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Round Up ® Small Change That Changes Lives
See What's Been Done
The Goodwill Fund was organized in 1996 at Niobrara Valley EMC. 
Since starting the Operation Round Up Program, several organizations have
received donations from the fund. Each year a report of member participation
is printed in the annual meeting notice. Almost half of Niobrara Valley Electric's
members participate in the Round Up program to make these donations possible.


Annual Report
Donation History from 1996 to Present Year



Round Up
2011 Annual Report of the Goodwill Fund


Operation Round Up Summary Report As of December 9, 2011

Year
Donations
Overhead
Reserves
Grants
Projects
1996
$4,241.39
$477.21
$212.07
$155.00
1
1997
$6,269.11
$150.00
$313.46
$3,290.00
9
1998
$6,098.34
$304.92
$3,925.00
6
1999
$6,476.79
$20.00
$323.84
$3,675.00
14
2000
$6,511.96
$325.60
$4,775.00
13
2001
$6,567.04
$20.00
$328.35
$4,075.00
14
2002
$6,725.99
$336.30
$4,375.00
15
2003
$6,802.07
$20.00
$340.10
$9,030.00
15
2004
$6,818.12
$340.91
$11,525.00
21
2005
$6,793.53
$20.00
$339.68
$7,375.00
15
2006
$6,885.95
$344.30
$8,425.00
19
2007
$7,173.55
$20.00
$358.68
$7,225.00
18
2008

$7,634.96

$39.55
$381.75
$6,650.00
17
2009
$7,541.03
$377.05
$5,475.00
23
2010
$7,559.32
$377.97
8,375.00
19
2011
$7,482.46
$20.00
$364.22
$7000.00
19
           
Total
$108,391.61
$786.76
$5,369.20
$95,350.00

231

 

Participation
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
Total NVEMC Members
2772
2,793
2,769
2,767
2,758
2,754

Accounts
Participating

1,330
1,362
1,386
1,437
1,361
1,354
Percentage Participating
47.9%
48.8%
50.0%
51.2%
49.3%
49.2%
Average Donation
$5.63
$5.53
$5.44
$5.31
$5.27
$5.08

Round Up
Donations made by the Niobrara Valley Electric
Goodwill Fund from 1996 to Present. 

See the difference that "small change" can make.

2011 DONATIONS

Seven Scholarships Awarded for 2011
Seven students were selected from the twenty-eight applicants to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year. Those selected were:

Bobbie Adair from West Holt High School - Guardians John & Diane Alden
Ryan Borg from Stuart High School - Son of Jim & Delma Borg
Kyle Carr from Chambers High School - Son of Curtis & Lori Carr
Derek Durre from Chambers High School - Son of Mark & the late Diana Durre
Jeremy Pacha from West Holt High School - Son of Cory & Cathy Pacha

BulletRick Pfeifer from West Boyd High School - Son of Frank Pfeifer & Cathy Wade
BulletAmanda Wenner from West Holt High School - Daugther of Marsha & the late Michael Wenner


Click Here to learn more about the Scholarship Recipients.

Annual Post Prom Fund Donations
$25 donation to each area high school within Niobrara Valley Electric service territory.

$250 Grant to the Naper Library
The grant is to be used towards repairing the building flooring.

$50 to the Lynch Community Club
The grant is being used towards general town improvements.

$400 donation to the Butte Golf Association
A donation to help with the community 4th of July fireworks display.

$400 donation to Chambers Chamber of Commerce
Used to offset the expenses for July 4th Celebration

$300 grant to the Community Historical Center
The funds are to be used for general building repair.

$500 grant to the Atkinson Senior Center
Purchase and install more efficient indoor lighting.

$75 Donation to Boots & Saddle Club
Purchase show awards

$250 Donation to Holt County 4-H Council
Educational materials and awards

$500 Donation to Spencer Community Hall
Upgrades and improvements to building


$300 Donation to Knoll Crest Cemetery
Purchase and install wrought iron fence


$275 Donation to Naper Historical Society
Replace siding on building


2010 DONATIONS

Six Scholarships Awarded for 2010
Six students were selected from the twenty-three applicants to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year. Those selected were:

Clay Classen from Lynch High School - Son of Ken & Karlene Classen
Bryson DeKay from Lynch High School - Son of Barry & Brenda DeKay
Jenna Murphy from West Boyd High School - Daughter of Patrick & the late Marilyn Murphy
Kaitlyn Nelson from West Boyd High School - Daughter of Douglas & Virinia Nelson
Rebecca Ramm from Stuart High School - Daughter of Rose & the late Mike Ramm

BulletJennifer Schuerman from West Boyd High School - Daughter of Jeff & Julie Schuerman

 

Annual Post Prom Fund Donations
$25 donation to each area high school within Niobrara Valley Electric service territory.


