ASOTIN — A nonprofit organization that has helped scores of kids in 4-H and the National FFA Organization over the years is now in need of its own boost.
The Asotin 4-H and FFA Boosters are on the brink of disbanding, but Charlotte Tuttle of Asotin sees no reason it should end.
“It’s viable,” Tuttle said Monday. “Two officers resigned, but I don’t recall a vote to cease the organization. We just need someone to step in and take over.”
Tuttle has been a charter member since the nonprofit booster club formed in 2002. According to her records, the organization has provided area youngsters with almost $10,000 for their travels in the last three years alone.
“I think that’s huge,” Tuttle said at a recent Asotin County Commission meeting. “We were able to do that just by selling hot dogs, walking tacos, and biscuits and gravy.”
One of the obstacles the boosters are facing is no longer being able to operate on the Asotin County Fairgrounds during the fair and rodeo. The health district wants the group to meet state Labor and Industries requirements, which are too costly, Tuttle said.
“We’ve never had a health code problem,” Tuttle said. “Our trailer was always clean and sanitized.”
Instead, the boosters have been selling food items at other events, including a recent gem and mineral show in Lewiston.
“We made $900 in two days,” Tuttle said.
Age is the other factor affecting the group. The majority of members are elderly, and fresh volunteers are needed to take over, said the 87-year-old Asotin woman.
“Anyone is welcome,” Tuttle said. “I’d be willing to stay on as an advisor.”
Tuttle can be reached at (509) 243-4627.
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