The Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon announced the recipients of the 2014 Loni Hansel Community Enrichment Award at the annual May Dinner Meeting held at the Crystal Garden Banquet Center.
Since 1988, the JSC has honored individuals whose time and dedication have made a difference in the lives of those in the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon communities. Originally named the Community Enrichment Award, the name was changed several years ago to honor a beloved JSC member, Loni Hansel, who unexpectedly passed away in 2011. Loni joined the JSC in 1970, and for over 40 years, her devotion made a big impact in the lives of those in our community.
This year, the JSC had 10 nominees for the award, but was most impressed by the accomplishments of 2 individuals. The recipients are Gwyn Marini, founder of Project 612, and Renee Guttmann, co-chair of Project 612. Project 612 was created when the group’s founder went to her child’s school for lunch one day. It happened to be “sack attack” day. She noticed the huge amount of unopened food that was being thrown away, and she became appalled. She knew that something had to be done. Guided by the bible verse John 6:12: “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted”, she contacted the school district office with an idea. Heridea was to gather a group of volunteers to be at the school during Sack Attack to collect the unopened items and then take those items to the Glen Ed Food Pantry. The district soon gave its approval, and Project 612 commenced. Since the first year, the program has expanded to include ten District 7 schools. This year alone, the group has delivered over 1,000 pounds of food to the food pantry.
For more info on Project 612, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Project612. The JSC is donating $500 to the Glen Ed Food Pantry in honor of Gwen Marini, Renee Guttmann, and Project 612’s dedication to the community.
Photo: Gwyn Marini, Renee Guttmann, and Debbie Gaughan of Project 612, and Colette Gates of the JSC
The Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon proudly announced the recipients of its annual scholarship awards at the annual May Dinner Meeting held at the Crystal Garden BanquetCenter.
The scholarship recipients are Hanna Grace Beck and Betsy Taylor Cote, both of Edwardsville High School.
The JSC scholarship committee awards two $1,000 scholarships to qualified applicants from EHS and MELSH. The awards are given to female high school seniors whohave exhibited exemplary character, scholarship, andcommunity service.
“One of the benefits of community service is that it builds a person’s character,” says JSC President, Julie Smith. “It teaches you to communicate, to work as a team, and to take on leadership roles; all of these are skills that a person can use throughout their lives."
The JSC wishes the best to these recipients in their future endeavors and hopes that each will continue theirinvolvement in the community.
*Photo: Cheryl Marteeny and Julie Smith of JSC present Betsy Cote (pictured with her parents).
Just over one year ago, more than 400 volunteers from the communities of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon came together to help build the Boundless Playground in Township Park.
Now, the Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon is planning a birthday party to celebrate this gift to the community, according to a press release.
The celebration will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. May 10 at Township Park, which is located at 6364 Center Grove Road, in Edwardsville. The free event is open to the public and will include face painting, balloon animals, a DJ, snacks and more.
The JSC Boundless Playground is 80 percent accessible to persons with disabilities and is the first public playground of its kind in the St. Louis area. It was a signature project of thew JSC and funds were raised three years prior to completion.
The JSC is also announcing plans to fund a new playground at Ray M. Schon Park in Glen Carbon. The club voted to fund up to $75,000 for the purchase of playground equipment.
"We are honored and blessed as a club to be able to provide yet another playground to this community," JSC President Julie Smith said in the press release. "The support to the Junior Service Club by so many individuals and businesses in the area has made a project like this possible."
The playground will be built as work on Phase II of Ray M. Schon Park gets underway.
"The Junior Service Club continues to do wonderful things for our Glen Carbon and Edwardsville communities," Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt said in the press release. "On behalf of all village residents, I want to thank the JSC members for donating the playground equipment that will be enjoyed by so many."
Those interested in learning more about the Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon can visit edglenjuniorservice.org or go to their Facebook page at facebook.com/EdGlenJuniorService.
Original article by Suburban Journal's.
Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon
Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon strives to foster volunteerism by developing our member's talents and interests through a variety of fundraising and philanthropic project, while building valued relationships.