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Volunteers needed for WVAC scholarship effort
MEXICO -- Board members of the local access channel are looking for community volunteers to help them with efforts to grow the Joseph Volkernick Sr. Scholarhip.
Volkernick, 80, died last Nov. 8 after serving more than two decades as a volunteer recording events of the River Valley for WVAC TV 7, where he also served as its vice president. Volkernick covered events like RAAPA, Veterans Day, the Lithuanian Picnic, various school and sports activities, Rumford selectmen's meetings, Mexico's Night of Appreciation, etc.
To honor his memory and his volunteer efforts, a scholarship was started in his name. Even before getting this scholaship underway, more than $100 has been collected by the access station in Volkernick's memory, including donations from a pair of bowling teams at Oxford Lanes, where he was a longtime bowler.
WVAC Manager Pam Bevins said the board is seeking volunteers who have ideas about fundraising activities, are willing to canvas area businesses for prizes/gift certificates for fundraising events, and/or willing to help run fundraising events.
People willing to give some time to this effort can contact Bevins at 357-0186, contact the station at WVACtv7@gmail.com, or attend the next board meeting on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Region 9.
Ideas the board came up with in the short-term include a bowling tournament at Oxford Lanes, which would take place no later than mid-May, and a golf tournament at the Oakdale Country Club during the summer.
The goal is to eventually make the Joseph Volkernick Sr. Scholarhip a perpetual scholarship, meaning the scholarship awards would be made from the interest earned from the principal.
Until then, Bevins said the board felt it was important to begin by presenting a small award from this scholarship beginning this year to a graduating senior from each of Mountain Valley and Dirigo high schools, and Region 9.
Applications for the awards will be available soon through the guidance office at each of the schools, or by contacting Bevins.
Eligible are students who have volunteered in the community. Those interested would be asked about why he or she believes volunteering is important, how doing this affected them and how doing so benefitted the community.
Bevins said WVAC also needs to do fundraising to help with upgrading their equipment. As part of this, the station now has the ability to convert VHS tapes to DVDs. The service is available to the public at a fee of $15 per tape.