Richmond Beautification Club will need help replacing its 25-year-old flower beds


Please allow me a moment to tell you of the great happenings with the Richmond Beautification Club, which you may know through the flower beds and hanging baskets we maintain around town.
The old wooden flower beds have been in place for more than 25 years; they show the signs of age. RBC has plans to reconstruct four of the beds with stone construction in late summer. You may have already seen the prototype stone beds previously built at the intersection of Crispin Street and Highway 13. If not, take a look.
All of the flower beds will be rebuilt with stone as funds become available, which brings me to the purpose of this letter. RBC needs $6,000 each year to buy flowers, fertilizer and to hire a few young folks to water and feed our beds and hanging baskets.
When you donate, where does your money go? This a year, the cost of plants, fertilizer and supplies was $3,500. The remainder of the budget pays the young people who tend the flowers. None of this would be possible without generous support from individuals, business and corporate grants.
The money to rebuild the beds with stone has, to date, been donated from other sources. Those dollars purchased the stone. All labor and installation have been donated.
Should you like to help us with this project, you can send a donation to Richmond Beautification Club, 1000 South Camden Street, Richmond, Mo. 64085. If you have questions about this or anything else to do with our beautification projects, you can call me at 816-616-5547.
I also want to take a moment to thank the many local merchants and friends who have helped us maintain the club and beautify our city. Without them, none of this would be possible. We hope you’ll thank Bruce White of Cox’s Green House, Greg Steele of Richmond Farm and Lawn, Linda Leach of Linda’s Floral and Gifts and Sherry Smith of Main Street Floral.
We have also thrived because of the help we’ve recieved from our corporate sponsors such as Rotary CLub of Richmond, U.S. Bank, Henkel/Orbseal Corporation, Walmart, the city of Richmond and Taber Printing.
One last thing: Our new stone flower beds will need compost for fill as planting soil – and we will need a lot of it. If you know a good source, please let me know at 816-616-5547.

– Thanks, President Max Hockemeier
Richmond Beautification Club

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