Local Organization Donates $100,000 to Foundation
7/20/2015 12:10:25 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.
[Story by John Graham, Lovington Leader]
The Lovington Lodge #44 of the Oddfellows and #5 Olive Branch Rebekah Lodge made a substantial donation of $100,000 to the NMJC Foundatiion this week to be used for student scholarships and endowment.
NMJC Foundation board members and college officials were on hand for the special presentation Tuesday night in the Western Commerce Community room where the Lodge now meets.
"We are trying to make the best use of what we have," said Scharlla Dean, past Grand Master of the Oddfellows and past President of the Rebekahs. "We want to give back to local communities who have supported us so well over the years," she said.
The Lodge sold its main Hall and trailer park at 310 N. Love last August to downsize. "We had reached the point that it was hard to keep up with the maintenance on such a large building," added Dean. The organizatoin now meets in the bank community room.
Part of the monies from the sale were used to make the donation.
Dr. Steve McCleery, NMJC President, made special presentations to Lodge members for their generosity. "Your gift is so over the top," said McCleery. "Your gift, in perpetuity helps students from now on. You have made a difference."
[Pictured in the photo: (back row) Tina Kunko, Foundation Accountant/Controller; Harold Browning, Oddfellow Secretary; Tylford Dean, Oddfellow Past Grand Master; David Shaw, past Foundation President and board member; John Graham, Foundation Vice President; Pat Chappelle, NMJC Board President; and Jim Wheeler,Oddfellow Past Grand Master. (Seated) Bobby Rolls, Oddfellow Past Grand Master; Fay Cunningham, Oddfellow Vice Grand; Wanda Wheeler, Rebekah Chaplain/Past President ; and Scharlla Dean, Oddfellow Past Grand Master and Rebekah Past President. Not pictured for the presentation were: Barbara Browning Oddfellow Past Noble Grand and Rebekah Treasurer; Boyd Griffin, Oddfellow Past Grand Master; and Bob Littlefield, Oddfellow Past Grand Master.]