News from Eliza

Dick Nash/Correspondent

Meeting dates in Eliza included the Eliza Board of Managers meeting and Eliza Community Club meeting on Feb. 2; the Feb. 8 township meeting, the Eliza Lions meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the Eliza Kafe and Feb. 24 for the Eliza Lions Club dinner meeting at 7 p.m. at the Eliza Kountry Kafe.

Area churches will begin the Lenten season starting Feb. 17, with Ash Wednesday services to be held at 7 p.m. at Joy United Methodist Church, with a pancake supper at 6:30 p.m., before the service. County Line Ministries will hold community services during the Lenten season beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. A March 2 service will be held at Eliza Community Church starting at 7 p.m. The adult class studying “Faith and Work” will continue meeting at 9 a.m. through February. There will be no Ladies Aid meeting in February, with the next meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.

The Eliza American Legion also will have no February meeting, with the next one scheduled March 1.

On Saturday, March 6 the Eliza Community Club will hold its eighth annual auction fund-raiser beginning at 10 a.m. Anyone wanting to donate items can contact Mary Lou Howe at (309) 537-3502 or Ronald Maas at (309) 537-3437. Items for the auction can be dropped off at the community center on Friday, March 5 between 5 and 7 p.m. The club is also offering to sell some larger items on consignment. Call Mary Lou or Ron for details.

Township of Illinois (TOI) officials are again sponsoring scholarships to graduating Illinois seniors, with seven $2,000 scholarships being awarded this year. TOI has, to date, awarded $190,000 to 117 students over the years.

The awards are given to high school seniors with grade point averages between 3.0 and 4.0 who plan to attend a two or four-year Illinois school on a full-time basis. There is a 500-word essay on township government, with an interview involved of a township official. Applications must be submitted (postmarked) no later than March 1, 2010.