All-volunteer effort pays off with new firemen's club

Photo by Amy Cherry - A group of dedicated volunteers responsible for the construction of the new 5,000 square feet. Fox Township Firemen's Club is shown during a recent grand opening and ribbon-cutting event at the club.
Amy Cherry
Staff Writer

A dedicated group of Kersey volunteers have a reason to celebrate as they recently completed construction on the new Fox Township Firemen's Club.
To say the project was a labor of love is an understatement. A core group of 13 volunteers spent the past 18 months working in all weather conditions building the new club from the ground up.
The club, located along Main Street (state Route 948), is home to a new 5,000-square-foot banquet hall and larger kitchen and bar area than in the previous club, which will be torn down and used as a parking area.
During a recent grand opening and ribbon-cutting event at the club, Kathy Dowie, Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department board president and township secretary, thanked all the volunteers, donors, business owners and others who contributed their time, supplies and donations.
"This was truly a community effort that could not have been completed without the support of many, many people," Dowie said.
Joining her were Don and Cheryl Ruffner, owners of Concrete Specialists and contractors who oversaw the project. Don is a member of the fire department while Cheryl completed the design work on the building. She provided specific details about the project to those at the event.