To the editor:
It was very heartwarming to see in last week’s paper that Dale Kasten and Donna Eiffert received the Carlinville Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year and Selfless Service Award, respectively. I can’t think of two more deserving people for these awards.
Dale Kasten has been and continues to be a tremendous asset to the Carlinville community. He served many years on the Macoupin County Fair Board and when the current grandstand needed money to complete its funding, guess who stepped forward and made that happen—Dale! He has given many hours of service to the Carlinville Elks, going through both Carlinville Elks and District Elks Officers Chairs, plus serving on many committees and helping in the kitchen for years during weddings and benefit dinners.
Dale has been on the Good Samaritan Ministries Food Pantry and Salvation Army Bell Ringing boards for years. When he took over the bell ringing the money taken in for local families’ needs was around $5000, in just a few short years over $33,000 was donated by businesses and kettle donations. Dale’s tireless devotion and leadership has helped many people with their heat, water and rent bills. God Bless you Dale!
Donna Eiffert has served as President of the Good Samaritan Ministries Food Pantry for over 15 years. She has literally work thousands of hours organizing and leading the efficient operation of the Food Pantry. The Carlinville Food Pantry serves over 200 families during peak months and is noted for diverse food and adequate quantities for local families. She has been the leading force with the Food Pantry since 2001. Donna has also did her fair share with the Salvation Army Bell ringers for many years, taking several days each year organizing labor to ring the bells. In addition Donna has helped with the Carlinville Lion Carnival for many years and St. Paul’s Church Choir and several church committees.
Dale Kasten and Donna Eiffert have given so much of their time and effort to make Carlinville a better community and assist their fellow citizens in need. I am proud they make Carlinville their home and am proud to call them my friends.