THE SHIAWASSEE COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (SCCA) presented the Perry, Owosso, and Corunna VFW organizations with checks for $1,600 during its Thursday, Aug. 25 steak dinner that was held at the group’s expansive property on north M-52. The money was raised by the SCCA during its second-annual Wheels For Warriors classic car show July 9, which drew 96 participants. The SCCA makes a habit of giving back, with 84 percent of its money generated annually being donated back into the community. The three VFW clubs, who are usually the ones making the donations, were happy to be on the other end of the exchange.
“This is a bit unusual for us, since we are normally giving money back to the community,” Corunna VFW Commander Russ Kregger said during the evening. “We support a great number of charities here in Shiawassee County, so it is nice to be appreciated. (SCCA members) Mike Lepior and and Ellis Nordbeck did a great job putting the car show together. They made this all happen.”
The three commanders, Kregger from Corunna, Tony Davis from Perry, and Lyle Buff from Owosso, all talked about the rising age of its members and shrinking participation numbers, problems that have affected many of the county’s charitable organizations. Kregger called the numbers “concerning,” and Davis attributed the shrinking membership numbers to younger people “always being on the go” and “not having enough time.” Luckily, SCCA Vice President Bob Porter and the rest of the club understand the severity of the issue.
“We see our local VFWs struggling and we wanted to help,” Porter said. “Organizations like the VFW do so much to help the community, so it is important for us to help raise VFW awareness and do what we can to make sure these groups can carry on.”
In addition to the $4,800 donated during this event, the SCCA donated $18,000 earlier this year to local educational causes, the organization regularly sponsors youngsters in archery and trap classes given at the SCCA, and it hosts 25 to 30 funeral dinners per year, among its other charitable causes.
Shown here during the check presentation are (from left): Bob Porter (SCCA), Tony Davis (Perry VFW), Russ Kregger (Corunna VFW), Lyle Buff (Owosso VFW) and Ellis Norbeck (SCCA).
The conservation club will be hosting its hunter safety classes Sept. 16 and 17. The initial cost of sign-up is $10 per person, though participants’ money will be refunded if they attend the class. The SCCA also hosts car shows every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, with the season’s final car show/pig roast scheduled for Sept. 24. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)