A member of the Toledo Rotary Club announced to the city council Wednesday night that there is a big fundraiser coming up Friday the 20th at the Olalla Golf Course so that a number of Oregon World War II Veterans can be flown back to Washington DC and visit the WWII Veterans Memorial. He said although there have been a number of major donors, there is still about one thousand dollars more required for each veteran to cover their airfare, hotels and meals for the trip, to and from the nation’s capital.
The golf fundraiser registration is at the golf course at 9am Friday with tee off starting at 10am. Lunch is at Noon accompanied by a silent auction. 80% of the proceeds will go to the Vets trips to the War Memorial, 20% to the Toledo Veterans Memorial on Main Street, downtown Toledo.
For more information, call Laura Kriz at 541-270-9480.
The council thanked the Rotary Club for being a major supporter of the Honor Flight Program here in Oregon.
Envisioning an upgraded Toledo Municipal Pool
Toledo Aquatics and Recreation Manager Joe Andrews won approval from the city council to prepare a bid package for a consultant to assess the strengths and opportunities to increase patronage of Toledo Municipal Pool and to envision the kinds of upgrades that the pool might receive that would enhance the pool’s attractiveness to a wider group of citizens.
Andrews told the council at an earlier workshop that the pool is, of course the main attraction, but that some visitors want more than just a body of water with lanes in it. They want a physical fitness center with exercise machines and perhaps a running/walking track around what might become a second story to the pool area. There could also be a multi-purpose room and perhaps a new warm water therapy pool, which is a favorite of the older folks and for those recovering from surgery or requiring physical therapy. Andrews said the consultant would examine the current layout of the pool building and determine the feasibility of all or some of those upgrades.
Andrews told the council that whoever is chosen to advise the city will have a feasibility report for council review by January of next year.
Accolades to Toledo Pool staff for helping to “drown-proof” area children
Andrews also reported to the council that the staff of the Toledo Pool was given an award with an accompanied plaque by the Oregon Recreation Conference for putting a small city’s worth of children through life-saving swimming lessons. Andrews reported that despite the pools size and the small population of Toledo, they gave over 2,200 swim lessons to children – pre-school through high school – to make them comfortable and confident in the water. The beauty of the program was that there was no net cost to the city because pool staff had the full cooperation and support of the Lincoln County School District that helped sponsor the aggressive program to prepare children for future contact with Oregon’s rivers and beaches.