$1500 Donation to Spencer Volunteer RescueUnit
Purchase new defibrillator for the unit ambulances

$250 Donation to Butte Community Historical Center & Museum
Help with the expense to repair building after summer storm damage.

$500 Donation to Holt County Historical Society
Reprint the history of Holt County


$400 Donation to Butte Golf Association
4th of July celebration


$400 Donation to Chambers Chamber of Commerce
4th of July celebration


$500 Donation to Atkinson Senior Center
Offset cost of building improvement projects

$500 Donation to Spencer Community Hall Improvement
Remodel the hall's kitchen

$75 Donation to Boots & Saddle Club
Purchase show awards

$500 Donation to Holt County 4-H Council
Educational materials and awards

$300 Donation to Boyd County Agricultural Society
Purchase a portable speaker system for use at the county fair


$400 Donation to Naper Historial Society
Continued renovation of Wm. Krotter building for White Horse Museum

 

2009 DONATIONS

Five Scholarships Awarded for 2009
Five students were selected from the thirty-eight applicants to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year.
Those selected were:

Shaley Davis from Chambers High School - Daughter of the late Linda and Larry Davis
Logan Hipke from Stuart High School - Son of Lloyd and Vencille Hipke
Makala Michaelis from West Boyd High School - Daughter of Layne & Delphine Michaelis
Tiffany Vandersnick from St. Mary's High School - Daughter of Leo and Stacy Vandersnick
Cody Svatos from Lynch High School - Son of Arlin Svatos

 

Annual Post Prom Fund Donations
$25 donation to each area high school within Niobrara Valley Electric service territory.


$100 Donation to Holt County 4-H Leadership Program
Andrea Lemmer's 4-H Program

$300 Donation to Niobrara Historical Society
Building repair work


$300 Donation to Butte Golf Association
4th of July celebration


$300 Donation to Chambers Chamber of Commerce
4th of July celebration


$75 Donation to Boots & Saddle Club
Purchase of show awards

$300 Donation to Community Historical Society & Museum
Repair of museum building


$500 Donation to Holt County 4-H Council
Educational materials and awards

$300 Donation to Spencer Community Hall Improvement
Handicap accessible restrooms

$300 Donation to Sturdevant McKee Museum
Computer equipment & inventory program


$300 Donation to Naper Historial Society
Renovation of Wm. Krotter building for museum



2008 DONATIONS

Five Scholarships Awarded for 2008
Five students were selected from the seventeen applicants to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2008-2009 school year.
Those selected were:

Aaron Hanzlik from Niobrara High School - Son of Frank and Dawn Hanzlik
Amber Johnson from Stuart High School - daughter of Kurt Johnson and Georgia Sylvester
Rebeka Laible from West Holt High School - daughter of Jerry Laible and Kristine Laible
Grace Tuttle from Chambers High School - daughter of Galen & Linda Tuttle and Patricia Tuttle
Ashley Wickersham from Lynch High School - daughter of Darold & Brenda Wickersham


Annual Post Prom Fund Donations
$25 donation to each area high school within Niobrara Valley Electric service territory.

$250 Donation to Community Historical Society & Museum
Repair of museum building

$500 Donation to Bristow Lions Club & American Legion
Purchase and repair of community hall furnace

$200 Donation to Butte Golf Association
4th of July celebration

$200 Donation to Niobrara Promoters
Bridging the Shores celebration

$500 Donation to Stuart Fire & Rescue
Purchase of new fire hoses and nozzles

$75 Donation to Boots & Saddle Club
Purchase of show awards

$500 Donation to Spencer Community Hall Improvement Fund
Building repair costs

$500 Donation to Naper Library
Startup costs and purchase shelving

$500 Donation to Holt County 4-H Council
Educational material and awards for 4-H program

$200 Donation to Holt County 4-H Quiz Bowl Team
Travel costs to the national competition

