The Knox City Council is prepared to sign a memorandum of understanding for free use by local churches of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center to serve weekly community meals there. However the person spearheading that effort is still seeking commitments from churches to do so. Deb McIntire told City Attorney David Matsey she wants to have at least eight churches on board before proceeding.
The Knox City Council may finalize an agreement withe area churches for use of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center when they meet tonight. The churches have asked to use the facility for free once a week to serve free meals to area residents. Tonight’s agenda includes the signing of a memorandum of understanding as to the details of that arrangement. Continue reading
Knox City Attorney David Matsey is working on a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Deb McIntire and between the city and the area churches that will be a part of serving free meals out of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox once a week beginning next year.
There will no rental fee associated with this endeavor.
The Knox City Council will meet tonight where the members will continue in a discussion with the usage of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox by area churches.
At the last city council meeting, the members discussed drafting a memorandum of understanding for Deb McIntire and the churches to sign to make sure that all entities are on the same page regarding the intention and use of the building. That document is expected to be presented tonight. All churches involved would need to provide a certificate of insurance to the city.
The Knox City Council members discussed the use of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center for free community meals to be prepared and served by church members without paying the rental fee.
Deb McIntire proposed the idea where she explained that it is her goal to get members from eight churches on board to prepare the meals at home and to serve them at the community center. Volunteers will be setting up the room, serving food for a couple of hours and then clean the room used.
The Knox City Council members will meet tonight where they will resume a conversation pertaining to the use of the Nancy J. Denbowski Community Center by church groups to serve free meals without paying the rental fee.
The request to host the meals was made several months ago by Deb McIntire who explained in a letter to Mayor Rick Chambers that different church groups would cook and serve meals in the community center for the general public. The center would be used one day a week for four hours.
Joe Bock, the Democratic candidate for the Second District Congressional seat in November’s General Election, will speak along with Richard W. “Rich” Ludington who is running for the seat in the Indiana House of Representatives in District 16.
Social hour will begin at 3 p.m. with dinner following an hour later. Route 10 Bar and Grill is catering the meal.
The Knox City Council members tabled discussion on the use of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center for free meals catered by local church groups.
The request was made by Deb McIntire who offered the idea that the community center be used one day a week for four hours to prepare and serve free meals. The members of different churches would take turns each week and clean up afterwards.
The Knox City Council members held discussion on the use of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center by area church groups.
The request was to use the facility free of charge once a week to provide enough space to serve meals to community members in need. The great room or executive room would be used along with the kitchen in order to prepare the meals for service. A different church group would use the facility once a week to host the meals and four hours would be set aside for preparation, service and clean-up.
The mayor of Knox is attempting to gather as many groups as possible to talk about the solutions to curb the ongoing vandalism issue in Wythogan Park.
Mayor Rick Chambers has organized a meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center to gather opinions from several groups to look at the problem from all angles.
The theme this year is “One Voice United in Prayer.” This year’s breakfast will be catered by Christos. The breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. and will end promptly at 8 a.m.
The second of four Families and Addiction Seminars is scheduled this evening at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in downtown Knox. They are an outgrowth of last spring’s Moving Starke County Forward Drug Symposium. Porter-Starke Substance Abuse and Addiction Counselor Todd Willis says the goal is to present information in a non-threatening, educational setting.
According to Jackie Crittendon-Bradley, a giant prayer circle to embrace the life of 10-year-old Korie Howard of Knox will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. CT at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox. The effort comes as Howard has been placed in Hospice care after suffering with cancer which has now moved into her lungs. Those attending are hoping the prayer circle brings a miracle to this little girl.
Mayor Rick Chambers said the event is sponsored by ABATE and a number of prizes will be offered.
“The event is being sponsored and put on by the group ABATE, and they will have some cash prizes that is sponsored by the city and they have some other prizes that had been donated by local businessmen, and they will do the categories like they normally do for the different age groups of children,” Chambers said.
Darla Cook, mayor’s assistant, said that the city is hoping for a big crowd to have a good time, with admission helping to pay for the band and other expenses. She said there are no sponsors this time, and she hopes to be able to keep hosting these dances which are dependent on admission and attendance. The city has no budget for these events, and only the admissions help to cover the costs.
He stated that the last time he was in the community center, he smelled gas and the culprit was the stove. The doors leading in and out of the kitchen cause the pilot light to go out and this instance wasn’t the first time it had happened. He commented that the stove really didn’t work that well in the first place.
Chambers noted that the stove is commercial-grade and a similar stove will be installed.
In more maintenance issues at the community center, the hot water tank leaked and damaged some electronics on the floor in the building. That issue has been addressed and remedied.
The Moving Starke County Forward Walking Challenge celebration event is tomorrow, and along with it, the announcement as to whether or not the participant’s reached their latest goal: 25,000 miles, or the distance around the world. The event is Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. CT at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox.
K99.3 WKVI is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive this month.
The blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30 from noon to 6 p.m. CT at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox.
“It lasts just an hour – it begins at 7 a.m.,” said Hasnerl. “We have breakfast, we’ll have a short program and Rich Wallen is going to be there to provide some music. We’ve got a number of pastors participating. It’s rather ecumenical. The theme is Pray for America.”
Christo’s will be catering the breakfast and $8 tickets are available at the Knox Mayor’s Office or at the door.
Ed Hasnerl will be delivering a message of hope that we can take with us in order to help move our nation in a positive direction.
“We the people have to humble ourselves and I take that as meaning repent. We have to change our lives and then we can change the country,” Hasnerl said.