Public invited to view progress on building

CELESTINE — The Celestine Community Club invites the public to come see their progress as they put forth effort and finances to update and remodel their building.

The officers — Allen Luebbehusen, president; Wade Lueken, vice president; Ryan Hasenour, treasurer; Donnie Lueken, secretary; and Adam Brosmer, director-at-large — presented a plan to the members to update and enlarge the club entrance, brighten up the interior and restrooms and, if possible, reconfigure the kitchen. The members voted to begin the construction in January and by the middle of March the entrance update was complete with a new, larger foyer providing an area for people to gather and greet each other and to offer an area out of the elements.

Work has moved to the interior. The cool gray tones used in the outside stone masonry continues into the building’s interior. Work will continue on the floor, refreshment area and restrooms. Photographs showing the updates and continued construction can be viewed on the Celestine Community Club’s Facebook page.

The most important factor in the success of the club continues to be the involvement of its members. Members step forward and take leadership roles as officers, conduct annual 14-week shooting matches in the fall, shoots in the spring benefiting civic groups and operate a venue for weddings, dances and community functions. Head cook Holly Epple and her kitchen helpers continue to offer foods from the club’s kitchen.

Materials and labor are costly. An appeal for financial support was sent out in January to all 435 members, associate members and lifetime members. A number of members and businesses responded. The officers have investigated in obtaining money from the Dubois County Community Foundation. A Community Improvement Grant is available and would be a significant asset to the project. In order to secure the grant, an involvement of 75 percent of club members making a donation, large or small, must be seen for the project.
April is Appeal Month. Members can mail donations to the Celestine Community Club at P.O. Box 321, Celestine IN 47521. The deadline is May 1.


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