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Star Trek Fan Club; Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties

Jun 23, 2014

USS STARFIELD STAR TREK FAN CLUB

Sci Fi Night presented by USS Starfield Star Trek Fan Club will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Orpheum Theater.

“Doctor Who” and “Star Trek” episodes will be screened. The event will include a trivia game and door prize drawing.

Admission is $5 until 7:45 p.m.; $7 after 7:45 p.m.

All science fiction fans are welcome.

The “Doctor Who”/”Star Trek” theme is scheduled for the last Thursday of each month for the entire summer.

For information, visit the website www.UssStarfield.org or call 209-9599.

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ARC OF JEFFERSON & NEARBY COUNTIES

The general membership of The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties held its annual meeting Thursday at the Fairfield Public Library.

Primary on the agenda was election of officers and directors for the coming year beginning July 1, special recognitions, and finalization of plans for booths at the Jefferson County Fair.

The meeting was conducted by Kathy Henry, secretary, in the absence of president Brian Simmons who was at National Special Olympics in New Jersey as the coach for local Special Olympics power-lifting competitor, Ronnie Withrow. Henry introduced Nicolas Stiles, along with his mother Lisa and sister Jenna. Nicolas, a Van Buren Community School District graduating senior who won one of the two Arc Susan Presley Scholarships, thanked The Arc for the monetary help and shared his intentions for college.

Refreshments, prepared by Kathy Henry, Lynn Kane, Toni Scott and Pat Whitten were available prior to and during the video about Walgreen’s employment of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, including autism. The owner of Walgreens is the father of a young man with autism, and one-third of one of his employees are individuals with disabilities.

Janet Morris, retiring long-time special education teacher, was recognized for her many contributions to The Arc and individuals with disabilities and presented a plant and a Top of the Rock gift certificate. Morris has served on The Arc board most recently for six years; in some previous years, she mailed birthday cards from The Arc to individuals with disabilities. She has been recognized for her contributions as a coach by Special Olympics Iowa, and has coordinated the operation of a popcorn machine for The Arc at events at Fairfield Middle School.

Darlene Vorhies served as secretary pro tem, reading thank-you notes from: Micah Harris, Fairfield High School graduating senior who received the second Arc Susan Presley Scholarship; Rachel Ferrell for graduation card and money; and from Rachel Robinson, two-time winner of the James Horan Scholarship and recent college, graduate majoring in special education, for the card and money. Vorhies announced ID Action will hold its first Self-Advocacy Conference in October, and ID Action can be contacted for information on Make Your Mark Voter Training for people with disabilities.

Barb Withrow, treasurer, gave a report on monetary donations for camperships since the May Board meeting: Louden Depot Community Credit Union, Mike’s Collision & Tire of Keosauqua and Whitney Monument Works.

Lynn Kane read a letter from a parent asking for a pool pass for her two children, both of whom are disabled; The Arc approved a 20-punch swim pass for the brother and sister to share. Also approved was reimbursement of $198 to Rhonda Robinson for motel rooms used by athletes and coaches at the State Special Olympics Games in May, and $100 gas card for the Clements family.

Officers and directors were elected to serve: president – Brian Simmons; vice president – Lynn Kane; secretary – Kathy Henry; treasurer – Barb Withrow; immediate vice president — Mary Coffin; Directors for 2014-16 – Codie Amason, Mary Sue Hoaglin, Toni Scott and Jack Whitten. Elected to complete the remainder of the term of Rhonda Robinson was Jim Downing. The nomination committee will strive to get one or two additional directors, with the approval of the board of directors.

Vorhies updated the group on raffle ticket sales and had bid sheets for silent auction items at the meeting for review/bidding, all of which will be at the Jefferson County Fair booths. Kathy Henry has the workers scheduled. Ronnie Withrow and Mary Sue Hoaglin will assist with loading and setting up the booths prior to the booth opening at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Toni Scott reviewed the current status of camperships at Camp Courageous following a confusing invoice which included 22 students from Van Buren County. Scott will schedule Arc workers to help with the annual Knights of Columbus-Tootsie Roll project in August.

For information about The Arc or the meeting, call Brian Simmons at 919-4004 or Darlene Vorhies at 472-4449.

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