2007 DONATIONS

Six Scholarships Awarded for 2007
Six students were selected from the thirty three applicants to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2007-2008 school year. Those selected were:
Alex Ascherl from O'Neill St. Mary's High School - Son of Todd and Cathy Ascherl
Chanda Davis from Chambers High School - daughter of Linda Davis and the late Larry Davis
Jason Borg from Stuart High School - son of Jim and Delma Borg
Robin Holmberg from Spencer-Naper High School - daughter of Eugene and Brenda Holmberg
Wacey Carson from Lynch High School - son of Dallas and Deeann Carson
Tana Luth from Butte High School - daughter of Rodney and Diane Luth


$250 Donation to Community Historical Society & Museum
Building restoration and maintenance


$300 Donation to Holt County 4-H Council
Educational materials to help teach 4-H skills

$100 Donation to National History Day Qualifiers
Travel expenses to attend National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C.

$200 Donation to Butte Golf Association
Expenses for July 4th Celebration


$200 Donation to Chambers Chamber of Commerce
Expenses for July 4th Celebration

Annual Post Prom Fund Donations
$25 donation to each area high school within Niobrara Valley Electric service territory.


2006 DONATIONS

 

Eight Scholarships Awarded for 2006
Eight students were selected from the forty applicants to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2005-2006 school year. Those selected were:
Lisa Boshart from O'Neill High School - Daughter of Steve and Ellen Boshart
Emily Estes from Stuart High School - Daughter of Alan and Kim Estes
Rily Hamilton from Spencer-Naper High School - Son of Roger and Sue Hamilton
Adam Hanzlik from Niobrara High School - Son of Frank and Deb Hanzlik
Will Hipke from Stuart High School - Son of Keith and LaJean Hipke
Emily Metschke from Chambers High School - Daughter of Maureen Metschke and Phillip and Julie Metschke
Charles Shields from St. Mary's High School - Son of Dan and Luann Shields
Michael Wade from Lynch High School - Son of Raymond and the late Milda Wade

$200 Donation to Up & At It 4-H Club

Restoration of Blackbird Cemetery Gate

$250 Donation to Chambers Chamber of Commerce

4th of July celebration

$250 Donation to Butte Golf Association
4th of July celebration

$250 Donation to Bargain Byway Group
Promote tourism along Highway 20

$75 Donation to Boots & Saddle Club
Purchase show awards

$1500 Donation to Spencer Fire Department
Purchase thermal imaging camera

$275 Donation to Holt County 4-H
Purchase awards & camp scholarships

$500 Donation to Niobrara Historical Society
New window for building

$500 Donation to Naper Historical Society
Create White Horse Museum in Naper

$500 Donation to Holt County Historical Society
Brick tuck pointing on building

Annual Post Prom Fund Donations
$25 donation to each area high school within Niobrara Valley Electric service territory.

 

2005 DONATIONS

 

Eight Scholarships Awarded for 2005
Eight students were selected from the forty applicants to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2005-2006 school year. Those selected were:
Amanda Brockmann from Lynch High School - Daughter of Patricia Brockmann
Jared Hammon from Spencer-Naper High School - Son Casey and Vickie Hammon
Amber Henderson from Lynch High School - Daughter of Candice Henderson and Jerry Henderson
Michele Kubart from West Holt High School - Daughter of James and Pamela Kubart
Ryan Loock from Spencer-Naper High School - Son of Roger and Edith Loock

Melinda Roth from Butte High School - Daughter of Ralph and Linda Roth
Ross Scholz from Stuart High School - Son of Roger and Mary Ellen Scholz

Bradley Tomjack from Chambers High School - Son of Bob and Judy Tomjack

$50 Donation to Boots and Saddle Club
A $50 donation was given the Boots and Saddle Club for show awards.

$250 Donation to Chambers Chamber of Commerce
A donation of $250 was given to the Chambers Chamber of Commerce for their 4th of July celebration

$250 Donation to Butte Golf Association
A donation of $250 was given to the Butte Golf Association for their 4th of July celebration

$100 Donation to Butte Community Historical Center
A donation of $1000 was given to the Butte Historical Center for building repair cost

$1000 Donation to Spencer Rescue Unit
A donation of $1000 was given to the Spencer Rescue unit for a laptop computer for the defibrillator

$1500 Donation to Butte Historical Society
A donation of $1500 was given to the Butte Historical Society for permanent signage for local historical sites

Annual Post Prom Fund Donations
The annual donation of $25 was approved for each high school within Niobrara Valley Electric's service territory including Niobrara High School.

