Saturday, July 22 was a day for the community to celebrate partnerships at their best. Saturday was the Durand Area Chicken Barbeque held by local civic groups of the Durand Lions Club, AmVets Post 2273, VFW Post 2272, Eagles Aerie 3851, and Rotary Club. The barbeque and raffle is put on each year to raise money for a local nonprofit. It just so happens that the Durand Union Station, Inc. (DUSI) annual benefit golf outing was on the same day. For years the two events have existed in our community as separate events. This year we changed all that.
The Durand Area Chicken Barbeque provided the dinner for the DUSI benefit golf outing, and I have to say, it was an awesome experience and opportunity. Yes, a lot of people put in a lot of hours to make it all come together, and there were a couple of oops moments along the way… like when we realized we forgot the butter for the corn and plasticware at the golf course. (By the way… Thank you to Riverside Market for being right down the road and having last minute supplies)… but never the less the food was delicious and the cooperation was top notch.
A special thank you to Liz and Jeanette who coordinated the food at the golf course, worked with the health department to make sure all regulations were followed, and organized the volunteers to serve. Thank you to all the volunteers at the outing, those who served food, cooked corn, put out hole sponsor signs, sold 50/50 tickets, and organized door prizes and raffle baskets (thank you SageLink). And I cannot forget to thank our visionary president, Mike Rexin, who suggested we give this partnership a try, and Kent Edwards, who made it happen… as we all said “It just makes sense,” and we were right! Our gratitude goes out to everyone who made it a success.
The proceeds from this year’s barbeque have been designated to DUSI’s scrape and paint project. Prior to Saturday’s event, DUSI had raised over $20,000 with the help of the community. The DUSI Board of Directors has approved a contractor to begin the exterior paint work on August 6. We are working with the city of Durand on roof repairs, which will start within the next couple of months. As with any 112-year-old building, there is always something to be worked on or repaired, but we are celebrating many successes this year and are grateful to call Durand home.
Mary Warner-Stone, Executive Director
Durand Union Station Inc.