MAHASKA COUNTY – The Golden Goose Club sponsored a gala on Dec. 3 to celebrate its members and highlight all the great projects the group has supported since its formation in 2016.
According to Golden Goose Secretary Vicky Collette, the evening was a great success.
“It was a gathering of a gaggle of ‘geese’ and we had a great turn-out,” Collette said. “Our ‘flock’ currently has 116 members, and they were encouraged to bring a friend who was interested in finding out more about our club. We recruited some new females with the desire to make a positive difference in the Oskaloosa community.”
Collette said that to date, the women’s club has raised $218,000 to support various community projects, with several of the projects receiving a match to the club’s donation from the George Daily Trust.
“There are community improvement projects that don’t get done due to lack of funding,” Collette explained. “With the Golden Goose Club, there is power in numbers and the more members we have, the more we can fund these projects that benefit us all.”
The projects the club has supported to date vary greatly, and include support for The Alley renovation, a sound system for the city square bandstand, an outdoor movie screen, LED Christmas lights in the park, the FACE sculpture tour, Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Forest Cemetery security cameras, Stephens Memorial Animal Shelter landscaping, fire department safety trailer, recovering the flower containers downtown, Imagination Playground Blocks, Roofing on the Nelson Pioneer Farm House, updated protection artillery for the Oskaloosa Police, The Alley mural painting, and dumpster camouflage panels which are currently being installed.
Guest speakers for the evening included Golden Goose Member Linda Corht, who talked about the satisfaction she receives from being a member of the club and doing so many great things for the community; Jim Walker, who talked about the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) safety trailer that the club purchased and how it has made a positive difference for firefighters and emergency personnel in Mahaska County.
Other speakers included Oskaloosa Chief of Police Ben Boeke and Oskaloosa City Council and FACE (Fine Arts and Cultural Events) Board Member Diane Ottosson. Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt said Oskaloosa is the envy of other communities he visits and many leaders of those communities want to hear more about how the Golden Goose Club works and how they can start their own clubs.
Golden Goose Club President Jen Main said the group raises its money from membership dues.
“Members make a $100 quarterly donation and pay $10 annual dues, or a total of $410 a year,” Main explained. “Members present community betterment ideas and the group votes on their favorite project for that quarter. We meet and vote on a project four times a year and because we are focused on community improvement projects, donations to the club are tax-deductible.”
Main said it is inspiring to see what can happen when women combine their financial resources through focused philanthropy.
“The more members we have, the more funds we can donate to community improvement projects,” she said. “We are always encouraging women to become a goose and join us in making a positive difference in Oskaloosa.”