Diane Flanery presents on behalf of the Guthrie Activity Center at the Ten Squared Women of Guthrie County meeting on February 15. Lisa Sherman presents on behalf of the Guthrie County Libraries at the Ten Squared Women of Guthrie County meeting on February 15. Sandy Leiferman presents on behalf of the Children's Clothes Closet at the Ten Squared Women of Guthrie County meeting on February 15.

10 Squared Women hold first meeting of 2018

Guthrie Activity Center selected as recipient of quarterly donation

On Thursday, February 15, the 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County met at the Lake Panorama Conference Center and pulled out their checkbooks for first meeting of 2018. Following a close vote, the group named the Guthrie Activity Center as the recipient of this quarter’s $10,000 plus donation. 

The goal of the 10 Squared Women is to have 100 or more members donating $100 each to a local cause four times a year. Each quarter, organizations are nominated to receive the donation, and three are randomly selected to present at an upcoming meeting. Following the presentations, 10 Squared members each vote on who they think the donation should go to, and the organization that gets the most votes receives the donation. 

About 18 organizations were nominated to present this quarter. Through a random selection process, Guthrie County Public Libraries, the Children’s Clothes Closet and the Guthrie Activity Center were selected to present at the February 15 meeting. 

Operation Smoke Alarm, a cause that had been presented at the September 21 meeting, was originally selected to compete for the donation. However, thanks to a number of generous contributions, the group has already purchased smoke alarms for families in need. Diane Flanery informed 10 Squared members that the group distributed 100 smoke alarms to 40 households in the Guthrie Center, Panorama, Adair-Casey and Coon Rapids-Bayard school districts before Christmas. 

The project was also made possible by Lake Lumber, who reduced the price of the smoke alarms and helped the group buy double-sided tape for hanging. 

Since Operation Smoke Alarm had already accomplished its current goal, the group did not feel as if they were in need of the donation at this time. 

Lisa Sherman kicked off the presentations on behalf of the Guthrie County Public Libraries. 

Sherman explained that a donation from the 10 Squared group would be used to upgrade technology at the libraries. Services offered at the libraries include free Wi-Fi, book clubs, summer reading programs, after school programs and public computers. These services are free for everyone in the county to use. 

“There’s a divide in our county between those families who are able to afford personal computers and internet at home and those families that cannot,” said Sherman. “Our libraries are trying to bridge that gap.”

After presenting a need for technology upgrades to the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors last December, the library will receive a $4,000 budget increase for the next fiscal year. Sherman says that this increase will be very helpful but will not fully cover the cost of what needs to be done. 

Following Sherman’s presentation, Sandy Leiferman presented on behalf of the Children’s Clothes Closet, known as the 3C’s. The 3C’s is a free clothing program for children of families in

need in Guthrie and neighboring counties. The organization is operated out of the building just north of the Methodist Church in Panora. 

“It goes to serve a lot of families,” explained Leiferman. “There’s a need for keeping up with the building as well as buying coats and backpacks and things.” 

The organization hoped to use the 10 Squared donation to pay for clothing items and other necessities for families.

Diane Flanery finished up the presentations on behalf of the Guthrie Activity Center, which is currently undergoing a large renovation. Flanery explained that a donation from 10 Squared Women would go to assist with the costs of the project, which includes facade work, technology upgrades, roof repairs, light replacements, flooring and electrical work. 

“The Guthrie Activity Center is a multi-use facility that is used by organizations and families throughout the county,” said Flanery. “I nominated the Guthrie Activity Center because I believe it’s an important organization and building in our county and that it would be worthy of your generosity.” 

The building is used by people from all over the county for a wide variety of events, including meetings, graduation parties, birthday parties, class reunions and card playing. 

It was a close vote, but the Guthrie Activity Center was named the recipient of this quarter’s donation, which is expected to be between $10,000 and $11,000. The donation will be used specifically to replace the lights, which are expected to cost approximately $20,000. 

The remainder of the cost for the renovation will be funded through grants and a capital campaign, which the Activity Center Board will be kicking off in the near future. 


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