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Girl Talk
Who do you know that has community spirit?
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

August 12. 2014 1:42PM
Got spirit? Community spirit, that is?
Thatís just the character trait the Brandon Community Foundation is looking for in its next Community Spirit Award recipient. A relative new honor, the second ever Community Spirit Award will be presented at the Brandon Community Foundationís annual Oak & Vine event on Saturday, Nov. 8.
The first Community Spirit Award was humbly accepted by the family of the late Jimmie Fjerestad, a man who was truly committed to his community.
Criteria for nominees of the Community Spirit Award is actually quite simple. First, they must reside within the Brandon Valley School District, and secondly, have given a lifetime of service to the community.
Who do you know that fits the criteria?
So, now that you have someone in mind to nominate, youíll need to go to the BCF website, wwwbrandoncf.org to download the nomination form, and the BCF Board of Directors will take it from there!
Speaking of the Brandon Community Foundation and their upcoming fall event, Oak & Vine 2014, itís also time to submit applications for the groupís fall grant awards program. Grants are awarded to area 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations who strive to improve the quality of life for all ages in the areas of arts, recreation, education and health and public safety.
To apply, youíll need to fill out the application form (also available on the BCF website (www.brandoncf.org) and return it by the first Friday in October, which is Oct. 3.
The fall grant recipients will also be announced at Oak & Vine on Nov. 8.

And to follow-up on that, please pencil the Oak & Vine event in on your Nov. 8 calendar! And if youíre unable to attend, donations to the Brandon Community Foundation can always be made on the website, www.brandoncf.org.

Missing reporter's notebook resurfaces

I guess it pays to have connections to the local newspaper!

In last week's "Girl Talk," I wrote about two work assignments Ė Palisade Lutheran's 140th anniversary and Saturday in the Park Ė where I lost my reporter's notebook that contained information regarding the many photos I had snapped that day.

Much to my surprise, when I opened the lid to the Challenger drop box on Monday morning, there sat my notebook and even the ink pen clipped to it Ė just as I had lost it.

I'm not sure who was responsible for finding and returning the notebook, but it's obvious they're a "Girl Talk" reader! So, thanks for finding and returning the notebook, and for reading "Girl Talk!"
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry this month are Homestyle Bakes, pancake mix and syrup, jelly, saltine crackers, instant mashed potatoes (bagged), Toast ĎEms/Pop Tarts, and pudding cups.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock.
Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.






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