Tamara Juul speaks at Golden K Club meeting

(Ben Determan photo) Orice Walters, Golden K program chairwoman, left, with speaker Tamara Juul, executive director of the Dickinson Area Community Foundation and director of Dickinson County Hospital Foundation.

No matter how you approach summertime, it is a busy time. The days seem to fly by with things to do, places to go and people to see.

With their 65th Iron Mountain High School class reunion Aug. 10 under their belts, guests included Jerry Koller from Maine with Mike Micensky and wife Debbie from Arizona joining classmates Jeannine Polkinghorne, Alyce Derwinski and Ron Jouppi, Golden K members.

Not to be outdone was Sue Proudfit from her reunion of Kingsford High School Class of 1964. All were still in the celebrating mode.

Additional guests welcomed for the day were Kathy Arnold, director of Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency; and Tamara Juul, executive director of Dickinson Area Community Foundation as well as Director of Dickinson County Hospital Foundation.

Happy Dollars reflected many “happy” thoughts for gathering of friends and sharing of birthdays. Orice Walters helped her sister, Marge, celebrate her 90th recently and Darrell Miller celebrated his 92nd on Aug. 12. Leroy Lindstrom, however, had the biggest smile of all as he picked up the winnings from the GK 50-50 drawing.

Orice Walters, as program chairwoman, introduced Juul. Juul is a familiar face around the Golden K and she always has great up-dates to share. Working with the Dickinson Area Community Foundation for nine years, she has been an intricate part of the growth of the many services this organizations provides.

Always striving to find more ways to meet the needs of the community, the DACF relies on donations and endowments. They work with Golden K and other organizations with a variety of scholarship fundings.

Mini-grants also have benefitted groups through out the community. The foundation has helped the Golden K obtain new song books, shirts and help fund the special needs children’s picnic.

They are a versatile group that serves this community, constantly striving to learn more every year: what are the needs and how best to help fill those needs and then implement successful programs with monies available.

They offer many fun ways to help donate, with their golf outing Sept. 5 and the Tailgate Party on Oct. 5. Juul handed out information sheets with dates, times and cost.

With her other “hat,” Juul gave an update on the Dickinson County Hospital Foundation, where she has worked part-time for about seven years.

This organization works as its own entity since 1965. They are a support system for the hospital. With funding and donations, they have been able to provide cosmetic improvements in the cafeteria, waiting rooms and around the main entrance. They oversee Operation Heartbeat, maintaining the many defibrillators in the areas.

They also have the Concussion Impact Test, a computer test for brain activity in which schools, colleges and universities participate to help young athletes, in particular, to be aware of possible problems when involved in sports activities.

They have helped the hospital through some tough times financially.

With the Children’s Museum getting up and running, area residents need to take some time to look around and appreciate these programs that make things in this community a family affair.

All these programs are supported by this community, with special programs open to the community through donations made by individuals and businesses.

Monday’s Golden K meeting will have Dr. Don Jacobs as speaker. Being a Golden K members, he has some Golden thoughts to share. All are welcome at the First Presbyterian Church, with the meeting to begin at 10 a.m. and the program at 10:30.

The Golden Throats will sing Wednesday at Freemans.