Tremont Betterment Association

The Tremont Turkey Festival was initiated in 1966 to raise funds to build a swimming pool in the Tremont Park. Since then, local residents have served as volunteer chairmen to help make each festival a success.

To retain those valuable volunteers following their terms as general chairmen and to utilize their talent, dedication, and experience, the Tremont Betterment Association was formed in 1976. Past and present Turkey Festival General Chairmen who wish to continue their interest and involvement with the festival comprise the TBA, which acts as the sponsoring and steering organization for this and future festivals.

TBA is responsible for setting budgets and policies for the festival and notably, for distributing festival proceeds to the Tremont community for special projects and assistance to organizations that make Tremont a better place to live and visit. The Festival has returned over $1 million to the community since the original pool was paid for.

In 2005, in addition to the $44,000 funds distribution, Tremont Betterment Association provided a $200,000 jump-start to the Tremont Swimming Pool Project. In addition, the group also committed to setting aside $7,500 annually for future repairs to the pool.

TBA Members

Bill and Jill Barr
Margi Csesznegi
Robert Csesznegi
Kevin and Jody Dill
Chuck and Jody Dudley
Gene Froebe
Jason and Michele Garey
Chuck and Laura Gould
Ken and Carolyn Hinman
Vic and Diane Imig
Sherry James
Rick Jameson
Boyd King
Jason and Michelle Kreiling
Scott and Kathleen Lowery
Dan and Julie Mathis
Jim and Val Moore
Jack Moser
Kayla Perry
Bill and Judy Reidner
Bettie Sage
Jim and Laura Steffey
Josh and Sherri Weer
Lou and Kim Wicks
Mark and Melissa Zaayenga*
 
* Associate Members

2015 TBA Officers

President - Jill Barr
Vice President - Bill Barr
Secretary - Margi Csesznegi
Treasurer - Val Moore

Each year, during the spring Disbursements meeting, local groups seek funds which are distributed from profits from the prior year.

The distribution of profits from the 2013 Festival were as follows:

Tremont District Library
Tremont Food Pantry
Tremont Garden Club
Tremont In Touch
Tremont Lions Club
Tremont Rescue 702
Tremont Roboteers Team 2481
Tremont Senior Nutrition
Tremont Youth Basketball
$ 1,625.00
$ 2,000.00
$    800.00
$ 4,500.00
$ 5,000.00
$10,000.00
$ 3,000.00
$ 3,000.00
$ 1,500.00

Total Distribution from 2013 Proceeds: $ 31,425.00

Annual Commitments:

Tremont Pool
Rescue 702 - New Ambulance Fund
Scholarship
$ 7,500.00
$ 5,000.00
$ 2,000.00

Total Annual Commitments: $14,500.00

Total Distributions: $45,925.00

Members of Tremont Betterment Association would like to thank all volunteers who consistently donate their time and have helped make the Tremont Turkey Festival a success each year.

2010 TBA Officers

President - Lou Wicks
Vice President - Laura Steffey
Secretary
- Jody Dudley
Treasurer - Bettie Sage

The distribution of profits from the 2010 Festival were as follows:

T.H.S. Alumni Association $ 300.00
Tremont District Library
Tremont First Robotics Team
Tremont Food Pantry
Tremont In Touch
Tremont Senior Nutrition Center
Tremont Park District (Lakes)
Tremont Triathlon Team
Tremont Rescue 702
Tremont Swimming Pool
Tremont Youth Basketball
TUMC Child Care
Veterans' Memorial
$ 300
$ 1,500.00
$ 2,000.00
$ 1,000.00
$ 4,000.00
$ 2,000.00
$ 3,600.00
$ 1,000.00
$15,000.00
$ 7,500.00 (allocation for long-term maintenance)
$ 1,500.00
$ 1,200.00
$16,545.00

Total Funds Distributed: $57,145.00

2009 TBA Officers

President - Lou Wicks
Vice President - Laura Steffey
Secretary
- Jody Dudley
Treasurer - Bettie Sage

The distribution of profits from the 2009 Festival were as follows:

T.H.S. Alumni Association
T.H.S. Baseball/Softball Scoreboards
Tremont 12-Under Softball
Tremont Boy Scouts
Tremont District Library
Tremont First Robotics Team
Tremont Food Pantry
Tremont In Touch
Tremont Lions Club
Tremont Senior Nutrition Center
Tremont Park District (Dugouts)
Tremont Rescue 702
Tremont Running Club
Tremont Swimming Pool
Tremont Titans
Tremont Torpedoes
Tremont Youth Basketball
TUMC Child Care
$300
$2,500
$600
$2,000
$1,500
$2,000
$1,000
$4,000
$2,750
$2,000
$7,500
$10,000
$250
$7,500 (allocation for long-term maintenance)
$1,000
$3,000
$2,000
$2,500

Total Funds Distributed: $52,400

2008 TBA Officers

President - Joe James
Vice President - Laura Steffey
Secretary - Kim Wicks
Treasurer - Bettie Sage

The distribution of profits from the 2008 Festival were as follows:

Boy Scouts
Rescue 702 (Ambulance Fund)
Senior Nutrition
Tremont Alumni Association
Tremont First Robotics
Team Tremont Food Pantry
Tremont In Touch
Tremont Library
Tremont Lions Club
Tremont Park District
Tremont Running Club
Tremont Swimming Pool
Tremont Winning Communities
Tremont Youth Basketball
TUMC Child Care
$1,000
$10,000
$2,000
$300
$2,000
$1,000
$4,000
$865
$2,000
$4,250
$300
$7,500 (allocation for long-term maintenance)
$9,500
$1,500
$2,300

Total Funds Distributed: $48,515

The distribution of profits from the 2007 Festival were as follows:

Tremont Titans
Tremont Library
Girl Scouts
Boy Scouts
Senior Nutrition
Tremont In Touch
Tremont Rescue 702
Tremont Historical
Tremont Alumni
Tremont Park District
Tremont Food Pantry
Tremont Police Dept
Tremont Youth Basketball
Tremont Winning Communities
Tremont Swimming Pool
$1,200
$1,340
$700
$550
$2,000
$4,000
$10,000 (allocation for future purchase of new ambulance)
$2,005
$300
$9,800
$1,000
$2,770
$2,400
$25,000 (allocation for Tiber Project)
$7,500 (allocation for long-term maintenance)

Total Disbursements: $70,565