CARBON HILL - Efforts are underway to get a new women's club started in Carbon Hill, with all the proceeds to be used to build up the community through a variety of projects. Judy Hurst of …
CARBON HILL - Efforts are underway to get a new women's club started in Carbon Hill, with all the proceeds to be used to build up the community through a variety of projects.
Judy Hurst of Carbon Hill is one of the leaders developing the Carbon Hill Women's Club.
Organizers began this month to organize and have recruited six members so far, Hurst said.
"We have a meeting May 14 at the Carbon Hill Community Center at 6:30 p.m.," she said.
She told of the group's efforts at the April 19 Carbon Hill City Council meeting, where the council agreed to allow the club to meet monthly for free at the city's community center.
"The money we raise goes straight into this town," she said. "We're going to raise money to help the town. We will raise stuff and do things. It is all for the town. It doesn't go into anyone's pocket. It is not to glorify anyone. It is to glorify the town."
Hurst said the members of the club feel led to do this.
"The town is going down, and we're here to pick it up," she said. "We're going to be the pillar for the town."
Hurst said in time the club can get grants and pay people to do activities to help the town.
"I've been going to Arley's club, and it is amazing what those ladies are doing up there," she said. "They started out with 10 ladies. They have 100. I went last Monday and there were 70 ladies sitting there."
She said that club purchased ferns last month. Since she was eating free at their meeting, she purchased 11 ferns. All the proceeds went to local cheerleaders there.
That club, established in 1972 in a local library, has helped the local fire department, made repairs and helped other people, she said. The Arley Women's Club has given more than $30,000 in scholarships at their school.
She also recently went to a club meeting in Berry, where five attended.
"But they had gotten a grant for $30,000 to put bathrooms in their ballfields, where we have been having" portable bathrooms," she said. "It is amazing what you can do with a group that gets organized."
At the May 14 meeting, members of the Arley club will speak to the Carbon Hill members on how they can make their club work for their community, she said.
Hurst said she would like for Carbon Hill to have a park.
"We have a ball field over there that has grown up. There are people who need to walk because they have had surgery. Old people need to get out. Young people can go out there and play," she said.
She said people can walk within a fenced area that would protect them from dogs, and swings could be added for children, as well as park benches. She said many who need to walk for exercise and therapy cannot get out for fear of the dogs in the town.
Also, the parks can be developed so that birthday parties can be held, pointing to what takes place in neighboring Kansas.
One chicken dinner has been held already to try to raise funds through the club, Hurst said.
Annual $30 membership fees will be charged for the members, but the funds will go back into the town. The club plans to be a tax-free organization.
Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers was agreeable to allowing the club to using the community center for monthly meetings for free as they are putting their proceeds back into the city. District 4 Councilman Chandler Gann and District 5 Councilman Jason Chambers were absent from the April 19 meeting and did not vote on allowing the room to be used for free.
Anyone wanting more information on the club may call Hurst at 205-924-8144.