RACINE — The Racine Area Community Organization (RACO) held its monthly meeting on Jan. 23, at the Star Mill Park building. Tonja Hunter had the prayer before the potluck meal. The minutes from the previous meeting held in October 2016 were presented by Secretary Lillian Weese and approved. Treasurer’s report, by Kim Romine, was presented and approved.
RACO will be holding their basket games on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Syracuse Community Center. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with games starting at 6 p.m. The prizes will include Longaberger baskets, Fiesta ware, and designer purses (Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, etc.). Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased from Kim Romine (740) 992-7079 or (740) 992-2067, Kathryn Hart (740) 949-2656, or Sherry O’Brien (740) 416-1324. All proceeds go toward improvements in Racine village and Star Mill Park.
Also discussed in other new business were the scholarships that will be provided to 2017 Southern High School graduates. RACO members will be taking the scholarship applications to Southern High School on Thursday, March 2. The current scholarships to be awarded will include: RACO, Edison and Mabel Brace Memorial, Jim Adams Memorial, Clarence and Ruth Bradford Memorial, Cruisin Saturday Night Car Show Scholarship, Racine Enginuity Scholarship, Vinas Lee Memorial, Anderson and Eleanor Owens Educational Scholarship, and Carl B. Weese Memorial.
Braxton Thorla attended the meeting. He is considering setting up his Christmas lights/music show in Star Mill Park for the next Christmas season. He presented several ideas of different decorations that could be done at the park. RACO members thought this was a wonderful idea. A RACO member volunteered to discuss this with Mayor Scott Hill and council members for their approval.
Dale Hart led in the Pledge to the Flag to close our meeting. There were twelve members and three visitors in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Star Mill Park building. New members are always welcome.