 

2004 DONATIONS

 

Eight Scholarships Awarded for 2004
Eight students were selected from the thirty-four applicants to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2004-2005 school year. Those selected were:
Tymber Higgins from Spencer-Naper High School - Daughter of Lavern and Brenda Higgins
Debra Liewer from Butte High School - Daughter of James and Sandra Liewer
Rachele Lyons from Page - Daughter of Robert and Joanne Lowe of O'Neill
Dane Metschke from Chambers High School - Son of Phillip Metschke and Maureen Metschke
Joe Spencer from Lynch High School - Son of Paul and Lauri Spencer

Kate Swanson from Niobrara High School - Daughter of Rayder and Kim Swanson
Brian Tomjack from Chambers High School - Son of Bob and Judy Tomjack
Jamie Zeiser from Spencer-Naper High School - Daughter of Craig and Stacy Zeiser

$100 Donation to Chambers Chamber of Commerce
A donation of $100 was given to the Chambers Chamber of Commerce for their 4th of July celebration.

$100 Donation to Butte Golf Association
A donation of $100 was given to the Butte Golf Association for their 4th of July celebration.

$1500 Donation to Naper Historical Society
A donation of $1500 was given to the Naper Historical Society for the restoration of the Naper Jail and other buildings owned by the society.

$500 Donation to Holt County 4-H
A donation of $500 was given to the Holt County 4-H Shooting Sports to provide traveling expenses for participants to go to national shooting sports competition.

$150 Donation to Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway Fund
A donation of $150 was given to the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway Fund to help with the cost of promotional materials.

$750 Donation to Niobrara Promoters
A donation of $750 was give to the Niobrara Promoters to help with cost of the “Bridge Days” celebration.

$600 Donation to Molly Lambert Fund
A donation of $600 was given to the Molly Lambert Fund to help the Lambert family with the cost of cancer treatments for Molly.

$1200 Donation to Verdel Improvement Club
A donation of $1200 was given to the Verdel Improvement Club to help purchase materials needed to improve the community property in the town of Verdel.

$100 Donation to Lynch Community Club
A donation of $100 was given to the Lynch Community Club to place a flagpole.

$100 Donation to Niobrara Valley Hospital
A donation of $100 was given to the Niobrara Valley Hospital for teleradiology equipment.

$1500 Donation to Spencer Rescue Unit
A donation of $1500 was given to the Spencer Rescue Unit to help purchase a defibrillator.

$500 Donation to Butte Historical Society
A donation of $500 was given to the Butte Historical Society to help with the cost of their foundation and basement project.

Annual Post Prom Fund Donations
The annual donation of $25 was approved for each high school within Niobrara Valley Electric's service territory including Niobrara High School.

2003 DONATIONS

$1000 Donation to Niobrara Baseball Program
A donation of $1000 was given to the Niobrara Baseball Program to help replace equipment that was destroyed due to vandalism

$1000 Donation to Butte Community Historical Center and Museum
A $1000 donation was given to the Butte Community Historical Center and Museum to help with their building preservation and restoration project.

$200 Donation to Chambers Chamber of Commerce
A $200 donation was made to support the Chambers 4th of July celebration.

$200 Donation to Butte Golf Association
A $200 donation was made to support the Butte 4th of July celebration.

$200 Donation to the Niobrara Promoters
A $200 donation was made to support the Niobrara 4th of July celebration.

Six Scholarships Awarded for 2003
Six students were selected from the twenty-four applicants to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2003-2004 school year. Those selected were:
Jacqueline Anson from West Holt High School - Daughter of Robert and RoseMary Anson
Mike Simons from O'Neill St. Mary's High School - Son of Joe and Teresa Simons
Lindsey May from O'Neill Public High School - Daughter of Keith and Vicki May
Aaron Rowse from Chambers Public High School - Son of Ricky and Sammie Rowse
Kathryn Ohri from Spencer-Naper High School - Daughter of Leonard and Cindy Ohri
Jess Hipke from Stuart High School - Son of Keith and LaJean Hipke

$230 Donation to O'Neill Elementary School
A donation of $230 was given to the Elementary School for new playground equipment.

Annual Post Prom Fund Donations
The annual donation of $25 was approved for each high school within Niobrara Valley Electric's service territory including Niobrara High School.

