Keep America Beautiful makes plans for 2013
by LUCIE R. WILLSIE, Associate Editor
Dec 09, 2012 | 790 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Keep America Beautiful is already making plans for events and fundraisers in 2013.

New for next year, KAB will try to hold two major fundraisers.

“It’s good to have two good fundraisers per year,” said Shane Lawson, customer data manager at Cleveland Utilities and KAB vice president.

Its traditional pancake breakfast fundraiser will get a new twist, while the successful first yard sale held by KAB will be held every year now.

The next KAB pancake breakfast tentatively is planned at a new location — Aubrey’s — and will not only offer pancakes, but eggs and bacon as well. A date still needs to be decided upon, but KAB is hoping for March or April of next year.

Several new locations for the yard sale are under discussion.

Lawson also told the board Thursday his church, Parkway Baptist, is volunteering to sponsor some concessions — such as cotton candy — as well as inflatable toys for the kids at next year’s yard sale.

The church not only is offering this without any cost to KAB, but also will donate any money made to KAB. And, same as for the first year, KAB will donate any remaining items from its yard sale to the local Habitat for Humanity organization.

In other business:

n The KAB annual Solid Waste Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. on March 1, 2013, at the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce. The speaker will be Sarah K. Dean, the environmental and regulatory compliance-SES at Mars Chocolate North America LLC. Many awards, including the yearly Volunteer of the Year Award, will be given out at the event.

n KAB’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2, 2013at Tri-State Exhibition Cente.

n Next year’s planting projects for the schools will be to grow zinnia flowers.

n KAB’s December White Glove Award winner is the local Procter & Gamble/Duracell company.

n KAB’s Neighborhood Beautification Award for December goes to Hiwassee Mental Health on S. Ocoee Street. Its January 2013 award goes to Caldwell Paving in Charleston.

n The three winners of the America Recycles Challenge have been announced. Cleveland High School won first place and a pizza party for recycling 3,149 pounds of material; Cleveland Middle School won second place and an ice cream party for recycling 1,915 pounds of material; and Valley View Elementary earned third place and a cup cake party by recycling 1,868 pounds.

A total of 13,428 pounds of material were diverted from the landfill through theses students’

efforts. These figures were compiled by Debbie Millard, operations clerk and CRS Champion for the local Coca-Cola company facility as well as KAB board member. Millard is the liaison of the recycling operations with the community.

n Lawson is continuing to improve KAB’s website, hoping to add several new features, such as being able to use PayPal and/or credit cards for memberships and donations, etc.

n Joanne Maskew, executive director for the Cleveland KAB, is continuing to look for and apply for grants. Next year’s tentative unapproved budget is currently around $1,200 short, which KAB hopes to cover with fundraisers and/or grants.

n KAB’s next board meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2013, at the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce. No meeting will be held this December.