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February 25, 2014

What's BOB group up to?

Highlights of the BOB group meeting from Feb. 11 includes the news bingo being held at the 18-80 Club will be moving to the VFW Hall for an undetermined time. Bingo is a way the BOB group partners with various groups that need funds. Groups provide six volunteers, food, serve the food and BOB provides the caller and takes care of sales.

The Bob group has received multiple requests for the raised garden program which has caused them to look into how to finance the program.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is expanding for 2014. Boats will be added. Kris Koestner will provide a two hour boat ride, food, soft drinks and water for the group’s cost of $600. Tickets when they go on sale will cost $25 for adults and $15 for those under 12. BOB group also plans to contact Mike Stepnoski about working with the South Central Dirt Riders to see if they would like to participate in the Planes, Trains and Automobiles event.

Highlights from the BOB group meeting from Feb. 18 include plans to do more research into holding a grocery grab, bowling event and a raised garden program.

News about the Planes, Trains and Automobiles event indicates not only are boats now part of the equation but Mike Stepnowski reported that the South Central Dirt Riders will host a Bingo Run at their trail near Rathbun Lake on the event date, Aug. 2. Other activities suggested for Planes, Trains and Automobiles are bocce ball and kids Big Wheel races.

The BOB group along with Tom Lange and others are looking at a work day at the Hebrew Cemetery once the weather gets better.

The BOB group once the weather gets better wants to paint the historic arrow with World’ Largest Square on the northeast corner retaining wall at the intersection of state Highways 2 and 5.

BOB group members and attendees the last two meetings include Elder Younger, Elder Hodges, Daniel Hurt, Rita Matkovich, Mike Thomas, Bob Greene, Nancy Bennett, Bob Holcomb, Frank Rinchuiso and Mike Stepnowski.

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