Exeter firefighters to host luncheon

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Exeter Fire Protection District will host a special luncheon for Frances Chaney, president of the Robert and Frances Chaney Family Foundation, in the Exeter Fire Station at 12:30 p.m. on June 4.

Frances Chaney will be presenting the fire district with the first half of a $35,000 grant that the foundation has pledged to the district. The grant funds will be used to purchase a new brush truck.

"We have ordered a 2008 Ford 350 brush truck," said Jim Matthew, Exeter fire chief. "We will put a new flat bed on it and then transfer all of the equipment from our old truck to the new one."

The new truck will replace the district's 1989 Ford truck, which has been rebuilt and repaired several times, said Matthew.

"This event will be open to the public, and we will serve food as long as it lasts," said Matthew. "Jim Fohn will be providing the meat for the event, and we'll be making some side dishes to go with it. We'll probably have some baked beans, coleslaw and other things."

The Robert and Frances Chaney Family Foundation has awarded several other grants to Barry County organizations this spring.

The Purdy Fire Protection District will receive $24,000 to purchase new rescue equipment, and the Southwest R-V School District will receive $8,000 to purchase a scoreboard for the high school baseball and softball field.

Barry-Lawrence County Development Center, Inc., will receive $4,433 to support the replacement of a concrete slab and sidewalk for bus parking, and the Monett Senior Citizen's Center will receive $5,400 to purchase and install two handicap-accessible doors at its facility.

The foundation has also awarded $6,600 to the Ozark Regional YMCA to purchase a commercial foosball table, air hockey table and inflatable joust that will be used at the Monett and Cassville YMCAs.

The Robert and Frances Chaney Family Foundation was established in June of 2006. The foundation is designed to award grants to organizations in southern Oregon and Barry County, because the family lived in both areas in the past. Organizations located in Robert Chaney's home county, Cabell County, W.Va., are also eligible for grant funds.

The Chaney Family Foundation Board of Trustees meets twice a year to review grant applications and proposals. Qualifying applications must be from tax-exempt organizations or agencies.

In October of 2007, the foundation awarded over $107,000 to six Barry County organizations. The recipients were the Cassville Senior Center, the Children's Center, HIS Children's Camp, the Jenkins Fire Department, Ozark Tri-County Healthcare and St. John's Lutheran Church.

Grant applications are available on-line at www.familyfoundationchaney.org.

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