During the tree lighting ceremony hosted by Pike Up/The 66 group in Waverly on Sunday, Dec. 16, the Executive Director of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Shirley Bandy, presented a $1,000 check from the Pike County Chamber of Commerce “for use toward a future project in 2019.”
“This tree lighting ceremony has created much excitement. I believe it is a symbol of a light to a brighter future for Pike County,” said Bandy. “The Chamber applauds Pike Up and the community and business members who organized the event. We look forward to partnering with them and hope the entire area will join the efforts in 2019 to make a positive impact on our community.”
The Facebook page of Pike Up (also known as The 66, which refers to Pike’s county code) provides a brief description of the group’s purpose: “”We are a collective group of Pike County citizens ready for change, growth, and improvement to make our county better. We believe that Pike County holds some of the most giving and community oriented people but for too long complacency has left many not knowing where to turn. We seek fact based changes, creative solutions and active participation to get things moving forward.”
The group’s interests range from obtaining low-interest or interest-free grants for the development of small businesses in Waverly, to painting projects in the park, improving signage, the homeless problem in the county, and more.
According to Pike Up member and spokesperson John Hall, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce will hold the $1,000 donation until the group determines its next project.
“They have some good ideas on areas that need attention,” Hall said. “We will probably meet with the chamber in the upcoming year to discuss a joint venture.”
Hall said the Atomic Credit Union donated $450 for the group’s future projects as well.
“We had no idea these donations were coming until the tree lighting and were very surprised,” said Hall. “We had not asked for any money, just the light donation at Rural King.”
“The tree lighting went better than we could have anticipated and it would not have been possible without the outpouring of community support,” Hall said. “We cannot thank everyone enough from the contractors to the volunteers (who) helped get the tree lit in such a short amount of time.”
Hall said Pike Up/The 66’s core group of seven members will be meeting to discuss the group’s next focus.
“We want input from the community on things that we can accomplish together,” said Hall. “Our Facebook page is approaching 700 followers with more joining every day. We will utilize the page to inform the community on our next project.”
The group encourages those interested in making suggestions for improvements in the county or assisting with projects to contact the group on its Pike Up/The 66 Facebook page.