$1500 to Naper EMT Association
A donation of $1500 was given the Naper EMT's for the purchase of a defibrillator.


2002 DONATIONS

$200 Donation to Niobrara Senior Citizens Center
A donation of $200 was given to help maintain the Senior Center in Niobrara.

$200 Donation to Niobrara Valley Hospital Foundation
A $200 grant to the hospital foundation for the purchase of equipment needed for the hospital.

$250 Donation to Lynch Community Foundation
A $250 grant was awarded for the purchase of brochures to promote tourism in the area.

$150 Donation to Chambers Chamber of Commerce
A $150 donation was made to support the Chambers 4th of July celebration.

$150 Donation to Butte Golf Association
A $150 donation was made to support the Butte 4th of July celebration.

$250 Donation to Butte Community Hospital
A $250 grant was awarded to help the Butte Community Historical Center restore the old parochial school building located in town into a museum for the area.

Four Scholarships Awarded for 2002
Four students were selected from the thirty-one applicants to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2002-2003 school year. Those selected were:
Katie Cameron from St. Mary High School - Daughter of Kelly and JoLynn Cameron
Stephanie Crosley from Niobrara High School - Daughter of Susan Crosley
Kelly Myers from Stuart High School - Son of Daniel and Karen Myers
Crystal Young from O'Neill Public High School - Daughter of Junior and Charlene Young

Annual $25 Donation to Post Prom Funds
Each year the Goodwill Fund makes a $25 donation to the Post Prom Fund of each high school within the service territory of Niobrara Valley Electric, including Niobrara High School.

$100 Matching Grant to Spencer Gun Club
A matching grant of $100 was given to the Spencer Gun Club to be used for a blue rock thrower.

$100 Donation to Butte Marching Band
A donation of $100 was given the Butte High School marching band to help with the cost of participaiting in the 2002 Magic Music Days Celebration at Disney World.

 

2001 DONATIONS

 

$250 Donation to Niobrara Library
A donation of $250 was given to the Niobrara Library to be used toward the purchase of a computer.

$200 Donation to Holt County Historical Society
A $200 donation was given to the Holt County Historical Society to help cover the cost of a furnace loan.

$250 Donation to Butte Community Historical Center
A $250 donation was given to the Community Historical Center in Butte to restore several floors of their building.

$250 Matching Grant awarded to West Holt Booster Club
A matching grant of $250 was approved for the West Holt Booster Club to help with building costs for a new wrestling building.

$500 Donation to Niobrara Historical Society
A $500 grants was given to the society to help them purchase dehumidifiers for the museum. The socieity is very active in fund raising to continue improvements on their museum. In the year 2000 they had 1,366 registered visitors.

$100 Donation Presented to Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway Fund
Mr. John Hoke presented the $100 check on behalf of the Goodwill Fund to Scenic Byway representative, Heidi Phillips. This donation is to help fund 60,000 rack cards placed along Interstate 80 which promote the Highway 12 Byway.

$100 Donated to the Chambers Chamber of Commerce
The Goodwill Fund Board approved a $100 donation to the Chambers Chamber of Commerce for their 4th of July Celebration. The money raised from the 4th of July celebration has been used to host other events, build park restrooms and start a picnic shelter.

Butte Golf Association Receives $100 Donation

A $100 donation was made to the Butte Golf Association for their 4th of July Celebration.

$500 Donation to O'Neill Eagles Booster Club

Ellen Boshart, Treasurer of the Goodwill Fund presented a $500 check to Val Nauenburg for the O’Neill Eagles Booster Club.  The donation will go to the athletic training equipment fund and will be used to purchase new equipment and to refurbish the O’Neill High School weight room.  The weight room has six classes each day and is also open to the public after school hours and during the summer.

Sturdevant Museum Receives $250 Donation
Beverly Mack (middle) and Rita Hamik (right) accept a $250 check for the Sturdevant Museum from Ellen Boshart (left), Goodwill Fund Treasurer.  The donation will go to the museum fund to aid in operating costs.  The foundation is restoring an 1886 Victorian style home in Atkinson using private funds and donations.  They have approximately 595 visitors annually from all over the USA and even a few foreign visitors.

   

2000 DONATIONS

$150 Donation to 4-H Auction
A $150 donation was made to the 4-H Auction Committee to help defray the cost of next year's advertising for with the livestock auction at the Holt County Fair.

