KINGMAN - For a homemaker club that never asks for contributions, the Kingman Morning Glories have given away plenty of money over the 52 years they have been meeting in Mohave County.
And like the old 1970s Smith Barney commercial featuring actor John Houseman said, they've done it the old-fashioned way. They've earned it.
"We raise money with the Meadview Quail club to give away as scholarships," said Pam Fink, president of the Morning Glories. "We never go out and ask for donations. We have bake sales, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles and a rummage sale. We're all retired, and we do this to give back to our communities."
Last year, the two clubs with about 100 members between them offered Mohave County graduating seniors seven scholarships of $1,000 each. In 2012, a total of 10 scholarships of $1,000 each were given away to help with college expenses. Club members will meet April 1 to determine how much they can award this year.
Each scholarship is important, said Fink, remembering a mentally challenged senior who was raised by his grandmother and received money to attend automotive school in Phoenix. After graduation, he was hired by Toyota in Northern California, where he continues to work. Fink said his training allowed the student to become self-sufficient. The club still receives updates from the young man's grandmother, said Fink.
Dee Hudson has been a member of the Morning Glories since 2002, when she moved to Kingman from Washington, D.C., and decided to join to make new friends. Hudson said she was chairman of the club's scholarship fund for about five years and repeatedly has seen how receptive the students and their families are to assistance.
"We're not a big club, but we've done a lot for these students," said Hudson. "I think the scholarships are great. I would go to the high schools and give them out, and the recipients were so grateful. We heard back from a lot of them after they went on to other schools. They really appreciated the money."