Auxiliary raises $5,000 for fire company
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Patsy Beaber (center), president of the Bowmanstown Auxiliary, presents a $5,000 donation to Daniel Koch (second from right), treasurer of the Bowmanstown Fire Company, to be used toward its general fund. Also pictured are Carolyn Spairana (first from left), membership secretary, Barbara Scheckler (second from left), Auxiliary vice president, and Larry Scheckler (first from right), Auxiliary treasurer.
A local fire company has more money in its coffers thanks to an organization it's intertwined with.
The Bowmanstown Fire Company recently received a $5,000 donation for its general fund courtesy of the members of its Auxiliary.
Daniel Koch, treasurer of the fire company, said the department is most appreciative of the Auxiliary for its contribution.
"We want to thank the Auxiliary for their generous gift," Koch said. "We also want to thank everyone that helps either by supporting us with monetary donations or giving of their time."
Both organizations work together to insure the borough has adequate and up-to-date firefighting equipment, said Carolyn Spairana, membership secretary.
Spairana said members of the Auxiliary have worked diligently throughout the years to provide behind-the-scenes support.
She said it hosts bingo every Tuesday night, two bazaars a year, and provides catering for multifunctional events.
Eventually, Spairana said the Auxiliary wishes to provide help for the annual picnic, dances, and raffles that are held on the premises.
"As any other organization knows, it takes more than a handful of people to keep an organization running," Spairana said. "This fire company is no exception."
Spairana said the fire company consists of four internal groups: the firefighters, social members, board of directors, and Auxiliary.
The firefighters provide an excellent job in training, classes and timeless hours providing safety in the community, Spairana said. Along with that, they run breakfast once a month, wing night three times a month, and provide assistance at all events, she said.
The social members provide countless hours in making sure all events run smoothly, and take up the slack so the firefighters do not always have to be at the events, said Spairana, who added "our social membership consists of dedicated members who provide support in everything we do."
Spairana said the board of directors consists of members and firefighters who organize and run all of the activities and financial responsibilities that come up every month.
Last, but certainly not least, the Auxiliary has been the support of the organization for as long as anybody can remember, she said. Over the years, the ladies have organized and run many events, and have donated thousands of dollars to the fire company for month-to-month expenses and to purchase necessary firefighting equipment, Spairana said.
"Residents of the borough should feel thankful that an organization such as this exists in such a small borough," she said. "All of this and the yearly fund drive keep the borough taxes low and the quality of emergency equipment high."
Spairana said any help the fire company receives is appreciated.
"We are always looking for new members and volunteers," she said. "Just a few hours a week can make a great difference."
Koch said the fire department is also accepting donations to help defray the cost for a used tanker it recently purchased. Contributions may be sent to P.O. Box 86, Bowmanstown, Pa. 18030.
The social hall is open daily at 6 p.m. Monthly fire company meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Auxiliary meetings are the third Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and the firefighters meet every Monday at 6 p.m.
For more information, call 610-852-2722 after 6 p.m., visit www.bowmanstownfire.com, or follow them on Facebook.