$500 Donation to the Holt County Historical Society
The Holt County Historical Society received a donation of $500 for the purchase of a tape recorder, microphone, microphone stand and archival storage supplies.  The Holt County Historical Society is located in the Kincaid Building in O'Neill. They have approximately 500 visitors a year and maintain 3,000 - 4,000 family histories on file.

Holt County Shooting Sports Club Receive $200
A $200 donation was made to the Holt County Shooting Sports Club.  The donation will be used for the construction of a rifle range shelter.  The  club  currently has 96 member youths and is a nonprofit 4-H club.  They teach firearm safety, sportsmanship and ethics.  They have 25 certified volunteer leaders and numerous parents involved.  The club's goal is to start hosting a state .22 rifle competition.

$100 Donation Made to the Naper Baseball Teams
The Naper Baseball Teams receive a donation of $100.  With the three age divisions of baseball teams, Wee-Wee, Pee-Wee and Midget, there are 30-35 kids participating in the program.  The funds will be used for uniforms, equipment and field maintenance.  The Naper baseball program strives to teach the fundamentals of baseball with good sportsmanship and fun.

Spencer Save Our Pool Committee Awarded $500
A $500 donation was given to the Spencer Save Our Pool Committee.  The funds will go towards the renovation cost of the aging pool which was built in 1971.  The Spencer pool is a public pool and services over 100 families in the surrounding area.

$100 Donated to the Chambers Chamber of Commerce
The Goodwill Fund Board approved a $100 donation to the Chambers Chamber of Commerce for their 4th of July Celebration.  The funding was used for expenses for the tractor pull, advertising, insurance and fireworks.  The money raised from the 4th of July celebration has been used to host other events, build park restrooms and start a picnic shelter.

Chambers Volunteer Fire Department Awarded $500
$500 was donated to the Chambers Volunteer Department for the purchase of three sets of bunker gear for the firemen.  The Chambers Volunteer Fire Department answers approximately 40 calls per year servicing the surrounding Chambers area.

$500 Donation Made to the Atkinson Fire and Rescue Unit
A $500 donation was made to the Atkinson Fire and Rescue Unit and will go towards the purchase of emergency bar lights and siren for the new tanker truck and scene and work lights.  The Atkinson Fire and Rescue Unit services the Atkinson and surrounding area and also responds to mutual aid in other counties.

Niobrara Fire and Rescue Unit Receives $500 Donation
The Niobrara Fire and Rescue Unit received a $500 donation.  These funds will be used to purchase training equipment and related supplies.  The Niobrara Fire and Rescue Unit is a volunteer department that services Niobrara and surrounding area.

Two $500 Goodwill Fund Scholarships Awarded in 2000
Two area seniors were selected to receive a $500 scholarship from the Goodwill Fund.  Isaiah Sicheneder, son of Dale & Sherry Sicheneder of Chambers and Sarah Krysl, daughter of Thomas Krysl of Stuart were selected to receive this year's scholarships.  Isaiah and Sarah were selected from twenty-eight highly qualified applicants.  Congratulations to both students and good luck with your future pursuits.

March 2000 - Post Prom Funds
The Goodwill Fund Board made its annual $25 donation to the Post Prom Fund of each high school in the Niobrara Valley Electric service area, including Niobrara High School.

March 2000 - Niobrara Public Library
The Fund Board approved a $500 donation to the Niobrara Public Library to update computers. The library has experienced a growing need for computers and Internet availability. Over 4,000 individuals have used the Library since October 1997.

March 2000 - Niobrara Valley Hospital Corporation
The Niobrara Valley Hospital Corporation was approved for a $500 donation from the Goodwill Fund.  This rural hospital, located in Lynch, serves approximately 1,000 families.  The hospital has experienced recent financial difficulty and has turned to fund raisers to help pull them through this difficult period.  Their goal is to continue to provide quality health care to the rural community and they have received strong community support in their fund raising efforts.
 

1999 DONATIONS

September 1999 - O'Neill Big Pal - Little Pal Program
The Fund board approved a $150 matching grant for operational expenses to the O'Neill Big Pal/Little Pal Program. The program provides mentoring for children between the ages of 5 and 12 who come from single parent families. The children are matched with volunteers’ 16 years of age or older. A screening and interview process are used to match the volunteers strengths with the needs of the child. Monthly activities can have an attendance as high as 50 people.

