The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Wel Life.
This week's speaker was Denny Launderville - Alta Fire Chief. He explained that this week is fire prevention week. This is the time of year to check fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
It is also a good time to make sure chimneys and fire places are clear and clean so that they are ready to go for the heating season. Currently, there are 29 members in the fire department.
The department can have up to 31 members. Of the 29, there are usually seven or eight members who work in or around Alta to respond to calls.
A junior fire fighter program was started a little over a year ago. In order to join, a member has to be at least 16 years old. Presently, there are five junior fire fighter members. Denny said that the department could use a new van. The old white van has been in operation since 1977. There is also a need for a new tanker truck. Money for these items could come from FEMA grants.
Ditch cleaning is scheduled to take place on Friday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. Kiwanis members along with fifth grade P.I.E. partners clean a two- mile stretch of ditches starting at the Alta Fairgrounds and going east. Kiwanis members helping with this project are to meet at the Alta Community Building by 1:15 p.m.
Motion was made and seconded to once again sponsor a HOBY candidate to attend a HOBY leadership camp. Candidates are chosen by high school counselor Belinda Shea for their potential
leadership abilities. Last year's recipient was Chayce Glienke who also received $250 from the Alta Kiwanis club.
The next pop can collection is set for Friday, Nov. 2. Members need to pay dues for the coming year.