Southside Senior Center
2215 South Fremont
Springfield, Missouri 65804
Dear Officers of the Southside Senior Center:
Thank you for the many ways in which you make our community a better place to live and work. The members of the Springfield Park Board Chess Club appreciates all that you do for the community and the necessary services you provide on a daily basis to not only Springfield, but the surrounding area by providing meals, activities, and a gathering place for our Seniors, some of which are members of our Club, to experience fellowship among those that share common interests.
As a long time organization ourselves, since 1972, founded by members of the News-Leader Newspaper and other community members, the Springfield Park Board Chess Club provides an activity to those who have a passion for chess not only in our community, but the surrounding area. Just last month, for instance, an older woman traveling from Texas to the east coast found our Club on the web and dropped by to play a few games. Often we have students from Drury, Missouri State, Southwest Baptist, and Evangel, as well as high school students, coming from as far away as Branson, who play at our Club. Such drop-ins happen several times a year and help promote our Club and the city's hospitality.
Over the years the Chess Club has met in various places in our community: Meador Park's Swim House, the YMCA, the Jenny Lind Center, Tom Watkins Center, Fassnight Park, and finally in the mid-1980's found its home at the Ray Kelly Park. With the development and building of the Southside Senior Center we were honored and humbled to be included in the use of the facility by the developer upon its expansion from the small Police sub-station it once was.
Recently, Ozarks Public Broadcasting recognized the value the Chess Club offers the community and ran public service announcements on KSMU and OPT during the months of May and June with a total value of $1,940. These announcements were provided free of charge to our small organization and for that we are most grateful. This not only promoted our Club, but also promoted the Southside Senior Center as a facility for the public good.
As a result of our long time association with the Park Board and the Southside Senior Center, we would like to take this opportunity to invest in the work you do by offering this cash donation in the amount of $250 (please find our check enclosed) and hope your organization can make good use of our investment in the Center.
Thank you again for all the good work you do and we look forward to many more years of us all working together to make our community a better place to live.
Springfield Park Board Chess Club and it members
cc Springfield—Greene County Park Board—Miles Park
KSMU--Ozarks Public Broadcasting—Tammy Wiley