The Garwin electronic sign is up and running, thanks to the Garwin Lion’s Club and the Garwin Revitalization Committee. The groups worked for several months to raise funds and oversee the completion of the sign. The electronic sign is located at the four-way stop one block north of Main Street. Garwin Lion’s Club President Mark Polich stated, “We feel that the sign is a great addition and way to advertise daily community activities. Without your (area residents and businesses) great support and donations we could not have completed this project.” The sign is brightly lit and proclaims school happenings, church activities and the time and temperature. One of the big promoters of the erection of an electronic sign was Merle Parks. Plans were well underway for the sign when he passed away unexpectedly this past April. Over $19,000 was donated to the project by the following businesses and community members: Tama County Grant, Kenny Busch Family, Burt Farms, Brian Hurlbut, Farmer’s Savings Bank, Garwin American Legion, Mid-Iowa Cooperative, Alliant Energy, GMG Activity Fund, GMG Foundation, Merril Halter, United Methodist Church, Robert and JoAnn Jensen, Ron Groth, M & J Halter, Carl’s Electric, St. Boniface Rosary Society Susan Speicher (Lyle Lorenzen), GMGPA, Gladys Brown, Mark and Deb Polich, Land O’Lakes, Lincoln Savings Bank, Garwin Lion’s Club and Garwin Revitalization Committee.
Members of the Garwin Lion’s Club are pictured in front of the new electronic sign in Garwin. Pictured in front are: Keith Barloon, Alan Aldrich, Curt Bacon, Mark Polich, Dennis Erickson and Carl Zofka. In back are Ron Smith, Ron Groth, Leroy thoms, Leland Frahm, Jim Sandquist and Jerry Abbe.