TOWN OF MILLTOWN
WHEREAS, beginning March 18, 2008, the Town of Milltown, located in the State of Indiana, suffered damages caused by severe flooding of the Blue River;
WHEREAS, members of the Lions Club from the Village of Milltown, located in the State of Wisconsin, viewed the Town of Milltown, Indiana’s flooding on ABC Nightly News and on Good Morning America;
WHEREAS, Lions Club Member, Jeanne Alling initiated contact with Lions Club Member, Robyn Carmen and graciously offered assistance to the Town of Milltown;
WHEREAS, it was decided that “beautification” assistance could be provided to the town by planting various bulbs, seeds, plants and bushes throughout the town;
WHEREAS, the Unity School District students, under the guidance of the FFA students and advisor, participated in fundraising efforts for such project;
WHEREAS, several Unity High School FFA students, along with their advisor, have traveled from Wisconsin to participate in this event;
WHEREAS, several residents and volunteers, under the guidance of the local Lions Club, have partnered together to organize such an event;
WHEREAS, several residents of Milltown, Indiana, in collaboration with the local Lions Clubs, FFA students and local dignitaries have come together today to witness and participate in this extraordinary event;
WHEREAS, it is the wish and intention of the two communities to create and build upon a partnership by establishing a sisterhood of the two communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED, that I, Curt Hudson, Town of Milltown Council President, do hereby formally proclaim the Town of Milltown, Indiana and Village of Milltown, Wisconsin official “sister” communities;
BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, as evidenced by the signing of this proclamation, from this date forward, the aforementioned sisterhood will be devoted to fostering and promoting friendship, acts of kindness and natural disaster assistance to each respective community.
Duly signed, declared and proclaimed on behalf of the two communities this 3rd day of May, 2008.
Town of Milltown, Indiana
Council President, Town of Milltown
Good Afternoon! My name is Curt Hudson and I would like to welcome each of you to Milltown, Indiana and to our celebration, which will recognize and thank several wonderful groups of people as well as individuals for their efforts to help make our town a better place to live after the recent flooding.
In a few moments you will be introduced to some of these individuals who initiated what has been referred to as the “Garden Project” as well as “We Care”, of which you can see happening before our very own eyes. If you’ve been observant over the past week or so, you would have noticed changes throughout the town. These changes have included the construction of new flower beds, removal of the old evergreen tree next to the Town Hall as well as many other landscaping additions throughout the town. Even today you may have noticed several groups of individuals working to plant various shrubbery, flowers, plants and bulbs in these new areas. I’m sure that many in town have been wondering just why these improvements have been happening, what it means to the town and just who are many of these unfamiliar faces helping to improve the town?
Unknown to many, but during these past several weeks since the downtown flooding occurred, there have been ongoing collaborated efforts between various local and distant organizations as well as several individuals to help improve not only the appearance of our town, but help us to recover from the damaging effects of the flooding. It is my belief that these types of actions are what help to make-up the heart and soul of a town and the results of these efforts will be seen and enjoyed by many for years to come.
In times of need, it can be so surprising to learn of those who are willing and ready to assist those who are in need. You can be sure that these good-will efforts will not soon be forgotten. How can we thank those who have chosen to do so much good for our community?
To explain more of how the “We Care” or “Garden Project” became not only an idea, but a realization of such good-will and the showing of true American Spirit, please join with me in welcoming the Milltown, Indiana Lions Club President Robyn Carman.
(Back to me)
Before I read the proclamation proclaiming the two municipalities as Sister Communities, I would like to introduce some individuals who have traveled well over 12 hours to help assist our community:
Please join with me in welcoming and thanking the following students of Jeanne Alling…
A special thank you needs to be given to Joy Albrecht who was not able to attend this weekend, but worked hard on this project.
Also to be welcomed and thanked is Don Dipprey, the Agriculture teacher from Turtle Lake, WI – whom initially contacted Jeanne Alling regarding our flooding disaster.
The Village of Milltown, WI Mayor LuAnn White had intended to participate in this weekend’s event, but was not able due to unforeseen issues.
Others that will need to be mentioned and thanked are:
Milltown Wisconsin Lions Club
All Local Lions Club members
Town of Milltown employees - Jim Pevlor, Rob Ragland and Bill Terry
Town Council members - Jeannie Melton and Monty Garrett
Beautification Committee – Kathleen Roggenkamp, Bill Byrd and Marquita Taylor
Crawford County FFA students as well as CC Ag teacher Andy Howell
North Harrison FFA students
Milltown Police Department and its Cadet Program
Local photographer Bill Byrd
All businesses that donated food and drinks for the volunteers
As well as all of the great local residents and anyone who may have been left out.
Without all of you and your participation, the project as is would not be possible.
Reading of the Proclamation (each community will receive a framed copy)
Now, as a gesture of the town’s willingness to continue our newly established relationship with the Village of Milltown, Wisconsin it is my duty to read and proclaim the following:
Dedication of the trees
Now, as a part of both communities efforts to pledge their continued support of the Sister Communities program, the Lions Clubs would like to dedicate an Alberta Spruce tree for each community as a symbol of the new partnership that has been established. Paper weights…one for the Milltown, WI Lions Club and one for Jeanne Alling.
Please join as Charlie Crawford, of the Lions Club, receives the Benediction