Great year for HMVFD – appreciation potluck this Saturday

By Justine Williams, President, HMVFD Ladies Auxiliary

Well, this year is almost over for the Auxiliary and the events for 2020. With everything we have all had to endure, (COVID) I am very much looking forward to 2021.

The Fourth of July Parade & Potluck BBQ were a big success! Cliff Kramer was our Grand Marshall and the kids watching the parade were rewarded with lots and lots of candy that was tossed out onto the road for them to gather! We had a smaller turn out, but the COVID changes we opted for were so well received, we will implement these ideas for next year! The many covered pop ups were a hit, so that’s a “go” for next year!

The weather was nice enough that we spread outside with tables, chairs and people got to mingle and felt safe with social distancing in place. The P.A. system was set up for all to hear. Thank you Rob Dellenback for putting that together! Haley Halleman sang the National Anthem beautifully and the pledge of Allegiance followed. The Honor Guard was the main attraction at the parade and our pride and joy at the BBQ as well! I hope this is the start of a new tradition with the Honor Guard!

That being said, the last event of this year is our Fireman’s Appreciation Potluck from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 26, at Porthill Fire Hall #1.

In the past, we have asked for donations from local business for our silent Auction. Due to COVID and the many business closures, this year we will be looking to our members/neighbors to bring homemade items for the auction.

We will enjoy the “good old days” of having local made items for our 2020 silent auction, and last minute items are welcome — bring them with you! Put on your thinking caps, go through your storage area and set aside the items to help with the annual silent auction! Looking forward to seeing what you have to donate! Baked goods, canned goods, wood working, paintings, and just unique items! Remember, it should be something you yourself would like to buy … or did!

The bidding will stop at 2:30 p.m. so Helen and Mary Ann can get everything together.

September 26 is also the day we draw the winning raffle ticket for the 66×83-inch quilt donated by Lori Koubek. Carol Cunningham will also be doing our 50/50 raffle ticket sales! The winner of the 50/50 at the Fourth of July won $179.50! So remember to get your tickets from Carol, and you might be a winner too!

Cindi Tindall and I are working on getting the paperwork registered so we can set up an Amazon “Smile” account for HMVFD.

Amazon donates 0.05% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. In our case, we hope you will choose our very own Volunteer Fire Department. Once we have it all set up, we will let everyone know. You can share it with your friends, children, relatives, anyone can donate to our Department once we get it up and going. This is yet another way to help our community without leaving your house!

We also have lots of new neighbors moving into our areas, so if you have a new neighbor, be sure to tell them to subscribe to our newsletter, and let’s get them a Welcome packet! Email or write subscribe: hmvfd.newsletters@gmail.com or Facebook: Hall Mountain Volunteer Firefighter Auxiliary.

The current page has the Red Hall Mountain Logo on it. So far we have 49 in our group. This is a great place to see what is happening and future events the Department has. The newsletters are emailed only four times a year, and are really informative if your neighbor lives in another state!

I would like to share with you how the Auxiliary helped the HMVFD this year:

  • $1,003,00 for Life Flight Insurance for our Volunteers
  • $1,775.00 for Longleaf 2-Day Wilderness/Medical Training
  • $5,138.00 for Three New Turnout Gear.

That’s a total of $7,916.00 for 2020! That is a huge help to support our volunteer fire deptartment and those volunteers who give their time freely.

I want to take this time to thank all the ladies in the Auxiliary who helped make this all possible! Our 2021 goal is to purchase more new turnout gear for these dedicated volunteer fire fighters and first responders!

Please come and join us to show your appreciation for our Fire Department. We have an amazing community from Rocky Creek to Porthill to Eastport. Remember, it is a potluck … bring a dish or dessert to share that will feed six to eight people. We want to have enough food for everyone, so get your favorite potluck recipe out and come join us to thank the men and women of the Hall Mountain Volunteer Fire Department!

It is our day to let them know just how important they are to this North Idaho Community we call home.

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