OSCEOLA COUNTY — Osceola County Community Foundation officials, supporters and community members will meet for their 19th Annual Membership Meeting at a special location this year.

The annual gathering will be held at The Depot in Reed City where those attending will have a chance to visit the new Foundation office, adjacent to the offices of the Reed City Chamber of Commerce and the depot’s Community Room.

The meeting is set for Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m.

Invitations have been sent and organizers are issuing a reminder to all those planning on attending that this is The meeting — not one to be missed.

There will be a time of socializing at 6 p.m. before a short business meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m.

The business meeting will be kept brief with the call to order, approval of 2010 annual meeting minutes, approval of treasurer’s report and approval of the committee reports.

A light offering of hors d’oeuvres will be served at 7 p.m. with a presentation highlighting Foundation mini-grants and scholarships, a presentation by the Youth Advisory Council, and a few words from local grant beneficiaries to take center stage at 7:30 p.m.

This year marks the 16th year the Osceola County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is offering mini-grants for educators in Osceola County.  The mini-grant program is open to K-12, alternative education, community education, and preschool education in all county accredited schools.

A typical mini-grant award ranges from $200-$500.  The program is designed to offer resources for activities that will enhance the learning experience for students in Osceola County schools. These are projects that the school district budgets typically cannot afford to fund.  Awards will only be granted for projects that will benefit the condition of youth attending accredited schools in Osceola County.

As an important part of the meeting the Chief Osceola Award, the highest award of the Osceola County Community Foundation (OCCF) bestows on an area resident, will be presented to this year’s laureate.

Space is quite limited this year, so organizers hope those with invitations will RSVP by March 16, (With Larry Emig at 832-4880.)

The mission of the Osceola County Community Foundation (OCCF) is to make Osceola County a better place to live and work by enhancing the quality of life and building a strong community spirit.

For more information about the Osceola County Community Foundation, visit www.occf.info.