Just Cause disbands
Members of the group “Just Cause” have decided to disband the organization. Dean Greiner, former president of the club, said the membership had dwindled in the past few years and that it was time to call it quits.
Just Cause has sold trash bags as a fundraiser. Greiner said the sales of these trash bags will continue through Charity Services Incorporated (CSI) in Marion, and that the proceeds will go to Iowa Paralyzed Veterans of America.
“All the money will stay local and go toward helping Iowa veterans,” Greiner said.
Just Cause was once affiliated with the Washington Jaycees, the junior chamber of commerce. However, about 10 or 15 years ago, the membership of the Jaycees dropped below 30, so the state kicked the Washington group out. Greiner said the local members wanted to continue the group’s work, so they kept their abbreviation and created “Just Cause.”
The group used to supply and organize the fireworks show on Independence Day. However, Just Cause could not shoot off the fireworks after 9/11 because of the new certification requirements. Last year, the city took over the fireworks altogether.
Greiner said the group decided to disband earlier this month when it met to select new officers and everybody turned down their nominations.
“We did a lot of stuff when we were younger,” Greiner said. “But now we’ve dried up. We went from a grape to a raisin.”