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Volume 13 issue 6,
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Senior Dance and Bingo 2
Armourdale Clean Team 2
Armourdale Community Meeting 2
Home Repair Program 3
Court Yard Brick 3
Combating Critters 3
Membership Application 4
Special points of interest
Summer Recreation Program
The yearly summer recreation program sponsored by the Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department begins June 11th and ends on July 27th. This is a wonderful program for designed for children 5-10 yeas old. They go swimming and skating on alternate Fridays. They play each sport for three weeks. Softball, basketball, and volleyball. Crafts & games are designed for age groups. Golf and photography are available. In order for children to take part in all the fun that is offered it costs $100 per child for six weeks. We still need twenty more scholarships in order to sponsor every child. This money also enables us to buy swim suits and towels that some children do not have. The Armourdale Renewal Association has been raising money for 50 children each year. We also use our BPU summer Youth employment grant money to hire our own Armourdale teens as team leaders to assist our Program Supervisor. Josh Boswell, PE Teacher is the summer recreation program supervisor. We will have four tea leaders starting new this year. Rico Howard, Hope Jennings, Tamarra Fries and Miranda Hackney. We have a complete new clean team under the supervision of Mike Rios, an Armourdale resident and parent. Your are welcome to visit the center and see the program in progress. Most of these children would not be able to swim or take part in these kind of summer activities Armourdale Renewal attempts to provide opportunities that will help children stay away from gang activity. This program not only provides fun for the 5-10 year olds, but this is a great training ground for junior high and high school students who are the team leaders. Business sponsors to date:: First State Bank; Galamba Metals, Liberty Fruit, Reliable Concrete, Prime Investments, PQ Corp, and Armourdale American Legion Post #188.
Bill Clem Park has been violated
Graffiti is the work of mindless cowards. Gangs have put their marks all over the marble monument with Bill Clem’s picture. We honored Bill because he became a National Wheelchair Champion. Stricken with polio at 18 months, he could not stand until he was eight years old. He crawled every where he went, down Osage and Argentine Blvd to visit his favorite stores. One day a Shriner stopped and asked him if he would like to have crutches. Well, the rest is history. The Shriner took Bill to the Shriner Hospital in Texas and fitted him with crutches and he was able to stand upright at the age of 8 years old for the first time in his life. He play all sports with everything he had. He ran bases on crutches in that same park. He made Armourdale proud. His is a role model to all crippled children. The gang members will never destroy this man’s history. Armourdale Renewal is prepared to offer a $1,000 reward for information that incarcerates these gang members. The stone monument cost $850 that makes this crime an E-felony and demands prison time. Not jail, adult prison.
Senior dance & bingo
The last senior bingo for the summer will be held on June 6th at the Armourdale Recreation Center from 10:AM-Noon. We resume bingo on Wednesday, August 1st. The bingo games are cancelled during the summer recreation period. The children use the entire center during the six week program. Betty Green is still having health problems and is recovering at home. Keep her in your prayers. We welcome prizes and refreshment donations.
The senior dance will continue during the summer recreation period. The June dance will be held on Monday, June 18th from 1-3:PM at the recreation center. Mary King-Kerns and Wilma Allen are always there to provide refreshments. Most of you may know that our fried Pat Dutra passed away last month. She was that happy friendly lady with the pretty red hair. We hope her husband Tom has support during his grieving. The Don Nelson Band. Provides us with great music. We are grateful to have this kind of excellent live music. Tell your friends and neighbors about our dances. This is an enjoyable way to spend Monday afternoon. Call 913-551-0408 if you need additional information on the dance or bingo.
Respect for our clean team
The Armourdale Clean Team is composed of teens who live in Armourdale. This team is being supervised my Mike Rios, an Armourdale parent. The teens are being trained to mow lawns and trim bushes. They are not professionals. This is a training program. The teens are required to perform community service before they begin to get six weeks of pay from the BPU summer youth employment program. Armourdale Renewal will be holding an orientation on June 7th at the Armourdale Recreation center. We will have a representative from the bank and from law enforcement speak to the teens. The team leaders will also attend this orientation. One thing we stress at this orientation and all through our teens programs is respect for the residents and senior citizens whom they serve. We do expect the residents and elderly of this community to show respect to the teenagers who are providing you with a free service. One of our senior citizens was very rude to our kids. Armourdale Renewal will not let our teens work for anyone who is rude and disrespectful. If our teens treat any residents rudely, we would pull them from the team. Likewise we will not tolerate rude behavior towards these kids. If you have a problem with these teens, their supervisor is on site to complain to. If you should have a problem with the supervisor, you can call the office and ask for Kim at 913-371-5696. Be sure your complaints are factual because we will involve the police, BPU and any other department we feel is necessary.