United Community Partners P.O. BOX 545 Halfway, Oregon 97834 [email protected] 541-540-1411
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UPCOMING MEETING CHANGES FOR MARCH AND MAY

MEETING CHANGED FOR
MARCH AND MAY 2020
MARCH 12th – 4:00-5:30
MAY 14th – 4:00-5:30

Otherwise we meet 1st Thursday of the month
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Halfway Library

Steve and Lion’s Ice Rink Updates January 2020

Steve White has worked with Lion’s for a couple years to convert the tennis courts at school into an ice rink. The Lion’s provide skates for all interested. The skate rink is highly weather dependent so we’ve set up a notification system for skaters!

Steve is managing the Ice Rink Notices for the 2020 Lion’s Ice Rink via Facebook and his own list. Please LIKE the Facebook Page HERE for updates or CALL Steve to get on his mail list at 541-403-2985.

2020 MEETING TIME CHANGE

Our New Meeting Time is FIRST THURSDAYS at 4:-5:30 at the Meeting room in the Halfway Library. Except for January 2020 – which will happen Thursday January 9th, 2020 at the Library. All are welcome! Community members are put at the front of the agenda each week!

NEW MEETING DAY/TIME STARTS WED. JUNE 5th 4PM

UCP has changed it’s regular summer meetings to first Wednesdays – at 4PM. Please update your calendars!

Reminder: No UCP Meeting April 1st.

There will be no April meeting for UCP. The next meeting will be Monday May 5th 4-6pm at the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.

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We Still Need Crab Feed Volunteers to Help

The Lion’s Club is one of the most important groups to support here. Volunteering for the feed is a great way to get to know your neighbors old-timers and newcomers alike. It’s a fun day. Our community relies heavily on the facilities at the The Lion’s Club.  They provide:

    • A big refinished hall that seats over 200 people in cushioned chairs and tables
    • A commercial kitchen and walk in freezer and cooler which supports the monthly food bank which is well used and is run by Lion’s members
    • Many big functions (weddings, funerals, reunions, workshops, bazaars etc…rely on this hall.
    • The hall is the designated community disaster shelter and working hub for crews from the Red Cross Blood Drive to Fire Responders
    • A big generator is available if needed and we are getting the place wired for it
    • We also maintain the big park with covered area and modern children’s playground
    • Lion’s provide eye exams, scholarships, a giant Easter egg hunt and now the ice rink (because the Lion’s uniquely can provide free event insurance-even off property which allows things like the Ice Rink.

 

People should call Karen Endersby to volunteer. Karen can be reached at 541-742-5763.

Everyone should also consider becoming a member of this vital community service organization.

ICE RINK closed-please open this

Hello all,
The ICE RINK is closed for the season. The weather has turned too warm and wet.
Next year we might try forming a club. Then all members would have keys so they could skate at any time. We will look into the liability issues which are probably not an issue. We will also change our communication system to be more flexible.
The ice rink is possible because of the Lions Club event insurance and great volunteer efforts. Please consider supporting the club by volunteering to help for a few hours at the annual Lions crab feed on March 9th. It is a great way to help the community, meet some people, and cavort with the broad community. (call Karen Endersby to sign up-742-5763).
Also consider purchasing crab feed tickets. The crab feed provides the majority of the roughly $11,000 annually needed to maintain the hall (with good seating and tables for over 200 people), park and playground. The Lions importantly also provide a monthly food bank that many need, eye examines for all children, Easter egg hunt and scholarships.
We sure enjoyed seeing the kids out skating this year. They learn so fast and having something fun to do outside is needed. This year we had over 170 skaters up from 120 last year.
We also again thank the school for providing the grant money to buy the rink tarp and wood border and allowing us to use the green houses. Again Galen West provided the many good skates and snow machine. Jim Ferrell kept the rink open for two weeks around the holidays. Liz McLellan used the UCP web site and a big effort to post weekly updates to skaters via email and Facebook. Thank you all.
It also must be said that the rink could not have happened without the extensive leveling and repaving of the tennis courts. Big thanks go to Comco Construction of Richland, Gulick construction, and Idaho Power and Luke Hearn who provided the wiring and lights. What generosity.
We will be in touch.
Steve White

ICE RINK open the 10th, call 541 403 2985

Hello,
The ICE RINK is open today, the 10th 1-3 pm
Call 541 403 2985, or 742 2985 to get the gate open.
This might be the last day of skating!!!
See the unitedcommunitypartners.org < unitedcommunitypartners.org/> to sign up for updates-pass the word Call steve white at 742 2985 to arrange special openings or night skating under lights Take advantage of openings as we have variable weather

ICE RINK open? call 541 403 2985

Hello,
The ICE RINK may be ok for skating today 1-3pm but call before coming. 541 403 2985 or 541 742 2985. Look for the 11 am updated message today.
The ice got warm in the night but may freeze up before 1 pm

See the unitedcommunitypartners.org < unitedcommunitypartners.org/> to sign up for updates-pass the word Call steve white at 742 2985 to arrange special openings or night skating under lights Take advantage of openings as we have variable weather

ICE RINK open 1-3 pm by calling

Hello,
The ICE RINK will be open by calling, 541 403 2985, or 742 2985, Sat-Sun Feb 8,9 10, 1-3 pm.
Take advantage of one of the last weekends for skating.
See the unitedcommunitypartners.org < unitedcommunitypartners.org/> to sign up for updates-pass the word Call steve white at 742 2985 to arrange special openings or night skating under lights Take advantage of openings as we have variable weather

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