LS Jr. Comm. Club turns 10 —Will celebrate with pool party on Saturday!

Flag project Just one of the projects the Junior Club has taken on is putting flags out five times per year. Usual helpers include Abby, Mackenzie and Stephen Dietz, Kelly Miller, Savannah Roberts and Colten Miller. Not pictured: Emily Roberts and Austin and Alex Johnson.

Flag project
Just one of the projects the Junior Club has taken on is putting flags out five times per year. Usual helpers include Abby, Mackenzie and Stephen Dietz, Kelly Miller, Savannah Roberts and Colten Miller. Not pictured: Emily Roberts and Austin and Alex Johnson.

One of the youngest organizations in Lime Springs also has the youngest members, and is one of the most successful.
Junior Community Club was formed just 10 years ago, in 2004. The first meeting had 13 youth and 11 parents attending, in grades fourth through twelfth. Since then, club numbers have been pretty consistent at around 10.

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary and to get some new members, the kids are sponsoring a FREE pool party on Saturday night, July 26 from 7-9. Everyone welcome!

As with the senior club, the juniors’ main goal is service to the community. They are able to do that with some very successful fund-raisers.

Throughout the year, residents can donate their nickel deposit cans at the trailer, behind the community sign. Volunteers take the cans to Cresco about once a month.

Another fund-raiser is the flag project. Anyone who lives in town or has driven through has seen the majesty produced by this project. Five days a year (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Sweet Corn Sunday and Labor Day). Businesses with flag holders on their buildings pay for an additional day—Veteran’s Day.

The youth also help sell glow sticks during both dances on Sweet Corn Days. For the past several years, this has been a fund-raiser for the pool.

Over the years, the youth have been generous with their time and money. The Pool and Parks are very near and dear to their hearts, since the kids spend much of their free time during the summer at the pool. So a large chunk of their money goes toward keeping the pool running. In 10 years, they have given over $20,000 to that entity. In fact, they have donated around $30,000 since the group’s inception.

The youth are also passionate about their ball field. They have donated their time and money to fix up the playground, purchase lime for the field, two sets of bleachers and a batting cage and helped pay for a popcorn machine.

Other groups they have helped financially include Lime Springs Fire Department, Spring Ahead Pre-School, Library, HoCA, Eagles Cancer Telethon (when Makayla Gates sang), Wisdom & Wellness program, Community Center and Cresco Jaycees for fireworks.

They also purchased the tea cup ride at Brown Park, donated toward Tommy Roberts’ Eagle Scout project, paid to have the historical pictures in Community Center reframed and helped purchase the statue of three kids on a slide at VanderBie Park.
Youth members purchase and plant the ground planters every year, with help from the seniors. Both groups work well together.

LSJCC has also helped countless times with the senior club’s salad luncheon, serving at the meal or performing. Every year they help put candy in the eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt and work at the Halloween Party.

Whew! Just writing down the group’s accomplishments is making this writer tired!

“This group of kids, and those who have graduated and moved on are great!” said one of the leaders, Marcie Klomp. “They are excited every time there is a project to do, and their enthusiasm is contagious.

“Putting flags out doesn’t feel like a chore when you’ve got the Millers, Johnsons, Dietz’s and the rest of the crew racing to see who gets done first!”

As always, the group would like new members—the more the merrier! And parents are a commodity that is needed as well. The group has had skating parties, dances and pizza parties to try to recruit new members to join.

The next project the youth will tackle is a pool party to invite new members and their families to join.

“One of the things I have learned working with these kids is they want to help. They want to volunteer. They want to save their pool and parks. They want Lime Springs to grow, so they can continue to have fun things to do in the summer and winter. In my opinion, kids are what it means to live in a rural community!” Klomp concluded.

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