Archive for February, 2011

STEWARDSON COMMUNITY MEETING A SUCCESS!

Published by admin on February 28th, 2011 - in Uncategorized

Nearly 300 interested residents packed the Stewardson Community Building Sunday afternoon for a Community-wide Meeting.  The Meeting was the culmination of planning by a group of committed citizens who had participated in the  MAPPING program for the future of Stewardson.  Last fall, Stewardson, IL enlisted the help of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs to take a proactive approach to MAPPING the Future of Our Community.  MAPPING stands for Management and Planning Programs Involving Non-metropolitan Groups.  Guided by representatives of Western Illinois University, local leaders and citizen volunteers created a long-range vision for Stewardson and developed plans of action for achieving it.  Gisele Hamm, Linda Lee Blaine and Karen Mauldin-Curtis, all of WIU, further explained the MAPPING program and the Peace Corps Fellowship program.

At Sunday’s meeting, the group unveiled their positive vision for the community as it relates to their goals of business development, improved parks and recreational activities, a community foundation and volunteerism, youth development, and improved housing and beautification of the village.

The evening was kicked off by entertainment from the Stewardson-Strasburg Jazz Band, dance numbers by students of Dance Etc, and the rousing beat of the Stew-Stras Drumline.   A free meal was served to all.

Attendees were the first to learn of a $2,500 donation to the Stewardson Community Foundation through Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program won by Jenny and Kent Walden.  It was also announced that a building located at the corner of Main and Pine Streets in Stewardson has been donated to the Stewardson Community Foundation by Dave Antrim.  Dave Young, a representative of the Economic Development Council of Shelby County, presented a check to both the Stewardson Community Foundation and the Strasburg Community Action Network to put towards costs of the MAPPING program.

Stewardson and Strasburg, together, were awarded a Peace Corps Fellow who began working full-time in the two communities in January.  Eric Sutton, the Peace Corps Fellow, was on hand to meet the members of the community he will be working with over the next 9 months.

Short presentations were made by Randy Pollard, a representative of US Senator Mark Kirk, Mayor Lowell Moomaw, and Stewardson-Strasburg Superintendant Steve Harsy.

Jim Carroll served as Master of Ceremonies for the meeting.  He stressed that now is the time for the rest of the community to join forces to realize the positive changes and plans for the future. With everyone working together they can accomplish great things.

After the event, participants were invited to examine displays highlighting the accomplishments and goals of the Action Teams.  Participants then had the opportunity to match their skills with those needed to achieve the goals for the various Teams and many new volunteers were recruited.  Stewardson is looking forward to many positive changes in the near future.

STEWARDSON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RECEIVES $2,500 MONSANTO AWARD

Published by admin on February 28th, 2011 - in Uncategorized

The Stewardson Community Foundation is the recipient of a $2,500 award by Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.  Monsanto is committed to investing in the organizations, schools and civic groups that are important to America’s farmers.  Since its inception in January of last year, Monsanto has provided nearly $1.2 million to non-profit community groups.

The program was open to farmers, age 21 and over, who were actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton.  The winning farmer from each county had the opportunity to designate the organization of their choice to receive the award.  This year’s award winner in Shelby County was Kent Walden of Stewardson, who designated the Stewardson Community Foundation as his chosen organization.

The Stewardson Community Foundation is a newly founded organization dedicated to a positive future for Stewardson through business development, improved parks and recreation, youth development, and improved housing and beautification of the village.

The check was awarded on Sunday, February 27 at the Stewardson Town Meeting.  Shown here are Shannon Schultz, a representative of Monsanto, along with Jenny and Kent Walden, and Perrie Richards of the Stewardson Community Foundation.

STEWARDSON BUILDING DONATED TO STEWARDSON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Published by admin on February 28th, 2011 - in Uncategorized


It was announced at the Stewardson Town Meeting on Sunday, February 27, that the Stewardson Community Foundation is the recipient of a building located at the corner of Main Street and Pine Street in downtown Stewardson.  The building, formerly known as the Baumgarten Hardware store building, was most recently owned by Dave Antrim.

The Stewardson Community Foundation is a newly founded organization dedicated to a positive future for Stewardson through business development, improved parks and recreation, youth development, and improved housing and beautification of the village.

Many ideas for the use of the building include making it available to attract a prospective business to the village, organizing a library, or creating a teen center.  As a thank you to Antrim, a certificate of appreciation was awarded at the event.

Dave Antrim was unable to attend the award ceremony, but his brother, Paul Antrim, former Mayor of Stewardson, accepted the award in his absence.  The Antrims have long been strong supporters of the Village of Stewardson, as a partial lot on which the Stewardson Community Building now stands was also donated by them years before.

Shown here is Perrie Richards of the Stewardson Community Foundation presenting the award of appreciation to Paul Antrim.

Stewardson Community-Wide Meeting To Be Held February 27th

Published by admin on February 16th, 2011 - in Uncategorized

Stewardson is mooooving forward!  All residents of Stewardson and the surrounding area are invited to attend a Community-Wide Meeting at the Stewardson Community Building on Sunday, February 27th at 4:00 pm.

Last fall, Stewardson, IL enlisted the help of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs to take a proactive approach to MAPPING the Future of Our Community.  MAPPING stands for Management and Planning Programs Involving Non-metropolitan Groups.  Guided by representatives of Western Illinois University, local leaders and citizen volunteers created a long-range vision for Stewardson and developed plans of action for achieving it.  They are now ready to unveil this positive vision to the community.   Now is the time for the rest of the community to join forces to realize these positive changes and plans for the future.

There will be fun for the whole family!  Enjoy entertainment by Dance Etc. as well as members of the Stew-Stras High School Band.  Illinois State Representative Roger Eddy and a representative of US Senator Mark Kirk will make a brief presentation and be on hand to answer questions.  Several surprise presentations will take place.

Best of all – a free meal will be served to all!

So don’t miss out on this fun and informative evening.  Remember, you don’t have to live within Stewardson to attend.  Anyone with an interest in Stewardson’s future is invited.  Join the herd, as Stewardson moooves forward!

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