KENNEDY - The first meeting of 2011 had Kennedy Pride planning upcoming events and discussing various community projects.
The next fundraising event will be the annual 100 Club Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Kennedy Fire Hall. Tickets will be available from Pride members at $25 per couple. The cost includes a beef on weck dinner and musical entertainment. Al tickets will be drawn, and cash prizes will be awarded. This event is always greatly anticipated and well attended. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.in the fire hall.
Group members discussed the annual Christmas party. Everyone felt it went well. Mr. Baker has told Co-President Steve Stanton that he was pleased with the response to his miniature horses, and looks forward to coming back. Thanks were expressed to Tom Ormond and his family for providing the hayrides around town.
Stanton said he has not heard anything more about the grant for the veterans' memorial in Hallquist Park. He will check with Jensen-Haglund concerning their progress, and see if it time for another payment.
Ideas for other events in the park were discussed. The summer "Jammin' in the Park" concerts have been a success. Possible performers for future concerts will be researched.
Stanton reminded the group about the five-year plan. Most of the projects on the former plan have been accomplished or are in process. He urged the group to think of ideas for future projects to be considered for a new five-year plan.
Linda Bish reported that there are still t-shirts and zippered hoodies available. She said that there have been some talks about selling them at the Kennedy Supermarket.
Kathy Stanton informed the group that Town Supervisor Jim Cooper has been working with Southern Tier West about a possible farmers' market in Hallquist Park. There are several local growers, and other related groups may also be interested. Use of the park has been expanding as improvements have been made.
Clarence Robbins noted that Feb. 20 would be the anniversary of Kennedy Pride. That means election of officers is coming up. Stanton reminded those present that nominations will e made during the February meeting, with elections to take place in M arch.
Cindy Parsons made an impassioned plea for community spirit to help those less fortunate. She said that our country was founded on a principle of self-sufficiency, but also of helping one's own community. Ms. Parsons suggested that instead of having to ask for government help for every little thing, community members should be willing to help others make their homes and neighborhoods a better place to live.
Kennedy Pride will hold their next regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Free Library. Everyone is invited to attend, and to offer any ideas for community projects.