
Chair; Marsha DallaValle, Recording Secretary; Stuart Churchill,
Treasurer; Sheila Nelson, Campaign Co-Chair. Welcomed as new board
members are Angie Bossingham and Mike Fak. The United Way is still
looking for 2 board members. If interested please call Lois Leonard
you attended the successful Junior Achievement/Chamber Eggs &
Education event back on November 4th or not, please join others from
our community at the Chamber office for a Junior Achievement (JA)
training session. You have 2 dates from which to choose, and in just
45 minutes, you'll be confident and ready to lead a JA class in
Lincoln this spring!
January 28th at 4:15 PM or February 20th at 12:00 PM are your
choices. Enjoy pizza at either event! Simply RSVP to the Chamber,
and please let your coworkers know as well! The session is
no-obligation, and there is no financial ask, so just come ready to
see if the JA experience will work for you. We have limited
space so first come, first serve with the RSVP!
Tibbs, a senior at LCHS signed his letter of intent to play
baseball at Lincoln Land Community College on Tues, Jan 20, 2009.
Shelden is an alumnus of Carroll Catholic School and lives in rural
Shelden’s parents, Vanessa and Scott Tibbs, flank Shelden. Coach Pat Hake (LCHS
Baseball Coach on left) and Ron Riggle (LLCC Head Baseball Coach). (click
picture for larger image)
Olympia FFA Alumni Chapter will be holding an auction and
banquet on January 30, 2009 at the Olympia High School Cafeteria,
The festivities, starting at approximately 5:00 pm, will begin
with a social time followed by a mouthwatering BBQ pork chop dinner
with all the trimmings. The meal will be prepared by the dedicated
FFA Alumni Chapter members with assistance from the Olympia High
School FFA Chapter. A silent auction will be taking place in
conjunction with the meal, and they have a large variety of items to
be auctioned, from seed corn and bean certificates to hats, tools,
toy tractors, sports memorabilia and gift cards from central
Illinois eateries and shops.
The festivities will take place in conjunction with boy’s
sophomore and varsity basketball games vs. Cornbelt Conference rival
Mahomet Seymour High School. The meal will cost a small fee, and the
silent auction will tentatively conclude during halftime of the
varsity game. The proceeds of the evening will go to help fund the
FFA Alumni Chapter and the FFA chapters at Olympia High School. For
more information you can call (309) 379-5911.
Logan County Railsplitting Association is pleased to announce
that an old tradition will be rekindled on Saturday, January 31st.
The association will be bringing representatives to the LCHS
basketball game to hold a railsplitting demonstration between the
sophomore and varsity games (between 6:45 and 7:15 PM).
Railsplitting Association members John Sutton & Heidi Rankin will be
on hand to split the rails and they are looking forward to bringing
new interest in the Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival,
held in Lincoln.
The tradition of splitting rails at basketball games fell by the
wayside years ago, but now, with the festival gaining momentum
again, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial approaching, the goal is
to increase awareness of Lincoln the Railsplitter. The festival, now
in its 39th year, gives attendees a chance to look at life in
Abraham Lincoln’s time, as well as a chance to compete in events
such as Railsplitting, Corn Shelling, Firewood Splitting, Cross Cut
Sawing, and Tomahawk Throwing. Also at the festival, there will be
numerous craft vendors, selling handmade items to the public.
The 39th Annual Abraham Lincoln Railsplitting Festival will be
held on September 18–20, 2009 at the Logan County Fairgrounds in
Lincoln, Illinois. The Logan Railsplitting Association will also be
working on several Bicentennial activities throughout the year. For
more information about the festival and the association, please
or call 217-732-8687
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Community College seeks applicants for 12 positions on its
Alumni Association Board of Directors. The Heartland Community
College Alumni Association (HCCAA) board will meet monthly to help
steer the college’s Alumni Relations and Community Outreach
Department, develop opportunities for Heartland alumni to establish
and maintain meaningful and valuable connections with each other and
strengthen the relationships between campus and community leaders.
Colleen Reynolds, associate director of Heartland’s Alumni
Relations and Community Outreach department, believes the creation
of an alumni association board of directors will provide leadership
and insight for the association as the college continues to grow and
meet the demands of a changing population.
"We’re confident that there are leaders in the community who have
benefitted from Heartland who are willing to give back to the
college that helped place them on their paths to success," Reynolds
said. "We have a very successful alumni base in the area which
comprises a large part of the economic engine of McLean and
surrounding counties -- including doctors, business owners,
directors of non-profit agencies and others who contribute to this
community every day who I hope are willing to step up and help us
begin a new chapter in Heartland’s history."
To qualify for a seat on the HCCAA’s inaugural board of
directors, applicants must have completed at least one class --
credit or non-credit -- at Heartland and be willing to meet one
night a month and attend alumni events. Directors also will help
build the association, celebrate and promote Heartland’s impact on
students and on the community, direct social activities, offer input
about alumni services and benefits, and have an overall role in
promoting the institution that in some way helped to build a
foundation for their own success.
For more information or to apply,
www.heartland.edu/alumni and click on the Alumni Board tab.
Additional information also is available by calling Reynolds at
(309) 268-8188, or emailing
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