Archive for Thursday, December 21, 2000

Minerva Rebekah Lodge works to set good example throughout Eudora

December 21, 2000

Every week in December, The Eudora News will publish a list of contributors to Eudora Cares, a special fund set up to su port community charities. Last week, we profiled the Eudora food pantry. This week, we look at Minera Rebekah Lodge. If you're interested in supporting the Lodge, please drop your donations off to The Eudora News office at 1402-B Church St. Please support any of these worthy philanthropic efforts by sending checks to: Eudora Cares, c/o The Eudora News, 1402-B Church St., Eudora, KS, 66025.

The Minerva Rebekah Lodge is working to bring a charitable act throughout Eudora monthly, extending its acts through Christmas and beyond.

Minerva Rebekah Lodge No. 146 secretary and treasurer Alvena Tuggle said the group's focus is do good in the community. The lodge is a group of women and is a branch of the Oddfellows, a group of men with a similar creed. Earlier this year, the Rebekah assembly of Kansas suggested all Kansas groups do one charity act per month to display the group's purpose and to raise community awareness.

In October, the lodge took treats to Eudora West Elementary. In November it took mittens to John Woodward's kindergarten class. Tuggle said lodge members hope to pass out candy canes in front of C&S Market within the coming week.

"The main idea is we're supposed to do is be good to people and that sort of thing," Tuggle said.

Aside from its monthly projects, the lodge also gives to other charities and community groups in Eudora.

"We give to the food pantry and things as long as there's a need," Tuggle said.

The group raises money by serving food at Lion's Club meeting and the Oddfellow's district meeting. It also donates to the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund. The group has around 20 members.

Tuggle said no matter what the group does, its main mission is to provide a positive role model for others.

"That's the main thing, to do good as you have the opportunity," she said.

For more information on the Minerva Rebekah Lodge No. 146, call Tuggle at 542-2200.

Thanks to the following individuals and groups who have given to Eudora Cares:

Doris Schehrer, Max and Claire Sutton, Bill and Robin Folks, Pamela Bass, Carrie and Darren Werst, Arline Kindle, Laura Klotz, Tomalea Bench, Amy Carey, Renee Salzman and The Eudora Jaycees.

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