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Kiwanis Club learns about upcoming Chamber of Commerce golf tournament

Lisa Wolff, Carmi Chamber of Commerce Treasurer and board member, spoke to the Kiwanis Club about the upcoming 26th Annual Carmi Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament that will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Carmi Country Club. The tournament will be a four-person, best-ball scramble. There will be a “shotgun” start, with the morning session starting at 8 a.m. and the afternoon session starting at 1 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded to each golfer on the top three teams. Prizes will also be awarded for longest drive (men’s, women’s and senior’s), longest putt and closest to pin. They will also have a Hole in One Prize. A complimentary lunch for golfers will be served from noon to 1 p.m.

Mrs. Wolff explained that this tournament has a long and solid history. The first tournament was held in 1992 with the fellow Kiwanians on the Chamber board of Frank Barbre, Jeff Bohleber, Nancy J. Winter, Keith Botsch, and the late Jack Martin.

With the success of past tournaments, the Chamber is continuing to award a graduating C-WCHS senior from the C-WCHS district a scholarship each year. They have also been able to provide competitive classroom grants, with plans to award $3000 in 2018 (5-$300 scholarships), to teachers in the Carmi White County School District to help with the purchase of needed course materials and supplies.

The Chamber also invests in the White County CEO Program. In order to maintain this level of financial assistance to our young people, they need your help. If you would like to sign up for the tournament, please see Amber at the Chamber office, any board member or sign-up sheets are available at the CCC.

Teacher grant winners from this past year included:

1. Kelly Taylor – Lincoln School: furniture for the class room, new materials to utilize in language arts and math.

2. Gina Brown – Jefferson School: flexible seating for students: better chairs, tables and storage.

3. Stacy Simon – Washington School: books for her language arts curriculum.

4. Marcus Lynn – Jr/Sr High School: lab tables, 3D printer materials and seating for students.

5. Michael Rushing – Brownsville School: A lap top computer and flash drive. Students will learn how to use Microsoft office products and learn basic internet usage skills.

Recent scholarship winner was:

1. Faye Yang – attending the University of Illinois to major in interdisciplinary heath sciences with an end goal of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. She would like to return to southern Illinois and credits the Carmi School District with changing her life.

2. $500 scholarship; we are hoping to possibly increase this amount next year due to the success of the gala and radio auction, along with the impending success of the golf outing.

Lisa ended her presentation by thanking Chamber members and sponsors:

Amber Ackerman, Chamber Director

Toby Brown, President

Bryan Cowling, Vice President

Justin Dartt, Secretary

Caleb Hughes, Past President

Committee: JC Tinsley, Sandra Bryant, Shon Moiser and Lindsay Rouse

**See sponsorship list**

Upcoming events: 4th of July fireworks. We are fundraising for that, if you are interested in making a donation you can see Amber at the Chamber Office or contact Lisa Wolff or Toby Brown. The Chamber also made a $1000 contribution towards the sack lunch program for the assistance of meals in the summer for children.

Mrs. Lisa Wolff works at First Bank and is married to C-WCHS Guidance Counselor Clinton Wolff. They have a daughter, Lyla, who will be a second grader at Jefferson in the fall.