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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Formal arrangement with Junior Club delayed

  • Although the Rolla Junior Club had hoped to formalize its support for the Larry May Park with the city government, a vote on the arrangement will be put off until the June 16 meeting.
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  • Although the Rolla Junior Club had hoped to formalize its support for the Larry May Park with the city government, a vote on the arrangement will be put off until the June 16 meeting.
    “This is similar to a contract,” City Counselor Lance Thurman said of the memorandum of understanding between the club and the city. As such, he said, it must be supported by a written resolution rather than merely a voice vote based on a motion and a second.
    The Rolla Junior Club adopted the Larry May Playground as a project in 2011, Parks and Recreation Director Scott Caron told the council both in his written agenda remarks and in his presentation at the meeting.
    After the club finished its playground project at Mark Twin Elementary School, the group of young women looked for another similar project and targeted the Larry May Park, located by the ball fields at 18th Street, across from the Regal Forum 4 cinema
    “They have been doing fundraising for three years,” Caron said.
    The playground equipment at that park has “exceeded its expected life,” Caron said. It is not accessible to handicapped people. The club’s intent is to replace all that equipment by raising money with events.
    An annual holiday bazaar is one way to raise money. There has also been a Party for the Park and other events, Caron said.
    “We have donated $15,000,” club president Melanie Wulff told the council at its meeting Monday night.
    Caron said the money raised by the club is being held in a separate account. The goal of the club is $50,000.
    Fourth Ward Councilman Don Morris told Wulff, “I’d just like to thank you for what you’re doing.”
    Club of young women has rich history of helping
    From the Rolla Junior Club’s website at www.rollajuniorclub.com, here is a brief history and explanation of the club’s goals:
    “The depression was no more kind to Rolla than to the rest of the country. In 1930, a group of young women organized the first Rolla Junior Club. The club was a federated and social organization with the main interests being home, family and children. Throughout the depression and war years, the club worked hard to clothe, feed and help the underprivileged families in our community.
    “In 1960, the group realized a growing need for financial aid to promote education. The scholarship would encourage young women to remain in high school and continue on to college. In the spring of 1961, our first scholarship of $150 was given. This program has grown over the years, and in 2011, we awarded our first $2,000 scholarship. Each year we sponsor one or two students to attend Girls State.
    Page 2 of 2 - “In recent years, we have raised money, along with the PTO, for Mark Twain Elementary to purchase handicapped accessible equipment. We have also pledged to help the Rolla Parks and Recreation Department with improving our local parks.
    “The Rolla Junior Club has adopted the Larry May Park and organize park clean-ups and hold the Party for the Park in the spring/summer time to raise money to improve the Larry May Park.
    “We help several local organizations such as G.R.A.C.E., The Russell House, The Phelps County Community Partnership, Boys & Girls Town, Tour of Missouri, and the after-school Back Pack Program, along with donating to local families and silent benefits.
    “We donate to The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and the National MS Society.”

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