Seaside Heights Fire Auxiliary plans 2008 goals….

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2008 Seaside Heights Fire Auxiliary Executive Board (top left) Peter Smith, President, (top right) Anita Alliston, Vice-President, (bottom right) Kimberle Rolle-Samarelli, Secretary and Business Advisor, (bottom right) Diane Martinez, Treasurer.

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Seaside Heights Fire Auxiliary plans 2008 goals: The Seaside Heights Fire Auxiliary has met to plan for 2008, which will be its first full year of operation in its current incarnation. The SHFD Auxiliary is an arm of Station 44, The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department, and although it operates independently, it is under the ultimate governance of the SHFD main Executive Board and membership. The established main purposes of the Auxiliary is to play a supporting role to the firefighters when needed, chiefly by providing refreshments when needed at fires. Additionally, the Auxiliary is to raise money to sustain itself, with remainder going to benefit both the SHFD and other community causes. A re-organization and planning meeting of the SHFD Auxiliary was held Thursday January 17th. First order of business was election of the Auxiliary Executive Board: Peter Smith, President, Anita Alliston, Vice-President, Kimberle Rolle-Samarelli, Secretary and Business Advisor, Diane Martinez, Treasurer, all serving 2-year terms. In her report, Mrs. Martinez announced a balance of approximately $1,200.00 in the bank, a result of 2007 fund-raising endeavors. Now that the group has a sum of money to work with, decisions needed to be made as of what exactly should be done with it. Currently, the idea is to try to keep as much of the money as possible in the bank and to raise additional funds in 2008. This will allow for the Auxiliary to have enough funds for month-to-month operations, as well as future philanthropic endeavors, such as scholarships and donations back to the Fire Department or other worthy causes. The first fund raiser of 2008 is planned to be a bake sale at the St. Patrick’s Parade, Saturday March 15th. Other fund raising ideas were mentioned, and although not every idea could possibly be done in one year, all were good , and some will be attempted in ’08. Members were asked to spend the time between the January and February meetings creating proposals of fund raising ideas to present for consideration next time, when the yearly goals will be concretely established by the membership. An Auxiliary sub-committee was also established to create a stockpile of water, coffee and snacks for distribution at future structure fires. This group will be responsible to formulate a plan for the way things will be stored, accessed and distributed. Members of this committee include Pete Smith, Kim Samarelli, Anita Alliston, Diane Martinez, Lindsay Jones, and Sarah Cole. The next meeting of the group will be Monday February 25th at 7 p.m at Borough Hall. Any persons interested in joining the SHFD Auxiliary can find information at the Station 44 website, http://www.shfd44.com or can simply attend the meeting.

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