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A sundry selection of salads


When May activities like graduation and fishing started taking a toll on the traditional mother-daughter banquet that the Women of First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes would hold every year, they knew it was time for a change.

“People were just getting too busy at that time, and so we knew we’d better start thinking of a different fundraiser,” said the group’s stewardship chairman, Glenette Olson, who adds the ladies only need one yearly fundraiser to sustain their mission.

Salad luncheons seemed to be well-received events for a couple of other churches in town, so the ladies thought… why not?

They knew one thing for sure: they did have some gals in their group who know how to make a mean salad.

“We do, we really do,” giggled Olson, who says the women have had several successful “in-house” salad luncheons before, and were determined to branch out and make this much larger, public event their 2014 fundraiser.

“And we thought it would be a fun thing to do in the summer when there’s lots of people around, and tourists,” said Olson, “…a good way to reach out.”

The women all began planning, assigning types of salads to its group members — everything from vegetable to fruit to pasta to lettuce to desserts.

“I think we’ll have just about every kind of salad imaginable,” said Olson, who added that they plan on setting up their long line of salads on two tables so that people can get in and through the lines quickly.

In addition to the salads, the ladies will also be serving buns, bars, coffee and lemonade.

The cost for a salad meal is $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

There will also be “To Go” boxes for those needing to dish up and run.

“Well it would be nice for people who are working to be able to just come in over their lunch hour and get a few salads and go,” said Olson. “…or if they’re traveling through and have seen it advertised they can just stop in real quick.”

The salad luncheon is being held at First Lutheran Church at 912 Lake Avenue in Detroit Lakes, downstairs in the fellowship hall.

“So it would be easiest if people just came in the back entrance,” said Olson, who adds that the fellowship hall will be decorated in a water carnival theme.

“Well, since it’s water carnival during that time, we thought it would be fun to stick with that… and it’s kind of patriotic,” she said.

Although the ladies will be the ones busy preparing the salads and working the tables, the men of the church will also be rolling up their sleeves for the event — literally.

“We have our men doing dishes and cleaning up,” laughed Olson, “so isn’t that neat?”

Funds earned from the salad luncheon will go towards helping the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center, the Compassion House and other mission projects the ladies are busy with.

The luncheon takes place Thursday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Paula Quam

Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.

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