Gallatin County youth: L-R Jaden Scherrer, Kelsie Allen, Tiffany Hawkins, Colt Scates, Fallon Scates, Madison Raymer, Mackenzie Lawler, Hannah Doerr, Aundrea Lawler and Katie Fals not pictured Kaelan Kanady.
Adult volunteers not pictured : Rhonda Hawkins, Shawn Kanady, Jim Richey, Mendy Scherrer, and Kassy Scates
I lend my hands to greater service for my club, my community, and my world” is a line from the 4-H Pledge. On Saturday, April 23 4-H members and volunteers put this line to action. Volunteers and youth from Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline, and White counties gathered in Harrisburg to package meals for local food pantries through an organization called Illini Fighting Hunger. Gallatin County had 14 4-H and FFA members and adults give up their Saturday morning to help.
Our group of volunteers from across the counties helped package rice casserole meals. We managed to combine ingredients and package 16,218 meals in a little over 2 hours! Just as importantly we had fun! We set up assembly lines of 10 volunteers each to measure and rice, vegetable base, and spice mix to create a package that served 6. Next bags of casserole mix were weighed, sealed, and packaged into cases of 36 bags each. Volunteers smiled and chatted while packaging, and once a case was finished each line would shout a cheer. Cases were divided among food pantries according to the number of families they provided food for per month. Gallatin County volunteers provided 7 cases, or more than 1,500 servings of casserole to local food pantries.
Illini Fighting Hunger is a Registered Student Organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was founded to address hunger issues by making meal packaging events more frequent, more accessible, and more effective. Illini Fighting Hunger is designed to be a facilitating organization. It provides the equipment and expertise to help organizers provide an incredible volunteer experience for organizations so they can make an impact on food insecurity in their area. Bill Million, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Specialist, for traveled south from Champaign-Urbana to make this event available to our communities. Statewide University of Illinois Extension Illinois 4-H has had 2,063 volunteers who have packaged 400 lbs. Beans, 309,702 Meals and 2,450 lbs. Rice for food pantries in communities across the state.
5/1 Registration for ALL 4-H Camps due
5/15 Illini Summer Academies Registration Closes
5/18 Night with Southern Illinois Miners orders due
5/21 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
6/9-12 Clay County 4-H Horse Camp
6/6-9 WKY 4-H Camp
6/9-12 Clay County 4-H Horse Camp
6/11-14 Southern Illinois 4-H Camp
6/24 4-H Night with the Southern Illinois Miners
Ridgway's oldest citiizen is 99 today. Longtime business person, John J. Scherrer of Ridgway is celebrating his 99th birthday today. John is residing in the Eldorado Nursing and Rehab Center in Eldorado, IL. On Sunday April 24, 2016 all of John's family celebrated with him with dinner and cake.
If you would like to send John a card his address is
Eldorado Nursing and Rehab
1001 Jefferson St.
Eldorado, IL 62930
War Room Movie Night Free to All
Ridgway First Baptist Church will offer a free movie night to all who will come on Sunday Night, April 24 starting at 5:30 PM. War Room is a truly amazing movie coming to us from the creators of Fireproof and Courageous. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, drinks and snacks during the intermission. There will also be a drawing for many interesting door prizes.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see this highly acclaimed movie free of charge this Sunday night at 5:30 PM at the Ridgway First Baptist Church. Share the word and bring friends and family with you.