Pelto speaks at Golden K meeting

Paul Ward, Golden K program chairman introduces guest speaker Bonnie Pelto, chairperson with the Community Connection Event.

By JOAN JOUPPI

For The Daily News

KINGSFORD — Music — just the word itself brightens spirits. “Music is the medicine of the mind,” quote from John A. Logan.

Some appreciate the energy from the lively music, at times the quiet moments need soft sounds. Singing without music requires good harmonic voices to bring the words to life. Adding instruments to voices produces melodies that give the singer a feeling of pleasure.

As the Golden K members gathered Monday morning at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford, they were overjoyed to see Lois Outcelt come in followed by Sue LeDuc. Sue rolled out the piano and Lois rolled up her director sleeves and the singing began with enough gusto to turn a rather dull day into one of happiness.

Leading the group was Ben Determan as chairman for October. He opened the meeting, commenting on “what a difference music makes, the singing was outstanding.”

Gilbert Engel thanked the crew of Golden Kers able to help with the fall road clean-up. About 12 people paired up and got the job done in about an hour.

Guests welcomed for the day included Dave and Bonnie Pelto, Myrna Ward and Kathy Arnold, RSVP director. Happy Birthday wishes to John Jamar, Oct. 23, Happy Anniversary Marty and Elizabeth Waananen, Oct. 24. Happy Dollar thoughts for Vance and Dorleen Uhazie able to spend some time with their son, Darryl and also Mary Jane happily spent a weekend with her sons, daughter and grandchildren. Family time is priceless. The 50/50 drawing was won by Don Pedo, he seemed happy with that.

Paul Ward, program chairman, introduced the guest speaker, Bonnie Pelto. Her list of things she does within the community raises the question, are we sure this is just one person? She chairs the Dickinson-Iron County Local Planning Group, Dickinson-Iron County Health System, builds doll houses and furnishing for donations for non-profit use as fund raisers, outreach and financial secretary for Calvary Lutheran Church in Quinnesec, works with RSVP and has been recently seen on the TV program “Up Side” and now is busy working on the Community Connect project for mid-November. This list is only some of the many directions she goes in daily.

Pelto spoke on the Community Connect program outlining who and why this program has been developed. We all know there are those in need, but do we realize how many homeless are in this county? They may not be as visible as in the bigger cities, however they are in our community as well as others who need a helping hand now and then.

The Community Connect event is scheduled for Nov. 18 at the YMCA. There are about 13 booths set up around the gym and a free store at one end. Each person registers their information and then proceeds through each booth which will contain resource information pertinent to their situation. Participating individuals can receive necessary information from each booth on where to go for resources that may help them with their current living status. Questions are answered, help is offered on the spot.

After going through each booth the individual is welcomed to shop in the free store. Upon completion they are served a light lunch.

Set-up takes place the night before, items are all donated, volunteers man the booths and the store and serve the food. Volunteers pick up donated items from several locations around the area and bring them to the YMCA on a designated day.

Community Collection sites are Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and First Lutheran Church of Iron Mountain, Calvary Lutheran Church of Quinnesec, Northpointe Behavioral Health, Leeds Real Estate, Immaculate Conception Church, Grace Untied Church of Norway, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Greenway Books, DICSA, Elementary School, 800 East C St. in Iron Mountain.

Bonnie invited everyone to clean out your cupboards, closets, storage areas and donate good useful items — working small appliances clothes, small children and youth appreciated, shoes, boots, coats, personal hygiene items like toothpaste, brushes, soaps etc. With many collections sites available dropping things off should be convenient for everyone.

The Golden Throats will sing Nov, 1 at Victorian Pines. At the Golden K meeting Monday, Ben Determan will have Lindsay Peterson, project manager with the Dickinson Conservation District, speaking on the lakes in the local area.

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