Members of the Pleasant Hill - Rocky Community Club are announcing the distribution of $6,700 raised at this year’s annual benefit dinner, the Smorgasbord, which was held on November 3rd. As in previous years, the major donations went to the North Blanco County EMS ($1,250), the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department ($1,250), and the Johnson City Volunteer Fire Department ($1,250). And again this year, members voted to make donations to the Blanco County Youth Council, the Youth Community Assistance Program (YCAP), the Johnson City Library Building Fund, the Blanco Library, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Wellness Center. Members also voted to help cover some of the expenses incurred by the Early Bird 4H Club, which meets in the Pleasant Hill – Rocky schoolhouse. Among other things, the young people from the 4H Club provide valuable assistance with the Smorgasbord each year. Encouraged by a presentation from Myron Uecker, a long-time club member and a teacher at the Johnson City High School, members voted to make two additional donations this year. One is a donation to the Johnson City Community Education Foundation, which provides scholarships for Johnson City High School graduates. The second addition is a donation of $500 to the Johnson City ISD to fund the Jewell Sultemeier Memorial Pleasant Hill – Rocky Community Club scholarship, which is to be awarded to the graduating senior in the Eagles in Service program with the most service hours over his or her time in high school. Mrs. Sultemeier was a co-founder of the Smorgasbord and served her community in numerous ways for many years. According to club president James Sultemeier, this year’s distribution is the largest in recent club history, and probably the largest ever. He added, “We’re very pleased to be able to host an event like this where neighbors and friends can visit while enjoying good food, and then to be able to give the money we’ve raised back to worthy causes. We couldn’t do all this successfully without the wonderful support we receive from local businesses like Lowe’s, Ronnie’s Ice House & Barbecue, Garrison Brothers Distillery, L&L Drilling, and, of course, the Johnson City Record Courier.” The club has been hosting an annual fundraiser for well over fifty years. Milton Hawkins, the club’s secretary/treasurer, reports that in just the twelve years he has held the office, the club has been able to make donations totaling almost $45,000, thanks to the generosity of those who support this event each year. Visitors are welcome to attend meetings and participate in any of the club’s activities. The next meeting is set for March 15th, when new officers will be elected. The club meets quarterly in the historic Pleasant Hill - Rocky School Building, which is located about 7 miles west of Johnson City, just off Highway 290 West, on CR 205 (Rocky Road). Membership in the club is free and is open to everyone living in, or just interested in, the Pleasant Hill – Rocky Creek area. For more information, contact James Sultemeier (868-7323); Dorothy Uecker, vice president (868-7585); or Milton Hawkins (868-9075).