Acts of selflessness without seeking notice are the kinds of acts that keep this world spinning and there is an organization doing their fair share of these acts. Since 1973, Tri-County Shrine Club in Clarksville has been providing financial and emotional support for families whose children are in need of medical attention. Their volunteers help to provide transportation to and from treatment, meals and more for these families. There are 19 children’s hospitals that Shriner organizations help across the country on a regional basis. The Tri-County Shrine Club helps the hospitals in Indianapolis, IN., Cincinnati, OH. and Lexington, KY.
“We all work hard and give up a lot of time and effort. It’s a team effort. This wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers,” Dave Disponett, treasurer of Tri-County Shrine Club, said.
For 46 years, the Tri-County Shrine Club has been hosting a weekly dinner. This started out as a member benefit and eventually grew into members bringing guests and they finally decided to open it up to the public in 1978. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that the weekly dinner is operated by volunteers. These volunteers are the ones that make the dinners and desserts every week. Each week, they feature fried chicken and fish, a salad bar and beverages.
“We have the best fried chicken this side of the Mississippi,” Disponett said.
They have other entrées that differ each week as well. These weekly dinners are only $10 per person and $5 for ages 9 and younger. These prices include the entrée and sides, salad bar and your choice of beverage. Fish is available every week for $1 more. Desserts are available for purchase at $2 a piece.
Not only does Tri-County Shrine Club host these delicious, home cooked meals, but they also host several other events throughout the week and the year. Every Tuesday night, they host BINGO from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
If you’re looking for more ways to interact with the Tri-County Shrine Club volunteers, you can always catch them at their booth each year at Harvest Homecoming in the fall. They also host a once a year car show in the summer – this is one of their biggest fundraisers for the year. Each year, around Christmas, they will also host a Christmas party where the little ones can talk to Santa – how fun! Coming up soon is their Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This will be on April 13th starting at 1:00 p.m. There will be food and refreshments served and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Be sure to attend their annual pig roast which is hosted on the 4th Saturday in June – it will be fun for the whole family!
Not only does the Tri-County Shrine Club hold their own events, but they are also available to host other events! The shelter house outside is available for outdoor picnics, birthday parties and small get togethers. There is a volleyball court and horseshoes for your entertainment while renting the space as well. Whether you are hosting a bridal or baby shower, birthday party, wedding, etc., be sure to contact Jennie Huffman at Tri-County Shrine Club for event availability and details. Call her at 502-299-0860.
All of the money that is raised through their events and donated at the Tri-County Shrine club goes to the upkeep of the building and several large donations that they give to the hospitals each year – not for people’s salaries.
“We want the people in the community to know that everything we do is for a good cause,” Disponett said.
For further information on upcoming events, entrées featured at the weekly dinners and how to help out at the Tri-County Shrine Club, visit their website: www. tricountyshrineclub.com. They are located at 701 Potters Lane, Clarksville, IN. and can be reached at 812-948-9158 for any further inquiries.