Community service

The Ideal Community Service Organization Holds an Annual Meeting – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

COINS IDÉAUX — On a busy morning on October 1, 20 members gathered for the annual meeting of the community service organization Idéal. The warm atmosphere and excellent breakfast at the Old Milwaukee Saloon & Eatery made for a relaxed and successful gathering.

Natasha Bartolotta, Director of Communications for the National Loon Center, presented the plans for the Loon Center, which is scheduled to open in 2024. Dave Guenther was recognized for many years of volunteering in the community with young and old , school programs, art clubs, snowmobiles, trails and enrichment. of any kind.

The results of the director and officer elections are as follows: Sally Baumgartner, President; Mary Jo Schneider, secretary; Larry Knutson, Treasurer; John Boline, Ron Engblom, Sandy Meyer, Joanna O’Neil, Mary Plein and Steve Tufte. Carrie Ruud was welcomed as a new board member.

Between new memberships and renewals, there are now 70 members.

Donations would not be possible without the support of CSIO members, volunteer board members, gaming manager Lisa Engblom, and sponsorship from charitable gaming venues including Bites Grill & Bar at Pine River and Old Milwaukee Saloon & Eatery at Ideal Corners.

Recent electronic games and bingo added to tabs on both sites have increased revenue, helping CSIO donate to more programs.

Donations from September 2021 through August 2022 totaled more than $50,000 for 28 youth programs, food aisles, and home care assistance for the homebound, including: Area Diamond Club (Boys & Girls); Christmas for children, Christmas wreaths for veterans; Crow Wing First Responders, Crosslake Area Food Shelf; Fun books for children; Improvements to the Ideal Park ball diamond; Ideal green market cooperative; Interfaith Caregivers, Lake District Food Shelf; Lake District Restorative Justice Program; Meals on Wheels; the National Loonie Centre; Pequot Lakes High School Robotics Team; Pequot Lakes and Pine River Community Education, Pine River Lego League and Pine River Food Shelf.

ICSO is a four-star rated charitable gaming non-profit organization established in 1980, pursuing its mission to improve and improve the lives of residents and families in the Ideal community. CSIO members include full-time and part-time residents of Ideal Township.

The group can be contacted for membership or for more information at ICSO, PO Box 751, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.