June 1999 - Stuart Funds for Fun Group
Parents and teachers formed the Funds for Fun Group to purchase new playground equipment at the K-12 school district in their community. The school serves the children in Stuart and from the surrounding rural community. The board awarded a $250 matching grant to the group.

June 1999 - Butte Health Care Auxiliary Receives $350 Towards Piano Purchase
The Butte Health Care Auxiliary received a $350 matching funds grant towards the purchase of a new piano for the residents of the Nursing Home for the residents and the community to enjoy.

April 1999 - Kelli Drueke Chosen as 1999 Scholarship Recipient
The Goodwill Fund board received 30 applications for the annual $500 college scholarship. The board was impressed by the quality of all the applicants. Miss Kelli Drueke, daughter of Tom and Pat Drueke, was chosen to receive the 1999 scholarship. Miss Drueke attends Spencer-Naper High School and plans to attend Northeast Community College for an Associate Degree in Nursing and then the University of Nebraska for her Bachelor Degree in Nursing. Kelli has already worked two years as a Certified Nurses Assistance and says "I love the work, the environment, and the fact that I can make a difference in somebody's life." Congratulations Kelli and good luck with your nursing career!

April 1999 - Niobrara Public Library Will Receive $500 Donation
The Niobrara Public Library was approved for a $500 donation to update computers at the library. The library is experiencing a growing need for computers and internet availability. They service a population of 800 and over 4,000 individuals have used the library since October 1997.

April 1999 - $100 Donation to Veterans of Foreign Wars
A $100 donation will be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Niobrara. The donation will be used for relocation efforts and maintenance fees. Relocation of the Sage Memorial is necessary due to the relocation of Highway 12. The new memorial will be dedicated to Veterans from all branches of the service. The Veterans of Foreign Wars services the Niobrara, Verdel and Santee area and they have visitors to the Sage Memorial from all over the country.

April 1999 - $500 Donation to Chamber Volunteer Fire Department
A $500 donation will be made by the Goodwill Fund to the Chambers Volunteer Fire Department. The donation will be used toward the purchase a defibrillator heart monitor for the ambulance service. The Chambers Volunteers have 13 individuals certified to use a defibrillator. They answer approximately 40 calls a year. Carrying the defibrillator on the ambulance will allow the Chambers Volunteer Fire Department to meet their goal of providing the best cardiac service possible.

April 1999 - Matching Funds to Atkinson Big Pal/Little Pal Program
The Fund board approved a $150 matching grant for beginning operational expenses to the Atkinson Big Pal/Little Pal Program. The purpose of this program is to match responsible adults with boys and girls to provide a one-to-one relationship. The Big Pals and Little Pals will participate in social and cultural activities which will (1) develop good social behaviors and respect for self and others (2) establish wholesome and healthful attitudes to develop productive and creative members of society and (3) encourage the boys and girls development to their fullest capacity for living a responsible, happy and healthy life.

April 1999 - Goodwill Fund Approves Annual Post Prom Donation
The Goodwill Fund Board approved an annual $25 donation to the Post Prom Fund of each high school in the Niobrara Valley Electric service area, including Niobrara High School.


 

1998 DONATIONS


December 1998 - Goodwill Fund Establishes Annual Scholarship

The Goodwill Fund established an annual $500 scholarship available to any Niobrara Valley Electric member or their immediate family. The scholarship can be used for any post-secondary instution in the pursuit of any degree and any age student may apply. The scholarship must be used toward tuition or books. The deadline for scholarship applications was set for April 10, 1999.

December 1998 - Funding To The Niobrara Museum
The fund donated $900 to the Niobrara Museum. The funds will be used to purchase a new trophy case.

September 1998 - Funding To The Holt County Historical Society
The fund donated a total of $1,500 to the Holt County Historical Society. $1,000 will go toward their window fund and $500 for the purchase of a word processor. The Holt County Historical Society is located in the Kincaid Building in O'Neill. They have approximately 500 visitors a year and maintain 3,000 - 4,000 family histories on file.

September 1998 - Funding To The Niobrara Historical Society
The fund made a $600 donation to the Niobrara Historical Society for the purchase of a copy machine. The "Memories of Old Niobrara" Museum had 1,995 registered guests in 1997. These guests came from Hawaii, Belgium, Germany, Japan, British Columbia, 36 states in the U.S., and 120 towns in Nebraska. The Niobrara Historical Society provides a wealth of historical information as well as many fun activities at the museum.

