Fun and games are in the cards for a neighborhood association seeking growth.
In addition to its regular monthly meetings, the Friends of Seelyville Inc. plans to host regular “game nights” at the Lost Creek Conservation Club, organizers said Wednesday.
Connie Hinsenkamp, town clerk-treasurer and president of the Friends of Seelyville, said game night will be each from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse south on Main Street near the town park.
“And you can bring your own games, too,” she said, noting euchre and chess are among the activities planned.
Hinsenkamp said the group hopes to welcome new residents to the community with the activities, while keeping citizens apprised of town offerings. The activities are open to the community at large, and not just residents of Seelyville, she said.
Wayne Langman, long-time member and group treasurer, said the Friends of Seelyville was launched as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2006 with the goal of improving the quality of life in Lost Creek Township.
“When we started out, our first project was the Town of Seelyville’s 100th birthday,” he said. “Since then, we’ve spent over $10,000 on the town park.”
Inside the Lost Creek Township Trustee’s Office, an artist’s rendering of a proposed community center is displayed, and Hinsenkamp and Langman described that an as ongoing project which could cost upwards of $500,000 to complete. At some point, the group hopes to use that future building as a place to host senior citizens’ meals, youth programming and other town functions.
In the meantime, the Friends of Seelyville meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month inside the town hall and focuses on community improvement.
“A lot of what we do is volunteer work,” Langman said, explaining that in addition to mowing grass for town properties and parks, members also help the elderly with lawn care and firewood. “The ‘Friends’ do try to live up to their name.”
Hinsenkamp said the group hosts a golf scramble each summer, with proceeds going toward a $750 scholarship program for Vigo County high school graduates. In the coming months, she hopes to add a historical re-enactment to the group’s offerings as a way to draw more interest. Whether re-enactors are brought in for a Revolutionary War or Civil War performance has yet to be decided, but an increase in activity is certainly in store, she said.
At present, the Friends of Seelyville includes about 25 members, but its ranks have ebbed between 12 and 50 for years within the community of 1,100, she said. The group has recently added a Facebook page, and its new president said more yet is in store.
Brian Boyce can be reached at 812-231-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.