Modern Woodmen adopts a tree
The Linton Park Board's Adopt a Tree Program found a final sponsor for eight trees that were planted in Humphreys Park last fall -- they'll be looking for sponsors for 12 more trees that will be planted next fall.
The financial firm Modern Woodmen was the last business that adopted the final tree.
A ceremony took place last Friday afternoon at Linton's Humphreys Park with Jay Schurz from Modern Woodmen and Janette Evans from the Linton Park Board.
Schurz is a financial representative for Modern Woodmen, located at 1937 North 1275 County Road West in Linton, and said it is the company's goal to give back to the community every year.
"Part of a normal non-for-profit activity for Modern Woodmen is to donate a tree out of each chapter every year for either a school, Christian academy, or park," said Schurz.
Normally, Modern Woodmen would reach out to a nursery to select a tree, but instead they made contact with the Linton Park Board.
"We planned on giving a tree to someone in the community and it just so happened that this tree was already in the ground. This worked out very well for us. We are doing this not for the recognition, instead it is a way for us to give back to the community."
Modern Woodmen will donate a tree once a year as a part of their philanthropic efforts. Another program Modern Woodmen is looking to start is a "Sponsor a Local Hero" program. Also, Modern Woodman sponsors a matching fund program where local organizations can receive funds up to $2,500.
According to Schurz, there are only 12 Modern Woodmen businesses in Indiana and last year they gave right at $90,000 through their match fund program.
"If we double [our locations], we could give up to $200,000."
Last fall the Linton Park Board purchased eight trees and in order to pay for the trees, the Park Board set up an adoption program.
Janette Evans is a part of the Linton Park Board and explained the process of adopting a tree.
"Our guys get the trees, and our guys plant them and fertilize them," said Evans.
"John Cotter has been excellent with this project and has really contributed a lot of his time to it. He has really been the go-getter and he picks the one we need.
"Fred Markle has a backhoe and helps tremendously with this project. It is a Park Board effort and it is not costing the city a thing."
According to Evans there are some trees that need to be removed, due to their age and condition, but every time a tree is cut down, the Linton Park Board makes an effort to replace it.
After a tree is adopted, a plaque is furnished with a post in front of the tree which designates the name of the party who adopted it -- whether it was a business or private individual.
"Different businesses and individuals from around the Linton area have adopted these trees. It is $200 to adopt a tree and that includes the name plaque," said Evans.
Next fall, the Linton Park Board will have 12 more trees ready for adoption, all from Abell Nursery, located in Bloomington.