Saturday, July 21, 2018

Assistance Requested to Save Panhandle Community Center


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Open Letter to the Public:

The Lot
A freshly mown lawn, stately pines and oaks, red clay dirt, an abandoned playing field, blue skies, and hot July sunshine, all pay homage to a tall white frame building that once housed the Panhandle Consolidated School. Paint is peeling, boards are rotting, windows are loose, yet she still sits proudly - facing an uncertain future. Located in Choctaw County, the old school building, now Panhandle Community Center, is desperately in need of repair.

The Club
Dixie Pan is a group of approximately twelve Choctaw County women. The Dixie Pan Club’s purpose is to promote health and happiness in our homes and communities by broadening our knowledge about the issues that face our lives every day. As members, we want to strengthen the ties that bind us as neighbors and turn our steps into paths of love and service. May we remember the things that unite our communities and forget the things that divide us.

The Quest
Roughly two months ago the Dixie Pan Club decided to submit a proposal to the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce in hopes of obtaining the First Impressions Grant. The proposal requested funding for painting the building and the roof and for glazing windows that need repair. We were thrilled to learn that we did, indeed, receive a grant for $3,000.00.

A local contractor has provided the following estimate:
  • Exterior 
  • Pressure wash exterior
  • Scrape and prime where needed
  • Glaze windows that need repair
  • Paint with two coats top quality paint, white in color
  • Material Cost: $2,200.00
  • Labor Cost: $4,300.00
  • Paint roof with aluminum paint
  • Material cost: $1,000.00
  • Labor: $1,500.00

  • TOTAL COST: $9,000.00 
  • $3,000.00 Grant
  • $6,000.00 Funds needed
It is the responsibility of the Dixie Pan Club to raise the needed $6,000.

The Plea
Some years ago, with your help, community members raised the money to paint the building. However, nothing lasts forever. It is time to paint again. Please prayerfully consider making a donation toward this worthy cause. Send your contribution to the address included at the end of this letter.

The Outcome
A freshly mown lawn, stately pines and oaks, red clay dirt, an abandoned playing field, blue skies, and hot summer sunshine, all pay homage to a tall, freshly painted, white frame building now filled with people enjoying the company and fellowship of friends and neighbors. Panhandle Community Center is now proudly facing a future filled with hosting reunions, fund raising activities, Panhandle Community Day, weddings, potluck dinners, meetings, and the list goes on and on.

Let’s strive for and dedicate ourselves to maintaining the heart of our community. Let’s join together to preserve a vital part of our heritage. Let’s show others how proud we are of our community.

Please help. Work is scheduled to begin August 15, 2018, and end December 15, 2018.


Thank you..

Marie Gordon
Dixie Pan Club President
(662) 310-7309


Make checks payable to Dixie Pan Club. On the memo section of your check, write Community Center Repair.


Send Checks to:

Janice Strawbridge
Dixie Pan Club Treasurer
4523 Fentress Panhandle Road
McCool, MS 39108