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I had a moment of panic the other day when I was penciling something into my schedule book. I had heard our fire department was having a hog roast fundraiser over at the Catholic Church to help renovate a fire truck.
That's a good cause, I thought. And very few in a small Midwest town will miss out on a good hog roast.
I turned to the day in October when the roast was schedule for and - horror! - it was the same day and time as our women's fellowship annual chicken noodle dinner!
Now, in a big city this would hardly matter. There are enough people to spread around to dozens of fundraisers. When you're dealing with less than 1,000 people in town, that is not the case. This can't be, I thought!
So, Brady and I did what we always do in a crisis, we hopped on our bikes and headed across town to see my mother-in-law! She'd know what to do!
I explained the situation to her and she said, "Oh dear. You need to call the president!" I called up this wonderful, nice lady and told her the deal too. As it turned out, another women's fellowship member - and mother of the volunteer firefighter guy (and hubby's long time friend) who had told me about the hog roast - had called her already and they rescheduled the dinner for the following weekend.
The thing is, in a small town both of these fundraisers are crucially important. We're 10 miles from any larger town, so firefighting HAS to be done quickly and locally.
And the chicken noodle dinner (more later this month on the traditional making of the noodles) is the women's fellowship main fundraiser each year. This year the funds will go to a church member's 15-year-old grand son who, after suffering terrible seizures, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Like I always say, here what we do is personal. We know who we're helping and I love that.
So, looks like I'll be busy two weekends in October at least and full of really, really good food.
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