June 1998 - Matching Fund Grant for Holt County 4-H Shooting Sports Club
The fund gave a $200 matching funds grant to the Holt County 4-H Shooting Sports club to help with expenses associated with attending the national shooting competition in Manhattan, Kansas. The clubs Top Gun team placed 3rd and the Sharp Shooters placed 11th in the nation in the BB Gun Competition. The Top Guns air rifle team placed 5th overall. Last year the club had 125 individuals associated with their activities.

March 1998 - Donations to Area High School Post Prom's
The fund gave a $25 donation to each high school post prom committee inside the service area of Niobrara Valley Electric.

March 1998 - Matching Funds Grant for Medical Equipment Purchase
The fund gave a $500 matching grant to the Naper Volunteer Fire and Ambulance towards the purchase of a new $2,000 cot for their ambulance. Over the past year they have assisted 175 people in the area.
 

1997 DONATIONS

October 1997 - Matching Funds Grant for JAKES Program Start-up

The Goodwill Fund Board gave a $150 matching funds grant to help start the Niobrara Valley Chapter of the Jakes Program. The JAKES program is a national program of the National Wild Turkey Federation whose purpose is "informing, educating and involving America's youth in wildlife conservation and the stewardship of our natural resources. To date the local chapter has about 70 members.

September 1997 - Matching Funds Grant to 4-H Marketing Program
In September the board approved a $200 matching funds grant to help promote the 4-H Bonus Auction. This year there were 55 to 60 4-H'ers involved in the bonus auction.

June 1997 - Cost Share in a 4-H Community Improvement Project
In June of 1997 the Fund presented a $175 matching grant to the Up & At It 4-H club for their "Adopt a Building" project. The grant was used by the club to pay for materials to repair and improve a building at the Holt county Fairgrounds.

June 1997 - Purchase of Rescue Unit Medical Equipment
The Fund gave a $400 matching grant to the Niobrara Volunteer Rescue Unit for the purchase of an Oximeter. This device, when attached to a patient, provides information on how much oxygen the patients' body is receiving. This information is generally requested by a hospital when the patient is admitted, and until now the information was not available. This rescue unit serves approximately 48 families a year.

June 1997 - Promote 4-H Membership DriveThe fund provided a $100 matching grant to the Holt County 4-H to support a national and local membership drive. A national ad campaign will promote membership in local 4-H clubs. Local 4-H youth will contact prospect new members in Holt county after they contact the national hotline. The Holt county 4-H serves about 400 youth and 100 adults in the county.

April 1997 - Funding Towards Chambers Park Improvement
In April 1997 the Goodwill Fund presented a $500 check to the Chambers Community Improvement Foundation towards the completion of their park improvement project. Their immediate goal is to build new restroom facilities in the park. They have conducted numerous fund raising events including a buy a brick campaign. Their community improvements efforts are an ongoing project.

April 1997 - Short Term Operating Grant to the Holt County Historical Society
In April 1997 a $500 check was present to the Holt County Historical Society by the Goodwill Fund to offset a recent funding loss. The grant will help the Society on a short term basis until an new long term source of funding can be found. The Society operates the Kinkaid Bank Building, a National Historical Site, which is visited by over 500 people each year. The society also does genealogical work and has almost 3,000 histories of local families on file. The Society's mission is to preserve and tell the story of the history of Holt County and its settlement.

January 1997 - Funding Towards the Purchase of a New Ambulance
In January the Niobrara Valley Electric Goodwill Fund presented a $500 check to the Naper Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Service towards the purchase of their new ambulance. The ambulance they replaced had been purchased in the early 1970's. The community was able to purchase the new ambulance after raising over $10,000 due to the efforts of the area residents and businesses.

January 1997 - Purchase of Medical Equipment
In January a $765 check was presented to the Spencer Rescue unit for the purchase of an Evac-u-Splint. The splint is used to immobilize accident victims with spinal injuries. The Spencer rescue unit receives no government funding and is supported only by donations from the area.


 1996 DONATIONS


August 1996 - Funding for Holt County 4-H
In August $155 was donated to the 4-H Auction Committee to help defray the cost of advertising thanking those that purchased livestock at the Holt County fair.

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