The Woodward News

September 20, 2013

United Fund hears agency reports

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward United Fund board members heard from some of the agencies they support during a campaign drive update meeting Thursday at the Red Cross office.

Each year the United Fund holds a fundraising campaign in the fall to collect money to support 10 local nonprofit organizations.

During the campaign, the United Fund board is reminded of what they are raising the money for through presentations given by representatives of those nonprofits.

On Thursday, they heard from Mike Medill, director of Kid's, Inc.; Brian Lechner, youth services executive with the Cimarron Council of Boy Scouts of America; and Kathryn Fanning, director of the Woodward Senior Center.

Medill, Lechner, and Fanning each shared information about the various programs their organizations offer to enrich the community.  The following are 5 facts about each of the three organizations and their programs.



KID'S, INC.

1. Families do not have to pay any fees for their children to participate in Kid's, Inc., which offers team sports opportunities to children in kindergarten through high school.

2. Kid's, Inc. serves hundreds of children annually in 7 different sports: T-ball, baseball, softball, soccer, football, basketball and track. This year there are almost 200 children participating in the fall soccer league alone.

3. Kid's, Inc. continues to experience and welcome increased participation from the Hispanic community.

4. Kid's, Inc. recently welcomed Jeryka Pipins as its new assistant director.  When she was younger Pipins herself participated in softball, basketball and soccer leagues at Kid's, Inc.

5.  Kid's, Inc. now has a Facebook page for community members to stay connected and up-to-date on Kid's, Inc. activities, including sign-up dates, game schedules and even photographs from various events at the facility.



CIMARRON COUNCIL OF BOY SCOUTS

1. After having the opportunity to visit directly with students in Woodward schools, local participation in Boy Scouts has taken off.  At a recent Join Cub Scout event, more than 130 children and their parents attended and now the pack in Woodward is 145 children strong.  

2. There are 4 levels of scouting: Cub Scouts for children in 1st through 5th grades; Webelos, which is technically still a part of Cub Scouts, but is more of a transitionary level for those going on to the next level in the organization; Boy Scouts for 11- to 18-year-olds; and Venture Scouts, which is a co-ed program for students 14- to 21-years-old.

3. Boy Scouts give children the opportunity to see the nation.  This summer a group of 30 to 40 boys from Woodward's Troop 251 went camping in Yosemite and next year they plan to visit the wilds of Alaska.

4. Boy Scouts offers a number of exciting outdoor experience activities from fishing derbies to weekend camp-outs, such as the upcoming "Spookoree" event in which boys can enjoy inflatable obstacle courses, shooting BB guns, archery, watching movies in the woods and a haunted trail.

5. Boy Scouts encourages parent and community involvement and offers many training opportunities for new troop leaders.  The training not only teaches leaders how to help the boys advance through the Boy Scout program but also teaches them about safety, whether its protecting the boys while out enjoying the wilderness or protecting scouts from abuse.



WOODWARD SENIOR CENTER

1. The Woodward Senior Center has been serving seniors in the area since 1972 and has been in its present building at 13th Street and Downs Avenue since 1981.

2. The senior center provides a place for seniors to have a warm meal ay lunch Monday through Friday at a low cost. And on the third Thursday of each month, the center hosts a birthday dinner, complete with a delicious potluck meal, entertainment and a time to honor everyone who has had a birthday that month.

3. The center also offers those 55 and over the opportunity to socialize and stay active through a number of activities from Friday night dances and Tai Chi classes to choir practice and card games, including bridge, pitch, and canasta.

4. Other services provided include having a shed full of medical equipment to loan out to seniors such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs and canes.

5. Former director Brigetta Wilson now offers health insurance counseling at the center on Mondays and Fridays to help seniors determine which Medicare plan and supplements would be right for them and if one qualifies for the “Extra Help” program.