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TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, December 9, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank & Trust. President John Crist called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the morning prayer given by Pastor Steve Robinson. After some preliminary discussion, the meeting moved directly into the program for the day, presented by representatives from Kemmerer Village in Assumption. s s
Autumn Warren, Director of Development, and Amie Sparks, Office Manager, were on hand to present the program on behalf of Kemmerer Village. Kemmerer began in 1914, when Philip & Sara Kemmerer donated the land for the site of an orphanage for children. Originally named Home for the Fundless and Poor. Today, the facility provides for over 200 foster children in eight counties. They currently house just 10 children on campus, but can accommodate up to 60. Due to staffing issues, the numbers are down in an effort to maintain a ratio of 3 adults per 10 children on campus.
Kemmerer provides a variety of programs for the youth, as well as their educational needs. Programs such as their Equine therapy are very important in child development. They are also in the process of developing a STEAM lab to provide the latest technology in education.
The Taylorville Optimist Club will once again be sponsoring their annual “Christmas for Kids” by providing gifts and more to several foster children and their families. Also of note, the Pana High School class of 1966 is sponsoring a pizza party and gifts for those children currently living on campus. Much more information is available by contacting Kemmerer Village. Tours of the facility can be arranged, and donations of any kind are gratefully accepted. Contact Autumn Warren, Director of Development, or Amie Sparks, Office Manager, if you would like to find out more.
Christmas is rapidly approaching, and the Optimist would like to wish the very best for you and your families and may you all have a blessed Christmas season.