John Widmer, operations director of See & Do Club in Montpelier, was guest speaker at the regular monthly meeting of CHWC-Montpelier Hospital Auxiliary held Monday, Jan. 14th at the Montpelier Public Library meeting room. Approximately 15 members heard about the civic organization which was founded in 1958 by Dorothy Snyder & Loretta Sleesman, when a tornado ripped through the Hillsdale County area, affecting families also in Williams County.
See & Do began operations in Snyder’s garage and then moved to downtown Montpelier in a building on Empire Street. Later the club took over the old railroad depot building from the village for a token fee. The club provides assistance with food, clothing and household items for individuals and families in the county with the exception of Bryan, which has several food pantries and thrift stores.
Existing entirely on donations, See & Do is supported by area churches and local organizations and individuals, some of whom volunteer to work at the center. Mr. Widmer oversees the food pantry and the supervisors who take care of the thrift store. See & Do has a local board of directors who meet quarterly and set policies regarding the center.
During the Christmas season, a total of 152 families or individuals were assisted with shopping for children’s toys, Christmas decorations, gifts and holiday food boxes. Supplies for the food pantry are purchased through the Toledo Food Bank at reduced costs. Those applying for assistance are required by the federal government to fill out a request form, verify their address and must meet federal guidelines for eligibility.
See & Do’s food pantry and thrift store is regularly open each week on Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and also on the third Monday of each month from 5-7 p.m. Items at the thrift store are limited to 20 per visit at no charge, but donations are appreciated. Mr. Widmer thanks all who volunteer their time at the store, which sometimes includes youth organizations who want to provide community service.
Among Mr. Widmer’s other civic activities is volunteering at CCNO offering a class for inmates on expanding life skills through HARC—Healing Addiction Recovery through Christ.
Following the program, the hospital auxiliary President Deanna Gipe conducted the regular meeting, starting with the auxiliary prayer. Roll call was answered with “One way to help See & Do”. Reports were given by Secretary Jean Young, Treasurer Barb Dietsch, recreation and gift shop by Assistant Manager Vivian Brown, publicity by Joyce Schelling, and magazines by Ruth Cooley.
The next regular meeting of the auxiliary will be held Monday, Feb. 11th at 1 p.m. at the Montpelier Public Library with program by Dr. Tyler Pittman, local dentist. Roll call will be “Who was the U.S. President the year you were born?”. Members are asked to bring two valentine cards to the meeting for patient favors. Guests are also welcome to attend. The soup and salad luncheon and silent auction have been rescheduled to be held at the March meeting, which is planned at the Montpelier Hospital.