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Community corrections coordinator speaks at Golden?K Club meeting

December 1, 2012
The Daily News

By Orice Walters

For The Daily News

KINGSFORD - Christmas, the Reason for the Season, was very much a part of the Golden K'rs as they met together on Monday, Nov. 26.

Singing songs like "C is for the Christ Child," "White Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," and "Silent Night." with Alyce Derwinski on the clavinova and Margaret Trudell directing, the spirit of Christmas radiated the meeting.

Plans were finalized for the special kids annual Christmas party put on by Golden K on Monday, Dec. 17 at the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall and also for the GK members Christmas party.

The members Christmas party will be on Wednesday, Dec.12 at the Oak Crest Golf Course with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations should be made soon. Contact Don Pedo to make your menu choice and the price.

GK birthdays this week are Don Williamson, Bob Bowman, and Kay Williamson.

Celebrating their wedding anniversary on Nov. 27 were Al and Laverne Calcari.

The 50/50 winning number drawn by program speaker Denise Formolo went to Ed Simbob. Ed donated his winnings to the "Share Your Christmas' fund. Way to go Ed.

Happy Dollars were read by Ken Schultz filling in for Harlan who was still looking for his big buck. Bob Rigoni and yours truly were happy to have had daughters and grandchildren with them for Thanksgiving. Paul Ward and Bill Roberts were happy for the Ishpeming Hematite's winning the Division 7 State Football Championship.

U.P. Power. Golden K'rs joined in applause for the Ishpeming win and their coach Jeff Olson and for Daniel.

Program chairman Don Pedo had the prayer and thought for the day, "If the opposite of Pro is Con, What's the opposite of Pro gress?" and "Inflation allows you to live in a better neighborhood without even moving."

Program chairman Don Pedo introduced Denise Formolo who updated the members about her job as community corrections coordinator. Denise works with adult criminals, (those who have made mistakes) and some minors, helping them to be productive members of the community. She loves her job and deals with her clients with as much grace as she can.

She said that it is surprising what talents these people have: woodworking projects, making blankets, quilts and pillows. Many of the projects are given to others including veterans, military and children of military families.

Denise has another Share your Christmas project started this year, using various groups and agencies. The Christian Women's group is making dozens and dozens of cookies that will fill tins going to the 1,430 second National Guard Unit with troops from Kingsford and Iron River serving in Afghanistan. Christmas baskets with homemade cookies will also be given to their families.

Bright colored blankets and bright beach towels will be given to each soldier of the local National Guard units now serving in Afghanistan. In an attempt to brighten up their lives while serving our country, bright colors are emphasized as they see mostly brown where they are serving.

Before the Guard troops left in March, Denise asked each one what they wished for their families. As a result the Soldiers Wish Tree is now becoming a reality for the children of 93 soldiers. She said the average age of the soldiers is 24 and the average age of the children is three years old with 75 percent under three years.

Along with generous people of the community who have given to the Soldiers Stocking Project, several other groups assist with the Share your Christmas and Toys for Tots on behalf of the soldiers and their families. Some of them are the Office of Veterans Affairs, Chuck Lantz; the YMCA; and the generosity of our community businesses.

As a community corrections coordinator, it is obvious that Denise Formolo is "making a difference" in the lives of those who have made mistakes, in the lives of our brave young soldiers and their families, and in our community.

Our thanks to Denise for caring for those who receive your help and the spirit of Christmas that is with you as you serve this community in such a gracious way all year long. Golden K'rs look forward to hearing from you again in the New Year.

The Golden Throats will be singing Christmas songs at Hylands on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. with Scott Furlow on the ivories and Margaret Trudell directing.

November chairperson Orice Walters turned the gavel over to Joan Jouppi who is the December chairperson.

The Dec. 3 GK meeting will have Bob Brown as program chairman and entertainment is Bobbie Jo Riske singing some of her favorite songs.

Golden K meetings are open to all and especially retired seniors.

Meetings are at the Presbyterian Church every Monday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with early singing about 9:30 a.m.



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