Anyone who missed the United Fund of Calumet Ice Cream Social missed more than ice cream and cake. They missed a chance to taste other delicious desserts such as pie and brownies. They missed some great music performed by local talent. They missed hearing a world-renown MC, Debra (Duvall) Peppers. They missed seeing DJ Michael Jones, who kept the music flowing for over two hours. They missed a chance to see and talk to friends, family and neighbors in a fun social setting.
Most importantly they missed seeing how a community pulls together. When the last-minute decision was made to change the venue from Clarksville City Park to the Apple Shed because of rain, it took only minutes for Linda and Bill Blakey to open the Apple Shed and prepare for the 4pm event. Mike Smith and his group made short work of setting up tables and chairs.
Members of the board of the United Fund of Calumet took on various tasks to set up for serving. Representatives of the organizations that are supported by UF of Calumet also donated time and products. The Raintree Arts Council provided the venue and equipment; Clarksville Museum, cake; Pike Pioneer, pies; and the 21st Century Community Learning Center at Clopton, cake. The following organizations donated their time and energy to help set up, clean up and serve. They include: Clarksville Athletic Association, O.A.T.S., and Clarksville Library. In addition, Orscheln donated bottled water. Everyone came through and needs to be thanked.
The community came together to support the organization that supports our community–the United Fund of Calumet.
On August 26, 2012 from 4:00 PM – 6:00PM , the Calumet United Fund will be honoring the founding board members at their annual ice cream social at the Clarksville River Front Park (or the Clarksville Apple Shed if raining). There will be amazing home made ice creams of various flavors including wild blackberry, peach, strawberry, pineapple, chocolate, vanilla and more. There will also be many home made cakes and pies for everyone to enjoy. Join the event via Facebook.
Bring your lawn chairs and listen to live music performed by local talents including:
- Kaitlyn Held
- Heidi & Nathan Adams
- Debbie Ingram
- Christian Lewis
- Jennifer Eisenhower
- Morrow Sisters
- Starks Family
- Jacob David
- MEMCC Choir
A donation of $5 will get you a cake and ice cream serving and includes a bottle of water. You can also bring your old cell phone as a donation to be recycled by the Calumet United Fund. Don’t let your old phone sit in a drawer or go to a land fill. All money raised will be donated back into local community organizations, including:
- After school programs
- Meals for senior citizens and those in need
- Support for local art programs
- Athletic associations
- Clarksville library and museum
- OATS transportation for seniors
It was fifty two years ago that nine men and women from Clarksville, Paynesville and Annada Missouri, including my own grandfather G Jack Jones Jr., started a grass roots campaign for the benefit of our local community organizations. Today’s Calumet United Fund continues to strive in the original founders’ spirit of service to our community.
The Calumet United Fund hopes you can join them as they pay tribute to those original founding members from 1960:
- Harry H. Crane: Clarksville, Missouri
- Milton F. Duvall, Jr.: Clarksville, Missouri
- William H. Guyton: Paynesville, Missouri
- G. Jack Jones, Jr.: Clarksville, Missouri
- Francis G. Luke: Clarksville, Missouri
- Mrs. L. Bryant Mackey: Clarksville, Missouri
- Mrs. H. A. Wells: Paynesville, Missouri
- J. R. Whitmore: Annada, Missouri
- J. D. Williamson: Clarksville, Missouri
Help support the organization that supports your community, the Calumet United Fund. “We’ll see you at the Ice Cream Social”.