United Way Spotlight

United Way Spotlight The list of United Way of Vermillion agencies for the 2002 campaign year includes four agencies that are new to United Way in our community. During the month of November each of these four new agencies will be featured in this United Way Spotlight column. This week's agency is Vermillion Girl's Softball Association.

The Vermillion Girl's Softball Association is an entirely volunteer, parent-run organization whose mission is to provide a safe recreational program for girls ranging in age from 7 to 18. The program serves approximately 180 girls and has been in existence for 12 years.

There are two divisions of the program. The older girls' teams play in a league which travels to other locations to play softball in addition to hosting games here at home. The younger girls' teams play their games in Vermillion.

In an effort to keep the girls' registration fees at a reasonable level, the parents sought United Way of Vermillion funding for 2002. Among the expenses that these United Way funds will help to defray are new bats for all the teams that will enable the teams to be certified for play, other safety equipment, and the cost of liability insurance to cover the league, coaches and directors. The insurance is required by the City of Vermillion in order to use the city's playing fields for games and practices.

The Board of Directors of the Vermillion Girls' Softball Association is headed by President Greg Merrigan, Vice-president Kris O'Connor, Treasurer Randy Isaacson and Secretary Deb Christensen. Other directors are Shelly Bye, Ray Hofman, Jason Huska, Keith Joy, Lisa Lawrence, Scott Munger and Lauren Tolsma.

For more information about the Vermillion Girls' Softball Association contact Greg Merrigan or one of the other board members.

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