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IIIBI IHlii!lllliflllHl iilBIJNIDIIINHIIilW| i ] Llm ., I Thursday, October 21, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven -Mission and Purpose Norwalk Athletic Booster Club By Mary Lou Gray The Norwalk Athletic Booster Club is made up of many people from the Norwalk Community• Anyone who contributes toward the betterment of the student-athletes is a member of the club. This includes coaches, teachers, parents and community members. The purpose of the Norwalk Athletic Booster Club (NABC) is to assist in the funding of middle school and high school athletics. Club members obtain a needs list from the high school and middle school coaches" and the club tries to fill those needs. Usually these needs are over and above what the coaches' school budget allows for the year. The Booster Club holds fundraising activities throughout the year. For the last three years the an- nual golf outing has been held at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Norwalk. At this golf outing teams are put together in groups of four to play the 18-hole course. The funds are donated to the general fund. Another fundraiser is manning the concession at the high school during home ath- letic events. Justin and Brooke Byars from Norwalk are the new man- agers as Gwen and Marshall Enderlin are re- tiring after many years of service with the club. Vol- unteers also take part in other activities such as the basketball tournament for boys and girls in grades fifth through eighth that is held every year. There are many types of equipment needed for the sports activities at the Norwalk schools. Some of the 18 different sports pro- grams the club assists in- clude bowling, swimming, track, golf, tennis, soccer, wrestling, dance team, football and basketball. Everything from bats, gloves, balls for baseball and softball to lockers in the locker rooms are pur- chased. Football and bas- ketball uniforms are also included• Donations through the club can also go toward scoreboards in the gym and on the field• During the 2009-2010 school year, one large donation went to renovate the softball field including bleachers, ce- ment work and labor. There are several differ- ent levels of contributing to the club. An individual may contribute toward a specific sport or a contri- bution can go to the gen- eral fund. The club allo- cates the donation in tiers. An individual may con- tribute toward a specific sport although a set amount of that donation will also go toward the general fund which ben- efits all sports. Member levels are Member, Booster, Purple, Gold and Warrior. The Gold and Warrior levels are for do- nations of $300 or greater. These levels include an ac- tivity pass to the donor for the current school year. Anyone wishing to make a donation can send them to Lori Vaske, Member- ship Chair, 2909 Lexington Dr., Norwalk, IA 50211. Stacy Rosonke, Public Relations Officer stated, "One goal I have is to in- crease the number of members who attend the meetings and who vote and share input." She said the club meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the high school. Anyone interested in be- coming a member may contact the Norwalk Ath- letic Booster Club at 981- 9042. Current officers of the club are Tim Stephany, President; Pat Johnston, Vice President; Julie Rogers, Secretary; Sharla Richardson, Treasurer; Di- rectors: Lori Vaske, Mem- bership; and Stacy Rosonke, Public Relations. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 It's No Treat to Be Tricked by Scary Investment Moves Submitted by Joe Schettler, Rep for Edward Jones in If you have young children, or even if you just have some in your neighborhood, you know they will soon acquire large amounts of free candy, obtained by impersonating witches, vampires and other scary creatures. As an adult, of course, you're un- likely to encounter too many monsters after Hal- loween ends. Yet as you go through life, you will find some things that are truly alarming -- such as scary investment moves. Here are a few of these frightful actions: • Investing too conserva- tively -- You could try to avoid investment risk by putting all your money into very conservative invest- ments. However, as you're probably aware, those in- vestments typically pay very little in the way of in- terest, so your money could actually lose purchasing power, even with a mild rate of inflation. Investing too aggres- sively -- Just as investing too conservatively can be counterproductive, so can in- vesting too aggressively. Obviously, you would like your money to grow, but the investments with the high- est growth potential are usually also those that carry the greatest risk to your principal. Putting too much money in too few invest- ments -- If you put too many of your investment dollars into just one or two types of assets, and a down- turn hits those assets, your portfolio will probably take a big hit. • Waiting too long to in- vest -- As an investor, your biggest asset may be time. The more years in which