Collinsville, Oklahoma
January 4, 2018
Miscellaneous News
Raymond French To Speak At Chamber Banquet /
FFA Feeding Students / Baseball League Rebuilding
Collinsville Youth Baseball League
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I was wondering if you could help me spread the word about CYBL online registrations? We have a goal of 50 sign-ups in each of our 6 divisions. That is a very tough but very reasonable goal.

I'm not sure how familiar you are with the league, but we have lost so many players to other leagues over the years. When I took over in 2015, the league management and fields were in shambles. Since then we have a very very small group of volunteers who have been working hard to revamp things and make the CYBL a 1st class place to play. We want to bring Collinsville players BACK to Collinsville and even attract teams from other towns to play in our tournaments.

Coach Reeder has brought his players out every year, since I took over, to volunteer and help us with whatever we need to prepare for each season!

Happy New Year,

Josh Walker (CYBL President)
(CHS baseball player class of 2006)

Feeding the world, starting at home

The Collinsville FFA officer team worked together to help provide food for elementary students who are part of the Backpacks for Kids program. Students in the program receive food to take home each weekend to help bridge the gap for students who may not receive enough food over the weekend. Thank you to the following sponsors: Collinsville Family Pharmacy, Bayouth Insurance, Hometown Real Estate, Coach Robb’s 6th hour class, Diane Martin, and Branen Lawn and Maintenance inc. Wal-Mart also donated a $50 gift card which was used to purchase toys. The Sale Barn Theater hosted a movie night and the entry fee was a canned food item, they gathered roughly 180 pounds of food which was added to what we had already acquired. We would also like to give a special thanks to Jodi Kaiser and Community Care for donating bags so we could divide the food and toys evenly for each of the students who are a recipients of the backpack program. We are proud to say that thanks to everyone’s hard work and involvement 38 elementary school students received a bag with 10 food items and a wrapped toy. Childhood hunger is not just an issue around the holidays, if you would like to donate items for the backpack program or school pantry contact any school counselor.

In Oklahoma alone 16.2% of our population suffers from food insecurity, the rate for children is 23.8%. Another great opportunity to help hungry children in Oklahoma is through the Oklahoma FFA Hunger Challenge. Oklahoma FFA has partnered with several organizations statewide to provide protein sticks for children in Oklahoma who are part of the backpack program. All donations are used in Oklahoma and 100% of your donation goes to the cause. You can donate an animal such as a pig or beef animal (for which you will receive a tax deduction for the market price of the animal) that will be picked up by a Oklahoma Farm Bureau employee at no cost to you and processed into protein sticks. You can also donate animals such as goats or sheep (you will still receive a tax deduction for your donation) which will be sold and the money will be used to pay processing and packaging costs for protein sticks or you can simply donate money directly to the cause. Last year 226 Oklahoma FFA Chapters pulled together and donated 540 animals and $7,341 and was therefore able to contribute 1 Million protein sticks to the backpack program in Oklahoma. For more information on the FFA Hunger Challenge contact any FFA Member or Mrs. Hamlin.

Kaylyn Branen, Laney Branen, Barrett Matlock, Justin Branen, Jeremy Sanders and School Counselors

-- By Mckena Lewis-FFA Reporter
2018 Chamber of Commerce Banquet
Is Feb. 3rd
2018 Chamber Banquet - The evening will consist of dinner, a silent auction, and a celebration of our members and our community. Our guest speaker will be Air Force Col. Raymond French, a Collinsville native who made a successful career in the military and was recently inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations & Support Hall of Fame. We hope that you can join us. Tickets are now available.

Raymond French (right) is a Lifetime Member of the Collinsville Education Foundation, and is shown receiving that plaque in 2004 from Bill Thomas.

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