Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Treasures for Troops Restaurant Night



All set up at the Wagon Wheel, donations were taken inside and placed outside in the truck.


Penny Beeman, Kathy Barnes (Blue Star Mom), and Devyn Christenson (National Honor Society Member) visited with diners inside the Wagon Wheel from 4-7pm.

Blue Star Mothers, Lorena Bignell, Debbie Rassmussen and Sara Stancil chatted with diners at Lamplight Grill.

We have a sample care box and "Loot in the Boot" available for people to check out at our table.

And the Young Automotive Group Truck to collect donations.


Donations coming in a bag at time!  Every item or just a few items, it all adds up together.



Here's a sneak peek at our storage facility with the donations from 2 of our 5 days of collecting!





Monday, November 13, 2017

Treasures for Troops at the Muir Village Market

WION Radio and Young Automotive kicked off the 4th Annual Treasures for Troops at the Muir Village Market on Monday, Nov 13th!

 
A warm welcome was waiting for us when we arrived in the form of a shopping cart filled with supplies that had already been donated by local shoppers.

Blue Star Mothers Volunteers helped with passing out the Shopping List to store customers and loading supplies into the Young Automotive Truck.


Volunteers did a quick inventory of donations about half way thru the evening and came up with a plan to go shopping with some donated funds from local neighbors.

Jim holding down the fort before the Shopping Spree began.

Muir Village Market Cashiers worked together to shop the store spending $100 in donations.

Seasoned Shopper and Care Packer, Brenda and her team of Blue Star Mothers went shopping for items high in protein and always in need for care packages.  They purchased some specialty items that cost a bit more, but add that special touch to a care package.  Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter!  Along with some other highly sought after meats.

Penny led the WION team accompanied by loyal local listener, Gordie B from the Lyons Fire Dept and Citizen Corps Volunteer, Debbie R.  Together this team was able to use the special sale items and all around great deals at the Muir Village Market to spend the remaining $100 donation and filling a cart almost to the top.  Items included chunky soups, mixed nuts, Little Debbie treats, and personal care items.

After all was said and done the truck was loaded up and donations taken to H.O. Steele for storage until our pack day on Sunday.  Everything you see here was donated today at the Muir Village Market or donations that were delivered to the Blue Star Mothers before Kick Off.

This is just the start of our week!  We had to get some more Shopping Lists printed tonight, and we thank S&K Printing for working late to get these to us in a hurry.  You can download and the print the list below, or pick up a copy of the list at one of our remaining pick up locations.


Tomorrow Night be sure to join us for Restaurant Night!  Visit with Blue Star Mothers and WION Friends and Family at the Lamplight Grill in Ionia or the Wagon Wheel in Portland.  Each restaurant will be giving 10% of all sales from 3pm to close to the Blue Star Mothers to help with shipping!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Veteran's Day Celebrations


IHS Veterans Day Ceremony

Date: Friday - November 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: IHS Room 304

Our Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm on November 10th in room 304. Veterans are encouraged to be present, but their names will be called to honor their service whether or not they are in attendance. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend as well. Please arrive by 6:45 pm as our ceremony will commence promptly at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

To allow us to honor your veteran, email, mail, or bring us the information below by November 1st. We will announce each veteran's name, rank, branch of service and the dates of service; we will ask each veteran to stand when their name is called. You are not limited to honoring just one veteran; you may provide us with information for multiple veterans. You may also provide a photo that we will include as part of the ceremony. 

You can email the below information to Ms. Weller at mweller@ioniaschools.org or mail/bring it to 250 E. Tuttle, Ionia, MI 48846. Please call Ionia High School at 616-527-0600 if you have questions.

Name of Veteran: ________________________________________

Branch of Service: _______________________________________

Rank:_________________

Dates/Years of Service: From ______________________ to____________________

If you provide a hard-copy photo, write the address to which it should be returned:



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday AND Grand Opening Celebrations
Saturday, November 25th 


American Express created Small Business Saturday in 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday for small town USA. This special day encourages holiday shoppers to patronize local brick and mortar businesses rather than traveling distances or using on-line purchasing. To be a Small Business Saturday partner, cities must submit an application providing retail data and list activities that support the project. 

