To The Daily Sun,
The president of the Alton Garden Club, Joan Blackwood, received a phone call early in the year. The caller told her that a former member, Margaret "Peg' Kayser had mentioned the club in her will and that a check would be coming. Her initial thought was how nice and how unexpected.
Some time went by and she received another phone call, this one from the treasurer, Betty Jane Meulenbroek. She said that a letter had arrived for the Garden Club and a check was enclosed from Peg's estate. As she read the letter mentioning the amount, Joan's mouth dropped open. The same response has been from everyone who has heard this news. "What?" "How much?" And looks of amazement. It will be a huge blessing as well as a huge responsibility of the club to spend it wisely to see that Peg's wishes are fulfilled.
That wish was to beautify the town and "and hoped that the money would be put to great use."
A member of the Alton Garden Club, Peg Kayser, had been actively involved for years. Though quiet and unassuming she was instrumental in initiating a scholarship for a local deserving graduating student who was going into some form of science or horticulture future. That $500 scholarship was recently presented to Haley Mellon from Prospect Mountain who may pursue a career in environmental science.
On hearing of Peg's gift a member of the Alton Garden Club thought it was a wonderful idea to help make our town more beautiful and wrote the club this letter:
"Dear Alton Garden Club: Please accept my gift to the Alton Garden Club to augment the generous gift that you have already received. I know you will use the money to beautify the town of Alton in a very special way. I am giving the gift to give back to the community who has so lovingly given so much to my family. I thank all the friends, businesses, police, ambulance service and the Alton Garden Club. I fell blessed to live in such a wonderful community of great people.
We have a great town, and I look forward to the further beautification of the area. I hope this gift will help your project.
Sincerely, the Hudson family
A check was enclosed for another large amount of money. More mouths have dropped open. It is believed that many improvements can be made with this kind of money.
A committee has been formed to plan and implement these improvements. The primary goal is to make the Bay, where so many visit, a more beautiful area. Another area the committee is considering is around Monument Square. It is hoped that plans will be finalized before fall so that by next summer some, if not all of the work will be done and those who live here as well as those who visit will be able to say, "What a beautiful town."
The Alton Garden Club
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