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Yacht Club Committee seeks residents' help

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

RJ Thomas Manufacturing employees and Spring Lake Yacht Club Committee members are pleased to announce a $20,000 donation by RJ Thomas to kick off the Committee's fund drive for a new Yacht Club and other amenities in the Park. Steve Thomas (middle) of RJ Thomas Manufacturing, continuing the Cherokee company's proud tradition of outstanding community support, presented the check to the Committee last week. Photo contributed.
Group seeks memorable park stories during fundraising effort

Ahhh, the good old days!

Do you have memories of Spring Lake Park that you would like to share? Do you recall swimming at the lake as a youngster, picnics at the park, wading out to "the islands" with your friends, climbing up to the very top of that really tall slide, or maybe feeding the swans? If these images bring back fond memories, we would love to hear from you!

As you may be aware, there are plans under way to build a new Yacht Club to replace the aged, flood-damaged building. The NEW Yacht Club will be large enough to hold up to 80 people for any number of events. There will be a much improved and larger kitchen with serving counter, dining/party room with fireplace, two handicap accessible restrooms, storage room and cloakroom.

There will also be a new outdoor shelter included in the project.

Many generations of Cherokeans have enjoyed Spring Lake Park, using the Yacht Club for family gatherings, class reunions, bridal showers, birthday parties, receptions, and holiday events and celebrations. In fact, so many people have used the Yacht Club that in 2009, prior to the flood, the Yacht Club was rented 134 times! If the average group was just 25 people, this equals 3,350 people to use the Yacht Club in just one year!

This park and all it has to offer is such a unique place for a town our size. We certainly don't want to take it for granted. Many towns much bigger than Cherokee would absolutely love to have this park in their city limits.

These are all reasons why we would love to hear from you, those who have enjoyed this park. If you have photos (old or new) of the park, or you have a story you would like to share with others about the park, please mail or email your picture and/or photo to either Mark Hecox or Sheree Hausmann. The stories will be read on KCHE and/or published in the Chronicle Times over the next few months.

Mark Hecox, 314 Coyote Drive, Cherokee, IA 51012, or Sheree Hausmann, 1485 NorthRidge Drive, Cherokee, IA 51012. email: mark.hecox.nyV8@statefarm.com.

In order for this project to become a reality, the committee needs your help and support financially. Any size donation will be welcomed and is even tax-deductable. We will all need to pitch in! The committee's goal is $375,000 for the proposed Yacht Club and outdoor shelter projects.

Thank you from all committee members - Chad Brown, Linda Burkhart, Jim Haselhoff, Mark Hecox, Sheree Hausmann, Dave Lucas, Kay O'Connor, Jamie Perrin-Roof, Steve Thomas, Cindy Wilberding.

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