The DDA is proud to announce that Ionia has again been selected to be a part of the national program. American Express provides marketing materials to all approved communities which are then distributed to businesses. This year, the DDA is adding a new component to the annual Small Business Saturday tradition. With the opening of numerous downtown businesses since the beginning of the year, a special grand opening styled event is being planned for each. We are also celebrating the many milestone anniversaries for several downtown shops. As the merchants celebrate, they will be offering in-store specials, gift wrapping, contests and more. A number of vendors will also be showcased in several downtown businesses and will offer handcrafted items for that one of a kind type of gift. 

Become an inspirational shopper and create a “tourist in your own town” experience for you and your friends. Shop local and support your community. Many businesses are operated by friends, neighbors and in some cases even family. To ensure a strong business district, we all need to remember to shop local. 
  1. Shopping local creates jobs that provide added spending in the our community’s economy and helps create even more jobs. 
  2. Local shops invest more in our hometown. They support local charities, schools, and community events which financially impact Ionia. Local shopping supports neighbors, friends and relatives. 
  3. Shopping local saves you money. Shipping and handling costs for larger items make the overall price of items more. 
  4. Shopping local retains our community. Without the support of shopping in the local community, restaurants and services are forced to close. 
  5. Shopping local retains our distinctiveness. Our community’s businesses respond quicker to the needs of customers and stock products to meet the changing population’s needs. 
  6. Shopping local helps reduce environmental impact. Local shops often stock more locally sourced goods saving long distant freighting. 
  7. Local shops can be easily reached especially for the elderly and young people and those without transportation. Shop Small Business Saturday November 25th!

Treasures for Troops Broadcasts





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Treasures for Troops


The 4th Annual Treasures For Troops Campaign with Blue Star Mothers, WION Radio, and Young Automotive Group.

November 13th will be the Kick Off Broadcast at Muir Village Market from 4-7 pm.
Each day that week we will be collecting items throughout Ionia, Montcalm & Kent Counties.  WION Radio and the Young Automotive Truck will be visiting various locations to pick up items in each community.  The complete list of broadcast sites will be available soon!

Here is the wish list for those who like to shop early!


This is where we need more Volunteers

Each evening Monday- Friday we need volunteers to meet us at H.O. Steele Education Center to unload the truck with the days worth of donations. This typically only takes 15 minutes and the exact time is not known until that day. So if you would like to volunteer 1 of those nights, please work out the details with Penny.

Sunday, November 19th, will be packing day! Volunteers will sort supplies and set up a packing order in the AM hours. Then after lunch additional volunteers are invited to come help pack the boxes. Each box receives at least one hand written Christmas Card and is packed carefully to fill every inch of the box. We pull in volunteers from various groups including Citizen Corps, Blue Star Mothers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and so many more. We basically need all the help we can get.

Monday, November 20th, is Post Office Day. Volunteers with strong backs are needed for this day! Basically it is carrying boxes from H.O. Steele to load into a truck or trailer, then carrying boxes into the post office. Blue Star Mothers handle filling out all the forms and covers the cost of postage thru donations collected as part of the drive. We simply need volunteers who can load and unload.

This is a pretty massive event for our small community, and it takes many people to make it possible. If you have never volunteered with this, I suggest you get involved on either Sunday or Monday so you can see the full impact we are having by partnering with this group of businesses and organizations!

For more information, contact Penny at citizencorpsvista@gmail.com or 616-755-8050.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Moulage Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed to assist as patients for Citizen Corps Program practice exercises!
April 13th 7:30-9:30 PM
April 20th 6-9:30 PM

This is perfect for an individual, family, or group!  
Boy scouts and girls scouts who have earned or are working toward their first aid badge can gain some great experience!  
Drama students can learn some makeup tips!
Other Citizen Corps Volunteers can also be of great assistance!