you have to invest, the greater the likelihood that you can make progress toward your important financial goals. Taking a "timeout" from investing -- During periods of significant mar- ket volatility, such as we've seen the past few years, you might be tempted to take a "timeout" from investing and stick all your money into very conservative ve- hicles until everything "blows over." But the finan- ciaI markets will never be totally calm, nor will they be predictable. Market ral- lies can start unexpectedly; if you're not invested when that happens, you may miss out on growth opportunities. • Ignoring tax-advantaged investment opportunities -- When you invest in a tax- deferred investment ac- count, such as your 401(k) and a traditional IRA, your money has the opportunity to grow faster than it would if it were placed in an invest- ment on which you paid taxes every year. If you aren't contributing to your 401(k) and you haven't opened an IRA, you're missing out on a great chance to build re- sources for retirement. To make sure you don't fall victim to these scary invest- ment moves, you need only follow a few simple prin- ciples. First, take the long view-- you will see ups and downs in the short term, but historically the market has performed well over the long term. (Keep in mind, though, that past perfor- mance is not guarantee of what will happen in the fu- ture.) Second, diversify your holdings among a variety of investments. Diversifica- tion, by itself, cannot guar- antee a profit or protect against loss, but it can help reduce the effects of volatil- ity. Try to build a diversi- fled portfolio based on your risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals. And fi- nally, consider boosting your 401(k) contributions when- ever your salary increases and fully funding your IRA each year. Halloween comes but once a year, but scary investment moves can haunt you for a lifetime -- so take the right steps to help avoid them. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Fi- nancial Advisor. SALLY SPEAKS By Sally Huntoon In last week's newspaper a reader expressed in a Letter to the Editor a thank you for being fair and balanced during the election. The resident also expressed sorrow at having to have fecommendations paid for in our newspaper. I have worked on enough campaigns in the past and have noted since working at this newspaper that a "well-oiled" campaign can have Letters to the Editor coming in each week. Far too many for us to have space to print. This year is no different, we have received letters from both sides of the aisle. There was a time that we did not charge, but I can tell you that just picking and choosing which pieces will be published and which ones will not be published - it can look very slanted to readers. In the past, when the City of Norwalk was going through discussions concerning annex- ation and then tax abatement we had numerous letters appear every week. We didn't want to pick and choose, so each week we published whatever we received. But in doing so, there were times we had to add extra pages - pages that cost us because there was no advertising or other revenue coming in to cover the extra expense. We finally got smart, as have several other newspapers, and begafi to charge for political letters, just as we charge for an ad. Now we charge for any letter that concerns any issue citizens will be voting on, no matter if it is local or national. Today, people have so many avenues in which information can be received about both candidates and issues. With all the negative advertising, sometimes one has to really "dig" in order to find out the truth. I am afraid the media has added to a lot of this confusion. For that, I am grateful that we have tried extra hard to be fair and balanced. We owe that to our readers. 2010 Voter Guide Staci Appel Iowa State Senate Kent Sorenson Democrat District 37 Republican Voted N FAVOR of dksplaying the American Flag in our schools, and voted tN FAVOR of starting the school day with the Pledge of Allegiance ebuild Iowa's surplus Voted against long-term debt Will vote to PROTECT your federal tax deductibility, Voted NO on 10% across and caused property tax increases: Will vote for potic!es that lower property taxes, successful right to work law and your ability ta hold a job without being forced to join a union or pay unbar1 fees sovereignty, as provided for in Amendment X, Constitution of the United States Go-sponsored legislation to preserve their own healthcare SUPPORTS the people's right to regarding marriage Suppolls life from conception to natural death co-sponsored ]egjslation on personhood Does not support human cioning Our Flag and Pledge of Allegiance Spending & Debt Tax Policy Right to Work Adherence to the Constitution Health Care Marriage Life No Personal Attacks, Just the Facts! One of these two candidates will represent you in the Iowa State Senate. So before you vote, shouldn't you find out which one represents your values? Paid for by Sorenson for Statehouse PO Box 633 Indianoa, IA 50125 :