To the Editor:

(Re: “Of breakfast, beer pong ... and Coach Kelm,” Feb. 11, 2010)This is a reply to the editorial in the Feb. 11 edition of the paper ...

I appreciate Mr. Lyke’s mention of our event; as one of it’s organizers, I can attest to how stressful it can be to get the word out to the public and know that people will take notice of your efforts.

It may not have been the most ideal mention, but I do see it as an opportunity to address the concerns that he and others might have, as well as mention what we hope to accomplish for the community with the Jaycees’ return.

The beer-pong tournament is a social event for adults; nothing more, nothing less. ...

I’m aware of the need for events that involve alcohol to be structured so as to afford a safe and responsible environment for everyone involved. ...

The Jaycees enjoys offering the citizens of their community, regardless of age, the chance to enjoy themselves in a social environment; whether it’s the opportunity for adults to knock back a few in good company, or affording children the chance to play in a sandbox.

In the future, we hope to do much more for the community, with activities and initiatives designed to appeal to the wide spectrum of interests found here; including, but not limited to, the return of Riponfest.

The tournament is part of a membership drive and an informational meeting will take place immediately prior at 6:30 p.m. at Classics.

... I thank Mr. Lyke for this opportunity and the wonderful idea he offered in his editorial. After reading it, I immediately contacted the other members of the initiative; and if all goes accordingly and we’re up and running soon enough, we’ll certainly try to have that Easter egg hunt.

— Brian Reilly

N9304 County Road E

Read the entire letter in the Feb. 18, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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