For more information or to sign up, contact Penny Beeman at pbeeman@gmail.com or 616-755-8050!









Ionia Conservation District Needs Volunteers!

Volunteers Needed
Each year the Conservation District provides over 30,000 trees to be planted over the Michigan landscape.
It takes several hands to make this large event run smoothly. 
If you like trees and would like to learn more about the seedlings that you have purchased this spring or in the past,  please consider volunteering in honor of Arbor Day week on April 26th

We will package tree seedlings on this day starting at 8:00 am and ending about 4:00 pm.  We will hold the event at the Ionia Fair grounds in the front Merchant building.  Lunch provided.

The Ionia Conservation District is proud to promote tree planting.  Trees are a renewable resource that can provide multiple benefits to people and wildlife. 

Please contact me by email or phone if you would like to volunteer.
Melissa Eldridge

Melissa Eldridge, District Manager
Ionia Conservation District
431 Swartz Ct. #300
Ionia, MI 48846
616-527-2620 ex 101

‘The best time to plant a tree was 40 years ago.  The next best time is now!” Ed Blyth, Ionia Conservation District Board of Directors






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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Relay Skate Night!


Join TEAM SHILOH in supporting Relay For Life of Ionia County by attending this event! All ages are welcome to attend with a $5 donation that includes entry, skate rental, and your chance to vote for your favorite participating Relay For Life Team.  We will also have games on the skating floor and off the skating floor, so bring some extra fun money!

You do not have to be a part of a Relay For Life team to participate in this event!  
Everyone is welcome!

If you are part of a Relay Team and want to sign your team up to participate and receive some of the donations for YOUR team, contact Penny at pbeeman@gmail.com.

Much thanks goes out to everyone who attended this event!  
We had a great turnout and raised over $230 for Relay For Life of Ionia County!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

8th Grade Pop Can Drive


We will be collecting returnable cans and bottles to help students and chaperoning parents fund their trip to Washington DC in June. All students and parents attending the trip who participate in the collection of returnables will split 100% of the proceeds from the drive.

Starting now thru 4/8/2017 returnables can be dropped off at 447 King ST Ionia, MI. 

Saturday March 25th we will have a team collecting returnables at TSC in Ionia. There will be other fundraising events for the trip that day as well.

Saturday 4/8/2017 students and parents will be going house to house to collect returnables, if you wish to have them stop by, please message us a time and address for us to stop and pick them up!

We can also collect and store any cans donated beforehand! If you are a local business or collect a lot of returnables quickly and wish to participate, let me know and I will stop by regularly to collect your cans leading up to the dates of the fundraiser!

Any questions or anyone wishing to volunteer, please message us on facebook or call/text 616-291-6544

Thanks!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

20- Hour CERT Class


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills,
such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Free CERT Training includes:
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Suppression
  • Beginning First Aid & Triage
  • Light Search & Rescue

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT Members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT Members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

CERT Training follows a national standard that teaches Volunteer Safety is the most important concern.  CERT Members are instructed to help themselves and their families first and then reach out to their community if they are able.  CERT Members also learn through hands on activities and practicing skills.CERT Members do different activities and exercises to better their skills.

H.O. Steele Education Center
10260 S Sheridan Rd, 
Fenwick, MI 48834

Thursday Nights 
6:00 PM to 10:00PM
March 16th thru April 20th!
To register call 616-755-8050 or email pbeeman@gmail.com



Friday, February 17, 2017

Relay For Life Kick Off

Be sure to join us for the Kick Off of the 2017 Relay For Life of Ionia County!

Monday, January 2, 2017

MLK Day of Service


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - #MLKDay

What is the MLK Day of Service?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.  Make a pledge to serve your community for MLK Day of Service and register that pledge at this link!

Hosting a project?

If your organization is planning an MLK Day of Service project and you are looking for additional volunteers, please email details to pbeeman@gmail.com to have YOUR project added to this blog!