December 21, 2012

OUR VIEW: Congrats to county 4-H association

— Congratulations to the Cass County 4-H Club Association on landing a $25,000 challenge grant to help with renovations to the 4-H Community Center on the county fairgrounds.

The grant comes from Metea residents Ben and Ruth Ann Yantis, who have been involved in 4-H and the community for years and have seen their children and grandchildren participate in 4-H.

“They see the future there of these young people, and they want to give back,” said Cindy Scott, president of the association’s board of directors.

The Yantises should be applauded for their generosity.

Their challenge grant is the second one obtained by the 4-H organization. The first, from The Andersons, had a deadline of Dec. 14, but the association actually achieved that match by early October. Much of the money came from 4-H members who contributed a percentage of their profits from this year’s animal auction, and those that money, of course, came through the generosity of local individuals and businesses.

Renovations will start after the first of the year. They will begin with work on the heating and cooling system, replacing the roof and replacing the entry doors, she said. The building will also be expanded to about 10,500 square feet.

The total cost of the project has been estimated at $185,000, and if the organization can achieve this match, it will be more than halfway there.

The 6,000-square-foot, cement-block building was built in the late 1960s. It’s used year-round for banquets, meetings and 4-H functions as well as for fair displays during the county fair. The association estimates that as many as 18,000 people pass through the building’s doors each year.

Scott says the Yantises have generously agreed to match the amount of money the association raises each month, so that it can move forward with the project. The Yantis grant money will go mainly toward projects for the outside of the building, Scott said.

The association has also applied for a $62,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development to make the building more energy efficient.

Terms of the gift from the Yentises give the association until Aug. 1 to raise the matching dollars, but the group has already raised nearly $5,000 toward that goal, part of it through grants from Land O’Lakes and North Central Co-op.

The association could use your help to raise the rest.


Want to help? Send checks made out to the Cass County 4-H Club Association to the Cass County Extension Office, 200 Court Park, Room 302, Logansport IN 46947.