Riverboat Foundation awards mini-grants
RIVERSIDE—The Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) presented $99,939 in mini grants at their meeting Wednesday evening at the casino.
Faye Vittetoe was the chairperson of the mini grant review committee this year. She said the committee spent a lot of time reviewing the applications for the mini grant awards.
“The grant review committee would like to propose this list before you,” she said. “Out of 95 applications we have narrowed it down to 52 for approval by the entire board tonight.”
Vittetoe made the motion to approve the list of mini grants. The motion was approved.
One of the 52 mini grants awarded was to the Washington Municipal Band in the amount of $1,150 for a new xylophone.
“This is just fantastic,” said Washington Municipal Band Director Tom McNamar. “We’ve had to ignore some of the percussion parts in the pieces in the past because we haven’t had the instruments to play them on. The xylophone is always a part of pieces we play and will add color to the sound.”
McNamar isn’t sure when the xylophone will make its debut. The instrument has to be ordered and could take anywhere from one to six months to arrive.
“The debut may end up being at our first concert next season,” he said.
The Washington Free Public Library also received a mini grant in the amount of $2,000 to provide Wi-Fi for downtown Washington.
“Central Park will be covered by the Wi-Fi,” said Washington Public Library Executive Director Debbie Stanton. “We’re hoping it will go further into the businesses around the square, but we’re not sure about that yet.”
No password will be necessary to log onto the Wi-Fi network.
“You can use as if you were using it inside the library,” Stanton said. “This will be an unsecured connection, so we don’t suggest people do their banking business using this network.”
This will also help with communication when events are going on around the square, Stanton said.
“After speaking with Michelle Redlinger at the chamber and Sarah Sadrakula at Main Street Washington I knew there was a need, especially when there are events going on downtown and they’re trying to talk with their volunteers—Wi-Fi will help with that,” Stanton said.
The Wi-Fi will hopefully be ready to use in a couple of weeks, Stanton said.
Board members who abstained from voting on certain mini grant awards included: Kenny Kempf, who abstained from voting on the grant awarded to the Wellman Heritage Society; Stephanie Schlabaugh, who abstained from voting on the grants awarded to the Bailey Courage Ride and the Kalona Public Library; Ted Drain, who abstained from voting on the grant awarded to the Washington Kiwanis Amers; Brenda Herringtonm, who abstained from voting on the grants awarded to the Kalona Historical Society and the Kalona Public Library; Ed Raber, who abstained from voting on the grant awarded to the Washington Rotary Club; and John Conway, who abstained from voting on the grant awarded to St. Joseph’s Church.
Board member Mike Driscoll was not at the meeting. The next WCRF board meeting will be held in the lodge at Lake Darling on Sept. 17. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
For a complete list of WCRF mini grant recipients, please see page 10 of today’s edition of The Journal.