Friday, May 16, 2014

70th Anniversary of the Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors

Submitted by Catherine Williams, MVFN Vice President

On January 7, 1944, Mrs. Irene Ross, called together a small group of neighborhood ladies to meet in the old one-room schoolhouse and suggested starting a club that became The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club with the motto “Local People Helping Local People”. The first officers were Mrs. Jean Wegmann, Mrs. Jean Keiler, Miss Madge Harding and Mrs. Elizabeth Camenisch    The schoolhouse was formerly located right where the Placer Hills Fire Department now stands in Meadow Vista.  The Club's first project was to help improve conditions in the little schoolhouse, which had only 14 pupils by washing tin drinking cups, install window screens, install cheerful curtains, and purchase indoor games. Over the years the club grew and has been involved in many community projects  always there to help someone in their time of need.  To accomplish all these projects, the club held many fundraisers such as box socials, armature shows, dinners, sold snow cones and cup cakes to name a few .
When the Christmas Food and Toy Basket Program first started back in the early 1950's, there were only seven families in need of help.  Over the past few years, the numbers have grown to at least 120 families. A few of our current fun-filled and rewarding activities include:
• Christmas Food and Toy Basket Program/Shoe Gift Cards
• Help Sponsor Free Water Safety & Swim Classes (Jun 13, Jul 17 & Aug 6)
• Help prepare Mothers Day Flowers for Lions Club Breakfast
• Help Applegate Food Closet
• Booth at Pioneer Day
• Help with Skeet Reese's Kids Fishing Day, M.V. Pond
• Christmas Basket Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast in November
• Emergency Assistance When Needed
• Spring Lunch Bag Project
The Club meets at the Meadow Vista Grange Hall on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 11:30 a.m., Social Time/Delicious Luncheon/Speaker/General Meeting. For information call:  530-878-6117, 637-5359

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